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With much of the world opening back up, and people getting back to the new normal, many are asking what is the future of events?  Will they be in person, online, or a hybrid model of both in person and online?  With many people waiting for in-person events to come back in some form, most people agree the value of face to face events in the past where taken for granted. 

While cybersecurity grows, businesses are facing a severe cybersecurity labor shortage.   With a huge growth in the cybersecurity industry the need for qualified security professionals has dramatically increased, leaving many companies vulnerable to attacks.  Although experts have been tracking cybersecurity for more than a decade the series of recent attacks on major digital security companies has been a wakeup call for many companies, adding to the shortage even more. 

In March of 2021 the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law to continue the efforts to help with the impacts of Covid-19. The passing of this act expanded the employee retention credit from $5,000 in 2020 to up to $28,000 for 2021 with a combined total of $33,000 for both years.

In the world of technology there is a constant shift in networking best practices, applications, infrastructure, security, and so much more.  With these constant shifts it is understandable that you the MSP are always working to better your clients needs, and shifting to meet their needs to stay as a trusted business advisor.  With these shifts it is important to stay ahead of the game and be knowledgeable to stay competitive in the ever changing technology landscape.

By Gary Audin

 

Questions for the business CIO when a business considers a MSP. Does the business have all the resources that it needs? Is it having trouble finding them? Can it afford the IT salaries?

There are no shortages of lessons learned coming out of the pandemic.  In addition to the economic, health, and working from home we all faced new challenges around every corner during the last year.  As many of us found ways to navigate our new  lives, many of us also took a look in the mirror and asked ourselves what are we doing, do we love it, are we over stressed, and so many other questions. 

Industries are constantly changing, and staying current with the latest developments, skills, and new technologies required can be hard.  With our world changing at what feels like light speed it is more important than ever to stay abreast of these changes so you do not lag behind. 

Technology plays a roll in every business.  No matter the size, or profession,  technology is incorporated in business operations today.  In the last two decades, technology has changed the way we do business, from how we shop, do research, communicate and operate our businesses.   

In May of 2021 the Center for Internet Security (CIS) released it 8th iteration of the CIS Critical Controls. Previously, these 20 controls aimed at best practices to assist in defense, where reorganized to 18 controls taking into account more of a focus on cloud services.  This framework set up by the CIS affects everyone from home users, to organizations and even the

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Barracuda Networks has acquired SKOUT Cybersecuriy bringing them into the extended detection and response (XDR) market.  With Barracudas mission to help MSPs with their security journey through their different products SKOUT seems like a great fit.