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Technology Decisionmakers Weigh in on 5G

It’s been said repeatedly that 5G is one of the biggest market opportunities in the next decade, but an unclear roadmap has been a hurdle up to this point. Is this still the case going into 2021? At CES, 2021 was heralded as the year of transition from readiness and availability of 5G. But, then again, 2020 was predicted by many to be the year of 5G, but now that the year is over, it’s safe to say 2020 will be known for other things. New research provides a glimpse into how business technology decisionmakers and their companies are positioned toward 5G …

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Highlights from CES 2021

It’s January 2021, and the world we live in today is different than the world we lived in last January. The annual CES show reflected this reality. Several things were different about this year’s conference, which wrapped up last week. First and foremost, CES was 100% virtual. And while healthcare is always present at CES, there was a unique focus on pandemic-inspired devices and solutions in 2021. And yet, it was still CES. There was still a lot of dramatic flair in the presentations, even though there was no live audience to experience them in person. There were still a lot …

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Cybersecurity and Privacy During a Lingering Pandemic

The cybersecurity game changed in 2020. Remote work surged, along with things like employee health monitoring and data sharing around COVID-19. Cybercrime surged as well. Companies had to worry not only about outsider threats but also insider threats; data breaches due to employee negligence or inexperience in their new remote roles cost businesses big time. In 2021, how will 2020’s legacy impact the future of work, privacy, and IT spending in the enterprise?In 2020, hordes of workers were forced to transition to remote work quickly. GWA (Global Workplace Analytics) estimates that these work-from-home initiatives saved U.S. employers more than $30 billion dollars …

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Energy and Sustainability Trends in the COVID Era and Beyond

COVID-19 looms over the 2021 sustainability outlook, and the pandemic has and will continue to impact all aspects of society in large and still unknown ways. Connected World discussed this topic with Matt Kromer, head of grid integration at Fraunhofer, who shared his thoughts on 2021 sustainability trends, how IoT (Internet of Things) technologies will help businesses and governments pursue sustainability in the next year, and how COVID-19 will impact sustainability goals and initiatives in 2021 and beyond.From a macro-economic perspective, Kromer points out that COVID-19 spurred a large drop in energy use in 2020. For instance, DNVGL projects an 8% reduction in global …

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States Pursued Sustainability, Even in 2020

Typically, the space is pretty burned out on tech buzz words of the year by the time December rolls around. But this year, tech buzz words’ place in the news has been usurped by all things COVID. Had COVID-19 not stolen most headlines since March, sustainability would have been more of a hot topic in 2020. And while sustainability may have taken a bit of a back seat during this year of the pandemic, it will be a trend that carries throughout the 2020s, because experts are appear optimistic upon entering 2021.
The ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) recently released …

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A New and Expanded Playing Field for Cybercriminals

The double whammy for cybersecurity in 2020 has been the huge increase in the number of remote workers and the heightened everything surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, these factors have created a new and expanded playing field for cybercriminals looking to prey on people’s fears and take advantage of overwhelmed IT departments trying to support work-from-home productivity.
Critical operations and infrastructure have been a big target for cybercriminals this year as these malicious actors look to disrupt industries such as healthcare, government, and education in times of unease, upheaval, and rapid change. A new report from RiskIQ, for instance, outlines …

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