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Managed service providers (MSPs) can help these companies gain an in-depth understanding of the current threat landscape and determine the most effective security strategies and solutions to prevent breaches and protect critical data. These service providers can also help companies comprehend the significant financial impact of an attack.The average cost of a security breach for SMBs is $47,000.
How can MSPs help?
So how can MSPs help their clients defend against ever-growing sophisticated threats and improve security? Here are three important pillars to improving security:
- Staff education
- A security software suite
- Data backup and recovery solutions
Pillar 1: Protecting the Front Line: Staff Education
The weakest link in any business is the staff, so the first line of defense is education. MSPs can help train staff on social engineering techniques, giving employees the tools to make informed decisions about emails and web content, and protect data and systems.
Pillar 2: Safeguarding Against Ransomware: Recommending a Security Software Suite
In addition to training, clients also will need to protect themselves against web-based malware attacks using software-based security solutions. Companies should implement a security suite that covers risk factors from multiple types of attacks and liabilities.
Pillar 3: Business Continuity: Determining data backup and recovery solutions
The third step where MSPs can help clients with a layered-security approach is to build strategies around data backup and recovery.