May 1, 2017

NPIDs: The Implications For Employees, Identification and Your Company’s Security

When an employee leaves an organization, they turn in their identification badges, the company destroys them, changes all logins and all is well. Right? Wrong, unfortunately. In some cases, this can actually become a major security risk. Beyond that personal ID, what happens to all their information, including their knowledge of any non-person IDs (NPIDs)? With access to NPIDs, confidential company information can be shared illicitly or data fraudulently accessed. When dealing with client contact, medical or social security information, a data breach can be astronomical. Rather than deal with that fallout, taking a proactive approach to NPID data security can prevent more than just a massive headache. No matter how many NPIDs you have to account for within an organization, having them all cataloged, with thorough detail, in a single location is imperative. ISG’s NPID Catalog program will ensure security risk is eliminated by taking a three-pronged approach to tracking every NPID within an organization: 1. Identify all sources associated with all NPIDs. ISG will work within the organization and with staff directly to inventory and catalog all distributed NPIDs and transfer that knowledge to staff members. ISG will match your NPIDs to other data sources to identify owners or applications associated with the NPIDs. 2. Verify NPID ownership. If an employee requested and received an NPID, but has since left the company, who has responsibility for that NPID now? To determine this, ISG will help you organize a process linking each NPID back to its appropriate application and […]
December 2, 2014

Is Your Organization Built For “The Third Platform?”

One of the more talked about industry buzzwords has been “The Third Platform,” the rising foundation of IT built on mobile devices, cloud services, social and Big Data. How big could the third platform become? According to a recent report by the International Data Corporation (IDC), every industry in our economy will witness 1/3 of its top 20 companies displaced by either new companies or transformed members of the top 20 who have embraced the third platform. If this prediction comes to fruition, we’re talking about quite the shakeup in a variety of markets, with new players challenging incumbents resistant to change. As IT continues to accelerate toward this platform with companies understanding its importance, the potential impact from people who provide IT solutions is only going to grow larger. More Influence For Developers The shift to a new platform could mean a shift in terms of the people who influence how IT decisions are made, namely developers. The IDC sees a coming trend in 2015 in which developers in the cloud computing market will be highly coveted for their expertise. In fact, rather than the CIO making major decisions on IT, the developer within an application group will be able to design the application and present a prototype to the CIO for approval (and moving forward into procurement). In other words, developers will hold more power than ever in pushing new applications through the organization. An Infrastructure Tug-Of-War The balancing act for companies may come when they struggle to […]
December 2, 2014

The Internet of Things: Massive Potential, Massive IT Demand

Don’t look now, but the Internet’s comfortable infrastructure as you’ve known it is about to change drastically, hopefully in a very positive way. By 2020, more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected according to ABI Research, in a manner referred to as The Internet of Things (IoT). As that happens, some point to a new level of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, but even that can feel somewhat limiting. Because what we’ll continue to see during this evolution won’t be just about mere communication but a number of interconnected applications with automated behaviors. The Car That Could Drive Itself Take the self-driving car project that Google has been working on for several years, for example. Utilizing an array of data from sensors and radar, Google’s prototypical vehicle can be driven without a steering wheel, pedals or any form of human involvement. Unrealistic? Light years away? That’s what the California Department of Motor Vehicles thought as well, but based on the pace of development at Google and the promise of a potentially safer driving experience for the elderly or disabled, the DMV is now writing regulations for automated cars. So when the driverless car becomes a reality, compliance matters will be less likely to hold it back from officially hitting the road. IT Talent Needed Heavily To Bridge Gap So what could hold back some of these advances? For one, a lack of talent with the proper IT networking skills to maintain network security. Think about the large amounts of data […]