The 7 Properties of Highly Secure IoT Devices

The 7 Properties of Highly Secure IoT Devices

The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling businesses around the world to harvest data from every touchpoint within their organizations. And with that information, they’re gaining invaluable insights into their processes and enabling improvements based on accurate, real-time metrics. In other words, thanks to IoT, businesses are now able to create, control, and optimize their digital strategies at a rate previously unseen. However, this ability comes with many risks. One of the biggest is that, unless well protected, each device represents a potential weak point from which cybercriminals can steal data, modify the device’s behavior, or even compromise the entire organization’s security. Furthermore, securing a device takes careful thought and, in many cases, just one layer of security may not be enough. Below we'll touch on the 7 essential properties of securing IoT devices. 1 | Hardware-based Root of Trust Unforgeable cryptographic keys generated and protected by hardware. These keys are physical countermeasures that resist side-channel attacks. Use Case: If the device has...
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Making Decisions at 200 MPH

Making Decisions at 200 MPH

Making the right decisions is (obviously) great for growing your business, but it's only one part of the picture. Often times, you also need to make those decisions fast and at the right time, which means information needs to be shared quickly and with the right people. Microsoft Teams provides a single platform for accomplishing all of these things, bringing together the features and capabilities you need to accelerate decision making chat, video calls, calendars and meetings, team channels, integrated apps, and more all in one convenient location. Perhaps more so than any other competition, NASCAR is a sport where just one second can mean the difference between first place and a distant tenth. As such, racing teams like Hendrick Motorsports are always searching for ways to shave off another fraction of a second in lap times.  To maximize performance, Hendrick Motorsports uses a custom Lap Analyzer tool to intake and analyze streaming race car telemetry, and shares this data across various...
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IoT: Small Devices That Bring Massive Revenue

IoT: Small Devices That Bring Massive Revenue

Our personal devices are not just multiplying, they’re getting a lot smarter every day. Companies, now more than ever, have the power to be—literally—within an arm’s reach of their customers, and consumers have the power to choose which brands they let into their pockets and into their lives. For businesses, being always-on and available to their customers 24/7 isn’t a choice, but a mandatory part of going digital and remaining relevant today. To rise above the constant bombardment of content that users receive every second, brands must ensure that their messaging is impactful. They must also ensure that it is delivered to the right device at exactly the right time, all while keeping their customers' (and their own) data secure. Internet of Things (IoT) IoT isn’t a technology revolution, it’s a business revolution powered by technology. With thousands of devices going online each day and 73 percent of companies actively investing in IoT, the need for constant innovation and improved security is a...
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Maintaining Productivity With A Remote Workforce

Maintaining Productivity With A Remote Workforce

More than likely, you’ve seen the impact high-performing teams can have in business. What is the 'secret sauce' that enables some teams to flourish and others to flounder? That certainly can be a tricky question to answer. One thing is for certain, with an increase in work-from-home mandates and organization's desires to ensure productivity throughout their team - business leaders need to do their best to ensure they have an environment that fosters creativity, allows for the sharing of ideas instantly and easily across geographies and generations while staying in sync with colleagues. In a world where collaboration is how innovative work gets done, teams need work spaces and tools they’re comfortable using. It’s up to business leaders to make it easy for them to get both. The very nature of teams is evolving rapidly. There has never been a workforce with a more varied spectrum of workstyles, with more working millennials than ever, remote working commonplace, and productivity...
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Azure Synapse Analytics

Azure Synapse Analytics

One of the more significant challenges that organizations face today, in managing large data landscapes with multiple disparate sources and repositories, is simply managing that data and the ingestion processes, as well as modeling and reporting, often from equally disparate systems and technologies. LIVE WEBINAR: April 29th, 2020 Presented by Matthew Bowers https://youtu.be/w0eRgxaRUH0 Historically, if a technical or business user needed to manage and define a source system for managing structured, normalized data, they would need a database environment or operational data store.  If they then needed to model that data and transform it for additional data insights, they would need a tool like SSIS and load the data into a data warehouse, not always available from a single user interface. Reporting needs would have to be met, from yet a different application and interface. And as the environment becomes more sophisticated, and there is a need to bring in unstructured or semi- structured data, they there is a need for a different storage model, such...
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SQL Server in Azure

SQL Server in Azure

As all of us in the technology industry are fully cognizant of now,  Microsoft ended extended support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 (actually, back in July of 2019). What this means for you as an organization, is that there are no longer updates available for your mission critical database applications running on SQL Server 2008.  This includes important security updates and enhancements which leaves your environment vulnerable to potential hacks, breaches and other security issues.  It also means that you are now likely out of compliance with several industry standard, government regulations and laws.  This is further complicated by Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 extended support ended in January of 2020.  If you run SQL Server 2008 on Windows Server 2008, you will experience a double whammy!   This is just one of many use cases for considering an upgrade to SQL Server 2019, whether that be on premises, hybrid, or cloud. Some of the questions that...
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SharePoint Server 2019

SharePoint Server 2019

The business climate has changed. People expect to be productive across networks and devices, while boundaries between business units and roles have blurred. Moving forward, people want to communicate without collaborative barriers. For businesses, you want your collaboration, communication, and productivity solutions to be both cost-effective and flexible. SharePoint Server 2019 is designed to help you achieve new levels of reliability and performance, delivering features and capabilities that simplify administration, protect communications and information, and empower your users to work across devices and screens. SharePoint Server 2019 is the next-generation server product, building on the solid foundation delivered with SharePoint Server 2016 and investments in Microsoft Office 365 to: Enable productive experiences across desktop and mobileProvide a scalable and flexible collaboration and communications platformIncrease productivity with an intuitive user experience SharePoint is preferred by businesses who need an adaptable solution that delivers rich and productive experiences. As with SharePoint Server 2016, SharePoint Server 2019 has been designed, developed, and tested with the Microsoft...
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Data Estate Modernization

Data Estate Modernization

Many organizations today are experiencing the growth pains of a legacy data landscape and architecture for managing their analytics and reporting needs.  Many of the issues related to this obsolescence derive from the now outdated architecture of the enterprise data warehouse that no longer delivers digital value or data insights to drive business innovation.  While these legacy systems originally provided significant value by allowing the integration of data from multiple sources, provided a basis for better decision making, and allowed for robust enterprise reporting, they are no longer up to the task of driving that same business value with newer and more modern data sources. "Most existing legacy enterprise data warehouse systems were originally designed and architected for online analytic processing (OLAP) and reporting systems. These systems (many of which are outdated today) were often architected for highly normalized and structured data only".  Forbes Magazine - 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcIEJvpkKAY&t Other challenges with legacy data warehouses include things such as:  heightened risk of...
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Microsoft 365: Security YOU Can Trust

Microsoft 365: Security YOU Can Trust

As organizations like yours embrace the many opportunities presented by cloud and mobile computing to connect with customers and optimize operations, they take on new risks. One of the biggest challenges in digital transformation is ensuring security, privacy & compliance. Oakwood is here to help! Before we dive in too deeply on the reasons Microsoft 365 should be your trusted security solution, let's highlight just some of the reasons in which you'll want to engage with a proven Microsoft Gold Partner like Oakwood. Most organizations are... Lacking the security talent to get ahead of security and compliance risksUnable to identify, assess, and mitigate security risksUnfamiliar with security best practices and the overall threat landscapeConfused with many offerings and featuresUnable to correctly respond to compliance obligations in a timely fashion What is Microsoft 365 Exactly? Microsoft 365 (M365) is an integrated solution that includes; Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Windows 10 Enterprise that empowers everyone to be creative and work...
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Microsoft Teamwork Solutions

Microsoft Teamwork Solutions

Staying connected with communication tools from Office 365. It takes a village to turn ideas into realities. Teamwork is bringing people together to share information, work together, and accomplish common goals and objectives. When you have a place to create and make decisions as a team, there’s no limit to what you can achieve. Teamwork solutions from Microsoft provide a modern conversation experience for today’s teams. Now, you can bring everything together in a shared workspace where you can chat, meet, share files, and work with business apps. Powered by Office 365, Teamwork solutions from Microsoft empower people to express their ideas more effectively, promote a more flexible workplace, and reduce costs for customers. Finding secure, easy ways to connect across locations and time zones should be a high priority for companies seeking a competitive advantage in today’s quickly changing technology landscape. Luckily, Teamwork solutions from Microsoft provide a complete solution that connects your teams and resources and make it easier than ever to work together across organizations. Teamwork solutions from...
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Evolve Your Web Applications with Microsoft Azure

Evolve Your Web Applications with Microsoft Azure

Today, every company runs many different applications that are essential for success – both internal business applications but also external-facing applications for customers and partners (such as the company website, customer self-service portal, e-commerce sites, or mobile apps). And then, there's data. Every user interaction with any application works with data, consumes data and generates data. Today, every business collects tremendous amounts of information - and the challenge is how to turn this data into actionable insights and intelligence to provide a superior customer experience. The Customer Experience To ground us into the importance of customer experience, let's start by looking at a Forrester quote that says “More than any other factor, customer experiences determine whether companies thrive and profit, or struggle and fade." In today’s digital economy customers are the new market-makers, reshaping industries and changing how businesses compete and win. Your end users have really high expectations. Here are a few interesting points from the Forrester study previously mentioned. 79% of customers won’t return...
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Get Modern with Windows 10 and Office 365

Get Modern with Windows 10 and Office 365

Digital transformation and the modernization of IT are essential priorities for companies seeking a competitive advantage in today’s quickly changing technology landscape. Organizations like yours are driven to make changes by consumer demands and expectations, technology improvements, competitive and market forces, and changing regulatory requirements. In this shifting landscape, you and your employees need to work better and smarter. It's time to get modern with Windows 10 and Office 365. If you’re like most companies, you’re now starting to recognize the value of moving to a cloud-based solution and upgrading to Windows 10 and Office 365. However, you probably have a few questions about what this might look like for your team. How does upgrading to Windows 10 and Office 365 empower people to collaborate in real time and store and access data? Microsoft 365 provides organizations with a unified environment for collaboration and teamwork. All services are managed under the same framework and identity management solution. Data is protected by first-class security and encryption standards, and your collaboration...
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