CEOs Say Security Execs Are At Risk Of Losing Their Jobs Over Poor Reporting
CEOs Say Security Execs Are At Risk Of Losing Their Jobs Over Poor Reporting

Cyber risk reduction transcends identification by IT execs and must include clear communication.

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    POS, Payment Processing, Data Collection, And IP Video News

    Datacap Systems has released TranCloud, a new EMV-enabled payments solution for mobile and browser-based POS providers. Engineered specifically for mobile/browser POS, Datacap’s cloud approach with small footprint hardware allows POS systems to process transactions through a variety of payment processors while simultaneously driving a range of PIN pad hardware from leading OEMs — all via the cloud.

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    DattoCon 2016 Day 2 Highlights – Defeating Ransomware And Selling VoIP

    One of the biggest recurring themes at this year’s DattoCon event was ransomware, the insidious malware that encrypts your customers’ files and asks them to pay hefty fees – to cybercriminals – to get their data back! George Anderson, product marketing director at Webroot shared some sobering stats and insights on the negative impacts of ransomware.

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Technology gets a bad rap for changing human interaction in unwelcome ways – teenagers using their cellphones at dinner, lack of decorum in social media, and dangerous use of texting while driving, to name a few. So it’s nice when you can point to an example of technology improving human contact.

Coach’s Corner: Great Expectations

Dear Coach: I struggle with some people on my team not living up to expectations. It’s as if they are not even listening. I’m really getting tired of this and ready to clear the decks and start over. Am I being too hasty?

Cyber-threats In 2016: Evolution, Potential, And Overcoming Them

The contemporary business environment is essentially a small subsystem in the larger cyber world. Every enterprise, no matter how technically progressive or apprehensive about technology, is connected to and handles different streams of data. The current IT landscape is highly disruptive, but it does promise better business outcomes for those who are Internet of Things (IoT) ready and prepared to embrace Big Data. However, there are some apprehensions about this more connected, omnipresent, and easily accessible data — it opens many doors to hackers, creating room for Cyber threats to seep in.

Trunk Slammers Vs. Strategic Partners

Trunk slammers are the bane of the security industry. They’re the folks who pick up jobs installing surveillance systems without really knowing what they’re doing. But when the system doesn’t work right, the customer blames the product rather than the installer. And that gives the whole industry a bad name.

Why The Time Is Right For The Global Telecom Industry To Engage MSPs

According to Garter’s 2016 CIO Agenda Survey, CIOs expect digital revenues to grow from 16 to 37 percent in the next five years, and public-sector CIOs predict a rise from 42 to 77 percent in digital processes. What this means is — with very few exceptions — businesses of all types are feeling the impact of consumer demand for digital services, and are looking to digital to extend the way their business interacts with its consumers.

Cyber-Security’s Weakest Link: People

A stark reality facing today’s businesses is the never-ending threat to cyber-security and a strategy for how to combat it. An even greater concern is damage to corporate image, consumer trust, loss of revenue, liability to customers, and the ever-increasing statutes imposed by lawmakers and agencies who point the finger at businesses for failure to take responsibility for preventing data theft.

Protect Yourself From Cybercrime: 6 More Best Practices To Implement Now

As discussed in Part 1, most companies have by now at least a basic awareness of the need to take action to reduce their vulnerability to cybercrime and to prepare for the possibility that they will suffer a cyberattack. In that article, we outlined six of our 12 best practices for addressing and responding to cyber risks. In Part 2, we will discuss the remaining six.

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    If you want to know more about EMV and how to maximize your payments-related revenue, this guide is for you. After surveying both small and large retailers on their top technology needs (and where they plan to spend), surveying our own readers, and studying analysts’ data on the market, we came up with a list of the four most important topics of today and the near future: payment processing (special focus on security/EMV and mobility), mobile POS, POS-as-a-Service, and customer experience/ engagement.

  • 2016 VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV & Payment Security
    2016 VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV & Payment Security

    Many IT solutions providers, both VARs and software developers, rank dealing with payment security slightly higher than a trip to the dentist. It’s not something people want to spend time on. To most, payment security is not a money-making profit center. Additionally, the rules seem to be ever-changing and nearly impossible to get ahead of. To top it off, the bad guys always seem to be one step ahead.

  • Partner Program Insider 2016
    Partner Program Insider 2016

    Are your vendor partners merely providers of product for you to sell, or true partners that are walking with you hand-in-hand and working to help you succeed? If you didn’t answer “true partners,” it might be time to reevaluate the relationship.

  • Best Channel Vendors 2016
    Best Channel Vendors 2016

    Here are 2016's Best Channel Vendors, listed first by technology category (Business Continuity through VoIP) and then by technology subcategory. One of the main purposes of this special report is to give our resellers a guide to who their peers think are Best Channel Vendors.

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    Business Solutions Executive Insight 2015

    2016 is just a few holiday parties away and will be here before we know it. This month prior is a good opportunity to take a step back and reflect on the past year. What has your company done well? Are there wins you should be celebrating? What will your company look like in the years to come? What have you struggled with? Are you taking steps to ensure that those same struggles don’t occur in 2016?

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    Healthcare IT continues to evolve and change, and IT solutions providers in this vertical need to address the challenges their clients face as they try to keep up with standards, regulations, and trends.

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