MSPAlliance Leadership Council Forms Vendor Council to Address Managed Services Supply Chain Risk

MSPAlliance Leadership Council Forms Vendor Council to Address Managed Services Supply Chain Risk

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., November 10, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The International Association of Cloud & amp; Managed Service Providers (MSPAlliance®) have announced several significant discoveries in the fight against attacks by suppliers in the managed services supply chain. Among the most notable announcements is the creation of Vendor Verify, a new certification designed to raise transparency and resilience to cybersecurity among supply chain vendors commonly used by managed service providers (SMEs).

In response to recent cyber-attacks designed to disrupt external IT management services delivered to organizations and extract ransomware payments, the MSAlliance Leadership Council, which consists of hundreds of certified SMEs from around the world, acted to secure its own supply chain by engaging and working with hardware and software vendors who deliver vital products and services to SMEs (and their customers).

“Collaboration between SMEs and suppliers is a vital step in meeting our ultimate goals of providing the shared infrastructure and systems we use to provide the best possible cyber security for our customers,” said Corey Nachreiner, CSO of WatchGuard Technologies. “WatchGuard is proud to have joined the MSPAlliance and other vendors involved to revive the Vendor Verify Certificate.”

“SMEs are an important part of the LogMeIn and LastPass partner ecosystems. LastPass SMEs are designed to be easily implemented so that SMEs can seamlessly manage their clients’ LastPass accounts. The MSPAlliance Vendor Verification Council will be a valuable tool for SMEs. Convinced I am that LastPass will continue to be the right choice to meet the security requirements of SMEs. ” Patrick McCue, Vice President, Global Channel Sales.

“Collaboration between suppliers and SMEs is a significant step towards truly addressing cyber security threats,” said PC Vice President Matic Corey Munson. “PC Matic is proud to be a vendor participating in the Vendor Verify Certification Program, and we look forward to working with the MSAlliance community to promote transparency and strengthen the resilience of cybersecurity.”

“We are honored to see this level of support from the supplier community,” said Celia Weaver, president of MSAlliance. “We, along with all the SMEs working with this new council, see this as a great victory for the industry.”

Participating Vendors Members of the MSPAlliance Vendor Verification Council are senior executives from:

PC Matic, Watch Guard, LastPass by LogMeIn, Tigerpaw, Axcient, Loop Communications, CryptoStopper, bvoip, Intotoware, Vultr and INKY.

Supplier Verification Objectives While still under consideration, the objectives of the program articulated by both SMEs and suppliers include:

Future announcements While Vendor Verify is still evolving, project completion is expected to occur before the end of the year. Official announcements will be released in early 2022.

For more information on MSP / Cloud Verify or other certifications, visit www.mspalliance.com for more details.

About MSPAlliance MSPAlliance® is a global industry association and accreditation body for the cybersecurity industry, cloud computing and managed service providers (SMEs). Founded in 2000 to help SMEs become better SMEs. Today, MSAlliance works with corporate members involved in cloud computing and managed services around the world in a joint effort to assist its members, along with foreign and domestic governments, in setting standards, setting policies, and establishing best practices. For more information, visit www.mspalliance.com

CONTACTNatalie Berman [email protected] 800-672-9205