MSPAlliance: New Cloud/MSP Standards Will Save Partners Money

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The organization billing itself as the accrediting body for cloud and managed service providers announced a handful of new standards for cloud and managed service providers (MSPs) Wednesday.

MSPAlliance added a list of enhancements to its MSP/Cloud Verify Program (MSPCV), including assessments on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) risks and cybersecurity.

MSPAlliance's Charles WeaverCEO Charles Weaver said the program, designed to help IT providers in an unregulated industry, has made both incremental and dramatic changes.

“Particularly in the area of Software as a Service and Microsoft licensing, the MSP/Cloud Verify Program is providing cutting-edge advice to service providers by helping them steer clear of common software violations which could lead to potentially costly licensing fees,” he said.

MSPAlliance listed five major areas of changes:{ad}

  • Risk assessments for IaaS
  • SPLA licensing controls for Microsoft and other vendors
  • Corporate health reporting
  • Internal MSP security controls
  • MSP response to ransomware and other cyber security threats

Julie Machal-Fulks, a board member of the alliance, also said there is a tangible cost to not meeting the enhanced standards.

“I am very excited that the MSP/Cloud Verify Program is adding essential enhancements to help managed service providers better serve their end users,” she said. “Many times MSPs have significant unidentified financial exposure related to software licensing, and a software audit can have a material impact on profitability.”

The organization calls these standards the oldest existing certification for the cloud and MSP industries.

Each certification concludes with a written report conducted and documented by a third-party party accounting firm.

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