The pervasiveness of data and data-centric security strategy

Regardless of what business you are in, a data security breach is an increasingly likely scenario that all businesses must mitigate.  With escalating cybercrime, the widespread growth in cloud computing, and the explosion in mobile devices and varying tech and app use amongst employees and partners; key aspects of enterprise security are now, and will forever be, beyond our control.  …

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Re-platforming: the most overlooked piece in developing a successful digital transformation strategy?

Perhaps one of the most widely used phrases among businesses from the last 12 months – aside from lockdown, social distancing, and Covid-19 – has been ‘digital transformation’. And while there’s no denying that tech adoption has skyrocketed in response to the pandemic and evolving market needs, when embarking on such a large-scale, company-wide project, legacy systems can prove to …

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Implementing a secure container strategy in your cloud environment

Containers have quickly moved from an emerging technology to an integral part of many organizations’ cloud strategies. Gartner predicts that by 2022, 75 percent of organizations will be running containerized applications in production, up from less than 30 percent today. Yet as containers have achieved widespread adoption, they’ve also caught the eyes of cybercriminals looking for another avenue to exploit.  …

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Getting personal with your omnichannel strategy

These days, it seems the whole retail industry is talking about how important delivering a personalized experience is. In fact, recent research shows that, on average, 71 percent of consumers express some level of frustration when met with a shopping experience that is impersonal.  But how many companies are actually offering a personalized experience? And if they are, how many …

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Is software strategy (or lack of) holding back your digital transformation?

Legacy technology doesn’t age very well, especially if it wasn’t designed for the long haul. Take all the companies that first attempted to implement technology solutions 10 or 15 years ago but didn’t plan for the future. Now, they’re likely stuck with aging infrastructure that prevents agility and allows the competition to run laps around them. This isn’t an unusual …

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Prioritizing a member-first strategy: Why building societies need to act now to ensure future success

For over 100 years, building societies have been a staple of our high streets and communities. During this time, they’ve built up a solid member base and garnered trust and loyalty. However, the tide is turning on this traditional model. Changing market dynamics, macro-economic pressures and the fact members now have more choice when it comes to where and how …

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Very few companies are able to deliver on their data strategy

Only a small minority (13 percent) of organizations are able to properly deliver on their data strategies, despite understanding the importance of data in generating actionable insights. This is according to a new report from business continuity solutions provider Databarracks and MIT Technology Review, based on a poll of 351 C-level executives, which states that scaling machine learning remains a …

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Multi-cloud strategy key to mitigating regulatory risks

Cloud adoption could be a lot more efficient if businesses didn’t have to worry about compliance with various rules and regulations, new research suggests. In a recent blog post, Nick Godfrey, Director in the Office of the CISO at Google Cloud, says the industry is focused on reducing vendor lock-in, concentration risk and over-reliance on third-party providers. Together with market …

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Aligning software development goals with business strategy

Equipped with a complex range of skills, software developers who have been in the profession for a while usually keep their technical goals top of mind. They often know which programming languages and development methodologies they want to pursue, and that’s understandable. These professional goals are undoubtedly important, but they’re not the only thing you need to think about from …

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Businesses suffering from ‘chasm’ between cyber strategy and actual practice

A cybersecurity strategy should serve as every organization’s steering wheel, but in reality there’s a world of difference between plan and practice. A new report from governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) firm MetricStream states that senior management and leadership jointly establish the strategic direction of their IT risk management program in most businesses. In the majority of cases (71 percent), …

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