Gartner notes upcoming challenges for CEOs – and what CIOs must do to mitigate them

When your organisation has to navigate stormy waters, the CEO will take the brunt of the incoming waves. Yet the CIO can steer a course to safety through technological change. A new report from Gartner assesses three macro-level problems chief executives may face in the coming year – and how CIOs can be able to mitigate them.

The first trend is focused around what Gartner calls ‘reglobalisation’. As...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees.

As user privacy and MDM become more incompatible – the new guide to BYOD vs company devices

Since the release of the first smartphone in 2007, smart devices have changed the way we communicate, live, work and do business. While greater connectivity has productivity and communication benefits, it also presents new challenges, mostly around how businesses can best manage a fleet of remote devices, and which mobile device management (MDM) solution to choose based on their remote device fleet choice.

Currently, there are...

By Anson Shiong, 29 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MDM.

How the CIO can win over the most tech-resistant and tech-reluctant employees

CIOs often face significant hurdles when building new technology or implementing it into their businesses. Budget restrictions, lack of buy-in from management, resistance from employees, or simply not knowing where to start can make success feel impossible. Adopting new technology is necessary for business survival, though.

Many CIOs underestimate the amount of strategy and planning necessary to pull off the...

By Andrey Kudievskiy, 28 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

New report ponders the ‘data-deprived enterprise’ problem – with self-service BI the way to go

Enterprises are continuing to make strategic decisions without sufficient data to back them up, according to a new report – and it is the frontline employees who are more likely to go without.

The 2020 Global State of Enterprise Analytics report, put together by MicroStrategy, surveyed 500 business intelligence (BI) and analytics professionals across five countries and 10 industry segments. 94% of those polled said data...

By James Bourne, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

It’s time to solve the education sector’s cybersecurity crisis

  • There were a record 160 publicly-disclosed security incidents in the education sector (K-12) during the summer months of 2019, exceeding the total number of incidents reported in all of 2018 by 30%
  • 47% of K-12 organisations are making cybersecurity their primary investment, yet 74% do not use encryption
  • 93% of K-12 organisations rely on native client/patch management tools that have a 56% failure rate, with 9% of client/patch management failures never recovered

These and many other fascinating insights are from 

By Louis Columbus, 18 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Employees, Security.

Oracle report explores how employees have gone from fear to optimism with AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) has already changed the relationship between employees and technology – and according to a new study, workers are more likely to trust robots than their managers.

The findings appear in Oracle’s second annual AI at Work study, which polled more than 8,000 employees, managers and HR leaders across 10 countries. 64% of those polled said they would trust a robot more than their manager,...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

More than half of workers polled experience mobile issues at least once a month, survey argues

The enterprise mobility market may be considered close to saturation, but plenty of pain points remain, according to a new industry report.

The State of Enterprise Mobility survey, conducted by B2M Solutions, found more than half (51%) of workers polled reported experiencing at least one issue with their mobile devices per month which hindered their ability to do their job.

The study,...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

Gen Z offering workplaces loyalty with independence – but many employers ‘sailing without a compass’

Generation Z is making its mark in the workplace – yet while some organisations are making progress in acceding to its needs, many are ‘sailing without a compass’, according to a new industry report.

The study from workflow automation platform Nintex, titled ‘The Gen Z Effect on the US Workplace’, aimed to explore the working habits of the most recent generation to enter the workplace and ponder whether...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Research.

The top 10 most popular cybersecurity certifications in 2019: A guide

  • IT decision-makers (ITDMs) report that cybersecurity is the hardest area to find qualified talent, followed by cloud computing skills
  • 56% of ITDMs report that certified personnel closes organisational skills gaps.
  • 48% of ITDMs report that certifications boost productivity
  • 44% of ITDM report that certifications help meet client requirements

Knowing which cybersecurity certifications are in the greatest demand is invaluable in planning a career in the field. I asked Global Knowledge, the...

By Louis Columbus, 05 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Mobile identity is the new security perimeter: How enterprises need to secure their mobile worlds

  • 86% of enterprise executives say that mobile threats are growing faster than any other according to Verizon’s Mobile Security Index 2019 and 67% of enterprise execs are less confident about the security of their mobile devices compared to other IT assets.
  • Mobile devices are hackers’ favorite platform to target, with over 905,000 malware packages installed in Q1 of this year alone and over 5.3 million in 2018, 

By Louis Columbus, 03 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, CIO, Employees, Identity, Security.

Alerts are ignored and turnover is high as security teams suffer from incident overload, report says

If everything incident which happens at an organisation is of super-critical importance, then how can the system fully function? Alert overload for security teams is not uncommon, yet a new report from Critical Start encapsulates the issues many personnel face.

The company’s report, ‘The Impact of Security Alert Overload’, polled more than 50 security operations centre (SOC) professionals across enterprise...

By James Bourne, 02 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Research, Security.

How AI is predicting the future of online fraud detection

Bottom line: Combining supervised and unsupervised machine learning as part of a broader artificial intelligence (AI) fraud detection strategy enables digital businesses to quickly and accurately detect automated and increasingly complex fraud attempts.

Recent research from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

By Louis Columbus, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Authentication, Employees, Security.

Why IT and HR can become surprising bedfellows

Advances in digital communication may have enhanced many lives - but it has also become a disruptive technology in more ways than one. Not surprisingly, the development of new communication tools is keeping pace with changes in the way people communicate, giving them a myriad of ways to get the right information in front of the right readers at the right time.

However, there has been a lot less attention given to the development of...

By Cyrus Gilbert-Rolfe, 09 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Myth-busting mobile in the enterprise: Day two support is the same as other IT resources

As mobile devices have grown indispensable for enterprises, so too has their ability to disrupt mission-critical work when they malfunction or when other complications arise. The support obligations that come with mobile technology deployments are considerable.

Just because you have an in-house IT help desk team doesn’t mean you’re meeting all of those obligations. A Blue Hill Research study estimates that your IT...

By Ross Homans, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

A roadmap to Zero Trust for SMBs: Keeping security solid while moving swiftly

Bottom Line:  Small businesses don’t need to sacrifice security due to budget constraints or productivity requirements – a Zero Trust roadmap can help them keep growing and stop breaches.

Having worked my way through college in a series of small businesses and having neighbors and friends who operate several today, I see how cloud, databases, and network devices save thousands of dollars, hours of tedious work, and streamline operations. Good friends running an AI startup, whose remarkable...

By Louis Columbus, 27 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employees, Security.

Why passwords are the weakest defence in a Zero Trust world

  • 90% of security professionals have witnessed security incidents stemming from the theft of credentials, according to a recent MobileIron study conducted by IDG.
  • 86% of CIO, CISO and Security VPs would abandon password authentication if they could.
  • Another survey by EMA found that mobile devices secured by biometric authentication methods present the best option for replacing passwords.
  • There is a direct correlation between the number of times a user authenticates and the number of user access problems that need to be addressed.

These and many other fascinating insights...

By Louis Columbus, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, Security.

Protecting your organisation from phishing scams: A guide

The recent announcement of British Airways’ record-breaking £183 million GDPR fine has put phishing scams back in the spotlight, as this was an integral part of the company’s data breach. Unlike many other forms of cyberattack, phishing scams go after your customer or employee data, including credentials like passwords, financial details or sensitive personal information. This data can then be used or sold on for malicious intent, from identity theft or false transactions, to brute force or...

By Elad Schulman, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.