Dealing in data: Insider tips for effective document management during the M&A process

The efficient management of sensitive and confidential documents is crucial to the completion of a smooth M&A process.

From a seller’s perspective, decisions need to be made throughout the process about who has access to what information, due to competition and privacy concerns. From a buyer’s perspective, the transaction will only proceed once the...

By Tom Wheeler, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Employees, M&A.

Chief data officer role ‘could be pivotal’ in helping sort enterprise data deluge

How are enterprises getting to grips with the data and analytics deluge – and how vital is employing a chief data officer?

According to new research published by MicroStrategy, more than half (57%) of the 500 companies polled said they had a chief data officer (CDO), with the study saying the role ‘could be pivotal’ in helping democratise data and analytics across organisations.

By James Bourne, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Collaboration, Employees.

How to combat daily security threats within the healthcare sector

Last year, we saw one of the most aggressive ransomware attacks on healthcare institutions around the world. WannaCry went viral on May 12, causing widespread disruption to global IT systems and raising serious questions about the preparedness of the National Health Service to deal with such incidents.

According to the NAO’s published report earlier this...

By Anthony Perridge, 07 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, IoT, Security.

Microsoft adds Slack to list of official Office rivals in 10-K report

Microsoft and Slack are hardly going to be bosom buddies – and now the rivalry has gone up a couple of notches.

At least, that’s according to Microsoft’s annual 10-K report. This year’s offering (html, 107 pages if you have a spare hour or so) has a new name under the ‘competition’ banner. Slack is in as a competitor...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Siemens snaps up Mendix in $730m deal to ‘strengthen digital enterprise leadership’

Siemens has announced the acquisition of low-code app platform provider Mendix for €0.6 billion ($730m) alongside putting across a ‘significant multi-year investment to accelerate R&D innovation’ and the global footprint of its platform.

The move will see Mendix move into Siemens’ ‘digital factory’ division, which aims to focus on hardware and software products integrating with the...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

The risk of ransomware: How to avoid becoming a victim

Since it made more frequent waves in the headlines in waves in 2017, ransomware – which allows hackers to commandeer a company’s data and hold it under password protection until a ransom is paid – has become one of the most feared and profitable weapons in a cybercriminal’s arsenal. More and more hackers are turning to ransomware because it delivers them the best bang for their buck. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are particularly vulnerable to this...

By Mark Banfield, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employees, Security.

Facebook acquires enterprise messaging platform Redkix

Facebook is acquiring Israel-based messaging company Redkix which will join the former’s Workplace team.

Workplace is a collaborative platform run by Facebook that was made to answer the fast-growing enterprise startup Slack in 2016.

A total of 30,000 businesses have used the product as of October 2017. In May 2018, Slack had said that it has 70,000 paid teams on its platform, and Microsoft Teams had about 200,000 organisations using its platform as of March.

The idea of Workplace was that the...

By Enterprise CIO, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees.

Check Point upgrades mobile security solution ‘SandBlast Mobile 3.0’

SandBlast Mobile 3, one of the leading mobile threat defence solutions owned by Israeli firm Check Point, has been enhanced with some on-device technology that prevents malicious malware, botnets, and phishing attacks on all mobile applications.

The solution has established a benchmark in terms of new mobile security with on-device network threat prevention.

SandBlast Mobile has been upgraded with important features that now prevent phishing attacks on applications, keeps away from browsing to malicious...

By Enterprise CIO, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

CIOs want cloud, cybersecurity and AI – but not all confident their IT is up to it

Data analytics, cloud and cyber security are the key technologies for CIOs today – but a fair proportion are looking at artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

That is the primary finding from a study by Trace3, a provider of, well, cloud, cybersecurity, and machine learning software. Never mind that however – the statistics from the study, which featured more than 200 responses from the C-suite, as well as vice presidents and directors, are still...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Data & Analytics, Security.

Industries still ‘in the middle’ when it comes to cybersecurity implementation, Gartner finds

Even though 95% of CIOs expect cyber threats to increase over the next three years, only two in three (65%) organisations currently have a cybersecurity expert.

That’s the key finding from analyst firm Gartner, who polled 3,160 CIO respondents across all major industries that represent approximately $13 trillion in revenue and public sector budgets and $277 billion in IT spending.

The survey also found that skills challenges continue to plague organisations that adopt digitalisation, with digital...

By Enterprise CIO, 23 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Five reasons why enterprises need mobile app management

By Chris Schroeder

Modern technology has taken communication to a completely new level. Today, you have devices talking to devices, hence the birth of IoT (internet of things). Since everyone is carrying a device with them today, restricting them from using those devices is impractical. The issue worsens for large enterprises where it has become unattainable to prevent employees from bringing their own devices and connecting them to organization’s private network. Mobile app management provides a...

By App47, 23 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, MAM, MDM.

Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp Messenger top blacklisted enterprise app list again

Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp Messenger have got plenty of fans – but not so much in the enterprise as they continue to be blacklisted.

That’s the key finding from the latest quarterly report from enterprise mobile security provider Appthority. The study, the Enterprise Mobile Security Pulse Report for Q218, is based around the millions of scans the company performs for its customers, and found WhatsApp and Facebook to be similarly popular – and unpopular from a security view – for...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

What can the enterprise learn from the connected home?

From refrigerators and lamps to door locks and heating, the Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionised the way we live and work, making a truly robust ecosystem of smart devices a reality.

Indeed, IoT has quickly become one of the hottest technology topics around, expanding into all manner of industries as the rate of innovation shows no signs of slowing down.

Within the home, IoT has turned everyday objects into connected products designed to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable. The...

By Leigh Moody, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

McAfee revamps with new enterprise security portfolio

Guess who’s back? Well, to a certain extent at least. McAfee has announced the launch of a new enterprise security portfolio which aims to give customers a ‘comprehensive, flexible defence system that manages their security products based on their needs today and in the future as they continue to move to modern device operating systems and to the cloud.’

The product, McAfee MVISION, offers a single integrated management workspace, and three subsidiary products – McAfee MVISION ePO...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1.4% in Q218, says Gartner

In its latest market analysis of the PC market, Gartner reports a 1.4% increase in global shipments of PCs totalling 62.1 million units in Q2/2018. This was the first quarter of year-over-year global PC shipment growth since Q1/2012. The study says this rise in shipments was across all the regions if compared with the previous year.

Though it seems to be an optimistic situation, the research firm states that this sign of market stability is not enough to declare a PC industry recovery just yet.

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By Enterprise CIO, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Research.

Get communication right between the CISO and the board to improve enterprise security

If security is a hot button issue in your organisation – and of course, why wouldn’t it be? – then CISOs and the rest of the board need to more ably see eye to eye, according to a new report.

The report, from Kudelski Security’s Client Advisory Council (CAC), argues it is a two-way street. The board needs to see CISOs as equal partners in the C-suite, rather than ‘compliance chasers and one-way cost centres’, while CISOs need to see cybersecurity from a board point of view...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Phishing awareness training not translating to fewer clicks, research argues

The emails just keep on coming; many relevant, but many more either just good old fashioned spam or, worse, phishing attempts. Yet new research argues that despite regular phishing awareness training, many companies are still falling for the old routines.

The research was conducted by Ironscales, an Israel-based company which claims to offer the world’s first automated phishing prevention, detection, and response platform. More on that later – but according to the data, which came from 300...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Security.

How effective applications can deliver a harmonious performance

App usage has skyrocketed over the last ten years, for consumers and businesses alike. Not only do people interact with apps more frequently in every aspect of their day-to-day lives, but they also use a far broader range of apps to serve different functions. For individuals, this does not cause too much of an issue – managing applications is usually as simple as adding or removing them from a desktop or smart devices. But for organisations handling a much greater number of users and larger amount of...

By Mark Robinson, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Enterprise AR and VR will be the operators’ playground – once 5G wrangling is sorted out

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) over wireless networks is gaining momentum in the industrial sector. According to the latest study from ABI Research, 10% of industrial smart glasses, alongside standalone VR devices, will be connected to 5G by 2026.

The analyst firm argues that many telecom operators, such as Verizon, SK Telekom and Orange, as well as connectivity players such as Qualcomm, Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia, see VR as a key benefit of 5G technologies – when they get here. ABI...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, UX, Wearables.

Capgemini notes how and why companies still struggle with their digital transformation initiatives

Organisations have hit a wall with regard to digital transformation – perhaps as a result of previously inflated expectations – according to the latest report from Capgemini.

The consultancy firm has put its findings in a report, titled ‘Understanding Digital Mastery Today’, focusing on the differences in company opinion between 2012 and 2018.

There was no change between 2012 and 2018 in terms of organsiations’ digital capabilities, with 39% of the 1,300 global executives polled...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.