Why manufacturing supply chains need Zero Trust security

  • According to the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, manufacturing has been experiencing an increase in financially motivated breaches in the past couple of years, whereby most breaches involve Phishing and the use of stolen credentials.
  • 50% of manufacturers report experiencing a breach over the last 12 months, 11% of which were severe according to Sikich’s 5th Manufacturing and Distribution Survey, 2019.
  • Manufacturing’s most commonly data compromised includes credentials (49%),...

By Louis Columbus, 06 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Security.

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.

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.

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.

How machine learning is helping to stop security breaches with threat analytics

Bottom line: Machine learning is enabling threat analytics to deliver greater precision regarding the risk context of privileged users’ behavior, creating notifications of risky activity in real time, while also being able to actively respond to incidents by cutting off sessions, adding additional monitoring, or flagging for forensic follow-up.

Separating security hacks fact from fiction

It’s time to demystify the scale and severity of breaches happening globally today. A commonly-held misconception...

By Louis Columbus, 27 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

How the top PAM-mature enterprises are thwarting privileged credential breaches

  • Energy, technology and finance are the most mature industries when it comes to privileged access management (PAM) adoption and uses, outscoring peer industries by a wide margin
  • 58% of organisations do not use multi-factor authentication (MFA) for privileged administrative access to servers, leaving their IT systems and infrastructure exposed to hacking attempts, including unchallenged privileged access abuse
  • 52% of organisations are using shared accounts for controlling privileged access, increasing the probability of privileged credential...

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

How to secure mobile devices in a Zero Trust world: A guide

  • 86% of enterprises are seeing mobile threats growing the fastest this year, outpacing other threat types
  • 48% say they’ve sacrificed security to “get the job done” up from 32% last year
  • 41% of those affected say the compromise is having major with lasting repercussions and 43% said that their efforts to remediate the attacks were “difficult and expensive"

Bottom line: The majority of enterprises, 67%, are the least confident in the security of their mobile assets than any other device or platform today according to 

By Louis Columbus, 20 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employees, Security.

How machine learning is improving manufacturing product quality and supply chain visibility

Bottom Line: Manufacturers’ most valuable data is generated on shop floors daily, bringing with it the challenge of analysing it to find prescriptive insights fast – and an ideal problem for machine learning to solve.

Manufacturing is the most data-prolific industry there is, generating on average 1.9 petabytes of data every year according to the 

By Louis Columbus, 11 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, IoT.

Machine learning engineer is the best job in the US – according to Indeed

  • Machine learning engineer job openings grew 344% between 2015 to 2018, and have an average base salary of $146,085
  • At $158,303, computer vision engineers earn among the highest salaries in tech
  • The average base salary of the 25 best jobs in the U.S. according to Indeed is $104,825, and the median base salary is $99,007
  • Agile coach is the highest paying job with an average base salary of $161,377
  • 9 of the top 25 jobs in the U.S. this year are in tech fields according to Indeed
  • Five jobs are heavily dependent on applicants’...

By Louis Columbus, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employee Education, Employees.

10 ways AI and machine learning are revolutionising omnichannel

Disney, Oasis, REI, Starbucks, Virgin Atlantic, and others excel at delivering omnichannel experiences using AI and machine learning to fine-tune their selling and service strategies. 

AI and machine learning are enabling omnichannel strategies to scale by providing insights into the changing needs and preferences of customers, creating customer journeys that scale, delivering consistent experiences.

For any omnichannel strategy to succeed, each customer touchpoint needs to be orchestrated as part of an overarching customer...

By Louis Columbus, 12 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Marketing.

Why 74% of data breaches start with privileged credential abuse

Centrify’s survey shows organisations are granting too much trust and privilege, opening themselves up to potential internal and externally-driven breaches initiated with compromised privileged access credentials.

Enterprises who are prioritising privileged credential security are creating a formidable competitive advantage over their peers, ensuring operations won’t be interrupted by a breach. However, there’s a widening gap between those businesses protected from a breach and the many who aren’t. In...

By Louis Columbus, 07 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Authentication, Security.

Why the missing link for enterprise digital transformation is Zero Trust Security

  • Enterprises will invest $2.4tn by 2020 in digital transformation technologies including cloud platforms, cognitive systems, IoT, mobile, robotics, and integration services according to the World Economic Forum
  • Digital transformation software and services revenue in the U.S. is predicted to reach $490bn in 2025, soaring from $190bn in 2019, attaining a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.49% according to 

By Louis Columbus, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Data & Analytics, Security.

The top 10 ways IoT and blockchain will strengthen enterprise supply chains

  • The majority of enterprises are prioritising their blockchain pilots that concentrate on supply chains improvements (53%) and the Internet of Things (51%) according to Deloitte’s latest blockchain survey.
  • By 2023, blockchain will support the global movement and tracking of $2tn of goods and services annually based on a recent 

By Louis Columbus, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Why the IoT market is predicted to double by 2021 - reaching $520 billion

  • Bain predicts the combined markets of the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow to about $520bn in 2021, more than double the $235bn spent in 2017.
  • Data centre and analytics will be the fastest growing IoT segment, reaching a 50% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2017 to 2021.
  • IoT customers are planning and executing more proof of concept pilots, with many balancing their expectations regarding broader adoption.
  • Cloud service providers (CSP) are emerging as influential providers of IoT services, consulting and analytics for enterprises, leaving smaller opportunities for other providers in niche...

By Louis Columbus, 29 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

How analytics are empowering next-gen access and zero trust security

Employee identities are the new security perimeter of any business.

80% of IT security breaches involve privileged credential access according to a Forrester study. According to the Verizon Mobile Security Index 2018 Report, 89% of organizations are relying on just a single security strategy to keep their mobile networks safe. And with Gartner predicting worldwide security...

By Louis Columbus, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Security.

How zero trust security is fuelling new business growth

Bottom line: Zero Trust Security (ZTS) strategies enabled by Next-Gen Access (NGA) are indispensable for assuring uninterrupted digital business growth, and are proving to be a scalable security framework for streamlining onboarding and systems access for sales channels, partners, patients, and customers of fast-growing businesses.

The era of Zero Trust Security is here, accelerated by NGA solutions and driven by the needs of digital businesses for security strategies that can keep up with the rapidly expanding...

By Louis Columbus, 15 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

10 charts that will change your perspective of Amazon Prime’s growth

  • 70% of Americans with incomes of $150,000 or more who shop online have Amazon Prime memberships
  • Amazon Prime international customers will grow at a 56% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2016 to 2018
  • Amazon shipped more than 5 billion items in 2017 with Prime worldwide
  • By 2022 there will be 56 million Amazon Prime Video subscribers in the U.S., and 122 million worldwide

Net Sales at Amazon reached $177.9bn in 2017, a 31% increase from $136bn in 2016 and 

By Louis Columbus, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Marketing, Mobile Analytics.

A roundup of 2018 enterprise Internet of Things forecasts and market estimates

  • According to IDC, worldwide spending on the IoT is forecast to reach $772.5B in 2018. That represents an increase of 15% over the $674B that was spent on IoT in 2017.
  • The global IoT market will grow from $157B in 2016 to $457B by 2020, attaining a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 28.5%.
  • Discrete Manufacturing, Transportation and Logistics, and Utilities will lead all industries in IoT spending by 2020, averaging $40B each.
  • Bain predicts B2B IoT segments will generate more than $300B annually by 2020, including about $85B in the industrial sector.
  • Internet Of Things Market To Reach $267B By 2020 according...

By Louis Columbus, 04 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.