As hackers continue to evolve their tricks and tactics, so too must your threat detection capabilities. New cybersecurity trends are emerging every day—whether it be the latest attack methods or security operations best practices—and in order to protect your SMB clients, you must arm yourself with the latest knowledge.
In this blog, we’ll unpack the following trends:
The shift in hackers’ targets to SMBs
Increased threats to MSSPs and SMBs
New updates to managed detection and response
The rise in human-powered threat detection
Scaling your MSSP’s cybersecurity defenses
Who is Being Targeted By Hackers? Your SMB Clients
Human error, such as clicking on suspicious emails, and misconfigurations are on the rise and open the door for hackers to infiltrate
Brute force attacks account for 8% of the top breach types within large enterprises but account for 34% of breaches for SMBs
And probably one of the more compelling statistics from the report is that 28% of data breaches directly targeted SMBs.
SMBs are the low-hanging fruit that hackers can easily go after. Why? Because they typically don’t have the budget-breaking cybersecurity posture that enterprises have, or they fall for that phishing email due to lack of security awareness training, or they simply don’t enforce strong password policies.
This has a direct effect on you, the experts who aim to protect these businesses. Cybersecurity has become a shared responsibility—and when a security incident does happen, you need to determine:
The extent of the damage
How it happened
How to respond
In addition, MSSPs are finding themselves under new threats simply because of their position within the industry. As the central node in a network of SMBs, you have become a high-value
Plus, it goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has added yet another wrinkle to the existing threat landscape due to the new normal of remote work.
Networks have more external access points than ever before. The shift to working from home has moved employees—and other targeted endpoints—outside of existing security stacks and in-office safety measures. All of these factors combined provide a host of new attack vectors for hackers.
So, how can your managed detection and response strategy account for this evolution?
Fight Back with Threat Detection and Response
There’s no magic wand or silver bullet that’s going to keep threats at bay. In order to have a viable security stack, you have to combine the following managed detection and response measures:
Network security basics (like antivirus, firewalls, DNS filtering, etc.)
Together, these cybersecurity tools offer a signature-based prevention system combined with the least privilege to help stop attacks before they can do the most damage.
Managed detection and response should be the cornerstone of your offering. However, there are limitations to relying on software alone to do the job.
While an important aspect of cybersecurity, automated threat detection software can only scan for what it’s programmed to look for. And most fully automated solutions will default to letting ‘unknowns’ operate as usual rather than block or remove something that is potentially legitimate.