Mike Vizard

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.

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Time to get real with corporate boards about IT security

Time to get real with corporate boards about IT security

As the number of regulations related to IT security continues to increase, the board of directors of most organizations has taken note of the fact that there’s significantly more financial liability pertaining to IT security. In fact, a new survey 126 such...

/ September 29, 2016
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Bare metal servers gain momentum in the cloud

Bare metal servers gain momentum in the cloud

Bare metal servers are a growing niche of the public cloud space, and IT service providers should start paying more attention to it as the nature of the application workloads being deployed in the cloud continues to evolve. Today, a...

/ September 20, 2016
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FTC lays down the ransomware law

FTC lays down the ransomware law

The chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is advising businesses that the FTC might hold them accountable for not fixing vulnerabilities commonly exploited by cybercriminals launching ransomware attacks. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez says the actual ransom demand is usually...

/ September 15, 2016
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Ransomware Highlights the Need to Manage Data Protection as a Process

Ransomware Highlights the Need to Manage Data Protection as a Process

Under the heading of an ill wind always blows some good, the rise of ransomware has certainly moved data protection up the IT agenda. There are very few IT organizations these days that are not at the very least considering...

/ September 8, 2016
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Assessing the impact of Windows 10 on MSPs

Assessing the impact of Windows 10 on MSPs

As Microsoft gears up for the second anniversary of Windows 10 next week, managed service providers should plan on seeing a lot more of the latest version of Windows on corporate desktops. Overall, Microsoft claims to have delivered more than 380 million...

/ July 28, 2016
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Ransomware driving backup and recovery conversations for MSPs

Ransomware driving backup and recovery conversations for MSPs

Backup and recovery may not have always been the sexiest of IT topics, but thanks to the rise of ransomware it is now one of the hottest. The single most effective defense against ransomware is an ability to recover an...

/ July 26, 2016
CompTIA study: MSPs gearing up to add more services

CompTIA study: MSPs gearing up to add more services

Managed service providers are ready to expand. A full 59 percent of the 400 U.S.-based MSPs surveyed by CompTIA plan to increase the number of managed services they provide. Managed print services (32 percent), help desks (31 percent), virtual desktops, and database...

/ July 21, 2016
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Changes in attack patterns create demand for managed security services

Changes in attack patterns create demand for managed security services

While managed security services providers (MSSPs) have been remotely managing firewalls and anti-virus software deployments for years, it’s become clear over the past 12 months that new classes of threats are doing an end run around those core security technologies. For...

/ July 19, 2016
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Technology policy becomes mainstream campaign issue

Technology policy becomes mainstream campaign issue

Regardless of what side of the political aisle anyone hails from, there is some general agreement that more needs to be done by the next President of the United States to make sure the U.S. remains competitive from a technology...

/ June 30, 2016
Time to focus on customer renewal rates in age of the cloud

Time to focus on customer renewal rates in age of the cloud

When it comes to selling IT solutions in the age of the cloud, the biggest change for IT service providers is the emphasis that needs to be placed on customer renewal rates for services that are sold as a subscription....

/ June 23, 2016