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From helping MSPs increase their cybersecurity resilience to opening new doors for partnership and opportunities, there are a number of new and enhanced benefits coming soon to CompTIA members, according to MJ Shoer, chief community officer.
The initiatives are all part of a larger strategy from CompTIA to build a global community that allows the organization to get closer to members, foster increased collaboration between members, and provide the tools and resources necessary to help make tech businesses more successful.
“Our mission is to help you, every person in this room, the entire tech industry, and the world,” Shoer said during a keynote session at CompTIA’s Communities & Councils Forum in Chicago. “We’re very grateful for this opportunity. We want to build the workforce of the 21st century—to make it easier for all of you to find qualified workers tomorrow and for a few years after tomorrow. We’re growing our global network of relevance and you are a critical part of that strategy.”
To that end, CompTIA detailed several new benefit and program enhancements to help achieve those goals. Here’s a look at several of them:
Free CompTIA ISAO Membership to all MSP Members
Cybersecurity is no longer optional for any solution provider or MSP—or any tech company—Shoer said. The risks and threats to their business and their customers are simply too great to ignore. To help, CompTIA is extending free membership in the CompTIA ISAO for all solution provider members. The goal is to get more solution providers investing in their own security resilience using the CompTIA ISAO’s threat intelligence feeds and other resources.
“We’re going to double down on all things security and Wayne Selk [CompTIA’s vice president of cybersecurity programs and executive director of the CompTIA ISAO] is going to help taking things to the new level,” Shoer said. “If current events in the world don’t drive home the need for security, nothing will. MSPs who aren’t becoming security MSPs, won’t be MSPs in a matter of months and years. It’s the reality we live in.”
New Communities Structure Will Foster Collaboration
As part of its new CompTIA Community strategy, communities including the Canadian Business Technology Community Cybersecurity Community, Managed Services Community and Emerging Technology Community will merge under a North American community, joined by the existing UK, Benelux and ANZ regional communities. New subcommittees under each community will allow members to still maintain a focus on cybersecurity, managed services, emerging technology, and other future topics as necessary. The new structure also allows for more collaboration across regions—for example increased communication between cybersecurity subcommittees across North America, UK, Benelux and ANZ.
“We need to be able to quickly and agilely adapt to changes and follow whatever trends are happening in a specific region. An MSP in Melbourne, Australia, may stumble upon a game-changing service for them. There’s no reason why they can’t share that with MSPs in Birmingham, Alabama, or Birmingham, U.K.,” Shoer said.