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Leverage Third-Party Research to Choose Cybersecurity Vendors

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Third-party testing gives you a smart, reliable basis for your vendor decision-making strategy.

Preventing advanced and sophisticated security threats remains a top challenge for managed service providers (MSPs) as cyberattacks grow more complex and pose devastating consequences. At the same time, companies are moving toward a hybrid work environment, creating new vulnerabilities in their network security. At the very least, it’s a good time for MSPs to talk with customers about cybersecurity practice. Perhaps now they will listen.

Before you schedule that meeting, can you ensure you’re implementing the right cybersecurity platform for your MSP business? With the magnitude of platforms and solutions on the market, it’s not easy to understand how they stack up against their claims. We recommend looking at the experts–independent, third-party analysts who have real-world experience–to understand and evaluate cybersecurity options.

Independent third-party labs perform publicly conducted tests, which set the gold standard in today’s crowded cybersecurity marketplace. Real-word testing offers the most significant insights into a platform’s value. Furthermore, these tests use live malware and viruses often running for an extended period of time with continuous live updates of the malicious codes and URLs introduced.

Moreover, these tests share several common traits:

  • Vendors do not fund them.
  • They test performance, false positives and protection.
  • They pull from massive collections of malware.
  • They offer vendors the chance to dispute or clarify results.
  • They do fail platforms in one or more categories based on results.

Third-party testing gives you a smart, reliable basis for your vendor decision-making strategy. Now, you have a solid plan in place to advise your customers! If you’d like to take a deeper dive into independent testing in the cybersecurity industry and the industry’s leading independent, third-party antivirus and antimalware labs, download the guide: The Ultimate Guide to AV and EDR Independent Tests.

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