Since the start of the ever-growing COVID19 pandemic, the way business is conducted has changed permanently, with many workforces continuing to work remotely as restrictions have eased.
This has deployed completely new and unseen threats to businesses and companies due to the fact that being more “digital” present they instantly become more vulnerable and exposed to potential hacks and cyber-threats.
As companies relax and rules have eased, life is expected to return to a form of ‘new normal.’ But, the issues around cybersecurity are here to stay, and the gas pedal must not be eased — especially with the increased risks associated with continued remote working.
If anything, security should be more reinforced now than ever before to ensure all aspects of a business are secure. But this isn’t the case.
The Risks are getting much more sophisticated
A research by the National Cyber Security Centre shows that there has been a rise in COVID-19 related cyber attacks over the past year, with more than one in four UK hacks being related to the pandemic. This trend is not likely to ease up any time soon either. And, going forward, hackers could take advantage of excited travelers waiting to book their next holiday, deploying fake travel websites, for example.
Despite lockdown restrictions easing, cybersecurity risks remain and are likely to grow as COVID-19 continues to change the working landscape. With indoor spaces back open, employees will want to venture out to new spaces to work, such as coffee shops and internet cafes – but working on open networks and personal devices creates unlocked gateways for cyberattacks to take place. Since this hybrid and remote way of working looks like it’s here to stay, businesses must ensure they have the right infrastructure in place to combat any cyber threats.
The Importance of a Well-Planned and Through Approach
The need for DNS security cannot be ignored, especially with the rise of remote workforces, in order to monitor and manage internet access policies, as well as reduce malware.
DNS is frequently targeted by bad actors, and so DNS-layer protection is now increasingly regarded as an essential security control – providing an added layer of protection between a user and the internet by blocking malicious websites and filtering out unwanted material.
Similarly, endpoint protection solutions prevent file-based malware, detect and block malicious internal and external activity, and respond to security alerts in real-time.
Cybersecurity is not a one-stop-shop. A full trilogy of solutions is required to ensure maximum effect. This includes a layered combination of DNS networking, secure endpoint connections, and an educated and empowered human workforce.
However, these innovative tools and solutions cannot be implemented without educating users and embedding a cyber security-aware culture throughout the workforce. Humans are often the weakest link in cybersecurity, with 90 percent of data breaches occurring due to human error. So, by offering the right training and resources, businesses can help their employees increase their cyber resilience and position themselves strongly on the front line of defense.
This combination is crucial to ensure the right digital solutions are in place — as well as increasing workforces’ understanding of the critical role they play in keeping the organization safe. In turn, these security needs provide various monetization opportunities for the channel as more businesses require the right blend of technology and education to enable employees to be secure.
Just as importantly, MSPs need to take responsibility for educating their own teams and clients. This includes delivering additional training modules around online safety through ongoing security awareness training, as well as endpoint protection and anything else that is required to enhance cyber resilience.
Businesses, particularly SMBs, will look to MSPs to protect their businesses and help them achieve cyber resilience. This creates a unique and valuable opportunity for MSPs to guide customers through their cybersecurity journeys, providing them with the right tools and data protection solutions to get the most out of their employees’ home working environments in the most secure ways.Moreover, cyber resilience solutions and packages can be custom-built and personalized to fit the needs of the customer, including endpoint protection, ongoing end-user training, threat intelligence, and backup and recovery.
With the right tools in place to grow and automate various services — complemented by technical, organizational and personal support — channel partners will then have the keys to success to develop new revenue streams too.
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