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5 Ways to Improve Your MSP Service Level Agreement (SLA)

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5 Ways to Improve Your MSP Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

SLAs are the foundation of your MSP business. They are essential to building strong client relationships and must be clear, reasonable and well-constructed.

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Protect Yourself and Clients from Malware

Posted by Hunter Smith on November 30, 2017

"Attention! We've detected malicious activity on your computer. Download antivirus now."

Spyware, Keyloggers, Scareware (described in example above), Ransomware and more. It seems like malware, or malicious software, lurks around every corner of the Internet, be it in a threatening email attachment or false online advertisement. There are now newer, subtler ways for your clients to have their personal data stolen, and few will be able to detect the warning signs of the various types of malware attacks before the damage is done and the data is lost. It is time to teach yourself and your clients how to prevent malware from causing unnecessary problems on your computers and servers.

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Topics: Data Protection, Backup and Disaster Recovery, Mobile Device Management and IT Mobility, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

10 Security Questions That Will Help Prospects Realize Their Need for Your Services

Posted by Lily Teplow on August 17, 2017

10 Security Questions That Will Help Prospects Realize Their Need for Your Services

One of the biggest challenges for managed services providers (MSPs) looking to add new clients is that prospects don't always realize their need for managed IT services. A business that may be a prime candidate for your services may be operating under the mindset of, "I've come this far without your help, why should I pay for it now?" The tough part is getting these prospects to answer that question for themselves.

So, how do you go about getting your prospects to that "aha!" moment? You need them to truly understand the risks that are facing them. Once they do, there is a very good chance that they will realize that they can't afford to risk data loss, data breach or the downtime that many of these vulnerabilities present. Instead of preaching to your prospects for hours on end, try challenging them to answer a set of security questions for you to make them realize just how ill-prepared they may be.

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Topics: Data Protection, Backup and Disaster Recovery, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

The Next Big Thing for Continuity247®? Introducing Archive.

Posted by Joseph Tavano on June 28, 2017

The Next Big Thing for Continuity247® Introducing Archive

As you already know, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for the backup needs of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Even the name of the SMB category itself is representative of this scenario. With an array of company sizes in various industries, the backup requirements will differ for numerous reasons.

To meet that demand, Continuity247 is expanding to offer even more options for backup with its latest add-on, Archive. With Archive, MSPs using Continuity247 are now able to offer a long-term backup and restore option for less time-critical data, all at a low cost. And, because it can be added to any Continuity247 package (Local, Solo, Complete, or Flex), it can augment new or existing Continuity247 end user packages in a variety of ways.

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Topics: Data Protection, Backup and Disaster Recovery, Continuity247

The Best of BDR for World Backup Day

Posted by Lily Teplow on March 31, 2017

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What would you do if you lost everything? This is exactly the question that World Backup Day prompts you to consider when you land on the awareness website. Data is such a business driver today, but one small accident or failure could cause productivity and profit to come to a complete halt. For MSPs, an essential first step in building a successful business continuity plan for your clients is helping them recognize the need for backup and disaster recovery (BDR) – and what better day to start than World Backup Day?

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Topics: Industry News, Data Protection, Backup and Disaster Recovery

How Often Should You Test Your Disaster Recovery Plan? [CHART]

Posted by Lily Teplow on January 13, 2017

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Are your clients willing to test their luck this Friday the 13th? As a savvy MSP, you know that having an effective backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution and disaster recovery (DR) plan is a necessity in today’s business landscape – just in case your client opens an umbrella indoors and their whole IT network crashes. However, having these reliable solutions in place is of no value if the processes aren’t regularly tested. So, the question is this: what does your clients’ DR plan look like and when was the last time they had a DR drill test performed?

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Topics: Data Protection, Backup and Disaster Recovery, MSP Sales Chart

Who Do You Need on Your Incident Response Team?

Posted by Joseph Tavano on January 5, 2017

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As the calendar switches over to the New Year, many business owners are taking account of their processes and preparing for success in the coming year. But how many are preparing to get hacked in 2017? Security experts are predicting that data breaches will continue to increase in frequency in the coming year, so the answer is: not enough.

Unfortunately, this means that the odds of your clients suffering a data breach are higher than ever. The days of SMBs assuming “it could never happen to me” have passed, and it’s time to have a plan in place to handle a nightmare situation like a data breach. One of the first components of that plan is to build an Incident Response Team.

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Topics: Data Protection, Information Security, Data Loss

IT Security On-the-Go: Your Travel ITinerary

Posted by Mary McCoy on December 29, 2016

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Suitcase: check. Phone charger: check. Boarding pass: check. When traveling, do you make a mental list of everything you need to remember to bring? With any business trip, there's a fair amount of planning involved, whether it's memorizing a conference schedule or booking lodging accommodations. Often, though, travelers forget about IT security, neglecting to properly prepare their devices for departure. 

According to the Kensington IT Security Survey Report, 25 percent of company employees reported IT theft in cars and transportation and more than 15 percent reported devices were stolen from their hotel or at the airport. Are you or your clients practicing unsafe IT habits on-the-go?

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Topics: Data Protection, Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

Is Hard Drive Failure a Reality for SMBs? [CHART]

Posted by Lily Teplow on November 11, 2016

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As an MSP, you understand how crucial business continuity and disaster recovery are for modern businesses. You’ve seen the downtime stats and you’ve dealt with disasters, but what does this look like from your clients’ point of view? Selling backup and disaster recovery (BDR) is a challenge for many MSPs, but it might be because small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) don’t fully understand the need for continuous uptime. If your prospective clients don’t have a business continuity plan in place or take for granted their ability to access data 24x7x365, ask them, “could your businesses survive a disaster?”

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Data Protection, Backup and Disaster Recovery, Data Loss, MSP Sales Chart

6 Important OS Hardening Steps to Protect Your Clients

Posted by Hunter Smith on November 9, 2016

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According to the 2016 Duo Trusted Access Report, fifty-three percent of Mac OS users are running either the fully patched, latest version of OS X, or the previous version, compared to thirty-five percent of Windows users on Windows 10 and 8.1. That means the majority of these operating systems are outdated.

As you know, proper patch management is critical to protecting client data and uptime, but it's just one of many security considerations. With Ransomware-as-a-Service and Angler, Bedep and Neutrino exploit kit adoption on the rise, MSPs must strengthen client defenses against outside attack. When attempting to compromise a device or network, malicious actors look for any way in. Unbeknownst to many small- and medium-sized businesses, operating system vulnerabilities provide easy access. In order to provide clients with peace of mind, safeguard their sensitive information and differentiate your security services from the competition, here are six ways to harden customers' operating systems: 

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Topics: Data Protection, Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

4 Essentials MSPs Forget When Disaster Recovery Testing

Posted by Mary McCoy on October 26, 2016

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By now, most MSPs recognize that offering backup is table stakes. Your clients can receive this service from any number of your competitors. In order to stand out and increase monthly recurring revenue (MRR), focus on the disaster recovery (DR) aspect of backup and disaster recovery (BDR). Offer your clients DR testing!

To fully capitalize on the advantages of DR testing, keep the following four best practices in mind when adding this service to your IT portfolio. 

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Topics: Data Protection, Information Security, Backup and Disaster Recovery

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