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MSP to MSSP Research: 80 Percent of Customers Rethinking Cybersecurity

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Senior Director, MSP Evangelism Dave Sobel
Dave Sobel
Author: SolarWinds MSP’s Mike Cullen
SolarWinds MSP’s John Pagliuca

Roughly 80 percent of small and midsize businesses are planning to change the way they manage their IT security over the next 12 months, according to research from SolarWinds MSP that surfaced today at the Empower MSP conference in Orlando, Florida.

The major shifts could include customers rethinking which cybersecurity services they retain in-house, what services they outsource -- and to whom. We'll be speaking with SolarWinds MSP leaders like John Pagliuca, Mike Cullen and Dave Sobel about the shifts over the next two days (Related: Podcast with Dave Sobel).

The MSP to MSSP Strategy: Got One?

That data point sets the stage for one of the biggest inflection points facing MSPs: It's time to sort out a cybersecurity strategy -- and perhaps even extend into full-blown managed security services. Those services will typically include, according to SolarWinds MSP's research:

  • Infrastructure
  • Data security
  • Risk/vulnerability management
  • Identity and Access Management

A Full-blown MSSP Alert

Related: The Top 100 MSSPs for 2017

We'll be sharing more details about the SolarWinds MSP research on our sister site, MSSP Alert, later today. We'll also be moderating an MSP-to-MSSP panel session at Empower MSP mid-day today. Stay tuned to both ChannelE2E and MSSP Alert for ongoing coverage from the conference.

Top 100 MSSPs: In the meantime, check out our own Top 100 MSSPs Company List and Research for 2017 from MSSP Alert.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.