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Fran Howarth

Freelance Writer

Fran Howarth is an industry analyst and writer specializing in cybersecurity. She has worked within the security technology sector for more than 25 years in an advisory capacity as an analyst, consultant and writer. Fran focuses on the business needs for security technologies, with a focus on emerging technology sectors. Current areas of focus include cloud security, data security, identity and access management, network and endpoint security, security intelligence and analytics and security governance and regulations. Fran can be reached at fhowarth@gmail.com.

Articles by Fran Howarth

How Security Models Must Change With the Borderless Enterprise

By Fran Howarth

With the old notion of perimeter security outdated, borderless enterprises must develop new security models to meet the needs of the modern world. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

March 15, 2017

Why Every Broadcaster Needs a Cloud Migration Strategy

By Fran Howarth

Many broadcasters are developing a cloud migration strategy — and reaping the benefits. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

March 3, 2017

Does the Tethering Hot Spot Have a Bright Future?

By Fran Howarth

A tethering hot spot allows mobile devices to share one another's internet connectivity. Here's a look at what's in store for the technology. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

February 13, 2017

What Cloud Development Means for the Future of the Auto Industry

By Fran Howarth

Cloud development has transformed IT. Now, it's powering major changes in the auto industry. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

February 6, 2017

The New National Electric Grid Security and Resilience Action Plan

By Fran Howarth

The new National Electric Grid Security and Resilience Action Plan provides pointers for how to improve security and resiliency. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

February 1, 2017

Innovative Services Boost Workplace Collaboration

By Fran Howarth

Using digital technology to foster workplace collaboration and enhance employee productivity is essential for innovation. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

January 30, 2017

Avoid Business Disruption During an Outage

By Fran Howarth

Business disruption can be costly. To prepare your organization to weather the storm, design your infrastructure with resiliency in mind. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

January 19, 2017

Did 2016 IT Predictions for Security Come to Fruition?

By Fran Howarth

At the start of last year, IBM made their 2016 IT predictions for cybersecurity. Let's see which ones came to fruition. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

January 17, 2017

How Retailers Can Best Leverage RFID Technology

By Fran Howarth

In the retail world, RFID technology holds many promises. Here's how to optimize an implementation. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

January 16, 2017

Gartner Summit 2016 Covered Data Center, Infrastructure and Operations Management

By Fran Howarth

An important Gartner summit on data centers, infrastructure and operations management — held annually in three locations — recently concluded in London. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

December 9, 2016

Crisis Communications and Incident Response in an Interconnected World

By Fran Howarth

Incident response has long been in the purview of first responders, law enforcement and organizatons alike. It was rarely regarded at a personal level. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

November 28, 2016

How Device Patch Management Can Streamline Technology Updates

By Fran Howarth

To create strong security, the process needs comprehensive device patch management to support the software effectively through a necessary update. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

November 16, 2016

Machine Learning for Security: The Road to Cognitive Security

By Fran Howarth

When it comes to machine learning for security, operations teams can enhance their ability to withstand risk on behalf of the organization. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

October 19, 2016

Budget Spending: How Not to Fail at the End-of-Year Spending Spree

By Fran Howarth

Effective budget spending can involve a fine balance. Here's how to ensure the money you have left at the end of the year is used wisely. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

October 6, 2016

Software-Defined Environment: The Future of Networking

By Fran Howarth

A software-defined environment refers to the optimization of the infrastructure needed in computing so that it's more adaptable to today's workloads. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

September 8, 2016

Four Brexit IT Implications to Be Aware Of

By Fran Howarth

The decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union has had profound effects politically, but what are the Brexit IT implications? Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

August 26, 2016

Hybrid IT Can Leave You Blindsided

By Fran Howarth

Organizations today must deal with hybrid IT as more employees use their own devices and apps. A CASB can reduce any blind spots hybrid IT may create. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

August 8, 2016

How Software-Defined Networking Can Improve Data Security

By Fran Howarth

Software-defined networking can improve security for enterprises. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

July 19, 2016

How a Technical Support Partner Can Smooth Data Center Processes

By Fran Howarth

For many enterprises, the services of a technical support partner are essential to ensuring data center processes run smoothly. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

June 20, 2016

Which Technologies Facilitate a Mobile-First Strategy?

By Fran Howarth

There are several technologies that can help enterprises mitigate the security and compliance risks that come with a mobile-first strategy. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

June 13, 2016

Cloudstorming: The Challenges and Benefits of Connecting Multiple Clouds

By Fran Howarth

Some enterprises have come to rely so heavily on the cloud that they are connecting multiple clouds — a process known as cloudstorming. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

May 23, 2016

How Should Banks Respond to the Rise of FinTech Companies?

By Fran Howarth

The rise of FinTech companies is shaking up traditional banks, many of which are struggling to keep up with changes in infrastructure. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

May 3, 2016

Why Are Streaming Companies Moving to the Cloud?

By Fran Howarth

Consumer-facing streaming companies are changing their data strategies to better leverage the benefits of the cloud. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

April 15, 2016

How to Sell Business Continuity to Your C-Suite

By Fran Howarth

Enterprises need strong business continuity capabilities if they are going to achieve the resilience necessary to respond to incidents. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

March 24, 2016

Why Automation Is Essential for Effective Network Management

By Fran Howarth

Automation may be the next big thing for network management, especially when it comes to firewall policy changes. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

March 3, 2016

Connected Cars: Going Too Fast?

By Fran Howarth

Connected cars are moving quickly, but are they going too fast for security measures to keep up? Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

February 23, 2016

Using Predictive Analytics to Improve IT Support

By Fran Howarth

When leveraged properly, predictive analytics can help IT support teams improve system performance and reduce outages. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

February 5, 2016

Why BCM Needs an Effective Governance Structure

By Fran Howarth

If a BCM program is going to succeed, it needs a clearly defined governance structure. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

February 1, 2016

Keeping Your BCM Program in Line With Changing Business Strategies

By Fran Howarth

An organization's BCM program must be able to evolve with its business strategies. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

January 15, 2016

BCM Planning: How the Most Critical Processes Drive Business Strategy

By Fran Howarth

An organization's BCM strategy should be shaped by the processes and assets that are critical for its business objectives. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

January 4, 2016

Essential BCM Practices: Perform a Holistic Analysis Across Boundaries

By Fran Howarth

Resilient organizations will incorporate an analysis of all departments and goals to achieve a strong BCM strategy. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

December 15, 2015

What Can Cloud Migration Do for Your Business Resilience?

By Fran Howarth

Cloud migration needs to be optimized to reap the benefits of improved disaster recovery and business resiliency. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

December 7, 2015

Why BCM Discussions Must Be Elevated to the Enterprise Risk Management Level

By Fran Howarth

BCM discussions need to be elevated to a higher level in order to include enterprise risk management. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

December 2, 2015

Check It Twice: Keeping Your IT Infrastructure Running Over the Holiday Season

By Fran Howarth

Organizations must survey their IT infrastructure to ensure it's ready for the spike in demand that comes with the holidays. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

November 27, 2015

Mainframe Versus Cloud: Which Is Right for New Applications?

By Fran Howarth

When CIOs receive requests to produce new applications, they have to choose where they'll be stored — in a mainframe or in the cloud? Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

November 20, 2015

How Does Your Current Business Resilience Posture Stack Up?

By Fran Howarth

Conduct a comprehensive assessment of your current business resilience posture to determine the areas in which your organization can improve. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

November 17, 2015

Business Continuity Management: The Need for Executive Sponsorship

By Fran Howarth

Why is executive sponsorship so essential for an effective business continuity management program? Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

November 4, 2015

Cashing In on Mobile Traffic This Holiday Season

By Fran Howarth

Is your organization prepared to capitalize on the mobile traffic poised to hit the retail industry this holiday season? Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

October 26, 2015

Seven Essential Practices for Developing a Business Continuity Plan

By Fran Howarth

Are you looking to develop a business continuity plan for your enterprise? Keep seven essential best practices in mind to create the most effective plan. Read More

By Fran Howarth
Freelance Writer

October 25, 2015