(Updated January 20, 2020)
We continue to witness the devastating impact of ransomware, crypto attacks, and other forms of cyber attacks on our customers. The recovery cost and frequency of attacks are increasing at alarming rates. The average cost for a small or midsize business (SMB) to fully recovery from a cyber attack has increased to between $145,000 and $180,000. This includes loss of direct business, remediation costs, damage to reputation, and employee downtime. At the same time, the number of ransomware attacks so far in 2019 has doubled when compared with the same period in 2018.
As a managed cloud service provider, you have heard from us that you “should” have more protections in place. Our position is changing: these protections are a “must”.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) and email Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) are necessary, baseline services for protecting your business.
Beginning April 1, 2020, we will require and will begin adding Advanced Threat Protection to all of our customers’ email service unless you specifically opt out. If you opt out, the cost of our data recovery efforts will not be covered under our unlimited support plans (See our Support Services SLA). When we add ATP to your service, we will discuss with you when we can add MFA.
We will mitigate the cost.
We are sensitive to your budget.
- ATP requires a technical setup and typically incurs a setup fee along with the monthly or annual subscription. We are discounting both the setup and subscription fees for all customers. For customers requesting Priority Opt-In, we will waive the ATP related setup fees completely.
- MFA implementation is covered by our support plans as an administrative change. If you do not have on of our support plans, we will provide an affordable, discounted quote for the project.
- For customers without an unlimited support plan and/or those that choose to Opt-Out, we will discount our hourly fees for recovery work.
For more information on specific discounts and pricing, and to let us know if you want to Opt-In, to have Priority Opt-In, or to Opt-Out, please visit this web page and complete the form.
We realize that this is a significant change for most of our customers. We also understand the importance of these protections. Please contact us with questions or concerns
Thank you for being part of our community,
CEO & Pragmatic Evangelist