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Information Technology, Intranet, and InstaShow

  • BenQ
  • 2020-06-24
Introduction

With the prevalence of computers and the Internet in daily life, the use of technology by the vast majority of people to produce, handle, exchange, and broadcast all forms of information such as books, commercial documents, publications, audio, music, images, video, movies, etc. has become commonplace.

Information Technology (IT) is the generic term we use to define the application and management of the various types of technology used to transfer information. IT mainly relies on computer science and communication technology in researching, designing, developing, and implementing information systems and software applications. Another commonly used name is Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Research in IT involves an interplay between the fields of science, technology, engineering, and management, each playing a role in how to manage information and its transmission, as well as the actual handling of the software and equipment used in its execution. The implementation of IT systems includes utilizing computer hardware and software, network and communications technology, and the development of related software application tools.

In businesses, schools, and other organizations, integrating and developing IT systems is done in order to help the organization achieve its strategic goals. This in turn involves aspects of management and technology. Management’s role can be broken down into enacting missions/goals, establishing requirements for functionality, deciding system configurations, and developing procedures. The technology part revolves around ensuring that the IT system lives up to the standards and rules set by management. Because computers play a central role in information management, the departments within organizations that handle computers are usually referred to as the IT department, with some companies using Information Systems (IS) or Management Information Services (MIS) as the name for their departments. In certain cases, some companies may choose to outsource their IT department in order to improve efficiency.

At its core, information technology’s number one goal is to make sure that a company’s network connection, both internal and external, is fast, unimpeded, and safe from intentional or unintentional security breaches. To put it in other terms, the most important thing for an IT technician is to prevent receiving calls from management or co-workers complaining about issues, requesting support, or requiring fixes for bugs. Its the push to resolve these issues that in turn drives their procurement decisions.

For some background into current trends in the information technology and security sector, an information security survey done in 2020 revealed that nearly 60% of companies in Taiwan rely on their IT department to handle information security, instead of having a separate information security department. Diving deeper, incidents of security breaches in the corporate world has increased since 2018, with roughly 21% of businesses in Taiwan encountering fifty or more security breaches in 2019, with the bulk of the breaches coming as a result of hackers (51.8%) or internal staff (38%). Furthermore, a small number of companies have had breaches come from either their vendors, customers, or other partners in their supply chain, which has become a point of concern for them moving forward.

The organization behind the survey points out that it also shows that companies have made cybersecurity and maintenance for their IT systems focal points for investment for 2020, with 51.2% of companies listing the former as being a focus for investment and 47.7% listing the latter as being a focus.

What InstaShow Brings to the Table for IT technicians?

With the recent revelation by F-Secure that a Barco branded product featured a CVE-listed security flaw which made it unsafe, BenQ has taken stock of its own product’s security and discovered that when compared to other brands currently on the market:

1. BenQ offers a solution that does not require running any applications or drivers, thus allowing users to avoid installing such applications on their company PCs or equipment and consequently allowing IT technicians to avoid having to spend extra time configuring network port settings, along with saving them the time they would be spending on dealing with risks involved with such applications.

2. The risks of high-level or fatal security vulnerabilities have already been engineered out of our products during the design and testing phase.

3. By separating wireless Internet from wired Internet, the user will not have to connect their RJ-45 network port to their company’s Intranet or configure any settings in order to screencast. Similarly, by using BenQ’s InstaShare App, and the Google Cast or Airplay protocol, the user will also be able to bypass their company’s Intranet.

Based on the qualities listed above, InstaShow has shown itself able to meet the security needs companies have for their IT systems, as well as allow IT technicians to develop their BYOD solutions with full faith in its security.