ICE – Digital Workplace Conference

By PS Lightwave Content Team

 

One of our very own, Lisa Cervantez, recently had the opportunity to attend the ICE - Digital Workplace Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The digital conference focused on addressing the forces impacting work today and how leading organizations are leveraging digital workplace tools to improve communication, collaboration, knowledge sharing and employee engagement across their business.

She shared her story below about winning a seat to the conference, and her experience of the digital workplace. 

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Proven Process: GRIT in ACTION

By PS Lightwave Content Team

 

Our company values are the foundation for our operations — both internally and externally — and include: Growth, Respect, Integrity and Trust. 

Our customers place trust in our people and services, and in turn, we nurture this trust by applying our company values to our interactions and relationships with customers. These company values are not idealistic values chosen by corporate leadership. They were cultivated through small group conversations with employees across our entire organization and, like our company tagline of "Great Connections Happen Here™”, these values effectively communicate our commitment to superior service. 

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Software-Defined for a Wide-Area-Network | SD-WAN

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Software-Defined WAN, or SD-WAN for short, is a new technology that gives new meaning to wide area networks. First, a wide area network interconnects many local area networks – LANs. The LANs are connected to the WAN via routers or other devices. Without the wide area network, users would not be able to share applications and other resources that are centrally located.

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4 Breakthrough Technologies That Can Benefit Your Organization

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Breakthrough technologies come along incredibly quickly these days, making it a full-time job just trying to keep up. However, time — particularly in relation to technology — waits for no one. And besides, keeping up with the latest technological innovations is fascinating and supremely beneficial for any organization, whether for the public good or corporate interests.

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Cyber Security Practices in K-12 Education

By PS Lightwave Content Team

 

Digital technology presents an array of risks and rewards in the modern educational sphere. School districts now have the ability to collect and analyze demographic and other information, which is then used to better target district services and outreach. In the wrong hands, however, this data can cause a myriad of problems.

The scope of security problems is far greater than most K-12 employees suspect. Nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) reports that, since 2005, 788 data breaches have compromised 14,871,122 records at K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning. Below, we explore cybersecurity-related threats in K-12 education — and how these concerns can be addressed.

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Cyber Attacks on U.S. Cities

By PS Lightwave Content Team

 Hackers are constantly looking for that "one flaw" that can be used to bring a city, school district or large enterprise to its knees. The reward? A large monetary payout for seemingly little effort; after all, it only takes one human error or one embedded line of code for a hacker to succeed. In fact, it is for this very reason that 25 of the most populous cities in the United States now have cyber-insurance. The growing need to protect against attacks, such as those that occurred in Atlanta earlier this year, has made cyber security one of the top concerns for cities as they plan ahead for next year's budget.

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Blockchain Technology: The Coming Norm for Online Transactions

By PS Lightwave Content Team

 

The meteoric rise (and subsequent fall) of Bitcoin stock in late 2017 brought blockchain technology to the forefront of the collective consciousness. But for many, conceptualizing the functions (and potential implications) of blockchain technology seems tantamount to decoding the human genome.

Although blockchain is most famously used by cryptocurrencies, the ease and security of this technology (combined with the relative lack of security of many other internet-based platforms and transactions) mean it’s not going anywhere. And before long, the use of blockchain is likely to work its way into just about every aspect of modern life.

Read on to learn more about the ways blockchain technology is poised to revolutionize everything from online banking to making a piece of toast.

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Wired to Transform Education: Spotlight on Frankie J. Jackson and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD - Interview from Toggle Magazine

By PS Lightwave Content Team

 

Cypress-Fairbanks, the third largest Texas school district, indeed continues to stay ahead in regards to educational IT, transforming the way it's preparing its students - about 116,000 in the 2017-18 academic year. 

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Cloud Computing: A Critical Component for Connected Business Operations

By PS Lightwave Content Team

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Cloud computing has quickly become a necessity for business procedures because it offers a number of very important benefits. This technology means that you can access data anywhere, at any time. For businesses and employees, this advantage allows for higher efficiency and fewer communication errors.

In the past, companies often had internal servers and their computers were connected to their network. While this is still an option that some organizations use, it is cumbersome. Creating your own network on internal servers means that you need to constantly monitor your system in house. It means hiring and maintaining a dedicated IT staff to help keep your system running optimally and protect your data from any intrusion.

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5 IoT Security Points to Consider in your Business

By Robbie Adair, PS LIGHTWAVE Consultant

By Robbie Adair, PS LIGHTWAVE Consultant 

As if network security wasn’t already a difficult task for businesses, the exponential usage growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is making it even harder to keep networks secure. Companies are finding they need to consider both the devices in the business, like smart TVs in conference rooms, as well as employee personal devices, like fitness trackers.

IoT devices are being used not only to access networks and steal data, like the famous fish tank thermometer in the casino that compromised a database of high-rollers, but also to do launch DDoS attacks, like the Mirai botnet attack that infected over 600,000 IoT devices to take down a large portion of the internet.  As a matter of fact, DDoS attacks were up 91% by the third quarter of 2017, many using IoT botnets and, it is estimated by 2020 that 25% of all cyber attacks will target IoT devices.

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