The Audit Guru for GDPR(TM) Partner Programme Includes Training, Onboarding Assistance, Marketing Materials, NFR Products, and an Online Management Portal
RapidFire Tools Inc., the developers of the powerful Network Detective suite of IT assessment and compliance tools, has launched an Authorized Reseller Partner Programme in coordination with its new Audit Guru for GDPR tool. The programme marks the first time RapidFire Tools is selling one of its products exclusively through a channel of MSP partners. The new product is designed to help organisations become compliant, and remain compliant, with the sweeping EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The regulation applies to any organisation that collects and processes personal information on people who reside within in the European Union. MSPs will have the option of simply reselling Audit Guru for GDPR to their end-user clients, or offering it along with value-added consulting and ongoing compliance management services. The GDPR takes effect on 25 May 2018.
The Audit Guru for GDPR Partner Programme is available to MSPs worldwide. While GDPR primarily affects MSPs in the EU, service providers in North America and other regions in the world whose clients service or do business with customers in the EU are also impacted. The new programme provides MSPs with everything they need to create a profitable GDPR compliance practice, including:
- Extensive product training
- A not-for-resale Audit Guru license for MSPs to use on their own networks
- A second Audit Guru license to resell to their first client
- A web-based product management portal to provision and manage the tool through a consolidated interface, or a “single pane of glass”
- White-labelled marketing materials to help MSPs sell the new offering
- One-on-one assistance to help MSPs onboard their first Audit Guru implementations
- Unlimited technical support
“GDPR will have a considerable impact on IT everywhere,” confirms Michael Mittel, president of RapidFire Tools. “The EU represents a significant percentage of the global economy, and any organisation on the planet that maintains personal information about individuals inside the EU are required to comply with these stringent new rules.”
Audit Guru for GDPR is the first purpose-built software appliance to automatically collect the data required for a proper initial GDPR audit, as well as the required on-going compliance checks. The tool will automatically generate the documentation and reporting required under the standard. Audit Guru produces dynamic, step-by-step instructions and worksheets needed to complete the assessment process.
“Until now, our tools have been sold to MSPs for internal use as part of their business development and service delivery,” explained Mittel. “This launch marks a paradigm shift, wherein we’ve designed a product that MSPs can sell directly to the network owner. We’re relying 100 percent on our MSP channel customers, whose relationships in the SMB community will quickly bring Audit Guru to market.”
In addition to healthy potential margins on the resale of Audit Guru appliance subscriptions, MSPs can gain additional revenue through value-added GDPR services, ranging from simple management of the appliances, up to fully managed and ongoing GDPR Compliance-as-a-Service offerings-all supported by RapidFire Tools’ services. “The success of these MSPs is not left to chance. Our Authorized Reseller Partner Programme vests us in every aspect of the process, to ensure that MSPs are well positioned to profit,” Mittel added.
“We believe every organisation is going to need a product like Audit Guru,” said Mark Winter, RapidFire Tools’ vice president of sales. “Everything in the programme is designed to help our MSPs get up-to-speed as quickly as possible to sell Audit Guru for GDPR into their existing client sites. MSPs who partner with us can create a lucrative enhancement to their portfolios, in addition to using the tool to land new clients.”
Sunak to use budget to expand apprenticeships in England
LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce more funding for apprenticeships in England when he unveils his budget next week, the government said on Friday.
Employers taking part in the Apprenticeship Initiative Scheme will from April 1 receive 3,000 pounds ($4,179) for each apprentice hired, regardless of age – an increase on current grants of between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds depending on age.
The scheme will extended by six months until the end of September, the finance ministry said.
Sunak will also announce an extra 126 million pounds for traineeships for up to 43,000 placements.
Sunak’s March 3 budget will likely include a new round of spending to prop up the economy during what he hopes will be the last phase of lockdown, but he will also probably signal tax rises ahead to plug the huge hole in the public finances.
Sunak is also expected to announce a “flexi-job” apprenticeship scheme, whereby apprentices can join an agency and work for multiple employers in one sector, the finance ministry said.
“We know there’s more to do and it’s vital this continues throughout the next stage of our recovery, which is why I’m boosting support for these programmes, helping jobseekers and employers alike,” Sunak said in a statement.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken)
UK seeks G7 consensus on digital competition after Facebook blackout
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is seeking to build a consensus among G7 nations on how to stop large technology companies exploiting their dominance, warning that there can be no repeat of Facebook’s one-week media blackout in Australia.
Facebook’s row with the Australian government over payment for local news, although now resolved, has increased international focus on the power wielded by tech corporations.
“We will hold these companies to account and bridge the gap between what they say they do and what happens in practice,” Britain’s digital minister Oliver Dowden said on Friday.
“We will prevent these firms from exploiting their dominance to the detriment of people and the businesses that rely on them.”
Dowden said recent events had strengthened his view that digital markets did not currently function properly.
He spoke after a meeting with Facebook’s Vice-President for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, a former British deputy prime minister.
“I put these concerns to Facebook and set out our interest in levelling the playing field to enable proper commercial relationships to be formed. We must avoid such nuclear options being taken again,” Dowden said in a statement.
Facebook said in a statement that the call had been constructive, and that it had already struck commercial deals with most major publishers in Britain.
“Nick strongly agreed with the Secretary of Stateâ€™s (Dowden’s) assertion that the governmentâ€™s general preference is for companies to enter freely into proper commercial relationships with each other,” a Facebook spokesman said.
Britain will host a meeting of G7 leaders in June.
It is seeking to build consensus there for coordinated action toward “promoting competitive, innovative digital markets while protecting the free speech and journalism that underpin our democracy and precious liberties,” Dowden said.
The G7 comprises the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Canada, but Australia has also been invited.
Britain is working on a new competition regime aimed at giving consumers more control over their data, and introducing legislation that could regulate social media platforms to prevent the spread of illegal or extremist content and bullying.
(Reporting by William James; Editing by Gareth Jones and John Stonestreet)
Britain to offer fast-track visas to bolster fintechs after Brexit
By Huw Jones
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would offer a fast-track visa scheme for jobs at high-growth companies after a government-backed review warned that financial technology firms will struggle with Brexit and tougher competition for global talent.
Finance minister Rishi Sunak said that now Britain has left the European Union, it wants to make sure its immigration system helps businesses attract the best hires.
“This new fast-track scale-up stream will make it easier for fintech firms to recruit innovators and job creators, who will help them grow,” Sunak said in a statement.
Over 40% of fintech staff in Britain come from overseas, and the new visa scheme, open to migrants with job offers at high-growth firms that are scaling up, will start in March 2022.
Brexit cut fintechs’ access to the EU single market and made it far harder to employ staff from the bloc, leaving Britain less attractive for the industry.
The review published on Friday and headed by Ron Kalifa, former CEO of payments fintech Worldpay, set out a “strategy and delivery model” that also includes a new 1 billion pound ($1.39 billion) start-up fund.
“It’s about underpinning financial services and our place in the world, and bringing innovation into mainstream banking,” Kalifa told Reuters.
Britain has a 10% share of the global fintech market, generating 11 billion pounds ($15.6 billion) in revenue.
The review said Brexit, heavy investment in fintech by Australia, Canada and Singapore, and the need to be nimbler as COVID-19 accelerates digitalisation of finance, all mean the sector’s future in Britain is not assured.
It also recommends more flexible listing rules for fintechs to catch up with New York.
“We recognise the need to make the UK attractive a more attractive location for IPOs,” said Britain’s financial services minister John Glen, adding that a separate review on listings rules would be published shortly.
“Those findings, along with Ron’s report today, should provide an excellent evidence base for further reform.”
Britain pioneered “sandboxes” to allow fintechs to test products on real consumers under supervision, and the review says regulators should move to the next stage and set up “scale-boxes” to help fintechs navigate red tape to grow.
“It’s a question of knowing who to call when there’s a problem,” said Kay Swinburne, vice chair of financial services at consultants KPMG and a contributor to the review.
A UK fintech wanting to serve EU clients would have to open a hub in the bloc, an expensive undertaking for a start-up.
“Leaving the EU and access to the single market going away is a big deal, so the UK has to do something significant to make fintechs stay here,” Swinburne said.
The review seeks to join the dots on fintech policy across government departments and regulators, and marshal private sector efforts under a new Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT).
“There is no framework but bits of individual policies, and nowhere does it come together,” said Rachel Kent, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells and contributor to the review.
($1 = 0.7064 pounds)
(Reporting by Huw Jones; editing by Jane Merriman and John Stonestreet)
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