For many businesses, keeping pace with the ever-evolving threat landscape and the new technologies designed to defend against it can be overwhelming. Add to that a market climate that’s forcing layoffs and budget restrictions, and suddenly IT and security teams are faced with a new question: what compromises can we make?
When it comes to security, businesses have little they can compromise on. Distributed work models and increased reliance on cloud systems are continuously expanding every organization’s attack surface. The proliferation (and mix) of digital assets, data sprawl, and vulnerability management is challenging to manage, especially with legacy tools, technologies, and methodologies. Teams need more resources to defend against complex security risks — not less.
Supplementing in-house capabilities with MSP support
Nowadays large corporations and SMBs share a similar risk profile. All data is equally valuable, and attackers are using similar techniques to access and exploit it. Yet according to the 2023 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, what is different is small and midsized businesses’ ‘ability to respond to threats due to the resources they can deploy in the event that they are attacked’.
As a Managed Service Provider (MSP), you play a valuable role in attack surface management strategy and support your customers' ability to respond to incidents. You’re continually augmenting your security stack (and service portfolio) with best-in-breed technology to consistently drive security forward for companies of all sizes.
As IT and security leaders work to address their organizations’ cybersecurity posture, they often rely on a ‘build it’ or ‘buy it’ planning approach. They must ask themselves whether the business can afford to source a best-in-class security stack and specialized team to manage it all (build it), or if IT budget is better spent on augmenting in-house capabilities with fully stacked and staffed MSP partner (buy it).
Before making that decision, leaders must assess their current attack surface and the factors that affect it (use cases) and their broader cybersecurity strategy.