News Feed Item

ProfNet Experts Available on Technology in Insurance and Healthcare, VR and Drones, IT Security, More

Also in This Edition: Jobs for Writers, Media Industry Blog Posts

NEW YORK, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

You can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network – it's easy and free! Just fill out the query form to get started: http://prn.to/queryform


  • Disruptive Technology in the Insurance Industry
  • Healthcare Technology and Analytics
  • The Emergence of VR and Drones in the Design + Build Industry
  • Fed's Decision on Interest Rates
  • The Importance of IT Security
  • DDoS and the IoT: A Year of Living Dangerously – or Will Users Finally Take Charge?


  • Reporter, Product Liability - Reuters
  • Reporter, Chemical Markets - ICIS Americas
  • Personal Finance Content Writer - Student Loan Hero


  • The Secret Sauce: Hearst Experts Share 9 Strategies for Social Media Success
  • The President and Press Freedom: Making the Case for Open Access to Government Information
  • Top Secret: How Journalists Protect Confidential Tips and Document Drops


Disruptive Technology in the Insurance Industry
Samir Ahmed 
Principal and Senior Architect
X by 2, LLC
"In the insurance industry, be it Life, Health, or P&C, the need to innovate is dire. Disruption is the word of the hour. Discussions around innovations in core systems, business processes, omnichannel experience for producers and policyholders, and digitization abound. The common thread weaving through all of these discussions is the role of technology: it's expected to lead the charge. And why shouldn't it? Technologies such as social networking, mobile computing, big data, neural networks, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, are all expected to disrupt the marketplace, and pay big dividends to those willing to make the bet."
Ahmed is available to discuss insurance technology, core systems implementation and modernization, auxiliary business applications, enterprise integration, data warehousing, analytics and reporting. Previously, his work on these topics have appeared in Insurance Thought Leadership, InformationWeek, and Insurance Networking News.
Website: http://xby2.com/
Media Contact: Audra Wait, [email protected]

Healthcare Technology and Analytics
Qasim Hussain
Principal and Senior Architect
X by 2, LLC
The role of technology in the healthcare industry is rapidly evolving. Says Hussain: "What's really driving innovation faster in healthcare is the fact that there are dollars and cents clearly associated with analytics. When there is a line of sight to how you can make more revenue, that pushes innovation faster. My theory is, the healthcare industry is underinvested in technology infrastructure."
Hussain is available to discuss healthcare technology - claims and clinical analytic/reporting, BI, enterprise data warehousing, EHR, portals, membership/provider/claims systems.
Website: http://xby2.com/
Media Contact: Audra Wait, [email protected]

The Emergence of VR and Drones in the Design + Build Industry
Jesse Fowler
Tellus Design + Build
Project visualization in the Design and Build process has been brought to new depths with the help of virtual reality (VR) and drone technology. Fowler likens this revolutionary phase to when 3D Renderings and Animations became cost-effective enough to use on nearly every job type. Says Fowler: "These new technologies create such an incredible perspective for many people who, like most, have a difficult time visualizing from a 2D plan set. Drones and VR allow [them] to actually 'enter' a real space during the process, allowing for greater customization and client satisfaction."
Fowler is the author of Construction Confidential (http://blog.tellusdesignbuild.com/), a blog exposé for tips and tricks to save people time and money on their design and build projects.
Website: www.tellusdesignbuild.com
Media Contact: Dani Miles, [email protected]

Fed's Decision on Interest Rates
Bob DeYoung
Professor of Business
University of Kansas
DeYoung is available to discuss issues surrounding the Fed's decision on interest rates this week and into the future: "The Fed is reverting to its more traditional mission of price stability. Should the economy pick up speed over the coming year, the Fed will begin switching to 'inflation fighter' mode."
DeYoung, the Capitol Federal Distinguished Professor in Financial Markets and Institutions in the KU School of Business, is a former Federal Reserve economist. Co-editor of the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, DeYoung is a leading scholar on performance, practice and regulation in the banking industry.
Contact: George Diepenbrock, [email protected]

The Importance of IT Security
Robert Douglas 
President/Head of IT
Fremont, CA
"As the world grows more dependent on IT, security becomes the number one issue for businesses and individuals alike. Malware, hacking, data leaks, and phishing scams...all threats that everyone must know about. Before it's too late. From secure password generation, to enforcing security policies among employees, to fighting malware and ransomware directly, security is only as good as the methods you put in place."
Douglas has over 30 years of experience in IT security, specializing in building IT security at every level, as well as cloud storage and Microsoft solutions. He has consulted directly with Microsoft, IBM, Novell; and is also cited as professional source by CNN Money, Fast Company, and San Jose Business Times.
Website: http://www.planetmagpie.com
Media Contact: Mike Calahan, [email protected]

DDoS and the IoT: A Year of Living Dangerously – or Will Users Finally Take Charge?
Adam Stern
Founder and CEO
Infinitely Virtual
Los Angeles, Calif.
As the Internet of Things (IoT) worms its way into American households, the 46-billion unit question is, "Who's minding the store?" That uncertainty looms as the source of significant -- but preventable -- distress for businesses and individuals, according to Stern. The defining trend for 2017, Stern says, is the weaponization of the IoT. While Americans loaded up on connected consumer electronics goodies during the holidays, for users of Twitter, Airbnb and Reddit – among other major online destinations – last Oct. 21 was a different kind of black Friday. An enormous DNS attack took those sites down, in the latest of what continues to be an onslaught of hacks and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) events. The eclectic mix of devices individuals and industry have labored to connect has grown massively – and without adequate security protocols. A recent Juniper Research forecast estimates the number of connected IoT devices will exceed 46 billion by 2021. Massive volumetric attacks, like the DNS hack, are new and particularly troubling, and no single firewall can stop them -- especially when the attacks are emanating from IoT-linked devices, as they were in this case. Terminator-like, this insidious "rise of the machines" means that virtually every intelligent device, from a flat-screen TV to a garage-door opener to a rain controller, can be commandeered for a DDoS attack.
Says Stern: "Suddenly, there is peril in the seemingly benign things we own and, in some cases, love. While no one can predict the timing or the severity of the next attack, users won't find themselves entirely defenseless in 2017. Look for volumetric attack protection technology to take center stage. This technology represents a new model for real-time DDoS mitigation through the automatic analysis of DDoS alerts and deployment of routing commands to ensure that immediate action is taken when legitimate DDoS attacks are detected – all without any human intervention."
Stern founded Infinitely Virtual in 2007 to provide virtual dedicated server solutions to growing enterprises, offering what was essentially a cloud computing platform before the term existed. Stern's company helps businesses move from obsolete hardware investments to an IaaS cloud platform, providing them the flexibility and scalability to transition select data operations from in-house to the cloud. Stern holds a B.S. degree in business administration and management from California State University, Northridge.
Website: http://www.infinitelyvirtual.com
Twitter: @iv_cloudhosting
Contact: Ken Greenberg, [email protected]


Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers, editors and producers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board: https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/community/jobs/

  • Reporter, Product Liability - Reuters
  • Reporter, Chemical Markets - ICIS Americas
  • Personal Finance Content Writer - Student Loan Hero


Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line at [email protected]

  • THE SECRET SAUCE: HEARST EXPERTS SHARE 9 STRATEGIES FOR SOCIAL MEDIA SUCCESS. It seems simple enough: Satisfying your core audience while continuing to offer trending and relevant content. A panel of social media experts with three Hearst titles — Esquire, Marie Claire, and Elle – recently tackled this subject, during a Social Media Week New York panel this month. http://bit.ly/2neS95a
  • THE PRESIDENT AND PRESS FREEDOM: MAKING THE CASE FOR OPEN ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT INFORMATION. When it comes to covering government officials, there's one person who holds the key to access: The communications officer. Press secretaries and communications officers are the gatekeepers to their principals. Sometimes, they monitor interviews; they also may select those who will be handed a story. Access control isn't new, but the manner and tone in which it's being carried out in today's White House is different. http://bit.ly/2mZJa7B
  • TOP SECRET: HOW JOURNALISTS PROTECT CONFIDENTIAL TIPS AND DOCUMENT DROPS. It's a sign of the times: Many news agencies in Washington now are accepting various forms of leaked information. It used to be that anonymous tips would come through a phone call or snail mail. Now, journalists are using apps that encrypt text messages from sources, and many media agencies are promoting secure document drops. Read more: http://bit.ly/2lYcd7a

PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire.


To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/profnet-experts-available-on-technology-in-insurance-and-healthcare-vr-and-drones-it-security-more-300426450.html


More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project. Kubernetes has been widely adopted by the community, supported on all major public and private cloud providers, and is gaining rapid adoption in enterprises. However, Kubernetes may seem intimidating and complex ...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Michael Burley, a Senior Business Development Executive in IT Services at NetApp, described how NetApp designed a three-year program of work to migrate 25PB of a major telco's enterprise data to a new STaaS platform, and then secured a long-term contract to manage and operate the platform. This significant program blended the best of NetApp’s solutions and services capabilities to enable this telco’s successful adoption of private cloud storage and launching ...
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It’s clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. Tha...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
Digital transformation is about embracing digital technologies into a company's culture to better connect with its customers, automate processes, create better tools, enter new markets, etc. Such a transformation requires continuous orchestration across teams and an environment based on open collaboration and daily experiments. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Alex Casalboni, Technical (Cloud) Evangelist at Cloud Academy, explored and discussed the most urgent unsolved challenges to achieve f...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, examined the regulations and provided insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence arou...
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
Most technology leaders, contemporary and from the hardware era, are reshaping their businesses to do software. They hope to capture value from emerging technologies such as IoT, SDN, and AI. Ultimately, irrespective of the vertical, it is about deriving value from independent software applications participating in an ecosystem as one comprehensive solution. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kausik Sridhar, founder and CTO of Pulzze Systems, discussed how given the magnitude of today's application ...
The dynamic nature of the cloud means that change is a constant when it comes to modern cloud-based infrastructure. Delivering modern applications to end users, therefore, is a constantly shifting challenge. Delivery automation helps IT Ops teams ensure that apps are providing an optimal end user experience over hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud environments, no matter what the current state of the infrastructure is. To employ a delivery automation strategy that reflects your business rules, making r...
As you move to the cloud, your network should be efficient, secure, and easy to manage. An enterprise adopting a hybrid or public cloud needs systems and tools that provide: Agility: ability to deliver applications and services faster, even in complex hybrid environments Easier manageability: enable reliable connectivity with complete oversight as the data center network evolves Greater efficiency: eliminate wasted effort while reducing errors and optimize asset utilization Security: imple...
The 22nd International Cloud Expo | 1st DXWorld Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, to be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, brings together Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding busin...
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, discussed the b...