OT Cybersecurity: ‘Do No Harm’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Do Nothing’

OT Cybersecurity: ‘Do No Harm’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Do Nothing’

In our previous blog, Why Operational Technology (OT) may be your Cybersecurity Achilles’ Heel, we discussed how OT systems had been historically “closed” and that they have evolved over time to become more “open” and able to leverage common off-the-shelf IT technologies. With the advent of this industrywide shift, we identified a departmental clash between OT and IT personnel on how to best...

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Access for the Underserved: The Role of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Minnesota

Access for the Underserved: The Role of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Minnesota

In August 2019, Neighborhood HealthSource (NHS), a Minneapolis-area Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), announced its acquisition of North Metro Pediatrics (NMP). The move expands their presence into Minneapolis’ Northern suburbs. NHS, like FQHCs around the country, serves an important function: providing affordable access to healthcare for underserved communities. NHS started in 1971 by...

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4 Trends for Private Equity Operating Partners: Unclean Data, Cyber in a Box, Hoping for a Downturn, and Driving Digital Change

4 Trends for Private Equity Operating Partners: Unclean Data, Cyber in a Box, Hoping for a Downturn, and Driving Digital Change

Recently, several members of our M&A practice participated in the PEI Operating Partners Forum in New York City, where the private equity community gathered to share best practices on value creation. Here are four takeaways we found interesting and wanted to share: Behavior adaptability is insanely important to digital transformation. And they don’t mean adaptable businesses, they mean...

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Accepting the Leadership Challenge: Vadim Orlov on a Career in Innovation

Accepting the Leadership Challenge: Vadim Orlov on a Career in Innovation

Here at West Monroe, we encourage our employees to stretch beyond their current role, take ownership for their own career growth, and embrace the spirit of ‘intrapreneurship’ to better the firm. In this series, we speak to those who have stepped up to #acceptthechallenge and become a better leader. To kick things off, we interviewed Vadim Orlov, a member of West Monroe’s Technology practice...

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The Rise of Electric Vehicles (EVs) Presents Opportunities for Drivers and Electric Utilities

The Rise of Electric Vehicles (EVs) Presents Opportunities for Drivers and Electric Utilities

Electric utilities are undergoing many transformational changes that affect how they operate and engage with customers. The latest trend – gaining quite a bit of traction – is electric vehicles (EVs). Why is this a big deal? EVs are a unicorn trifecta of a win-win-win scenario: benefiting customers, electric utilities, and society.…

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Does Your Security Team Rely Too Much on Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS)?

Does Your Security Team Rely Too Much on Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS)?

We recently shared an experience from a network segmentation project during which we discovered a technical vulnerability affecting Cisco’s Firepower Threat Defense firewall line. The firewall, itself, was not the problem, but, under specific conditions that are not uncommon in many environments, it allowed access through the firewall to systems it was meant to protect.…

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How do Credit Unions Stay Relevant in the Age of Big Bank Mega-Tech Investments?

How do Credit Unions Stay Relevant in the Age of Big Bank Mega-Tech Investments?

Despite any lingering recession-era skepticism of big banks and their motivations, we are now seeing a significant shift in their favor – even among customers who were affected by the last downturn. The ten largest U.S. retail banks now manage 48% of total consumer deposits, up from 39% in 2009. This uptick is largely a result of their investments in digital technology.…

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Are Utilities Moving to the Cloud? Don’t Wait for Regulators to Make the First Move

Are Utilities Moving to the Cloud? Don’t Wait for Regulators to Make the First Move

As part of our cloud advisory engagements, we work with clients to determine their strategic visions and goals for adopting cloud technologies. Cloud adoption in most industries is well underway but the landscape within energy and utilities is a bit different. This is primarily driven by two factors: Utilities’ unique IT organizations, matched with their technical and operational...

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Why Operational Technology may be your Cybersecurity Achilles’ Heel

Why Operational Technology may be your Cybersecurity Achilles’ Heel

Everyone in business is familiar with information technology (IT) and understands what it means, but what about operational technology, often abbreviated “OT”? At first glance, IT and OT appear similar because they share similar technologies like IP networks and Windows operating systems – but they have very different objectives. While IT systems generally support office workers and...

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It Takes a Fresh Perspective to Bring Complex Issues Into Focus

It Takes a Fresh Perspective to Bring Complex Issues Into Focus

As a CEO, I am constantly reading about the latest studies that “reveal” C-suite top priorities. One day, it’s digital transformation; another day, it’s the war on talent; and sometimes, it’s what the government is up to (or not up to) with trade relations or economic cycles. The point is, executives have lots in their sphere of concern—because frankly there are a lot of issues to consider and...

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