Early last week we wrote about SolarWinds and the potential for another leg to drop. SolarWinds has a long road to recovery. Cyberbreaches of that sort don't engender customer trust and often lead to significant customer churn. What other companies may be at risk of a cyberbreach? Tickers mentioned: AMZN, AVGO, CERN, EFX, EXPGF, FICO, … Continue reading SolarWinds Is One of Many Cyberbreaches to Come
Cyberbreaches do not receive enough attention. The last time we railed against a company related to a Cyberbreach was the Equifax (tkr: EFX), hack of 2017. That breach was disclosed in September 2017 despite the fact that the company had knowledge of the hack for months. EFX executives sold stock ahead of the disclosure. SolarWinds … Continue reading Is There Another Leg To Drop In The SolarWinds Cyberbreach?
Were I to go to market with an Enterprise Software product portfolio I would stress our CyberSecurity capability in all product marketing efforts. It doesn't matter what the core product offering is - CRM, HRMS, POS, Payroll - CyberSecurity must be baked into the offering. To make CybeSecurity an afterthought is to risk losing revenue … Continue reading CyberSecurity As A Competitive Differentiator
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
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?
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
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.
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 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
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