Today, MSPs (managed service providers) and MSSPs (managed security service providers) face unique challenges meeting the threats and business requirements of cybersecurity. Not only must they ensure that their network service delivery platform is secure from cyberbreaches, but they must also ensure the customers with whom they connect are secure so bad actors can’t use their customer to pivot into their platform.
The primary reason organizations give for not investing in cybersecurity protection, is cost. Paying upfront for prevention is a hard sell when budgets are tight, and even more of a challenge when there’s been no attack and the pursuit is based on the possibility of. It seems that daily we hear about organizations falling victim to ransomware and other network breaches. They are in the news because they failed to make proper data security a priority.
One of the most important network defenses is the human firewall. Just as network firewalls need to have firmware updates, auditing of rules, and testing, the human firewall is no different. Left in a static state, the human firewall will become outdated and vulnerable to phishing and social engineering attacks. In many ways, it’s the first line of defense in cyber operations.