Five Ways New Technology Helps Accounting Firms Work Smarter, Faster, Better, and Cheaper

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Accounting firms are finding new ways to do business, serve clients more powerfully.

TULSA, OK, UNITED STATES, June 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — As technology continues to advance, nearly every industry and segment has found new ways to do business in better ways, serve their customers more powerfully, and create space for individual firms to significantly distinguish themselves from their competitors.

Nowhere has this been more clearly the case than in the field of accounting.
That’s why Technology Solutions MSP has released a detailed discussion of the five most important ways new technology helps accounting firms do more for their clients through solutions that help accountants work smarter, faster, better, and cheaper.

As Technology Solutions MSP’s discussion makes clear, the advantages of new technology have improved accountants’ ability to do things like gather, organize, measure, analyze, and calculate key financial data. This has created opportunities to make servicing their clients both easier and more efficient.

At the cutting edge of computing, Technology Solutions MSP is in a unique position to lead this discussion because the company has a vast amount of direct experience in developing and implementing accounting systems that offer every one of these key advantages.

The discussion lays out how today’s technology provides highly efficient, incredibly fast, and amazingly capable information processing technologies that include small, fast, and cheap computers powered by complex and sophisticated accounting software systems.

The Technology Solutions MSP article also explains how the advent of cloud computing has given accounting professionals remarkable new opportunities to streamline, update, and improve the quality of all their work, all their processes, and all their functions.

Readers will learn how modern computing technology automatically allows accounting professionals to markedly improve their services to each and every client.

Another technological innovation discussed by Technology Solutions MSP is the lightweight yet powerful mobile devices we call tablets and smartphones, which piggyback on the new technological ability to share data and do meaningful work from almost any location.

As the Technology Solutions MSP discussion makes clear, all these technological advances make for a world in which accounting professionals can now take on new, more interesting, strategically more important, and higher-value work for their clients.

In sum, Technology Solutions MSP’s latest information offering explains how this new world of new technology is now available to accounting professionals, who are often too busy doing their work – and may also be temperamentally unsuited – to stay current with technological advances and to evaluate how best to use them.

To overcome this difficulty, Technology Solutions MSP regularly partners with accountants and accounting firms to help them take advantage of technological opportunities without risking any of the potential downsides or disappoints.
Technology Solutions MSP understands both the world of accounting and the world of technology, and specializes in finding the best ways to bring them together for the immediate and long-term benefit of their customers.

Whether an organization includes a thousand professionals or a lone practitioner, Technology Solutions MSP is adept at finding the right combination of hardware, software, training, and support that allows an accounting firm to move to the forefront of the industry without falling victim to the “bleeding edge” syndrome in which too much technology can cause more problems than it solves.

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FusionReactor announces the immediate release of FusionReactor 8.1.0 with improved usability and auto instance detection

FusionReactor Debugger

FusionReactor Debugger UI

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Our product ethos is to enable developers to create better software by allowing them to get to the root of production problems and performance issues faster.”

— David Tattersall – CEO

BOEBLINGEN, BADEN WüRTTEMBERG, GERMANY, June 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The latest version of FusionReactor (FR 8.1.0) enhances user experience with a number of new features and improvements designed to make the developer's life more productive.

FusionReactor will now automatically detect and automatically connect to any of a clients instances including those kept in Docker and other ephemeral containers.

The Production safe debugger has had a complete overhaul enabling the developer to set breakpoints quicker and easier. Within the new debugger, the developer can now see the source code, breakpoints and paused threads in one convenient IDE style location and breakpoints can be set with a click of a mouse.

Improved HTTP client tracking gives access to richer, improved data including headers, cookies and JSON data for all of the http requests made within an application, perfect for monitoring java micro-services.

FusionReactor is used by 1000’s of developers and DevOps to cut issue isolation time down from days to minutes. FusionReactor combines the core APM features of metric instrumentation and alerting with low-level profiling and debugging – it is the only product of its kind which is designed for use across the whole Software Development Life Cycle.

Pricing and availability:

FusionReactor is a hybrid APM solution, available as on-premise and/or SaaS (Cloud-based). Four editions are on offer, Ultimate, Enterprise, Standard and Developer. The Ultimate and Developer Editions include the debugger and low-level profiling tools, Enterprise Edition allows monitoring of multiple instances and servers from a single Dashboard and Standard Edition includes all the core monitoring features. FusionReactor may be purchased as a monthly/annual subscription or as a one-time license. Standard Edition pricing starts at just US $39 per month, per server. FusionReactor Cloud provides extended data retention, focus on “issue related transactions” and includes advanced alerting capability with seamless integration with tools such as Slack, PageDuty and Twilio. Learn more at https://www.fusion-reactor.com/pricing/

About Intergral GmbH:

Intergral is a leading application intelligence company. Our flagship product, FusionReactor provides real-time visibility and alerting of application performance issues and can be effectively used across the whole Software Development Life Cycle. Intergral GmbH recently launched nerd.vision; a stand-alone non-intrusive debugger. Thousands of customers trust Intergral products to monitor their applications, enabling them to identify and respond faster to performance and stability problems. Our aim is to ensure applications run at peak operational and business performance. Learn more at https://www.Fusion-Reactor.com. https://nerd.vision

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Liechtenstein financial regulator approves the offering of ICONOMI securities

The essential ingredient of the prospectus is an issued Profit Participation Security, which gives the holders of the securities common shareholder rights.

The essential ingredient of the prospectus is an issued Profit Participation Security, which gives the holders of the securities common shareholders’ rights.

Once again, ICONOMI is doing exactly as promised, offering its investors a safe, predictable, and trustworthy investment environment, while having their best interests in mind.”

— Tim M. Zagar, Co-Founder & CEO at ICONOMI

VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN, June 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — ICONOMI today announced that FMA, the Liechtenstein financial regulator, officially approved the ICONOMI Prospectus. The essential ingredient of the prospectus is an issued security, the Profit Participation Security, which is establishing a clear legal environment and entitles the holders of the securities common shareholders’ rights.

We have always aimed at providing our investors with the highest legal certainty and transparency, and we are confident our new corporate governance structure will achieve just that, explains Tim M. Zagar, Co-Founder & CEO at ICONOMI.

There was a lot of work put in in the past months to ensure we deliver on the plans made in 2018 to enable ICONOMI token holders the option to actively participate in the governance of the ICONOMI platform as its legal owners.

All holders of the securities will be entitled to common shareholders’ rights, such as voting rights and the right to participate in the net profit of the company. Moreover, the tokenization and listing of Profit Participation Securities will occur as soon as security token exchanges become operative.

“Once again, ICONOMI is doing exactly as promised, offering its investors a safe, predictable, and trustworthy investment environment, while having their best interests in mind”, concludes Zagar.

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IBM Cloud adds Bitbar to its Enterprise Offering

Bitbar mobile app testing platform

Bitbar – The tool of choice for the New Software Organization

IBM Cloud Enterprise offering includes now Bitbar, the leading provider of testing technology for web and mobile apps.

When it comes to mobile modernization, our partnership with Bitbar means our clients are better placed to deliver reliable mobile applications and services as quickly as possible.”

— Wing To – Vice President, IBM Cloud, DevOps

SAN JOSE, CA, USA, June 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Helsinki, Finland – Bitbar Technologies, the leading provider of testing technology for web and mobile applications, today signed a partnership with IBM to offer its enterprise customers access to the fastest and most flexible testing platform.

Bitbar has already been present for many years on IBM Cloud. This agreement comes to solidify a healthy and long-term relationship with IBM who once again is trusting on Bitbar technology to provide its customers with the flexibility, scalability, speed, and reliability that has made Bitbar one of the market leaders.

“Our collaboration with IBM brings together the best of our combined mobile testing market leadership and will help customers reduce cost, manage change, and improve quality across the entire mobile development and delivery lifecycle.

Combining IBM Rational Test Workbench with Bitbar technology allows organizations to fully automate end-to-end testing of mobile and omnichannel scenarios across multiple devices and configurations.

IBM Rational Test Workbench and Bitbar offer a unique solution that will help customers deliver reliable mobile applications to their end users as quickly as possible.”
Jouko Kaasila – Bitbar Co-Founder and COO

Using Bitbar technology IBM enterprise customers will now be empowered to be more agile, flexible, and efficient to deliver great digital experiences to end users in the shortest possible time. Enjoying full freedom to use their existing processes, containers, and frameworks. On top of unlimited users and unlimited concurrency on thousands of real devices and browsers. Bitbar will help IBM enterprise customers to save up to 60% on their development budget and reduce testing time from months to hours.

“When it comes to mobile modernization, our partnership with Bitbar means our clients are better placed to deliver reliable mobile applications and services as quickly as possible. IBM’s Rational Test Workbench and Bitbar Device Cloud help our joint clients run continuous testing efforts as part of their DevOps journey to mobile modernization.”
Wing To – Vice President, IBM Cloud, DevOps

The way we build, test, and deliver software has fundamentally changed. Continuous Testing is still a challenge for most companies. Only agile, flexible, and efficient New Software Organizations provide exceptional digital experiences to customers in the shortest time.

About Bitbar

Bitbar automates mobile build, test, and deployment for DevOps teams of all sizes – including Mozilla, Google, PayPal, Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom, Square, CBS Interactive, Groupon, Outfit 7, Merck, and TomTom, helping them to succeed in their web and mobile software development and test automation. Bitbar solutions help optimize CI/CD workflows, build high-performance agile teams, leverage AI to accelerate software development lifecycle, and deliver value to end customers, faster.

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VL OMNI Attending IRCE, Announces Gorgias – Amazon Integration

VL OMNI Announces Their Seventh Year Exhibiting At The International Retail Conference and Expo, Announces Gorgias-Amazon Integration

CHICAGO, ILINOIS, USA, June 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — For the seventh year in a row, VL OMNI returning to exhibit at Internet Retailer Conference + Exhibition (IRCE) in Chicago this June 25-28, 2019 at booth 1060. As one of the premiere ecommerce conferences in North America, VL OMNI has chosen IRCE to officially announce their VL OMNI-Gorgias Amazon Connector, integrating the highest-rated customer service and live chat helpdesk with Amazon.

The VL OMNI-Gorgias Connector for Amazon extends the powerful Gorgias platform beyond just Shopify and Shopify Plus into Amazon, with plans for further integration to other platforms to be launched by VL OMNI for Gorgias in the near future. Merchants using the Gorgias platform can now integrate their Amazon Seller Central account in a self-serve ecosystem, and can fully integrated and be ready to serve Amazon customers on the Gorgias interface in minutes. Merchants on both Shopify/Shopify Plus and Amazon can now manage all customer support requests from email, live chat, phone, and social media, including editing/refunding orders, cancelling subscriptions, awarding loyalty points, and more in one click. Merchants using Shopify or Shopify Plus who also sell on Amazon can now automatically manage customer support requests from both channels in a single, unified customer management ecosystem on Gorgias. With the VL OMNI Gorgias-Amazon Connector, Merchants on Gorgias will see Order, Item and Customer information from Amazon alongside their customer requests from Shopify/Shopify Plus, empowering Merchants to quickly respond to Amazon customer inquiries just as they would for Shopify customer inquiries—all through the unified Gorgias dashboard.

Prominently featured within the Shopify Plus Partner Zone in booth 1060 at IRCE, Merchants and attendees alike are encouraged to visit VL OMNI at booth 1060 to discover more about the VL OMNI-Gorgias Amazon Connector, and the power that an agile, scalable, and serverless data integration platform like VL OMNI can bring to complex SMBs and Enterprises. Visitors to the VL OMNI booth will also have the opportunity to discuss achieving strategic objectives with the power of a robust and scalable data integration platform, and to demo the VL OMNI Dashboard—a powerful business intelligence tool for Merchants to view and analyze real-time data of their sales channels including orders, fulfillment, products and revenue from all active sales channels. Learn more about the VL OMNI Dashboard here.

ABOUT VL OMNI

VL OMNI is a cloud based, EU-GDPR compliant platform for agile and scalable iPaaS Data Integration. We consult to create strategic data integrations that maintain a central point of data truth. Business agility and scalability is enhanced while incorporating business rules to maximize efficiency and actualize on core strategies.
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Gorgias transforms your customer support into a profit center. It enables over 1200 Ecommerce merchants to manage all their customer service – Facebook, emails, chat – in a unified platform integrated with Shopify. Developed with Automation and Monetization at its core, Gorgias builds your brand with each customer interaction.
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Rong360 Jianpu Technology Inc.’s Big Data and Risk Management Platform Achieves ISO 27001 Certification

Rong360 Jianpu Technology Inc. (NYSE:JT)

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Skykey fulfills the requirement of ISO 27001:2013 standard, one of the most widely recognized and internationally accepted information security standards.

BEIJING, CHINA, June 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Rong360 Jianpu Technology Inc. ("Jianpu," or the "Company") (NYSE: JT), a leading independent open platform for discovery and recommendation of financial products in China, today announced that it has received certification that its big data and risk management platform Skykey fulfills the requirement of the International Organization for Standardization’s (“ISO”) GB/T 22080-2016/ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standard, one of the most widely recognized and internationally accepted information security standards.

"We are very proud to receive ISO 27001 certification for Skykey, validating our commitment to implementing effective security system to protect customer and partner information and data. We are dedicated to helping financial service providers (FSPs) mitigate risks and providing industry-leading products to better serve their evolving needs,” said Mr. David Ye, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jianpu. “This recognition is also a testament to our proprietary technology and the relentless efforts made by our team as we continue to innovate our product offerings."

ISO/IEC 27001 is a standard for information security management (ISMS) and defines the requirements for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining, and improving the system. By identifying the information assets and defining measurements to protect them, the organization can reduce the risk of exposing problems with those assets and give confidence to customers and other stakeholders. With artificial intelligence processing massive amount of data, information system and data security have become increasingly critical. ISO 27001 certification demonstrates that Company’s big data and risk management services Skykey has met the internationally recognized standard on these aspects.

SkyKey was launched in May 2015. It is dedicated to providing professional one-stop risk management services for FSPs including banks, consumer finance companies and online micro-lending companies by using innovative technologies such as big data, AI and machine learning. It is helping FSPs reduce risk, lower cost and improve digital marketing and operating efficiencies.
About Jianpu Technology Inc.

Rong360 Jianpu Technology Inc. is a leading independent open platform for discovery and recommendation of financial products in China. By leveraging its deep data insights and proprietary technology, Jianpu provides users with personalized search results and recommendations that are tailored to each user's particular financial needs and credit profile. The Company also enables financial service providers with sales and marketing solutions to reach and serve their target customers more effectively through online and mobile channels and enhance their competitiveness by providing them with tailored data, risk management and end-to-end solutions. The Company is committed to maintaining an independent open platform, which allows it to serve the needs of users and financial service providers impartially. For more information, please visit http://ir.jianpu.ai.

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SRL DIAGNOSTICS PLANTED MORE THAN 2000 TREES UNDER ‘PLANT FOR TRANSPLANT’ INITIATIVE

SRL Diagnostics initiative ‘Plant for Transplant’

In June 2018,SRL Diagnostics launched an initiative ‘Plant for Transplant’ to combat air pollution. So far, more than 2000 trees have been planted.

NEW DELHI, INDIA, June 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — A clean environment is vital for living a healthy life. It plays an important role in the existence of life on earth and it helps humans, animals and other living things to grow naturally. We need to maintain and protect the originality of the environment to continue the life on the earth, as it is the only place where life exists. SRL Diagnostics firmly believes that each one of us is responsible for conservation of nature and can make a difference by doing our bit towards it.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Reetesh Sharma , Director and Head Nephrology and Kidney Transplant Department , Asian Institute of Medical Science Faridabad, said, “Earth is the support system of humanity and life as a whole. Fighting for the conservation of environment shouldn’t be just a one-day affair. As a moral responsibility, we all should work together with love and diligence to safeguard our planet every day for the future generation.”

Leading by example, in June 2018, SRL Diagnostics launched the one-of-its-kind initiative to combat air pollution called ‘Plant for Transplant’. Ensuring effective implementation, SRL Diagnostics collaborated with SankalpTaru Foundation, which is an IT enabled NGO that helped in planting the saplings.

Speaking about the initiative, Vikram Ahluwalia, Director – Marketing, SRL Diagnostics said, “SRL Diagnostics strongly believes that maintaining the environmental integrity is the duty of every individual within the society. Treading on this line of thought, SRL Diagnostics embarked on a journey of social initiative “Plant for Transplant” to support the social cause of Go Green and to combat air pollution and uplift rural communities. As a part of this initiative, we plant one fruit-bearing tree for each life saved after successful organ transplant in the name of the doctor who prescribed tests at SRL Diagnostics. The same tree is then donated to the underprivileged farmer, which can be tracked on google map, along with the periodic updates on its growth and benefits. So far, more than 2000 trees have been planted under this initiative.”

Under this initiative, SRL diagnostics is planting a tree for each life saved after a successful organ transplant. SRL Diagnostics donates a “Fruit Bearing Tree” to a poor farmer in the name of prescribing doctor. As the tree grows, the household enjoys all the benefits of the tree such as fruits, fodder for animals and is motivated to take care of the tree because of the shared benefits. The NGO geo-tags all trees by creating a unique QR code to track the growth and health of the trees. This ambitious initiative is an effort to improve the quality of air and to uplift and assist the rural communities.

The organization is not just planting trees, but is also changing lives through regenerative agriculture. This way we awaken a passion among people to work towards sustainable agricultural practices, restoration and conservation of areas with fewer plantations.

SRL Diagnostics is thankful to its partners for their support. As each plant grows, we are maximizing socio-environmental impact and successfully fighting back pollution and strengthening the livelihood of poor farmers to create a rich bio diverse ecosystem.

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Rachelle Loyear, Vice President, G4S Americas

Rachelle Loyear, Vice President, G4S

Talks About Must-Have Business Skills for a Security Risk Management Program

We are honored to have Rachelle Loyear, Vice President, G4S, join us “In The Boardroom” to talk about the new G4S strategy”

— Martin Eli, Publisher

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On May 29, 2019, I performed a Google search for the words “Business Risk Management Approach” in news headlines. I got close to 5,000 results from just the previous 24 hours. I am sure I would get a similar number of results no matter when I searched. The risk management approach to business decision making is a popular topic for business executives, and certainly something that looks like it will stick around. How should the security industry get on board with the risk-based approach to managing our programs? It starts with embracing the inevitable. We WILL be expected to speak the business language in relation to our programs. We WILL need to be able to provide measurable results of risk impact, tolerance, and the effectiveness of mitigation strategies. And, we WILL need new skills and approaches to do that.

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Security is More Than a Tactical Response

Change is never easy and for many of us who have been in the security industry for a while, our comfort zone is in the “nuts and bolts” of our day-to-day tactics. We know our details. We understand PTZ, CPTED, IDS, BCM, WPV, EP and any number of other technical acronyms. We know how the organization can protect people and assets from harm.

But in the world of risk-based business management, it’s the security leader who can show the reasons behind all those tactics, and the impact those tactics will have on the overall risk profile and exposures to the organization who will succeed. It’s that strategic security leader who will successfully shepherd the organization safely into the future as risks and tactics shift on a near daily basis. It is the ability to see the risk landscape holistically, and react with the appropriate mitigation at the appropriate time, that will give us and our security teams the edge in ensuring that we can be ready for the future of security risks.

This doesn’t mean that tactical skills are not important. It’s critical that team members have the ability to carry out the entire spectrum of security mitigation activities. However, those tactical skills are simply not enough to ensure that the business understands the need for, and supports the implementation of, the security program. And that is where new skills are needed for the entire team.

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Skills for the Security Leader

The skills needed to lead a risk-management based security program are not much different than the skills most of our business partners leverage in managing their business functions. They are skills that, until the last 5 to 10 years, have not been strictly required of the security leader. Until recently, security leaders were typically hired to lead organizations because they were highly skilled security tacticians. Why is that a problem? I have had several conversations with incredibly skilled military and law enforcement professionals who struggled with their new environment when they transitioned into corporate security. They were not prepared when they were handed their first budget, or when they had a discussion regarding company financials, or when they were told that the company would not support the enforcement of a basic security requirement.

Acquiring the additional skills necessary to lead a business-focused security organization is not difficult, but this is a situation where a little education can go a long way.

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Business Management

• You should have a comprehensive understanding of the enterprise’s business, assets, business drivers, and organizational goals.
• You should understand the business’s footprint, products, services, and mission, both at the holistic organization level, and at the functional level of your internal business partners. Additionally, be familiar with the market you operate in so that you can discuss both the business and security risks.
• You should work across business lines and understand the individual needs of each strategic partner to more fully understand all aspects of the business.
• You should know how to read the company’s financial reports. A basic business web site can give you easy definitions for terms like PBITA, EBITA, Gross Margin, and more. This will have you speaking the same language as your executives very quickly.

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Risk Management

• You should have a good understanding of risk models and be competent in the application of risk management principles to your department.
• You can study one of the major risk management models such as ISO’s or ANSI’s, or even specific financial risk management models to be able to confidently discuss the nature of a risk approach. Having the ability to articulate core risk principles and understand their application throughout your business is key to engaging executives in the risk-based conversation.

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Project Management:

• You should have the ability to work with stakeholders across multiple departments and functions to ensure that your security projects meet the risk mitigation needs of your stakeholders.
• In the current industry environment of technology-enabled security implementations and networked systems, the ability to work with technical, engineering, and IT groups to implement complex security solutions is invaluable. An understanding of project management principles from an organization such as SIA or PMI, or, even better, a certification, is a step in the right direction.

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Communications and Message Management:

• You should have the ability to communicate your security program and its focus on mitigating enterprise risks through protection activities. This will help you ensure a level of understanding of the value of your program at the executive level.
• Reaching both internal and external stakeholders with information about the security program and its results (in terms appropriate to the audience) will help your business partners understand the need for the security program.
• Report writing is a special skill worth acquiring. So much of the activity in security involves communicating incidents, trends, and threats. Crafting quality reports is a critical communication skill. So critical, in fact, that it will have a dedicated article in this series later this year. A well-crafted report can:
o Drive the risk conversation forward.
o Promote risk discussions within and outside of the security function.
o Provide risk and process transparency to ensure awareness of risk thresholds.
o Ensure continued follow-up of identified risk profiles.
o Provide the basis of executive risk metrics reporting.

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Change Management

• This skill is key to enable you and your team to truly move from a task-management security focus to a risk-management security focus. The ability to lead, and to demonstrate and model a commitment to change, will drive the message home to your team, your business partners, and your executives. The risk-based approach is a serious business commitment for your team. It demonstrates your readiness to engage engage with the business on its terms.

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Skills for the Security Team

The business and risk-management skills for the Security Team are skills for the whole team, including the security functional leader. Team members, of course, need the tactical skills required to carry out their daily security activities and to protect the organization from harm. They must prevent, contain, or recover from security incidents in accordance with the security risk management plan that was agreed to by the organization’s executives.

In order to effectively operate in a risk management environment, your security team will need these skills:
• Be capable of working with all types of people, from line employees to executives, both inside and outside the company.
• Be capable of managing in a fast-moving and continually changing environment and risk landscape. The speed of change in the next decade will only increase as the world enters an unprecedented era of connection and communication. The ability to be nimble and adapt to new situations will be the differentiator between businesses that thrive, survive, or fail (that goes the same for internal functions in those businesses)
• Have a willingness to monitor the global risk environment. It will be necessary to stay up-to-date on new threats and the latest mitigation tactics for those threats.
• Be able to quickly assimilate new skills and knowledge to meet changing demand, allowing them to stay ahead of the curve in business in an effort to support the organization no matter the security need.

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The good news? As security professionals, we inherently understand the concept of “risk”. We are surrounded by leaders and business partners who also understand these concepts. To align the differences in our approach, we just need to adjust our understanding, gain a few more skills, and approach our programs with a management mindset similar to the way business looks at risk. The skills needed to interact in a risk-focused business environment are not hard to learn. With a little effort on the part of the security industry, we can all gain the needed skills to sit confidently in the boardroom and talk about security risk management in the same way as other aspects of the business discuss financial risk management, operational risk management, or any other kind of risk management that is integral to the working day.

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Rachelle Loyear is the VP of Integrated Security Solutions for G4S Americas. In this role, she leads the G4S Security Risk Management and Integrated Practices management office, helping G4S customers take advantage the powerful risk management business approach as part of their holistic security programs. Rachelle has spent over a decade managing programs in corporate security organizations. Focusing strongly on security risk management, she has been responsible for ensuring enterprise resilience in the face of many different types of risks, both physical and cyber. Rachelle is PMP, CISM, and MBCP certified, is active in multiple security industry groups, and volunteers as the program manager of the Enterprise Security Risk Management program management office at ASIS, International. Additionally, she is the author/co-author of three books in the security risk management subject area: Enterprise Security Risk Management: Concepts and Applications ; The Manager’s Guide to Enterprise Security Risk Management: Essentials of Risk-Based Security; and The Manager’s Guide to Simple, Strategic, Service-Oriented Business Continuity.

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This article also appeared in Risk and Resilience Hub: https://www.riskandresiliencehub.com
https://www.riskandresiliencehub.com/must-have-business-skills-for-a-security-risk-management-program/

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Source: EIN Presswire

Cyber resilience in uncertain times: 5 steps for SMEs to survive and thrive

Operating online brings benefits to SMEs, but it also brings the risk of cyber attacks. Joe Collinwood, CEO at CySure, details five steps to cyber resilience

By developing a cyber resilience stance based on following a few simple steps, SMEs can not only survive but thrive in the new digital world.”

— Joe Collinwood, CEO, CySure

LONDON, UK, June 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — When it comes to cyber crime, small businesses are not exempt from the disruption that impacts large organizations. If anything, their size can make them more vulnerable as they are perceived as a softer target. That isn’t to say that SMEs are unaware of cyber risks – according to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019[i], 78% now see cyber security as a high priority. However, only 15% of small businesses have a formal cyber incident management process.

Two-thirds of SMBs have suffered a cyber attack in the past 12 months[ii] according to the 2018 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium Size Businesses report. No business is too small to be attacked, nor too small to protect itself. SMEs can pave the path to cyber resilience by following 5 simple steps:

1. Maximise your best asset – your people
Your employees are your greatest asset and the first line of defence. Training is absolutely vital. Among the SMEs that identified a breach or attack in the 2019 survey, 63% had their most disruptive breach reported by staff rather than by antivirus software. People are the only link that can bind technology, processes and policies together to ensure business goals are met. By having the right policies, processes and training in place for preventing, as well as reacting to a cyber threat, SMEs can create the best scenario to restore operations post incident.

2. Invest in cyber insurance
Becoming more resilient to cyber risks in an age of digital disruption increasingly means understanding how to restore operations quickly should the worst happen. Cyber insurance is specifically designed to cover the unique exposure of data privacy and security and can act as a backstop to protect a business from the financial and reputational harm resulting from a breach. Standard policies are often inadequate to cover the likely cost of even a more “standard” security breach, let alone cyber attack or ‘hacktivism’. Only specialist cyber insurance policies provide extensive cover.

3. Secure and back up data
Data is the lifeblood of any organisation yet many SMEs either fail to back up their data or they are not doing so effectively. Losing the ability to restore business critical data, such as customer data and financial information after an incident can be catastrophic. Data loss can damage reputations and paralyse businesses, but these are by no means the only problems. Since the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018, organizations of all sizes can face hefty fines should they suffer a data breach. SMEs must take control of their data and ensure business critical information is securely backed up and can be restored at speed.

4. Ensure good malware and virus protection
Good cyber resilience goes hand in hand with good cyber hygiene. Whilst cyber resilience is all about ensuring a business can continue to operate after or even during an event, cyber hygiene is about proactively offsetting those risks in the first place. Phishing emails and malware infections caused by attachments and links to hacked web sites have become common occurrences. To counter act these evolving threats organizations should focus on getting the basics right and developing a cyber hygiene habit. The benefit of regular maintenance is that it identifies potential issues early, before cyber security risks become a problem. SMEs should invest in effective firewalls, anti-virus and anti-malware solutions and ensure any updates and patches are applied regularly, ensuring that criminals can’t exploit old faults or systems. The National Cyber Security Centre advises updating software as soon as a new patch or update is available. Additionally, user passwords should be changed regularly and unused equipment disposed of securely.

5. Demonstrate commitment to security – get certified!
Cyber Essentials (CE) in the UK and the NIST Cybersecurity Framework in the US are government and industry backed voluntary schemes to help all organisations protect themselves against common cyber-attacks. The CE and NIST schemes aim to provide businesses with a structured framework and continuous process that implements the minimum standards to mitigate the risk from cyber attacks.

For example Cyber Essentials certification in the UK can help SMEs implement strong, cyber security hygiene practices. Being fully Cyber Essentials compliant mitigates 80%[iii] of the risks faced by businesses such as malware infections, social engineering attacks and hacking. By utilising an online information security management system (ISMS) that incorporates Cyber Essentials Plus, SMEs can undertake certification guided by a virtual online security officer (VOSO) as part of its wider cyber security measures.

Agile and resilient
According to the Business Population Estimates conducted by the UK Government, small and medium businesses make up 99.9%[iv] of all private sector businesses in the UK. However, almost half (43%) of British SMEs admit to having no business continuity, disaster recovery or crisis management plans in place, despite almost the same number of UK businesses (46%) suffering at least one cyber security breach or attack.

Smaller organisations are by nature agile and innovative, harnessing the power of technology and the internet to reach their customer base, however this also increases the attack surface. The path to becoming cyber resilient can be daunting but it is not insurmountable. By developing a cyber resilience stance based on following a few simple steps, SMEs can not only survive but thrive in the new digital world.

[i] Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019
[ii] 2018 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium Size Businesses report
[iii] https://www.cyberessentials.ncsc.gov.uk/
[iv] https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/663235/bpe_2017_statistical_release.pdf

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Source: EIN Presswire

TopDevelopers.biz Names Dedicated Developers a Top iPhone App Developer & Development Company for 2019

Top iPhone App Development and Developers

Dedicated Developers

Dedicated Developers

Dedicated Developers has been singled out as a top iPhone app developer by one of the Internet’s top developer ranking sites – Top Developers.

ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, June 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dedicated Developers, which is based in Alpharetta, GA, and has become a top provider of digital solutions for businesses, has received a high ranking as an iPhone app developer and development company from TopDevelopers.biz.

Dedicated Developers received the site’s number two ranking in this category.

The rankings consider thousands of iPhone app developers from around the world. The site thoroughly analyzes each company and issues the rankings based on such factors as a company’s standard methodologies, set of technology tools, global clientele, and other important parameters.

“Each award that we receive at Dedicated Developers is truly appreciated – especially one like this where the number of companies measured numbered in the thousands,” said Vishal Bhatia, co-founder of Dedicated Developers. “It feels really good to be respected as an agency and honored for the quality of work that we provide.”

Top Developers officials say they created the rankings to help businesses more easily find an iPhone app developer for their next project. With millions of service providers located around the globe, officials say the selection process can become tedious and time-consuming for most businesses.

With its well-researched rankings, Top Developers has promised to help its readers “figure out the best iPhone app development company that engineers the feature-rich products that resonate with the dynamic requirements of today’s clientele.”

This new iPhone app developer award is one of several that Dedicated Developers has received recently. For example, the company was also named a top web app developer by Top Developers and it was named one of the top five mobile app developers for New York City by Medium.com.

Dedicated Developers bills itself as the insider source for companies seeking top-level, fully US-managed talent that is always 100% focused on a business and its results.

The company’s dedicated team of highly qualified and professional developers strives toward fulfilling company’s needs across the digital landscape by offering expert knowledge and skills through a wide array of services, including: mobile app development, software product development, full-stack development, cloud computing services, IoT services, enterprise mobility services and much more.

Dedicated Developers is located on the web at https://dedicateddevelopers.com/. Visitors can learn much more about its services at that site.

About Dedicated Developers:

Founded in 2007 and located in Alpharetta, GA, Dedicated Developers has been in business for over 10 years and during that time has served over 300 clients and completed over 1000 projects. The company has an 80% repeat client rate.

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Source: EIN Presswire