Forget DHS, MSPs are the real incident response team for small businesses

Posted: October 14, 2019 / Author: Dror Liwer

The new DHS incident response cyber team is not a true small business champion.

After many months of debate, the United States Congress passed legislation forming a cyber-incident response team to assist both the government and private sector in the event of a data breach and is currently slated for the President’s signature. Admittedly, the response team, who will be overseen by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is encouraging for businesses across industries that are being plagued by an increasing number of cyberattacks causing both financial and reputational harm. Yet, despite the honourable intentions by the U.S. Congress to combat the rise in cybercrime, a thought comes to mind when reviewing this bill – at a time when cyberattacks are expected to cost businesses $11.5 billion, who receives priority attention from this response team, small businesses or Fortune 1000s? The answer is simple - it’s the Fortune 1000s.

This is ironic when considering that large enterprises can often afford the cybersecurity tools and security analysts necessary for threat prevention and attack response, yet these companies are all but certain to receive the bulk of attention from DHS’ incident response team.

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