Cybersecurity is a top priority for many businesses these days, and a look at the numbers leaves no question as to why.  In 2020 alone, cybercrime cost businesses worldwide over $1 trillion in damages, from ransomware payouts to fines to credit monitoring for those affected.  With this in mind, an MSP has found themselves in the unenviable position of protecting a business from a plethora of threats to their systems and data.  To that end, every MSP needs a cybersecurity expert to help manage the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks. 

The standard offerings of an MSP include cloud-based data backups, regular network monitoring and hardware setup and management, all of which is a step in the right direction when it comes to creating a safe and secure work environment.  But what about employee training?  Ransomware protection and recovery?  The fact is, a lot of MSPs can handle some things very well, but many are forced to rely on outside help themselves when it comes to some of the trickier aspects of cybersecurity.  For this reason, it’s important for an MSP to have a cybersecurity expert. 

Anyone running an MSP has to run a lot of hats anyway, but it can be exhausting, both physically and mentally, to keep up with cybercriminals on top of managing network logins, onboarding, maintenance, and whatever other problems might crop up.  A cybercriminal only needs one effective attack, while a network needs every possible defense you can think of, and many you might not.  Multi-factor authentication, regular backups, employee training and more, all things that need to be managed for a business to be truly secure.  With the advent of CMMC, it’s that much more important to have someone who knows the ins and outs of modern cybersecurity advances, unless you want to run yourself and your employees ragged trying to handle every aspect of network management. 

If your MSP doesn’t have a cybersecurity expert yet, it might be a good idea to look for one.  It’s impossible to know what you don’t know, so it’s better to account for everything you can.  Statistically, a data breach is inevitable, but reducing the damage of that breach as much as possible is all down to whatever cybersecurity solutions you’ve implemented, and for the best outcome, you need an expert.