In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (observed every October), Tech Data is bringing awareness to employees this week to educate and evangelize cybersecurity best practices. Cybersecurity is not one person’s job. It takes each person to be aware of risks and behavior that can expose personal and/or company information. The issue of cybersecurity gets even more personal with the recent news around the Equifax data breach, where an estimated 143 million U.S. records were compromised.
As the IT expert for your clients, you need to keep abreast of the latest trends and threats. It’s also your job to educate users about potential security risks. Here are tools to help you stay on top of the latest security threats as you accelerate your security practice:
Many vendors have blogs and publish articles relating to security threats. In addition to the Tech Data Authority blog, here are a few articles I recommend:
- Tech Data Security Training Series – hosted on Brainshark, access 100, 200 and 300 level trainings.
- The Hacker News
- SC Magazine
- Krebs On Security
- KnowBe4 Blog is always on top of the latest phishing scams, breaches and cybersecurity awareness tips to keep you in the know.
- McAfee Threat Landscape Dashboard provides you with the top 10 threats, exploit kits, campaigns, ransomware and vulnerabilities on the market.
Great consumer content to share on your social media networks (text, images and campaigns are available for you to use):
Assessments are an excellent tool for understanding your current or prospective customers’ security posture, developing a strategy and execution. Most security vendors offer security assessments. Tech Data also has complimentary security assessments which align to key vertical market segments (retail, healthcare, public sector and education) in addition to external pen testing and security posture assessments. Regular assessments help organizations uncover evidence of an actual compromise, formulate a stronger security strategy and help obtain incremental funding for future security budgets. To understand best practices when implementing security audits, check out this article.
Consider including the security audit process in the discovery phase for prospective clients. When having quarterly business reviews, go back to the initial audit to ensure your future IT plans address any vulnerabilities discovered to continue reducing the risk of a breach.
Adding professional services to your offering, whether sourced from a third party or your own department, can help boost your profits and increase customer loyalty. As a Tech Data partner, you have access to pre-sales consulting, solutions design/architecture, and cybersecurity professional services including pen testing.
Managed Security Services
Adding managed services to your current MSP offering is another great way to boost profits and add value to customers. By partnering with Tech Data, we offer two routes to market allowing you to accelerate your MSP practice by offering cybersecurity and through monitoring endpoints, network firewalls and security posture. Identifying where patches need to be updated and tackling existing threats within your customer’s network are two critical steps to ensuring a healthy, secure IT environment.
At Tech Data, we have a team of security experts waiting to speak to you about your security practice. For more information on Tech Data and the security services we offer, visit techdata.com/security or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-237-8931, ext. 73246.