All posts by Mike Vizard

Mike Vizard has covered IT for more than 25 years, and has edited or contributed to a number of tech publications including InfoWorld, eWeek, CRN, Baseline, ComputerWorld, TMCNet, and Digital Review. He currently blogs for IT Business Edge and contributes to CIOinsight, The Channel Insider, Programmableweb and Slashdot. Mike blogs about emerging cloud technology for Smarter MSP.

Software Bills of Material (SBOM) – the next managed services opportunity

Software Bills of Material (SBOM) – the next managed services opportunity

There’s a lot of focus these days on the security of open source software that is shining a spotlight on how dependent organizations have become on code created by third-parties that finds its way into multiple applications. Most of that...

/ December 7, 2022
Cyber insurance carriers exerting greater influence over security services

Cyber insurance carriers exerting greater influence over security services

Providers of managed security services may soon find themselves working more often for cyber insurance companies that are getting involved in cybersecurity both before and after a breach. To begin with, the requirements for renewing cybersecurity policies are becoming more...

/ November 29, 2022 / 1 Comment
Business leaders gain cybersecurity perspective

Business leaders gain cybersecurity perspective

Convincing business executives even in the best of times that they need to invest more in cybersecurity has always been challenging. A survey of 722 C-level executives conducted by PwC, however, suggests the times are finally changing.

/ November 22, 2022
MSPs can reduce costs with site reliability engineers

MSPs can reduce costs with site reliability engineers

As the global economy becomes more challenging to navigate, the need for managed service providers (MSPs) to automate more processes becomes even more pronounced. The cost of labor is still the single biggest IT cost, so there is always a...

/ November 15, 2022
Cybersecurity skills gap continues to widen even as ranks swell

Cybersecurity skills gap continues to widen even as ranks swell

The (ISC)2 association of cybersecurity professionals estimates there are now 4.7 million cybersecurity professionals being employed around the world, making for an 11.1 percent increase year-over-year for a total of more than 464,000 additional jobs. At the same time, (ISC)2...

/ November 7, 2022
The Rise of WebAssembly

The Rise of WebAssembly

A portable binary instruction format known as WebAssembly (Wasm) for building software that runs in a memory-safe, sandboxed execution environment is about to transform how modern applications are constructed.

/ October 27, 2022
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Survey sees downturn driving more reliance of MSPs

Survey sees downturn driving more reliance of MSPs

A survey of 500 IT leaders in the U.S. and United Kingdom (UK) suggests managed service providers (MSPs) might have more to gain than lose during an economic downturn.

/ October 20, 2022
Downturns drive digital business transformation opportunities

Downturns drive digital business transformation opportunities

In the face of a global economic slowdown, the one thing for certain is that necessity is about to become the mother of invention yet again. While there is no shortage of organizations that to varying degrees have already embraced...

/ October 13, 2022 / 6 Comments
MSPs need to focus on cloud services that matter most

MSPs need to focus on cloud services that matter most

There’s no doubt that cloud computing services can be overwhelming to navigate, but a new survey suggests that the actual number of services regularly used by organizations is rather narrow. Civo, a provider of cloud services, recently surveyed IT leaders...

/ October 6, 2022
Cloud-native security is becoming a bigger concern

Cloud-native security is becoming a bigger concern

For some time now, containers as a new type of software artifact that are foundational to cloud-native applications have been appearing more frequently in production environments. Initially, most of those applications were built by sophisticated developers but as the value...

/ September 29, 2022 / 7 Comments