There has been a flurry of activity in the channel recently, so we've compiled a few of the top ones.

Allison Francis

September 8, 2020

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There has been a flurry of MSP activity within the last few weeks that deserve a shoutout. Kaseya recently acquired phishing defense platform Graphus, Axcient announced its inaugural partner event called the MSP Xperience, and New Charter Technologies and Oval Partners launched a new category of MSP.

Read on to get the scoop. 

Kaseya Boosts Security Capabilities with Acquisition

Kaseya recently announced its acquisition and integration of Graphus, a phishing defense platform. The move expands the cloud email security capabilities of Kaseya’s IT Complete suite of IT infrastructure and security management solutions.  

This comes at a time when workforces are nearly 100% remote and cloud email adoption is at an all-time high. Businesses have an even greater need for strong cybersecurity defenses to avoid devastating data breaches and financial consequences. With this acquisition, IT Complete now includes a simple, automated, powerful and cost-effective email security and phishing defense platform, Kaseya said.

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Kaseya’s Fred Voccola

“Phishing attacks have been on the rise for some time now. They are even more of a risk with us all working remotely these days,” said Fred Voccola, Kaseya CEO. “We’re an Office 365 shop at Kaseya. We had been using O365’s Advanced Threat Protection to protect against phishing, but found that a lot was still getting through.”

Axcient Announces Inaugural MSP Xperience Virtual Event

Axcient recently announced its inaugural partner event called the MSP Xperience. The virtual half-day education event will take place on Sept. 25, offering MSPs a flurry of best practices and actionable takeaways for adding and growing managed security services.

“We are thrilled to unveil our inaugural MSP Xperience event,” said David Bennett, CEO at Axcient. “We are committed to partner success and how MSPs can protect everything. Now more than ever, cybersecurity is critical for MSPs and their clients. MSP Xperience is the place to be for MSPs investing in managed security and will feature best practices from industry experts and virtual networking for MSPs. We look forward to hosting MSP Xperience on Sept. 25.”

This event will be a thought leadership forum as well as a networking and community-building event for MSPs. Partnering vendors include Microsoft, CompTIA, ConnectWise, Bitdefender, Compliancy Group, Liongard, and our media partner, ChannelPro. Each will offer a best practice for all attendees that highlights their expertise for a specific security layer.

The managed security theme of the event will cover three topics, including:

  • Layered and cloud security and how to build your managed security tech stack.

  • The remote topology and how the security profile changed.

  • Overcoming the human “weakest link” presented by evolving phishing tactics.

New Charter Technologies, Oval Partners Launch New Category of MSP

New Charter Technologies and Oval Partners last week announced the acquisition of four founding companies and their decision to bring this model to the technology industry. The structure allows participating companies to fully participate in investment returns previously available only to PE firms.

“Our partner companies will enjoy the best of both worlds by continuing to run their business, and partner with other high-performance MSPs,” said Mitch Morgan, New Charter Technologies CEO. “Business owners take cash for their shares and are able to reinvest in New Charter side-by-side with Oval Partners.”

Mitch partnered with Oval Partners, a Palo Alto-based investment firm founded by John Knoll and Jake Mizrahi who recognized the value of this differentiated approach — basically one where MSPs are highly aligned but not highly integrated.

New Charter Technologies features the following highlights: 

  • The unique ownership structure allows MSP owners to take cash off the table. And, also reinvest into New Charter in a single class of shares alongside Oval Partners.

  • New Charter’s operating model provides strategic leadership and development support. entrepreneurs to improve their businesses through best-practice and resource sharing between operating companies

  • In addition to continuing to run their business, owners also become part of New Charter’s leadership team to guide the larger business as it becomes a leading national MSP.

  • New Charter quickly added four industry-leading, best-in-class MSPs to the platform, with more to come.

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About the Author(s)

Allison Francis

Allison Francis is a writer, public relations and marketing communications professional with experience working with clients in industries such as business technology, telecommunications, health care, education, the trade show and meetings industry, travel/tourism, hospitality, consumer packaged goods and food/beverage. She specializes in working with B2B technology companies involved in hyperconverged infrastructure, managed IT services, business process outsourcing, cloud management and customer experience technologies. Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from Drake University. An Iowa native, she resides in Denver, Colorado.

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