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.

Multi-cloud computing surfaces MSP opportunity and peril

Multi-cloud computing surfaces MSP opportunity and peril

A survey of 1,000 technology practitioners conducted by HashiCorp, a provider of tools for managing cloud infrastructure, suggests that as more organizations embrace multi-cloud computing the number of challenges being encountered is starting to multiply as well. Conducted by Forrester...

/ September 7, 2022
MSSPs must defend their value proposition during an economic downturn

MSSPs must defend their value proposition during an economic downturn

Managed security service providers (MSSPs) are going to need to prove their worth during an economic downturn that has security leaders starting to ask tougher questions about the value of their services. A Forrester Planning Guide 2023: Security & Risk...

/ September 1, 2022 / 7 Comments
Changing cyber insurance requirements create managed security challenges

Changing cyber insurance requirements create managed security challenges

As cyber insurance requirements become more stringent, managed service providers (MSPs) are finding a need to make sure clients that don’t implement appropriate levels of security, either sign a waiver or find another provider. When the first wave of ransomware...

/ August 25, 2022 / 5 Comments
Demand for cloud data migration expertise will soon increase

Demand for cloud data migration expertise will soon increase

Managed service providers (MSPs) have over the last 10 years racked up a significant amount of revenue helping organizations move data into the cloud. However, a new survey suggests that there is now an opportunity starting to emerge to help...

/ August 18, 2022 / 5 Comments
MSSPs will be at forefront of wave of security platform consolidation

MSSPs will be at forefront of wave of security platform consolidation

Managed security services providers (MSSPs) are going to soon be at the forefront of a wave of consolidation of cybersecurity platforms as more organizations not only look to reduce overall costs but also streamline security operations. A survey of 280...

/ August 11, 2022
Confidential computing starts to gain traction in the cloud

Confidential computing starts to gain traction in the cloud

A survey of 452 IT and security professionals conducted by the Cloud Service Alliance (CSA) finds more than a quarter of organizations (27 percent) surveyed are already using confidential computing platforms to better protect data, with another 55 percent planning...

/ August 4, 2022 / 6 Comments
AWS adds raft of security competencies for MSP partners

AWS adds raft of security competencies for MSP partners

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has raised the cloud security bar for managed service providers (MSPs). At the AWS re:Inforce conference, the leading provider of cloud services added six AWS Level 1 MSSP Competency Specialization Categories spanning identity behavior monitoring; data...

/ August 1, 2022
Zero-trust IT transition requires MSP prudence

Zero-trust IT transition requires MSP prudence

Gartner is predicting that while 60 percent of organizations will embrace zero-trust as a starting point for security by 2025, more than half will fail to realize the benefits. In that same timeframe, however, 80 percent of enterprises will as...

/ July 20, 2022
MSPs will be increasingly caught up in remote work debate

MSPs will be increasingly caught up in remote work debate

While the debate over the merits of enabling a much larger percentage of the workforce to work remotely intensifies as the COVID-19 pandemic becomes an aspect of daily life, it appears most organizations are now resigned to the fact that...

/ July 19, 2022 / 6 Comments
MSPs will need to drive MFA adoption for small businesses

MSPs will need to drive MFA adoption for small businesses

Multifactor authentication (MFA) is a critical element of any approach to achieving zero-trust IT security. Yet, a global survey of 1,403 small business owners conducted by the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) finds that more than half still rely only on...

/ July 13, 2022