How to prevent ransomware attacks on your computer

Never operate a computer without anti-virus software

How to prevent ransomware attacks on your computerRecent ransomware attacks highlight how appealing and lucrative these raids are to hackers. Ransomware is malicious software that installs itself on the computers on your network and encrypts all the files, making them inaccessible to your staff. On payment of the ransom, you typically receive a key consisting of a string of letters and numbers…

Big data is useless without visual analytics

Having trouble spotting trends in endless spreadsheets? Visual analytic tools can help

Big data is useless without visual analyticsWith its vast volumes, big data is useless without the analytic and presentation functionality of visual analytical tools. Think how difficult it is to spot anomalies or trends in endless rows of spreadsheet data. Visual analytic tools solve that overload problem. Big data is an in-vogue topic in the information technology world. Many executives see…

Wake up your employees to cyber security risks

Your employees can inadvertently be a cybercriminal’s best friend

Wake up your employees to cyber security risksWhen breaking through an organization’s security defences, employees who create vulnerabilities are a cybercriminal’s best friend. While technical security safeguards are essential, employees continue to be the weakest link when it comes to protecting corporate information from cybercriminals of various shapes, sizes and motivations. Cybercriminals regularly convince inattentive employees, through a phishing attack, to engage…

Is big data success eluding you?

Are your big data scientists running amuck?

Is big data success eluding you?Some organizations think that big data can only produce significant business benefits if delivered through big projects that require big investments and include big risks. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here’s a look at how to respond to the frequently-discussed issues that create avoidable anxiety and cause big data success to elude you.…

Revisit your web strategy to respond to trends

A makeover can produce practical benefits for your business

Revisit your web strategy to respond to trendsBusiness leaders often think about using the web to advance their business plans. While web strategy is hardly a new topic, recent developments and the surprising persistence of horrible bad practices suggest a little management engagement in a web strategy makeover can produce practical benefits. Here are the topics to consider as you improve your…

How to minimize headaches during cloud migration

Addressing the essential considerations that can trip up companies will ensure a smooth migration

How to minimize headaches during cloud migrationIt should be easy to migrate a web-based application from its in-house computing environment to a vendor-managed, cloud computing environment. While migration is not a high-risk, stress-inducing project, there are significant considerations for your cloud migration project plan. Addressing the essential considerations that can trip up companies will ensure you achieve a smooth migration to…

Don’t minimize the importance of your business IT

Many managers are exasperated by what they see as a high cost/huge time waste associated with IT

Don’t minimize the importance of your business ITMany managers think information technology (IT) is easy because they’ve installed Microsoft Office, quickly downloaded an app to their smartphone, added a printer to a workstation or smoothly installed a wireless access point. Even without this experience, they assume IT is easy because their children have successfully performed these tasks. Most managers in companies, regardless…

How to stop playing Whac-a-Mole with your information services

Band-aid fixes create a terrible work environment. This happens when IS is viewed simply as a cost

How to stop playing Whac-a-Mole with your information servicesIn too many organizations, the delivery of information services (IS) is best described as a giant, never-ending version of the Whac-a-Mole arcade game. If this situation describes your organization, it is time to take action. As a technology problem pops up, just like the mole in the game, someone in the IS group whacks it…

Panicked about the cost to reduce cyber attacks?

Successful cyberattacks can cause the demise of your organization

Panicked about the cost to reduce cyber attacks?Does paying attention to the risk of cyber attacks sound expensive, complicated and a distraction from your business plan? Are you burying your head in the sand and hoping that this risk will pass your organization by? As an incentive to act, recognize that successful cyberattacks can cause the demise of your organization by: A…