This is part three of a multi-part blog series.
The topic of password security has been spoken about continually for the past two decades. However, passwords continue to be a problem for almost every organization, and "password" and "qwerty" are still among the most common passwords in the world. Let's go through seven basic facts about authentication and see if your accounts are as secure as they should be.
Over the next decade, it is very likely we will see more methods of authenticating users without passwords. Organizations are moving in the right direction. The Bank of Utah is monitoring the way users type, while Motorola Mobility has gone so far as to imagine a world where we take pills or use tattoos to log into computers. Unfortunately, it is also likely we will still see passwords in use at work and at home for many years to come. Good password practices and awareness can help decrease the risk associated with them.
Lesley Carhart is a Senior Information Security Specialist in the Motorola Solutions Security Operations Center. She has 13 years of experience in information technology, including computer networking and tactical communications. For the past five years, she has focused on security, specializing in digital forensics.
Read past blogs by Lesley Carhart here:
For many enterprises, the decision to deploy mobile devices can be easy to justify. As technology improves and mobility becomes a means of differentiating customer service, improving productivity, and driving revenue, the logic of investing in mobile device technology can be hard to ignore. Industry analysts continue to report that enterprises across all verticals are deploying or expanding deployment of an increasingly broad range of mobile devices and technologies with the goal of improving their business performance and maintaining competitiveness. While the decision to make an investment in mobile devices is probably the right one, the assessment of the cost and implication of mobile device implementations is not always given the level of consideration that it should be.
In our role as a provider of Mobility Services, we find that many enterprises, are challenged when it come to addressing all of requirements necessary to maintain the effective operation of their mobile device portfolios across the entire lifecycle of their devices. It’s typical to put a greater onus on the expressed need for a particular type of application, functionality or even device than on addressing how the full return on the device investment will be realized- that is, how long will it’s productive life be.
Many of the clients we work with have problems with their mobile device implementations. Some of the more common issues are high return and no fault found rates, poor asset management, high percentages of lost devices, staff dissatisfaction with service desk support, lack of an understanding of how their device management practices compare with device management best practice and inadequate information on the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the devices they own.
Having a realistic view of what it takes to support your device investment across its entire lifecycle – from introduction to retirement – and an objective assessment of your current device management practices is key to evaluating the impact on your business operations. It is also essential to understanding how to address current problems and to maximizing device availability and optimizing TCO.
An effective mobile device strategy should be measured on its ability to deliver the business goals and outcomes that devices are advertised to deliver. This requires a plan to address the broad set of essential tasks that complemented with device management assure that the overall performance expectations for your mobile device portfolio are met. The first step in that plan should include an assessment to benchmark where you are today, and provide recommendations and options on the best way to move forward.
Ensuring that your financial goals for your mobile device investment are met requires that you take a close look before you leap.
If you are interested in "looking" before you leap, see how we use Mobility Lifecycle Management to help you improve the odds of meeting the desired return on your mobile device investment.
Chuck Roark is Director Client Principals for Motorola Solutions, Inc.
What will the warehouse of 2018 look like? One thing is certain: Technology will continue to drive the majority of changes over the next five years. Today we published our Future of Warehousing Survey, and the most telling statistic we found was 66 percent of warehouses are planning on expanding their technology investments by 2018.
So what's driving this expansion? According to the survey, there's a shift from seeing technology as a tool to increase efficiency and decrease costs to seeing it as a business differentiator and a way to drive new business.
The increasingly real-time, fully visible supply chain, combined with escalating customer expectations, is causing operations to re-evaluate distribution networks and supply chain practices. Omni-channel fulfillment is the most visible example of how far-reaching these trends are. Execution is a competitive battleground.
Technology is enabling these changes across the board. Devices such as enterprise-grade tablets, handheld computers, barcode scanners, wearable devices and vehicle-mounted computers are increasing efficiencies and decreasing errors.
All of this change is leading to a shift in how different industries across the supply chain currently view warehouse and distribution center operations, moving toward growth areas.
Let's take a look at some other statistics uncovered in the survey as organizations look to the next five years:
More or bigger warehouses:
Growing number of SKUs:
Warehouse management system trends shifting:
Real-time cycle counts
Increased task interleaving
This five-year outlook shows change is closer than you think, and technologies available today can be a useful tool to transform your warehouse.
Mark Wheeler is the Director of Supply Chain Solutions - North America for Motorola Solutions.
Government mandates and regulatory initiatives are speeding the need for conversion from analog to digital, but organizations have been slow to respond. The resistance to digital is certainly understandable – change is difficult, especially when you have a fleet of radios to manage. But the benefits of digital over analog are impossible to ignore.
With digital technology, you can:
The graphic below shows how the audio quality difference between analog and digital emerges:
While it's clear that digital offers significant advantages, migrating from one technology to another requires time and an investment. A long-term rollout plan could incorporate radios that can start out analog and change over to digital easily. Radios like the new MOTOTRBO™ CP200d Series offers both analog and digital capability, so you can start using them on your existing analog system and migrate to digital – with a software upgrade -- once you're ready. Learn more about the trend toward migration to digital voice here.
Paul Cecchin is the Two-way Radio Market Development Manager at Motorola Solutions.
Read additional blogs by Paul Cecchin here.
For more information about digital technology and migration, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/MOTOTRBO. And enter the Motorola Solutions contest for a chance to win up to $1,000 in radios and accessories.