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Empowering Partners with Cybersecurity: A Trusted Advisor’s Guide

Empowering partners with cybersecurity

In today’s digital-first environment, cybersecurity is not just a line item on the IT budget—it’s a critical component of a company’s survival strategy, not to mention a revenue generator as well. As a Trusted Advisor, your role transcends the mere selling of cybersecurity services or other products/services. You are the bridge between complex cybersecurity solutions and the businesses that desperately need them but may not know where to start. Because cybersecurity is no longer a “nice-to-have”, but a “must-have,” it’s essential to have conversations about cybersecurity with your customers. If you don’t, someone else will. 

This article will guide you through initiating those first meaningful conversations about cybersecurity with your clients and prospects, focusing on selling services like those offered by Cyber Defense Group. Our Solutions Architects will take the reins on the technical aspects of the discussion and serve as your cyber arm, freeing you to focus on business objectives.

Understanding the cybersecurity landscape

Effective cybersecurity solutions empower partners

Before diving into conversations with your clients, it’s crucial to understand the current landscape of cybersecurity. Cyber threats are evolving at an unprecedented rate, and businesses are increasingly aware of the need for robust cybersecurity measures. However, understanding and implementing these measures can be daunting for many.

As a TA, your aim should be to help demystify cybersecurity for your clients, making it accessible and understandable. This requires staying up-to-date with the latest cyber threats, trends, and solutions as well as bringing in a partner that is an expert in this field, so you don’t have to know it all. Understanding specifically how to address your clients’ unique needs and challenges within the cybersecurity world can be challenging, but having a partner by your side that understands the complexities will take out the guesswork.

Initiating security conversations with customers

Beginning the conversation about cybersecurity can be challenging, so we’ve thought of some strategic questions to get the ball rolling, creating an opportunity for a deeper discussion:

  1. What is your current cyber strategy?
    1. Confirming your client’s level of understanding tells you how much they know about cybersecurity. 
    2. This open-ended question sets the stage for a strategic overview of their current posture, helping you identify gaps and opportunities for enhancement.
  2. “What does your cyber team consist of today?”
    1. Knowing the size and skill set of their current team can help you understand how Cyber Defense Group’s services can complement and support their efforts.
  3. Do you have compliance requirements?
    1. Compliance is a significant driver for many cybersecurity initiatives or highly regulated industries, not just a box to check. Think healthcare, insurance, pharmaceutical, energy, telecommunication, and banking.
    2. Understanding their obligations can help tailor conversation towards how Cyber Defense Group’s services can aid in meeting these requirements.  plus the bigger security picture. 
  4. When was the last assessment you had?
    1. Regular assessments are crucial for maintaining a robust cybersecurity posture. They help eliminate vulnerabilities and secure sensitive business and customer data, meet cyber insurance prerequisites, and adhere to compliance and regulatory standards. 
    2. This question can lead to discussions about the importance of assessments and how Cyber Defense Group can facilitate them.
  5. Have you experienced a breach or cybersecurity incident? How did you respond or react?
    1. Discussing past incidents can be sensitive but it helps understand their level of preparedness and an opportunity to discuss how Cyber Defense Group reassures that your customer has the proper coverage in place. 
  6. What are you currently doing to protect customer data?
    1. Data protection is a top priority for businesses. 
    2. This question allows you to explore their current measures and how Cyber Defense Group’s services can improve their data security.

What to look when bringing up the topic of cybersecurity

As you engage in these conversations, listen for indicators of their cybersecurity maturity and readiness for improvement. Looking for some specific information on breach statistics and factors influencing these expenses, inclusive of their nuances across different industries and regions.

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 Look for signs of:

Recommendations on how to offer value to your customers

As a trusted advisor, your goal is to position yourself as a knowledgeable and trustworthy partner in your clients’ cybersecurity journey. Here’s how you can offer value:

  • Educate: Provide clients with insights into current cyber threats and trends. Education builds trust and positions you as a go-to resource. Cyber Defense Group can help you educate your customers- let us be the experts.
  • Tailor solutions: Your understanding of their business can help a company like Cyber Defense Group tailor solutions that are customized to meet their specific needs.
    • Allow a company like Cyber Defense Group to be your cyber expert sidekick. You don’t have to know it all, that’s where a company like ours comes in.
  • Highlight ROI: Discuss the potential costs of cyber incidents versus the investment in cybersecurity services, emphasizing the value of prevention. We can guide you through the process with our ROI calculator that can show approximate savings to create a report for your use. Contact Cyber Defense Group to book a meeting to discuss.
    • For instance the average cost of a breach is around $9.48M, which can and has put many small/medium sized businesses out of business. 
    • The cost of protection using cybersecurity consulting services like Cyber Defense Group averages $150k per year, less than the cost of a full time hire.
  • Facilitate decision making: Simplify complex cybersecurity concepts to help your clients make informed decisions.

Contact us today to learn our “better together” story

Currently, most conversations in the channel can revolve around product talk and not around the strategy, which is at the heart of the foundation to maturing security resilience. That’s where Cyber Defense Group shines as a trusted partner that will help you.

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Understanding the nuances of selling cybersecurity services like those offered by Cyber Defense Group requires a deep dive into both the services and the unique challenges your clients face. The conversation doesn’t end here, though. To truly empower your role as a Trusted Advisor and enhance your ability to guide your clients through their cybersecurity journey, we invite you to book a meeting with us.

Cyber Defense Group specializes in delivering comprehensive cybersecurity programs and solutions tailored to the specific needs of businesses across various industries. By partnering with us, you will gain in-depth insights into our services, understand how we can support your role as a Trusted Advisor, and, most importantly, learn how we can collectively safeguard your clients against the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your knowledge, explore our solutions, or simply discuss potential cybersecurity strategies for your clients, our team is here to support and collaborate with you. Don’t miss the opportunity to elevate your advisory role and make a tangible impact on your clients’ cybersecurity posture.

Book a meeting with Cyber Defense Group today, and let’s take the first step towards a more secure digital future for your clients.

Together, we can navigate the complexities of cybersecurity, ensuring that your clients are safeguarded from evolving threats.