Cyber Verify Risk system gives enterprises accurate view of service provider practices
The MSPAlliance has created a cyber-risk rating system that will enable MSPs and their customers to get a more accurate view of how equipped the service providers are to defend against attacks.
The Lowdown: The MSPAlliance – also known as the International Association of Cloud and Managed Service Providers – this week unveiled the Cyber Verify Risk rating system that’s designed to assess the cyber-risk protection practices being used by service providers, enabling organizations that do some of their business in the cloud to assess what type of MSP best suits their needs.
The Details: Service providers will receive a cyber-risk rating through the program based in part on the IT and cybersecurity services they offer. Enterprises can see the ratings MSPs receive to determine which ones they want to use to protect them against cyberattacks, data breaches, and other threats.
The Cyber Verify Risk rating system will help improve transparency and trust organizations have with their service providers and also will educate them about the tools, technologies, and services that are best in protecting them against cyberthreats.
The Impact: With more workloads and data moving to the cloud and the enterprise IT environment becoming more decentralized, the attack surface facing enterprises is growing. In response, organizations are increasingly turning to MSPs to help them protect and manage these complex environments.
Background: The cybersecurity rating system is among a number of certifications that the Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based MSPAlliance offers. Other certifications for MSPs focus on the cloud, data centers, business continuity, and compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The Buzz: “The Cyber Verify Risk rating is a continuation of the work MSPAlliance has been doing for nearly 20 years,” said Celia Weaver, president of MSPAlliance. “Providing service providers and customers with greater transparency and information to make educated decisions regarding cyberdefense is what matters most to us and the global MSP industry that we represent.”