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Meaghan Moraes

Meaghan Moraes is a Content Marketing Manager at Continuum, focusing on inbound and content marketing efforts surrounding cybersecurity and threat management. With several years of agency and tech marketing experience, Meaghan specializes in driving leads and conversion with her strategic and creative digital marketing content. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry, playing the piano, boxing, and exploring Boston’s best restaurants.
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Putting the S in MSSP Part 4: Top Ways to Sell Cybersecurity to SMBs

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on June 21, 2017

Putting the S in MSSP Part 4: Top Ways to Sell Cybersecurity to SMBs

Putting the S in MSSP” is a weekly blog series that aims to set up MSPs to succeed as managed security services providers (MSSPs) by offering the insights and recommendations you need to profit from this new and important line of business. Throughout this six-part series, you’ll learn how to become a comprehensive MSSP who can secure SMBs with the tools needed to tread the modern threat landscape without fear.


In part three
, we examined the lifecycle of a cyber attack and walked through how to devise a solid remediation plan and manage vulnerabilities. In this post, we’ll take that knowledge a step further and offer key tips on how MSPs should be framing the topic of cybersecurity to their clients.

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

Putting the S in MSSP Part 3: Examining the Lifecycle of a Cyber Attack

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on June 14, 2017

Putting the S in MSSP Part 3: Examining the Lifecycle of a Cyber Attack

Putting the S in MSSP” is a weekly blog series that aims to set up MSPs to succeed as managed security services providers (MSSPs) by offering the insights and recommendations you need to profit from this new and important line of business. Throughout this six-part series, you’ll learn how to become a comprehensive MSSP who can secure small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with the tools needed to tread the modern threat landscape without fear.

In the first part of this series, we offered tips on how to begin defining and deploying the three pillars of cybersecurity. In part two, we went on to talk about the three major pitfalls of managing multiple security vendors. In this post, we will examine the lifecycle of a cyber attack, providing insight on how to devise a solid remediation plan and manage vulnerabilities.

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Topics: Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

Putting the S in MSSP Part 2: 3 Pitfalls of Managing Multiple Security Vendors

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on June 7, 2017

MSSP: 3 Pitfalls of Managing Multiple Security Vendors

As a managed IT services provider, you’ve served as the tech backbone of your clients for years, in a variety of ways. From RMM to BDR to security, your offerings provide small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with the level of support, cost-efficiency and scalability they need to survive in the modern business world. Or so you hope.

"Putting the S in MSSP" is a weekly blog series that aims to set up MSPs to succeed as managed security services providers (MSSPs) by offering the insights and recommendations you need to profit from this new and important line of business. In part one of this series, we offered tips on how to properly define and deploy the three pillars of cybersecurity so you’re setting a solid foundation for your security services. In this post, we’ll highlight three major downsides to offering your clients security via a number of different vendors, and discuss best practices for implementing truly robust cybersecurity.

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Topics: Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

Putting the S in MSSP Part 1: Defining and Deploying the 3 Pillars of Cybersecurity

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on May 31, 2017

Putting the S in MSSP Part 1: Defining and Deploying the 3 Pillars of Cybersecurity

With increasingly complex threats flooding the modern IT landscape, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are struggling to keep their heads above water. We’ve all seen the stats, right? Malicious attacks are on the rise, and your SMB clients are increasingly (and successfully) becoming the targets. Unfortunately, this means that your IT services of yore simply aren’t enough to keep up with the ever-present, ever-evolving cyber threats that plague modern business. As an MSP, what is there left for you to do? The answer might be to adopt a managed security services provider (MSSP) model and integrate security services into your portfolio.

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Topics: Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

What is a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP)?

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on May 24, 2017

What is a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP)

It’s no secret that business as we know it is wrought with cyber threats: the news headlines and stacks of stats speak volumes. Today, security services are becoming a must-have, causing organizations of all sizes to increasingly seek out and lean on trusted security partners to manage vulnerabilities. What’s more, this new shift is opening a huge opportunity for managed IT service providers (MSPs).

At this point, many MSPs are throwing around the term “MSSP,” squeezing an extra “S” into their title to represent their clients’ elevated need for security services. The big issue at hand, however, is that this role is sometimes misunderstood. 

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Topics: Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

How to Explain WannaCry to Your End Users

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on May 16, 2017

How to Explain WannaCry to Your End Users

Despite the term “cyber attack” now being virtually synonymous with “modern business,” the world has never seen anything like WannaCry before. This new strain of ransomware, also known as WanaCrypt0r and WCry, recently hit computers in 99 countries, spurring 75,000 cases of the ransomware around the world. It was a big one—the big one.

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Topics: Industry News, Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

Orange Is the New Hack: 3 Cybersecurity Lessons for MSPs

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on May 2, 2017

Orange Is the New Hack: 3 Cybersecurity Lessons for MSPs

Hype surrounding the Netflix original series, Orange Is the New Black, got several shades darker this past weekend when a hacker literally stole the show. The hacker, who goes by “thedarkoverlord,” obtained and shared the first ten episodes of the coming season of Orange Is the New Black on Saturday after Netflix failed to meet their ransom requests.

The hack occurred at the postproduction company Larson Studios, a popular digital-mixing service in Los Angeles for television networks and movie studios. Thedarkoverlord also claimed to have stolen unreleased content from ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC, and threatened ransomware attacks on these networks, as well. The theft is merely the latest in a long line of ransomware attacks by cybercriminals over the past year. Specifically, this new development provides a perfect opportunity for managed IT services providers (MSPs) to ensure that clients are adopting a multi-layered approach to IT security.

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Topics: Industry News, Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

Simplifying 3 Trends That Are Changing the IT Landscape

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on April 21, 2017

Simplifying 3 Trends That Are Changing the IT Landscape

Let’s face it, modern IT is complicated. With new components being continuously added to the mix, managing and securing the IT landscape requires new tools fit for the challenge. However, the last thing managed services providers (MSPs) need is yet another disparate management tool that adds more complexity to their services. Without cohesive IT and service level management, there will be serious disconnects—from servers and networks, to storage and end points. 

Amidst the changing tides of technology, MSPs can help their clients ensure IT service and business success with an integrated approach. The following are three growing trends that MSPs should understand how to embrace and capitalize on in order to achieve sustainable profitability and business growth.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, SMB Trends, Mobile Device Management and IT Mobility

How to Solve the MSP Marketing Struggle

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on April 18, 2017

How to Solve the MSP Marketing Struggle

Business growth: it’s on every MSP’s mind yet tends to fall to the bottom of the list when it comes to your day-to-day tasks. As a business owner, you’re constantly dealing with endless moving parts, so conserving your time and effort is really the only way to scale your business. Maybe you haven’t been focusing on marketing—even though it is circled and underlined three times on that to-do list—or maybe you’re taking a whack at this seemingly foreign concept.

The key point to consider here is that when you do marketing, it’s crucial that you understand how to do it right. So, what’s the first step in solving the MSP marketing struggle? You must develop and deploy an effective marketing strategy.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing

An MSP’s Guide to Combatting SMB Cybersecurity Challenges

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on April 7, 2017

An MSP’s Guide to Combatting SMB Cybersecurity Challenges

Ever since the internet became an indispensable tool in the business world, security risks have continued to grow more profound. Today, malware—specifically ransomware—is the biggest money-maker for cybercriminals in history. These types of attacks are real threats that no business can afford to ignore, especially small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Due to limited budget, bandwidth and resources, SMBs combat IT issues differently than large enterprises. Cybersecurity is a top concern for SMBs in particular, as this group is faced with the following challenges:

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Topics: SMB Trends, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

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