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Security surrounding social media and m-commerce top IT priorities

BY Marianne Wilson

Menlo Park, Calif. — Managing and classifying enterprise data is the number one security and privacy area in need of improvement, and remains a major challenge for IT departments, according to a survey about IT risk factors for 2013 published by global consulting firm Protiviti.

The 2013 IT Priorities Survey found that IT executives are struggling to manage the wide variety of technology risk, regulatory compliance and performance challenges that now face them.

Among 21 areas of technical knowledge, survey respondents identified social media security and mobile commerce security as the areas needing most improvement. CIOs and their staffs indicated that they intended to strengthen their cyber security capabilities in order to tackle the growing threat of breaches — and potential incident response procedures — as well as ensuring their compliance with the increasing number of state and federal information security requirements

Executive-level respondents also rated mobile commerce security, policy and integration among their top five priorities in the new survey’s technical knowledge section, which contrasts strongly with the 2011 survey in which none of these areas made the top of the list. Interestingly, challenges related to virtualization and cloud computing receded in the rankings compared to 2011, suggesting IT departments have a higher level of confidence in managing these areas.

In other findings:

  • The IT function’s top priorities are related to strategy and organization, reflecting a need to enhance the clarity and precision with, which IT performance is measured, monitored and reported internally and externally, as needed to customers.
  • In terms of IT infrastructure, platform performance planning and storage management and planning are listed as top concerns, with respondents ranking their competency level in these categories at 2.8 on a scale of one to five.

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May-13-2013 11:17 am

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S.Hance says:
Mar-12-2013 03:42 am

We should secure our social networks because a lot of hackers in the world who can access your account. It should prioritize this. - J. Kale Flagg

S.Hance says:
Mar-12-2013 03:42 am

We should secure our social networks because a lot of hackers in the world who can access your account. It should prioritize this. - J. Kale Flagg

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Zale Q2 profit better than expected

BY Marianne Wilson

Dallas — Zale Corp. on Thursday posted a better than expected second quarter profit as sales rose at its namesake chain and it cut selling and administrative costs. The company restated its forecast that it will return to profit for its current fiscal year, which ends in late July.

Net profit in the quarter ended January 31, 2012, rose to $41.2 million, compared with $28.8 in the year-ago period.

Revenues rose 1.1% to $671 million. Overall same-store sales increased 2.8%, with a 3.6% increase at Zales and Zales Outlets.

Selling, general and administrative were down to 41.6% of sales, from 42.5% a year earlier.

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Sam Adams unveils the Sam Can

BY CSA STAFF

BOSTON — Early this summer, you can expect to see Sam Adams Boston Lager in what the company is calling the Sam Can: a can two years in the making that beer manufacturer Sam Adams said it believes offers a slightly better drinking experience than the standard beer can.

Over the past two years, the company thoroughly researched the can’s design, putting it through considerable ergonomic and sensory testing in order to develop a new kind of can that tastes more similar to drinking from a glass. Sam Adams worked with can manufacturer Ball Corp. to understand can design, technology and hot o package premium beer in cans; then they teamed up with a design team at IDEO, a recognized global design firm; and finally, they consulted with GEI Consultants’ Roy Desrochers, a beer flavor expert for the Master Brewer’s Association of the Americas.

While Sam Adams said in a press release that the difference between its Sam Can and a standard can is modest, it believes the new design offers enhanced flavors and a more comfortable drinking experience. The new product can be taken where glass bottles sometimes can’t, such as the beach, sporting events or the golf course.

"I worked with Jim and the other brewers at Sam Adams on an ergonomic and flavor study to understand the benefits of the new can," Desrochers said. "The flared lip and wider top of the new Sam Can work in concert to deliver the beer in a way that makes the flavor closer to drinking out of a glass. Although subtle, this can delivers a more pronounced, more balanced flavor experience — something that was very important to the brewers. The extended lip of the can also creates a smoother, more comfortable overall drinking experience."

Sam Adams Boston Lager will be available Sam Cans in 12-packs this summer for a suggested retail price of $14.99 to $17.99.

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