Listen Up, MSPs: It's Cybersecurity Awareness Month and Time To Defend Your Customers

Listen Up, MSPs: It's Cybersecurity Awareness Month and Time To Defend Your Customers

By Matthew Vulpis

Cybersecurity Awareness Month represents a growing collaboration between government and private industry to raise awareness about digital security and to empower people and organizations to prevent catastrophic consequences caused by bad actors.

The month is dedicated to creating resources and communications for organizations to talk to their employees and customers about staying safe online. Now in its 18th year, the mission continues to build momentum and impact, co-led by the National Cybersecurity Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA).

MSPs are playing an increasingly important role in ensuring their customers are protected against all kinds of threats, whether massive data breaches from external hackers and even nation-states or the often more subtle insider threats.

Keeping up with fast-moving and highly persistent threats that may be invisible for weeks can feel overwhelming. The good news is that innovations in cybersecurity cloud and software defenses have never been more active and well-funded.  

One of the largest and fastest-growing cloud marketplaces for MSPs, Pax8, has placed increasing emphasis on ensuring that its marketplace features a variety of cybersecurity solutions, especially those which are cloud-native or at least designed with a cloud-first mentality. The company recently launched a cybersecurity site for its MSP partners featuring compliance frameworks, webinars, and on-demand content. This month, Pax8 is hosting its first “Security Bootcamp” in person in Denver, Oct. 18-19, partnering with Microsoft and the Azure cloud team.

“We immediately sold out the 100 slots we had planned, given that this is the first educational and community event focused on cybersecurity – and we expanded the capacity 3X,” said Scott Chasin, Pax8 Chief Technology Officer, and a serial security technology entrepreneur. “This aligns with what is trending on our marketplace and with our due diligence on vendors with high-quality solutions.” 

Bootcamp topics include:

  • Components of Modern Workplace and Modern Security,
  • Threats Facing the Modern Workplace,
  • Hardening Azure Identity,
  • Securing Windows Endpoints,
  • Managing BYOD Scenarios,
  • Protecting from External Threats with Defender for Office 365,
  • Leveraging Cybersecurity Policies, and
  • Safeguarding Intellectual Property and PII.

“Effective cybersecurity is a team sport,” Chasin said. “There are so many layers of today’s tech stacks, so many new challenges with the move to the cloud, and non-stop investment by multi-million dollar professional crime rings in everything from attacks on the infrastructure itself, including VMs, gateways, networks and operating systems, to attacks on the browser where social engineering is causing workers to click on emails, links, and text messages that appear to be real but are in fact traps.”

Edited by Erik Linask
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