In today’s cybersecurity market, professionals are in demand but are also hard to come by. According to the 2020 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, the industry needs about 3 million qualified cybersecurity workers, and 64% of professionals surveyed say their organization is impacted by the cybersecurity skills shortage. The shortage has also been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) recently announced a 63% increase in cyberattacks related to the pandemic.
Instead of suffering from the shortage, you have other options to help with your business cybersecurity. Continue reading to learn how having a managed services provider (MSP) can help you deal with the cybersecurity talent shortage.
Fight Against Internet-Based Attacks With Managed Firewall Services
Common cybersecurity threats that businesses face include internet-based attacks – and businesses must take multiple measures to protect themselves from attacks. Studies show that 69% of organizations don’t believe the threats they’re seeing can be blocked by their anti-virus software. What’s more, any company can fall victim to an internet attack. A 2020 Twitter data breach victimized 130 Twitter accounts and resulted in attackers getting $121,000 in Bitcoin.
MSPs that provide managed firewall services can help divert these attacks. Not only is it the first line of defense to protect from internet-based attacks, but this service also allows cybersecurity experts to analyze other key areas. They can verify that your existing firewall is properly configured and secured. If you’re ready for a firewall upgrade, they can also help configure and deploy your next-generation firewall.
Use Endpoint Management To Thwart Off Ransomware Attacks
One of the contributing factors to the cybersecurity talent shortage is that businesses need them to fend off ransomware attacks. Ransomware experts report that 24% of cyberattacks happen through ransomware. Meat supplier JBS was recently in the news for paying an $11 million ransom to cybercriminals who temporarily knocked out plans that process about a fifth of the meat supply for the U.S.
Through endpoint security services, an MSP can help you avoid falling victim to downtime and data loss from ransomware attacks. In addition, this service helps businesses minimize the risk of these threats in general.
Managed Backup Services Help You Avoid and Recover From Data Loss
One of the cybersecurity issues that businesses fear most is losing their data. Let’s face it: data is a commodity. For many companies, it’s their most precious asset. There simply aren’t enough cybersecurity specialists to help every company protect its data. However, MSPs can help fulfill the gap with a managed backup service.
Managed backups help you to avoid data loss from a number of factors like system crashes, security threats, and even human error. Experts say that over 90% of cybersecurity breaches are caused by human error. Music streaming service provider Spotify fell victim to a data breach in late 2020 that exposed user account information on the dark web.
Managed backups are so much more than having a backup of your data. It helps ensure you are taking a proactive approach to data loss and that you have a data recovery plan in place. That’s why it’s best to leave this strategy to cybersecurity professionals.