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An alarming percentage of workers are consciously avoiding IT guidelines for security, according to a new report from Symphony Communication Services. The report, released this morning, is based on a survey of 1,569 respondents from the US and UK who use collaboration tools at work. It found that 24% of those surveyed are aware of IT security guidelines yet are not following them. Another 27% knowingly connect to an unsecure network. And 25% share confidential information through collaboration platforms, including Skype, Slack, and Microsoft Teams.

The future of work is here, and it’s replete with technological advancements, new types of jobs, different ways to collaborate, and myriad ways to hack productivity. Our CXO Jonathan Christensen weighs in...

The Symphony app for Apple mobile devices supports one-to-one and group audio and video calls, with screen-sharing. With one click, users can start a meeting in a virtual room that any member of a group messaging channel can join. Unlike Slack, Symphony avoids momentarily decrypting data at routing points in the cloud. Symphony also lets customers store encryption keys on premises, rather than in the public cloud. The vendor's mobile meetings offer the same level of security.

In conversations with banking and finance customers around the world, I hear the same message again and again: We must embrace digital disruption to get an edge. But I also hear another message: Can we trust software providers with our most sensitive information?

To many, the answer to keeping traffic secure during a hijacking is point-to-point encryption. Unfortunately, standard encryption (such as TLS) relies on certificates to protect traffic from tampering. This isn’t effective against sophisticated attacks – like the aforementioned hijacking – because there are so many certificate authorities and they are compromised with alarming regularity. The only way to secure in-transit data against hijacking attacks is to implement transport layer security with true end-to-end encryption.

Users at competing firms message and share ideas, coders use it to collaborate on Github, and back-office staff can create data rooms to quickly fix trades. Customers have developed more than 500 automation bots using Symphony.

Around 40 partners of venture capital firms, as well as limited partners, came to Paris to talk about tech in France, from Andreessen Horowitz to Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures and more. The two-day roadshow took place at Station F, the Vision Institute, iBionext and the Elysée Palace.

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