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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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Top 3 BDR Posts for World Backup Day 2018

Posted by Lily Teplow on March 30, 2018

Top 3 BDR Posts for World Backup Day 2018

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 their 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 the day before World Backup Day?

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

The Journey to GDPR Compliance [PODCAST]

Posted by Brandon Garcin on March 7, 2018

The Journey to GDPR Compliance Podcast

If there’s one acronym we’ve heard time and time again this year, it’s GDPR. Standing for General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR is one of the more prominent discussion topics in our industry right now, and there’s a lot that both MSPs and vendors must do in order to show compliance when doing business with European citizens.

On this special podcast episode, we bring you a Q&A discussion between Paul Balkwell, Vice President of International Sales at Continuum, and Hunter Smith, Chief Information Security Officer at Continuum. Paul and Hunter discuss Continuum’s journey to GDPR compliance, provide a status update to our European partners and answer some frequently asked questions. Tune in now to learn more!

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Topics: Industry News, Data Protection

Meltdown and Spectre: What MSPs Need to Know and Communicate to Clients

Posted by Bill Hughes on January 16, 2018

Meltdown and Spectre: What MSPs Need to Know and Communicate to Clients

By now, you’ve probably seen two names swirling around every industry news headline. These, of course, are Meltdown and Spectre; two critical vulnerabilities found in current CPUs from Intel, AMD and ARM.

On Wednesday January 3, several researchers disclosed the security flaw in modern processors that could affect practically every Intel computer released in the last two decades—as well as the AMD and ARM chips in your laptops, tablets and phones. As people are (rightly) concerned, we’ve decided to assemble and organize all the information MSPs and IT service providers should understand about these vulnerabilities, how they could be exploited and how to communicate these vulnerabilities to your clients.

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Topics: Industry News, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

Happy New Year! Here's to a Successful 2018

Posted by Lily Teplow on January 1, 2018

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Happy New Year to all! 2017 was a remarkable year for the IT industry on a number of levels. Although we saw some challenges—specifically as it relates to cybersecurity—the developments in the IT market as a whole are very promising for MSPs and IT service providers. But before we set our sights on what we will achieve in 2018, let’s take a quick look back on the major accomplishments of the past year.

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Topics: Industry News

“KRACK” Attack: 3 Major Takeaways for IT Service Providers

Posted by Lily Teplow on October 18, 2017

“KRACK” Attack: 3 Major Takeaways for IT Service Providers

On Monday, a serious weakness was discovered in WPA2, a protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. The flaw allows potential attackers to leverage this vulnerability to break into the WPA2 security model and steal data flowing between wireless devices and the targeted Wi-Fi network. What’s so concerning about this particular attack—dubbed “KRACK,” which is short for key reinstallation attack—is that it works against all modern protected Wi-Fi networks, allowing attackers to not only read and steal information transmitted across Wi-Fi, but also potentially manipulate the data or insert malware.

So, what exactly is this KRACK attack and why is it so threatening? Considering that it is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, it’s even more critical that IT service providers understand what’s at stake given this newfound vulnerability. Here’s everything you need to know about the recent KRACK attack news, who’s most at-risk from this vulnerability, and the steps providers can take to mitigate these risks.

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Topics: Industry News, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

Top 5 IT Security Posts for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Posted by Lily Teplow on October 13, 2017

Top 5 Cybersecurity Posts for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is known for many things—the oncoming of autumn, pumpkin spice products, and Halloween, to name a few. For IT service providers, however, this month is especially important because it is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Every year since 2004, October has been recognized as National Cyber Security Awareness Month in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. As the threat landscape continues to grow and evolve, more and more businesses are demanding enhanced cybersecurity. Now, it’s up to IT providers like you to fulfill that need with your managed security services. In order to stay up-to-date on the latest threats and provide clients with the resources they need to stay safe online, we’ve rounded up our most popular cybersecurity blog posts from this year. Keep reading for endless tips on how you can increase your clients’ cyber resilience!

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Topics: Industry News, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

Live from Navigate 2017: Day 3 Coverage

Posted by Lily Teplow on October 5, 2017

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Greetings again from day three of our Navigate 2017 conference, focused on empowering our MSP partners with the tools and insight they need to define their path and achieve success in the IT space.

Day two was jam packed with informative breakout sessions, enlightening keynotes presentations, plenty of announcements and discussions about Continuum Security and much more! To briefly recap all that we covered in the past three days and the fun that we’ve had along the way, take a look at the video below:

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Industry News, Navigate 2017

Live from Navigate 2017: Day 1 Coverage

Posted by Lily Teplow on October 3, 2017

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Greetings from Navigate 2017, Continuum’s user conference focused on empowering our MSP partners with the tools and insight they need to define their path and achieve success in the IT space. Over the next three days, we will be live blogging this great event—covering all the valuable content, announcements, and highlights that Navigate has to offer. 

Here are our top stories from the first day of Navigate 2017.

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Topics: Industry News, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Navigate 2017

The MSSP’s Guide to Handling Major Security Threats and Attacks

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on September 20, 2017

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Today, new cyber attacks seem to be occurring daily—never failing to one-up the last and deepen the fear among modern businesses. The biggest cyber scares in recent news involve Equifax and Kaspersky, two major companies that handle extremely sensitive data. The lack of cybersecurity in these two stories is particularly chilling because they bring to the forefront that everything—including personal identity and homeland security—is at risk.

So, how can MSPs step in and provide their clients the assurance that they’re keeping them protected—and how can this be best communicated? As MSPs march bravely into MSSP territory, the right approach to security will prove they can handle the cyber threats that continue to surround their clients’ networks. Let’s take a deeper look into these recent attacks and explore how MSPs and MSSPs can take control of cybersecurity threats such as these.

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Topics: Industry News, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

Preparing for Hurricane Irma: Final Reminders and Best Practices for MSPs

Posted by Lily Teplow on September 8, 2017

Preparing for Hurricane Irma: Final Reminders and Best Practices for MSPs

With Hurricane Irma set to make landfall this weekend, we wanted to provide several important reminders to both Continuum partners and other MSPs or IT service providers with customers in the affected area. 

The National Hurricane Center expects “severe hurricane conditions” over portions of the Florida peninsula and Florida Keys beginning late Saturday evening, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the storm has the potential to “catastrophically devastate” the state.

While public safety and rescue operations are always the top priorities following a disaster scenario, there are a number of other processes and practices IT providers must put into place to ensure that their customers are able to recover and resume operations as quickly as possible.

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Topics: Industry News, Backup and Disaster Recovery

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