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The 16 Biggest Cybersecurity Challenges MSPs Face Right Now

From business continuity, ransomware response and supply chain attacks to user education, the rise in remote work, and retaining security talent, here are the biggest cybersecurity challenges MSPs and their customers face.

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Ransomware Protection And Response

Shane Vinup, CEO, Maple Grove, Minn.-based Cyber Advisors, No. 456 on the 2021 CRN Solution Provider 500

The biggest challenge so far in 2021 has been protecting against and/or responding to ransomware. Cryptographically-based attacks against data have totally simplified the threat actors’ ability to satisfy their primary motivation – getting paid. Crypto-locking ransomware has greatly simplified the utility of hacking. Many or most of the initial steps of getting around security controls remain. However, once the initial compromise is successful, all that is left to do is pivot and escalate using encryption, which creates persistence and avoids exfiltration entirely. Cutting out these steps necessarily shortens the time that customers have to protect themselves. All the while the threat landscape continues to evolve to provide new ways for the first vector of attack. As always, while the defenders need to figure out how to protect against all of the known and unknown ways in, the attacker only needs to find one of them.

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