Allison Cerra, CMO, McAfee: On education and mindfulness in removing cybersecurity complexity

If you’re going to write a playbook around cybersecurity best practice, as a leading executive of one of the major security companies, then it may be a wise idea to deal with any skeletons in the cupboard before dispensing the pellets of wisdom.

Thankfully Allison Cerra, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at McAfee, does so in her new book with integrity, grace, and no little wit.

In April 2017, as

By James Bourne, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, CIO, Data & Analytics, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Apple notes continued enterprise presence as Salesforce partnership goes up a gear

Last September, Apple and Salesforce announced a strategic partnership to bring the latter onto native iOS as well as developing new mobile apps. As the cavalcade of Dreamforce news and speakers rolled on earlier this week, one of the more interesting sessions was a fireside chat between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Salesforce...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

There’s always one rotten app in the bunch: Google launches App Defense Alliance

Google has announced the founding of the App Defense Alliance to help defend the company’s app store from bad actors – with security partners ESET, Lookout and Zimperium all on board.

The move will see the Google Play Protect detection systems for malicious apps integrated with the scanning engines of each partner. The partnering companies were chosen specifically for their specialisms in endpoint protection and...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise App Stores, Malware, Security.

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.

Samsung launches Galaxy enterprise edition with UK focus

Samsung has unveiled the enterprise edition of its Galaxy smartphone in the UK, with a plethora of enterprise-flavoured options promised from security to firmware over-the-air.

The launch will see the Galaxy Enterprise Edition become available on the Note10, S10, S10e, A50, A40 and XCover 4s variants, with more variants being announced later in the year.

By James Bourne, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Samsung.

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.

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.

Unqork and Celigo secure combined $100m funding to bolster enterprise integration software

While the enterprise mobility and enterprise software markets are today somewhat saturated, venture capital money can still be sourced for particularly innovative startups. Two such companies, Celigo and Unqork, have announced funding rounds this week.

Celigo, based out of San Mateo, California, has raised $20 million (£16.4m) in a series B funding round. The company aims to provide...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

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.

Organisations still trying to find sweet spot between innovation and security focus, argues CompTIA

It is a question which organisations continue to ponder: what is the right balance between innovation and security? A new report from CompTIA argues that companies are working to balance both sides of the coin – but with issues along the way.

The report, ‘Cybersecurity for Digital Operations’ which is based on a survey of 500 US businesses, found almost half (45%) of organisations polled were...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, IoT, Security.

Enterprises need comprehensive data strategies – but few are getting it right today

Another day, another disconnect in enterprise land: according to a new study, while two thirds of organisations believe a comprehensive data strategy is a requirement for meeting business objectives, only a third say their current capabilities are able to do so.

The study, from Harvard Business Review and Cloudera titled ‘Critical Success Factors to Achieve a Better Enterprise Data Strategy in Multi-Cloud...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

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.

Appdome launches Zero Management Mobility for revamped enterprise security focus

No-code mobile integration vendor Appdome has launched Zero Management Mobility – a service which aims to move further towards a touchless cybersecurity future.

The solution secures enterprise mobile apps in bring your own device (BYOD) environments without the use of management profiles on employee devices. The offering ‘provides customers unique combinations of Appdome security’, from encryption to obfuscation,...

By James Bourne, 27 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Hiscox cyber readiness report notes air of cautious optimism among enterprises

A new report from insurer Hiscox has revealed that while the numbers for cyberattack cost and frequency continue to rise, knowledge and concern is increasing with it.

The report, which analysed 5,400 firms across seven countries, argued cyber threat has “become the unavoidable cost of doing business today.”

Looking at the top figures make for pessimistic reading. The number...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Security executives want to push forward a password-free future, finds MobileIron

The password is increasingly becoming an endangered species – and it is an area which vendors focused on Zero Trust Security (ZTS) are becoming increasingly focused. According to a new study from MobileIron, the future of authentication for enterprise services will soon be through mobile devices.

The study, which polled 200 IT security leaders across three continents and at organisations with more than 500 employees,...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

The CIO's role is moving to customer obsession - but many lack the tools to do it

The CIO role is moving ever further towards customer experience as a priority; yet new research argues a 'digital deadlock' means the C-suite is struggling at delivering new KPIs.

The study, from analytics provider Accedian, argued that three in five (61%) CIOs polled feel entirely responsible for customer experience. The vast majority (99%) agreed that this aspect was in their job description.

95% of CIOs polled said their teams were at least partially responsible for delivering excellent customer...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Data & Analytics, Research.

More tales of woe for enterprise network security, report warns

The vast majority of enterprises are struggling when it comes to protecting critical network assets from cyber threats, according to a new study from Endace.

The report, Challenges of Managing and Securing the Network 2019, which polled senior executives at more than 250 large enterprises globally, found an overwhelming sense of concern among respondents. More than four in five (81%) said they did not have enough monitoring...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Mobile Analytics, Research, Security.

The 2019 CIO strategy analysed: Leaders needed combining CIO knowledge and CEO flair

The role of the CIO in 2019 remains a fascinating one. Where do companies invest in their technology initiatives? What position does the CIO hold? What emerging technologies need to be explored?

According to the 2019 CIO survey from Harvey Nash and KPMG, which polled more than 3,600 IT leaders, almost two thirds (63%) of organisations are now allowing technology to be managed outside the IT department.

By James Bourne, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Research.