In 1736, Benjamin Franklin, advising Philadelphians on the threat of fire, cited the now infamous axiom, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Often used in the context of health & wellness, the statement is as true today as it was nearly 300 years ago. Today however, its validity extends well beyond the health of one, or even the safety of thousands. Because digital transformation has elevated the importance of -and accelerated the need for- a robust cybersecurity program, its implications are global; potentially affecting every single person on the planet.
The following is a vendor-sponsored blog post.
Foresight is 2020
How many times have you been on the phone with a customer and heard the words, “I don’t even know where to start”? Well, according to a Keeper Security survey, this was the response 1 in 4 SMB decision makers when asked about how to enhance cybersecurity.
The stats(*) are alarming: 1) On average, a cyberattack occurs every 39 seconds; 2) With hundreds of thousands of malware variants introduce everyday, ransomware is on the rise; 3) Last year ¾(**) of the healthcare industry was infected with malware; 4) 43 percent of all attacks in 2018 were against small-to-medium businesses(***); 5) 60 percent of SMBs that suffer a cyberattack are out of business with six months; 6) There is a cybersecurity shortage – there are currently 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity positions in U.S. alone, estimated at 3 million globally.
The cybersecurity skills gap is well documented. According to (ISC)2 research, the shortage of cybersecurity professionals is nearly three million globally with close to half a million in the U.S. alone. What’s more, 60 percent of those surveyed say their companies are at moderate or extreme risk of cybersecurity attacks due to this shortage.
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.