Barracuda MSP ensures its partners are better informed and supported around cybersecurity regulations


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Barracuda makes strides to help its MSPs find their way around the UK government's new cybersecurity legislation and the NIS regulations.

For the past few years there has been a demand  from the cybersecurity community for the UK Government to bring in legislation to better protect data and enforce rules for MSPs to ensure their customers' information is safe. As of January 2022, Julia Lopez, the Minister of State for Media, Data and Digital Infrastructure has proposed a new legislation that would see MSPs to not only be considered an essential service, but to fall under the NIS Regulations.

This means that MSPs must carry out thorough risk assessments with the possibility of facing up to £17 million in potential fines if they fail to comply with the government's rules. All costs for enforcing the new regulations will go from the taxpayer to the MSPs covered by the legislation, which the UK government believes will create a more flexible financial system and ease the overall burden on general taxation.

JP Kehoe, Senior Director, SKOUT Managed XDR EMEA, says: “As MSP's move to Cyber Centric MSP's trust is table stakes and the key factor in the relationship between an MSP and their customers. We feel it’s up to us to ensure that this trust is never compromised and as the cyber security landscape evolves we help MSP's navigate the challenges and strengthen this trust 

According to current reported statistics from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport only 12% of companies detect issues in their cybersecurity and only 5% address the issue. Kehoe said, “Barracuda MSP is leading the charge by keeping their MSPs well-informed and well-prepared in order to stay on top of the new cybersecurity requirements. We want them to feel confident that they have the right skills set and processes in place to meet the new legislation.

“There are five steps to good cyber hygiene. First, establish what’s important to protect, and build defence-in-depth around your data. Second, monitor your environment to lower your response time. Finally follow a framework that makes sense for you to continue to secure you across the big three: People, Process & Technology (PPT).”  

“Barracuda works with MSP's on their Cyber Centric Journey to secure their own environment and adhere to cybersecurity regulations like NIS” explained Kehoe. “There is nothing to fear from the new legislation for those companies who have taken the necessary basic cyber hygiene steps and Barracuda is clearly focused on assisting them to  achieve this.”

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