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Quantum Computing

Since 2015, the crypto community has been trying to prepare for the transition to “quantum-resistant” algorithms—that is, algorithms that are secure against an attack by a quantum computer. This report looks at some of the likely candidates for those algorithms and how they’ll be fitted into the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol that we all use today with HTTPS.




The Multi-Cloud Maze

Just as virtualization revolutionized IT infrastructure, the rise of the cloud has changed the playing field again. Organizations can now grow and pivot with previously unimagined agility. Enticed by the promises of the cloud, businesses of all sizes race toward digital transformation.

While this multi-cloud world offers nearly limitless opportunities, it also presents a series of operational challenges. Managing multiple platforms with their various APIs and feature sets can dramatically increase operational overhead. Plus, delivering the same service level in multiple places, with different controls and interfaces, can make adopting new clouds difficult and expensive. Architecting a multi-cloud strategy that maximizes efficiency and agility can be just as much an organizational challenge as a technical one.




The Evolving Risk Landscape

In today’s digital marketplace, your applications are your business. They fuel innovation and are the driving force for staying competitive in an always-on, always-connected world. Apps are the way you build relationships with your customers, empower your employees, facilitate growth, and so much more.

The rise of the cloud has produced billions of new apps that hold untold amounts of confidential data. These cloud-based apps give businesses of all sizes the agility necessary to thrive in an increasingly fast-paced marketplace. However, they also create a host of complex challenges—and new risks. And, with automated tools and a growing repository of expertise for hire, threats are increasing and hacking has turned into a for-profit game.

So, while apps have increased productivity and the speed of innovation, they have also opened the door to unprecedented threats, expanding the risk landscape and putting corporate data and reputations at risk.




Preparing For The New OWASP

There’s a reason why web application firewalls have been getting so much attention lately. It’s the same reason we keep hearing about major security and data breaches left, right, and center.

Are we are not investing enough in penetration testing and remediation? Do we not understand the risks? Are we not deploying the right tools to mitigate these vulnerabilities?

These are persistent, long-standing problems that remain omnipresent due to the difficulty of building and rebuilding remediations into every new application that is shipped. Understanding and defending against web application vulnerabilities typically requires focused security expertise, a skillset that few developers can realistically cultivate while getting actual development done at the same time.

Fortunately, there are options. Having the right tools and third-party controls in place can go a long way toward mitigating risk—and speeding development of your application at the same time.




Credential Stuffing: A Security Epidemic

Faced with evergrowing concerns over application and data integrity, organizations must prioritize identity protection in their security strategies. In fact, safeguarding the identity of users and managing the level of access they have to critical business applications could be the biggest security challenge organizations face.

In a credential stuffing attack, cybercriminals turn to the dark web to purchase previously stolen usernames and passwords. They then make repeated attempts with automated tools to “stuff” the login fields of other websites with the credentials to gain access to accounts held by corporate users or customers. How can you prevent, or at least mitigate, these attacks?




Why you need an ICP license

In today’s world, speed is an important factor for business success and especially for online websites. Fast load speed of your website provides users with an optimal experience, enhances SEO rankings, and prevents users from exiting your website due to poor response time.

From a marketer’s perspective, you can think of fast website load speed as an invisible fence that helps to keep users grazing on your online property, rather than wandering off in different directions. From there you can direct your audience and gently push them towards your call-to-action. This, in turn, leads to increased clicks, signups, sales, and hopefully more revenue!




How to rank higher on Chinese search engines

With 21.1% share of the world’s Internet users, China has an unmissable online presence. The Internet is tightly integrated into people’s daily lives, and Chinese search engine portals are a popular starting point for people in China to access information about traveling, studying, investing, shopping and working overseas. SEO is, therefore, an important consideration for foreign companies to consider in driving traffic and reaching Chinese consumers.

However, the way Chinese search engines crawl and index website pages differs from the SEO algorithms we are accustomed to in the West.




Launching a China-ready website

It’s hard to call yourself an international retailer these days without China counting as a key driver of sales growth. With the steady year-on-year increase in Chinese overseas spending, alongside robust demand at home in the domestic market, now has never been a better time for international brands to focus on China.

But as an international retailer you don’t need the media to tell you that China is a huge growth market for your industry. You know this. What the headlines and infographics fail to mention is that China also happens to be one of the more challenging markets to do business. The competition is also heating up as the rest of the world, with suppliers from Australia to Norway, fight for channels to push their products in front of Chinese consumers.




How to apply for a China ICP license

An ICP license is a mandatory step for foreign companies wishing to host their website in Mainland China. Without an ICP license, you will not be eligible for China-based web hosting and CDN services. Your domain also runs the risk of being blacklisted for not abiding to Chinese content laws.

Foreign companies successfully apply for an ICP license for China on a daily basis, but this is not to say that the process is easy or straightforward. This info paper will help you walk through the procedure of applying for an ICP license.




Cloud computing trends in China

Similar to trends in the West, companies in China are adopting cloud services such as content delivery networks, server load balancers, object storage services and database management tools to power their businesses. Although cloud technology is nascent in terms of adoption compared to more mature markets, China is by no means lagging in terms of growth and technical expertise.

In a short space of time China has emerged as a global leader in data-intensive computing that includes Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IOT), Virtual Reality (VR), Online-to-Offline (020) services, Smart Cars and Online Payments.




Content delivery network for China

Fast website load speed is crucial anywhere in the world, and especially in a mobile-centric market such as China where the Internet connection is not as fast compared to other countries. In 2015, the average peak connection speed in China was approximately 19 megabits per second, whereas in the U.S. it was approximately 53 megabits per second.

Just like Fedex redesigned long-haul mail and post-delivery through their spoke-hub distribution network, content delivery networks (CDN) have changed the game in online content delivery. Fedex and CDNs operate on separate models but both share a focus on leveraging strategic locations to ensure timely delivery.




ERP Trends

This whitepaper, from the unbiased experts at the Software Advisory Service, highlights the top five trends in ERP over the last year.

  • Internet of Things in business and industry
  • The rise of hybrid ERP
  • Combining social media with a cloud ERP
  • Adoption by small to midsize business
  • Best of breed vs ERP



Shortcuts to ERP Success

ERP Software is a business management tool that integrates core business processes to allow for more efficient operations.

For the Manufacturing industry, Enterprise Resource Planning software can provide invaluable benefits including more accurate, real-time information, increased profitability, improved company performance, reduced IT expenses and labour costs and improved communication.

If your company has made the decision to undergo an ERP software integration – it’s vital you and your team are best poised to gain optimal value from your new solution. After all, it’s a huge investment – and the benefits can be exponential for manufacturing businesses.




ERP for Manufacturing

ERP software is a class of software solution which essentially allows companies to integrate several parts of their business operations into a centralised system.

This business management software allows organisations to automate operational services, allowing them to better manage their business in one centralised system.

As the manufacturing industry continues to rapidly grow and expand, many manufacturing companies are beginning to consider investing in ERP software, as it can provide a plethora of benefits for the company’s overall productivity. With this rapid expansion and evolution of the manufacturing industry comes more competition, pushing companies to make their production processes as smooth as possible.