Archive for December 1, 2021

PossibleNOW Integrates Its Leading Do-Not-Call   Compliance Platform DNCSolution® With Five9

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PossibleNOW, a leading provider of consumer regulatory compliance and consent and preference management solutions, announced today it has made its Do-Not-Call (DNC) compliance platform technology DNCSolution® available to Five9 and its customers. Headquartered in San Ramon, California, Five9 is an industry-leading provider of the intelligent cloud contact center, bringing the power of cloud innovation to more than 2,000 customers worldwide.

DNCSolution provides compliance with all contact methods, including call, e-mail, text, and mail. The platform provides a safe and secure way of scrubbing contact lists and databases against federal- and state-maintained Do Not Contact registries such as Do Not Call, Do Not Email, Do Not Text, and Do Not Mail. DNCSolution helps mitigate the risk of being out of compliance with TCPA, CASL, and CAN-SPAM regulations. 

Regulators are placing closer scrutiny and measures to ensure call centers, telemarketers and telephone platform providers maintain compliance with new rules and regulations concerning updates to telephone number scrub lists along with companies’ ability to regularly update these lists. 

According to a recent survey published in MassLive, of 3,063 telecommunication providers in the U.S., only 17% said they have completely implemented industry-standard technology, according to the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group. Twenty-seven percent said they partially implemented the technology and 56% said they [are] using their own methods to manage robocalls. 

PossibleNOW also conducted its own survey of more than 500 business decision makers recently and found that 76% are either unfamiliar or unsure of the recently updated Florida Telemarketing Act (SB 1120) that extends beyond certain limitations of the TCPA. Another 51% said, they are unsure if they have new procedures in place to comply with the new Florida Telemarketing Act.

PossibleNOW’s technology, processes and services enable relevant, trusted, and compliant interactions between businesses and the people they serveWe gain customer insights through Voice-of-Customer research to understand the expectations and emotions influencing customer behavior. We leverage that understanding when deploying MyPreferences to collect and utilize zero-party data such as customer consent, preferences, and insights across the enterprise, resulting in highly relevant and personalized experiences. DNCSolution addresses Do Not Contact regulations such as TCPA, CAN-SPAM and CASL, allowing companies to adhere to DNC requirements, backed by our 100% compliance guarantee. 

PossibleNOW’s strategic consultants take a holistic approach leveraging years of experience when creating strategic roadmaps, planning technology deployments, and designing customer interfaces. Visit www.PossibleNOW.com to learn more.

eleven-x Teams Up With SaskTel To Advance Smart City Initiatives

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Global supplier of wireless Smart City solutions, eleven-x,is excited to announce it is extending its partnership with industry-renowned telecommunications leaders SaskTel to optimize Information and Communications Technology networks in Saskatchewan. Under the multi-year agreement, eleven-x will continue to manage and operate SaskTel’s network of LoRaWAN® gateways, and SaskTel will also resell eleven-x’s world-class wireless sensors and solutions to advance the province’s Smart City initiatives. 

With decades of experience in their respective industries, the expanded partnership between eleven-x and SaskTel will significantly improve current and future telecommunications networks in Saskatchewan. 

Last year, eleven-x provided support in the deployment of LoRaWAN networks, a low power technology solution, to facilitate the development of smart cities in Saskatchewan. The benefits of this network include a longer battery life for sensors, near-zero maintenance and reduced upkeep and ownership costs. Some of the Smart City solutions that are near implementation in Saskatchewan include, waste management, soil monitoring, asset tracking, people counting, environmental monitoring, AMI water metering and indoor air quality monitoring. Cities currently participating in solution pilots include Regina, Saskatoon, Meadow Lake, Melfort and Moose Jaw. 

A leading wireless technology and solution provider, eleven-x utilizes battery powered sensors that last for 10 or more years to provide solutions that offer secure connectivity via a multi-use network, as well as device management capabilities and analytics via integration with city data platforms and customized dashboards.

SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan. With a goal of raising the standards for connecting people through state-of-the-art smart technologies, SaskTel offers a wide range of ICT products and services needed to compete and succeed on a local, national, and global scale.

This partnership is expected to reshape the telecommunications and IoT landscape in Saskatchewan, laying the groundwork for future expansion and development. It provides a unique opportunity to provide top-tier telecommunications services and integrated Smart City solutions that will produce a significant return on investment.

For more information about SaskTel’s LoRaWAN-based IoT solutions, visit www.sasktel.com/business/products-and-solutions/iot/lorawan.

For more information about eleven-x and its range of innovative Smart City solutions, visit www.eleven-x.com.

ViiV Healthcare & Shutterstock Studios Aim To Change The World’s Perception Of People Living With HIV

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Since launching ‘HIV in View’, a royalty-free photo gallery featuring images of real people living with HIV, a year ago, ViiV Healthcare and Shutterstock Studios have continued to capture empowering images that authentically portray the reality of living with HIV today.  Far from reflecting the fear once associated with HIV, the gallery is filled with inspiring examples of just how much things have changed for many people living with HIV.

In celebration of 2021 World AIDS Day, the ‘HIV in View’ gallery now features photos including key and underserved populations living with HIV around the world. The geographic scope of the collection now spans the globe, from Europe to North and South America, Africa, and East Asia. The year 2021 has also seen the launch of video footage added to the gallery.

The ‘HIV in View’ gallery is produced by Shutterstock and created in collaboration with ViiV Healthcare. All images can be downloaded royalty free here: https://www.shutterstock.com/explore/viiv-collaboration.

Sounding Board’s Hyper-growth Accelerates $30M Series B Funding

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Sounding Board, Inc, the first customizable leadership coaching platform that combines technology and coaching to drive measurable business impact, announced the close of its $30m Series B funding. This announcement comes just months after closing an oversubscribed Series A earlier this year.  New lead investor, JAZZ Venture Partners, is joined by Sounding Board’s existing investors Canaan, Bloomberg Beta and Correlation Partners. The female-founded company also added investors Gaingels, Engage.vc, and an all-star panel of women business leaders passionate about the impact of coaching including Deb Liu (CEO of Ancestry.com), Yvonne Chen (former VP Marketing of Udemy), Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (Founder of theBoardlist), and Tammy Aguillon (Area VP @ DocuSign), underscoring Sounding Board’s commitment to diverse leaders and voices.

Sounding Board solves the most critical challenge facing organizations today – the ability to quickly develop leaders to drive measurable business impact during times of rapid change.  As a result, demand for scalable leadership coaching has exploded, with annual bookings increasing more than 350%, year over year, enterprise customer NRR over 200%, and sequential growth for the past seven quarters. The latest Series B funding enables Sounding Board to accelerate the rollout of their coaching management system for organizations looking to manage all of their coaching engagements on one unified platform, bringing data, transparency and accountability to their leadership programs. While the profession of coaching has grown in popularity, Sounding Board’s success is due to its focus on leadership coaching for talent development.  

With the launch of the Coaching Management System™, Sounding Board gives organizations the ability to manage all their coaching engagements in one, intelligent platform – whether they use Sounding Board leadership coaches, their internal coaches, or a combination.

According to a recent published study, 40 percent of U.S. workers either changed jobs, managers, or roles in 2020 (Bersin, 2021). The COVID-19 pandemic played a large role in these employment changes, with companies having to rebalance and redeploy talent to survive the early stages of the pandemic. 

Sounding Board, Inc. is the industry leader in scalable leadership coaching, with the world’s first customizable leadership coaching platform that combines technology and coaching to drive measurable business impact for global enterprises. The Coaching Management System (CMS) is designed to lift the administrative burden for organizations, making leadership coaching easier to deliver, manage, measure, and scale. With a globally managed network of world-class coaches covering over 60 countries and 15+ languages, Sounding Board works with enterprise and hypergrowth client-partners like Chime, Zoom, Dropbox, Cloudera, VMware, Mozilla, Bloomberg, Plaid, and UserTesting among others to develop coaching solutions designed to drive leadership development and organizational success. In 2021, Co-Founders Christine Tao and Lori Mazan were named EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ North America Class of 2021. Sounding Board was named among the GSV EdTech 150 as one of 2021’s Most Transformational Growth Companies in Digital Learning and a GOLD GLOBEE® WINNER for Career and Workforce Readiness Solution. For more information, visit www.soundingboardinc.com  

JAZZ Venture Partners invests in companies that extend the boundaries of human performance — improving how we live, learn, work, play, and experience the world. Their portfolio companies are unlocking human potential in health, mind-body wellness, accelerated learning and training, sports, entertainment, and the enterprise. For more information visit www.jazzvp.com

YouTube Reveals The Top Videos, Creators And Moments Of 2021

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Today YouTube is celebrating the moments, videos and creators that brought Canadians together and entertained them through 2021. 

In the midst of the ongoing pandemic and Canada’s gradual reopening, Canadians came to YouTube in 2021 to keep them informed, learn new skills, and to find bright spots that entertain and bring joy. This year’s #1 video shows how Canadians are hungry for excitement after being cooped up at home, turning to creators like MrBeast who spent 50 hours buried underground in a glass coffin (not for the claustrophobic!) as one of his many elaborate stunts. We laughed together as we categorized our friends into game night stereotypes, sobbed together while rooting for Nightbirde,  and collectively spent an afternoon with royalty sipping tea on top of an open bus through LA

Top Trending Videos in Canada

  1. MrBeast, I Spent 50 Hours Buried Alive
  2. Mark Rober, Glitterbomb Trap Catches Phone Scammer (who gets arrested) 
  3. Dream, Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters 
  4. Sidemen, SIDEMEN TINDER IN REAL LIFE 3 
  5. NFL, The Weeknd’s FULL Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show 
  6. The Late Late Show with James Corden, An Afternoon with Prince Harry & James Corden 
  7. America’s Got Talent, Golden Buzzer: Nightbirde’s Original Song Makes Simon Cowell Emotional
  8. Forge Labs, I Spent 100 Days in a Zombie Apocalypse in Minecraft… Here’s What Happened 
  9. Dude Perfect, Game Night Stereotypes 
  10. SAD-ist, Hog Hunt | Dream SMP Animation 

In Music, 2021 was the Year of The Weeknd and Justin Bieber, with both homegrown Canadian music superstars releasing chart-topping hits, two of which took the top spots on YouTube’s list of the top music videos in Canada. We saw The Weeknd drop his darkly comedic new video for Save Your Tears (#1), during which he delivers a performance to a masked audience and we jammed along to Bieber’s chart-topping, neon technicolor sensation “Peaches,” featuring Canadian-talent Daniel Caesar and Giveon (#2). 

Both songs were part of a theme of swoon-worthy songs that Canadians had on repeat this year. From Bruno Mars (#7) to Doja Cat (#9), you could say some of these tracks weresmooth as Butter (#6) (see what we did there?)

Olivia Rodrigo had a breakout year, and brought home the #4 and #5 spots as a heartbroken teen who finally gets their drivers license and as a cheerleader exacting revenge in good 4 u.

Top Music Videos in Canada

  1. TheWeekndVEVO, The Weeknd – Save Your Tears (Official Music Video) 
  2. JustinBieberVEVO, Justin Bieber – Peaches ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon 
  3. LilNasXVEVO, Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) (Official Video) 
  4. OliviaRodrigoVEVO, Olivia Rodrigo – drivers license (Official Video) 
  5. OliviaRodrigoVEVO, Olivia Rodrigo – good 4 u (Official Video) 
  6. HYBE LABELS, BTS (방탄소년단) ‘Butter’ Official MV 
  7. Bruno Mars, Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open [Official Video] 
  8. Pooh Shiesty, Pooh Shiesty – Back In Blood (feat. Lil Durk) [Official Music Video] 
  9. dojacatVEVO, Doja Cat – Kiss Me More (Official Video) ft. SZA 
  10. PoloGVEVO, Polo G – RAPSTAR (Official Video)

This year’s Top Canadian Creators, Top Breakout Creators and Top Canadian Shorts Creators show the incredible ways that Canadians adapted their content to help Canadians during this challenging time. 

Creator Kallmekris and Emerging Shorts Creator Jeenie.Weenie found ways to make us laugh hysterically out loud while MadFit kept us active in the comfort of our homes. 

Canadians’ love for Minecraft became apparent as aCookieGod and MrFudgeMonkeyz dug, built, and crafted their own virtual worlds for millions of viewers. Our inquisitive sides came out as we yearned to learn more about quirky chemistry experiments with science fanatic and Shorts Creator NileRed, and magician and puzzle master Chris Ramsay taught us magic tricks to recreate at home. 


Others were looking to brush up on their English language skills, with ENGLISH with James taking the world by storm. 

 Top Canadian Creators

  1. Kallmekris
  2. Linus Tech Tips
  3. MadFit
  4. aCookieGod
  5. NileRed

Top Canadian Breakout Creators

  1. Kallmekris
  2. aCookieGod
  3. Girl With The Dogs
  4. ENGLISH with James · engVid
  5. Jason Fung


Canadian Shorts Creators – Rising Stars

Infosec Institute Launches Free Holiday-Themed Resources To Help Organizations & Employees Stay Cyber-Safe

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Infosec Institute, the leading cybersecurity education provider, today announced free cyber education resources and special offers to help organizations and employees stay cyber-safe during the holiday season and beyond. 

With online shopping fraud doubling in the first half of 2021 and nearly 90% of U.S. consumers planning to shop online this season, cybercrime and holiday scams are expected to reach record highs this year. From gift card scams to fake shipping notifications, hackers use the holidays as an opportunity to steal personal information, hack into organizations and scam individuals amidst holiday shopping. 

To help organizations and consumers avoid these holiday cyber risks, Infosec is providing free resources, including a comprehensive security awareness and training kit, an ethical hacking training webinar for security professionals and a hands-on cyber skills challenge hosted in Infosec Skills for current and aspiring cyber professionals. Additionally, Infosec will extend its Black Friday discounts on instructor-led boot camps throughout December, making certification more affordable.  

Holiday-exclusive offers and resources include: 

  • Free holiday-themed security awareness resource kit: The free toolkit makes sure organizations aren’t “Hacked for the Holidays” with seven resources to help employees identify and avoid the most common holiday scams like fake online storefronts and charity scams. Designed to make launching a successful holiday campaign easy, each toolkit comes with ready-to-use training modules, assessments, posters and more. Click here to download the free security awareness resource kit. 
  • Free ethical hacking training webinar: This free webinar teaches viewers how to think like a hacker and understand key skills and resources to help them land a penetration testing role. Attendees will have the opportunity to test their new skills hands-on and leave with actionable insights on how to use ethical hacking to protect their organizations. Click here to register.  
  • Free hands-on “Hack the Holidays” cyber skills training: Throughout December, current and aspiring cyber professionals will have the chance to test their skills with a hands-on cybersecurity training experience inside the Infosec Skills cyber range. Those who complete the “Hack the Holidays” challenge can enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card, Infosec hoodie and 1-year subscription to Infosec Skills. Click here to learn more and sign up. 
  • Discounted instructor-led certification boot camps: Infosec’s instructor-led boot camps help cybersecurity professionals earn certifications critical to advancing their careers, maximizing their earning potential and remaining up-to-date on the latest cyber skills. Those who enroll before the end of December will save up to 30% on eligible certification boot camps. Click here to learn more.  

These complimentary resources feature Infosec’s award-winning security education content hosted in Infosec IQ and Infosec SkillsInfosec IQ security awareness and training empowers employees with the knowledge and skills to stay cyber secure at work and home with over 2,000 awareness and training resources. Infosec Skills helps cyber professionals upskill and get certified with unlimited access to 1,200+ hands-on cybersecurity courses, labs and cyber ranges.

EnGenius Releases EnGenius Cloud PRO Network Management Platform

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EnGenius Technologies Inc., a worldwide manufacturer of future-proof enterprise networking solutions, today announced the release of its EnGenius Cloud PRO network management platform. EnGenius is allowing end-users to test out free for one year the enhanced and never-seen-before features built to handle massive, high-density, demanding environments. 

But first things first. The basic version of EnGenius Cloud is free and always will be. IT pros and MSPs who are providing already feature-rich Cloud management to their customers can continue to do so free of charge.

And now, the EnGenius PRO version offers a suite of enhanced and brand new features that are perfect for enterprise-level networks with hundreds—even thousands—of devices, requiring an extra level of monitoring and protection. If you want to tap into the enterprise-level market and broaden your services for the big players, EnGenius Cloud PRO is just what you need.

Enhanced Features

The basic version of the EnGenius Cloud management platform offers excellent features for SMBs and many larger businesses. However, the PRO version takes several of these features and cranks them up a notch:

  • EnGenius Cloud Basic allows up to 10 admins/team members, but PRO allows unlimited.
  • Basic produces simple heatmaps for proper placement of access points, but PRO allows you to add obstacles like drywall, wood, doors, and glass windows that may affect coverage.
  • Basic allows up to 100 radius and 100 voucher users, but PRO allows for 10,000.
  • Basic topology view allows you to see all EnGenius devices on the network, but PRO allows you to see third-party devices as well.
  • Basic AP diagnostics tool minimizes truck rolls, but PRO brings spectrum analysis too.

Brand New Features

The crown jewel of the EnGenius Cloud PRO platform is the suite of enterprise-level features that allow an unmatched level of control and visibility over extremely dense business networks.

AirGuard (WIDS/WIPS)  Security APs have dedicated radios that scan the environment non-stop for attacks—evil twins, rogue APs, flood detection, man-in-the-middle attacks, and radio frequency jammers—without degrading network performance at all.

Spectrum Analysis – Wi-Fi spectrum analysis is a professional grade analyzer used to determine the real-time strength of a Wi-Fi signal and what might be interfering with that signal strength.

Client Timeline – To get an intuitive and historical view of client devices, Client Timeline allows admins to easily see how clients associate, authenticate, and roam among access points. It is extremely useful when you need to debug or trace your wireless network.

MyPSK – MyPSK allows you to automatically assign a unique password to each client on a network. You can create up to 500 unique passwords for each network (SSID). If you have more than 500 users, you can create another SSID to handle the next set of users up to 1,000, and so on.

VLAN Pooling – To prevent broadcast traffic from flooding the network, the access point will randomly assign a VLAN (from a pool of user-defined VLANs) to each client device. The user will stay connected to the same VLAN even if they roam within range of other access points.

Customized Network Reports – For tracking the status of your network, you can get network reports customized to your needs. In just a few steps, you can quickly design the cover, select the content, and schedule the report to be delivered automatically to its recipient.

Exposure Analysis – Exposure analysis allows you to minimize risk to your guests and staff by adding alias markers to identify client devices and use contact tracing to help mitigate pandemics and other emergencies.

Try All Advanced Features Free for One Year

All devices will come with a one-year free PRO license. When your year is up, the cost is only MSRP $50 per device each year or $120 per device for three years.