A crisis can be used by leaders to uncover what's not working and discover opportunities for growth, writes Eileen McDargh. She offers six questions leaders can ask to pinpoint such improvements and how to develop the "intelligent optimism" that marks resiliency.
Credibility is key for leaders who want to build a high-trust environment, but they must use that leverage to be transparent and honest, especially during a crisis, writes Stephen M.R. Covey. "The reality is that with trust as our currency, we can be far more agile, collaborative and innovative," he writes.
Boyce Technologies, which manufactures ventilators that are being used to treat coronavirus patients, has been hit with ransomware by the DoppelPaymer gang. The hackers are threatening to post data stolen from the company, which was manufacturing 300 ventilators a day before it was attacked.
More than 40% of Android devices contain a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip that researchers say has more than 400 vulnerabilities, putting them at risk of malicious activity such as denial of service, data theft and spying. Qualcomm has patched the vulnerabilities, though the threat remains until networks and vendors push updates out to users.
The FBI is urging the private sector to stop using Windows 7, which is no longer supported and is seen by hackers as a "soft target." The costs of upgrading, the FBI says, "do not outweigh the loss of intellectual property and threats to an organization" that could occur with a breach.
Google has unveiled Android 11's last beta edition, which mostly features optimizations and bug fixes, in advance of the operating system's official release date. The update includes Exposure Notification System enhancements that allow the contact-tracing app to run without requiring users to turn on location settings.
WordPress' parent company, Automattic, is making its own internal collaboration tool, called P2, available for free in beta in an effort to help facilitate collaboration among teams. The tool, which Automattic has been using for more than 10 years, concentrates on cross-time-zone asynchronous communication.
VMware's recently released Horizon 8 comes with new support for more cloud services, instant clone capabilities, improved collaboration support and better security. The platform also lets customers handle hybrid environments and provides more RESTful APIs.
From EY comes another signal that the Big Four consulting/accounting firms are pursuing significant slices of the legal services market: John Knox, EY's new Singapore-based leader of legal managed services, says he plans to "double, triple, quadruple the size of our business pretty quickly." State laws are changing, which could clear the way for more activity in law by EY and peer companies PwC, Deloitte and KPMG.
The jury remains out on the overall effects of COVID-19 on legal practices, but if remote working becomes permanent, technology likely will benefit. Mark Yacano of Major, Lindsey & Africa says the "flywheel of adaptation and innovation" is turning faster and "the cost of investing in technology is far less than carrying the current real estate footprint," particularly in high-cost cities.