Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. 11 Ways The Channel Will Succeed With IoT — #11 May Surprise You

    The inevitable question for the channel is how to take advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) trend early and build the right organization and business model that can drive growth and profit.

  2. The Difference Between Detecting A Potential Breach And Disclosing A Disaster

    As we approach the end of 2015, it’s time to look back at some of the biggest breaches that rocked the data security and prevention world and reflect on the lessons learned. As I started to think back on the top stories over the last year, the first one that comes to mind is from February, which detailed the U.S. State Department’s inability to control a data breach more than three months after its detection.

  3. 5 Key Qualities That SMBs Look For In An IT Solutions Provider

    It’s no secret that small to midsize businesses (SMBs) have fewer technology resources, staff, and funds than the larger companies they compete with on a daily basis. As a result, SMBs are often late to the game when new technologies arise that can help their businesses succeed. But there something that can give the SMB an edge over its rivals, and that’s the right IT solutions provider.

  4. What To Focus On After A Breach: Five Key Questions

    The Identity Theft Resource Center reports that as of late October, there have been 629 data breaches this year, exposing nearly 176 million records. That’s about two breaches per day, with many more attempted. A company’s data and reputation are at stake, and managed services providers (MSPs) and their customers may share that natural human desire to know who was responsible for a data breach.

  5. Top Reasons To Utilize Consultative Services In The Contact Center Space

    There is a longstanding joke in the telecommunication sector: A business owner will believe anything a technician says, as long as he is located 50 miles from the office. If you are in-house, no one listens.

  6. 7 Ways To Increase Your Customers’ Awareness Of Cybersecurity

    Moving at the speed of business today means providing immediate access to critical business data and applications, regardless of whether workers are on-site or working remotely. It also means enabling workers to respond quickly to customer and partner requests via e-mail and instant messaging, and leveraging cloud computing to support instant collaboration between workers, customers, and partners in different geographic locations.

  7. All Signs Point To The Cloud: See Why Cloud-Based Security Is Replacing Antivirus

    It’s no secret that businesses of all shapes and sizes have opened their eyes to the importance of cybersecurity in light of what many industry experts have coined the “cyber breach epidemic.” Between the infamous Target breach that affected upwards of 40 million customers in 2014 to Home Depot’s compromise of 56 million credit card numbers, cybercriminals are making a name for themselves and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon!

  8. 5 Trends In Education Technology That VARs Should Know

    The education market is one of the most complex, challenging verticals in the IT industry. It can also be one of the most rewarding. On one hand, many school districts face shrinking budgets and tighter controls. But on the other hand, implementing the latest technologies can help schools save money – and be more productive. It’s what makes the solution provider channel so valuable!

  9. 5 Reasons Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Should Be A Part Of Your IT Security Toolkit

    Over the last couple years, security breaches have rocked the business landscape. Sensitive data — from high-profile retailers and financial institutions to lesser known mom-and-pop shops — fell into the hands of global thieves and hackers, affecting millions of consumers and company employees. Indeed, it has been a challenging time for data privacy and security, and the massive thefts served as a wake-up call for organizations around the world.

  10. VARs: Are You Ready To Take Up The Mobile POS Security Challenge?

    Cyber Awareness month just came to a close and it raised awareness about the need to secure one of the most challenging environments — mobile point of-sale (mPOS) systems.