U.S. mobile trade-in programs returned $757 million to consumers in Q3 2021, reveals Assurant

19 November 2021—Assurant (NYSE:AIZ), a leading global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases, today announced findings from its analysis of the mobile device trade-in and upgrade market for Q3 2021. Its Q3 Mobile Trade-in and Upgrade Industry Trends report reveals that mobile trade-in programs returned $757 million to U.S. consumers, a 33% increase from both Q2 of this year, as well as from Q3 2020. Assurant’s data shows the significant role mobile trade-in programs are having in supporting the upgrade to 5G.

Ethical Hackers Reduce $27 Billion in Risk During COVID-19 Vulnerability Surge

SAN FRANCISCO – November 16, 2021Bugcrowd, the world's first crowdsourced cybersecurity platform for multiple solutions, today released its annual Inside the Mind of a Hacker ’21 report, which provides CIOs and CISOs valuable insight on ethical hackers and the economics of security research. New findings indicate a startling shift in the threat landscape with 8 out of 10 ethical hackers recently having identified a vulnerability they had never seen before.

AI reveals two thirds of the workforce underestimate true anxiety levels when completing surveys

London, UK; 16th November 2021: Untapped AI, the company that combines transformational human relationships with the disruptive power of AI feedback, is calling for an end to employee surveys. This is in light of data from Untapped AI’s platform of 10,000 users which reveals that two thirds of the workforce underestimate their anxiety levels when completing organizational surveys.

Its AI-powered insights also reveal a 35% disparity between what employees self-report on organizational and pulse surveys and their true feelings. This includes their sensibilities on subjects such as hybrid working, mental health, productivity, innovation and adaptability.

Bryan Ruby: My 31-Day Blogging Challenge

Life has a way of distracting us from our goals. Four years ago when I decided to retire CMS Report, I did so in the hope for opportunity to find a new voice in my online presence. It didn't work out so well. Instead of being more creative in my writings, I spent more time maintaining the nuts and bolts to my websites and publishing other people's articles than I did expressing my own thoughts and ideas. I know for many of you, you find yourself in a similar predicament.

85 Percent of US and UK businesses forced to adopt new cybersecurity protocols and tools as a result of COVID-19

10 November 2021 – Eighty five percent of US and UK employers were forced to adopt new cybersecurity measures because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to remote working, according to SecureAge Technology’s 2021 COVID & Cybersecurity Study. When asked what types of tools they had implemented, 60% of US and UK business said that they had adopted cloud-based solutions, while 45% said they had embraced file level encryption and 41% had installed full disk encryption to bolster their cybersecurity infrastructure.

4 Questions Your Tech Business Should Ask When Considering Cloud Migration

If your tech company is thinking about moving some of its resources to the cloud, it’s vital to first address several questions to guide the process and improve the chances of the best possible outcome. Here are some ideas that should spark the discussion. 

1. What’s the Company’s Migration Budget?

The financial resources your tech company will devote to the migration should certainly come into conversations at an early stage. As you think about whether now is the right time to put money towards the cloud, consider that committing to certain associated upfront costs now could give your business more resilience and flexibility later. 

37% of Retailers are Confident of Business Growth Within the Next Year Following COVID-19 Fallout

DALLAS, TEXAS, 4th November 2021: RFID specialist, SML RFID, has today announced that it has released part one of its State of Retail in a Post Pandemic Era report, finding that over one third of retailers feel confident in their business’ ability to grow within the next year, but recovery from the pandemic still remains a concern.

The Evolution of the Automation Industry

Innovations in the automation industry, driven by new technology like AI, are transforming how businesses manage repetitive tasks.

Right now, automation can refer to a wide range of technologies — from complex machines like robot arms to relatively simple computer software that automates work like data entry and processing. 

These key trends show how the automation industry is evolving right now, and where the industry is likely to go in the near future.

Half of enterprises cannot trust their CRM data for a single source of truth on customers

SAN FRANCISCO — October 26, 2021 — Half of large enterprises worldwide (47%) feel they cannot rely on their CRM data to provide a single source of truth regarding customer data, according to the State of Enterprise CRM Data Management: 2021 study released today.

Commissioned by Odaseva, the number one enterprise data platform for Salesforce, the study reveals that high expectations for actionable insights from CRM data are rarely being met.