Before the days of the internet, sensitive information could be locked up in a cabinet in a vault beneath your company building. As long as no one blew a hole in a wall or could breach extensive personal and corporate security systems, that manilla folder would stay put and no one could see it. You’d know if someone breached security, and you’d know what they saw.
Sensitive corporate information is rarely stored in manilla folders anymore. Employee information, client information, and massive consumer databases full of private information are generally accessible online or in servers. The data is easier to use and manipulate this way. Data breaches are big headlines, and many companies are realizing that they need safe ways to transmit, share, and edit sensitive information from all over the world without letting prying eyes get a glimpse or a download.
2019’s technological climate manifested by the daily pursuit of increasing, streamlining, and maximizing effort is apparent in every industry from small business food trucks utilizing handheld, portable Point of Sales devices, to Fortune 500 companies employing top of the line software developed for specific use within the company. It is without a doubt completely unavoidable, Private Equity sector is no exception.
Forget the seemingly endless back and forth correspondence, unsustainable spreadsheets, and multiple data platforms of old that have been prevalent in the dealings of Private Equity, technology notwithstanding, as the time has come for a comprehensive solution that delivers regardless of demand.
Data breaches are the bank heists of the Digital Age. Yet, they inflict much more widespread damage, dread, and chaos. Their impact is felt both immediately and in the long term. Companies targeted by data breaches can lose as much as 3% of their market value as a result. In some cases, data breaches are only identified weeks, sometimes months or years, later, which gives cybercriminals unfettered access over a long stretch of time.
Each year, the Identity Theft Resource Center compiles a year-to-date tally of “confirmed” data breaches affecting US companies and consumers. This report largely solidifies what we already know: data breaches are rampant. The YTD total for breaches in 2018 (up to September, 30) was 932, for a total of 47.2 million known records reportedly compromised.
We’ve written a lot about mergers and acquisitions over the last year. The market is certainly robust, with megadeals leading the way. In fact, the M&A market is on pace for a record year according to Bloomberg, exceeding the $4.1 trillion total of 2007. But not all deals involve a combination of two companies. In fact, private equity M&As, where a fund developed by a PE firm purchases an asset, are in the midst of a strong run of growth.
According to Thomson Reuters, the rate of PE M&A deals is on the rise. During the first half of 2018, they accounted for 27 percent of all M&As, up from 24 percent in 2017. Not only are the total number of these deals on the uptick, but their value is increasing as well. The same research shows the total value of the deals from 1H 2018 were up 36 percent year over year.
While the stock market hovers around all-time highs and unemployment is at less than 4 percent, it’s easy to assume that these are the best of times when it comes to the U.S. economy. But for some industries, these are most certainly the worst of times as corporate bankruptcies are surging to levels we haven’t seen since the waning days of the Great Recession.
Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before making that determination.
If you’re like me, you never seem to understand why friends stay in bad relationships. It becomes evident to everyone on the outside that it’s run its course, but the couple just can’t seem to part ways. We tell ourselves we would never do the same, right? Or would we?