Reese Witherspoon and Dr. Brené Brown Speak Out on Women in the Workplace

7,500 Women Gather in Austin at Pivotal Time for Women In America

Reese Witherspoon speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Reese Witherspoon speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Just days after women played a key role in the 2018 midterm elections, 7,500 women gathered in Austin for the 19th annual nonpartisan Texas Conference for Women, headlined by Reese Witherspoon and Dr. Brené Brown.

With the growing focus on women in the workplace, as a result of the #MeToo movement, a 2018 study that revealed that progress has stalled for women across all levels of corporate America, and other developments, this conference has become a key forum for discussing and advancing women in the workplace.

Dr. Brene Brown speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Dr. Brene Brown speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Dr. Brené Brown, researcher and #1 New York Times bestselling author, discussed the critical role of courage in women’s personal and professional lives today. “Women have this idea that they are supposed to be a certain way in order to be successful, but true success comes from self-acceptance because that allows you to be vulnerable, authentic and imperfect, which takes great courage,” she said.  

This nonpartisan, nonprofit event is part of the largest network of women’s conferences in the country that attract an estimated 40,000 women a year in Texas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and California. Themed “The Power of Us: Amplify Your Voice”, the conferences offer access to some of the most successful women in America and more than 100 experts who share practical skills and strategies related to business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development.

Keynote speakers Marjorie Clifton, Nina Shaw, Renata Quintini, and Tyler Haney during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Keynote speakers Marjorie Clifton, Nina Shaw, Renata Quintini, and Tyler Haney during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Other keynote speakers included Shawn Achor, bestselling author and speaker on happiness and success, and Nina Shaw, entertainment lawyer and a founding organizer of Time’s Up.

“This event continues to be Texas’ pre-eminent event for women, and it is a privilege to see so many strong, motivated women supporting each other each year,” said Carla Pineyro Sublett, President of the Texas Conference for Women Board of Directors. “We are proud to support this dynamic community of women through this annual conference and all of our year-round resources.”

The Texas Conference for Women is generously sponsored by Liberty Mutual InsuranceRackspace; TargetCisco; DellRetailMeNotUnited AirlinesUSAAVisaAccentureApplied MaterialsArmAT&TCharles SchwabEquinorHarvard Business School Executive Education; IBMMary KayOraclePhillips 66QualcommHEBTexas Beverage AssociationDeloitteDickinson Wright PLLCExpress ScriptsExxonMobilHuston-Tillotson UniversityKate SpadeMerckPaula’s Choice SkincarePlanviewSilicon LabsTokyo Electron (TEL)UnitedHealthcare; and media sponsors Austin American-StatesmanKVUEOutdoor Advertising Association of Texas; and The Texas Tribune.

To learn more about the Texas Conference for Women, visit www.txconferenceforwomen.org.

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Folio: 100 Honorees To Be Feted at Celebration Luncheon on December 6 in New York City

Folio:, the publishing industry’s go-to source for news, business intelligence and peer-to-peer networking, is pleased to unveil its 2018 Folio: 100 Honorees. Each year, an elite group of media professionals are selected to represent the best and brightest minds in magazine and digital media today.

The 2018 class of honorees includes: Hearst Magazine’s Troy Young, National Geographic’s Susan Goldberg, Trusted Media Brand’s Kari Hodes, Adweek’s Jeffrey Litvack, Meredith’s Tom Harty, New York Times Magazine’s Gail Bilcher, and more.

View the 2018 Folio: 100 Honorees

“The Folio: 100 is a veritable who’s who in magazine media,” says Folio: Content Director, Caysey Welton. “These are the folks who are changing the face of our industry, across every sector and every discipline. Their leadership, creativity, vision and entrepreneurial spirit is truly inspiring.”

For more information, visit www.FolioMag.com.

Honorees will be recognized at a Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Yale Club in New York City from 12:00 – 2:30pm. To register for the luncheon, click here.

For questions about attending the Folio: 100 Celebration Luncheon, contact Folio: Marketing Manager Jessica Dombrowski at jdombrowski(at)accessintel(dot)com. To become an event sponsor, or secure a congratulatory ad in the program guide, contact Folio: Senior Account Executive Tania Babiuk at tbabiuk(at)accessintel(dot)com.

William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

Congratulations to our very our Founder & Chief Business Officer, William Jackson, for being recognized as a 2018 Folio:  100 Honoree!

About Folio: 

Folio: is the information resource publishing executives turn to for news analysis, commentary, and thought leadership in driving business strategy, value creation and revenue growth. Folio: delivers this insight across several newsletters, social media communities, special reports and live events. For more information, visit www.Foliomag.com.

This Key Threat to Fortune 500 Companies Often Goes Unaddressed

Written by Kim Del Fierro, VP of Marketing for Area 1 Security, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine 

Kim Del Fierro, VP of Marketing for Area 1 Security.

Kim Del Fierro, VP of Marketing for Area 1 Security.

Fortune 500 companies have an impressive aura around them and well-earned reputations. Their leaders have achieved what many smaller companies’ executives aspire to accomplish. However, they also encounter more difficult challenges than one might expect. Despite the major resources that Fortune 500 companies possess, or rather, precisely because of them, Fortune 500 companies still face plenty of security risks. The target on a Fortune 500 company is much bigger than that of a small business because there’s inherently more value in compromising them.

Unfortunately, these companies also experience breaches coming from a widespread threat that no one seems to know how to address. It’s the cause of 95 percent of big attacks on Fortune 500 companies; namely, theft of employee credentials, usually via phish. How do cybercriminals exploit the threat to these companies?

It Starts with Stealing Credentials

Even though Fortune 500 companies go to great lengths to prevent breaches and data theft by hackers, it’s still happening. That’s because despite these companies’ heavy investments in cybersecurity, humans will always be the weakest link in almost any security system.

For example, if a phishing email finds its way into an employee’s inbox, there aren’t many ways to prevent that employee from opening it, and then clicking on a suspicious link or otherwise letting hackers compromise their credentials. Once that happens, hackers can move on to inflict further damage with malware, gaining access to essential servers.

Executing the Attack

Once they breach a company’s defenses, hackers can carry out their attacks in various ways. There are plenty of targets they can infest with malware and make inoperable. Criminals can steal or wipe valuable data, destroy the backup systems, and wreak havoc on disaster recovery systems. It’s a costly battle for Fortune 500 companies, and extremely difficult to recover from.

Preventing the Phishing Threat

Once the cybercriminals invade your infrastructure, it’s hard to rout them out before damage is done. That’s why preventing that first successful phishing attack is critical.

Relying on training your employees to recognize and report phishing attacks does not always yield the desired results. Even alert and motivated employees don’t have the knowledge and skills of a security manager.

Fortunately, once you stop the 95 percent of threats that arrive by phishing, the remaining five percent of attacks are easily preventable by regular patching and updating your security systems.

Area 1 Security offers phishing protection that you can add to the cyber security solutions you already have. We proactively cover your greatest vulnerabilities and prevent the majority of dangerous attacks, while your existing cybersecurity tackles everything else.

Detecting a phishing attack proactively, before it even becomes a threat, is the only way to stop phish from continuously landing in your employees’ inboxes. With Area 1 Horizon, you can stop phishing once and for all.

Innovate Business Models with SophiaTX: A Revolutionary Enterprise Blockchain Platform Pushing Adoption in the ASEAN

A successful enterprise blockchain event dubbed BUSINESS REDEFINED 2018 was held on September 25 at Suntec City, Singapore and September 27 at Connexion, Malaysia, representing the first step in building an ecosystem across ASEAN.

[Welcome Remarks] Jaroslav Kacina, CEO of SophiaTX

[Welcome Remarks] Jaroslav Kacina, CEO of SophiaTX

The invite-only events were hosted by a Swiss-based company Equidato Technologies AG, delivering the innovative SophiaTX Blockchain platform. SophiaTX is the world’s first public blockchain primarily focused on integration with ERP systems such as SAP. The Singapore and Malaysia events provided a unique opportunity to learn about the enterprise-grade blockchain and delivered groundbreaking debate by participants from diverse businesses and industries – including Apple, Cheng & Co, EY, British American Tobacco, Averis and GlaxoSmithKline, to mention a few.

During the events, the CEO of SophiaTX, Jaroslav Kacina and several other team members revealed a spectrum of blockchain capabilities which SophiaTX can offer to companies across a variety of industries. The team also showcased vast opportunities for enterprises seeking to reimagine their existing business models and processes, or simply achieve greater efficiency in their existing business networks.

Today, business systems such as ERP and CRM are a backbone to every company, regardless of its size. Along with its unique blockchain, the SophiaTX team also provides a set of tools and technologies enabling companies to integrate with and enhance enterprise systems such as SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics, and many more.

Delivering the keynote at the event, Jaroslav said: “As the blockchain is already becoming a real opportunity for many companies and their future, it is crucial to have both mindset and know-how to make blockchain part of new digital strategies. It is vital that you, as top leaders, take a hard look at operating models, identify potential disruptions within industry and markets, and simply push forward. Joining SophiaTX can accelerate the business innovation cycle dramatically.”

Mr. Kacina’s speech was followed by a live SophiaTX platform demonstration by team members Marian Hires, Martyn Harler and Lubomir Vranka. The team showcased supply chain optimization opportunities in the automotive industry with integration to SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business One systems. The demo and discussion extended into how the platform can enhance enterprise systems to enable innovative use cases and processes within several other industries. For example, SophiaTX helps companies overcome common problems such as lack of end-to-end supply chain visibility with insight to planned and current demand, traceability of critical items and inventory, constraints in supply at any desired level of the product hierarchy, and improper management of changes to already placed orders.

“Use of blockchain-based applications in supply chain management streamlines the sharing of data, ensuring both the accuracy and availability of the information among all members in a multi-tier supplier ecosystem” Mr. Vranka explained during the live demo.

“In summary, the SophiaTX blockchain platform, build on a fast and secure protocol, provides efficient sharing of data and removes the main obstacle that companies face in collaboration. It simply enables new breakthrough efficiencies in coordination across entire value chains.”, Jaroslav explained during the discussion.

Mr. Kacina pointed out the example of the Internet of Things (IoT), where the technology and sensors represent one of the fastest growing techs today. Combined with blockchain technology, IoT sensors can provide true transparency, trust, and level of collaboration that will lead to a completely new set of market behaviors and subsequently products and services.

Noticeably, SophiaTX’s roadmap also includes not only IoT integration but also wearables, smart devices, and other technologies including Analytics and Big Data, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence. This range of technologies allows traditional ERP systems to evolve into more hybrid Enterprise / ERP systems with new digitally enabled business functions and processes with greater agility and independence.

[Panel discussion] (From Left to Right) Jaroslav Kacina, CEO of SophiaTX, Jan Peter Speijer, Head of Products at SophiaTX, Effendy Zulkifly, CEO of Blockchain Academy Asia, & Tom Wong, CEO of Cheng & Co.

[Panel discussion] (From Left to Right) Jaroslav Kacina, CEO of SophiaTX, Jan Peter Speijer, Head of Products at SophiaTX, Effendy Zulkifly, CEO of Blockchain Academy Asia, & Tom Wong, CEO of Cheng & Co.

The event concluded with a discussion panel between CEO of Cheng & Co, Tom Wong; CEO of Blockchain Academy Asia, Effendy Zulkifly and Head of Products at SophiaTX, Jan Peter Speijer.

Top Three Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Your Business Faces Right Now

Written By Kim Del Fierro, VP of Marketing for Area 1 Security 

The business world has become more competitive than ever. Not only is there increased pressure on companies to be profitable, but also to keep information safe. For many companies, cybersecurity is an area that’s easy to cut back on, but that can prove to be an expensive mistake.

According to the PwC Global Economic Crime Report, cybercrime is now the second most reported economic crime, affecting 31 percent of organizations. The percentage is high, and if cybersecurity doesn’t become a priority in business, it will certainly get higher. As the leader and owner of a company, do you know which cybersecurity vulnerabilities your organization may have right now? Let’s take a look:

1. Lack of Policies that Prevent Most Common Threats

The first and most apparent vulnerability in any system relates to security fundamentals. Today, every company needs a cybersecurity policy to set security standards. Specific, well-established practices such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) have proven risky and need to be strictly governed. According to the 2018 Verizon Mobile Security Index, 74 percent of businesses say that their mobile security risks have gone up in the past year. Therefore, if you haven’t set strict security standards for your employees to follow, it’s time to start.

2. Reactive Mindset

Due to resource constraints, many organizations will do only the bare minimum when it comes to cybersecurity. However, in this day and age, covering the basics is not enough. Waiting for an attack to happen and then reacting is a sure-fire way for you to be much worse off when everything is over than if you had taken proper steps to protect your assets.

While having a reaction plan in place is generally considered good practice, that can’t be the extent of your cybersecurity solutions. Considering how fast cybersecurity threats are evolving, investing in proactive security solutions is quickly becoming a must for businesses.

3. The Human Factor

According to Experian’s 2018 Managing Insider Risk Through Training and Culture Report, 66 percent of surveyed professionals felt that employees posed the greatest vulnerability when it came to cyberthreats.

This isn’t unexpected, considering that the human factor is usually the weakest link in any security system. While training can help to eliminate the most common causes of human error in cybersecurity, described as “general carelessness,” it isn’t enough.

When you take into consideration the fact that a majority of organizations face phishing email attacks frequently, the scope of the problem falls into perspective. Even when employees are rigorously trained, mistakes happen. All it takes is one careless reaction to a suspicious email.

This is why we must work on solutions that prevent phishing cyberattacks before they even reach your employees’ inboxes. Area 1 Security’s Anti-Phishing solution offers precisely that, by spotting phishing attacks days in advance.

Businesses today might be even more vulnerable than they seem to their owners. It’s crucial for every C-level executive to know precisely what type of damage a data breach can inflict, and which proactive solutions can prevent it from happening. When it comes to phishing attacks, you’ll be far safer with Area 1 Horizon, the anti-phishing technology that neutralizes today’s most dangerous cybersecurity threats.

Kim Del Fierro, VP of Marketing for Area 1 Security.

Kim Del Fierro, VP of Marketing for Area 1 Security

New Jewelry Line from Designer / Entrepreneur Vivian Storms

Features One-of-a-Kind Sculptural Artwork from Acclaimed Cold Glass Artist Jack Storms

Even though Vivian Storms has accomplished much in her young life — she’s only 31 — including being a child star in her native Brazil, a publisher, CEO, manager of an art gallery, marketing expert, fashion designer, and mother, she never imagined she’d become a designer of her own jewelry line.

Viv Storms Fine Jewelry launched its new line of exceptional jewelry, fashioned from one-of-a-kind, original cold-glass artwork produced by her business partner, artist Jack Storms, on Aug. 1.

There were 500 pieces available, with five different designs for necklaces, rings, cuff links, earrings and pendants, all affordably priced starting at $500, and up. A pre-sale was launched on Aug. 1, with 360-degree videos of the pieces on the website www.vivstorms.com. Those who pre-ordered pieces received several perks, including deep discounts and entry into a giveaway of a $15,000 Jack Storms sculpture. Pre-ordered pieces will be delivered on Nov. 1. A portion of the proceeds of the pre-sale will go to charity.

“We have an amazing team of designers helping me take this crazy idea of a jewelry line based on fine art from a piece of paper to reality,” said Vivian about the process of creating the line.

Over the last decade, Jack has become a dominant force in the landscape of cold-glass art. The effect of his work is palpable. Take one look at any of his masterpieces, and it’ll become obvious that, aside from technical prowess, there’s something else at work. It’s that artistry that Vivian, the brains behind the Storms company, thought of harnessing three years ago.

Vivian believed Jack’s craft had a lot more to offer, so she set herself the task of reinterpreting his art and expanding the reach of the Storms name. Rendered in jewelry form, Jack’s art could be worn, carried and someday even passed down. With this venture, Vivian also combined two of her greatest passions: art and fashion.

But the scale of Jack’s sculptures and their sheer weight posed a challenge. Taking Jack’s work and striving for the same excellence — and the same painful precision and meticulous attention to detail — in a fraction of the size was by no means an easy task. The former husband-and-wife duo worked feverishly, side-by-side, to translate Jack’s creation into stones as small as 8mm. It took two and a half years, and various episodes of trial and error, to develop and perfect the process, but Vivian’s jewelry line is finally slated to launch in November.

With the brilliantly reflective core in mind, Vivian dreamed up the designs — which come in gold, silver and platinum — for her debut line, her first foray into fine jewelry.

In the Sophia collection, the stones drive the narrative and dictate the settings. The collection makes good use of simple, modern lines and contemporary features, all executed with an obsession with quality and elegance.

The Aria collection, on the other hand, sings another tune. While the stone is still the star attraction, it works hand-in-hand with ornate settings to display all facets of the duo’s vivid imagination. Here, Vivian opts for drama, in place of more minimalist design elements. The shimmering, light-catching stones are presented in romantic, storybook-like settings adorned with intricate scrollwork.

Manufactured entirely in the United States, between Los Angeles and Miami, both collections boast a timeless aesthetic, a true embodiment of outstanding work at the service of a radical vision.

When asked why someone should buy her jewelry, what with so many jewelry lines on the market, Vivian didn’t hesitate to answer.

“Because they are buying a piece of art from the foremost cold glass artist in the world,” she said. “These pieces do not exist anywhere else in the world. Every one of these pieces is different, they’re all original pieces of art, made by a master sculptor, one of only three in the world. The colors are just surreal.”

Vivian says she has more of an overarching view of the jewelry line than just selling necklaces and rings, beautiful and intricate as they are.

“It’s always been about bringing enlightenment with Jack’s art, it really changes people’s perception of everything, it’s more than a sculpture, he’s able to create something truly unique,” said Vivian. “For me it’s about bringing this art to the world — to see, to believe and to see the beauty of art. To involve more people and have this work touch them.”

Visit Viv Storms Fine Jewelry at www.vivstorms.com.

The Blockchain Skill Gap: Do We Have What It Takes to Build the Tools of Tomorrow?

Written by Donika Kraeva

Donika Kraeva

Donika Kraeva

The demand for blockchain engineers is at an all-time high. That shouldn’t come as a surprise given that the market cap for cryptocurrency increased from $17.7 billion to $565.1 billion last year. Now that more startups are embracing decentralized systems and existing businesses are offering cryptocurrency-related services, there’s an increasing need for highly-skilled professionals. However, there seems to be a serious talent shortage in this field. That means the exponential growth of the industry has left companies competing for developers from the same tech pool.

So, what do we need to bridge the skill gap? 

The Rise of Blockchain Tech

Today, we see blockchain reshaping several industries like retail and healthcare. Non-profit organizations and government agencies are also catching up, using blockchain to encourage trust through open and transparent networks.

Juniper Research conducted a study and found that venture capital investments in Blockchain and Bitcoin tech reached $300 million in the first six months of 2016 alone. Within a year, more than $1 billion had been diverted towards the development of blockchain startups.

One of these startups – globally applied and thus widely discussed lately – is Dentacoin. It’s the world’s first blockchain-based platform offering numerous applications and an industry-specific cryptocurrency to improve the access to, as well as the quality of dental care worldwide. With its insurance-like model, patients can receive lifelong preventive care through inexpensive fees paid in the DCN currency. Moreover, patients who maintain good oral hygiene through their mobile app, take surveys on their market research platform or give detailed feedback to their dentists are rewarded with the cryptocurrency, that can be used for covering dental services at more than 60 locations globally. Dentacoin is an example of a blockchain company that has successfully combined the skills of blockchain developers and real industry specialists (dentists, healthcare marketing specialists) to gain traction globally within a short time period.  

Blockchain Training Programs

Despite being in its primary stages, blockchain is a rapidly evolving field, and even the academic world is aware of its potential. To bridge the skill gap in this area, universities all over the world are now working with private companies to provide blockchain-related training programs and courses.

Developers who are interested in acquiring blockchain skills will be able to do so through numerous open online courses. As mentioned, universities are also offering lectures to match the increasing demand of the job market. Stanford University, for instance, provides hands-on courses to developers, including a three-unit classroom lecture with lab sessions focused on Bitcoin applications.

Apart from these, there are even greater movements set in place to bridge the talent gap in the blockchain industry. Let’s take Ethereum for example. It provides an initiative program that rewards developers who delete bugs and security flaws with cryptocurrency. However, FundRequest took this approach up a notch when they started a decentralized platform for open source collaboration. Their goal is to get the entire community mobilized and engaged. From there, programmers who want to get involved with blockchain can find projects like SingularityNET, which aims to accelerate the growth of the network by offering bounties and initiatives.

Conclusion

Education and specialized training are the best solutions for addressing the shortage of blockchain talents. To bridge the gap, there must be a globalized approach to training programs. Courses must be made accessible to developers around the world. We would have a better shot at bridging the talent gap if we make more programs available today.

Bounties and development initiatives encourage programmers to take up skills that are in demand, especially relating to blockchain. But will these be enough to ensure the future of the entire industry?

To drive the industry forward, we must support blockchain research as well. Some of the most brilliant developers today have yet to acquire the skills to operate in this new space. When they do, they must have the resources to innovate and build the tools of tomorrow.

If You’re a Busy Journalist Who’s Pressed For Time, Check Out These 10+ Time-Saving Solutions!

From accurate transcription services to secure messaging apps and curated podcasts, here are a list of tools for the increasingly busy journalist 

With Donald Trump’s “fake news,” the WikiLeaks scandal, the troll farms and increasing pressures to produce more unique content faster – professional journalists are working harder than ever trying to distinguish facts from fake information, record and edit video interviews and meet tight deadlines.

Solutions such as Go Transcript, Tape a Call, and Threema will make life easier for any journalist and their increasing workloads – but what are the other alternative solutions on the market? 

Transcription

Transcription has long been the bane of all journalists, and almost a rite of passage to journalists starting out their career. Even in this age of smartphones, there are very few alternatives to just putting on a pair of headphones and getting on with writing up that ten-minute interview that will most likely take around an hour. One transcription tool used by journalists is Go Transcript - a transcription service best-known for providing human-driven solutions, with an accuracy rate of 99%. Go Transcript has also previously been favoured by internationally-recognized media outlets such as the BBC and the Huffington Post. Automated transcription is also a solution, with providers such as Trint and oTranscribe providing an AI-based alternative. However, AI-transcription providers programmes may lack in accuracy in the event of excessive background noise or multiple speakers.

Voice

Making voice recordings (interviews and phone calls) used to be a problem. It sometimes involved a smartphone or tablet, a quiet room, recording the voice through the computer, then transferring it to the smart device. Thankfully, those days are over – suggested ways to record inbound calls are Tape a Call (iOS), which allows for the immediate download of incoming and outgoing calls, whilst Automatic Call Recorder provides Android users with a similar solution. For a desktop alternative, there is Simple Recorder which is free. 

Secure messaging apps

WikiLeaks, Panama Papers and most recently, the Cambridge Analytica Scandal have all brought wider awareness to the need for encrypted messaging apps. WhatsAppTelegram, and Viber are the most recognized apps of this type, but there are a number of other paid and non-paid alternatives on the market. South Korea’s KakaoTalk is one such option available for iOS and Android, as is Signal. Another newcomer is Swiss-made Threema, which even allows users to pin-protect their messages, media files, and voice calls. Unlike Kakao and Signal, it is a paid app.

Video editing

With the age of the smartphone in full-swing, video journalism isn’t going anywhere. Whilst mobile video editing is currently unable to match the power of desktop software, there are still a number of good apps that will make a mobile video look much more professional than it would do in its original form. In addition to standard in-built software for iOS and Android, there are also apps such as Magisto for the storytelling journalist, and FilamoraGo, which has been developed by Filamore who are already widely-praised for their video software.

Podcasts

Additional data shows that 48% of 18-25 year olds and 48% of 25-34 year olds in 2018 listen to a news podcast on a monthly basis. Journalists are no exception here. With more and more news being consumed via podcasts, Spreaker curates podcasts based on listener behaviour, and Overcast provides users with a handsome UX that sadly lacks in curation features and 3D touch support.

With a seeming abundance of solutions on the market aimed at making journalists’ lives easier, there is an answer to any journalists’ needs – whether they’d be cutting their teeth in the industry after graduation, a freelancer, or a seasoned veteran. All it takes is some experimenting to figure out what suits their needs best.

Why Focusing on People and Data Might Be the Distraction Hackers Need to Infiltrate Big Business

Written by Kim Del Fierro, VP of Marketing for Area 1 Security, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Kim Del Fierro

Kim Del Fierro

We live in times when it’s become easier than ever for hackers to breach an organization through social engineering. Breaches are primarily caused by phishing attacks, representing a huge security problem for businesses.

But why is this type of cybercriminal so widely represented in the statistics? What is it that makes it so easy and so profitable for hackers? We might not like the answers. The ever-increasing connectivity and focus on people and data is leaving us vulnerable to malicious attacks. To protect your business, you need to start thinking like a hacker. Let’s take a look at how they infiltrate big business and what can be done about it.

How Social Engineering Works

Since social engineering relies on personal information hackers can find online, it’s pretty difficult to counter. Before; that required some digging on the hacker’s part – now all it takes is a data-matching service like Spokeo and PeekYou, and they get all the information they might need and more. Cross-matching public records is one thing, but employees also freely share a lot of information on social media. This personal info is then used to target employees within a company with malicious emails, by posing as a trusted individual. From there, all a hacker needs to do is convince an employee to click on a malicious link or perform a wire transfer.

Are Individual Threats the Same as Company Threats?

As we can see, cybercriminals can efficiently use your social media information to reach their desired target within your company. Does that mean company executives should stop using social media altogether, or ban their employees from sharing any work-related information?

The short answer is yes. The long answer, if not “yes,” is that there should be strict policies in place about the use of social networks and what can and can’t be shared. For example, if a company executive posts about being on a business trip, hackers take that as a signal to try and perform BEC. Anything an employee posts about work projects or people they spend time with in the office can help cybercriminals construct an elaborate and believable social engineering scam. It is why every employee must assume the whole world is watching them when they want to post anything work-related on social media.

The frequency of Social Engineering and Phishing

It’s no accident that social engineering and phishing attacks are responsible for 95 percent of data breaches. They exploit what will always be the weak link in any company’s security chain – the people who work there. Relying on traditional protective measures such as firewall, antivirus, anti-spoofing techniques, etc. cannot stop all of these attacks. Education is vital for prevention, but with these scams getting more elaborate and difficult to spot, it doesn’t ensure safety.

What Can Protect Your Business?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you didn’t have to worry about phishing? Good news, the worrying stops today. It seems challenging to prevent phish, but Area 1 Security offers an Anti-Phishing Service that finds and eliminates phish through a combination of web crawling and small pattern analytics. With Area 1 Horizon, your business will be safe, and you won’t be adding to the pool of $5.3 billion in losses due to phishing attacks last year.

With the ever-increasing focus on people and data, businesses are leaving themselves wide open to hackers. In those circumstances, there are two options – limiting the information hackers can get about you through social media, or investing in preemptive and comprehensive phishing protection. At Area 1 Security, we stop phishing for good.

Land O’Lakes, Inc. Names Beth Ford President and CEO  

Ford brings decades of experience across six different industries as the company seeks to build on its track record of sustainable growth

Beth Ford

Beth Ford

The Land O’Lakes, Inc. Board of Directors announced today its selection of Beth Ford as President and CEO of one of the nation’s largest food and agricultural cooperatives and #216 on the Fortune 500. Ford assumes leadership of the company following the retirement of Chris Policinski. Ford will assume the role of President and CEO effective Aug. 1.

Ford comes to the CEO role after a series of successful executive postings within the company. In December 2017, Ford was named Chief Operating Officer of Land O’Lakes Businesses, in which role she oversaw Land O’Lakes’ WinField United, Purina Animal Nutrition and Dairy Foods business units. Prior to that, Ford was head of Land O’Lakes’ Dairy Foods and Purina Animal Nutrition businesses, where she led record performance and growth, leveraging innovation through R&D to strengthen both brands. She also was instrumental in the acquisition of Vermont Creamery in early 2017.

Prior to joining Land O’Lakes in 2011, Ford had excelled in executive operations management and supply chain roles at International Flavors and Fragrances, Mobil Corporation, PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Company and Scholastic. Ford has more than 20 years’ experience specifically in the areas of technology and R&D, as well, across these four companies.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Beth earned an MBA at Columbia University Business School and a BBA at Iowa State University. She remains involved in both universities, sitting on the Deming Center Board of Advisors for Columbia Business School and the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the College of Business at Iowa State.

Ford also sits on the Board of Directors for the National Milk Producers Federation and non-profit boards, including Greater Twin Cities United Way in Minneapolis. She sits on the Boards of Directors of two publicly traded companies, including PACCAR, Inc.

Announcing her appointment, Board Chairman Pete Kappelman said, “At a time of unprecedented change in the agriculture and food industries, no person is better suited to lead us into the future than Beth Ford. Since joining our company in 2011, Beth has proven she’s not afraid of hard work, and she sees every challenge as an opportunity to deliver more value for our cooperative. She’s built a track record of success in a wide array of leadership roles across a decades-long career, and in her seven years at Land O’Lakes, she has earned the trust and respect of our members, employees and customers. We are thrilled to have someone of such strong qualifications and character to build on the legacy of growth that Land O’Lakes has established.”

Commenting on her appointment, Ford said, “I’m humbled and honored to have the chance to serve this great organization. I am grateful to the Board of Directors for their trust in me and for the management team that built the strong foundation we currently enjoy. I look forward to continuing to work with the talented and dedicated leadership team, as well as our outstanding employees to deliver for our member-owners, customers and communities. There has never been a more exciting time to be in the agriculture and food industry. Together, our team will work to continue our growth trajectory, as we lead the way forward into the company’s next 100 years.”

Ford becomes the ninth CEO of Land O’Lakes, one of the nation’s largest agricultural cooperatives, which was founded in 1921. Ford and her spouse, Jill Schurtz, have three teenage children and live in Minneapolis.

About Land O’Lakes, Inc.  

Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2017 annual sales of $14 billion, Land O’Lakes is one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 216 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 97 years of operation, Land O’Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition, WinField United and Land O’Lakes SUSTAINTM. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O’Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.