Communications networks play a vital role in transmission and distribution grid operations. But this role is evolving as power utilities begin to migrate legacy services and embrace smart grid applications. To succeed in the future, utilities will need reliable, secure, and cost-effective communications solutions that give them greater control over grid operations and automation.

This paper examines key challenges that are driving power utilities to modernize the communications infrastructure that supports their grids. It explains how utility communications requirements are changing and why utilities should re-examine the cost of their existing solutions compared to modern solutions and determine which best addresses their current and future needs.


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Digital transformation is bringing substantial benefits in railway safety, operational efficiency and reliability, as well as an enhanced passenger experience. Yet, it also inevitably increases the vulnerability of railways to cyber-threats.

This means that the continued protection of rail infrastructure will require stronger and more robust railway communications network security, with new technological and process measures being implemented.

Download this white paper and learn more about the growing threat of cyber-attacks and how to tackle that.


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Get Good At It. It Matters.

Only 12% of employees strongly agree their organization does a great job of onboarding new employees. Your team deserves better.


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As an HR person, you know how important exceptional recruiting is – when it’s good, it can make an organization; when it’s bad, it can break it. As the recruiting pro at your employer, you know how easy it is for the process to get out of whack.

It sounds easy: a job opens up, you write an ad, post it, evaluate a manageable amount of applicants and presto-change-o you have a spot-on new employee.

But the reality is a lot more complicated.

  • The open position might need a different skill set than it did before.
  • Job ads need to highlight company culture.
  • There are so many places to post jobs it’s hard to know where your candidates are.
  • It’s time-consuming to post to multiple channels.
  • Too many applications mean entire work weeks dedicated to sorting, reporting and staying compliant with federal guidelines.
  • Too few applicants mean an extended search and possibly poor candidates.
  • Applicant evaluation is tricky when you’re not the direct report.

Recruiting can be simple, efficient and a robust way to build a high-quality workforce. Here are secrets from the trade — five ways to improve your process and get the best team members.

 


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This whitepaper from the SANS Institute focuses on the growing use and benefits derived from information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) convergence which includes more effective management and operation of contemporary control systems. IT/OT convergence carries unique challenges that make managing and securing an industrial control system (ICS) more difficult. This is due to greater technical complexity, expanded risks and new threats to more than just business operations. This paper explores the issues that arise with the blending of IT and OT into combined cyber-physical systems where risks must be identifed and managed.

Download this report to get answers to these questions:

  • Why are digital asset inventories critical for IT/OT security risk management?
  • How does knowledge about risks and vulnerabilities to IT/OT systems lead to better risk management?
  • Can applying even a few of Center for Internet Security (CIS) Controls make a marked difference in the security posture of today’s control systems?

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Tenable Research’s analysis shows that how the race begins is a key indicator of how it will end. But, security teams have the power to reclaim the advantage by developing a risk-centric mindset and more agile vulnerability management.

Download the report now to:

  • Find out more about Tenable Research’s analysis of the 50 most prevalent vulnerabilities
  • Get recommendations on how to reduce the attacker’s seven-day window of opportunity
  • Learn how real-world threat actor activity can be leveraged to prioritize vulnerabilities for remediation and mitigate the attacker’s first-mover advantage

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Employees can now access your corporate data from any device, anywhere. But what does this new norm mean for your security?


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Annuities are a valuable resource for consumers’ retirement planning. They are a flexible tool that can protect income from market risk, provide tax-deferred growth potential,§ and put families in control of their financial futures.

With the right kind of education and guidance, clients can better understand the role that annuities can play in growing their investment portfolios and helping secure their financial plans.

You have a key role in helping clients set the strategy that supports their life choices and future dreams. This could include highlighting the benefits of annuities as a source of guaranteed income while still providing the potential for market growth.

A study conducted by Jackson and the Insured Retirement Institute found that just 21% of savers chose an annuity when framed as a pure investment, but 72% of the same group selected an annuity when described as a tool to provide retirement income over a long period.1

At Jackson, we provide clear and concise materials about annuities designed to support your client conversations and offer straightforward guidance on the realities of retirement.


What is an annuity:

An annuity is a long-term, tax-deferred vehicle designed for retirement. Variable annuities may involve investment risk and may lose value. Earnings are taxable as ordinary income when distributed and may be subject to a 10% additional tax if withdrawn before age 59½.

Guarantees are backed by the claims paying ability of the issuing insurance company.

§Tax deferral offers no additional value if an annuity is used to fund a qualified plan, such as a 401(k) or IRA, it also may not be available if the annuity is owned by a “non-natural person” such as a corporation or certain types of trusts.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

1Insured Retirement Institute and Jackson, “The Language of Retirement,” June 2017.


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Many manufacturers have been using the same processes and tools to bring new products to market for the last 35 years—since the Stage-Gate® methodology came into existence. With the introduction of smart, connected products, companies need to mature their product portfolio management processes and innovation tools.

In the 6th Product Portfolio Management Benchmark Study, conducted by Tech-Clarity and sponsored by Planview, we analyzed the Top Performers and what steps they take to ensure they are creating new, differentiated products that align with their organization’s strategic objectives and delivering these products on time. This analysis provides a roadmap that can help other companies overcome challenges and achieve higher levels of innovation and product profitability.

To learn more about the best practices of Top Performers, download the Executive Brief now.


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Are you really innovating? Or just faking it?

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions?

In this whitepaper, Carrie Nauyalis, Executive in Residence at Planview, gives you the 5 tell-tale signs to determine if your organization has a real culture of innovation or if you’re just faking it!


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