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A Checklist for Implementing Cyber Protection for MSPs

Legacy protection technologies lack integration. Cyberthreats are on the rise. Breaches happen more often and on more devices. When it comes to cybercrime, today’s small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are an eacy target. Budgets and staffing are limited and finding the right skilled people is difficult. Many opt to rely on a managed service provider (MSP) to administer their IT needs and keep their workloads and systems secure.

However, since the cyberthreat landscape is always evolving, many MSPs also struggle to stay ahead of new threats. In fact, cybercriminals have successfully attacked the platforms that service providers use to run their businesses to gain access to both the MSPs’ data and their clients’.

A backup and restore strategy alone is no longer sufficient to keep data safe. The objective of new ransomware strains is to delete backup files, agents, and security software. Backup without integrated cybersecurity capabilities is not enough.

A new approach is needed — one that efficiently integrates cybersecurity, data protection, and endpoint protection management. The integration enables strict control and interlocked automation that legacy solutions lack but are required to combat today’s threats. And, while there are many cybersecurity frameworks, such as NIST, COBIT, and CIS, available to provide industry standards and best practices for organisations to manage their cybersecurity risks, they are complicated. By integrating cybersecurity and data protection — the IT discipline of cyber protection3 according to IDC — organisations become more resilient.

Cyber protection integrates backup, disaster recovery, AI-based anti-malware, remote assistance, and cybersecurity into a single, fast, efficient, and reliable tool. With the five stages below, you can proactively protect data from today’s advanced threats.

  • Prevention — Proactively protect your data, systems, and applications by preventing attacks from happening in the first place
  • Detection — Detect issues and threats before they pose a risk to any environment
  • Response — Enable quick action to minimize risk
  • Recovery — Quickly and safely restore data from known, accurate backups in the event it gets compromised
  • Forensics — Mitigate future risks by collecting and performing forensic investigations

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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