BizTech - Technology Solutions That Drive Business https://biztechmagazine.com/rss.xml en Cashierless Stores Signal Further Disruption in Retail https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/Cashierless-Stores-Signal-Further-Disruption-in-Retail- <span>Cashierless Stores Signal Further Disruption in Retail </span> <img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/BizTech-AmazonGo.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="Amazon Go store in Seatte " typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:01</span> <div><p>Sales associates have always been integral to retail, but with <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/01/cashierless-amazon-go-store-opens-seattle">the launch of Amazon Go’s flagship location</a>, shoppers and retailers alike <strong>caught <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2017/10/can-ai-and-video-tech-change-way-we-run-retail-stores" target="_blank">a glimpse of a </a></strong><strong><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2017/10/can-ai-and-video-tech-change-way-we-run-retail-stores" target="_blank">cashierless</a></strong><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2017/10/can-ai-and-video-tech-change-way-we-run-retail-stores" target="_blank"><strong> future</strong></a>.</p> <p>The first-of-its-kind convenience store, which opened in Seattle in January, allows customers to scan an app upon entering, shop as they would normally, and then simply walk out — without ever interacting with a store clerk or even a self-checkout kiosk. Instead, the Amazon Go app <strong>works with cameras and sensors to track product selections and automatically charges customers’ Amazon accounts </strong>as they exit.</p> <p>Gianna Puerini, vice president of Amazon Go, <a href="http://observer.com/2018/03/amazon-go-checkout-tech-overwhelms-shoppers/" target="_blank">suggested during a February retail conference</a> that the company plans to open more of the experimental stores, according to Observer.com. In the meantime, the race to automate retail has kicked into high gear: Three startups — <strong>AiFi, Standard Cognition </strong><strong>and</strong><strong> JD.com</strong> — have already developed alternatives to Amazon’s “just walk out” technology, <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/this-startup-looks-to-take-on-amazon-go-tech-2018-2">Business Insider reports</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.accesswire.com/490812/AiFi-Creates-First-Scalable-Checkout-Free-Store-Technology-to-Empower-All-Brick-and-Mortar-Stores-to-Upgrade-Innovate-and-Remain-Competitive">According to a press release</a>, AiFi’s checkout-free solution<strong> combines artificial intelligence with sensors and </strong><strong>cameras</strong>, and is designed to scale to fit the smallest mom-and-pop shop or the largest mega-retailer</p> <p><img alt="AIFi.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/AIFi.jpg" /><br /><span style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 20.8px;">AiFi's cashierless checkout technology uses artificial intelligence, cameras and sensors. Photo: AiFi </span></p> <p>“Our solution helps stores run more efficiently and provides customers with a better shopping experience,” AiFi CEO Steve Gu said in the press release. “Run in, grab what you need and continue on with your day.” It also provides more insights and real-time statistics for stores so they can better serve customers, Gu said.</p> <p><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP:</strong> Get more news from the <em>BizTech </em>newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>How Will Cashierless Tech Affect Retail Workers?</h2> <p>As retailers begin adopting “grab-and-go” solutions and other transformative technologies, the job market will also see changes. According to <a href="http://www3.weforum.org/docs/IP/2016/CO/WEF_AM17_FutureofRetailInsightReport.pdf" target="_blank">a 2017 insight report from World Economic Forum</a>, the retail industry<strong> accounts for 9.8 percent of the total U.S. workforce</strong>, with more than <strong>56 percent</strong> of those workers holding sales, cashier or stock jobs. “Once automation is fully incorporated, it is expected to put 30 percent to 50 percent of these positions at risk,” the report states.</p> <p>For now, the Seattle-based Amazon Go store still staffs a handful of workers who restock shelves, prepare food and assist customers — all rather conventional tasks — but World Economic Forum predicts that f<strong>rontline workers will require reskilling to succeed in the technology-enabled storefronts of tomorrow</strong>.</p> <p>“A large component of the job will be providing a personalized service to the client,” the report states, describing the positions that won’t likely be automated. “The interaction must add value and not be centered solely on making the sale, as traditional sales associate roles have emphasized.”</p> <p><a href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/27/aifi-emerges-from-stealth-with-its-own-take-on-cashier-free-retail-similar-to-amazon-go/" target="_blank">Speaking with TechCrunch</a>, AiFi’s Gu said<strong> focusing human talent on creative, emotionally engaging work</strong> and shifting tedious duties to AI is a smart move for retailers. “It’s better for the stores, and it’s better for the customers,” he said.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT24649</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Mobility</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Retail</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/awareness" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>300-500 words</div> </div> <div> <div>Related Articles</div> <div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2018/01/nrf-2018-how-retailers-can-use-ai-solve-problems-and-increase-sales"><img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/BizTech/201801/BizTech--NRF2018-1.jpg?itok=-GD6uCMy" width="124" height="94" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/software">Software</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2018/01/nrf-2018-how-retailers-can-use-ai-solve-problems-and-increase-sales"><span>NRF 2018: How Retailers Can Use AI to Solve Problems and Increase Sales</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2018/01/nrf-2018-want-digital-transformation-retail-break-down-internal-silos"><img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/BizTech/201801/BizTech--NRF2018-3.jpg?itok=dJesNEEO" width="124" height="94" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/management">Management</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2018/01/nrf-2018-want-digital-transformation-retail-break-down-internal-silos"><span>NRF 2018: Want Digital Transformation in Retail? 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" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:46</span> <div><p>The office culture of yesteryear, in which workers came into an office at 9 a.m., sat down at a desk, worked all day and left around 5 p.m., is still around, but is rapidly fading.</p> <p>In its place, <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/businesses-must-support-mobile-work-or-risk-losing-talent">users are becoming more mobile</a> as technology enables them to do work securely, from almost anywhere. That <strong>gives rise to a very clear question</strong>: <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/under30network/2016/04/07/does-your-startup-really-need-a-physical-office/#7f5f117f4aba" target="_blank">Does a small business</a> even <a href="https://blog.capterra.com/why-your-business-doesnt-need-an-office/" target="_blank">need a physical office anymore</a>?</p> <p>Software company <a href="https://buffer.com/about" target="_blank">Buffer</a> <a href="https://open.buffer.com/no-office/" target="_blank">decided in 2015</a> to eliminate its physical office and embrace its ethos as a fully distributed team<strong> </strong>around the world. According to the company, it was paying more for rent on its office space in San Francisco each month than it spent on health insurance, advertising or marketing.</p> <p>Obviously, not every company can or even should go quite so far, but many would benefit from <a href="https://www.webopedia.com/TERM/W/waas-workspace-as-a-service.html" target="_blank">the Workspace as a Service model</a>, a type of virtual desktop that <strong>gives users access to their business apps and data from anywhere at any time</strong>. Using <strong>collaboration technologies running in the cloud and managed services</strong> that make the physical location less important, small businesses can reduce or eliminate their physical office space and still be productive, growing organizations.</p> <p><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP:</strong> Get more news from the <em>BizTech </em>newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>Employees Embrace New Ways of Doing Work</h2> <p>Companies can afford to do away with physical offices because the way employees view and conduct work is rapidly changing. In <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/washington-dc-tops-list-of-workers-who-say-the-9-to-5-work-day-is-a-thing-of-the-past-300493130.html" target="_blank">a 2017 CareerBuilder poll</a> of 3,696 full-time U.S. employees, <strong>61 percent </strong>of the respondents said they think the traditional 9-to-5 work schedule is outdated. That’s a belief that the survey found is held more so by those ages 45-54 (68 percent), compared to those 18-24 (45 percent), 25-34 (59 percent), 35-44 (61 percent) or over 55 (64 percent).</p> <p>Meanwhile, <a href="http://news.gallup.com/reports/199961/state-american-workplace-report-2017.aspx" target="_blank">a Gallup poll released last year</a> found that, as of 2016, <strong>43 percent</strong> of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely, a figure that<strong> jumps to 57 percent</strong> for those working in computers and information systems, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/us/remote-workers-work-from-home.html" target="_blank">reports the <em>New York Times</em></a>.</p> <p>Based on <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/789935/cost-of-office-space-in-selected-major-cities-usa/" target="_blank">the price per square foot of office space</a> in many major cities, businesses would likely pay thousands of dollars per month just for rent (or tens of thousands depending on the number of employees and their space requirements). <a href="https://www.inc.com/john-boitnott/the-end-of-the-office-how-working-from-anywhere-is-changing-everything.html" target="_blank">The rise of coworking spaces</a> like WeWork also makes a physical location less important than before. Doing away with a physical office space <strong>can help free up needed budget space for technology investments, product development and other business expenses</strong>.</p> <h2>How to Stay Productive Without an Office</h2> <p>In addition to the changing nature of the office, modern, advanced technology makes it easier than ever to work <strong>remotely and be productive</strong>. Broadband connections are more readily available, even outside of cities. <strong>Cloud and virtualization services</strong> are abundant. Moreover, office technology is simply following consumer technology usage trends. Workers are going mobile, and can work anywhere thanks to smartphones, tablets and pervasive Wi-Fi and cellular connections for laptops.</p> <p>Additionally, <strong>cloud-based collaboration technology and videoconferencing tools</strong> make it easy for far-flung workers to stay in touch, share documents and work on projects seamlessly.</p> <p>Even if your employees are not physically in the same space, that should not be a barrier to be able to work productively. Tools such as <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=Skype%20for%20Business&amp;ctlgfilter=&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Skype for Business</a>, <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2017/03/microsoft-teams-debuts-office-365-users-workplace-collaboration-market-expands">Microsoft Teams</a>, <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/cisco.html">Cisco Systems</a>’ <a href="https://blog.cdw.com/digital-workspace/cisco-spark-at-cdw-thats-right-we-use-the-collaboration-technology-in-our-own-house">Spark</a> and other team collaboration platforms allow users to engage in high-definition videoconferencing, group chats and document collaboration with ease.</p> <h2>Managed Services Can Help with IT Support</h2> <p>You may be wondering how you can provide effective IT support to a remote team of users. Thankfully, there are <strong>managed services that can help ensure your employees’ needs are met</strong>.</p> <p>For example, <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/A-4-DAAS-SUPPORT-12MO/4778817" target="_blank">CDW Premium Support</a>, which is specifically designed for small and medium businesses, makes it easy for your employees to <strong>contact U.S. tech experts in seconds</strong> and get their IT issues resolved.</p> <p>The service can help users install and set up hardware and software. It also allows users to troubleshoot a slow computer and remove viruses, offers email setup, and provides assistance and education on popular business software like <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/brands/microsoft/office365.aspx" target="_blank">Office 365</a>.</p> <p>Some small businesses will stick with a physical office. However, forgoing office space can be <strong>a significant cost savings opportunity</strong>. 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He has experience in training and education in voice, video, audio visual, and headset technologies and has helped design and deploy hundreds of phone systems and video solutions from many of manufacturers.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Performance marketing flag</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 3</div> <div>#Digitalworkspace #tech and managed services make staying productive easy— even without a #smallbiz office. #SmallBizIT</div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 2</div> <div>How can #digitalworkspace help your #smallbiz even without a physical office? #SmallBizIT</div> </div> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:46:45 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 40961 at https://biztechmagazine.com Securing SCADA Networks https://biztechmagazine.com/resources/white-paper/securing-scada-networks <span>Securing SCADA Networks </span> <div><p>Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks play a crucial role in managing and monitoring the complex infrastructures that comprise the energy and utility industry. From monitoring power production equipment to controlling the flow of chilled water, <strong>SCADA networks perform functions that optimize performance, manage consumption and protect equipment and human lives.</strong></p> <p>The nature of those functions makes SCADA systems attractive targets for hackers, particularly those associated with nationstates or with quasi-governmental links. <strong>Cyberattacks</strong><strong> are today’s emerging front for warfare, and SCADA systems are among the most attractive targets. </strong>In recent years, such attacks have moved from the world of theoretical risk to practical danger as firms throughout the energy sector experienced attacks against their systems.</p> <p>As governments issue warnings about SCADA-focused attacks, energy and utility companies must prioritize network security. Fortunately<strong>, policies and technologies </strong>are available to help firms protect SCADA networks and, more generally, the industrial control systems (ICSs) that manage manufacturing and other industrial processes. Energy sector organizations should conduct careful risk analyses to identify any potential missing controls and implement or enhance controls to fill those gaps.</p> <p><em>Learn how energy and utility companies can address the growing threats they face by reading the white paper, "Securing SCADA Networks."</em></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:17</span> <img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/document_images/BizTech-Energy-Small_9.jpg" width="800" height="533" alt="Man working on an energy SCADA system " typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div> <div>Document File</div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/document_files/SCADA_2.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=205766">SCADA.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:17:35 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 40956 at https://biztechmagazine.com Energy Industry Systems Face an Array of Cybersecurity Threats https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/energy-industry-systems-face-array-cybersecurity-threats <span>Energy Industry Systems Face an Array of Cybersecurity Threats</span> <img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/Utilities-BizTech-large_0.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="Man using SCADA system" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:02</span> <div><p>The energy and utility industry represents <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/how-utilities-can-respond-russian-cyberattacks">an attractive target for </a><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/how-utilities-can-respond-russian-cyberattacks">cyberattacks</a>. As part of the U.S. critical infrastructure, energy and utility companies face threats not only from cybercriminals but also from foreign nation-states. And the problem is only getting worse.</p> <p>Indeed, in mid-March, <a href="https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA18-074A" target="_blank">the Department of Homeland Security reported</a> that it, along with the FBI, had determined that <strong>“Russian government cyber actors” had launched “a multi-stage intrusion campaign”</strong> that targeted the networks of small commercial facilities in the <strong>energy and other critical infrastructure sectors</strong>.</p> <p>Attacks against <strong>industrial control systems</strong> are on the rise and present a significant risk to energy and utility companies. A 2017 analysis by Kaspersky Lab revealed some sobering statistics on ICS attacks. In "<a href="https://ics-cert.kaspersky.com/reports/2017/03/28/threat-landscape-for-industrial-automation-systems-in-the-second-half-of-2016/" target="_blank">Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation Systems in the Second Half of 2016</a>," the security vendor determined, based on analysis of traffic to the networks of its own customers, that <strong>39 percent of ICSs worldwide were attacked during 2016</strong> and that more than 20 percent of industrial control devices are attacked <strong>each month</strong>.</p> <p>These threats come from many different sources using a variety of attack techniques. While some attacks may be attributable to attackers randomly scanning networks in search of vulnerabilities, some are <strong>certainly targeted attacks on ICS technology by knowledgeable attackers</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP: </strong>Get more news from the <em>BizTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>Vulnerabilities Haunt Outdated Energy ICS and SCADA Systems</h2> <p>The major sources of risk to ICSs and <a href="https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/SCADA-supervisory-control-and-data-acquisition" target="_blank">supervisory control and data acquisition</a> (SCADA) systems have a common root cause: These systems were typically <strong>designed more than a decade ago in an era when security was not a top concern for system designers</strong>. Many ICS technologies were planned to run on closed networks within a power plant or other controlled facility without any connection to the internet.</p> <p>The design assumption was that <strong>every other device on the network was friendly</strong>. As architects extended SCADA and ICS designs to include broader network connectivity, they attempted to add security functionality onto existing products to meet a changing threat environment. <strong>Unfortunately, this "bolt-on" approach to security is rarely effective</strong>, making securing legacy SCADA systems and ICSs a real challenge.</p> <p>The threats facing industrial control systems and SCADA systems are <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2016/09/businesses-enable-cloud-and-mobility-they-cannot-forget-about-security">similar to those facing other technology devices</a>. Cybersecurity professionals typically categorize threats as posing risk to the <strong>confidentiality, integrity or availability of systems and information</strong>. SCADA and ICS threats also fall into these categories. Confidentiality threats may expose sensitive information to unauthorized disclosure, such as allowing attackers to <strong>retrieve sensitive sensor information</strong>.</p> <p>Integrity threats present the risk of unauthorized alteration of information or systems. For example, attackers might alter the configuration of an ICS to present operators with false information about the system’s status, potentially leading to disastrous consequences, such as <strong>building up </strong><strong class="gr-progress">pressure</strong><strong> in a boiler until it reaches the point of explosion</strong>. Finally, availability threats prevent authorized access to systems and information. In a critical infrastructure scenario, loss of availability may leave <strong>thousands or even millions of customers without access to essential services.</strong></p> <p>Attacks against ICSs and SCADA systems may have a single objective or they may combine risks to confidentiality, integrity and availability.</p> <h2>Utilities Face a Variety of Attack Vectors</h2> <p>Malware is one of the primary risks to all IT systems, and ICSs and SCADA systems are no exception. <strong>Viruses, Trojan horses, botnets and other malware types seek to gain a foothold on systems </strong>by exploiting common vulnerabilities and then using that access to perform unauthorized activities. Malware might steal sensitive information and transmit it to an attacker, provide an attacker with backdoor remote access to alter the configuration of an industrial control system, or interrupt the availability of services by disrupting critical system components.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget%20(1).jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget%20(1).jpg" /></a></p> <p>While many attacks use automated techniques that prey on existing system vulnerabilities, other attacks depend on <strong>human-centric vulnerabilities</strong>. Social engineering attacks attempt to manipulate legitimate users into taking actions that are detrimental to system security. For example, a social engineer <strong>might use a spear-phishing email that sends a highly targeted message</strong> to employees of an energy or utility company informing them that they must complete their performance review by clicking on a link. When they click that link, they see a login screen that appears authentic, and they log in with their username and password. Unfortunately, the system is run by an attacker, who then captures the username and password for use in an attack. Other spear-phishing attacks may prompt users to install malware on critical system components.</p> <p>Social engineering attacks prey on the susceptibility of well-meaning users to psychological tricks. Other legitimate users may have nefarious intent, <strong>deliberately seeking to use their privileged positions to undermine the security of ICSs and SCADA systems</strong>. This phenomenon, known as the insider threat, is particularly dangerous because users already have a legitimate foothold in enterprise systems and then use that access to carry out malicious activity.</p> <p>With the number of threats they face growing, energy and utility companies must put in place a comprehensive security strategy.</p> <p><em>Learn how energy and utility companies can address the growing threats they face by reading the white paper, "<a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/resources/white-paper/securing-scada-networks">Securing SCADA Networks</a>."</em></p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT24649 </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Security</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Energy &amp; Utilities</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/awareness" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div> <div>Related Articles</div> <div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2018/04/how-utilities-can-respond-russian-cyberattacks"><img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/BizTech-utilitiesRussia.jpg?itok=PAZGtNYd" width="124" height="94" alt="Arial view of a nuclear power plant " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/security">Security</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2018/04/how-utilities-can-respond-russian-cyberattacks"><span>How Utilities Can Respond to Russian Cyberattacks</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2018/04/how-utilities-can-respond-russian-cyberattacks"><img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/BizTech-utilitiesRussia.jpg?itok=PAZGtNYd" width="124" height="94" alt="Arial view of a nuclear power plant " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/security">Security</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2018/04/how-utilities-can-respond-russian-cyberattacks"><span>How Utilities Can Respond to Russian Cyberattacks</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2017/09/what-utilities-can-do-protect-smart-meter-data"><img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/BizTech/201709/BizTech--smartmeter.jpg?itok=uhU0onLW" width="124" height="94" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/security">Security</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2017/09/what-utilities-can-do-protect-smart-meter-data"><span>What Utilities Can Do to Protect Smart Meter Data</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/energy-industry-systems-face-array-cybersecurity-threats" data-title="The #energy and #utilities industries are facing #cyberattck threats from many angles. 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Here's why. #cybersecurity" data-via="BizTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Apr</span> <span>16</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/biztech-staff"> <div>BizTech Staff</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Performance marketing flag</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 3</div> <div>Why do the #energy and #utilities industries face such large #cybersecurity threats? </div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 2</div> <div>Why the #energy and #utilities industries are under threat from #cyberattacks. #cybersecurity </div> </div> <div> <div>Shortened Url</div> <div>http://tech.mg/p8nPRG</div> </div> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:02:35 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 40901 at https://biztechmagazine.com How Nonprofits Use VR to Bring Their Causes to Life https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/How-Nonprofits-Use-VR-to-Bring-Their-Causes-to-Life <span>How Nonprofits Use VR to Bring Their Causes to Life</span> <img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/BizTech-NonprofitVR.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="Woman using a Samsung Gear VR headset " typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:07</span> <div><p>Most nonprofit organizations tell their story — and make a case for donations — via printed materials or an online campaign.</p> <p><strong>What if they could put someone in the shoes or situation of the people in need of help?</strong></p> <p>For some nonprofits, <strong>virtual reality </strong>offers a rich, immersive experience that wastes no time conveying the depth and complexity of a problem. No longer just a means of entertainment, the technology <strong>delivers a visceral urgency with deep potential to affect a viewer</strong>.</p> <p>A recent gala for the International Rescue Committee did just that. The fundraiser in New York City featured <a href="https://www.rescue.org/four-walls" target="_blank">a VR experience that journeys to a refugee camp in Lebanon</a>. Guided on screen by actress Rashida Jones, the interactive reel was designed to<strong> resonate beyond the moment.</strong></p> <p>“The goal ultimately is that when you take the headset off, you have the inspiration to act in real life,” Gordon Meyer, director of marketing for <a href="https://www.youvisit.com/" target="_blank">YouVisit</a>, which created the VR experience, <a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/01/09/508617333/can-virtual-reality-make-you-more-empathetic" target="_blank">told NPR</a>.</p> <p>Transporting people from their comfort zones — virtually, at least — <strong>can have real power</strong>.</p> <p>As Jeremy Bailenson, director of <a href="http://vhil.stanford.edu/" target="_blank">Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab</a>, told NPR, “Experiencing something causes you to have more empathy than imagining it or watching it.”</p> <p><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP: </strong>Get more news from the <em>BizTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>Enhance Storytelling with Virtual Reality</h2> <p>The topics and presentation methods that nonprofits use in VR campaigns are diverse, with each one supplying <strong>a unique, moving experience</strong>.</p> <p>Consider these recent offerings:</p> <ul><li><a href="http://360syria.com/intro" target="_blank"><em>Fear of the Sky</em> </a>is a click-and-drag navigation of harrowing scenes in Aleppo, Syria, that was launched by Amnesty International. A civilian narrator <strong>explains the risks of daily life while users explore</strong>. The multichapter experience, whose filmmakers endured the same hazards as civilians to capture the footage, can be viewed on a computer or through Oculus VR goggles.</li> <li><a href="http://awalkthroughdementia.org/" target="_blank">A VR experience developed for Alzheimer’s Research UK</a> puts a heartbreaking problem in perspective. Accessible via <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/Max-Cases-Google-Cardboard-EdTech-Team-Powered-By-MAX-Cases-virtual-reali/4910928?pfm=srh" target="_blank">Google Cardboard</a>, an inexpensive headset that works with <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/apple.html" target="_blank">Apple</a>’s <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/Electronics/Cell-Smart-Phones-Accessories/?w=EC&amp;key=iphone&amp;enkwrd=iPhone" target="_blank">iPhone</a> and <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/Electronics/Cell-Smart-Phones-Accessories/Cell-Smart-Phones/?w=EC1&amp;ln=0&amp;a4229=51241103.51068360.51003478.50982866.51052591.51062109.51148826.51209550.51158407.51190393.51228593" target="_blank">Android smartphones</a>, <em>A Walk Through Dementia</em> has viewers <strong>encounter difficult yet routine scenarios for those with the condition</strong> — including a struggle to read a grocery list and count change.</li> <li><em>Inside Impact: East Africa</em>, a cinematic look at the Clinton Global Initiative’s diverse charity work in East Africa, was captured in VR and released to the Oculus Store and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative/videos/10153250212525318/" target="_blank">Facebook 360</a>. “It’s an entirely new medium with a unique way of <strong>transporting the viewer into a different place and time</strong>,” Bryan Mochizuki, the initiative’s former marketing director, <a href="http://adage.com/article/digitalnext/clinton-global-initiative-learned-vr/303935/" target="_blank">wrote in <em>Ad Age</em></a>.</li> <li>The United Nations <strong>put a face on the Ebola epidemi</strong>c by documenting native Liberian Decontee Davis in <a href="http://unvr.sdgactioncampaign.org/wavesofgrace/#.WsZOB5Pwbu0" target="_blank"><em>Waves of Grace</em></a>. The virtual reality film follows the young woman (and survivor) as she works to help orphaned children. She also serves as a viewer’s guide to her homeland, educating audiences and residents alike about moving forward after illness.</li> </ul><h2>How VR Boosts Nonprofit Donations</h2> <p>Although VR isn’t cheap and requires trained staff to shoot, the costs are declining, <a href="http://unvr.sdgactioncampaign.org/wavesofgrace/#.WsZOB5Pwbu0" target="_blank">the <em>Washington Post</em> reports</a>. Still, the approach <strong>requires sophisticated equipment and more time to produce</strong>.</p> <p>But for nonprofits with the means, the tool could prove to be a worthy investment: After a week promoting Fear of the Sky to passersby on the street using VR viewers, Amnesty International reported <a href="https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/first-use-virtual-reality-fundraising-hit-members-public" target="_blank">a 16 percent increase in sign-ups</a> for repeat donations via direct debit.</p> <p>“The headsets are so immersive because<strong> </strong>you can’t help draw comparisons between the street you’re in and the street you see,” said Nina Franklin, an Amnesty street fundraiser, <a href="https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/watch-amnesty-uses-vr-headsets-transform-london-aleppo/1350193" target="_blank">told Campaign Live</a>. “The VR sets anchor everything: statistics, emotions, stories.</p> <p><strong>“Suddenly, everything ‘over there’ is so vivid and real.”</strong></p> <p>The nonprofit <a href="https://pencilsofpromise.org/" target="_blank">Pencils of Promise</a>, which builds schools in developing countries, saw similar success. When the organization hosted a Wall Street gala for wealthy donors, it provided VR headsets that allowed viewers to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pencilsofpromise/videos/10156256166065052/" target="_blank">see inside a schoolhouse in rural Ghana</a>. The event raised <strong>$2 million</strong>; the footage has since been viewed <strong>8-million-plus times</strong>, according to the <em>Post</em>.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the concept of immersive storytelling through a charitable lens appears poised to grow even more. Since 2016, the Facebook-owned VR headset maker Oculus has run a $1 million partnership that pairs rising filmmakers with nonprofits — with the results showcased at the Sundance Film Festival.</p> <p>The concept, known as <a href="https://www.oculus.com/vr-for-good/" target="_blank">VR for Good</a>, has a simple goal: to draw more attention to where valuable nonprofit dollars are being invested. It’s a role that seemingly <strong>satisfies the practical implications of giving and the transaction’s deeply emotional quotient</strong>.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT24649 </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Non Profit</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/awareness" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div> <div>Related Articles</div> <div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2018/03/nonprofits-mine-value-smart-data-analytics"><img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201803/BizTech-Nonprofit-Analytics.jpg?itok=opMKn4z1" width="124" height="94" alt="Nonprofit workers look at data analytics dashboard " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/business-intelligence">Business Intelligence</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2018/03/nonprofits-mine-value-smart-data-analytics"><span>Nonprofits Mine Value from Smart Data with Analytics</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2018/02/will-nonprofits-turn-chatbots-help-fulfill-their-missions"><img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/BizTech--NonprofitChatbot.jpg?itok=uveqd-9g" width="124" height="94" alt="Chatbot on a smartphone " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/software">Software</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2018/02/will-nonprofits-turn-chatbots-help-fulfill-their-missions"><span>Will Nonprofits Turn to Chatbots to Help Fulfill Their Missions?</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2018/02/25-must-read-nonprofit-it-blogs-2018"><img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/TOP25%20BLOGS%20Nonprofit%20Hero.jpg?itok=ibHoQzD7" width="124" height="94" alt="25 Must-Read Nonprofit IT Blogs 2018 " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/internet">Internet</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2018/02/25-must-read-nonprofit-it-blogs-2018"><span>25 Must-Read Nonprofit IT Blogs 2018</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/How-Nonprofits-Use-VR-to-Bring-Their-Causes-to-Life" data-title="#VR can take viewers into the war zones of Syria & make them feel what it’s like to have dementia. 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That can help nonprofits connect with donors. #VRforgood #nptech #techforgood" data-via="BizTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Apr</span> <span>13</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11501"><img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/KevinJoy.JPG.jpg?itok=0UUg82yg" width="58" height="58" alt="Kevin Joy " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/taxonomy/term/11501"> <div>Kevin Joy</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Kevin Joy writes about nonprofits and technology for <i>BizTech</i> magazine. He's a 10-year newspaper veteran with former stints in local government and features reporting.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Performance marketing flag</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:07:59 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 40861 at https://biztechmagazine.com How to Respond to Increasingly Complex Cybersecurity Threats [#Infographic] https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/how-respond-increasingly-complex-cybersecurity-threats-infographic <span>How to Respond to Increasingly Complex Cybersecurity Threats [#Infographic]</span> <img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/BizTech-CyberReportInfographic.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="IT staff concerned about a cyber issue " typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:23</span> <div><p>One need only to look at the headlines to know that data breaches are <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/saks-lord-taylor-hit-with-data-breach-1522598460" target="_blank">common</a> and <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/08/facebook-to-contact-the-87-million-users-affected-by-data-breach" target="_blank">growing in size</a> and <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/04/04/paneras-data-breach-puts-attention-on-risks-of-loyalty-programs/?utm_term=.e9d0c4f3a69c" target="_blank">frequency</a>. At the same time, as threats grow more sophisticated, organizations are adding more mobile and Internet of Things devices to their IT environments,<strong> increasing their risk surface</strong>.</p> <p>To study the state of IT security, CDW commissioned the <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html" target="_blank">Cybersecurity Insight Report</a> through IDG, the world’s leading technology, media, data and marketing services company. For the December survey, respondents were required to be involved in the purchase process for cybersecurity and/or risk-mitigation solutions and services.</p> <p>Of those surveyed, <strong>46 percent had experienced a serious security breach in the past 12 months</strong>, and an additional 22 percent had discovered a near-breach.</p> <p>While breaches are common, it’s also clear that IT security and business are inextricably linked. Businesses rely on the data they collect about customers and sales to drive innovation, and in turn revenue and profit. The security of that data is therefore paramount.</p> <p><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP: </strong>Get more news from the <em>BizTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <p>Breaches are no longer merely headaches to clean up. And they’re no longer perpetrated by amateurs — <strong>sophisticated criminals and even nation-states engage in malicious </strong><strong>cyberattacks</strong>. And while breaches can’t be avoided, risk and impact can be mitigated.</p> <p>Indeed, of those who had experienced a breach or near-breach in the survey, 20 percent reported <strong>downtime or outages</strong> were the result; 19 percent said they experienced <strong>direct financial loss</strong>; 18 percent cited <strong>damage to their organization’s reputation</strong><strong>;</strong> and 17 percent said <strong>legal consequences</strong> were the result.</p> <p>The good news is that there are steps your organization can take to improve its security posture. The survey found that 53 percent of organizations have deployed <strong>backup plans or systems</strong>; 51 percent had deployed <strong>preventative/detection systems</strong>; half of respondents said they had put in place <strong>disaster recovery/business continuity strategies</strong>; and 49 percent said they had implemented<strong> end-user security policies</strong>.</p> <p>For more information from the report, check out the infographic below.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html">&gt;&gt;Download CDW’s Cybersecurity Insight Report</a> </strong>to learn more about how organizations are managing risk in more effective ways.</p> <p> </p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html" target="_blank"><img alt="cybersecurity-insight-report-keeping-up-with-a-moving-target-(1).jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/cybersecurity-insight-report-keeping-up-with-a-moving-target-(1).jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT24649</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Security</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>SMB</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/engagement" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>300-500 words</div> </div> <div> <div>Related Articles</div> <div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2018/02/lessons-tough-year-cybersecurity"><img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/BizTech-CyberRisk2018.jpg?itok=SHCUpUhe" width="124" height="94" alt="Cyber hacking " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/security">Security</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2018/02/lessons-tough-year-cybersecurity"><span>The Lessons of a Tough Year in Cybersecurity</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2018/04/smarter-fiercer-threats-require-evolution-endpoint-security"><img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/BizTech-Endpoint.jpg?itok=mM524x_i" width="124" height="94" alt="Circuit board cyber abstract image" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/security">Security</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2018/04/smarter-fiercer-threats-require-evolution-endpoint-security"><span>Smarter, Fiercer Threats Require an Evolution in Endpoint Security</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2017/12/how-will-cybersecurity-investments-change-businesses-2018"><img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/BizTech/201712/BizTech-Cyber2018-2.jpg?itok=v3yY1qsG" width="124" height="94" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/security">Security</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2017/12/how-will-cybersecurity-investments-change-businesses-2018"><span>How Will Cybersecurity Investments Change for Businesses in 2018?</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/how-respond-increasingly-complex-cybersecurity-threats-infographic" data-title="Did you know that 46% of organizations have experienced a data breach in the last 12 months? 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Here’s what else you need to know about #cybersecurity:" data-via="BizTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Apr</span> <span>12</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/phil-goldstein"><img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/CoMfravQ_400x400.jpg?itok=W9IAwS8L" width="58" height="58" alt="Phil Goldstein" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/phil-goldstein"> <div>Phil Goldstein</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=philgoldstein&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Phil Goldstein is a web editor for <em>FedTech</em> and <em>BizTech</em>. Besides keeping up with the latest in technology trends, he is also an avid lover of the New York Yankees, poetry, photography, traveling and escaping humidity.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:23:03 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 40856 at https://biztechmagazine.com Security Is a Top Priority in the Modern Workplace https://biztechmagazine.com/media/video/security-top-priority-modern-workplace <span>Security Is a Top Priority in the Modern Workplace</span> <div><p style="margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Every business knows the stakes of security. Cyberthreats are more sophisticated and dangerous than ever, and the news is full of stories about organizations that have suffered data breaches costing vast sums of money, as well as damage to their reputations. At the CDW Enabling the Workforce SummIT, we talked to IT leaders from numerous industries about how they are defending their companies from evolving threats. Visit our <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/enabling-workforce-summit-improving-productivity-modern-workplace-technologies" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">CDW Enabling the Workforce SummIT landing page</a> to view more articles and videos from the event.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:6.0pt; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:6.0pt; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">&gt;&gt;Download CDW's <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/modern-workforce.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-modernworkforce-_-NA-_-042018" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Modern Workforce Insight Report</a> to learn more about how organizations are delivering a more efficient, productive and flexible workplace.</span></span></span></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">matt.mclaughlin</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/11/2018 - 23:34</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>#Security is a top priority in the modern workplace. 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We talked to #IT leaders from numerous industries about how they are defending their companies from evolving threats, at the #CDWSummIT2018:" data-via="BizTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fbiztechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3F_exception_statuscode%3D404%26c%3D129%26destination%3D%2F%253Fc%253D129" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 03:34:25 +0000 matt.mclaughlin 40851 at https://biztechmagazine.com Workers' Changing Expectations Drive Transformation at the Office https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/workers-changing-expectations-drive-transformation-office <span>Workers&#039; Changing Expectations Drive Transformation at the Office </span> <img src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/BizTech-CoWorking.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="Cartoon illustration of a modern, hip coworking space " typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:39</span> <div><p>Modern workers are changing, and employers must change with them by providing a streamlined, refined and consistent work experience <strong>regardless of the device they’re using, the location they’re working in or the time of day</strong>. If employers don’t take these steps, they risk losing out on top talent, becoming less productive and falling behind their rivals.</p> <p>That was one of several key points that attendees took away from the <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/enabling-workforce-summit-improving-productivity-modern-workplace-technologies">CDW Enabling the Workforce </a><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/enabling-workforce-summit-improving-productivity-modern-workplace-technologies">SummIT</a> from April 9-10 in Austin, Texas.</p> <p>“The most important thing is that you as a business almost certainly <strong>can’t do anything alone </strong>— without working in concert with customers, with coworkers and with society,” <a href="https://www.media.mit.edu/people/lip/overview/" target="_blank">Andrew Lippman</a>, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and associate director of the <a href="https://www.media.mit.edu/" target="_blank">MIT Media Lab</a>, told attendees during his keynote address.</p> <p>Here are three key takeaways from this year’s SummIT:</p> <p><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP: </strong>Get more news from the <em>BizTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>Tech Revamps the Worker Experience</h2> <p>Lippman suggested that <strong>trust</strong> is an essential ingredient between businesses and their employees — and argued that erosion of trust between people and traditional institutions, such as employers, is a particular challenge for businesses now.</p> <p>“We’re starting to trust each other now through social networks more than we trust institutions,” he said, noting that <strong>the maturation of “decentralized systems” such as blockchain</strong> are both a product of this trend and an enabler of it.</p> <p>At the same time, workers are being inundated with advances in consumer technology that are changing their expectations of the role of technology in their daily lives. IT professionals know that <strong>data security considerations</strong> — to say nothing of the <strong>budgets </strong>of most small to midsized businesses — limit their ability to make remote conferencing as simple and elegant as streaming a movie. But many rank-and-file employees don’t see it that way.</p> <h2>Mobile Support Is a Business Requirement</h2> <p><strong>More than 60 percent </strong>of workers report working out of the office at least some of the time, said Preston Harris, a CDW mobile wireless senior field solutions architect.</p> <p>“You see these mobile devices, they have as much compute as a data center, they have big screens, they’re incredibly thin. This is all a cultural change,” Harris said. “So for IT, if you’re looking to advance the agenda of your organization, to help enable the folks you serve, <strong>then the hard reality is that mobilization is needed, not wanted, in today’s world</strong>.”</p> <p>Many organizations are responding by building digital workspaces — platforms that enable workers to access their workplace applications securely on any device. The idea is to provide a consistent work experience regardless of the device an employee is using.</p> <p>Harris cited the <a href="http://www.redcross.org/" target="_blank">American Red Cross</a>, using <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/vmware.html" target="_blank">VMware</a>’s <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=Workspace%20ONE&amp;ctlgfilter=&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Workspace ONE</a>, as an example. Using a single set of login credentials, authorized workers can r<strong>emotely access the Red Cross’s work portal and use all of its applications</strong>. Some are running locally on a user’s device, while others are in the organization’s data center.</p> <h2>Work-Life Balance Replaced by Work-Life ‘Blend’</h2> <p>Several presenters spoke about their organizations’ efforts to support employees’ desire to <strong>switch back and forth between personal and professional responsibilities throughout the day</strong>, blending the two seamlessly rather than seeking to balance “work” and “life” in discrete buckets. For some, the idea may seem anathema: Traditionally businesses wanted their employees’ undivided attention throughout the workday, and employees protected their right to “unplug” during personal time.</p> <p>But that’s changing, as the demands of people’s work and professional lives <strong>become more difficult to turn on and off at different times</strong>. More people want to be able to work after the kids have gone to bed — and to go to every dance recital. Smart employers are striving to embrace that, said Craig Richardson, a global marketing manager of mobility for <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/dell-emc-interstitial.html" target="_blank">Dell EMC</a>.</p> <p>Dell, for example, is trying to increase the percentage of work-from-home employees at its Austin headquarters to 50 percent. Citing internal research, Richardson said that<strong> 60 percent of employees work after hours and that two out three do at least some work from home</strong>. “We know that it’s not just the style of work that’s changing, but how it gets done is changing as well,” Richardson said.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.cdw.com/modernworkforce" target="_blank">Download CDW’s Modern Workforce Insight Report</a> to learn more about how organizations are solving today’s collaboration challenges.</em></p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25301</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Mobility</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>SMB</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/engagement" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> 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managing editor of <em>BizTech</em> magazine. </p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:39:42 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 40846 at https://biztechmagazine.com Collaboration Technology Brings Teams Together https://biztechmagazine.com/media/video/collaboration-technology-brings-teams-together <span>Collaboration Technology Brings Teams Together</span> <div><p style="margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">With more workers spending time away from the office, many organizations are looking for ways to capture the "water cooler effect," when workers innovate after connecting randomly around the office. Remote work can offer advantages such as improvements in flexibility, productivity and efficiency, but organizations may lose out on some benefits of having employees work in an office environment. Having workers together in the same place can create closer connections among employees and spur innovation. At the CDW Enabling the Workforce SummIT, IT leaders discussed how they try to replicate the water cooler effect and help their workers connect. Visit our <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/enabling-workforce-summit-improving-productivity-modern-workplace-technologies" target="_blank">CDW Enabling the Workforce SummIT landing page </a>to view more articles and videos from the event.</p> <p><strong>&gt;&gt;<a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/modern-workforce.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-modernworkforce-_-NA-_-042018" target="_blank">Download CDW's Modern Workforce Insight Report</a></strong> to learn more about how organizations are delivering a more efficient, productive and flexible workplace.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">matt.mclaughlin</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:07</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>Remote workers want to feel connected to their teams. 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That's why adoption is an essential consideration for organizations deploying digital workspace and collaboration solutions. At the CDW Enabling the Workforce SummIT, we talked to IT leaders from across the country in a variety of industries about how they approach this important challenge. One IT leader explained that establishing a successful small deployment with influential users can excite other workers about new tools. The fear of missing out — or FOMO — may be a useful force to drive adoption. Visit our <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/enabling-workforce-summit-improving-productivity-modern-workplace-technologies">CDW Enabling the Workforce SummIT landing page </a>to view more articles and videos from the event.</p> <p><strong>&gt;&gt;<a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/modern-workforce.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-modernworkforce-_-NA-_-042018" target="_blank">Download CDW's Modern Workforce Insight Report</a></strong> to learn more about how organizations are delivering a more efficient, productive and flexible workplace.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">matt.mclaughlin</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/10/2018 - 19:44</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>Adoption is a major challenge in the #digitalworkspace. 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