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Consumers Not Excited About Connected Appliances
Pablo Valerio  
6/8/2016   Post a comment
Consumers like the idea of connected devices, but many are reluctant to embrace the reality due to security concerns.
The Big Cost of Fast & Free in Logistics
Frank Cavallaro  
6/7/2016   (1) comment
In the race to get consumers their orders at ever-increasing pace, shippers and retailers try to mitigate the financial impact.
Enable Supply Chain Security Through an Authentication Data Network
Michael Schuldenfrei  
6/6/2016   Post a comment
Inadvertent use of recycled, refurbished, or re-marked components can result in significant business risk for a manufacturer’s customers. Technology can help.
A Peek at the Connected Car Platform Revolution
Mike Heald  
6/3/2016   Post a comment
Connected cars are hot--and there's potential to bring all sorts of other connected technologies into the ecosystem.
The Growth of Hybrid Offshore Supply Chains in Electronics Manufacturing
Tom Hennessey  
6/2/2016   (1) comment
Today, pure offshoring or reshoring initiatives rarely meet the needs of OEMs and EMS. Instead, a hybrid approach may allow these manufacturers to capture the best of both worlds.
New Battleground Arises for Communication & Technology
Mike Heald  
6/2/2016   Post a comment
Business ecosystem vs. business ecosystem: that's where business is won and lost in today's world. Will yours be victorious?
Exploring the Whys of Medical Device Manufacturing in Mexico
Scott Stanley  
5/31/2016   Post a comment
Mexico has become a central hub for manufacturing. With its low cost of labor, skilled workforce, and close proximity to the U.S. as compared to that of China, outsourcing to Mexico just makes sense for U.S. businesses.
Latest Whitepaper Puts a Lock on IoT Security
Rob Spiegel  
5/30/2016   Post a comment
Icon Labs has developed a whitepaper to help determine the type of cybersecurity needed based on the type of device.
Offshore Sourcing: Balancing Cost Savings & Risk
Thomas Smiley  
5/30/2016   Post a comment
It's really important to balance the potential cost savings of offshoring manufacturing against the considerable risk of failure.
'High Automation' Autonomous Cars on Roads by 2020
Charles Murray  
5/24/2016   Post a comment
Self-driving automotive technology took a big step forward this week as NXP Semiconductors rolled out a pizza-box-sized module called BlueBox that it says will bring production-level, “high automation” to the roads by 2020.
Next Wave Mobile Arrives & Benefits Supply Chain Bottom Line
Sean Mulroy  
5/24/2016   Post a comment
Reverse logistics will be the revenue-driving mechanism that will make leasing prosper and be the next wave in mobile. In order for leasing to catch on, all parties involved need to trust its value.
Never Overlook MRO & the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/20/2016   Post a comment
It's critical not to overlook indirect spend as a strategic activity for the supply chain as a place to streamline the supply chain and save cost.
Navigating the Upcoming Maelstrom of Data-Filled Used Products
Irv Grossman  
5/19/2016   Post a comment
The Internet of Things is set to explode. In this new era, OEMs are going to be faced with managing reverse logistics for more different products than ever before.
Specialty Electronics Distributors Up Customer Confidence, UBM Survey Said
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/18/2016   Post a comment
UBM's Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study, an annual ranking based on perceptions by supply chain, corporate, and design executives, provides a close look at how customers rate the performance of major electronics distributors.
Is the Mid-Range Smartphone a Compromise?
Jim McGregor  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
What level phone should you buy if mid-range phones now sport premium-level features? A thorough testing and comparison of Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy A9, and Huawei Mate 8 may surprise you.
Pay-Per-Use IoT Brings Monetization Opportunities to Electronics
Mary E. Shacklett  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
IoT devices inevitably contain electronic content, and in many emerging use cases, they present monetization opportunities for electronics companies willing provide services related to IoT-driven data.
Terrorism & Oil Prices Impact Global Supply Chain Resilience
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/13/2016   Post a comment
Released earlier this week, the 2016 FM Global Resilience Index ranks of countries’ business resilience to supply chain disruption.
Preparing for the Evolving Cybersecurity Landscape
Pamela Passman  
5/11/2016   Post a comment
The cyber risk landscape is evolving and companies need to prepare in specific ways for a more connected and complex environment.
North American Electronics Business Slowdown Slows and Some Signs are Positive
Latest Research  
5/10/2016   (1) comment
Printed circuit board (PCB) shipments was the one North American industry sector in this analysis that showed signs of growth in March.
Nucleus Research Issues 2016 Value Matrix for Supply Chain Design
Latest Research  
5/10/2016   Post a comment
Adaptability of supply chain assessment tools accelerates new operational efficiencies to distribution networks.
ECIA Reports Q1 CY16 Distribution Component Sales Up 2.4% Compared to Q4 CY15
Latest Research  
5/10/2016   Post a comment
Distribution reported component sales in North America for Q1 CY 2016 up 2.4% compared to Q4 CY 2015.
Cyber Attacks Increase in Danger
Rob Spiegel  
5/10/2016   Post a comment
Cybersecurity is getting to be a greater issue as attackers become better organized and more dangerous.
Container Carriers ‘Unhinged’ from World’s Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
5/10/2016   (1) comment
Instead of adding capacity, container carriers should be working together to find long-term solutions to the industry-wide capacity glut conundrum.
Public Display Unit Shipments and Revenue on the Rebound, IHS Says
Latest Research  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
According to the latest research from IHS Technology, public display shipments and revenue will rebound in 2016, as regional economies recover and more large projects are installed. In fact, unit shipments of public displays are expected to grow 9.3 percent year over year, reaching approximately 3 million units in 2016.
EBN@C-Level: A Conversation About the Shifting Supply Chain World with ON Semiconductor's Brent Wilson
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
EBN sat down with Brent Wilson, senior vice president, Global Supply Chain Operations and Procurement at ON Semiconductor to talk about the evolution of the company's supply chain strategy.
From Federated Solutions to Multipolar Markets: Reframing the Global Electronics Supply Chain
Lisa Ann Cairns  
5/3/2016   Post a comment
The rise in federated ecosystems and multipolar markets is rooted in rapid urbanization, which, in turn, is reshaping the global supply chain.
Getting Beyond Passwords in the Mobile Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/22/2016   Post a comment
This infographic offers step by step instructions on how users can secure their cell phones, which may contain critical business data, in a few easy steps.
Apple, Samsung Reinforce Ties Over iPhone's OLED Display
Paul Buckley  
4/21/2016   Post a comment
Reports indicate that Samsung Display has signed a deal with Apple to supply OLED displays for the next generation of iPhones.
Delving into the Top 5 Enterprise Labeling Trends
Josh Roffman  
4/18/2016   Post a comment
As labeling has becoming a mission-critical component in the supply chain, especially for those companies that are operating globally, we need to keep an eye on the trends and needs that are driving the optimization and efficacy of labeling.
Industrie 4.0 Gets a Boost from Bosch
Ariella Brown  
4/18/2016   Post a comment
Privately owned Bosch is taking a major role in Industrie 4.0 with its own IoT cloud.
IoT Security Top of Mind at ESC
Rob Spiegel  
4/15/2016   Post a comment
IoT security was a concerned voiced frequently at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston this week.
Electronics Retail Workforce Not Ready for Future
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/15/2016   Post a comment
Retailers say they aren't prepared to meet the challenges of a changing marketplace and feel unable to keep up with the pace of change, a new survey said.
Political Economy Impacts Future of U.S. Semi Industry
Apek Mulay  
4/8/2016   Post a comment
hout political analysis. It's critical to keep in mind that the elected officials are the ones who pass laws that may adversely affect or favor the electronics industry—so OEMs, contract manufacturers and others involved in the industry need to pay attention to the political economy.
UK Comms Regulator Pushes VHF Spectrum for IoT
John Walko  
4/7/2016   Post a comment
UK communications regulator Ofcom is laying out formal plans and a regulatory framework for the Internet of Things.
Making a Smartphone World
Logical Link  
4/7/2016   (1) comment
Dozens of third-world countries are in various stages of embracing technology in the form of a handheld device. And, that will continue to have far-reaching supply chain implications as component makers and OEMs strive to reach billions of people waiting to be part of the smartphone revolution.
Mobile to Mobility: Smart Lane Fast Tracks the IoT Supply Chain
Lisa Ann Cairns  
4/6/2016   Post a comment
MWC showcases new mobility partnerships and 5Gs impact on growth and opportunities.
What’s Keeping Supply Chain Managers Awake at Night?
Abe Eshkenazi  
4/5/2016   Post a comment
Learning about what keeps supply chain managers up at night provides leaders with a unique opportunity to proactively tackle issues that could derail their supply chain in the future.
4 Ways to Improve the State of American Manufacturing
Ron Keith  
4/4/2016   (2) comments
Here’s a look at four primary reasons for the long-term decline in U.S. manufacturing jobs, and potential solutions for each.
Pack It Up: the Evolving Business of Protective Packaging
Frank Cavallaro  
3/29/2016   Post a comment
Momentum favors sustainable packaging although there is still a lot of room for improvement.
Fabless Semis Potentially Erode Competitiveness
Syed Alam  
3/28/2016   Post a comment
Ballooning cost structures are undermining the competitiveness of many fabless companies. These organizations need to consider new strategies.
How to Make Money in Plastics Recycling
Pamela J. Gordon  
3/14/2016   (3) comments
Toss it or recycle it? Electronics OEMs and consumers like need to think about how to handle the electronic content in their products.
VR Device Shipments to Hit 50M Units by 2020
Peter Clarke  
3/11/2016   Post a comment
Virtual reality (VR) device shipments will total more than 50 million units by 2020, according to market research firm ABI Research. This equates to a compound annual growth rate of almost 85%.
Taiwan Earthquake Leaves Supply Chain Warnings in its Wake
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/8/2016   Post a comment
The recent earthquake in Taiwan offers a conversation starter for global electronics OEMs who are hoping to leverage the event as a cautionary tale for risk planning.
Logistics Management: How Market Volatility Impacts Freight Transportation Rates in 2016
Susan Fourtané  
3/7/2016   Post a comment
Industry analysts share views on how the economic slowdown of global markets is impacting freight transportation rates in 2016.
Atlas Robot Wows
R. Colin Johnson  
2/29/2016   (1) comment
Google's (now Alphabet's) Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot for DARPA wows, makes sci-fi feel like reality.
The Electronics Supply Chain Can Thrive in the Circular Economy
Pamela J. Gordon  
2/24/2016   Post a comment
The electronics supply chain has the potential to leverage best practices of the Circular Economy to improve and expand business.
MWC to Focus on Making 5G Real
Jessica Lipsky  
2/18/2016   Post a comment
OEMs, telcos and semi companies will continue to pave the yellow brick road toward 5G communications at this year’s Mobile World Congress. While last year featured heavy discussion around standardization, much of the 5G talk at the 2016 conference will center around commercialization.
On-Premise vs. SaaS vs. PaaS: Choose the Right e-Commerce Strategy
Rich Landa  
2/18/2016   Post a comment
2016 is a vital “do or die” stage for B2B companies looking to get ahead with e-commerce. Choosing the right path is critical.
Watson XPrize Worth $5 Million
R. Colin Johnson  
2/17/2016   Post a comment
IBM and XPrize will sponsor a Cognitive Computing Competition with a $5 million purse to be announced at TED2016.
Wearable Tech Goes à La Mode
Junko Yoshida  
2/16/2016   Post a comment
Please hold all eye rolling until after the slideshow...
Retailers Need to Woo Tech-Savvy Online Buyers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/12/2016   (1) comment
The more tech-savvy a customer is, the more likely that customer will want to buy their electronic gear using a mobile device, a new survey from UPS finds.
Why Is Industry 4.0 So Scary But Necessary At the Same Time?
William Ng  
2/11/2016   Post a comment
People don’t like change, but as did the three industrial revolutions before it, Industry 4.0 will deliver painful change and irrecoverable harm to those that don’t adapt.
Automotive Tech Advances Cast a Wide Net for Semiconductor Growth
Lisa Ann Cairns  
2/11/2016   Post a comment
Although the momentum for “driverless cars” has been gaining speed, there are many initial tech challenges to overcome. Meanwhile, the path towards autonomous vehicles is presenting healthy and sustainable competition for a wide set of companies along the semiconductor and electronics supply chain.
Maximize the Full Potential of 2015’s $100B M&A Activity
Dan Glotter  
2/10/2016   Post a comment
For merging companies in the manufacturing industry, it is clear that a timely, successful outcome is predicated on a quick, accurate, and consolidated assessment of the supply chain to optimize production and minimize disruption.
Picking up Good Vibrations: Artificial Trees Harvest Energy
Peter Clarke  
2/8/2016   Post a comment
Researchers from the University of Ohio have shown that tree-like structures made with electromechanical materials are suitable for converting winds or structural vibrations into electricity.
The Data Behind the State of American High-Tech Manufacturing
Ron Keith  
2/8/2016   (1) comment
A quick look at the statistics points to a failure to slow the decline of U.S. manufacturing.
Shipping Left Out in Climate Pact, Industry Deals with It
B. Cameron Gain  
2/4/2016   Post a comment
The Paris climate agreement didn't specifically charge the logistics industry with a role in change, but the industry is taking up the mantle anyway.
Weighing the Benefits & Risks of an Outsourced Supply Chain
Christopher Cobb  
2/3/2016   (1) comment
Using an outside source to manage supply chains can prove beneficial to many different kinds of companies.
UK Plans to Use Supply Chain Transparency to Combat Slavery
Ariella Brown  
2/3/2016   Post a comment
The only way to effectively stop the sale of the products of slave labor is to track all the parts used in the supply chain.
Super Bowl & NFL Offer Supply Chain Wisdom
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/29/2016   Post a comment
The much-anticipated contract negotiations between the NFL and its athletes has the potential to highlight the importance of these types of talks in the electronics supply chain.
Graphene-Based Inks Empowers High-Speed Manufacturing of Printed Electronics
Susan Fourtané  
1/28/2016   Post a comment
A low-cost, high-speed method for printing graphene inks and other conductive materials unveiled by University of Cambridge researchers could open up a wide range of applications including inexpensive printed electronics, intelligent packaging, and disposable sensors.
Set-Top Era Over, Says FCC
Rick Merritt  
1/27/2016   Post a comment
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced a proposal to force pay-TV operators to adopt open formats so any systems or software developer can access their content.
Getting Closure on the Gender Gap in Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/27/2016   (5) comments
Encouraging women to get involved in manufacturing may be one solid path to closing the looming employment gap.
Two in Five Wearable Devices Will Be Enabled for Wireless Charging by 2020, IHS Says
Latest Research  
1/26/2016   (1) comment
Wireless-charging-enabled wearable devices have already been introduced by high-profile volume manufacturers, and the potential for growth is immense
Fingerprint Sensor Market Growth Continues Upward Trajectory, IHS Says
Latest Research  
1/26/2016   Post a comment
While Apple continues to lead fingerprint sensor manufacturing, Fingerprint Cards (FPC) rose quickly to challenge second-ranked Synaptics in 2015.
IPSO Alliance to Focus Efforts on Identity & Privacy Aspects of Smart Objects
EBN Newswire  
1/26/2016   Post a comment
The IPSO Alliance today announced that in developing the definition of a smart object framework, it is refocusing its efforts on the aspects of identity and privacy by forming an "IPSO Platform" to fully support the new charter.
Li Tong Group’s Consumer Trade-in Program Scores Strong Sustainability, Economic Gains for Microsoft in Hong Kong
EBN Newswire  
1/25/2016   (1) comment
Mobile phones, laptops and gaming consoles are traded in for discounts on new technologies while legacy devices are harvested for components
Printed & Flexible Electronics in Vehicles: a $5.5 billion Opportunity in 2026
Latest Research  
1/25/2016   Post a comment
Printed and flexible electronics are beginning to proliferate, with a variety of components and devices coming to market. Seve
The Power of Location Based Advertising & In-Store Music
Steve Hashman  
1/22/2016   Post a comment
Anyone trying the get a customer's attention in the crowded electronics market knows that anything that will help make customers feel more comfortable is bound to help.
Keeping Drones in Check
Brian Dipert  
1/21/2016   Post a comment
The fundamental question with drones, as with plenty of past innovations, is how to keep technology from slipping out of control.
Packaging for the Future
Aaron Continelli  
1/21/2016   Post a comment
Efforts to increase sustainability of packaging can help companies gain a stronger foothold in their market and more easily adhere to government regulations by catering to the earth-friendly desires of their own consumer market.
Monitoring the Tantalum Supply Chain
Logical Link  
1/20/2016   Post a comment
Geographic shifts in the mining of tantalum warrant supply chain monitoring.
Intel Thwarts Hackers
R. Colin Johnson  
1/19/2016   Post a comment
Intel has secretly built hardware into its 6th Generation vPro Core processors that it claims guarantee uncrackable authentication plus the ability up to share your screen with any WiDi equipped display in the world.
Consumers Feel Perils of Connectivity
Junko Yoshida  
1/18/2016   Post a comment
Connectivity is the main thing in the Internet of Things . But what if software updates, unbeknownst to users, go haywire, leaving people -- especially seniors, the ill and babies – inside in the cold?
The Changing Landscape of Global Ports
B. Cameron Gain  
1/13/2016   (7) comments
More than a dozen major ports are evolving to become critical players in the global supply chain list. Let's take a look at what ports are on the list.
15 New & Old Ports Emerge as Global Trade Players
B. Cameron Gain  
1/12/2016   Post a comment
A variety of business and political factors are behind the emergence of ports that will be critically important to the supply chain by 2020.
Customer Demands Should Drive Operational Designs
Susan Fourtané  
1/12/2016   Post a comment
A recent PwC survey finds that changes in customer behavior are set to disrupt businesses in all industries over the next five years. However, most companies operations are not designed to deliver what customers value now or three years from now.
EBN's Top 5 Distribution Stories for 2015
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/6/2016   (2) comments
Distributors play a critical part of the electronics supply chain—and this year EBN kept close tabs on this important group of companies.
Low-Profile Colleges Pay Off Big for Would-Be Manufacturing Pros
Frank Cavallaro  
1/5/2016   (5) comments
The college graduates of 2015 were the most indebted ever – until the next round of grads wave their diplomas in the spring.
EBN's 2015 Top 10 Electronics Industry Slideshows
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/4/2016   Post a comment
The electronics supply chain has had an exciting year--and EBN was in the thick of it. Take a look at these ten winning slideshows that review, in pictures, great gains in technology, products, and supply chain practices.
Mexico’s Thriving Automotive Electronics Industry Needs Parallel EHS Boom
Pamela J. Gordon  
12/23/2015   (2) comments
Automotive manufacturers in Mexico need to take special precautions to ensure environmental health and safety in their facilities.
4 Biggest Challenges of Channel Data Management
Chanan Greenberg  
12/23/2015   (3) comments
Collecting data and then converting it into information, insights and ultimately actions is what separates today's market leaders from the followers.
Leaders Explore the Trade-Offs in Successful European Supply Chain Networks
Erik Diks  
12/22/2015   (1) comment
Supply chain and distribution costs vary significantly by product type and industry, a Chainalytics' study found. .
5 Tips to Get Your Systems Ready for the Connected Economy
Rahul Asthana  
12/22/2015   Post a comment
As OEMs start to build connected devices for the Internet of Things, keeping enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other systems up to date is a critical component to success.
Tell Apple to Stop Drinking Its Own Kool Aid: The PC Isn't Dead Yet
Puga Sankara  
12/16/2015   Post a comment
No wonder Apple is struggling to sell its products to enterprises. The iconic Apple is wrong to claim that iPad Pro will replace PCs, a statement that is surprising coming from an executive with an enterprise background at Compaq and IBM's supply chain and procurement departments.
Roadmap to Trillion Sensors Forks
R. Colin Johnson  
12/14/2015   Post a comment
Presenters at the Trillion Sensor Summit described two plans to produce a roadmap from 15 billion sensors in 2015 to 1 trillion by 2025.
Offshore Supplier Dependency Discourages Reshoring
Susan Fourtané  
12/14/2015   (1) comment
How viable and scalable reshoring manufacturing really is? A new research paper examines how manufacturers' dependency on offshore suppliers impacts their consideration of reshoring.
Manufacturing Day 2015 Helps Helps Shift Perceptions
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/11/2015   Post a comment
Eighty one percent of students surveyed after Manufacturing Day 2015 are more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are both interesting and rewarding.
Automotive Labeling: 7 Ways To Drive Supply Chain Efficiency
Harold Desjarlais  
12/10/2015   Post a comment
With the right enterprise labeling solution, automotive industry suppliers benefit in a variety of ways.
Can't Get What You Want for Christmas? Blame the Supply Chain
Elizabeth Montalbano  
12/4/2015   Post a comment
A survey by Riverwood Solutions found that the biggest problem for the supply chain over the busy holiday gift-giving season is visibility.
Wearables Show New Wrinkles
Rick Merritt  
12/2/2015   Post a comment
More kinds of conductive yarns and people who want to weave with them into wearable electronics are emerging but the yarns lack clear specs.
Ready for the Holidays? Tips for Supply Chain Success
Donna Fritz  
12/1/2015   (1) comment
Preparing supply chain operations for the holiday can seem daunting, but the sooner companies implement some proven best practices, the more strategic value they can add the organization -- and avoid a potentially costly meltdown during the most wonderful time of the year.
What’s Preventing Onshoring from Taking Off?
Frank Cavallaro  
12/1/2015   (2) comments
The issue of onshoring is more complex than we may realize.
Imagining the Digital Supply Chain
Logical Link  
11/23/2015   Post a comment
New technologies, advanced analytics, robotics, and visualization help pivot companies towards digital supply chain processes.
Add Cybersecurity to Supply Chain Risk List
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/20/2015   Post a comment
Cybersecurity is a critical component of managing risk in the supply chain. Here's a look at the biggest threats and latest best practices.
Mini-MBA Focuses on IoT Impact on Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
11/19/2015   Post a comment
Value supply chains are looking for qualified talent with knowledge on today's organizational structure, the latest technological developments, and processes that will shape the next-generation supply chain. Rutgers Business School Executive Education new Mini-MBA aims to provide those skills.
A Therapy Session for Insecure IoT
Jessica Lipsky  
11/13/2015   Post a comment
Call the doctor, burgeoning Internet of Things devices are having a crisis! During a panel discussion at ARM TechCon, industry experts discussed the challenges of securing millions of devices.
Bad Economic Winds Blow Good for Shipping Prices
B. Cameron Gain  
11/11/2015   Post a comment
The economic downturn has made shipping by sea more affordable for electronics OEMs.
Millennials in Supply Chain: How to Attract, Train & Prepare Successful Leaders
Abe Eshkenazi  
11/9/2015   (2) comments
Supply chain professionals know that the job is challenging and rewarding, but we have to do more to get the word out to those just coming into the workforce.
New Carbon Trust Standard Pushes Corporate Responsibility into Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
11/4/2015   Post a comment
Carbon Trust, in London, England, has recently launched a new international certification for supply chains working to measure, manage, and reduce carbon emissions.




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EBN Dialogue enables you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Open to the entire EBN community of electronics supply chain experts, these conversations see ideas shared, comments made, and questions asked and answered in real time. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats. Stay tuned and join in!
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Live Chat 01/15: CPOs Re-Shape Their Business Roles
Increasingly chief procurement officers (CPOs) are re-shaping their organizational role to focus on creating results far beyond cost controls. A new IBM survey explores how.
Live Chat 11/12: Examining the Cyberthreat to Supply Chains
The number of cyberattacks is on the rise and hackers are targeting the supply chain. Drew Smith, founder and CEO of InfoArmor, will be on hand to discuss the reality of today's threat landscape and what to do about it.