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Do you know which of these 7 cyberattacks isn’t real?

When CentaurWipe infected hundreds of companies in December 2016, IT departments were left flat-footed. Named for its dual attack of locking down devices while systematically erasing files, CentaurWipe was finally contained after an emergency patch was deployed. Sound familiar? It shouldn’t. It never happened. But in a recent survey of 510 IT decision-makers, more than […]

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Who needs Hosted Private Cloud? Try your landlord, healthcare provider and edtech service, for starters

When Sungard Availability Services introduced its hosted private cloud solution for Dell EMC environments last month, companies began taking a second look at their cloud installations. From real estate management firms to healthcare providers to educational technology (edtech) vendors, businesses of all types began assessing their need for greater security and resilience. What do these […]

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The ABCs of AWS: 26 features and strategies you should know

Migrating to the cloud can be one of the best IT moves you can make for your enterprise, offering security, customization, agility and cost-savings. And Amazon Web Services (AWS) is one of the most reliable and tested cloud service providers available. Whether you’re already running applications in the public cloud or thinking about getting started, […]

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Open source and security: 4 questions to ask yourself

Patching has never been more important. The WannaCry ransomware attack that infected more than 300,000 systems, the NotPetya attack that hobbled approximately 16,500 more, and of course the Equifax breach that compromised the information of 145.5 million Americans all happened because patches weren’t added quickly enough. But what if patches weren’t available at all? That’s […]

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With a Little Help from our Friends: Sungard AS Recognizes Seven Stand-out Partners

Fifty-one years ago, in mid-March 1967, Paul McCartney and John Lennon began writing a song they intended as a featured vocal for Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. “With a Little Help from My Friends” became one of Starr’s most beloved hits, and since then he has closed every concert performed by his All-Starr Band with this […]

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2018 Technology Trends in Business: The Experts Have Spoken

2017 was a test of business resilience. While cyberattacks and natural disasters devastated some businesses, many others kept their operations running without disruption. Advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain technology, among others, began helping more businesses eliminate inefficiencies, human error and downtime. What will 2018 hold? We tapped our industry experts for [...]

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The Three Biggest IT Challenges Healthcare has to Solve

When we walk into a doctor’s office, nothing is more important than knowing we’re receiving quality care and effective treatment. Similarly, a hospital’s staff needs to know it has the most reliable IT resources and support to deliver exceptional service—now more than ever. Healthcare is charging forward into new technologies like the Internet of Things […]

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Airlines’ websites and apps often fail. Yet 84 percent of American travelers may rely on them during the travel process

You can’t check in for your flight on the airline’s app. The website won’t let you buy the plane ticket you wanted. The app can’t tell you whether your flight is on time. Unfortunately, technology glitches and outages like these are all too common. In 2017 alone, there were six major U.S.-based airline outages caused […]

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Digital Transformation Provides the Insurance This Sector Needs To Grow

While consumers and many businesses are already enjoying the fruits of digital transformation, the insurance sector can hardly bear it. In many cases, legacy systems leave those in the industry with outdated infrastructures and processes.  Looking to get out of the woods, insurance institutions know now is the time to tame the technology beast and […]

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Transportation & Logistics Companies at the Intersection of Digital Change

The road to digital change is challenging, especially for the transportation and logistics industry that can’t bear the IT load to move forward. Legacy systems and the complexities of new applications and processes are leaving many in these industries on the roadside, making digital transitions difficult. Approaching the highway of digital transformation, transportation and logistics […]

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CARTOON: Patched-together IT systems can leave travelers tied up after M&A

When airlines undergo mergers and acquisitions (M&A)—and they frequently do—it means merging IT systems, too, if they don’t rebuild IT infrastructure from scratch or run the systems separately. Merging is the choice companies often make, and it can also be the riskiest. Jumbled IT systems can cause outages and critical system failures, threatening to ground […]

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A traveler can forgive, but they never forget: How multiple outages impact satisfaction

Among industries that frustrate customers, few rival the airline sector. Of course, few industries rival air travel in terms of volume, risk, regulatory compliance and safety factors either. On a typical day, according to the Air Traffic Controllers Association, 28,537 commercial flights are in skies. At peak travel times, like the week of Thanksgiving, the […]

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What Do IT Leaders Wish For? Survey shows what areas US IT leaders want to improve the most

Ask any IT leader, and they’ll have a special wish list. For some, it might be waking up to a streamlined, agile and responsive IT infrastructure. For others, it could be the ability to transform their business with painless, seamless integration. And for others, it might be finding the silver lining in hybrid cloud adoption. […]

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CARTOON: Click now and get free malware for your whole network!!!

You won’t likely be duped into sending money to an overseas bank account anytime soon. But phishing scams and malware-laced communications are constantly evolving. As we’ve seen with NotPetya this year, cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated, and yet they can still find their way into systems through phishing emails—right under our noses, with our permission. […]

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CARTOON: Ignoring software update pop-ups? You may get a ransom note instead.

Hackers prey on complacency like thieves checking cars in a parking lot: They don’t have to break windows if you leave the doors unlocked. They bet organizations won’t make simple software updates, and they’re often right. Just look at the WannaCry attacks earlier this year. The ransomware was designed to exploit a known weak spot […]

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Think you’re safe from a cyberattack? A security gap analysis may tell you otherwise.

Ransomware is wreaking havoc. An attack against Maersk cost the shipping company hundreds of millions of dollars. HBO was told to pay up or hackers would spill stolen emails and episodes of some of HBO’s most popular shows. Enormous companies aren’t the only targets. WannaCry attacked smaller organizations, locking down their data and demanding Bitcoin […]

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Harvey and Irma: Taking “Unprecedented” to a Whole New Level

As Hurricanes Harvey and Irma bore down on America’s southern coastlines, we were reminded once again that despite the annual preparatory drills, there are always some communities and organizations that are not ready with a resilience plan. And yet even when you follow all the rules, new situations arise that you simply can’t plan for. […]

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What every brand can learn from HBO’s hack and “Game of Thrones” outage

Despite all its recent success, HBO didn’t have a great summer. On July 31, the company fell victim to hackers, with the perpetrators leaking unreleased episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” among other shows. With tensions rising and the Bitcoin ransom storyline playing out like a summer blockbuster, the stakes are high for HBO. Hackers appear […]

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Retooling for Digital Transformation: Manufacturers Take on the Forces of Digital Change

Technology can be a bear to manage in any industry, but this is especially true in the manufacturing sector where digital transformation is disrupting traditional approaches to development, production and the entire logistics chain. Many manufacturing companies struggle with digital technology adoption because their legacy systems act like a bearish barrier to innovation. Our new […]

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Global Survey on IT Budgets: Learn the who, what, when, where and how of IT spending

Who is feeling the most impact of IT budget changes? What trends are influencing spend the most? When are the increases or decreases expected? Where is the bulk of the budget being spent? How will investment changes impact staffing? These represent the types of questions answered by 1,350 IT decision makers from around the world […]

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81 percent of IT and business leaders say cloud is a top-5 priority. Here’s why.

When I speak with CIOs about their business priorities, cloud is never far from discussion. Their stories are similar: They want to keep up with the pace of business and to connect with new customers and new markets, all while reducing costs and driving efficiencies—and they’re turning to the cloud for these answers. A recent […]

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