Bridging the Cybersecurity Skills Gap with a Managed Security Service Provider

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The Cybersecurity Skills Shortage vs. Increasing Cybersecurity Risk

An ongoing challenge for businesses across numerous industries is acquiring and retaining cybersecurity talent to manage risk. According to Fortune, the cybersecurity industry was short 3.4 million workers at the end of 2022. At the same time, organizations are facing an increasing amount of cybersecurity risks, and many threat actors are using technology to boost the success of breaches, phishing, malware, and similar tactics.

While cybersecurity skills shortages continue to impede companies, they are not without recourse — many outsource cybersecurity responsibilities to managed security services providers (MSSPs). Learn more about MSSPs and why they are integral for overcoming the cybersecurity talent gap.

Understanding the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage 

Statistics like the one from Fortune are staggering, especially considering how many companies conduct tasks online. What accounts for this skills shortage? There is no one answer, but part of the problem stems from a lack of skilled cybersecurity professionals to meet rising demand.  

Many organizations have to hire and train personnel to assume these roles, but this process costs more time and money than the company can often afford to give up. For those cybersecurity professionals leaving their jobs, some reasons include burnout, headhunting, and the “Great Resignation” trend that gained significant traction during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Surprisingly, another major cause of the cybersecurity skills shortage is that many management teams see no need to invest in IT and security training, despite struggling to reduce risks.  

Benefits of Choosing an MSSP  

No matter the reasons for the cybersecurity skills shortage, one aspect is clear — businesses need more effective IT solutions. If a lack of adequate cybersecurity talent is causing technical problems or a growing list of incomplete IT tasks at your organization, you may consider a managed security services provider.  

MSSPs enable businesses to outsource many IT duties, such as cybersecurity management for work devices and systems. With an MSSP, companies can avoid hiring and training in-house personnel, helping them save resources for other needs. Other advantages of partnering with an MSSP for cybersecurity services include:  

Protection  

MSSPs have the necessary expertise and the most updated technology to safeguard your business against cyber threats before they occur and efficiently respond if they do. 

Productivity  

Without needing to invest as many resources into cybersecurity, your companies will have the flexibility to spend more time on your core services and potentially experience more growth.  

Compliance  

Assessment and compliance are essential in corporate cybersecurity. As new risks emerge frequently, regulatory bodies continue to create new guidelines. An MSSP will stay on top of these changes to ensure your business adheres to industry regulations.  

Reputation  

When prospective customers see that your business partners with a trusted MSSP, it conveys that you care about protecting their data. This single feature can persuade them to choose you over a competitor.

Turn to a Reliable MSSP – Choose M.A. Polce

Cybersecurity skills shortages may persist, but with an MSSP, a business can confidently navigate IT. At M.A. Polce, we provide modern technology solutions to help small and medium-sized organizations across New York State handle various tasks. As an MSSP and MSP (managed services provider), we offer several crucial IT solutions. Contact us today to learn more about us and our services.  

Sources:  

https://insights.integrity360.com/solve-your-cyber-security-skills-shortage-with-an-mssp  

https://www.channelfutures.com/from-the-industry/how-managed-services-can-fill-the-widening-cybersecurity-skills-gap  

https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/security/cybersecurity-talent.pdf 

https://fortune.com/education/articles/the-cybersecurity-industry-is-short-3-4-million-workers-thats-good-news-for-cyber-wages/  

https://www.cybersecuritydive.com/news/cybersecurity-talent-gap-worker-shortage/639724/  

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/31/the-great-resignation-is-still-in-full-swing-heres-what-to-know.html  

https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/headhunting  

https://www.gartner.com/en/information-technology/glossary/mssp-managed-security-service-provider  

 

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