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Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.
CSO: 5 Considerations for Jumping to the Hybrid Cloud … Securely
By Scott Montgomery
There’s no doubt that organizations are moving to the cloud faster than ever. In a recent ESG study, 75% of organizations reported they currently use public cloud services. And why not? Cloud adoption delivers many benefits to help enterprises achieve their business objectives, such as reduced costs, greater agility, and enhanced scalability. So what are the associated risks? When sensitive data is moved or stored in the cloud, it introduces visibility, control, and regulatory challenges for the enterprise security and compliance teams.
CIO: IoT pushes IT security to the brink
By Bob Violino
The Internet of Things (IoT) offers many possible benefits for organizations and consumers—with unprecedented connectivity of countless products, appliances and assets that can share all sorts of information. IoT also presents a number of potential security threats that organizations need to address. “There is no doubt the levels of risk are set to increase alongside the growth in deployment of IoT devices,” says Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner.
MSPmentor: Private vs. Public Cloud: What’s More Secure?
By Charles Cooper
When it comes to cloud security, should you go public or private? Proponents of each have no trouble marshaling evidence to support their competing claims. But don’t expect this choice to be an easy one. This the equivalent of a bar stool debate that only gets louder as the night gets longer--with no firm answer either way. It’s a key question that deserves careful consideration. Unfortunately, it’s more likely than not to lead in circles as there are strong cases to be made for both approaches.
Channelinsider: IT Skills Gap: CIO Headache, Channel Opportunity
By Gina Roos
With CIOs reporting the greatest technology skills shortage since 2007, it's no surprise that half of them expect to increase their IT outsourcing spend in 2016, according to the annual survey conducted by IT staffing company Harvey Nash and KPMG. The survey of 3,352 global CIOs and technology leaders finds that IT budgets for many organizations are growing. However, "growth organizations—where CIOs are operating with an increased IT budget compared to last year—are more likely to be impacted by the technology skills shortage; 67 percent of these IT leaders report a talent gap compared to the average (65 percent)," the report reads.
Business Solutions Magazine: 3 Ways To Communicate The Value Of Managed Services
By Neal Bradbury
Let’s face it, SMBs are cost-conscious by nature and will go to great lengths to save money. When it comes to managed IT services, for example, we’ve heard from our MSP partners that many of their SMB clients will choose to opt out of these services in order to save a few dollars in the short run. What they don’t often do is, after accounting for productivity losses, unscheduled maintenance fees, and even damage to their reputation, the decision not to engage in a managed services contract can end up costing them much more down the road.
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