It’s time to think twice about retail loyalty programs

Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing

As I was starting to write this blog, yet another retail program data breach occurred, for Marriott’s Starwood loyalty program. In this case, it looks as though the attackers had been on the Starwood network for somewhere around three years, mining out their reservations database (keep in mind that Marriott only acquired Starwood in 2016 ). What I’d originally planned to write about was a topic that directly applies – why retailers of all stripes are not investing in data security.

#ModernDataMasters: Mike Evans, Chief Technology Officer


A passion of mine is imparting the knowledge and experience that the data leaders of today possess to the next generation of data professionals. This ensures that we offer relevant and value-added services to the businesses we work with. The definition of success, from my perspective as a manager of a consulting organisation, is our clients achieving the business benefit they want and being delighted with our services. Kate Tickner, Reltio.

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#ModernDataMasters: Steve Whiting, Chief Operations Officer


Service-based business & technology enablers such as IaaS / IPaaS (Integration as a Service), DQaaS (Data Quality as a Service), DMaaS (Data Migration as a Service) etc. The first three are already established to varying degrees but the latter is supported by the ongoing trend of cloud and smart infrastructure supporting these “service-based” initiatives. It’s called “Managing a Professional Services Firm” by David Maister.

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Q&A: Why SOAR startup Syncurity is bringing a ‘case-management’ approach to threat detection

The Last Watchdog

SOAR, if you haven’t heard, is a hot new technology stack that takes well-understood data mining and business intelligence analytics methodologies — techniques that are deeply utilized in financial services, retailing and other business verticals – and applies them to cybersecurity. In addition, I see more and more service providers adopting SOAR, as the MSSP and MDR markets grow at 15% and 30% respectively according to Gartner.

Oracle critical patch advisory addresses 284 flaws, 33 critical

Security Affairs

The bug affected the OCA’s Diameter Signalling Router component and its Communications Services Gatekeeper. The flaw also affected the Financial Services Analytical Applications Infrastructure, the Fusion Middleware MapViewer, and four three Oracle Retail components. Oracle released the first critical patch advisory for 2019 that addresses a total of 284 vulnerabilities, 33 of them are rated “critical”.

Cognitive Agents to Improve User Experience

Perficient Data & Analytics

This self-service technology is capable of understanding human language to provide accurate information and quickly direct users to the next optimal step. And it includes self-learning systems that leverage data mining, pattern recognition, and natural language processing (NLP) to mimic patterns of the human brain. Multinational Software Company | Reshaping the customer service experience with IBM Watson cognitive agent. // CHALLENGE? //. In a world where over 2.5

Top 10 Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Vendors

eSecurity Planet

LogicManager’s GRC solution has specific use cases across financial services, education, government, healthcare, retail, and technology industries, among others. Financial reporting compliance.

Leaders need the technical detail

MIKE 2.0

I recently heard a financial services executive on the radio talking about Bitcoin. Just as many experts argue that cyber currencies will soon fall under the supervision of existing regulators as predict a completely open financial system. Medical, mining and energy businesses are among those that should be on the lookout for more immediate applications and perhaps partner on research efforts.

After the Token Act: A New Data Economy Driven By Small Business Entrepreneurship

John Battelle's Searchblog

The Token Act levels the playing field, forcing both to win where it really matters: In service to the customer. Since moving to the area from California, she’s noticed two puzzling trends: First, a dearth of interesting mid- to high-end dinner spots walking distance from her new place, and second, what appears to be higher-than-average vacancy rates for the retail storefronts in the same general area. Were you a limo service in the Bronx looking for new customers?

Federal Agency Data is Under Siege

Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing

Its unique capabilities include the design and deployment of equipment, systems and services to meet complex security requirements. The 57 percent rate statistic is the highest of all verticals we measured in this year’s report (others include the healthcare industry, the retail industry, and the financial services industry) or any region surveyed. federal respondents used more than five Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) vendors.

The ONE Key Aspect of DB2 for z/OS Table-Controlled Partitioning that People Seem Most Likely to Forget

Robert's Db2

First, the basics: table-controlled partitioning refers to a means of range-partitioning the data in a table, so that, for example, sales records for retail store numbers 1-25 go into table space partition 1, records for store numbers 26-50 go into partition 2, records for store numbers 51-75 go into partition 3, and so on. Sometimes, an important DB2 for z/OS feature can be out there for years, and yet not be fully appreciated by lots of people in the DB2 user community.