Article | January 11, 2019

3 Ways To Train Your Talent For A Transition To Managed Security Services

Source: Solarwinds MSP

By Tim Brown, Vice President, Security, SolarWinds MSP

One of the main reasons businesses may turn to service providers for cybersecurity is an acute shortage of cybersecurity professionals. This creates an opportunity for MSPs to increase their share of wallet with clients but also poses a major challenge—the skills shortage affects providers, too.

For MSPs, the scarcity of skilled talent can be a major hindrance. If you can’t hire the talent you need, your managed security practice may never get off the ground. Cybersecurity has become increasingly complex, so an MSP shouldn’t just reassign staff to security posts without proper planning and training.

In fact, training may be the only option for most MSPs as you staff up to manage cybersecurity for your clients. Here are three aspects of cybersecurity training MSPs can address as they launch a managed security services practice:

1. Choose the Right Candidates

Not all IT workers make good cybersecurity professionals, and it’s important to remember cybersecurity is a multifaceted discipline. Its various dimensions include operations, engineering, administration, risk analysis and strategy, threat analysis, forensics, coding, user education, and communication.