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Despite the Uncertainty, MSPs’ Prospects are Brighter Than Ever

As we enter the final stretch of November and prepare for the final month in what has been an unparalleled year for the IT industry (and the world), the negatives of 2020 are fresh in everyone’s minds. Millions have been affected by the pandemic, from those suffering directly from the virus to others who are still struggling to make it through each day in isolation from family and friends.

Best Practices on Emerging Security Technologies

For managed services providers (MSPs) and managed security services providers (MSSPs), adding or improving security tools in your stack is time-consuming and often challenging. The evaluation process can be overwhelming, and the final decision has a long-lasting impact. The choice is more difficult now than ever before, having to decide on the thousands of security tools in the marketplace offered by a myriad of vendors. Some find themselves feeling paralysis by analysis! If you have found yourself in that state of mind, I am he

Endpoint Security: What’s Under the Hood?

Today, MSPs are in the driver’s seat when it comes to tailoring an endpoint security solution to best protect themselves and their client’s from harmful malware and data loss. However, this hasn’t always been the case. Many of us can remember a time when finding MSP creature features like multi-tenancy, trial provisioning and granular client-level reporting were hard to come by.

A crash course in MDR

Over the past several months, you’ve likely heard the term “Managed Detection and Response” (MDR). And while the term is often used, it is seldom defined, and, when it is, the service description is usually vague. It’s hard to tell if the vendor is using proprietary technology or if the solution is vaporware or still in development. To make matters more confusing, each vendor seems to define MDR differently, making it very hard to compare solutions.

Your MSP’s Cybersecurity Success Hinges on 7 Vital Soft Skills

As most industry professionals understand, IT capabilities and insight are not the only vital piece of the equation. MSPs need a more comprehensive set of competencies to excel in today’s rapidly shifting business environment, including the essential ‘soft skills’ for implementing and managing and continually strengthening the cyber defenses of different organizations.

Go Upstream with Cybersecurity

Many MSPs are finding themselves and their businesses at a crossroads. Some IT Service Providers are experiencing revenue disruptions and cash flow pain due to the ongoing pandemic as their SMB clients work through their own sales and financial issues. Others are struggling to recapture growth momentum that is slowing due to stagnating and uncertain business conditions.


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