Tag: Cybersecurity

Insurers as Acquirers and TEK2day’s “On-Demand CAO” Service

Insurers as Acquirers and TEK2day’s “On-Demand CAO” Service

We believe large insurance carriers could bolster their valuations by taking equity stakes in leading InsurTech, AutoTech, PropTech, HealthIT, FinTech and CyberSecurity companies. Sound too ambitious? Sounds rational to us. First, an announcement: We have launched a new Data & Analytics advisory service - "On-Demand CAO" - which is primarily geared to mid-market insurance carriers. … Continue reading Insurers as Acquirers and TEK2day’s “On-Demand CAO” Service

Is The Federal Reserve Warming Up To Digital Currency?

Is The Federal Reserve Warming Up To Digital Currency?

It would appear so as the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is partnering with MIT to explore digital currency. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is partnering with MIT on the Digital Currency Initiative ("DCI"). DCI will collaborate with the Bank to build a hypothetical digital currency. The Fed and MIT will collaborate in a … Continue reading Is The Federal Reserve Warming Up To Digital Currency?

3 FinTech Names & Long-Term Trends

3 FinTech Names & Long-Term Trends

We rank three FinTech companies - FactSet, IHS Markit and SS&C Technologies - from a relative risk standpoint. We also outline key long-term trends that will impact the capital markets and companies that sell into this segment of the Financial Services industry. A few long-term trends will impact the capital markets and participant organizations. These … Continue reading 3 FinTech Names & Long-Term Trends

One M&A Prophecy Fulfilled. More to Come.

One M&A Prophecy Fulfilled. More to Come.

Debt remains cheap. Strategic acquirers and PE firms are flush with cash. It doesn't take a genius to arrive at the conclusion that Software & Services M&A activity will remain healthy in 2020 all else held equal. (tickers mentioned: ACN, AVGO). Today's news that Accenture (ticker: ACN) agreed to acquire Symantec's CyberSecurity Services business from … Continue reading One M&A Prophecy Fulfilled. More to Come.

AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

Hear that? Someone is listening. In fact, they all are: Google, Microsoft, Amazon, even Apple (who has positioned itself as a privacy champion). AI - more specifically the neural networks that power voice assistants - are far from fully autonomous. Deep learning models require human assistance at this juncture. Fair. It is when companies do … Continue reading AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

The Software Treadmill: Keep Pace or Fall Behind

The Software Treadmill: Keep Pace or Fall Behind

The software industry is fluid and unforgiving - especially the CyberSecurity space. Companies either innovate or fall behind. There is no such thing as standing still. This week semiconductor firm Broadcom (tkr: AVGO) agreed to acquire Symantec's Enterprise business. Symantec (tkr: SYMC), is a CyberSecurity software vendor and is a laggard in an industry that's … Continue reading The Software Treadmill: Keep Pace or Fall Behind

CyberSecurity Is Not Someone Else’s Problem

CyberSecurity Is Not Someone Else’s Problem

We have definitely entered a period of CyberSecurity fatigue. When Capital One's (tkr: COF), stock barely gets hit in the aftermath of a significant CyberBreach you know many investors - as Rhett Butler once said - "don't give a damn". CEO's need to "own" CyberSecurity and operate it like a line of business. Customer PII … Continue reading CyberSecurity Is Not Someone Else’s Problem

We Applaud Creative M&A Strategies

We Applaud Creative M&A Strategies

It has leaked that semiconductor giant Broadcom (tkr: AVGO) is working to acquire CyberSecurity software company Symantec (tkr: SYMC).  Semiconductor investors are not fans of the deal as AVGO shares have traded off 6% since the news leaked. Conversely, we like the prospective acquisition for a couple of reasons: First, Symantec’s recurring revenues will help … Continue reading We Applaud Creative M&A Strategies

Use Two-Factor Authentication (“2FA”) to Reduce the Risk of Compromised Data

Use Two-Factor Authentication (“2FA”) to Reduce the Risk of Compromised Data

Two-factor authentication or 2FA is virtually painless and greatly mitigates the risk of compromised personal and enterprise data. People don’t like to be told “take your medicine” much less read about it. However, an ounce of prevention goes a long way. Whether you wish to add a layer of security beyond the common password to … Continue reading Use Two-Factor Authentication (“2FA”) to Reduce the Risk of Compromised Data

CyberSecurity Should Be A CEO and Board-level Priority

CyberSecurity Should Be A CEO and Board-level Priority

Fortune 500 real estate title insurer First American Financial Corp. (ticker: FAF) leaked hundreds of millions of documents related to mortgage transactions dating back to 2003. CEOs and Boards Need to Make CyberSecurity A Top Priority We have previously taken the position on our podcast and in this newsletter that CyberSecurity is a C-level/ Board-level … Continue reading CyberSecurity Should Be A CEO and Board-level Priority