Remote testing is the key to continuity and employee safety in testing new network equipment, says HUBER+SUHNER

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has shown how important it is for companies to operate remotely. In fact, it’s the difference between completing a task or facing extensive delays for businesses relying on new, certified equipment for day-to-day activities, Chris O’Conor, Regional VP, Service Provider Sales at HUBER+SUHNER Polatis said today. 

The Great Digital-preparedness Divide

Milan, 2nd September 2020 – Today, Fincons Group, an international system integration consultancy with offices in Italy, Switzerland, the UK, France, the U.S. and Germany, releases a new free guide to digital transformation for Financial Services and Insurance businesses. The whitepaper takes stock of digital preparedness in the FSI sector in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. As social distancing exposed significant lacunae, Fincons Group, analyzes the digital preparedness gap and suggests practical quick-win solutions to help make up lost ground.

Momentary Lapse of Blogging

During the summer months the quantity of articles I write and publish are often minimal. I enjoy my summer activities of bicycling, motorcycling, camping, and other family activities too much to sit in front of a computer all summer long. Not being much of a winter outdoorsman and living in South Dakota, the winter months have always been my time for focusing on my personal blog as well as writing some articles for socPub.

In just one Evil Internet Minute organizations spend nearly $25 and face 375 new threats

London, UK – August 27, 2020 – RiskIQ, the global leader in attack surface management, has released its annual "Evil Internet Minute" security intelligence report. The company tapped its proprietary global intelligence and third-party research to analyse the volume of malicious activity on the internet, revealing that cybercrime costs organizations $24.7 (£18.8), year-over-year increase of more than $2 (£1.5) every minute. It will also have a per-minute global cost of $11.4 million (£8.7 million) by 2021, a 100 percent increase over 2015.

Perforce Software Unveils the Future of Game Development in New Report

MINNEAPOLIS, August 25, 2020 – Perforce Software, a provider of solutions to enterprise teams requiring productivity, visibility, and scale along the development lifecycle, announced today the release of The State of Game Development Report: 2020 & Beyond, which outlines trends, challenges, and predictions for the future of game development.

The game development industry constantly evolves. Like many industries, 70% of game development professionals cite a significant impact of COVID-19 on their industry. Unlike other industries, game development teams are uniquely prepared for the challenges of remote work. Their challenge lies in going from remote teams to remote individuals.

Business Turnaround Expert Cites Keys to a COVID-19 Comeback Merilee Kern Tue, 08/25/2020 - 07:09

The September 11th attacks. The Great Recession. The COVID-19 pandemic.

All three of these seismic and tragic events have resulted in heartbreak to humanity, including loss of life and our emotional well-being—both individually and collectively. Of course, accompanying these global crises were monetary meltdowns reminiscent of the Great Depression that commenced in 1929 and lingered until the late 1930s.

Commute, not Covid, main reason employees are avoiding offices Real Wire Thu, 08/20/2020 - 06:00

Nottingham, UK. 20th August 2020: Employees worried about returning to the office post-lockdown are most concerned about work-life balance and the daily commute, rather than their health, according to research from absence intelligence company e-days.

Whereas only a quarter of employees are most worried about potential health implications, results of a snapshot poll of 100 workers show that 7 out of 10 of us are more concerned with impact to work-life balance (37%) or the office commute (34%). The research follows the change in government advice on 1 August 2020 meaning employers can make their own decisions about staff returning safely to work.

Halt to surveillance audits due to coronavirus lockdowns set to cause thousands of ISO certifications to lapse

18th August 2020 – London, UK – Thousands of valuable ISO management system certifications earned by UK companies may now be at risk because auditors from Certification Bodies may not have been able to attend organizations’ premises to conduct essential re-certification audits during the current coronavirus pandemic. Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of certifications are at risk of lapsing as lockdown conditions look set to continue for the foreseeable future.

Video Calls Trigger Home & Garden Purchases, New Research Finds

Over half (51%) of UK and US consumers indicated in a new survey that being at home during the pandemic lockdown has motivated them to spend money on making their living environment a more comfortable and fun place to be. And over a third (36%) agreed that seeing inside the homes of friends and colleagues in pandemic video calls has inspired them to improve their own home environment. 

52% of the sample reveal that their household has bought at least one product online during lockdown to make their indoor or outdoor living space nicer or more comfortable. And the trend is likely to continue – with 55% expecting to be spending more time in their homes or gardens even after lockdowns have completely lifted.

Survey shows positive upturn in manufacturing in the wake of COVID-19

Green shoots of recovery are emerging within the manufacturing sector, as evident in new findings from InfinityQS’ 2020 Global Client Survey. The results show a positive upturn in the industry, with nearly 74% of respondents reporting that they are optimistic toward the future. These manufacturers are adapting and rebounding in the wake of the pandemic, adopting new technologies and processes for managing production and controlling quality, including 75% who noted more of their workers are now working remotely.