Happy 4th of July weekend all! While you dig into barbecue leftovers, enjoy this serving of MSP stories and blog posts! Think we missed a notable headline? Drop a line in the comments section below! Without further ado, may we present your MSP weekly digest...
Continuum's Must-Read Blog Post This Week
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Being a managed services provider (MSP) is a rather straight-forward occupation. All that needs to be done is taking good care of a client’s IT needs. The best MSPs are the ones with the best technical know-how since identifying and fixing technical problems are what lie at the core of the MSP business.
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- Mobile health device market to grow 8X to $42B
- Computerworld, @Computerworld, Lucas Mearian, @lucasmearian
"Driven by adoption of vital-signs monitoring and in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices, the mobile health (mHealth) market will grow eight-fold from $5.1 billion in 2013 to $41.8 billion in 2023, according to a new report."
- The Cloud Is Coming With Unprecedented Market Growth In 2014
- Gulf Business, @GulfBusiness, Robert Anderson, @RJAnderso
MSP Best Practices...and a few poor ones!
- Breaking Bad Part 5: Don’t Skip Your Mid-Year Business Check-Up
- SMB Nation, @smbnation, Raymond Vrabel, @rayvrabel
"In this month’s blog, I offer tips and advice on how to provide a mid-year assessment on the health and wealth of your business. A mid-year physical or check-up helps you and your staff avoid scrambling at the last minute at the end of the year."
- The 3 Biggest Mistakes New MSPs Make
- Business Solutions, @bsminfo, Len DiCostanzo, @AutotaskLen
"I have heard from MSPs wondering why they have developed a recurring stream around managed services, but are not seeing the profits they expected. And, it is typically because they did not understand their costs. Perhaps they set their pricing based on what the market appears to want to pay, and they did not considertheir costs nor how many units of managed services they had to sell in order to surpass break even and generate profit!"
- Tips to avoid getting hacked
- ABS-CBN News, @ABSCBNNews, Patrick Camara Ropeta
"It doesn’t happen to you until it does. But whether we like it not, there are very real risks out there in cyberworld. And the sooner we accept this fact, the more chances we’ll have to adjust our behavior and better prepare ourselves for such eventualities."
- How withdrawal of Windows XP support affects you
- Optometry Times, @OptometryTimes, Steve Silberberg, @SPACEDOC68
"Whether you practice in a small private practice, a commercial setting, or a large hospital-based institution, Windows withdrawal of support for Windows XP as of April 8, 2014 needs to be seriously addressed by you or your organization."
- BT Survey Highlights Cyber-Security Threats
- LightReading, @Light_Reading
"Disruptive cyber-attacks are becoming more effective at breaching security defences, causing major disruption and even bringing down systems for whole working days, according to a new global study from BT. The research reveals that 41 per cent of organisations globally were hit by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks over the past year, with more than three quarters of those (78 per cent) targeted twice or more in the year."
- Businesses Tend to Learn Lessons the Hard Way When it Comes to Cyber Security, Survey Suggests
- Digital Journal, @digitaljournal
"When TrainACE asked more than 200 senior-level IT and security professionals about cyber security practices in their businesses, 59 percent said their company has a cyber incident response plan; the attacks companies are most concerned with are phishing and social engineering (37 percent), followed by mass malware (25 percent); and most respondents, 32 percent, think Web facing applications are the most vulnerable target to attack in their organization, followed by Internet exposed devices."
- Android malware worms its way into devices via texts
- IT Pro, @ITPro, Rene Millman, @ReneMillman
- Hackers Found Controlling Malware and Botnets From the Cloud
- CIO, @CIOonline, Brandon Butler, @BrandonButler1
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