ConnectWise Partners with CISA JCDC for Enhanced MSP Cybersecurity

ConnectWise is already applying its learnings from the early stages of the collaboration.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

March 29, 2023

3 Min Read
Cybersecurity partnership

ConnectWise has partnered with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) to enhance cybersecurity for MSPs.

The partnership aims to provide MSPs with the resources and tools to strengthen their cybersecurity posture and protect their clients. ConnectWise will work closely with CISA JCDC to develop new solutions and services that address MSPs’ latest cybersecurity challenges.

Patrick Beggs, ConnectWise‘s CISO, said this is the first time the company has entered into a partnership of this sort.


ConnectWise’s Patrick Beggs

“The deep relationships our leaders have built across the industry – including public, private and government sectors – presents ConnectWise with a unique opportunity to work in these collaborative environments,” he said. “In this case, our robust remote monitoring and management (RMM) offerings were part of the appeal of our participation in the CISA JCDC.”

CISA JCDC brings together experts from government, industry and academia to collaborate on cybersecurity defense. Through this partnership, ConnectWise will have access to the latest threat intelligence, best practices and training materials from CISA JCDC.

In turn, ConnectWise can share this information with MSPs to support ongoing efforts to defend against evolving cyberattacks. ConnectWise and CISA JCDC share a commitment to improving cybersecurity for businesses of all sizes. And this partnership is a significant step in achieving this goal.

What MSPs Can Expect from Partnership

“The major items MSPs expect from this partnership is real-time, operational and threat information sharing,” Beggs said. “Additionally, we have a chance to help drive awareness of some of the offerings provided by CISA that are specific to small businesses, like access to free vulnerability scans, risk assessments, and other services to assist in combating the modern threat landscape. Obviously, ConnectWise offers robust solutions in these areas for MSPs as well. But in the end, we know security works best when we are not competing, but instead collaborating to ensure better security across the industry. If we can get there, it’s a win for everyone.”

MSPs need strong security solutions in place to counter the modern threat landscape, he said.

“No one can idly stand by and hope to not be a victim,” Beggs said. “Cybercriminals’ confidence is growing and they will always take the path of least resistance. MSPs need to take steps to secure themselves and their customers by adopting a zero-trust network architecture, leveraging threat intelligence research and investing in specialized cybersecurity training. Doing this means MSPs can stay ahead of the curve.”

ConnectWise is already applying its learnings from the early stages of the collaborative to its ongoing efforts, he said.

“A simple way to think about this is, if we get information on bad actors – let’s say a list of IP addresses – we can ensure our cloud-based solutions are almost instantly protected from those sources,” Beggs said. “Working with other vendors across the industry in a collective manner ensures we can share the best information to our partners.

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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