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AI Takes On ATO: OneSpan Risk Analytics

February 14, 2019 No Comments

Account Takeover (ATO) and New Account Fraud (NAF) are the top two types of fraud challenging financial institutions and the financial/merchant ecosystem. In the U.S. alone, ID fraud accounted for $16.8 billion dollars in fraud losses in 2017.

How Data Analysis Keeps Retail Prices Competitive

February 14, 2019 No Comments

Maintaining competitive prices is a tough job. Ever since competition appeared in retail, businesses have been dreaming of a way not to sell at too high or too low a price against the market. Eventually, retailers have figured out that knowing what’s going on on the market in real time can help them set more balanced prices. For the past decades, retail companies have grown into technological hubs with in-house pricing systems setting prices automatically. Businesses choose a pool of competitors, monitor their prices and promotions, integrate market data with their internal ERP systems, and manage pricing accordingly.

4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Having A Cybersecurity Career

February 8, 2019 No Comments

With ongoing online attacks, most companies, if not all, are now looking for a certified cybersecurity analyst to be a part of their team. There’s no technical background needed when starting a cybersecurity career, but having one is truly beneficial. You just need to have the right training and certification to get yourself started.

5 Business Software Products to Consider in 2019

February 6, 2019 No Comments

Modern business cannot be managed without assistance from the right software in almost every field of work, although, most people are so used to utilizing them on a regular basis that they do not even realize that fact. However, even software does get old and they need to be regularly updated, or even completely replaced every now and then to stay productive and in sync with the rapidly changing world of IT. In case you are looking towards IT solutions that can better suit the growing needs of your business in 2019, here are five software products to consider.

How IT is Streamlining the Healthcare Sector

February 5, 2019 No Comments

Sure enough, as new trends in IT development emerge, it has become crucial for stakeholders in the healthcare industry to be made aware of the latest disruptions within the field. In this sense, it’s important to stay abreast of the latest developments in IT that provide healthcare institutions the capacity for effective service deliveries.

Gartner: Seven Imperatives to Adopt a CARTA Strategic Approach

February 4, 2019 No Comments

By reading “Seven Imperatives to Adopt a CARTA Strategic Approach,” you will gain insight into CARTA and better understand the people, process and technical changes it calls for.

Open banking and the future of financial services

February 4, 2019 No Comments

This whitepaper outlines the challenges facing financial services firms and how a new approach to enterprise integration — API-led connectivity — can help banks and financial services firms not only survive, but thrive in an increasingly competitive future.

eBook: Building the Connected Retail Experience

February 4, 2019 No Comments

Today’s shoppers expect more than a transactional relationship with retailers; they want a seamless and personalized journey that reflects the context of how they shop across devices and channels. The key to success lies in connecting in-store software with online systems so retailers can provide an uninterrupted experience wherever customers shop.

Technological Impact on the Future of Investing

January 30, 2019 No Comments

We all know just how important technology is to our lives. From catching up with friends on social media to using Alexa to check the news, or watching a sports game online, it plays a central role in our daily lives. Of course, tech has also changed the ways we do business and look after our finances. One area that has seen a lot of recent change through technological advances is the world of investing.

Connectivity benchmark report 2018

January 30, 2019 No Comments

MuleSoft surveyed 650 IT decision makers across the globe. The research shows that three-quarters of companies are currently undertaking digital transformation initiatives and 80% say if they don’t complete those initiatives, their companies will lose revenue in the next 12 months.

Cloud Computing and Big Data: Everything you Need to Know

January 29, 2019 No Comments

Cloud computing has transformed the way organizations manage and interact with their data. Over the last few years, several organizations, including small and mid-sized companies, have migrated their data workloads and computing to the cloud. And the trend continues. As per a recent Forrester report, cloud computing will firmly establish itself as the foundation of future enterprise application platforms in 2019 and cloud spending will increase as enterprises adopt cloud tools and services in whatever way they can.

3 Real Threats to Your PR Database

January 24, 2019 No Comments

Successful PR and marketing activities largely depend on a company’s ability to both develop and maintain valuable relationships in an industry, both personally and digitally. To do so, a company must appear to be reliable and trustworthy. As you will need to store a substantial amount of contact and biographical information, your business will have a responsibility to safeguard the sensitive data effectively. Here are three real threats to your PR database.

IT Security and How to Fortify Your Business

January 22, 2019 No Comments

Modern business is one with an increasingly digital focus. While this offers significant dividends in terms of efficiency and reach, it also generates complications in terms of understanding. Traditional business security, while certainly evolving, has been able to draw from many generations of established frameworks, frameworks which the digital environment has far from settled upon.

Understanding The Power Of Big Data For Your Business

January 17, 2019 No Comments

We live in a new age of big data. While many small businesses make the mistake of thinking that big data is only for big businesses. Don’t let the name fool you. Big data is for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Big data is a type of analysis that uses a large quantity of data to find patterns and insights into behavior. These patterns are useful for making smarter business decisions.

How AI Can Give Your Business Real Intelligence

January 17, 2019 No Comments

Ever since E.M. Forster’s ‘The Machine Stops’, people have been dreaming of futures where machines, robots and AI can look after their needs – preferably in less apocalyptic scenarios. Although 2018 hasn’t yet yielded the flying cars promised by The Jetsons, there’s plenty AIs, widgets and bots waiting to help remove pain points from your home and business. The trick is being able to work out which ones suit your home and business’ style, and ignoring those which will only create a different kind of friction.

Shared Assessments 2019 Toolkit: Comprehensive Customization, Flexibility, Efficiency for Third-Party Risk Management

January 17, 2019 No Comments

Third party vulnerabilities and leaks hit historic levels in 2018. Among noteworthy third party exposures of consumer and business data: the Adhar breach exposed the data of 1.1 billion users, the Marriott Starwood Hotels exposed an estimated 3 to 5 million, Quora exposed some details on 100 million, Exactis surfaced the data of 340 million, and the list goes on…

The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Small Businesses

January 14, 2019 No Comments

Two decades ago the internet and information technology revolutionized the world. Now, cloud computing is responsible for generating transformations, especially in the way companies are conducting their business. Cloud computing is being considered by small and large companies as the tool of the next decade. There will be fewer companies that still rely on the use of physical devices to store and manage data.

What Your SQL Server Monitoring Software Should Tell You

January 14, 2019 No Comments

Most users purchase monitoring tool, and in due course, they are not capable of realizing the leading cause of a SQL server performance. In most of these cases you find that the users bought a tool without knowing if it does what they what it to do. Ignorance in asking what you need is the biggest problem with people hence purchasing a tool that will give them issues before realizing what went wrong.

Onboard applications from the top-down

January 11, 2019 No Comments

Proactive application development that propels the business requires tight alignment with customer expectations.

Managed or Unmanaged? Pros and Cons of Dedicated Server Options

January 10, 2019 No Comments

Over the past few years, the web hosting industry has introduced a myriad of hosting options to suit every need. If you’re planning to move from shared hosting to some robust hosting environment, most probably you’re looking for a reliable and cheap dedicated hosting provider. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it looks. Apart from searching for a reliable hosting provider, you will also have to decide between managed and unmanaged dedicated hosting. Confused what are these?

Windows Safe Mode Is Still the Best Diagnostic Tool for System Recovery: Here’s Why

January 4, 2019 No Comments

It’s officially 2019 and Windows safe mode still remains the go-to tool for system recovery. This is a feature that’s truly survived the test of time. It’s available in all Windows operating systems right from the prehistoric Windows 95 to the latest Windows 10. This often begs the question why is safe mode still used by IT professionals for system recovery. After all, there are no shortages of third-party tools that can run diagnostic tests and perform everything from registry “cleanup” to freeing up the HD space by clearing out non-essential files

Why Cyber Security Is Essential To Your Business Success

January 4, 2019 No Comments

Cyber Security is an area that’s been growing bigger and bigger over the past few years, but aside from people who are completely in-the-know about what it is, it doesn’t seem like it’s essential to helping your business. After all, cyber security positions are currently one of the most in-demand positions across the UK, and it’s easy to see why; cyber crimes are at an all time high and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Because of that, more and more businesses are turning to cyber security specialists in order to help protect their businesses.

Next-Gen Storage: A Building Block for Digital Transformation

January 4, 2019 No Comments

Organizations today need to take an entirely different approach to data storage than they did in the past. The age of monolithic storage arrays of spinning disks in data centers is quickly fading away. Without reevaluating storage strategy, organizations might miss out on the true benefits of digital transformation.

How to Safeguard Your Business’s Data

January 3, 2019 No Comments

Data is seen as a goldmine in this digital age. It is being used by businesses everywhere as a means of gaining deeper insights into who their customers and prospective ones are. As a result, many have invested money in buying software and tools that can help with gathering and analyzing data. In addition to this, they’ve likely hired a team dedicated to the cause as well.

What is the Real Impact of Technology on Social Media?

January 3, 2019 No Comments

At present, it is impossible to live happily without social media. Social websites and applications have become an integral part of our lives, so the question is not if we use them, but why. The most popular reasons for using social media include keeping in touch, filling up time, and general networking. It is true that a significant number of people are leaving it, yet there is no reason to worry when it comes down to the digitally native generation. Social media is a relatively new technology, which is the reason why it is a little bit controversial. With time, social websites and applications will continue to grow and improve.

Cloud Computing: Tips & Tools to Increase Team Productivity

January 2, 2019 No Comments

The increasingly fast adoption of new technologies has drastically changed how business is conducted, and it isn’t expected to slow down any time soon. Businesses of all sizes recognize the benefits of cloud computing, regardless of industry. It helps control costs and is easy to scale as the business grows. It also requires less investment than physical equipment or software, as well, allowing more small businesses and start-ups to utilize the newer technologies without the typical budgetary constraints.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Machine Learning: The Next Frontier in Data Protection

December 18, 2018 No Comments

Deploying machine learning as part an organization’s data protection strategy can provide the critical assistance users need to apply the proper safeguards to data they’ve created without adding friction to their day-to-day activities. Machine learning can go one step further and remove the user from the equation while increasing confidence in your organization’s ability to identify, contextualize and classify its unique data. In this discussion with Mark Cassetta, senior vice president of strategy for TITUS, we learn why machine learning can provide greater confidence in identifying and protecting critical data.

Securosis Report: Scaling Network Security

December 18, 2018 No Comments

Upgrading your network doesn’t have to be a big headache. Get the Securosis report Scaling Network Security and discover your options for improving security architecture on your terms, using existing infrastructure and intelligently applying security controls at scale without major overhauls.

The risks and rewards of IoT in healthcare

December 12, 2018 No Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is taking the industries of the world by storm, and the healthcare sector is no exception. With 101 million IoT devices worldwide, the healthcare industry is becoming more connected by the day, and this figure is expected to increase by over 62% by 2020. As is always the case with new technology, the growing presence of IoT in the healthcare industry poses several threats to both patients and providers – but do the rewards outweigh the risks?

7 Tips to Create an Incident Response Plan for Data Breaches

December 11, 2018 No Comments

The number of data breaches is on the rise, and by July of this year there had been over 600 breaches that exposed upwards of 22 million records. While it is important to protect your data, you also need to plan for the worst – that involves creating an incident response plan. To make sure the incident response plan you create is effective, there are a few tips that you will need to keep in mind.

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