Autotask Week in IT: Cyber Security & the Cloud

February 19, 2016  
Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.

MSPmentor: How Can RMM Software Help MSPs Troubleshoot Faulty Network Devices?
By Dan Kobialka
Remote monitoring and management (RMM) software provides exceptional value for managed service providers and their customers, which is reflected in recent data. A June 2015 Dimension Data study revealed remote monitoring and automated management software can help users reduce the time to troubleshoot faulty networking devices by 75 percent. The study also indicated this software allows users to reduce the time to repair defective networking devices by 32 percent.

Channelnomics: Cloud spending continues to climb
By Michele Pepe
Yet another study has confirmed that cloud adoption is on the rise and opportunity is rife for solution providers in the coming months. According to the latest research from Clutch, a B2B research firm based in Washington, D.C., 90 percent of respondents plan to maintain or increase spending on cloud computing this year. The firm polled 300 decision makers or IT influencers throughout December 2015 at companies with 100 or more employees.

Channelinsider: Five Tips for Keeping Security Costs Down
By John Peterson
With the ever-increasing dependency on cyber-security insurance, more and more small and midsize businesses must ensure they have an adequate plan for security. In theory, this could well mean a doubling up of line items on security products. Part of the attraction of managed services providers is the ability to keep costs to a minimum while maximizing security as part of their overall IT strategy.

eWeek: Demand for Cyber Security Analysts Rises Threats Grow
By Nathan Eddy
The job title cyber security analyst was the fastest growing IT job last year – and the role is only expected to boost its presence in 2016, according to a CompTIA survey of 673 IT security companies. The study indicated that as businesses hone in on their cyber security practices, they must gear up to navigate a complex hiring environment if they want to secure qualified security talent once and for all.

CIO: Does your company need a chief data officer?
By Katherine Noyes
It's a rare business today that doesn't depend on data in some significant way, but does that mean most companies need a chief data officer? That's a question on more than a few executive minds in this big-data era, particularly as analyst firms wax increasingly enthusiastic about the role. Gartner, for instance, recently said it expects 90 percent of large organizations to have a chief data officer by 2019. Last August, Forrester found that 45 percent of global firms already have one, while another 16 percent said they planned to do so within the next year. 

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