57% of respondents said their IT staff spends more time managing vendor relationships than they did 10 years ago. Even if that’s just 10% of total time, imagine what they else they could be achieving with that time. (Source)
Of companies that are more technologically mature, 96% exceeded revenue targets (2X the number of those not technologically mature). Your information technology solutions matter to your bottom line. (Source)
By 2020, employment in all computer occupations is expected to increase by an average of 22% across the board/the industry/etc. (Source)
By Eyal Webber Zvik
A growing percentage of Internet traffic is protected by encryption. While estimates vary, most agree that at least 80% of Internet traffic uses SSL/TLS to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity of the data being transmitted. According to Google, approximately 95% of web browsing uses the encrypted HTTPS protocol.
This trend toward traffic encryption has been driven by a few different factors. As users become more educated about the differences between unencrypted HTTP and encrypted HTTPS and the threat of various attacks, they are opting for the more secure option wherever possible. Web browser vendors like Google are encouraging this trend by defaulting to the encrypted version of sites and labeling sites that only support HTTP as unsafe and reducing their SEO scores.
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By Catherine Stupp
Corporate boards need to propel companies' investment in cyber defenses and push management to treat hacking threats as a core business risk, according to a top official of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
Businesses face growing hacking risks, yet cybersecurity still isn't as ingrained in corporate thinking as it needs to be, said Brandon Wales, the agency's executive director, speaking on Tuesday at the Wall Street Journal's CIO Network Summit.
"This needs to be driven at the board level," he said. "You don't want to start thinking about cybersecurity after your network has been brought down by a ransomware operator."
Managing risk is getting harder every day. Bad actors have adopted their own internal enterprise organizational structure complete with HR, recruiting, training, finance, operations, and development teams. They use the same sales tools that the IT community knows and loves. They outsource, they broker their software, and they partner in their go-to-market strategies. Their market opportunity is extraordinary, and they have organized into a professional ecosystem that allows them to attack with impunity.
By Drew Lydecker
A decade ago, if you were charged with leading IT operations for a business (however large), your mandate was clear: you needed to build a large, complex, robust team of people-and secure a suite of technologies-to support the business and help realize revenue. You needed people to build and maintain your company's website, people to oversee your communications systems, people to manage routers and data centers and network devices—essentially, you needed someone working in-house to manage every single technological aspect of the business's operations.
A lot of companies, particularly the big companies, took great pride in that approach. They took pride in the size of their IT departments, the numerous technologies they were able to bring in-house, and the myriad certifications they were able to secure.
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Cato Networks commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic ImpactTM (TEI) study and examine the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying Cato Networks' Cato SASE Cloud. The purpose of this study is to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of Cato on their organizations.
To better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with this investment, Forrester interviewed five decision-makers with whose organizations are Cato customers. For the purposes of this study, Forrester aggregated the interviewees' experiences and combined the results into a single composite organization.
The rate of technological change is continuing to accelerate at speeds we couldn't previously even imagine. What we know as the modern office is going to disappear - and sooner than we think.
That's the reality of the modern workplace. And the truth is that both customers AND employees are coming to expect the ability to interact with your company on their terms, whether that be getting a response to their question at any time via social media or your employees expecting the ability to work remotely. But telecom carrier services are as important today as they have ever been.
CA Communications can help your IT team navigate these changes while retaining operations and the customer experience.
Look, every IT solution provider is going to say they’re different. We’re going to prove it to you. Here is the difference that CA Communications makes:
We don’t want to just have a conversation with you about the technology, sell you some cabling, and leave. We want to start with the experience you want your customers to have and work backwards until we get to the right solution. For us, the technology isn’t nearly as important as the technology solution.
Our average client relationship lasts 12 years. We want customers who are looking for a long-term partnership and will allow us to provide technology solutions across your organization. We don't want to be the third bid or the provider who just installs a piece of technology and leaves. We're here for the duration and we need you on board.
One of the biggest challenges in the current technological environment is that we’ve never been more dependent on IT for our daily operations, but we live in a world where IT staffs are lean and mean. There’s no way any one business can handle every aspect of IT internally, and our role is to manage the best providers and their outcomes for your organization.
It doesn’t matter if you are looking for cloud technology, telecom, or any other of the many information technology solutions available, we will fight to get you the best solution at the best price with the best service, period.