The past year was a challenging one for MSPs all over the world. From facilitating the forced transition to remote work environments to managing the massive rise in security threats, MSPs had their hands full. With the rise in remote and hybrid work environments, the IT environments of businesses are extremely vulnerable now more than ever.
In this scenario, MSPs must focus on detoxifying their clients’ IT environments and prepare them to handle modern security threats like ransomware.
Security Issues With Cluttered IT Environments
Cluttered IT environments are a source of various security issues. The sad part is many businesses are still not aware of the true impact of a security breach. It is easy to brush off security threats as something that won’t happen to you. However, the statistics on cybersecurity say otherwise. With ransomware increasing 435% in 2020, getting hit with a breach is not a matter of “if” but rather “when” for most businesses.
Poor security hygiene is the number one way to attract cybercriminals. Cybercriminals are always on the lookout for easy targets to exploit. If your client’s IT environment is cluttered with too many security issues, it can be easily breached, and the resulting price is often too high to pay.
Some of the losses that follow a security breach include the following.
- Loss of data: In this digital age, data is the most sought-after commodity in the world. Loss of valuable data can jeopardize a company’s operations and push it to the brink of closure.
- Financial loss: Mitigating losses caused by a security breach can be quite overwhelming for any organization. From operational losses to potential lawsuits and penalties, the financial costs involved are usually exorbitant.
- Operational downtime: Major security incidents are usually followed by operational downtime as businesses must deal with everything from financial loss to resumption of services.
- Credibility issue: When a business gets breached by hackers, its credibility takes a big hit. Clients are less likely to trust a business that has suffered a breach of their personal data. As a result, their business is likely to suffer even after resuming operations.
Benefits of Keeping Your Clients’ IT Environments Clean
In today’s digital world, clients expect a lot from their MSPs. From keeping their business operations running to eliminating security threats, they turn to their MSPs for everything related to IT. MSPs need to meet these expectations if they wish to have a competitive edge over other players in the market.
Ensuring better security is the first step towards meeting your clients’ expectations. By incorporating best security practices, you can detoxify your clients’ IT environments and protect them from various risks.
For your clients, this translates to reliable IT services. More specifically, your clients can now focus on their business without worrying about their IT. Clean IT environments also ensure higher efficiency, better coordination, better communication, easy threat identification and more. For MSPs, this translates to better client satisfaction, higher revenues, more possibilities for upselling, etc.
Now that you’ve understood the significance of a clean environment, it is time to think about how you can make that happen. Our upcoming blog in this series will highlight the best practices you can incorporate to detoxify your clients’ IT environments and ensure better security.
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