Category Archives for "Managed Services News"

Sep 17

Huge Channel M&A: Avaya, Cisco, Check Point, Comcast, Lumen, Microsoft

By | Managed Services News

Vendors and partners both made acquisitions last month.

Comcast Business and several of its peers in the IT/telecommunications industry made an acquisition in the last month.

Our latest consolidation roundup features some of the biggest vendors in the industry. The Comcast acquisition of Masergy sent ripples through the traditional telecom channel and put pressure on rival cablecos, as did Lumen‘s decision to sell its ILEC business. Security providers Check Point and Ivanti both acquired technology partners, and other cybersecurity vendors made acquisitions.

We also saw consolidation on the partner side as Upstack bought another agent and NetGain bought a fellow MSP.

Not every story made the cut, but you can still read about them on our website. For example, ServiceNow bought an indoor mapping and wayfinding provider to improve its hybrid work strategy.

Go through the 13 images above to see the latest channel-impacting transactions.

Did you miss our previous M&A gallery? Check that out here.

 

Sep 17

Microsoft Goes Passwordless for Account Holders on All Products

By | Managed Services News

Microsoft users will be able to completely remove their passwords from their accounts.

Tech giant Microsoft is going passwordless, meaning users can completely remove their password from Microsoft accounts.

Passwordless has been a hot topic of conversation as cybercriminals have long exploited weak or stolen passwords to gain access to accounts. Going passwordless means reducing or eliminating the use of passwords by requiring one or more alternative authentication factors when customers and/or employees log in to apps or systems.

In March, Microsoft made passwordless sign-in generally available for commercial users. Now Microsoft users can completely remove the password from their account. Instead, they can use the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key, or a verification code sent to their phone or email to sign in apps and services such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Family Safety, and more. Microsoft will roll out the feature over the coming weeks.

Weak Passwords Major Entry Point for Cybercriminals

In her blog, Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft‘s corporate vice president of security, compliance and identity, said passwords are too vulnerable.

Microsoft's Vasu Jakkal

Microsoft’s Vasu Jakkal

Weak passwords are the entry point for the majority of attacks across enterprise and consumer accounts,” she said. “There are a whopping 579 password attacks every second. That’s 18 billion every year.”

Passwords are vulnerable for two big reasons, Jakkal said. One, creating those that are both secure enough and memorable enough is a challenge. Passwords are “incredibly inconvenient” to create, remember and manage across all accounts.

Two, forgetting a password can be painful, so people try to create passwords they can remember, relying on known and personal words and phrases, she said.

“Unfortunately, while such passwords may be easier to remember, they are also easier for a hacker to guess,” Jakkal said. “A quick look at someone’s social media can give any hacker a head start on logging into their personal accounts. Once that password and email combination has been compromised, it’s often sold on the dark web for use in any number of attacks.”

Hackers can also use automated password spraying to try many possibilities quickly, she said. They can use phishing to trick you into putting your credentials into a fake website. These tactics are relatively unsophisticated and have been in play for decades, but they continue to work because passwords continue to be created by humans.

Scroll through our slideshove above for cybersecurity experts’ thoughts on Microsoft going passwordless; plus, other cybersecurity news.

Sep 17

Huge Channel M&A: Avaya, Cisco, Check Point, Comcast, Lumen, Microsoft

By | Managed Services News

Vendors and partners both made acquisitions last month.

Comcast Business and several of its peers in the IT/telecommunications industry made an acquisition in the last month.

Our latest consolidation roundup features some of the biggest vendors in the industry. The Comcast acquisition of Masergy sent ripples through the traditional telecom channel and put pressure on rival cablecos, as did Lumen‘s decision to sell its ILEC business. Security providers Check Point and Ivanti both acquired technology partners, and other cybersecurity vendors made acquisitions.

We also saw consolidation on the partner side as Upstack bought another agent and NetGain bought a fellow MSP.

Not every story made the cut, but you can still read about them on our website. For example, ServiceNow bought an indoor mapping and wayfinding provider to improve its hybrid work strategy.

Go through the 13 images above to see the latest channel-impacting transactions.

Did you miss our previous M&A gallery? Check that out here.

 

Sep 17

Huge Channel M&A: Avaya, Cisco, Check Point, Comcast, Lumen, Microsoft

By | Managed Services News

Vendors and partners both made acquisitions last month.

Comcast Business and several of its peers in the IT/telecommunications industry made an acquisition in the last month.

Our latest consolidation roundup features some of the biggest vendors in the industry. The Comcast acquisition of Masergy sent ripples through the traditional telecom channel and put pressure on rival cablecos, as did Lumen‘s decision to sell its ILEC business. Security providers Check Point and Ivanti both acquired technology partners, and other cybersecurity vendors made acquisitions.

We also saw consolidation on the partner side as Upstack bought another agent and NetGain bought a fellow MSP.

Not every story made the cut, but you can still read about them on our website. For example, ServiceNow bought an indoor mapping and wayfinding provider to improve its hybrid work strategy.

Go through the 13 images above to see the latest channel-impacting transactions.

Did you miss our previous M&A gallery? Check that out here.

 

Sep 17

Huge Channel M&A: Avaya, Cisco, Check Point, Comcast, Lumen, Microsoft

By | Managed Services News

Vendors and partners both made acquisitions last month.

Comcast Business and several of its peers in the IT/telecommunications industry made an acquisition in the last month.

Our latest consolidation roundup features some of the biggest vendors in the industry. The Comcast acquisition of Masergy sent ripples through the traditional telecom channel and put pressure on rival cablecos, as did Lumen‘s decision to sell its ILEC business. Security providers Check Point and Ivanti both acquired technology partners, and other cybersecurity vendors made acquisitions.

We also saw consolidation on the partner side as Upstack bought another agent and NetGain bought a fellow MSP.

Not every story made the cut, but you can still read about them on our website. For example, ServiceNow bought an indoor mapping and wayfinding provider to improve its hybrid work strategy.

Go through the 13 images above to see the latest channel-impacting transactions.

Did you miss our previous M&A gallery? Check that out here.

 

Sep 17

Huge Channel M&A: Avaya, Cisco, Check Point, Comcast, Lumen, Microsoft

By | Managed Services News

Vendors and partners both made acquisitions last month.

Comcast Business and several of its peers in the IT/telecommunications industry made an acquisition in the last month.

Our latest consolidation roundup features some of the biggest vendors in the industry. The Comcast acquisition of Masergy sent ripples through the traditional telecom channel and put pressure on rival cablecos, as did Lumen‘s decision to sell its ILEC business. Security providers Check Point and Ivanti both acquired technology partners, and other cybersecurity vendors made acquisitions.

We also saw consolidation on the partner side as Upstack bought another agent and NetGain bought a fellow MSP.

Not every story made the cut, but you can still read about them on our website. For example, ServiceNow bought an indoor mapping and wayfinding provider to improve its hybrid work strategy.

Go through the 13 images above to see the latest channel-impacting transactions.

Did you miss our previous M&A gallery? Check that out here.

 

Sep 17

Countdown to Channel Partners Homecoming Continues: 46 Days

By | Managed Services News

Meet with the entire channel community in person and under one roof.

Channel Partners Homecoming kicks off in about six weeks. And, as promised, here is another weekly installment of “Top 10” highlight teasers. Channel Partners Conference & Expo is Nov. 1-4 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It’s co-located with our inaugural MSP Summit that takes place Nov. 1-2.

Don’t miss our biggest and best event ever.

We’re shaking things up a bit from here on out. Each gallery will start by recognizing the event sponsors for Channel Partners Homecoming. First up, AT&T, our Title Sponsor.

If you haven’t already registered, there’s still plenty of time. Just click here.

And if you missed last week’s highlights, click here.

Scroll through the above gallery for our second set of Top Ten highlights.

 

Sep 17

Channel Futures Presents Top Woman-Owned MSPs

By | Managed Services News

This list features the woman-owned businesses from our MSP 501 and NextGen 101 lists, as well as all 2021 applicants.

We are proud to present our woman-owned list, derived from the 2021 MSP 501 and NextGen 101 lists, as well as the entire applicant pool. This series of lists represent our partners who are part of underrepresented groups in the channel, such as women, people of color and veterans.

Click through the slideshow above to view our woman-owned shops. Our veteran-owned list will follow.

Don’t forget to register for our DE&I Workshop: Step In & Step Up, coming up on Sept. 28th. Register now!

Sep 17

Coffee with Craig and James Episode No. 103: Lumen and the Agent Perspective

By | Managed Services News

New Lumen channel chief Dave Young joins Craig and James in the coffeehouse.

Craig and James are back with a vengeance after a bit of a summer vacation. And they return with some powerhouse guests.

Lumen's Dave Young

Lumen’s Dave Young

First up is Dave Young, new channel chief at Lumen. He talks about how partners might be impacted by the company’s huge ILEC sale. It was one of the biggest news stories of the summer. You’ll also get insight into new initiatives in the Lumen channel program and other aspects of the business he’s taking on.

Then we’ll stay in the agent channel by talking to a couple of partners to get their perspectives on a number of issues. Want to spin up a contact center practice? Kathleen Waters, founder and CEO of Creekview Group, and David Wright, founder and CEO of Disruptive Innovations, have some advice. We’ll also ask them how business has changed for partners in the past year.

Furthermore, it wouldn’t be an episode of Coffee with Craig and James without mentioning CP Expo. Co-located with the new MSP Summit, we’re announcing a series of celebrity guests at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo who all attendees can see at no additional charge.

Links mentioned in this podcast:

Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts or via SoundCloud. You can find us just about anywhere you get your podcasts.

Follow Craig and James on the Coffee with Craig & James Twitter page!

Sep 17

Huge Channel M&A: Avaya, Cisco, Check Point, Comcast, Lumen, Microsoft

By | Managed Services News

Vendors and partners both made acquisitions last month.

Comcast Business and several of its peers in the IT/telecommunications industry made an acquisition in the last month.

Our latest consolidation roundup features some of the biggest vendors in the industry. The Comcast acquisition of Masergy sent ripples through the traditional telecom channel and put pressure on rival cablecos, as did Lumen‘s decision to sell its ILEC business. Security providers Check Point and Ivanti both acquired technology partners, and other cybersecurity vendors made acquisitions.

We also saw consolidation on the partner side as Upstack bought another agent and NetGain bought a fellow MSP.

Not every story made the cut, but you can still read about them on our website. For example, ServiceNow bought an indoor mapping and wayfinding provider to improve its hybrid work strategy.

Go through the 13 images above to see the latest channel-impacting transactions.

Did you miss our previous M&A gallery? Check that out here.

 

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