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Helping state and local government agencies address cyber security 

Cyber-attacks against state and local governments are increasing and accelerating – even before COVID, two-thirds of attacks targeted state and local organizations. From January to May of 2020, there was a 350% increase in phishing attempts, with attackers taking advantage of the fear and uncertainty driven by COVID. With a nationwide workforce moving to remote...Read more

Just get started: accelerating a data culture in your organization 

I recently spent an hour with Mike Lampa at Great Data Minds, talking about enabling digital and data transformation in the enterprise. The entire conversation is worth a listen. However, I wanted to highlight a few key enablers to accelerate a data culture. Mike mentioned that he still sees many enterprises struggling to make progress,...Read more

Digital transformation can improve clinical and financial outcomes 

The healthcare industry is in critical need of digital transformation as providers struggle with administrative burdens, fragmented care delivery, siloed data, and burnout. To effectively tackle these challenges, providers in value-based contracts need to quickly adapt to the digital transformation so they can improve care delivery and increase financial stability in the changing healthcare landscape....Read more

GxP Compliance starts with proper vendor assessments – and here’s how you can do it effectively even remotely 

Welcome back. As we continue to build up your secure, resilient, and compliant environment, we now must cover another foundational and required step: the vendor assessments. It is a mandatory regulatory requirement to conduct these assessments, however, the physical audit is not mandatory. The need for analytics, high-capacity storage, and increased computing power has expanded...Read more

Consumer goods innovation amid retail uncertainty 

Lisa Griego | Director, Retail & Consumer Goods, Microsoft Delighting consumer goods (CG) customers has a different meaning today than it did more than a year ago. Every aspect of how we work, live, and shop has shifted since the COVID-19 pandemic, and I don’t think anyone would have imagined just how extensively this world...Read more

The key to digital transformation in banking 

Banking organizations worldwide are rapidly scaling transformation efforts to help their organizations compete more effectively in an increasingly digital world. While the largest organizations have invested heavily in changing business processes, products, and the use of technologies for years, smaller organizations are playing catch-up, rushing to serve the digital needs of consumers unable or less likely...Read more

Mapping the Cybersecurity Executive Order Milestones 

Steve Faehl | Microsoft Federal Security CTO The recent Cybersecurity Executive Order lists July 11 as the first major deadline for all Federal civilian agencies to provide updated plans for adopting cloud technology and implementing a Zero Trust Architecture. To help agencies meet this immediate need and to accelerate their long-term journey towards secure cloud...Read more

What is human-operated ransomware, and how does it differ from traditional ransomware? 

Ransomware existed in small pockets starting in 2013 and was opportunistic, typically affecting one or two devices within an organization. The more popular and destructive types of ransomware appeared as WannaCry in May 2017 and NotPetya in June 2017. Because these variants of ransomware used vulnerabilities in unpatched operating systems to propagate, this kind of...Read more

The Cybersecurity Executive Order: What’s Next for Federal Agencies? 

U.S. economic growth and prosperity hinges on our country’s ability to secure our most critical assets and invest with confidence in innovative technology that the American people can rely on. The Biden Administration’s Cybersecurity Executive Order (EO) emphasizes cybersecurity as a national priority, and represents a bold step in outlining concrete actions to strengthen security...Read more

Enabling digital transformation in six key areas of transportation 

Government transportation agencies and transit authorities across the country share a universal commitment to protect and connect people as they drive on roads, highways and bridges or travel aboard buses, subways, streetcars, and light- and commuter-rail systems. Managing transportation systems that people rely on every day comes with great responsibilities, especially as agencies work to...Read more

Microsoft and RSM: Holistic Disease Management Solutions 

Overview For more than 30 years, RSM has been providing Microsoft Dynamics implementations for customers across industries from the basic “out of the box” model to a complex architecture featuring automation, dashboards, system integration and custom development. I recently sat down with Phillip Haase, Principal overseeing Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Public Sector Practice at...Read more

The golden age of health informatics 

While the field of healthcare informatics is certainly not new, the opportunity to derive novel breakthrough insights from digitized health data is. Informaticists have produced meaningful impact for decades, especially in the clinical decision support domain, where analytics have substantially shaped care pathways to deliver better patient outcomes. We’ve seen steady progress in accessing and...Read more