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October 2, 2017


Hardware News


Your Next Servers Might Be a No-Name Brand

White box vendors are taking off like a shot in the data center, with ODM sales now accounting for the largest group of server sales, surpassing HPE. The ODMs are les expensive, offer more customization in configuring the hardware, and tend to be a little more aggressive in coming out with new hardware than traditional server vendors such as Lenovo, Dell and HPE. 



HPE Accelerates Hybrid IT for SMBs with New Infrastructure Offerings

A suite of new infrastructure products from HPE may help boost hybrid IT efforts among SMBs. HPE's new entry-level SimpliVity 380 HCI product brings all-flash storage to mid-sized organizations, along with the firm's flash portfolio are the new HPE MSA storage arrays and HPE Nimble Storage flash arrays. On the server side, HPE announced that its ProLiant ML110 Gen10, ProLiant ML350 Gen10, and ProLiant DL580 Gen10 servers were now available for SMB IT environments. 



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Software Updates


Palo Alto Networks Announces Availability of New Cloud-Based Logging Service

Palo Alto Networks announced the availability of its new cloud-based Logging Service, which allows customers to amass large amounts of their own data from the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform. This new service is designed for machine learning and advanced analytics in order to help correlate potential threats and prevent successful cyber breaches.



Microsoft Announces Office 2019 for Customers Who Don't Want to Pay Forever for Office 365

Office 2019 will ship in the second half of 2018, Microsoft said, with a preview version scheduled for mid-2018. The Office 2019 suite will include the standard complement of Office apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, plus server apps like Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business.



Libre Office 5 Review: The Open Source Office Alternative

Like Open Office, Libre Office includes includes six programs: Write (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentation), Base (database management), Draw (vector graphics) and Math (mathematical formulae). There is no charge to use it on Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops.



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Hackers Want to Crack Bank ATM Networks - and Your Nearest Cash Machine Is Probably Running Windows XP

Hackers are looking to crack ATM networks without needing physical access to the devices. Meanwhile many cash machines are running antiquated versions of Windows like Windows XP.



As 'ATM-Ageddon' Looms

The VISA ATM liability shift occurred on October 1st. So, will VISA and the other networks blink and continue to absorb fraud losses at non-EMV ATMs? Is the liability shift risk worth the reward for generally low transaction sites? While the answers to these questions will determine the degree of contraction, it would appear that there will be far fewer retail ATMs in operation in the U.S. by early 2018 — as many as 40 percent fewer.



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Wireless World


New Mobile Banking Study Released

Today's consumers are banking everyday and everywhere on their mobile devices - at work, at home and even when socializing with friends - according to Citi's inaugural Mobile Banking study. According to the study, the average consumer mobile banks an average of seven days per month (more than 10 days per month for Millennials). The study concludes that "institutions that do not invest in cutting edge technology to improve their mobile capabilities will lag those who prioritize the features and enhancements that customers say are essential to their banking experience."



Mobile Consumer Experience Hinges on Embracing New Authentication

In a world where services like banking, payments and retail are at risk of becoming commoditized, customer experience management offers a way in which organizations can differentiate the interactions they have with consumers to gain a competitive advantage.



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Security Section


The Worlds First Ever Virtual Cybersecurity Professional

Threatcare introduced “Violet,” which they describe as "the world’s first Artificial Intelligence-based virtual cybersecurity professional" that offers two-way communication for security analysts. Violet is meant to be easily accessed through voice, text messages, and Slack to help give security teams fast and reliable assistance with finding security gaps in their networks.



40% of Apple Users to Spurn Facial Recognition

A new survey conducted by Juniper Research has found that over 40% of iOS users in the US consider themselves unlikely to use facial recognition as a payment security technology. This suggests that a core use case for the iPhone X’s main security feature may struggle to gain traction amongst consumers. Contactless payment users considered fingerprint sensors and voice recognition more appealing authentication methods, with 74% and 62% respectively saying they are likely to use these technologies.



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Leaders Roundtable

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Implementing Growth Strategies with the Help of Core Systems


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Technology and Marketing


Three Reasons Not to Conduct a Marketing Audit

There are plenty of good reasons to conduct a marketing audit. However, this article discusses three good reasons not to conduct a marketing audit at your financial institution.



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Online Banking/E-Commerce/Website Design


Checks Still Have Life in Them, but Do Banks Hold the Key to Killing Them Off?

For years, experts have predicted electronic payments would finally turn the check into an historical artifact. But data released last year indicate that the long-term decline in check volume has slowed, and now experts are trying to figure out why and what the ultimate check-killer will be.



First Data Introduces Disburse-to-Debit Solution for Real Time Payments

The U.S. labor force has changed dramatically in recent years, with larger numbers of independent contractors and temporary workers than ever before. Today, more than one in three Americans are part of the so-called “gig” economy, and this growing workforce expects to be paid when the job is done, rather than weeks, or even days, down the road. In response to this growing demand First Data announced the availability of its “Disburse-to-Debit” solution, a new, low-cost payout option for businesses that aims to deliver funds directly to a debit card.



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Internet Access


Network Simulation or Emulation?

In regard to network testing, the terms emulation and simulation are often used interchangeably. In most cases, either term will generally get the point across, but there is a big difference between a network emulator and network simulator, both practically and semantically.



Large DDoS Attacks over 50 Gbps Have Quadrupled Between 2015 and 2017

Organizations are experiencing an increase in the magnitude of DDoS attacks, with the average size of attacks over 50 Gbps quadrupling in just two years, according to A10 Networks.



The 3 Types of SD-WAN Architecture

If you are contemplating whether SD-WAN will improve your organization’s Wide Area Network, it’s important to first get a grasp of the different SD-WAN architectures. This article discusses the three architectures to help give you a solid start to accurately evaluating and designing an SD-WAN solution.



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Call Centers


5 Ways to Optimize Your Call Center Workforce to Increase Engagement and Reduce Turnover

In this article, read about five ways to utilize your existing systems as well as new and innovative approaches and strategies to engage your current workforce in reducing your turnover rate and improving your call center's employee retention rate.



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