Autotask Week in IT: Cloud Challenges for MSPs and Best Security Practices

March 25, 2016  

Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.

MSPMentor: Common Cloud Challenges for MSPs (And How to Overcome Them)
By Dan Kobialka

Cloud computing represents the "future model of IT," according to a recent survey of 1,080 IT professionals conducted by cloud services company Evolve IP. The survey, titled "2016 North American Cloud Adoption Survey," found that 91 percent of respondents have deployed at least one cloud service.

"[There is] continued momentum for the deployment of cloud services," Evolve IP President Guy Fardone said in a prepared statement. 

CIO: Why you need a CSO/CISO
By Sharon Florentine

Your CIO has enough on her/his plate without taking on responsibility for security, too. While there's plenty a CIO (or a CTO) can tackle when it comes to security, these roles are "generalists." What you really need is a chief security officer or a chief information security officer (CSO/CISO) – a security specialist. But if you already have a CIO and a CTO, why do you need a separate C-suite role for security?

ChannelInsider: What MSPs, VARs Should Know About Ransomware
By Gina Roos

When companies fall victim to ransomware attacks, downtime seems to hurt them more than ransom costs, and the majority of managed service providers and VARs aren't recouping the time and money they spend on wiping and restoring their computer systems. These are a few key findings of the 2016 Crypto-Ransomware Report, conducted by Intermedia, a provider of cloud business applications.

Channelnomics: SDN ready for channel partners
By Scharon Harding

SDN vendors may have just reached a point of maturity that makes it appealing for MSPs to start entering the space. Seth Fox, VP of delivery at MSP Solinea, which aims to accelerate open infrastructure adoption through professional services, training offerings and software platforms, helps companies make choices around SDN for their infrastructure service platform.

The VAR Guy: Best Security Practices for Growing MSPs, Part 2
By Staff Writer

Continuing our series of key strategies for MSPs who offer security services, let’s turn our attention to the importance of cultivating relationships for the long haul. It’s obvious that winning new customers is critical for an MSP’s growth, but savvy MSPs will tell you that client retention is the more significant factor when determining an MSP’s long-term expansion and profitability.

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