Limelight Networks, Inc., a leading provider of edge cloud services, announced it has increased its network egress capacity by more than 70% in the last year to support the growth of online traffic and the needs of customers worldwide.
Limelight has added this global capacity in an environmentally sensitive manner, setting a new standard for more energy efficient content delivery solutions. In 2019, efficiency has consistently improved using software innovation and new server technology.
Google Cloud just announced making Google Meet, Google’s premium video-conferencing solution, free for everyone in the coming weeks. Starting in early May, anyone with an email address can sign up for Meet and enjoy many of the same features available to G Suite’s business and education users, such as simple scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to your preference, including the expanded tiled view.
Today’s online buyer expects a direct approach, an authentic dialogue and excellent service anytime and anywhere, according to iAdvize.
“Consumers don't want to get a product sold, they want advice so that they can buy the product that best suits them”, says the International Marketing Manager of iAdvize.
The number of people working from home has risen astronomically this year due to Covid-19. Consequently, numerous companies have been reliant on remote desktop connections to enable their employees to access their work computer from home.
One of the most popular applications for accessing Windows workstations and servers is Microsoft’s remote desktop protocol (RDP), which cyber criminals have viewed as the perfect opportunity to exploit.
Thycotic, a provider of cloud-ready Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions for more than 10,000 organizations worldwide released Privilege Manager 10.8 which uses advanced machine learning capabilities to better assist IT teams in securing employee workstations and servers. The company makes enterprise-grade privilege management accessible for everyone by eliminating dependency on overly complex security tools and prioritizing productivity, flexibility, and control.
The Coronavirus made clear that there is a need to find a way to bring people together and if it is virtually, so that they feel like they’re together even when they’re not. Therefore, it is of no surprise that conference organizers try to do exactly that after the cancellation of most B2B events worldwide this year.
Information is – and always has been - the lifeblood of organizations and the foundation for critical decision-making, but it is more important than ever in today’s business environment.
The challenge companies are facing is that information is still commonly stored in various systems including the cloud, making it hard for them to leverage it as a keyway to create more value.
COVID-19 has placed massive stress on communities and economies around the globe. Virtually every industry — whether healthcare, banks, hotels, or retailers — are exploring ways to communicate with customers while their physical locations are closed to the public. Call centers are swamped, as anxious consumers look for answers about the virus or attempt to change travel plans. This situation is causing long wait times and dropped connections — preventing callers from getting help when they need it most. At the same time, call centers are short-staffed as agents call in sick or attempt to transition to remote work.
Often, high-quality live streams only run reliably in wired networks and providers and consumers can only dream of a smooth live transmission on mobile devices. Limitations and price concerns often lead to disappointments. The more excited companies should be about the early introduction of area-wide 5G technology that offers revolutionary possibilities in communication. 5G networks transmit information faster, regardless of cable connections and providers. The technology provides the necessary bandwidth, reduces latency and connection breaks, enables the delivery of streams with up to 8K via mobile Internet and thus ensures more independence on all sides. For communicators and marketers, 5G means that they can provide their target groups with exciting video content in convincing quality, affecting several areas:
Influencer marketing on Instagram is constantly growing and represents by now a significant proportion of the content in the users’ feeds. New opportunities for brands, marketers and influencers are added every day, which not only change the platform itself, but have an impact on how brands will advertise with influencers in the future. We try to predict the effect of this evolving Instagram trend on the marketing industry in the following:
With their smartphone, customers hold a small “supercomputer” in their hands every day, which is why brands and retailers should start to play with the possibilities of the digital commerce environment in traditional brick-and-mortar retail.
The so-called smart mirror technology provides a good example of how the boundaries between online and offline experience start to blur. These interactive mirrors suggest to customers outfit combinations directly in the changing room, among other things, based on the clothes they have taken to try on. These can then be loaded onto the smartphone, for example, using a QR code scan. The items can then be bought either directly in the store or later online. Another good example is the smart shop window, which gives customers an exceptional shopping experience - even outside opening hours.
All kind of industries generate and collect an unimaginable quantity of data nowadays. According to an IDC report, the amount of data will grow globally from 33 zettabytes (33 trillion gigabytes) in 2018 to 175 zettabytes in 2025. Unfortunately, even large companies with huge budgets and big teams are already facing many unresolved challenges regarding the processing, evaluation, and efficient use of these huge amounts of data. The US analysis and consulting company Gartner, well- known for its in-depth studies such as the "Magic Quadrant" or technology forecasts like the "Hype Cycles", provides some seminal solutions for these challenges and ‘Natural Language Processing’ (NLP) and ‘Conversational Analytics’, our topics of the month, play an important part here.
Privileged accounts, such as local admin and service accounts, exist everywhere in multiple places throughout an organization, and trying to manually discover and manage them is virtually impossible. That’s why Thycotic recommends automating privileged account discovery on a continuous basis so that you can see what you need to protect and what security controls should be in place.
The 15-page "BYOD Survival Guide", published by Acronis this year, provides five tips for data security in the world of BYOD. Here‘s a summary for your convenience.
Personal mobile devices have infiltrated organizations all over the world, enabling everyone to work from everywhere. It is safe to say that BYOD (bring your own device) is real, and it is here to stay.
The flip-side to BYOD is data protection, and ensuring that as employees bring devices to-and-from the workplace, confidential corporate data is adequately protected while remaining easily accessible.
An important component of data protection, often not addressed by BYOD strategies, includes ensuring that information and records comply with privacy laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), as well as specific industry and regional privacy regulations.
Gartner predicts that by 2017 half of all companies will actually “require” employees to use their own mobile devices for work. Still, on the other end of the spectrum, 31% of businesses strictly forbid the use of personally-owned devices to access corporate networks. However, this is not realistically sustainable and will force employees to work around corporate policies and rules – which is simply a bad solution
Here are Acronis‘ Tips for keeping data safe in spite of BYOD:
1. Create a mobile device security policy
Creating a mobile device security policy doesn’t have to be complicated, but it needs to encompass devices, data and files. There are a number of simple things you can do, like require users to key-lock their devices with password protection.
Surprisingly, only 31% of businesses are enforcing this. 68 % use VPN or secure gateway connections across networks and systems, and 52 % use Active Directory and/or LDAP. The simplest place to start is to use device key-lock and password protection. Whether you opt for VPN security, key locks, Active Directory Monitoring or endpoint security, the choice is yours. But it is time to make a policy — and stand by it.
Part of creating and enforcing an effective mobile device security policy is accounting for personally-owned devices entering and leaving the workplace, a movement called take-your-own-device (TYOD). If not properly managed through processes like remote wipe, TYOD could cause major data leakage. Only 21% of businesses perform remote device wipe when employees leave the organization.
2. Stop making exceptions to your policy
We all know that rules are not meant to be broken, so why aren’t businesses taking their own mobile device policies seriously?
41% do have a BYOD policy in place, but nearly 25% make exceptions to policy rules. Worse, these exceptions apply to executives. Get it? Those with access to presumably the most sensitive data in the organization are allowed to break the rules. Does your CEO know that his tablet could crush his business?
3. Make “SAFE BYOD” everyone’s responsibility
80 % of businesses have not trained employees to understand BYOD privacy risks. Some companies allow employees to bring smartphones, tablets and even their own Macs into the office, since it improves productivity and increases collaboration and sharing, and some others completely forbid BYOD. Either way, a little bit of education can go a long way. If employees understand the privacy risks involved with BYOD, maybe data would be a little bit safer and there would be more openness for BYOD.
4. Prepare for the coming of Apple
65% of businesses will support Macs in the next 10 months and 75% in the next two years. Nowadays, people rarely leave home without their iPhone and iPad — some even with their Mac laptop. This means Apple devices are inundating the workplace: You can run from Apple integration, but you definitely cannot hide. If you fall off the bandwagon — or never get on it in the first place — you run the risk of driving away a desirable pool of employees, not to mention, you could miss out on exciting new technology and applications. The 57% of businesses that state compatibility and interoperability issues as roadblocks to Apple integration no longer have a valid argument — there are solutions out there to help solve these challenges.
5. Don’t underestimate the dangers of public clouds
When it comes to data protection, you have to worry about more than just devices. Everyone, at some point, has been guilty of saving corporate presentations or other files and documents in free public clouds, like Dropbox and Google Drive. It’s convenient instant access, right?
True, but public clouds are not secure, plus, public cloud application environments are often incompatible, causing business processes to become disjointed and employee productivity to slow down. IT departments are well aware of the threats associated with using public cloud environments, so why aren’t they mandating policies around bring-your-own-cloud (BYOC)? 67% of businesses do not have a policy in place that specifies sharing corporate files in a public cloud. Make sure you are not one of them. (Source: www.acronis.com)