CyberSmart will be providing its Managed Service Provider (MSP) partners with complimentary access to the company’s cyber risk management solution, Active Protect, as well as cover the costs of Cyber Essentials certification, in an effort to defend partners and their customers from rising cybersecurity threats.
In March 2022, research by N-Able revealed that 90% of MSPs had suffered a successful cyberattack in the preceding 18 months. This is concerning considering the role that they play in the wider supply chain. In fact, MSPs report a client base of 122 companies, on average. Numerous agencies from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, including the NCSC, have also recognised the rising threats against MSPs and their customers; responding with a warning alongside guidance to secure MSP networks and data. Shortly after, in November 2022, the UK government announced that MSPs would be brought into the scope of the Network and Information Systems (NIS) Regulations.
In light of this, CyberSmart is actively taking steps to help partners defend themselves against bad actors as well as comply with regulatory requirements. This is achieved with free access to the company’s cyber risk management technology, Active Protect, which scans enrolled devices 24/7 for vulnerabilities and alerts users with simple remediation guides. In addition, CyberSmart will cover the costs of government-backed certification, Cyber Essentials. The team will work closely with its partners to ensure they pass the certification process first-time, as well as offer long-term support.
“MSPs are not immune to cyber-attacks. In fact, they have increasingly become an attractive target for cyber criminals. If they topple from an attack, not only could that have a negative impact on all of their customers, but the breach would also have serious implications for the MSP’s reputation and operations,” said Jamie Akhtar, chief executive and co-founder of CyberSmart. “Our MSP partners are crucial in helping us in our mission to protect small and medium-sized enterprises worldwide from today’s cyber threat landscape. As valued partners, we believe it is our responsibility to support them where we can, and I could not be prouder of this latest initiative.”
“As technology increases its prominence in business operations, cybersecurity threats such as ransomware and phishing, pose an even greater threat,” said Kris Nagamootoo, senior director, CompTIA. “Cybersecurity training and education, such as Cyber Essentials, can help lessen the risk for organisations and should be used more frequently. We commend CyberSmart for making Cyber Essentials available to their MSP partners.”