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Kaseya CEO: MSPs Are ‘Playing With Fire’ If They Can’t Get Their Customers To Pay For Security

Joseph F. Kovar

‘For example, let‘s assume a dental practice of 25 employees as a standard MSP customer. How many of those dental practices are willing to pay every three months to certify every employee on security awareness training, like don’t click on links? …The bad guys know the dental practice is the one that‘s probably going to bite,’ says Kasey CEO Fred Voccola in an interview with CRN.

You also introduced a new CISO, Jason Manar. Tell us about him.  

He was one of the top cyber people at FBI Cyber Command. Jason joined us several weeks ago as our new CISO. That‘s a big, big announcement. Jason’s a worldwide expert on fighting cybercrime and cyber best practices.

 

Who was CISO at Kaseya before Jason Manar joined?  

The CISO function was done in a couple of different functions and people. [Chief Marketing Officer] Mike Puglia‘s organization was overseeing that. Now we’ve moved Jason into that function. The prior CISOs weren’t publicly facing people. Our prior CISO will be working inside of Jason’s organization.

 

So you had a CISO before, but it was a much less visible position.  

It wasn‘t an executive position. The interesting thing is, for software companies, there’s a couple of different kinds of security. The CISO is focused on information and data. Software product security is inside of the product security org. So CISOs, not just at Kaseya, but anywhere, they’re not inside of R&D or architecting products. CISOs typically deal with things like GDPR, best practices, that kind of stuff.

 

 

 
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Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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