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MSP Pricing Models Guide: Achieving MSP Profitability

MSP Pricing Models Guide: Achieving MSP Profitability

Pricing is about more than just the price tag. The MSP pricing structure is just as important as the cost of MSP. For most businesses, the pricing model has a massive impact on the final MSP spend. Managed IT pricing is a delicate balancing act between setting fair profit margins and modeling the costs to fit different consumer scenarios. Here are the common MSP pricing models favored by most service providers.

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Sure Strategies and Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks

Sure Strategies and Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks

Hackers take advantage of weak cybersecurity policies and obsolete IT security infrastructure. Unfortunately, quite a few businesses realize the importance of protection against cyberattacks only after becoming victims. Organizations need to think of ways to prevent cyberattacks before it is too late. Learn strategies you can employ to defend your organization against cyberattacks.

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October 2021 Patch Tuesday Review: Microsoft Fixes 74 Security Flaws

October 2021 Patch Tuesday Review: Microsoft Fixes 74 Security Flaws

In this month’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft fixed a total of 74 vulnerabilities (81, counting Microsoft Edge for Chromium’s updates). Among the 74 bugs fixed today included four zero-day vulnerabilities, one of which was known to have been exploited in the wild. Three of the vulnerabilities were rated as Critical, one as Low, and the rest as Important.

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66 Vulnerabilities Fixed in Microsoft’s September 2021 Patch Tuesday

66 Vulnerabilities Fixed in Microsoft’s September 2021 Patch Tuesday

It’s the second Tuesday of the month again — time to check out the latest patch batch. Today, Microsoft released fixes for a total of 66 vulnerabilities, three of which were deemed Critical, one rated Moderate, and the rest classified as Important. Earlier this month, Microsoft released 20 security updates for Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), bringing the total number of CVEs fixed in September to 86.

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday Survival Guide

Microsoft Patch Tuesday Survival Guide

This time of the month… The predictable Windows Security Patch Tuesday schedule allows system administrators to stay prepared with their patch implementation plans.
Learn how to be ready for Microsoft Patch Tuesday. In this article we have compiled our tips for stress-free management of important Windows updates and timely deployment of Windows critical patches.

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5-Step Vulnerability Remediation Process

5-Step Vulnerability Remediation Process

Vulnerability remediation management is a vital part of corporate cybersecurity. Understand security vulnerability management and learn strategies through this guide to the vulnerability remediation process. There is no such thing as a perfectly secure software application. In one way or another, they all have security vulnerabilities waiting to be discovered. In fact, new software vulnerabilities or security bugs are found nearly every day, even in mainstream software products and services. In a recent study, 42 percent of the surveyed cybersecurity and IT professionals said security risk management is more challenging today due to an increasing number of software vulnerabilities.

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Top 7 Managed Services Provider Best Practices Promoting Business Growth

Top 7 Managed Services Provider Best Practices Promoting Business Growth

The demand for managed IT services is soaring as more and more organizations continue to adopt new digital enterprise solutions, such as the cloud, big data, blockchain, IoT, and automation. Managed IT remains the fastest and most cost-efficient way for businesses to implement and utilize these emerging technologies.
How can MSP vendors streamline workflows with the best MSP tools to thrive and stand out in the competitive managed IT industry? Read on in Action1 Blog to learn the best strategies for managed service providers.

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July 2021: Microsoft Patch Tuesday Review

July 2021: Microsoft Patch Tuesday Review

Microsoft released fixes for 117 flaws in this July’s Patch Tuesday. Of the 117 vulnerabilities, 13 were marked as Critical, 103 Important, and 1 Moderate; nine were zero-day vulnerabilities, four of which were actively exploited before the patch release. The bugs included the usual blend of RCE, DOS, information disclosure, EoP, spoofing, and security bypass vulnerabilities across Microsoft’s suite of products. The volume of the latest patch release exceeds the combined totals from the last two months, and it’s the second time this year that Microsoft has packed more than 100 fixes in one Patch Tuesday batch.

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Microsoft Fixes 50 Vulnerabilities on Patch Tuesday, June 2021

Microsoft Fixes 50 Vulnerabilities on Patch Tuesday, June 2021

Keeping with its Patch Tuesday tradition, Microsoft has just released 50 security patches for a host of software products and services, including .NET Core and Visual Studio, Microsoft Office, Windows Defender, Windows Codecs Library, 3D Viewer, and Windows HTML Platform. Today’s release included patches for RCE, Elevation of Privilege, DoS, Spoofing, Information Disclosure, and Security Feature Bypass vulnerabilities.

In terms of severity, 45 of the 50 CVEs were marked “Important” and five “Critical.” Among these were seven zero-day vulnerabilities, six of which had already been exploited in the wild. Eight of the security flaws fixed today were reported by the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI). Additionally, Microsoft acknowledged reports from Google Project Zero, Google’s Threat Analysis Group, Check Point Research, Kaspersky, and FireEye, among other contributors.

Here’s an overview of the seven zero-day vulnerabilities and other noteworthy flaws fixed in June’s patch rollout.

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday, May 2021 Review

Microsoft Patch Tuesday, May 2021 Review

Today, the second Tuesday of May, is Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday. This month’s patch release includes fixes for 55 CVEs – 50 classified as Important, one moderate, and four marked as critical. Microsoft also patched three zero-day vulnerabilities that were publicly disclosed but not yet exploited at the time of this release. The 55 fixes touch on various Microsoft products and services, including Exchange Server, Skype for Business, Visual Studio, MS Office, .NET Core, SharePoint Server, and Hyper-V. Along with May’s patch cycle, Microsoft also rolled out cumulative updates for all supported versions of Windows. The freshly updated Windows 10 OS builds 19041.895 and 19042.895 mostly feature enhanced security for Windows System Core Components, browsers, and other basic functions, plus a couple of new peripheral drivers and UI elements. Let’s get back to the security flaws addressed in this month’s patch dump.

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The Admin’s IT Guide to Remote Endpoint Management

The Admin’s IT Guide to Remote Endpoint Management

More people than ever are working from home, and IT teams are being pushed to the limit trying to maintain both user productivity and corporate security. They need to be able to keep endpoints properly maintained, monitor network activity, troubleshoot issues promptly, and more — all while remote.
The job can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. To help, we’ve drawn up a list of the essential best practices managing a remote workforce, along with tips for implementing them effectively.

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MSP Processes and Best Practices

MSP Processes and Best Practices

The widespread digitization due to the COVID-19 pandemic, uptick in cloud adoption, IT talent shortage, and growing concerns over cybersecurity fuels a rising demand for managed service providers (MSPs). This shows in the expanding managed services market, which is expected to grow from its current value of $242.9 billion to $354.8 billion in just four years.

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday, March 2021  Review

Microsoft Patch Tuesday, March 2021 Review

Microsoft Patch Tuesday started early this month with an out-of-band patch release on March 2. This week’s batch fixes a total of 89 CVEs; among these are the seven out-of-band fixes from last week, ten ‘critical’ fixes, and 72 marked as ‘important.’ Two of the patches address separate zero-day vulnerabilities, one of which had already been exploited in the wild. This month’s patches cover a wide range of Microsoft products and services, including Azure, Office products, and Windows internet browsers.

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WSUS Patch Management Alternatives

WSUS Patch Management Alternatives

The corporate world has been through big changes over recent years, with cloud deployments and remote working emerging as the new normal in many industry sectors. How people communicate, collaborate, and create value is changing before our eyes, with existing technology solutions not always relevant to business interests. Windows Server Update Services (WSUS Patch Management) is an example of a legacy solution that continues to be eclipsed by more advanced and efficient services. There are more automated patch management tools alternative to WSUS, some of which are much better placed to meet the new agile and flexible workforce’s demands.

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What Is a Managed Service Provider for IT Services?

What Is a Managed Service Provider for IT Services?

Are you interested in learning about what is the MSP for IT services? Use this introductory guide to help you better understand what they’re all about and how they could be a great choice for providing streamlined IT solutions. We’ll also show you what to look for in a remote monitoring and management (RMM) software for managed services companies.

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Tackling Microsoft Defender Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Tackling Microsoft Defender Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Microsoft rolled out its monthly set of security updates. The security patches bundle included fixes for 83 vulnerabilities on Windows operating system, enterprise servers, development tools, and various cloud products and services. Among these patches, ten were described as critical, and one of the most important patches was the fix for Microsoft Defender Remote Code Execution Vulnerability – a zero-day vulnerability that Microsoft said was exploited in the wild before the patch was released.

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