Information Technology Risk Assessment Tools
In today’s cyber threat landscape, the ongoing cat-and-mouse game between organizations seeking to reduce risk in their IT infrastructures and the hackers looking to expose risk in order to breach networks and steal data has reached critical mass. The complexity and virulence of today’s cyber threats have reached the point where organizations must employ information technology risk assessment tools in order to identify and prioritize their own data and network vulnerabilities.
A Proactive Approach to Information Risk Management
Successful MSPs set up themselves and their systems to work proactively for their clients, using tools to assess the amount of risk in a client’s IT environment, where those risks are located and ways to eliminate or mitigate the risk to reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen IP infrastructures.
This provides the perfect opportunity for MSPs to offer risk assessment as part of their collection of service offerings. The key is finding a tool that:
- Allows for enhanced visibility and accountability into an organization’s risk management processes
- Provides suggestions about improving resource allocation and sealing vulnerabilities across the organization
- Promotes improved relationships with compliance auditors, regulators and other stakeholders
MSP Risk Intelligence From SolarWinds MSP (Formerly LOGICnow)
As an MSP who deals with critical data assets day in and day out, you understand the importance of securing this sensitive information and the financial implications that can occur if that data becomes unavailable, breached or deleted. All too often, your clients don’t always share the same urgency.
Your ability to sell this urgency — and add information technology risk assessment tools to your portfolio — has just been made a lot more simple with MSP Risk Intelligence from SolarWinds MSP.
MSP Risk Intelligence is a patented and non-intrusive solution that allows MSPs to conduct pre-sales vulnerability assessments, identify gaps in a client’s existing security and eliminate risks that emerge after the initial evaluation.
Information System Security Features
MSP Risk Intelligence performs real-time risk assessment scans of client networks and workplace devices for the existence of sensitive information, including:
- Personally identifiable information
- Secured health information
- Payment information
- Access permissions for sensitive data
- An organization's dollar-based financial risk
Using the information collected from the scan, MSP Risk Intelligence calculates, balances and prioritizes the client's financial risk. Then it generates a color-coded, dollar-based risk management report that shows — down to the dollar — the financial liability being carried by client systems. By putting risk in monetary terms, risk management decisions can be made with a clear operational focus in mind.
A few of the key information technology vulnerabilities that Max Risk Intelligence exposes are:
- Unpatched software applications that hackers frequently breach, such as Adobe, Flash and Java
- Threats and vulnerabilities in Microsoft Outlook emails and attachments
- Microsoft Windows, Mac and Linux malware threats registered with the CVSS database
- Threats from VPN connections made by new or unknown devices on client networks
Easy-to-Read Risk Assessment Presentations
Complexity is the foe of security. For simplicity, MSP Risk Intelligence reports categorize their results into meaningful, user-friendly categories, such as:
- Unprotected data summary
- Vulnerability summary
- Unprotected data details and statistics
- Vulnerability by vendor details
Reports also provide drill-downs that allow you to obtain granular information about the suggested remedies for improving a client’s risk posture.
MAX Risk Intelligence also provides an eye to the future by generating risk-trend reports that identify and investigate emerging trends in your clients’ workplaces. Risk-trend reports also enable you to assess the impact of strategies implemented through your clients’ risk strategies and policies.
Multi-Layered Security from SolarWinds MSP
After clients are convinced about the importance of securing information techology resources, you can escalate your service offerings to the next level by using SolarWinds MSP’s other IT solutions as part of an all-encompassing, multi-layered security strategy to deliver unparalleled proactive, detective and reactive security.
SolarWinds MSP solutions work in concert to secure client IT infrastructures and protect business operations Each individual risk assessment and management layer in the multi-layered security focuses on a specific area where a virus or other malware can attack. If the malware succeeds in penetrating one layer of defense, it must deal with the subsequent layers of defense before gaining access to corporate network resources and data assets. By working in concert, these security layers offer a better chance of stopping intruders from breaching company networks than any single solution.
SolarWinds MSP solutions offer the following types of information security layers that MSPs can add to their network defense service offerings:
- Anti-spam filters
- Anti-virus software
- Speedy backup and recovery
- Data encryption
- Email protection and archiving
- Patch management
- Privacy controls
- Vulnerability assessment and analytics
- Web protection
MSP Risk Intelligence provides MSPs with all the tangible evidence they need to build a convincing business case their client's IT infrastructures.
Making the Case for MSP Risk Intelligence
If financial stakeholders are still unsure of the most efficient and comprehensive information technology risk assessment tools, the report generated by MSP Risk Intelligence enables MSPs to follow up with clients about patching their most vulnerable areas first and addressing less critical threats at a later time.
Either way, MSP Risk Intelligence delivers the undeniable facts and figures you need to make the case for stronger controls and protection of your client's most important assets.
Experience for yourself the risk assessment and risk management capabilities that you can add to your service offerings. Start your free trial of MSP Risk Intelligence today and begin setting yourself apart from other MSPs on the marketplace.
No credit card information is required and login information is provided via email, plus technical support is available during the entire 30-day trial.
About SolarWinds MSP
SolarWinds MSP has led the industry in defining a rock-solid base of innovation for many years. Our solutions are trusted by over 12,000 companies worldwide, with over 260 million remote monitoring checks run every day, 8 billion spam messages intercepted over the past year, and 1 million quarantined threats stopped every month!
Given these impressive benchmarks, along with our combination of mission-critical reliability, user-friendly design and commitment to workforce productivity, it’s no wonder why our customers love us. Secure access has never been so vital and SolarWinds MSP is here with a fresh perspective for the next generation.