BizTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Business https://biztechmagazine.com/rss.xml en One Charger to Rule Them All https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/02/one-charger-rule-them-all%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>Anyone who’s ever switched from one manufacturer’s cellphone to another has asked the question: Why can’t there just be a single standard for charging devices that works with every phone? Who doesn’t have a drawer full of obsolete chargers from last year’s phone? And is anything more frustrating than borrowing a friend’s charger only to find that they have a USB-C when what’s needed is a Micro USB? </p> <p>It’s maddening, wasteful and expensive. </p> <p>But thanks to the European Union, the pipe dream of charger standardization may soon become reality. The EU Parliament is considering a measure to “require smartphone makers to produce a common charger for all mobile and portable devices sold in the region, including tablets, e-readers and digital cameras,” reports <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/business/european-union-phone-charger.html" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em></a>.</p> Bob Keaveney https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/02/one-charger-rule-them-all%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E Seeing Is Believing: The Benefits of Interactive Video for Banks https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/02/seeing-believing-benefits-interactive-video-banks%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>Banks are closing branches and cutting positions as restructuring efforts look to address market changes and capture the evolving benefits of technology-driven deployments.</p> <p>The challenge? While <a href="https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/bank-job-cuts-in-2019-commerzbank-readies-more-layoffs-2019-9-1028549352" target="_blank">60,000 layoffs in 2019</a> may help banks deliver more sustainable profit margins, financial firms can’t afford to compromise customer service. As noted by Jeremy Watkin of <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/8x8-x-series-cloud-communication.html?enkwrd=8x8" target="_blank">8x8</a> in a recent <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/dangingiss/2019/12/05/30-customer-experience-experts-heres-what-to-expect-in-2020/#2624ba451747" target="_blank">Forbes</a> piece, “At this point, great customer service is table stakes. To take customer experience to the next level in 2020, companies need to focus their energy on innovating ways to make life easier and more convenient for their customers.”</p> <p>There’s an emerging solution that, when implemented and integrated correctly, is capable of satisfying banks’ existing customers while impressing potential new ones by updating their image in a technology-first market: interactive video.</p> Justin Hester https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/02/seeing-believing-benefits-interactive-video-banks%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E RSA 2020: Major Cybersecurity Event Will Place Greater Emphasis on ‘Human Element’ https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/02/rsa-2020-major-cybersecurity-event-will-place-greater-emphasis-human-element%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>It’s long been a truism of cybersecurity: For all the sophistication of modern threat actors and the advanced technologies available to identify and stop malicious activity, the greatest vulnerability for most organizations is their own people.</p> <p>Yet some are learning to turn this weakness into a strength, with advanced employee training and efforts to build a culture of cybersecurity. It’s no surprise, then, that “The Human Element” is the theme of RSA Conference 2020, one of the world’s largest security events, which last year drew more than 40,000 IT professionals, journalists, policymakers and others to San Francisco beginning Feb. 24.</p> <p>Many of the more than 100 educational sessions will focus on this theme, including “<a href="https://www.rsaconference.com/usa/agenda/leading-change-building-a-security-culture-of-protect-detect-and-respond" target="_blank">Leading Change: Building a Security Culture of Protect, Detect and Respond</a>,” by Lance Spitzner, director of the SANS Institute, a cybersecurity training organization; and “<a href="https://www.rsaconference.com/usa/agenda/protecting-your-most-valuable-assets-your-people-proofpoint" target="_blank">Protecting Your Most Valuable Assets – Your People</a>,” featuring Tom Filip, director of global security architecture and engineering at food manufacturer Kellogg. Attendees will also hear from Ken Sexsmith, Microsoft’s director of security education and awareness, about the company’s “unconventional approach” to training its own employees.</p> Bob Keaveney https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/02/rsa-2020-major-cybersecurity-event-will-place-greater-emphasis-human-element%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E RSA 2020 https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/ad/rsa-2020%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/ad/rsa-2020%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E The Value of Building Cybersecurity Resilience https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/media/video/value-building-cybersecurity-resilience%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>In the modern cybersecurity climate, the question isn't <em>if</em> your organization will experience a data breach, but <em>when</em>. As companies come to understand that a breach is largely inevitable, they must challenge themselves to build the resilience needed to respond to and recover from a security incident. At the CDW Protect SummIT in San Antonio, we asked security and IT experts how organizations can better position themselves to bounce back from a cyberattack. To see more articles and videos from the Protect SummIT, visit <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.biztechmagazine.com/SummitSeries2020&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1581709874733000&amp;usg=AFQjCNE2norddpMF8j9nFTW1Xl-Nyogxjw" href="http://www.biztechmagazine.com/SummitSeries2020" target="_blank">biztechmag.com/<wbr></wbr>SummITSeries2020</a>.</p> <p>To learn more about solutions that can help organizations address security threats, read "<a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html">The Cybersecurity Insight Report</a>" from CDW.</p> https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/media/video/value-building-cybersecurity-resilience%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E How Is Artificial Intelligence Reshaping Cybersecurity? https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/media/video/how-artificial-intelligence-reshaping-cybersecurity%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>Companies don't have enough soldiers in the war against cyberthreats. Cybercriminals are constantly growing in number and sophistication, leaving organizations in a tough spot as they align their defenses. Artificial intelligence offers one way to address this challenge. At the CDW Protect SummIT in San Antonio, we asked security and IT experts how automation can help them protect their systems and data. To see more articles and videos from the Protect SummIT, visit <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.biztechmagazine.com/SummitSeries2020&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1581709874733000&amp;usg=AFQjCNE2norddpMF8j9nFTW1Xl-Nyogxjw" href="http://www.biztechmagazine.com/SummitSeries2020" target="_blank">biztechmag.com/<wbr></wbr>SummITSeries2020</a>.</p> <p>To learn more about solutions that can help organizations address security threats, read "<a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html">The Cybersecurity Insight Report</a>" from CDW.</p> https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/media/video/how-artificial-intelligence-reshaping-cybersecurity%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E Big Tax Deductions for Tech Purchases https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/02/big-tax-deductions-tech-purchases%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>For businesses that have been eyeing new notebook computers, more powerful servers for the data center or faster Wi-Fi for the office but haven’t pulled the trigger due to budget concerns, there’s good news: The federal government wants to help. That aid comes in the form of a substantial tax deduction for technology purchases every year.</p> <p>Section 179 deduction of the tax code and bonus depreciation allow companies, big or small, to write off technology and equipment spending in one year, rather than use the normal depreciation schedule, which for hardware is typically five years.</p> <p>“It can reduce your taxes,” says accountant Michele Hinderer, owner of Hinderer Tax &amp; Accounting in Garden City, Idaho. “Let’s say you bought a $5,000 piece of equipment. You can spread that over five years or take the $5,000 deduction all at once and reduce your taxable income by $5,000.”</p> Wylie Wong https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/02/big-tax-deductions-tech-purchases%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E A Good Security Story Can Make All the Difference https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/02/good-security-story-can-make-all-difference%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>“Security is fundamentally broken.” This was the sentiment echoed by Theresa Payton and other security experts at the <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/event/cdw-executive-summit-series">CDW Protect SummIT</a> this week in San Antonio. </p> <p>Payton, president and CEO of <a href="https://fortalicesolutions.com/" target="_blank">Fortalice Solutions</a>, made this assertion in reference to the industry’s lack of consideration for human users when it comes to security design. And though her argument was primarily focused on security tools, this idea of putting humans first in security — from rollouts to <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2020/02/how-mitigate-cyber-risk-while-empowering-modern-workforce">security awareness</a> training — holds potential for security professionals.</p> <p>Throughout the SummIT, many attendees voiced human-centric concerns to thought leaders following their presentations, asking how to gain leadership buy-in or how the industry can collectively address its shortage of skilled professionals. Answers from the experts often boiled down to one message: Start by telling a better story.</p> <p>Here’s a look at what story security leaders should actually be telling — not only to better implement security measures across their organizations but to have a stronger impact on their business goals as a whole.</p> Andrew Steger https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/02/good-security-story-can-make-all-difference%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E Security Services Targeted to Meet the Needs of Each Organization https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/media/video/security-services-targeted-meet-needs-each-organization%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>Cybersecurity is a major challenge for many organizations, especially those without skilled security professionals on staff. A third-party service provider can deliver the expertise that many organizations lack in-house. At the CDW Protect SummIT in San Antonio, we spoke with Bob Rossi, CDW vice president for networking, digital workspace and security solutions, and CDW Cybersecurity Practice Lead Jeff Falcon about how CDW Amplified™ Security Services work. To see more articles and videos from the Protect SummIT, visit <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.biztechmagazine.com/SummitSeries2020&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1581709874733000&amp;usg=AFQjCNE2norddpMF8j9nFTW1Xl-Nyogxjw" href="http://www.biztechmagazine.com/SummitSeries2020" target="_blank">biztechmag.com/<wbr></wbr>SummITSeries2020</a>.</p> <p>To learn more about how CDW can help your organization meet its security needs, visit <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/services/amplified-services/security-services.html" target="_blank">CDW's Amplified™ Security Services</a>. </p> https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/media/video/security-services-targeted-meet-needs-each-organization%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E Is Perimeter-Based Network Security Dead? https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/02/perimeter-based-network-security-dead%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>The term zero trust has become one of cybersecurity’s latest buzzwords. Its specific meaning, however, can be rather convoluted; some define it as an architecture, while others see it as a suite of products or tools. </p> <p>Despite the ambiguity, 47 percent of security professionals <a href="https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/1624046/2019%20Security%20Priorities%20executive%20summary_FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">mentioned in an IDG survey</a> that their organization is actively exploring zero-trust technologies. And while only 16 percent of organizations today have an explicit zero-trust strategy in place, according to a separate <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?b=okt" target="_blank">Okta</a> survey, 97 percent are engaged in zero-trust projects. </p> <p>To be clear, zero trust is broadly defined as an information security framework that tells an organization to view its own networks as innately hostile — or, as Dave Lewis told the audience at <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/event/cdw-executive-summit-series">CDW’s Protect SummIT</a> in San Antonio on Thursday, “Assume everything’s on fire.”</p> <p>This mentality encourages security teams to question each and every device that’s on the business’s network, along with every action that takes place. “Don’t trust something simply because it’s inside your firewall — there’s no reason for that,” said Lewis, the global advisory CISO for <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=Duo%20Security&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Duo Security</a>.</p> <p>Still, the question remains: How can a term that’s so loosely defined have such a strong hold on security experts?</p> Andrew Steger https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/02/perimeter-based-network-security-dead%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E