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Security and Disaster Recovery Trends Every MSP Should Know

Posted by Mary McCoy on 7 October, 2016

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This week, IT professionals flocked to London for IP EXPO Europe. Offering educational sessions on the current state of the cloud, cybersecurity and more, there were plenty of takeaways about the future of IT management and what it means for MSPs. It should be no surprise that businesses face more formidable, sophisticated security opposition as cyber attacks become increasingly commonplace and profitable. And now that the Web has given rise to a new era of always-on, 24x7x365 computing, businesses today simply can’t afford to risk losing data. 

To truly serve as trusted advisors to your clients, you need to learn how to prevent data crises that can result when systems are compromised. One of the keys steps in learning how is to stay up-to-date with market trends. In the sections that follow, we present some of the major developments occurring within the managed IT services arena. It’s clear that as the reliance on the cloud grows and threat landscape expands, the need for managed IT services isn’t going anywhere—particularly when it comes to keeping corporate networks secure and backing up data.

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Topics: BDR, Cyber Security

Continuum Expands International Offerings with New Data Centre in London

Posted by Ben Barker on 31 August, 2016

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Continuum has expanded its international offerings with the announcement of a London-based data centre. The new data centre will allow for extended availability of Continuity247®, Continuum's fully-managed backup and disaster recovery (BDR) platform,® to European IT service providers.

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Topics: BDR, Cyber Security

9 Data Security Statistics Every European MSP Needs to Know

Posted by Mary McCoy on 1 July, 2016

9 Data Security Statistics Every European MSP Needs to Know


No matter which country you reside in and/or serve, cybersecurity is a globally pressing issue for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). But just what is the state of affairs around the world and in Europe, specifically? We've combed the Internet in search of trends and statistics every managed IT services provider must know. Which European territories suffer the most data breaches, and how much does a typical compromise now cost? Will data security spending continue to increase as threats become more imminent? Answers to these questions and more! 

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Topics: Cyber Security

15 Powerful Quotes from George Osborne's Announcement to Increase U.K. Cyber Security Spending

Posted by Mary McCoy on 19 November, 2015

15 Powerful Quotes from George Osborne's Announcement to Increase U.K. Cyber Security Spending


Addressing the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) Tuesday, George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced a £1.9 billion investment in cyber security by 2020. In the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris, Osborne pledged solidarity with the nation of France as he shared details of a National Cyber Security Plan that had already been in the works. The new U.K. program will establish a National Cyber Centre (NCC) and increased support for the U.K.'s National Cyber Crime Unit. 

In his speech, Osborne outlined his five-step plan to make cyber security the U.K.'s top priority. While the government will play the largest role in this effort, service providers should take this latest program to heart. With a greater focus on not just containing, but combatting cybercrime, there will be more opportunities to receive the financial support you need, while closing the widening IT skills gap that's kept you from growing and scaling your businesses.

During Osborne's speech, there were many poignant moments particularly relevant to U.K. IT solutions providers. We've grabbed the 15 we found to be the most relevant!

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Topics: IT Services, Cyber Security

Has the Safe Harbor Data Pact Denial Left You Feeling Well...Unsafe?

Posted by Mary McCoy on 15 October, 2015


Now that the dust has settled, let's revisit last week's ruling regarding Safe Harbor. In case you're unfamiliar with this international headline, the European Court of Justice ruled invalid a fifteen-year old data transfer pact between the United States and Europe. When former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden exposed the extent of the NSA's international data surveillance, he created a ripple effect. The result? Public anxiety around data privacy has become cemented in international law. What does this mean for IT service and solutions providers in the U.S. and U.K.? We can't definitively say, but here's a closer look at the situation...

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Topics: IT Services, Cyber Security

8 U.K. Cybersecurity Stats that Will Make IT Solution Providers Rethink Their Business Model

Posted by Mary McCoy on 28 September, 2015


The United Kingdom (U.K.) has been buzzing about increased cybersecurity defenses and protection with recent data breaches like the famous Ashley Madison hacking scandal (among other instances) fueling public anxiety. Just last week at the Financial Times Cyber Security Europe Summit, Ed Vaizey, Minister for the Digital Economy warned U.K. businesses that they needed to implement stronger security measures and encouraged widespread adoption of the government's Cyber Essentials program. The scheme outlines the basic controls all businesses should establish to mitigate the damage of data breaches and upon completion, participating organizations receive a badge to demonstrate to clients that they have taken these necessary precautions. 

Now more than ever, residents are demanding this assurance as cyber threats becomes even more prevalent in the U.K. and data regulations continue to be reevaluated for a new unified standard. What exactly is the state of cybercrime, and why is it causing such public unrest? Using Bit9 + Carbon Black, ThreatMetrix, Procorre, and Price Waterhouse Cooper as references, we've compiled eight cybersecurity statistics every U.K. IT solutions provider needs to know.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Devastating U.K. HIV Patient Data Breach Reveals Human Error Is a Problem Everywhere

Posted by Mary McCoy on 14 September, 2015

Last week, the 56 Dean Street clinic in London mistakenly divulged the names and email addresses of 780 patients who had been tested for HIV. The incident is just another example of how human error can compromise businesses, of any size and in any country. Learn what IT service provides everywhere can do to prevent data crises like this.

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Topics: IT Services, Cyber Security

Getting Up to Speed with European Data Privacy Reform

Posted by Mary McCoy on 3 July, 2015

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If you live in the UK or anywhere else in the European Union for that matter, you've likely been following the new EU data regulations reform movement which is expected to establish a consolidated data protection policy framework for all 28 member states.

In case you're unfamiliar with the legal proceedings or if you're looking for more details, we've provided background information on the current data regulation legislative standard and outlined what the unified proposal entails. It can be easy to miss the big picture when combing through paragraphs of legal jargon, but hopefully this summary will help pinpoint the key implications and explain how you can proactively respond!

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Topics: Cyber Security

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