In the past few decades, the digital revolution has been a tremendous boon for business revenues, making companies of all sizes and industries more efficient, productive, and profitable. Yet the fact that technology has become more advanced also means that it has become more complicated to properly understand and manage.
The amount of information in the world today is almost unfathomable, and it’s increasing at a blistering pace. Analysts estimate that 90 percent of data in existence was created only in the last two years. What’s more, research group IDC predicts that by 2025, the world will be creating 163 zettabytes (163 trillion gigabytes) of data every year.
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In many ways, Connecticut is a state in search of an identity. Could we become known as the Cybersecurity state? In Europe, some already know us that way. After a very enlightening conversation with Art House, Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer for the State of Connecticut toward the end of last year, he was gracious enough to come back to the Kelser offices this fall for a follow up interview to give us the latest on the global cybersecurity landscape and how Connecticut fits in.
Last month, I was thrilled to be invited back to the 94.9 FM CBS Radio airwaves for another episode of Real Estate Radio (listen to my first appearance here). I actually love this radio show. It seems so random—a full hour about real estate—but the hosts Byron Lazine and Pat Kenny use real estate as a jumping off point to talk about a wide range of topics that affect quality of life and where people choose to live. This time around we focused on hot topics in the tech world including Facebook privacy and the GDPR, ransomware, and phishing following high-profile cyber attacks in Connecticut.
A revolution is upon us. For the first time in the history of computers, the speed of storage has caught up with the rate of the computing resources that use that storage. Up until this moment, storage has always been the bottleneck. Although your computer can store some information in its primary memory, known as RAM, this storage has a physical limit. Past that limit, you'll need to read data from a secondary storage device such as a hard disk, which is a much slower process. If you've ever tried to copy a file from an external device onto your computer, for example, you'll notice that it takes much more time than opening a file that's already stored in your computer's memory.
With Hewlett Packard Enterprise's recent announcement that it will soon be bringing the ground-breaking InfoSight technology to its 3PAR StoreServe, the value of HPE's recent acquisition of Nimble Software is more clear than ever. The move means InfoSight will soon be available across a full portfolio of HPE data solutions: from systems for small businesses all the way up to the largest enterprises. This makes HPE’s storage portfolio the most complete in the industry. Since InfoSight learns by analyzing data from its installed base, it's about to get a whole lot smarter.
Post-season college basketball is in full swing, and as a sponsor of UConn Athletics, it’s something we get very excited about. Of course, we also get pretty revved up about layered cybersecurity pretty much any day of the week. Watching so much hoops this time of year, we’ve noticed that the principles of a good cybersecurity defense are reflected on the basketball court.
During tax season, personal information is being exchanged at a much higher rate than any other time of year. Documents like W2s with Social Security numbers on them are just par for the course. It’s also a time of year when employers and employees engage in tax-related tasks that aren’t routine to them. There’s often a bit of chaos getting everything in order and even a bit of anxiety over doing it right. For hackers and scammers who rely on human error and deception, all of this combines to create ideal conditions. I was recently on WTNH’s Good Morning Connecticut alongside Michelle Seagull, Commissioner of the CT Department of Consumer Protection talking about tax hacks and scams targeting companies in Connecticut. Commissioner Seagull and I were also guests on the MetroHartford Alliance’s “Pulse of the Region” radio show with Brian Newman from CohnReznick discussing this same topic.