Technology

How Covid-19 Brought to Focus Risks to Your Data Privacy And Governance

Image by Hebi B. from Pixabay  There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant global lockdown have effectively changed the way businesses operate, which to a large extent, has serious impacts on your data privacy and governance. Out of the blues, organizations and their employees must adapt to a new way of working.  The aftermath of the radical change is that a lot of employees have relocated their offices to the home. While this may be a brand-new innovation to some organizations, a few had before the outbreak, been practicing flexible working for some time.  These organizations were more favorably disposed to adapt to the new world and way of working with relative ease. They were armed with sturdy procedures, practices, and had IT infrastructure in place to cushion the effects of working away from the office.  However, a lot of organizations were left in a sort of quandary, the change was rather impromptu, it was too much, albeit too soon, and they were not prepared for the plunge. As a result, they had to contend with data privacy breaches and the ensuing governance concerns.   Cybersecurity has been a burning issue even before the onset of the pandemic, but the…

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How You Can Best Help The Workforce in The Coronavirus Crisis

Photo Credit: U.S. Pacific Fleet Flickr via Compfight cc IT leaders are known to always be on the hot seat, working under pressure, but the coronavirus pandemic has taken it to another dimension altogether. Being in charge of technology for your organization has always not been easy as you don’t know when a serious crisis is brewing but what we have currently is that everybody was hit at the same time with little or no room for preparedness.  Everybody is right now trying to work remotely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. There is no doubt that the transition in working habits that are bordered on technology and culture must have to be going through a lot of stress and you need to put in place a huge amount of effective change management in these very tough circumstances.  How are you going to handle the fact that people must work from environments not conducive to work? There must be constraints in the workspace, some people may need to work from home where there are kids especially now that schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.  You must have been having difficulties focusing on the mental well-being of your…

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Marketing, Technology

Benefits and Risks Associated With Edge Computing

In 2017, it was discovered that around 10% of enterprise-generated data was being created and processed outside a traditional centralized data center or cloud. By 2025, however, Gartner predicts this figure will reach 75%, this is a clear case that edge computing is gaining steam. For a business to thrive, the outright mindset will be to make huge returns on investment and to this end, it’s expected that there will be concerted efforts at cutting costs especially those that are considered irrelevant. Another way to cut costs is by reducing waste such as is seen in bandwidth and that’s where edge computing comes in. Apart from the pressure on resources that are brought to bear by bandwidths and networks, some other driving forces that are responsible for the expected growth in edge computing include a growing scale of projects, an increase of IoT devices, and the need for quick data analysis across multiple IoT use cases.  If you also consider the fact that Intel founder Gordon Moore, says that by 2040 the world’s energy production will not support our computing capability, you will see a good reason for edge computing coming along to fill any possible void that will be…

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How Operational Efficiency Can Negatively Impact Your Business Effectiveness

One major advantage of technological advancement as regards businesses today is its undisputed effect on operational efficiency. Businesses all over the world mop up every single strategy that will enhance their operational efficiency without giving a thorough thought to how this can negatively impact their effectiveness.  The main reason they plunge headlong into anything that smells of operational efficiency is the mindset to cut costs hoping that will translate to a higher ROI. A major enabler of this approach to cost reduction has been business process automation.  Apart from allowing businesses to cut a big expense by the way of their employees, business process automation is an enabler of efficiency, this is not a surprise by any means, machines simply outperform humans. Theoretically, this is so but in reality, we may have another angle to the whole stuff. It’s rather unfortunate that a lot of organizations have people doubling up on work despite the fact that technological advancement has amplified the process of automation. In most cases, what you have on the ground is more errors, poorly taken and executed decisions leading to amazing reduction in the quality of service.  Some organizations resort to outsourcing as a way of cutting…

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Zero-trust Strategy: How 1% Trust Could be a Mammoth Catastrophe

One basic mistake enterprises and organizations make is the premise that IT environments can be protected from malicious activities simply by making the perimeter bigger, stronger and more resilient. Also based on this premise and instead of a zero-trust, they go on to repose residual trust on employees without knowing that even 1% trust can hurt the system severely. If you have not already given it a thought, you must realize that your organization is becoming more threatened by malicious software. With the rapid increase in digitalization, you increase the number of internet connections which raises the likelihood of being attacked. If you somehow erroneously believe that you are not exposed to attacks or that you have not been attacked just like the ARC Advisory Group reported that 40% of companies surveyed stated that they have not experienced any cyber-incidents within the last 12 months, it’s very possible that you were simply were unable to identify all incidents in 2018.  If you make use of more intrusion detection solutions available globally today you will be able to expose more cyber incidents than were visible in the past. You may at the end come to the conclusion that you have been…

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Steps You Must Take to be Free From Botnets

Botnets have for a very long time been known as the workhorses of the Internet. You definitely have been using them to as connected computer to enhance the performance of a whole lot of repetitive tasks to keep your websites going.  A lot of businesses use them in connection with Internet Relay Chat. Undoubtedly, when used in this manner, botnets are absolutely legal and overwhelmingly beneficial to maintaining a smooth user experience on the Internet. The story is, however, changing more than you can think of and devastatingly so. Botnets are presently being devised to gain access to your machine through some piece of malicious coding. The resultant effect in this kind of scenario is that your machine is directly hacked. When this is not the case, a “spider” (a program that crawls the Internet looking for holes in security to exploit) is made to do the hacking automatically. This is a very serious situation that you need to take care of. Taking into consideration that the internet of things (IoT) will mark the next major revolution for mankind, it becomes of utmost importance that we don’t allow anything that will jeopardize the lives of the greater majority of people.…

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