Cyberthreats threaten you and your customers’ businesses and data. It’s critical to be in control of your data and take every measure possible to ensure it’s secure. Deploying a layered approach to security is key to helping keep sensitive data secure and private. While most MSPs offer some fundamental security services, like patching, antivirus, email protection, and backup, this simply isn’t enough. You need to start looking into offering proactive security monitoring, detection, and reporting.
Collecting and analyzing logs from across your user base is one of the most basic ways of dealing with advanced threats that slip past preventative layers. Security information and event management (SIEM) tools have proven to be effective as organizations scale up their security practices. FINRA identified SIEM tools as one of the most effective practices to protect data. It also released prescriptive regulations governing banking in the United States to require specific technologies such as SIEM, data loss prevention (DLP) and encryption for data stored and transferred.
Log collection, correlation, and aggregation capabilities of SIEM tools help identify potential attacks and enable security teams to better understand and respond to potential threats. A strong SIEM solution can also help MSPs with compliance processes via centralized log collection capabilities—using event log data to provide information for standard or customized compliance reports. Custom reports can help you gain a better understanding of customers’ security postures and assist efforts with regulatory and compliance audits.
SIEM offers several key benefits:
- Greater visibility into threats
- Increased incident-handling efficiency
- Simplified compliance reporting
- Enhanced threat detection
Having security and compliance in place is no easy task and requires a goal-driven strategy. It’s not something that’s going to happen overnight, but these are some changes you should implement to help prevent customer data getting into the hands of cybercriminals.
What tools do we offer that can help you?
SolarWinds® Threat Monitor is a cloud-based SIEM tool designed to help MSPs detect, respond to, and report on threats on managed networks. What’s more, if you aren’t ready to build your own security operations center (SOC), the SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Provider Program is a unique opportunity to offer advanced security services without having to invest in a costly SOC.
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i “2019 Data Breach Investigations Report,” Verizon. https://enterprise.verizon.com/en-nl/resources/reports/dbir/ (Published May 2019, Accessed November 2019).
ii “2019 Data Breach Investigations Report,” Verizon. https://enterprise.verizon.com/en-nl/resources/reports/dbir/ (Published May 2019, Accessed November 2019).
iii ”2018 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium Size Businesses,” Ponemon Institute. https://keepersecurity.com/assets/pdf/Keeper-2018-Ponemon-Report.pdf (Published November 2018, Accessed 2019).
iv “Report on Selected Cybersecurity Practices – 2018,” Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. https://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/Cybersecurity_Report_2018.pdf (Published December 2018, Accessed November 2019)
Mia Thompson is product marketing manager, Mail Assure, at SolarWinds MSP.