The Top Four Ways to Make Your MSP Business Hard to Hack

September 01, 2020

The Top Four Ways to Make Your MSP Business Hard to Hack

By Annie Stroud

From phishing adware to man-in-the-middle attacks, cyber crime is showing no signs of slowing down. As a Managed Service Provider (MSP) protecting your clients’ vital business data, cyber security is more important than ever. Cyber criminals are becoming more and more sophisticated, and no matter the size of your business, you are still vulnerable to cyber attacks. What’s worse, MSPs are increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals looking to leverage MSP credentials to access all of their clients’ systems. To help you better protect your MSP business, we have put together four security best practises to make your business hard to hack.

Implement a layered security approach

As an MSP, ensuring your business has a multi-layered security approach is vital. This means putting a variety of security measures in place to better protect your business data against cyber attacks. These layers could consist of things such as anti-virus, anti-spam filters, privacy controls, patch management, and regular vulnerability assessments. All of these layers gives you a better chance of protecting yourself against cybercriminals.

You have the responsibility to protect your client’s data across various applications and various devices. Securing your own network and systems is one important part of doing that.

Web Protection: Monitor and control

It is paramount you implement software and solutions that will help mitigate web attacks. Making sure you have installed advanced malware protection, such as ad-blockers and web filters will help better protect your business whilst you’re surfing the web. Implementing web filters adds a much-needed layer of security, blocking access to any sites that raise the alarm. Web filters will prevent users from being able to access unauthorised sites, as well as scan web pages and determine which ones, or which fragments, are likely to be a cyber threat.

Patch your Systems

A patch is an update to a computer program that is designed to fix or improve it. Patches are aimed at fixing security vulnerabilities, implementing bug fixes, improving the performance of applications. Without patches, network and operating systems are at risk of security breaches. Cyber criminals will target any vulnerabilities they find within your systems and use them to gain access to your machines. Keeping an eye on system updates, new sites, subscribing to vendor notifications and patching as regularly will help you stay ahead of the game. 

Two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication or 2FA is a two-step verification process in which users provide two different factors to identify themselves, typically a password or passcode and a secondary factor such as security token, fingerprint, or facial scan. This multi-layered security approach is a vital step for MSPs looking for an easy, cost-effective way to better restrict access to their network, applications, and systems. Installing 2FA is an easy process that will help save you time, money and resources in the long run.

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