The annual Las Vegas-based CES show is the epicentre of the global technology industry. From the coolest new consumer gadgets to the major business trends that will change the way we work, here’s a quick summary of what you may have missed in 2018.
One of the few industries in the world that will never see budget cuts is security. As the world grows ever more complex and connected, our valuable information is increasingly exposed to malicious actors around the world.
Lead generation is a time- and resource-heavy endeavour, making automation and data-processing technologies the right tool for the job. Artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning in particular, is an incredible resource for lead generation. AI can:
It’s said that the best defence is a good offence. This is particularly true in cybersecurity, where the average cost of a security breach in Australia is more than US$100 per compromised data item, according to a 2017 Ponemon study. Considering how many data items can be at risk in the event of a breach, this could rack up quite a hefty bill.
We live in the era of digital disruption, when always-on connectivity, a mobile workforce and globalization leave us more vulnerable than ever to cybersecurity assaults. In this brave new world, keeping customer and company data safe is a seemingly insurmountable challenge.
Productivity-boosting technologies you can use today
When it comes to technology, most of the talk is about tomorrow. But the truth is, many of the tools you need are here today. Using technology efficiently can boost business productivity in spades and most of it, surprisingly, is more convenient, collaborative and affordable than the clunky old systems of yesterday.
Let’s start with the granddaddy of all – productivity boosters.
Google first showed us offices could be fun. But between the playground slides and the ping-pong tables, the tech giant’s interior can be a little daunting for those not accustomed to a fun-filled office space.
When ideas and knowledge can easily be shared both within and outside an organisation, pooling skills can create much better outcomes. Given that contractors and teleworkers make up a big part of the SMB workforce, it's easy to see why collaboration software has become so popular for connecting people and information where they are most needed.
Competition is fierce in the small and medium business (SMB) IT solutions space today, with global giants Google and Microsoft vying with a multitude of smaller solutions providers for every dollar of IT business investment.
With storage cheap and plentiful, SMBs process more data than ever before. It also means that loss of such data can hit the business hard in the hip pocket. So it's worth devising a solid data backup strategy for your business.
Many smaller businesses skimp on their data backup, considering it too expensive or time-consuming. But with events like hardware failure, natural disasters, malicious software and ordinary human error waiting to decimate your data, it's not a matter of if it happens but when. In short, backup is your digital insurance policy. Here are some tips on how to get your data backups in order.
Cybersecurity threats are often associated with larger corporates and multinationals. But the truth is that – as with the recent WannaCry ransomware virus – businesses of any size are at risk.
Unfortunately, many small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) don't take the threat seriously, or they don't have the resources to manage them. This makes them ill-prepared to safeguard against an attack, and vulnerable to having their operations disrupted. A 2012 study in the US found that 60 per cent of SMBs go out of business within six months of a breach.
WannaCry ransomware made global headlines recently as it infiltrated thousands of SMBs as well as larger operations like telcos, schools and hospitals, including some large-scale victims like the UK’s National Health Service.
Be assured, this is not the first ransomware infection of its kind, and it won’t be the last. For most businesses, the question isn’t if they will be hit, but when. Cybercriminals are constantly releasing new variants with modified code that look to exploit fresh loopholes, so the ransomware threat will remain persistent.
Saving time and money, boosting collaboration and cutting emissions – these are just a few of the reasons behind the growing popularity of videoconferencing. Here's a quick look at the many business benefits.
It’s quite likely you use several devices, such as a smartphone and a laptop or desktop PC, to run your business. Each device, however, represents an access point for threats like viruses and malware. Endpoint security aims to secure these network ‘endpoints’ so that suspicious online activities are blocked at the point of entry.
Is it upgrade time already? If you’re looking for the best business laptop for your SMB, there are plenty of good reasons to consider a 2-in-1 model in 2017.
These hybrid tablet/laptops truly offer the best of both worlds, with no compromise involved. Find out why they’re the fastest-growing category in laptops and which models are the best fit for your business with our 2-in-1 buyers guide.
Everyone understands the value of networking, but we’re not all naturals when it comes to attending events and navigating a room full of strangers. Thankfully, with the advent of social networks and mobile communication devices – like smartphones, tablets and connected laptops – you can use modern tools to build your business network.
With Windows 10, Microsoft made it a goal to make security one of the biggest benefits and one of the most compelling reasons to migrate from Windows 7. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update continues to make big investments across our key pillars of security, which include identity protection, threat resistance, and information protection.