Companies of all sizes are confronted by information security challenges on a regular basis. In particular, small and midsized businesses (SMBs) face a unique set of cybersecurity issues due to resource constraints. One way SMBs can keep their customers’ data safe without dedicated security staffers is to work with a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) – after all, they’re the experts. But how can small businesses identify when they should start a conversation about external security help?
WatchGuard’s Director of Product Management Himanshu Verma recently wrote an article in Virtual Strategy Magazine that outlines five key indicators that an SMB should start engaging with an MSSP. He also goes on to explain that new data suggests SMBs are moving in the right direction when it comes to relying on MSSPs for security:
“The good news is that SMBs are beginning to realize the value of external security support. According to a recent survey conducted by Vanson Bourne, more than 60 percent of SMB security solutions resellers across the globe believe the majority of their customers do not know the difference between Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances and Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW). Of the 1,400 resellers surveyed, nearly 80 percent do not think their customers care about product categories or classification – and only want to know that their business is protected by the latest cyber security services. This data suggests that SMBs have begun to rely heavily on channel resellers and MSSPs for informed recommendations about the best security strategies and equipment.”
To find out which five signs mean it’s time to enlist the services of an MSSP, check out the full article at Virtual Strategy Magazine.