Digital Transformation Survival Guide

In today’s digital era, business executives recognize that they must disrupt their markets or risk being disrupted themselves. Whether through the development of creative new digital products, revamping of digitally enabled business models, automating back-end processes, or streamlining supply chains, forward-looking enterprises increasingly seek competitive differentiation through digital transformation.

The outcome of these initiatives will make or break the viability of future generations of businesses, even among the most traditional non-tech organizations. The trick will be maintaining a healthy balance between the upsides of digital transformation and the risks of accelerating tech-driven innovation.

Read this quick Digital Transformation Survival Guide to understand how cybersecurity leaders can play a valuable role in this risk management balancing act of security and data privacy concerns vs. digital transformation.

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Responsible Password Protection

There is a certain irony that passwords are commonly relied on as the first line of defense for protecting enterprise applications, data, and IT services, yet they are also broadly recognized as the weakest link in enterprise security.

Concerns about the effectiveness of password-based controls are not unwarranted. Hackers are increasingly inventing new and nefarious methods of cracking passwords, with cracking dictionaries, brute-force attacks, keystroke logging, and phishing schemes. Once cracked or exposed in data breaches, passwords are sold across the dark web to bad actors who will use them to penetrate corporate systems, customer accounts, etc.

With attack vectors around password exploitation rapidly increasing, it is no wonder 1 out of every 4 American citizens was considered to be a cybercrime victim in 2018.

It is a major challenge for companies to stay ahead of these bad actors and prevent them from accessing sensitive systems through weak or compromised passwords.

Read this paper from industry analyst group, EMA, to learn how organizations are ensuring responsible password protection for their employees, users and partners.

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Automate Password Policy Enforcement & NIST Password Guidelines

Organizations are now adopting tools to enable real-time password policy enforcement with daily password auditing and automated remediation to improve security without increasing IT workload.

With these tools, they can implement compromised password detection, a custom password dictionary, fuzzy matching with common character substitutions, and continuous daily checks of passwords. They can also easily and quickly adopt NIST password requirements and eliminate vulnerable passwords in Active Directory.

Learn more about how automation for password policy enforcement and NIST password guidelines can help your organization.

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Eliminating The Burden Of Periodic Password Reset

The most debated topic in the NIST password standards is the guideline to end the policy of password expiration. These forced monthly, quarterly, or periodic password resets are a frustration for many employees, and they are proven to increase IT help desk costs.

Organizations need to secure applications and systems, but employee password reuse across different applications remains a problem. So what can organizations do to protect Active Directory?

They can adopt password filtering for weak, similar, and compromised passwords. Read this article to understand how.

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Architecting for Change: Embracing a Platform Approach

Chances are you wouldn’t buy a fax machine, install landlines and order checks.

Embracing digital is now so instinctive, you would digitize and automate everything. You would invest in cloud-based technology that was easy to use, connect and scale.

In this paper, you will learn the importance of an agile and modern technology foundation, how to take the right risks versus follow the right rules, and the cost of inaction and non-modernized technology ecosystems.

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Metrics That Matter for Quality Manufacturing

Metrics reign supreme in manufacturing, which means any new technology must be evaluated on its ability to drive measurable, scalable impact to your production operations, product quality and site performance.

MasterControl has been helping companies ensure product quality and compliance for over 20 years — but often those metrics are about mitigating long-term risk versus driving real-time operational gains. That is until now. The new MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence solution delivers the next generation of digital production records to drive immediate improvement to plant operations and product quality.

In this white paper, you will learn how improve operations by achieving right the first time and accelerating reviews, optimize resource utilization, and measure the impact of digitization.

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How to Build a Business Case for ITSM

This guide is designed to help you build a strong business case for an ITSM investment, show you how to increase the likelihood of getting the business case approved,and ultimately improve professional relationships by demonstrating how IT adds value to the organization as a true partner.

In the end, you’ll understand how to highlight the need for the investment and be able to justify the cost based on the value it will offer. Your business case will build consensus and urgency among stakeholders – creating a compelling reason to change from the status quo and invest in future growth.

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Automation, AI, and Analytics: Reinventing ITSM

EMA research consistently tracks IT service management (ITSM) as a hub of digital transformation and change. What’s new are the ways artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and analytics are redefining ITSM’s role in business innovation, services, and organizational reinvention. Although potentially game-changing, these advances are not challenge-free. Technological complexity, functional understanding, resource allocation, and simple resistance to change all exert a drag on adoption.

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Your 7-Point Checklist for Better ITSM Tool Selection

Selecting a new, better-fitting, IT service management (ITSM) tool can be difficult – from understanding and agreeing what’s really important (to your organization) in your selection criteria, through to eventually choosing the right tool and vendor.

Plus, importantly, that it’s no longer just about the technology, i.e. the ITSM tool’s features and functions, it’s also about the end-user or customer experience – something that should be thought of as a constant theme running through this recommended 7-point ITSM-tool selection checklist.

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Windows as a Service for Smarties

Windows as a Service (WaaS) is a game-changer in all the right ways, but the rapid pace of quality updates and the twice-yearly feature updates can overwhelm and stress even the best IT pros.

Hosted by Adaptiva, hear from Microsoft MVPs Maurice Daly and Paul Winstanley:

  • What determines whether you should upgrade use servicing or in-place updates.
  • Why pre-cached content and registry stamping is so important.
  • What is the setupconfig.ini file and how can it help you.
  • How managing multiple languages needs some TLC in your update process.
  • Whether you should care if your apps and drivers need updating and best practices for doing it.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to stay a step ahead of Windows as a Service.

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5 revolutionary ways to improve your workplace culture

A great culture attracts people to your organization—both customers and employees. It helps employees thrive. It empowers them to do great work. It creates a place of innovation and collaboration. A positive culture connects employees to purpose, accomplishment, and one another.

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Your Essential Guide to Building a Recognition Program

Workplace cultures that help people thrive begin with employee recognition. When done right, recognition improves the quantity and quality of peak experiences at work— experiences that help people reach higher, accomplish more, and want to stay. Use this guide as a framework for creating an employee recognition program that connects people to purpose, accomplishment, and one another.

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Create a thriving team culture with years of service awards: A guide for leaders

It’s that simple. Of all the experiences a person has at work, interactions with leaders have a disproportionate impact on how someone feels about their job, for better or worse. Peak experiences at work—those emotional highs that help people bond with the organization— are created by savvy leaders who know how to encourage, mentor, and motivate others.

Strong leaders know how to shape positive experiences that connect employees to purpose, accomplishment, and one another.

But such leadership skills need to be learned. Not every employee who is promoted to a management position has the experience or know-how to motivate and inspire people through great employee experiences. Leaders must be taught specific skills to move from being producers of great work themselves to influencing the great work of others instead. Employee recognition, including the skillful presentation of years of service awards, is an easy way for leaders to create memorable experiences that inspire greatness.

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