Digital transformation: Preparing the business for perpetual change

The term ‘digital transformation’ has been bandied around a lot over the last few years, and frankly you’d be forgiven for being tired of hearing about it. But behind the hyperbole lies a key challenge for every business: how to update and innovate to remain competitive in a world of converging technology.

If done correctly, there are plenty of benefits associated with digital transformation. Automation and the digitising of systems can boost efficiency significantly, especially when they...

By Jim Bowes, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.

The Dresner 2018 business intelligence verdict: Highlights and opportunities

The overall business intelligence (BI) landscape is a healthy one according to the latest report from Dresnor Advisory Services.

The latest 2018 Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study – all 187 pages of it – asserts that better decision making is the most important facet for BI this year, alongside improved operational efficiency and growth in revenues.

Among the highlights include:

Spending

More than half of organisations will increase BI spending with only 6% reporting a decrease in...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, Mobile Analytics.

For enterprise cyber defence, there should be more than one solution

Enterprises face a dilemma when it comes to defence against today’s modern DDoS attacks: do they trust the surgical precision of an on-premise DDoS protection solution or go with a DDoS cloud scrubbing solution? It’s a tough decision for IT managers to make, as whichever option chosen will be the companies way of protecting themselves from cyberattacks. But, why even choose between the two? 

When it comes to defending from cyberattacks, enterprises need all the help they can get, so why not...

By Ronald Sens, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Five secrets of successful CISOs: Communication, regulation, and more

Today’s CISO is bombarded by jargon. Vendors want them to believe that everything from artificial intelligence, machine learning to blockchain is the silver bullet that will solve all their problems. Far from all the marketing and hype the reality is very different. At the end of the day all CISOs really care about is getting the basics of security right.

More often than not they are caught between a rock and a hard place. Attacks and threats get ever more sophisticated yet senior management...

By Matt Middleton-Leal, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Connecting IoT and personal devices to enterprise networks invites massive security risk, finds Infoblox

Research by network control company Infoblox found that connecting IoT and personal devices to enterprise networks expose the networks to massive security risk including malware injection, phishing and social engineering hacks.

In the research, 35% of enterprises in the US, UK and Germany stated that every day their networks see over 5,000 personal device connections. On the contrary, only 16% of enterprises in the UAE report to have over 500 personal devices connected to their networks. On a typical day,...

By Enterprise CIO, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, IoT, Malware, Security.

What the consolidation of phishing awareness training means for CIOs

Last November I was asked for my 2018 cybersecurity predictions, and I was most confident about one. That projection: the phishing awareness training market was primed for consolidation.

Fast-forward just a few months and my inner genie certainly appears to be out of the bottle. By January 3, Barracuda Networks had announced its acquisition of Phishline, a social engineering training platform, for an undisclosed amount. Shortly thereafter, Proofpoint...

By Eyal Benishti, 26 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Security.

Why data should be a strategic asset available to all employees

The question of who owns and controls our data has been in the press a lot these past weeks. But while Cambridge Analytica and Facebook both have serious questions to answer, in other sectors – including work, education, retail and energy – data harvesting is empowering organisations.

While analytics teams have traditionally been made up of data scientists tasked with gathering,...

By Robert Dagge, 25 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees.

Cybersecurity: Four steps CIOs can take to minimise data loss

With cyber-attacks on the rise most IT professionals acknowledge it’s no longer a question of if their organisation will get hacked, but when.

Last year the cyber-attack toll hit an all-time high. According to research by Risk Based Security, 2017 saw a record-breaking 5,000 cyber breaches and resulted in a staggering 7.89 billion records being compromised. Big brand names like Verifone, Verizon, eBay, Uber and Equifax all fell victim to breaches that exposed the personal data of millions of...

By Jan Van Vliet, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Bitcoin, blockchain and network security: A guide

The wild swings in the value of Bitcoin have been widely reported over the last few months drawing broad public attention to the cryptocurrency previously known mostly in cyber-world. Reports of players getting rich overnight buying and trading Bitcoin have blanketed the internet. Other reports of 50% overnight swings in Bitcoin value have also drawn much attention. Here are a few thoughts on the sudden rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies, the underlying technology and the risks to the players.

I use the...

By Alastair Hartrup, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Authentication, Data & Analytics, Security.

Why IT directors need to exercise a duty of care to support employees in an emergency

Businesses have procedures in place to protect employees travelling overseas to remote or possibly dangerous countries, but recent terror attacks in the UK have brought the health and safety issues companies face abroad to the home front.  IT directors now have a growing responsibility to ensure the safety and security of their workforce in the event of an emergency, regardless of their location.

The challenge for IT teams is finding technology that offers an effective means of communicating and...

By Raymond Kenney, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Cryptojacking moves to the top of cyber criminals’ toolkit, says Symantec

As the ransomware market becomes ever more overpriced and overcrowded, cryptojacking is fast becoming the method du jour for cyber criminals, according to Symantec.

The findings, in the latest volume of the company’s Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), argues this represents a personal threat to both cyber and personal security. Over the past year, the enormous increase in the value of cryptocurrencies has led to a cryptojacking ‘gold rush’; in 2017, the detections of coinminers on...

By Enterprise CIO, 26 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Malware, Security.

VMware boosts Workspace ONE features with greater security and automation

VMware has added new features around its Workspace ONE platform to include data-driven intelligence and predictive security.

The new features include Workspace ONE Intelligence, a cloud-based service which integrates with the main platform to aggregate users, apps, networks and endpoint data, as well as the Workspace ONE Trust Network, which combines the security of the primary platform with best practices from featured partners. The seven companies combining with VMware on this are Carbon Black, CrowdStrike,...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Why C-suite expertise does not always translate to InfoSec awareness

Their experience and judgement has led C-suite executives to the head of their organisations – yet according to new research from Bitdefender, these employees are most likely to expose the company to a major cyberattack.

According to the study, which polled 250 CIOs, CISOs and CSOs, more than two in five (41%) perceive their C-suite colleagues as InfoSec averse. A similar number (42%) say they are most concerned with a loss of customer and stakeholder trust with data breaches, while more than a quarter...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employees, Security.

Why cryptocurrency is the newest DDoS battlefield

It is hard to pretend that cryptocurrency is still a niche fad. In January, James Altucher, entrepreneur and editor of the Altucher report, predicted to CNBC that cryptocurrencies will replace some or all paper money in the long run. He believes enterprises will eventually adopt the Bitcoin as the cryptocurrency begins to rise to prominence. And it’s not just finance and tech getting in on the cryptocurrency boom. Celebrities such as 50 Cent revealed recently that he had $7 million in Bitcoin that he...

By Ronald Sens, 05 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Security.

Organisations struggling to complete digital transformation initiatives – with revenues suffering

Mind the gap please! New research from application connectivity provider MuleSoft has revealed the vast majority of organisations will struggle with revenues if they fail to complete their digital transformation initiatives – and a skills gap is at the heart of the problem.

The study, which polled 650 IT decision makers (ITDMs) across seven countries and four continents, found 81% of respondents expect to see a negative impact on revenue in the coming 12 months if they fail to complete initiatives....

By James Bourne, 21 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.

How banking, manufacturing and telecoms will spend their ICT budgets in 2018

Global ICT spending will hit almost $4 trillion (£2.8tn) in 2018 according to IDC – and while the consumer market will have the largest share, major investments will take place in the manufacturing, banking, and professional services spaces.

The consumer market will account for $1.5tn in ICT spending in 2018, IDC added, but on the industrial side, banking, discrete manufacturing, telecommunications and professional services will be the four largest industries for spending. Banking will be the...

By Enterprise CIO, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Marketing, Mobile.

Why IoT DDoS threats continue to loom in emerging new tech

There’s a flood of connected devices making their way into our homes and businesses – a deluge exacerbated by recent holiday gifts and the latest and greatest from CES, where connected devices always take top billing.

From mobile, wearables and car technology to advancements in smart homes, TVs and cameras, the tech world is awash with internet-connected devices. By 2020, it’s estimated that there will be more than 30 billion

By Ronald Sens, 15 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

Collibra raises $58m in series D funding to help automate data governance

Collibra, a Belgium-based enterprise data governance software provider, has announced the close of a $58 million (£43.1m) series D funding round to help expand its staff and product environment.

The round was led by ICONIQ Capital and Battery Ventures, already existing Collibra investors, with added participation from Dawn Capital, Index Ventures and Newion Investments. The company’s total funding now stands at more than $133 million.

Collibra offers a platform which automates data governance and...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

How big data and AI will revolutionise healthcare and help prevent heart attacks

There is new research, data, and expert opinions which show that the potential of big data today now goes beyond the business sector. In a Forbes article, it was mentioned that big data could even prevent heart attacks.

In relation to this, the American Health Association conducted a Health and Tech and Innovation Forum to discuss how big data would offer transformative technologies to not only encourage the healthy lifestyle to communities...

By Rick Delgado, 20 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics.

New report shows AI is key for boosting revenue in the enterprise

Is your organisation ready for the benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI)? If not, then these figures from Harvard Business Review may worry you.

The study, commissioned by software as a service provider Apttus, polled almost 500 business executives and thought leaders and found an almost universal desire for machine learning – plus a majority who believe their future success depends on how they tackle AI.

In all, just 3% of respondents said their organisations had no need for machine...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.