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Cybercrime will cost the globe’s businesses more than $2 trillion by the year 2019, according to a report from UK-based market analyst firm Juniper Research.

It’s hardly a surprise that so many companies include cyber threats at the top of their list of risks. And yet shockingly few have taken adequate measures to mitigate the potential dangers of data breaches and other cyber-related risks. Until now, that is. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a trend within the manufacturing industry toward widespread adoption of cyber insurance. Here’s a closer look at the issue, along with why cybersecurity insurance offers critical protection for 21st century businesses.



IT executives are more fired up than ever about using public cloud and data initiatives to differentiate their businesses, according to a recent 451 Research survey. 

In its first-ever Voice of the Enterprise (VotE) Digital Pulse survey, released this week, 60 percent of more than 1,000 IT leaders surveyed report that they plan to run the majority of their IT off-premises by year-end 2019; that includes public cloud and SaaS. For this year, their top three IT initiatives are business intelligence, machine learning/artificial intelligence and big data. 

This quarterly survey signals where partners should focus their efforts. For starters, there’s the increasing importance of data-centric technologies. 



(TNS) - When news of the Hawaii missile alert mistake broke last week, it immediately brought a sense of déja vu to local emergency management officials.

A similar — though not as alarming — incident took place here last September in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Volusia County officials were on a countywide conference call with officials from various cities when everyone's cell phones began sounding off with an "extreme alert."

"Volusia County boil water notice. Residents are advised to boil water before consumption," warned the notice. It was a mistake.

The warning, issued in error by a state employee, created hours of confusion as officials tried to figure out what was going on and notify people there was no need to boil their water.

"Thank God it wasn't an inbound missile alert like the mistake made in Hawaii," Jim Judge, Volusia County's emergency management director, said last week.



Anyone following enterprise data storage news couldn’t help but notice that aspects of the backup market are struggling badly. From its glory days of a couple of years back, the purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA), for example, has been trending downwards in terms of revenues per IDC.

"The PBBA market remains in a state of transition, posting a 16.2% decline in the second quarter of 2017," said Liz Conner, an analyst at IDC. "Following a similar trend to the enterprise storage systems market, the traditional backup market is declining as end users and vendors alike explore new technology."

She’s talking about alternatives such as the cloud, replication and snapshots. But can these really replace backup?



Getting caught in an emergency situation without a solid and well-thought-out plan puts stress on your residents and employees.

Every moment matters in a crisis, and you need to help your staff react as professionally and promptly as possible. Avoiding common mistakes through preparation and follow-through will help make your emergency communication strategy more resilient — allowing you to keep people safe during a crisis.

Download the Seven Deadly Sins of Emergency Notification to avoid common mistakes.

Threats to life and property, both manmade and natural, are around every corner these days. From shootings to bomb cyclones and mudslides, it’s especially important that government entities are able to keep a tight handle on communications during a time of crisis. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid:



(TNS) - Washington and Idaho are in the midst of what’s likely to be the worst flu season since the 2009 swine flu pandemic.

Forty Washingtonians died from the flu in the past week, according to the Washington Department of Health, nearly doubling the total flu season count to 86 deaths.

That includes 15 deaths in Spokane.

A total of 181 people have been hospitalized in Spokane County so far in January. If that trend continues, hospitalizations should easily surpass the previous record of 231 in January 2015.