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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7 Steps to Changing Your Organization’s Cybersecurity Culture—For Good

7 Steps to Changing Your Organization’s Cybersecurity Culture—For Good

Despite the escalated rate and severity of cyberattacks, leaders at most companies have not changed their approach to cybersecurity in the past few years to adapt to the increasingly challenging environment. The goalposts have changed. And the question leaders should ask themselves is not, “is my data secure?” but “how prepared are we to minimize operational downtime in the likely event of a...

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How Can Minnesota’s Manufacturers Better Compete for Talent?

How Can Minnesota’s Manufacturers Better Compete for Talent?

From vehicles, to beauty supplies, to food production, the manufacturing industry’s 8,343 employers provide jobs for over 300,000 Minnesota workers. The industry contributes the largest share of the state’s gross domestic product (16%) and nearly half of the Fortune 500 companies in Minnesota are in manufacturing. Manufacturing has historically been Minnesota’s largest private-sector industry...

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Improve Workforce Productivity with Microsoft’s Power Platform

Improve Workforce Productivity with Microsoft’s Power Platform

SharePoint has always been a great tool for quickly solving business problems. Microsoft’s “Power Platform” is a potent solution that can enable business processes at a speed that’s hard to match and without hard-to-mitigate limitations. It’s a set of tools built on top of Office 365 that enables rapid creation of apps, data visualization and process automation...

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How to Rethink your Cybersecurity Strategy in 5 Minutes

How to Rethink your Cybersecurity Strategy in 5 Minutes

Malware attacks are wreaking havoc on the international economy and costing businesses billions of dollars in lost revenue, operational shutdowns, and reputational damage. It’s likely that you may have even experienced an episode like this at your firm. The latest industry research indicates that 50% of surveyed executives experienced disruptions from malware 6-10 times over the past five...

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