Month: January 2021

Tech Time Warp: Remembering the magic of GeoCities

Tech Time Warp: Remembering the magic of GeoCities

Like so many relics of the internet, GeoCities is now a common punch line, as the pre-MySpace home of sparkly GIFs and questionable web design. But if you can shuck your too-cool-for-school UX eye, it’s no stretch to appreciate GeoCities...

/ January 28, 2021
Demand for managed security services starts to rise

Demand for managed security services starts to rise

One of the widely expected outcomes of the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is that more organizations would rely on managed security services. After all, not only would they have fewer resources, the pandemic itself created the...

/ January 27, 2021
MSP teambuilding lessons from the Le Mans challenge

MSP teambuilding lessons from the Le Mans challenge

The story behind the film, “Ford v Ferrari” and the 24 Hour Le Mans’ challenges offer learnings about MSP teambuilding that I believe MSPs can relate to and apply. You may not be trying to win Le Mans, but we...

/ January 26, 2021
Cloud storage security is a great opportunity for MSPs

Cloud storage security is a great opportunity for MSPs

Companies are storing more and more of their valuable data in the cloud and cyber attackers know this. However, the efficiency and productivity benefits of cloud platforms are such that businesses cannot afford not to use them, yet it is...

/ January 25, 2021
Tech Time Warp: SQL Slammer reveals a harsh truth

Tech Time Warp: SQL Slammer reveals a harsh truth

Network admins the world over had a bad weekend in late January 2003. That’s when the SQL Slammer took the world by storm and, in the process, reminded everyone of a harsh truth: A security patch does no good if...

/ January 22, 2021
MSPs, MDM and the post-pandemic normal

MSPs, MDM and the post-pandemic normal

As COVID-19 vaccines roll out, visions of busy cubicles begin to seem less distant. But the return to full office buildings will only happen gradually and probably not noticeably until the third quarter. Even then, as companies realize savings and...

/ January 21, 2021
Disgruntled remote workers create opportunities for MSPs

Disgruntled remote workers create opportunities for MSPs

It’s not uncommon for managed service providers (MSPs) to find themselves trying to navigate widely divergent perceptions of how well IT services are being delivered, and the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have pushed various camps within organizations to even further...

/ January 20, 2021
Good security is about controlling what you can control

Good security is about controlling what you can control

Last year was a terrible year in so many respects, so it’s not overly surprising that there were a number of historic hacks. Some of these were so vast and so all-encompassing, it could make you feel like you can’t...

/ January 19, 2021
Ask an MSP Expert: Why don’t customers see value in my services?

Ask an MSP Expert: Why don’t customers see value in my services?

Q: I do my best to keep my managed services customers happy, but I am not seeing the long-term client retention that I’d like to. How can I be more effective at showing my customers that our relationship is worth...

/ January 18, 2021