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5 Reasons You Shouldn't Trust Your Cyber Defense to Your IT Vendor or Service Provider Many small and medium-sized businesses utilize IT vendors and service providers to help them with their technology needs. But a business's cyber defense should not be left solely in the hands of these types of firms.

By Dr. Brian Scavotto

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Let me preface this article by saying that I mean no disrespect to IT vendors or managed-service providers (MSPs). For many organizations, these firms are a huge help, economically feasible and do help businesses figure out technical solutions to their problems. In addition to your traditional IT services, many IT vendors or service providers provide basic security services as part of their normal engagement with customers. Many may even offer a separate, more comprehensive security offering for an increased cost.

But if you do use one of these services for your business, consider getting another set of eyes to examine your cyber defenses. Below are five reasons not to fully trust your cyber defenses to an IT vendor or MSP.

1. Tools are a double-edged sword