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Fastpath Solutions Named to Constellation ShortList in Q3 2020 for ERM/GRC


Offerings for Digital Leaders Reinventing Operations and Transforming Business Models.

August 19, 2020 — Fastpath Solutions, a leader in audit, security, and compliance software, announced today it was named again to the Constellation ShortList™, in the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) in Q3 2020. The technology vendors and service providers included in this program deliver critical transformation initiative requirements for early adopter and fast follower organizations.

Constellation’s ShortList criteria for naming companies to its prestigious cloud-based ERM and GRC list for Q3 2020 includes the following attributes:
• Ability to track key ERM/GRC data types (e.g., policies, risks, controls, procedures) in an integrated data model or document framework
• Features to carry out audits, risk assessments, and collect evidence
• Robust reporting and analytics with common ERM/GRC templates
• Effective training and education materials for users and admins
• Ability for most key ERM/GRC features to be configured (as opposed to customized)
• Support for Active Directory and HRM integration
• Workflow management capabilities for common ERM/GRC tasks
• Vendors with a sufficient customer base and revenue for stability

The Fastpath Assure® suite of tools simplifies security and audit needs by streamlining segregation of duties analysis and user access reporting. Separated into modules to allow proper reporting, the suite includes templates to make security or audit reviews easy to understand, sharable, and with scheduling automation, built for repeatable success.

“For companies concerned about security and compliance, implementing a security access, segregation of duties monitoring, and compliance platform is a significant step in the right direction,” said Andy Snook, President and CEO, Fastpath Solutions. “The Fastpath Assure platform has been recognized numerous times by Constellation Research, a leading tech research and advisory firm, which is a testament to our development and support teams, as well as our customers and partners who rely on our software every day. It is by always putting our customer needs first that we can maintain more than one thousand satisfied customers. Without our customer’s success, we would not have been selected for the Constellation ShortList.”

“In an era of rapidly changing technology, pay to play research, and paywall required rankings, The Constellation ShortList portfolio gives prospects and customers an easy to use list and criteria to build their own vendor selection short list,” said R “Ray” Wang, chairman and founder at Constellation Research. “The vendors on this list represent the best of the best for their category. We’ve identified the top vendors to consider based on technology investment, use cases, strategic vision, customer value, executive leadership and price.”

Constellation Research advises leaders on leveraging disruptive technologies to achieve business model transformation and streamline business processes. Products and services named to the Constellation ShortList meet the threshold criteria for this category as determined through client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research. The portfolio is updated at least once per year as the analyst team deems necessary based on market conditions.

About Fastpath, Inc.
If you are spending countless hours preparing for your audits, struggling to comply with legislative requirements like Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), HIPAA, FDA, or just need help reviewing who has access to what within your ERP, Fastpath can help. Fastpath’ s suite of tools can help your company with risk analysis, access certification, role management, compliant user provisioning, emergency access management, and continuous monitoring

Our tools work across many platforms including SAP, Oracle EBS, Oracle Cloud, Microsoft Dynamics (365, AX, GP, NAV, SL and CRM), NetSuite, Sage Intacct, Workday, Workiva, SailPoint, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Coupa, and Acumatica. Contact us to learn more about our solutions or to request a customized product demonstration at www.gofastpath.com

Disclaimer
Constellation Research does not endorse any solution or service named in its research.

Source: Constellation Research, Inc., “Constellation ShortList, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC)”, Dion Hinchcliffe, August 19, 2020

Global Press Contacts:
Heather Robinson
Heather.robinson@gofastpath.com
Fastpath Solutions, LLC
4093 NW Urbandale Drive, Des Moines, IA 50322
(515) 276-1779

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SocialBox.Biz local community innovative tech solutions platform announced partnerships with schools

LONDON, July 7, 2020, – Community interest company (CIC) SocialBox.Biz is committed to helping the local community with innovative tech solutions, and they’ve just announced a partnership with High View Primary School and others to further their cause.

Since schools, colleges and universities are expected to meet their social obligations towards their community, country, etc., SocialBox.Biz wants educational institutions to know they are available for partnering and supporting that endeavor.

SocialBox.Biz manages a “Laptops for the Vulnerable Initiative” in which they take outdated no longer needed but still useful electronics from companies, wipe them clean, and place them in accommodation services. These laptops help the refugees, homeless, and older people get into contact with their loved ones, as well as apply to jobs.

Isolated, vulnerable members of the community have long suffered with a shortage of laptops and computers, and SocialBox.Biz has been working to help these groups with its digital inclusion initiative Laptops for the Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative for many years. Now, High View Primary School and from other schools in the London and beyond are already excellent case studies how the educational institutions will be helping those in need and showcasing their non-educational benefits.

The Head of High View Primary School tweeted that they were looking forward to working with SocialBox.Biz’s Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative. Charities supporting older people, homeless and refugees are also included in the initiative. They are excited that their old computers are being reused with Neverware and other open source software, which will prolong the lifespan of old, no longer needed but still useful computer hardware.

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“Neverware has always focused on increasing access to fast, secure computers for the people that need them most,” said Andrew Bauer, CEO of Neverware. “We often say that CloudReady is an operating system for everyone, so I’m pleased and grateful that SocialBox.Biz and High View Primary School are using the CloudReady Home Edition as part of this digital inclusion initiative.”

Ryan Gandola, senior social impact consultant at SocialBox.Biz said,“This cause will also help students from schools and universities learn more about social impact, reuse, rehoming of items, and sustainability and fulfill their social contract at the same time. SocialBox.Biz is always available to deliver its digital inclusion services and support the local community.”

Due to C-19, SocialBox.Biz is ramping up collection efforts, as well as partnerships with local schools and organizations who can participate so that SocialBox.Biz can help homeless centres and older people accommodation services and refugees.

SocialBox.Biz founder Peter Paduh said, “The Laptops for the Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative empowers disadvantaged people and promotes the principle of self-determination via access to the internet. People are able to socialize online with their community, friends, and family and order basic necessities such as groceries. For some people who are already isolated, like the elderly, this is the only contact they may have with the outside world.”

“We are providing schools with an opportunity to look good and attract recognition, awards, and new students, as well as provide an educational opportunity to teach youngsters about the power of giving back,” added Peter.

Reusing old tech also emphasizes the important of sustainability and extending the lifespan of technology to reduce e-waste in the future. Schools can showcase sustainable credentials and also receive green awards and grants for their commitment to the environment.

“We want everyone interested to get involved in this initiative so we can make a big impact on our community moving forward,” said Peter. “Especially with the c-19, there is more we can be doing to help vulnerable.”

Cllr Anton Georgiou from the London Borough of Brent said, “I am pleased to be supporting the brilliant work being done by Peter and SocialBox.Biz. As a local Councillor in Brent, I am acutely aware that there are many vulnerable groups, including young refugees and asylum seekers in my borough who require computer equipment to help them continue learning. Often it is these groups who require the most support, and in these difficult times it is paramount that we do all we can to get them the equipment they need in order to limit any long term impact from being unable to study as normal.

It has been good to introduce SocialBox.Biz to Brent based charities, Young Roots who are also seeking to address the needs of vulnerable groups. I am hopeful that this collaboration will result in more people in Brent getting access to needed computer equipment.”

To organize a collection from your school of office, visit https://www.socialbox.biz/.

International workspace provider, Regus, has teamed up with the social enterprise firm SocialBox.Biz to set up donation points in over 100 Regus sites in London and beyond.

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About SocialBox.Biz

SocialBox.Biz is a community interest company (CIC) improving the local community by providing innovative tech solutions.

Website: https://www.socialbox.biz/

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Worldnet and Esper Partner on Android Solutions for Contactless & Self-Serve Payments


A Complete Set of Cloud Developer Tools for Android Payment Products

Seattle, WA – Today, Esper and Worldnet announced the global launch of the first complete set of Android payment solutions for independent software vendors (ISVs) and product development teams. Worldnet, a trusted global provider of omni-channel payment solutions, has partnered with Esper’s Android DevOps solution to offer a streamlined pathway to developing, deploying, and managing Android payment products for retail, hospitality, restaurants, and other industries.

“Collectively, Esper and Worldnet offer a complete set of cloud developer tools to speed up product development and streamline payment upgrades to Android device fleets,” says Shiv Sundar, COO of Esper. “Developers can use our connected platforms and cloud APIs to rapidly create custom integrations and programmatic control over payments, devices, apps, and peripheral hardware.”

Both Esper and Worldnet’s cloud tools are created by developers, for developers with open standards and industry-leading ease-of-integration. Together, Worldnet and Esper’s cloud tools can allow developers to unlock a seamless approach to managing Android mobile-point-of-sale (mPoS), kiosks, contactless devices, and more. It’s the first partnership to offer complete control over through a single cloud platform over every aspect of payments, apps, and hardware.
Payment Processing
Merchant Banking
Provisioning & Deployment
Device Management
Hardware & Peripherals

“Individually, Worldnet and Esper each have a remarkable track record of success enabling ISVs and System Integrators (SIs) to streamline integrated product development,” says John Clarke, CEO of Worldnet Payments. “Our Android mobile payments partnership offers a clear pathway for product developers to accelerate self-service and contactless payment innovation and achieve a seamless approach to managing payment devices.”

About Worldnet Payments
Worldnet Payments develops frictionless payments solutions for independent software vendors. The company’s omnichannel platform is used to deliver expert solutions in industries such as unattended retail, transportation, and services. Worldnet’s flexible approach enables businesses to deliver a customized payment experience to their customers, including tailored workflows, branding and centralized reporting and analytics. The highly scalable cloud platform provides an advanced range of EMV-enabled products and services across channels including eCommerce, Mobile, PoS and iPoS.

For more information, contact marketing@worldnettps.com or visit www.worldnetpayments.com

About Esper: Esper offers the industry’s most powerful cloud tools for Android device deployment and application management. Our platform and cloud APIs help organizations across industries go beyond traditional mobile device management to Android DevOps

Media Contacts

Shiv Sundar
Esper
shiv@esper.io
(916) 759 – 8231

Cassandra Buckley
Worldnet Payments
marketing@worldnettps.com
(470) 372-1601

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Lightbulb Leadership Solutions bolsters Private Equity Value Creation Team with arrival of acclaimed executive


Lightbulb Leadership Solutions has appointed Bill Hogan to support growth in its Private Equity client base.

With a strong track record for successfully driving turnaround performance in SMB and enterprise organisations, as well as leading multiple M&A transactions culminating in an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, Bill joins the business as a key member of its private equity value creation team.

A challenger brand to the big-four consultancy-firms, Manchester-based Lightbulb Leadership supports its clients across a range of change and transformation, encompassing C-suite and board advisory, strategic business consulting, leadership transition, talent & succession planning and leadership development.

And working specifically with Private Equity clients, its value creation team works with investors to ensure higher exit returns in portfolios and support the raising of further capital.

With his 30+ years’ experience, latterly as a Senior Vice President and Managing Director for VWR International with responsibility for seven countries across northern Europe and responsible for a $600 million revenue business and 1,500 people, Bill’s appointment is set to add real value to the team.

And Bill is no stranger to Lightbulb Leadership, having enlisted Managing Director Fiona McKay to successfully lead a single country transformation project to drive revenues from €23 million to €63 million and 15% EBITDA in a five-year timeframe during his tenure at VWR.

His appointment comes as the business has increased its projects across the Private Equity community, working with investors and portfolio companies, enabling management teams to drive growth, build scale and release value, in the post COVID world.

Managing Director Fiona McKay said:

“Now more than ever Private Equity teams are needing to maximise their investments and the key to achieving that is through people, leadership and their ability to reset, reimagine and retool, allowing portfolio investments to reach true potential. Never has that been as important than in the current climate.

“I am delighted Bill is joining our team to help us further support our private equity clients. He has achieved phenomenal success across the investment spectrum and is adept building and leading high-performance teams. He will be a real asset to our business.”

Associate Director Bill Hogan said:

“I am delighted to be joining Lightbulb Leadership at a time where we can make a real impact on the investment community. With vast experience in taking moribund businesses and making them profitable, I am looking forward to working with Fiona and her team to drive forward our client businesses.

“Having worked with Fiona and witnessed first-hand the commercial impact of her transformation programmes, delivering against fierce targets as part of VWR Ireland’s five-year-vision, I know the effect strong leadership and transformational thinking can have on a business. I look forward to taking this proposition to the wider market.”

For more information contact Katharine McNamara ks@konductor.co.uk / 07966 505661

About Lightbulb Leadership

A challenger brand to the big four consultancy firms, the company works with established names across the globe, as well as emerging growth businesses, supporting them across a range of programmes encompassing strategic business consultancy, executive coaching, leadership transition, succession planning and leadership development.

With a track record for delivering measurable business outcomes, the team consistently challenges the status quo, inspiring and empowering businesses to think differently, enabling and empowering their people to confidently step out of their comfort zones and enable future growth.

Unlike some of its contemporaries, it is within Lightbulb Leadership’s DNA to blend strategy with a hands-on approach, architecting, implementing and helping to deliver positive and profitable outcomes, inspiring long-term and meaningful change.

Active in the field of progressing gender equality in the workplace, Lightbulb Leadership Solutions delivers a cutting-edge development programme ‘Winning Women’, designed to accelerate female leadership talent to the C Suite.

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COVID-19: Equipment Solutions for Sterile Offices – Glass Keyboards


In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become more important than ever to maintain a hygienic work environment. The importance of sterilising high contact areas like door handles has been emphasised and this also applies to office equipment like desks, the computer mouse and especially the keyboard. With reports that bacteria and viruses can survive on non-porous surfaces like plastic for up to 72 hours the need to disinfect office equipment is more important than ever- especially if you are working in an environment where multiple people use the same equipment throughout the day.

If you’re not convinced, one study by researchers at the University of Arizona found that shockingly, the average desktop keyboard contained traces of bacteria, 400 times greater than that of a standard toilet seat. You can find out more about that same study, here.

How has COVID-19 changed the traditional office?

There is no clear precedent for what offices will look like after the pandemic is over. There are some who believe that both open plan spaces and crammed cubicles are a thing of the past with new emphasis being placed on technological and digital solutions that make social distancing and cleaning much easier. Some suggesting one-way systems and socially distanced desks that help employees feel safer. There is also more attention being given to the possibility of mobile or flexible working which may lead to more home offices.

With safety measures like infrared temperature checkers at the entrance to buildings as well as staggered arrivals and remote meetings, it is clear that there is already a shift in what it means to work safely in an office environment with a direct emphasis on employee safety when it comes to COVID-19 and any other diseases. It is clear that the old office equipment may not be suited to this “new world” and other solutions like the anti-bacterial and anti-virus glass keyboard.

Plastic keyboards in the modern office- what is the problem?

The traditional plastic keyboards that are found in offices across the country are not suitable for the type of sterilisation needed to effectively remove bacteria and viruses from the surface. The gaps between keys do not allow the kind of all over protection provided by a disinfectant spray or being washed in hot water. If you were to try, the keyboard itself would be damaged and would likely stop working. This is also a problem with the traditional computer mouse or trackpad. The numerous components of the traditional desktop computer- usually all made of plastic- are difficult to disinfect without damaging the hardware.

What are the solutions?

It is clear that the plastic office devices need to be a thing of the past, especially considering the danger that COVID-19 poses to office environments. The solution appears to be a total design rehaul. Changing the structure and material of the keyboard to ensure it can be easily disinfected. The use of Glass Keyboards in the medical fields- especially as keyboards for laboratories and cleanrooms- can offer a simple solution to this issue. As well as keeping keyboard-sharing to a minimum, the use of wipeable keyboards also allows the equipment to be easily and effectively sterilised without worrying about internal damage.

The anti-bacterial and anti-viral keyboards have a smooth, hygienic glass surface that allows the keyboard itself to be wiped clean with various sanitisers and disinfectants or even placed completely in a dishwasher in a similar way to other medical equipment. The lack of gaps or crevices between the keys mean that the liquid can’t touch the delicate technology inside and ensures that the keyboard will still function, even after being totally submerged in water.

It is also clear that another solution is to streamline the office devices in order to reduce the possible surface area for bacteria to remain on. This is also why some devices like this one have a function that turns the keypad into a mouse touchpad with a simple keyboard shortcut. If the touchpad is a part of the hygienic keyboard, it can be sterilised much easier and condenses the traditional office devices into one, compact and easy to clean solution.

Glass Keyboards like the one offered by Cleanroom Supplies are a key change that may help make using your technology safer- whether that is at home or at work. This video demonstrates how easy the wipeable keyboard is to sanitise, its sleek design and different functions as well as it’s superiority compared to the traditional plastic keyboard. It also shows the universal suitability of the device for any environment, the hygienic keyboard would not look out of place in a dentist or doctor’s office as it makes it easier to provide safe treatment whilst recording patient information. It is also appropriate for other highly sterile environments like laboratories or cleanrooms as well as a germ-conscious office.

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Is this solution for me?

The idea that glass keyboards are only keyboards for cleanrooms or laboratories is a myth. The importance of sterile office equipment cannot be overstated in the current environment especially as people are beginning to return to work after isolating for long periods of time. The clean wipe, glass keyboard is compatible with anyone’s hand, even if they are wearing medical gloves or if their hands are still wet.

Not only is the glass surface safer, it is also more stylish. With an ergonomic design that allows anyone to cut down on clunky plastic, the LED backlight makes typing in darker conditions much easier- whether you’re working late or in a low light environment for work. The clean wipe keyboard available from online retailers like Cleanroom Supplies is an interesting and hygienic update for the modern office.

 

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One Digital Signage taking the fight to COVID-19 with cutting-edge LCD hand sanitiser solutions


The West Midlands-based digital signage specialists announce new distribution agreement with Northamber PLC following program of investment in sanitiser technologies essential to the UK’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

27th May 2020, Birmingham, UK – One Digital Signage are pleased to announce a new distribution agreement with Northamber PLC that will see the industry-leading AV & IT distributor promote and distribute One’s innovative range of hand sanitiser units.

One Digital Signage has understandably experienced huge interest in their sanitiser & thermometer-integrated products during recent months and this exclusive partnership is the latest step in the growth of this business area.

There is now a critical need for sanitiser solutions amongst organisations and venues exploring safe ways to open for business as their recovery from the COVID-19 crisis begins. One Digital Signage have already invested more than a hundred thousand pounds in the development of a unique range of units designed to meet this need.

“We found organisations can often feel forced towards purchasing Chinese manufactured units directly, with no UK warranty or in-country support” explains Richard Westhead, Managing Director at One Digital Signage.

“Put quite simply, it makes no sense to have such low resilience in an area that will become increasingly crucial to business continuity. That’s why all our units offer a full 3-year UK warranty, aftersales support and are CE, RoHS and RED approved.”

The sanitiser units boast lightweight design and a simple setup process, making self-installation possible for most businesses. Combined with a low maintenance construction utilising moulded plastics, which won’t corrode due to contact with sanitiser liquids, it means the units offer market-leading total cost of ownership.

By integrating their high-quality screen hardware into the range of wall-mounted or freestanding automatic hand sanitiser stations and kiosks, One Digital Signage has designed the products to allow organisations to comply with NHS guidance on infection control and most importantly protect their staff, customers and visitors.

The digital displays can be managed individually or as a network in order to deliver consistent and up to date information. Built-in 3G, WIFI and ethernet functionality allows the units to deliver connectivity options suitable for any location or business.

The units also include a nozzle management chip to provide reporting on sanitiser usage and reordering requirements. This ensures organisations know exactly how the devices are being used and can avoid business disruption from shortages or maintenance issues.

The larger units in the range, such as the 22” touchscreen curved kiosk, can be upgraded with hardware such as integrated thermal printers and infrared thermometers. These technologies provide a comprehensive and powerful infection-control solution for any site where admission, capacity and queues will require careful management in the future.

On the new distribution agreement Westhead comments: “The process of reopening for business is still surrounded by uncertainty. However, one thing that is guaranteed is the role digital signage has to play in keeping the population mindful and informed as the return to public spaces happens.

“We are looking forward to working exclusively with Northamber Group to bring our unique range of products to the market and play our part in the UK’s economic recovery at this unprecedented time.

“Having carried out their usual stringent due diligence process, the new partnership demonstrates Northamber’s confidence in ourselves and our sanitiser product range. It will now enable both our resellers and clients to benefit from Northamber’s incredible 40 years’ experience; as well as having access to their industry-leading logistics and distribution infrastructure.”

ABOUT ONE DIGITAL SIGNAGE

One Digital Signage are the UK’s leading LED & LCD Digital Signage Specialists. They have been Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) behind many well-known digital signage brands for over 20 Years.

Based in the Black Country, at the heart of the West Midlands, they manufacture a large range of LCD and LED, including: Digital Signage Kiosks, Indoor and Outdoor Totems & Displays and Screen Enclosures & Touch Screen solutions.

One Digital pride themselves on the quality of products and service offered and are one of very few manufacturers to offer a 3-year warranty alongside access to a dedicated technical support team.

The full range can be found on their website – www.onedigitalsignage.com

ONE DIGITAL SIGNAGE LCD SANITISER UNIT PRODUCT RANGE IMAGERY

 

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SUMMUS SOLUTIONS N.V. (“SS.H”) RUMOURED TO DOUBLE THEIR STAKE IN FUTURE UNICORN START-UP COMPANY IONOTERRA LIMITED


Rumours continue to circulate on Wall Street that Vancouver based entrepreneurial private equity firm Summus Solutions N.V. will be doubling their stake in Israeli start up, Ionoterra Limited.

Summus Solutions N.V., listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange under symbol SS.H, – as per the 31st December 2019 filings – already owned 11% of Ionoterra Inc. and with Ionoterra hitting the headlines of late, with talks that they are planning to do a Proof of Concept in California and are about to sign a number of multimillion-dollar contracts with a number of governments around the world, Summus Solutions N.V. vying to increase their equity stake in Ionoterra Ltd., who can blame them? Ionoterra Ltd. is considered to be hot property on Wall Street right now with most firms laying odds on bets that Ionoterra Inc. are on the verge of hitting the big time.  If you’re looking for the next potential Unicorn company as an addition to your portfolio, look no further than Ionoterra Ltd.

Although unconfirmed, there are whispers circulating that Ionoterra Ltd. has recently turned down a host of sizeable investment offers from big name private equity investors such as The Carlyle Group, CVC Capital Partners and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Doran Angelovitch, CEO of Ionoterra Ltd. said; “When we started out, we approached a number of private equity firms in the hope they would assist us in realising our dream of implementing our exclusive patented technology which we knew would give citizens of our planet, eight hours warning before a devastating earthquake was about to strike their region. Almost all of the firms we approached did not believe in us. It was only Summus Solutions N.V. who showed faith in us in the beginning and supported us financially, allowing us the time and the resources we needed to achieve proof of concept. Of course, now our technology has actually been proven, and we have very real interest from many governments as well as the United Nations to deploy our technology worldwide, we have received many offers from those same private equity firms who turned us down initially. We shall continue to achieve our goals and aspirations in partnership with Summus Solutions N.V.”

Urs Meisterhans, President and CEO of Summus Solutions N.V. was unavailable for comment at this time, but should Summus Solutions N.V. increase their stake in Ionoterra Ltd., their share price will skyrocket giving joy to all shareholders in Summus Solutions N.V.

For further information visit: www.ionoterra.com or write to Mr. James Carter, Chief Investment Officer at Charterhouse Private Equity Inc. – j.carter@charterhousepartners.com

 

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How creative solutions will save the travel industry


One out of ten people in the US are employed by the travel industry, the travel sector is 78% below normal, and the impact of COVID is more than six times that of 9/11, but this travel business is expanding—would you like to find out what they’re banking on?

Authentic Vacations is a global business, and international travel was a whirlwind of messages to clients in March. April settled in like heavy fog. The travel industry news was relentless. What will save the travel industry?……. This Expanding Travel Business Focuses on Life Events, not Destinations.

The owners of a travel business saw their colleagues in the industry barely making it, and their own spreadsheets were getting worse. No one had planned for a pandemic. The managers of one business, Authentic Vacations, quickly regrouped. They gathered a creative team that was willing to work long hours with reduced pay for the excitement and the challenge. Their goal was to put together a new industry model. Today, that new model, Authentic America, was launched.

The President, Allegra Lynch, said, “We asked a lot of questions, and the answer that kept coming up was simple: People travel to celebrate milestone moments. We thought of the milestones in our own lives. Cancer free; the divorce is final; celebrating a dark skies experience.” She picked up a photo from her desk. “This is one of my moments—deciding to go away with friends who feel like family.”

“We flipped the coin. Instead of being destination oriented, we are life-event oriented. Tell us what’s coming up with your life first, and then let’s find the perfect destination.” (Their first destinations are the Southwest, Alaska, Wine Country, New England, the Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific Northwest.) “We’ve lost sight of the amazing things we can do right here, at home, and the time to explore America’s endless possibilities is now.”

Sending out surveys, they discovered that travelers are longing for adventures of all kinds. Mountains inspire us. Hiking trails on a shaded path invite us into a world of trees, streams, and eagles. Red rock deserts blaze their sunsets across the sky, and coastlines tease us with charming towns and vineyards.  Sacred spots of wellness welcome us. “The pulse of America beats with culture and creativity,” Lynch says, “and all are waiting to be discovered.”

Authentic Vacations has arranged over 200,000 trips and is a trusted member of USTOA, IATA, ASTA, and Travel Leaders. Lynch is buoyed by the present challenge.

To learn more about Authentic Vacations visit https://www.authenticvacations.com or to schedule an interview with Allegra Lynch, President, please contact:
media@authenticvacations.com
Meredith Blevins
602-299-0327

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ADF Solutions Announces New Product Versions


ADF Solutions Releases New Digital Forensic Software to Power Field Investigations
Triage digital evidence with a single license for smartphones, tablets, and computers

Bethesda, Maryland: ADF Solutions, the leading provider of automated forensic software for investigators and lab examiners, today announced new software versions for Digital Evidence InvestigatorⓇ, Triage-InvestigatorⓇ, Triage-G2Ⓡ, and Mobile Device InvestigatorⓇ software.

Customers who bundle Mobile Device InvestigatorⓇ with any of ADF’s traditional computer forensic tools can perform digital investigations with a single license for smartphones, tablets, and computers as part of Digital Evidence InvestigatorⓇ PRO, Triage-InvestigatorⓇ PRO and Triage-G2Ⓡ PRO.

Raphael Bousquet, CTO of ADF Solutions, was delighted with the updates in this new software version: “In this software release, we continue to focus on finding as much data as possible in our advanced logical acquisition of mobile devices and can locate new artifacts and even recover deleted artifacts. We also added the ability to search for keywords at the last minute during an on-scene scan which was our most requested feature.”

The new versions of ADF digital forensic software feature:

● Simple multi-workstation deployment with a single configuration file
● Improved artifact capture (Android application usage, Instagram for iOS, Grindr for iOS)
● Automatically encrypt backup to collect protected data (MDI: iOS devices)
● Recover deleted records from apps using the SQLite database
● Enter keywords just before a live/boot scan
● Prepare a Collection Key without Search Profiles to select Captures just before a scan (DEI & Triage-G2Ⓡ)
● Prepare a Collection Key with preconfigured or custom Search Profiles (DEI & Triage-G2Ⓡ)

“In an era where time is critical in solving cases, ADF is focused on providing law enforcement with the digital forensic tools they need to start investigations quickly on-scene”, stated Bret Peters, CEO of ADF Solutions. “I am proud of the work our team has done incorporating new features to empower digital first responders dealing with wide varieties of digital investigations.”

Qualified professionals can request a free trial of ADF forensic software at www.tryadf.com.

About ADF Solutions, Inc. ADF Solutions is the global leader in automated digital forensic software for digital investigations. ADF tools streamline digital investigations, reduce forensic backlogs, and provide digital evidence results and intel from iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as computers, external drives, drive images, and other media storage (USB flash drives, memory cards, etc.) devices. Rosoka multilingual entity extraction capabilities are included in Triage-G2® and Triage-G2® PRO and can be purchased as an add-on to Mobile Device InvestigatorⓇ, Digital Evidence Investigator®, Triage-Investigator® or any of ADF’s PRO tools.

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The New Tool for CISOs To Quantify IT Risks And Solutions Into Actual Figures For The Board


There is currently an operational disconnect between CISOs/CTOs or CIOs and the board or decision-makers. This is primarily caused by speaking different languages; that is, cyber professionals expressing themselves in technological terms, and the board understanding concepts from a purely financial or business perspective. Although each party works towards the same aim – protecting the company from risk – they approach it with a unique parlance that can hinder company responsiveness and leave it open to threats.

Gartner recognises risk management as a key trend of 2019 but translating cyber threats into financial risk can be resource-intensive. It’s the responsibility of the IT side to identify these risks, find solutions, and create budget requests in a format and language that the board immediately recognises.

This helps them to understand the risk, know what they’re being asked to approve, and give the green light without any unnecessary clarifications or delays. Cyber threats constantly evolve and must be addressed quickly; prolonged budget applications only serve to increase the risk.

Recognising and understanding this landscape led to the creation of Boardish. An innovative and revolutionary new tool that changes the way IT professionals, CISOs, CTOs, and CIOs communicate with their board of directors or business decision-makers. It helps to fill the soft skills gap, allowing cyber professionals to quantify IT risks and solutions in terms of their financial impact. Boardish provides clarity by showing the risk mitigation of your solutions, as well as remaining exposure, transforming this data into a proposal with actual figures. Achieving this allusive clarity and bridging the communication gap between IT and the board.

Boardish is the brainchild of Eli Migdal and Hadar Kantor. Eli is an IT and cyber expert who has helped countless clients and businesses to find and implement the right cyber solutions. Hadar has over 19 years’ experience in management and board communication, with an emphasis on management psychology and corporate organisation. Both Eli and Hadar understand the challenges faced by IT managers/CISOs and CTOs and the most effective ways to gain important budget approvals from the board.

Boardish was created as a tool to help improve client understanding, but it became so much greater – evolving into the smart, indispensable tool that helps IT and the board understand each other.

Boardish is currently in beta. It’s desktop-optimised and can be used for free, although this may change as features continue to develop. It doesn’t need to be integrated into any existing systems, and is intuitively designed, making it easy for anyone to get started.

Internal communications and IT budget approvals can be difficult, but Boardish is helping to spark conversations within the companies it serves, allowing IT departments to be better integrated into fundamental decision-making.

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