Moving end-users to cloud security remains a challenge for many MSPs, and business leaders who do not follow these recommendations create a competency gap for leaders in the field of cybersecurity.
The shift to cloud technology has given companies the ability to remain competitive and innovative in an ever-changing business environment. This has led to an increase in the adoption of cloud computing by companies and consumers alike, but it has created numerous challenges for MSPs.
As business processes, infrastructure and data are increasingly migrated to the cloud as part of holistic digital transformation strategies and protecting this information and critical infrastructure will require an entirely new approach to corporate security. For large and small organisations, inadequately protected and configured data protection systems increase the risk of large data leaks.
Many companies have chosen to migrate to cloud infrastructure not only due to its many benefits around centralisation, lucrative pricing plans and storage capabilities but for its security benefits. It’s important to understand where these systems may be at risk and what they can do - you might be surprised to learn that there are cybersecurity threats that could pose all sorts of challenges to your cloud ecosystem, so you must understand what is going on and where they are coming from.
To get a clear picture of where your customers are headed in the IaaS space, you need to be aware of the security threats and risks that appear in cloud systems, as well as their potential impact on your business. MSPs can create forces of change as the pioneers of cloud integration for their end-users – in 2019 optimising the existing use of cloud was a top priority for consumers (64%). What’s more, 58% agree that adding more workloads to the cloud was paramount in securing the foundations for exponential growth.
Suggesting that your end-users could benefit from optimising the cloud solutions that they already use, how can you as an MSP optimise their cloud infrastructure?
- Provide Stability
A digital transformation strategy doesn’t just involve the migration of their data onto new cloud solutions, it’s also a catalyst for company-wide change. Providing that necessary consultancy to understand their business, their challenges and their needs puts you in a better position to prepare for the future – longevity is a must-have consideration when implementing cloud infrastructure as you need to be looking to future developments and assessing the impact of such.
- Be proactive
Not only are you servicing the business challenges that your customers already face, but you’re also developing a strategy for future impactful occurrences. You need to position your MSP as a growth enabler; the underlying challenges that could crop up as a consequence of external factors could put your customers at risk if they don’t have anyone to point them out before they greatly impact their business. Cybersecurity plays a massive part in safeguarding your customers and ensuring that they are prepared for any eventuality. Network monitoring is a useful and powerful way to monitor for such risks, events and occurrences that may jeopardise your customers’ business continuity.
- Enable end-user collaboration
Once you’ve implemented your strategy and ensured that every aspect is working to every party’s standards, you need to ensure that your customers are properly reaping the benefits of their newfound digital transformation. After all, if the effects of change aren’t filtering down to every level, you may need to step back to revisit the fundamental drivers of your strategy.
- Assure business continuity
Defining and deploying cloud infrastructure can be quite daunting for any company has masses of data, sometimes even from multiple repositories all storing big data. Optimising their cloud infrastructure not only involves the quantitative methods used by the MSP to deliver the result but the business reassurance that any existing processes would be maintained and exempt from major change for business continuity.
If you’re an MSP looking to optimise the way you manage the relationship between you and your end-users’ cloud infrastructure as part of the wider digital transformation strategy, Network Monitoring and Managed File Transfer solutions may be for you. Contact the Cloud team at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0371 973 3060.