Microsoft patents biometric 'wellness insights' tool for workers

Credit to Author: Matthew Finnegan| Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 04:32:00 -0700

Microsoft has patented an employee “wellbeing” recommendation feature that uses biometric data to detect a worker’s stress levels when completing tasks such as sending emails, encouraging them to take a break when anxiety levels run high.

The “Emotion Detection From Contextual Signals For Surfacing Wellness Insights” patent, filed in October 2019 and published last week, describes a “wellness insights service” that collates data from a range of sources. This includes blood pressure and heartrate monitoring data that could be obtained from an employees’ wearable devices, such as smart watches and fitness trackers.

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VMware targets remote work security with Anywhere Workspace

Credit to Author: Matthew Finnegan| Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 09:33:00 -0700

Providing secure access to vital applications has been a key challenge for businesses forced to adapt to remote working during the pandemic. And with many businesses set to continue to support a distributed workforce even after offices reopen, it will remain a priority for IT for some time.

With this in mind, VMware has unveiled a suite of security and endpoint management tools to support remote workers. VMware Anywhere Workspace, announced on Tuesday, combines VMware’s Workspace One, a “digital workspace platform” that delivers applications across a range of devices, with its Carbon Black Cloud endpoint security tools and SASE, which provides secure network access for distributed teams.

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WFH security lessons from the pandemic

Credit to Author: Bob Violino| Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2021 03:00:00 -0800

A year ago, IT and cybersecurity teams faced a number of challenges — constantly emerging threats, data privacy regulations, and a significant and widening skills gap, to name a few. Then things really got difficult.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on business processes changed the security dynamic in a big way, making matters even more complex. Shifts to cloud services were accelerated. E-commerce efforts were launched or expanded. COVID-related cyberattacks became common.

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Digital Everything: How I onboarded as a CDO from my home office

Credit to Author: Peter Weckesser| Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2021 17:56:18 +0000

Technology is one of my passions and I’ve spent many years of my career pursuing the digital transformation of the ways we work. I’ve also been using digital collaboration tools… Read more »

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The work-from-home employee’s bill of rights

Credit to Author: Galen Gruman| Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 03:00:00 -0800

Remote work became the new normal quickly as COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns came into force in spring 2020, and it’s clear that after the pandemic recedes, remote work will remain the norm for many employees — as much as half the deskbound “white collar” workforce, various research firms estimate. As a result of the sudden lockdowns, many employees had to create makeshift workspaces, buy or repurpose personal equipment, and figure out how to use new software and services to be able to keep doing their jobs.

Users and IT departments alike made Herculean efforts to adapt quickly and ensure business continuity, and the result was an improvement in productivity despite the pandemic. But now the pandemic has become a longer-term phenomenon, and remote work will become more commonplace, even desirable as a way to save on office expenses and commute time, even after the pandemic subsides.

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A week in security (November 23 – November 29)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2020 10:44:12 +0000

A roundup of cybersecurity news from November 23 – 29, including Zoom, Spotify, and the IoT Cybersecurity Bill.

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Working from home? Slow broadband, remote security remain top issues

Credit to Author: Matthew Finnegan| Date: Mon, 05 Oct 2020 05:01:00 -0700

Unreliable home broadband connectivity is the primary technical challenge businesses are having to deal with as remote working continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s one takeaway from a survey of 100 C-level executives and IT professionals in the US by Navisite designed to highlight the biggest headaches for organizations providing IT services to workers since offices began to close in March.

Around half (51%) of those surveyed said they experienced some “IT pains” during the rapid shift to support home workers, while almost a third (29%) continue to face technical challenges.

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