• Are You Ready for the Worst Possible Cybersecurity Attack?

    by Seth Robinson  | February 22, 2017
    Even though megabreaches have raised the level of security awareness, the reality is that we may not have seen the worst of cyberattacks yet and may need an even more dramatic event for companies to revolutionize their security policies.
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  • ChannelTrends: Build an IT Security Expertise, Not Just a Portfolio

    by Brian Sherman  | January 25, 2017
    The best way for today’s IT service providers to differentiate themselves and provide greater value to their clients is to become true experts in the areas that matter most, and IT security is the perfect example. Most small businesses have little, if any clue how to properly protect their data and knowledge in this area is invaluable. Channel firms that can identify and mitigate companies’ unique risks will find themselves in a much better position in the future than those who simply offer tools (which businesses can buy virtually anywhere).
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  • Health Care Under Siege: How One of The Most At-Risk Industries Can Avoid Cyber-Attacks

    by Natalie Hope McDonald  | January 12, 2017
    IT pros are working with health care companies to guard against cyber-attacks. Find out what you can do now to prevent breaches that can cost companies millions in cleanup and compromised brand image.
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  • ChannelTrends: The Top Five Industry Stories of 2016

    by Brian Sherman  | December 22, 2016
    Which stories were of most importance to the channel in 2016? With so many to choose from, we narrowed it down to the five that should have a major impact on the IT industry for years to come.
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  • ChannelTrends: Let’s Get Physical

    by Brian Sherman  | November 11, 2016
    What many providers fail to remember is that their customers’ protection concerns often go beyond the network. Ensuring a safe and secure workplace is just as important of a responsibility, and not something they would just hand off to anyone. They look to those they not only trust, but who have the necessary skills to support their physical security systems and strategies. The question many in the channel continue to ask is if these technologies present a viable opportunity for their business. In many cases, the answer is a resounding "YES."
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  • ChannelTrends: Scary Considerations for Building a Security Practice

    by Brian Sherman  | October 26, 2016
    With Halloween almost here, what could be scarier than building a cybersecurity practice? Those who go down that road should certainly approach it with eyes wide open. Risk will undoubtedly increase. That’s what happens when you take on such a crucial responsibility for clients; they expect nothing bad will happen to their data or their networks. Those expectations should drive higher margins ̶ but they have to be able to deliver to reap the rewards.
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  • ChannelTrends: 6 Best Practices When Building an Advanced Security Practice

    by Brian Sherman  | September 14, 2016
    Despite the growing number of channel firms offering basic data and network protection today, it’s simply not enough just to counter the basic threats today. Security has to move from a line item in the portfolio to a more highly advanced, proactive management service. It’s a true consulting focus that can be best summarized with six industry best practices.
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  • Audits, Issues and Opportunities in Security Compliance

    by Brian Sherman  | August 08, 2016
    Many customers don’t know the difference between “complying” with standards and regulations and actually being secure. Those misperceptions have to be addressed early on in the solution conversation to prevent major issues (and significant blame) from occurring later. That was just one of the observations made by panelists in the Common Problems Encountered in Security Compliance session at ChannelCon 2016.
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  • From Foundational to Advanced Security Services: Pick Your Play

    by Brian Sherman  | August 02, 2016
    CompTIA IT Security Community members broke into three separate groups during their ChannelCon meeting to discussing the details of various security portfolio offerings.They discussed where each MSP sits on the security continuum (foundational, comprehensive or advanced) and then focused their efforts on defining that particular level of service.
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  • Focus on Security When Expanding Your Managed Services Offerings

    by Brian Sherman  | August 01, 2016
    One of the toughest things for new IT services business owners is planning out their portfolios. What services do you need to offer to satisfy existing clients and attract new customers? Security has become one of the biggest differentiators for MSPs today and the topic of expanding those offerings created some interesting conversations in the CompTIA Partner Advisory Council meeting at ChannelCon 2016.
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