At its MAX 2016 partner conference in Edinburgh, Scotland this week, SolarWinds MSP shared frank thoughts about where it sees the managed services market heading and what that analysis portends for its partners and products. Here are a few choice samples of what they had to say.
With ransomware skyrocketing and new threats emerging all but daily, security is a major concern for businesses of all sizes. SolarWinds MSP encourages managed service providers to take advantage of that trend by becoming managed security service providers as well.
And it isn’t as hard as you might think, according to Ian Trump, SolarWinds MSP’s global security lead. Deep knowledge of the latest security solutions and best practices is helpful, but most breaches can be prevented simply by ensuring customers understand and embrace the basics, like employing two-factor authentication, changing passwords frequently, and encrypting data on mobile devices.
“It’s the simple stuff that we’re missing and it’s the simple stuff that continues to work,” Trump says. “The technology stack works way better when all the easy, free, and easy to implement stuff is done first.”
MSPs can teach themselves the simple stuff inexpensively too.
“The cost of entry into the security space is not prohibitive by any means,” Trumps says. “For two or three thousand [dollars] you can get the CompTIA Security+ certification, which gives you the basics.”
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