CheckRed Editorial

06 March 2024

Why MSPs and MSSPs Must Incorporate CIEM into Their Security Strategy

MSPs and MSSPs play crucial roles in cybersecurity. MSPs are companies that offer a range of IT services to businesses, including security management. MSSPs, on the other hand, specialize specifically in providing managed security services.

Their role is to protect their clients’ digital assets and sensitive information from cyber threats. They do this by enforcing security measures, assessing the environments for potential risks, and taking prompt response actions to security incidents. MSPs and MSSPs act as the frontline defense against cyber attacks for businesses that need external security support.

However, there are challenges that these service providers face. MSPs and MSSPs must navigate an ever evolving landscape of cyber threats, constantly keeping up with new attack methods and vulnerabilities. They also face the challenge of managing security across multiple client environments, each with its own unique set of requirements and configurations.

Ensuring the security of client environments is also about staying compliant with regulations and industry standards. MSPs and MSSPs must navigate complex regulatory landscapes and ensure that their clients’ security measures meet the necessary requirements.


Challenges Faced by MSPs and MSSPs

Managing security for one client can be challenging, but MSPs and MSSPs find themselves responsible for securing multiple client environments simultaneously. Each client may have different systems, networks, and security requirements, making it complex to ensure consistent protection across the board.

Staying compliant with regulations and standards adds another layer of complexity. MSPs and MSSPs must navigate a maze of regulatory requirements, such as GDPR, HIPAA, or PCI DSS, while also keeping up with industry standards and best practices. Ensuring compliance for each client can take up a lot of time and cost valuable resources.

One of the biggest risks MSPs and MSSPs face is unauthorized access and excessive permissions. Granting too much access to users or systems can open up critical data to breaches, exposure, or misuse. Balancing the need for access with security is a constant struggle, especially in dynamic environments where permissions may need to be adjusted frequently.

Introduction to CIEM

Cloud Infrastructure Entitlements Management is a vital tool for managing access rights and permissions for cloud resources. It ensures that only authorized users and systems have the necessary permissions, thus reducing the risk of data breaches and unauthorized access.

CIEM works by providing centralized control and visibility over who can access what in the cloud. It helps MSPs and MSSPs manage permissions for users, applications, and systems, ensuring that each entity only has access to what it needs to perform its job effectively.

One of the key benefits of CIEM is its adherence to the principle of least privilege. This means that CIEM ensures that entities are granted only the permissions necessary to perform their specific tasks, reducing the risk of unauthorized access or data breaches.

Why MSPs and MSSPs Need CIEM:

  • Enhanced security posture: CIEM helps MSPs and MSSPs improve the security posture of client environments by effectively managing access rights and permissions. By implementing CIEM, MSPs and MSSPs can ensure that only authorized users and systems have access to sensitive data, reducing the risk of security incidents.
  • Simplified compliance management: CIEM provides centralized visibility and control over data entitlements, making it easier for MSPs and MSSPs to ensure compliance with regulations and standards. With CIEM, MSPs and MSSPs can quickly identify and address any compliance issues, reducing the risk of non-compliance penalties.
  • Reduced risks: CIEM helps MSPs and MSSPs mitigate the risk of unauthorized access and data breaches by identifying and addressing inactive or excessive permissions. By regularly auditing and adjusting permissions, the implementation of solutions like CIEM and IAM ensures that only the necessary access rights are granted, reducing the attack surface and minimizing the risk of security incidents.

Benefits of CIEM for MSPs and MSSPs:

  • Scalable entitlements visibility: CIEM provides MSPs and MSSPs with scalable visibility into access rights and permissions across multiple client environments. This means that regardless of the size or complexity of the client’s infrastructure, MSPs and MSSPs can efficiently manage security by easily identifying who has access to what. With CIEM, MSPs and MSSPs can gain insights into user permissions, application access, and system privileges, allowing them to effectively monitor and control access across all client environments.
  • Compliance assurance: By providing centralized control over entitlements and permissions, CIEM helps MSPs and MSSPs track and enforce compliance requirements more effectively. Whether it’s GDPR, HIPAA, or PCI DSS, CIEM helps MSPs and MSSPs demonstrate compliance to auditors and regulatory bodies by maintaining a comprehensive audit trail of access rights and permissions.
  • Cloud permission rightsizing: By analyzing and adjusting permissions based on the principle of least privilege, CIEM helps MSPs and MSSPs reduce the risk of unauthorized access and improve overall security. With CIEM, MSPs and MSSPs can ensure that users and systems only have access to the resources and data they need to perform their specific tasks, minimizing the attack surface and mitigating the risk of data breaches.
  • Continuous entitlement assessment: By regularly auditing and monitoring access controls, CIEM helps MSPs and MSSPs ensure that client environments adhere to the principle of least privilege. This proactive approach to entitlement management helps MSPs and MSSPs identify and address any security gaps or excessive permissions before they can be exploited by malicious actors.

Leveraging CheckRed for Enhanced Security Posture

CheckRed offers a comprehensive suite of tools, including robust CIEM capabilities. With CheckRed, MSPs and MSSPs can take their security services to the next level, ensuring better protection for their clients’ digital assets and infrastructure.

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