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BlackBerry helps channel partners tap exploding managed security service market
BlackBerry has announced a number of enhancements to the BlackBerry Partner Programme to help Managed Security Service Providers ( MSSPs ) capture the exploding demand among small and medium-sized businesses ( SMBs ) for 24x7x365 Managed Extended Detection and Response ( XDR ) services .
BlackBerry ’ s 2022 Threat Report found SMBs experience 11 – 13 attacks every day .
Amidst this growing threat landscape , the company has significantly increased its MSSP focus , launching new marketing incentives , a global hiring campaign to boost partner support and a revamped curriculum of training , tools and enablement resources to aid overall go-to-market efforts .
“ With headline-grabbing hacks and a cybersecurity talent gap showing no signs of letting up , SMBs have never been more under-staffed or ill-prepared to meet the challenges posed by the continuously evolving threat landscape ,” said Colleen McMillan , VP , Global Channel Sales at BlackBerry .
70 % of SME owners putting their personal finances at risk to fund their business
Survey finds inflation and supply chain issues disrupting small businesses
Caary Capital has announced its official Canadian launch and releases new Léger research in partnership with Xero and the Canadian Lenders Association that paints a picture of a Canadian small and medium-sized business ( SME ) community struggling to access capital and other key financial products and services .
“ Independent business ownership is always challenging
and many in this community barely survived the pandemic over the last two years . In fact , 57 % are struggling to manage cash flow ,” said John MacKinlay , CEO of Caary Capital . “ What they need now is better access to financial products and services , but our research indicates that hasn ’ t traditionally been available for an SME . Caary ’ s official entry into the Canadian marketplace couldn ’ t have come at a better time .”
National Write Your Congressman – an organisation that gives small businesses a voice in government – has released its latest Quarterly Index which found 90 % of business owners citing a disruption of services , operations or manufacturing due to problems with the supply chain . Half of business owners see supply chain problems easing in more than one year and 31 % believe problems will not ease for another five years .
“ Small business owners are having to make hard decisions on whether to stay open , grow , hire more employees , scale back and pass on the additional costs to customers ,” said Randy Ford , President and COO of National Write Your Congressman .
Furthermore , 74 % of business owners are seeing increased prices on inventory , products and materials . Only 4 % of business owners say supply chain issues are not affecting their business . �
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