Blockchain in Energy: The Future of Tomorrow?

Blockchain in Energy: The Future of Tomorrow?

The Blockchain in Energy Forum, hosted by Greentech Media in New York last week, gathered leaders from across utilities, start-ups, investors, and policymakers for a day of networking and discussion on recent innovations, best practices and future developments in the use of blockchain technology in the energy sector. The agenda offered participants a chance to gain a better understanding of...

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Cybersecurity in the Age of Digital Transformation

Cybersecurity in the Age of Digital Transformation

Customer experience (CX) in the utility industry is undergoing dramatic change. Customers want more access to information, more choices to access information (such as mobile and social media) and enhanced ability to manage costs. To meet this need, utility companies are striving to engage their customers using data analytics, monitoring and control in the modern ecosystem of Internet of Things...

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Meltdown and Spectre: What You Need to Know

Meltdown and Spectre: What You Need to Know

What does it mean when I hear about the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities? In simple terms, these vulnerabilities allow unauthorized access to sensitive memory content on computing systems that should never be allowed. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities can compromise the core system integrity and all multi-tenant users or processes on a system; think public/private clouds...

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Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 1

Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 1

The recent data breach at Equifax is an unfortunate reminder of a long list of hacked sites (Target Stores, OPM, Sony, and others) that were caused by vulnerabilities in the application code. These companies seemed just as surprised as their customers by the attack and had to wonder, “how did this happen?” They did not need to look further than their own unintentional coding policies.…

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Protecting M&A Portfolios from Cyber Threats – It’s Not Just the Obvious Targets

Protecting M&A Portfolios from Cyber Threats – It’s Not Just the Obvious Targets

We spend a lot of time these days talking with private equity investors about the importance of cyber security for their target and portfolio companies. While there is general agreement that it is critical to identify and mitigate potential cyber security risks, those efforts often focus only on the most obvious targets—companies dealing in credit card data, personal financial information, or...

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Despite Heightened Attention To Cybersecurity Risks, Today’s Software Investors Don’t Feel Any Better Prepared

Despite Heightened Attention To Cybersecurity Risks, Today’s Software Investors Don’t Feel Any Better Prepared

During the first half of 2017, West Monroe and Mergermarket surveyed 100 senior private equity and corporate executives, all with organizations that have acquired at least one software firm over the past three years. Respondents cited various challenges to orchestrating a successful acquisition – one of the top among them being cybersecurity.…

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Unpleasant Discoveries: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Uncovered

Unpleasant Discoveries: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Uncovered

It’s every acquirer’s worst nightmare: you’ve spent countless hours vetting an M&A target, and after the deal goes through, you catch something. West Monroe Partners surveyed top-level corporate executives and private equity partners about their companies’ practices in order to better understand the state of cybersecurity diligence for M&A. The results provide a window into the trends...

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The PCI DSS Cares about Disaster Recovery & Backups

The PCI DSS Cares about Disaster Recovery & Backups

In a separate post, we discussed Common Misconceptions around the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Building off those thoughts, this post will discuss an often-overlooked consideration when navigating the PCI DSS – disaster recovery (DR) and backups. West Monroe Partners has extensive experience conducting security due diligences for M&A transactions and helping...

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Backing Up To the Cloud From the Cloud

Backing Up To the Cloud From the Cloud

In our last post, “Managing Administrative Access to an Azure-based Cardholder Data Environment,” we outlined ways to secure administrative workflows by using various Azure technologies. We’ll resume with part eight of the Azure Secure Cloud Migration blog series, covering considerations for backing up VMs in Azure and all the associated restrictions and caveats.…

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Integrating Data Security into Your Transaction Due Diligence Process

Integrating Data Security into Your Transaction Due Diligence Process

It’s hard to read the news these days without seeing another headline about a data breach. As companies rely increasingly on technology, the importance of securing customer information and intellectual property has increased exponentially—as has the cost of failing to keep data secure. Concerns about cybersecurity have become especially acute when it comes to M&A transactions.…

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Reduce PCI DSS Costs by Reducing Scope

Reduce PCI DSS Costs by Reducing Scope

In a recent post, we discussed some scenarios involving Service Providers and their integration into Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. Click here for more of our recent series of blog posts on PCI DSS-related topics for more information. Defining the cardholder data environment (CDE) is a key step toward PCI DSS compliance and has become somewhat of a pain...

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