EVENT: Absolute to Discuss Student Data Analytics at SXSWedu March 7-9

Absolute is headed to Austin, Texas and SXSWedu the week of March 6-9 to talk student data analytics and more during three separate sessions at this groundbreaking conference. A component of the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) family of conferences and festivals, SXSWedu “fosters innovation in learning by hosting a passionate and diverse community of education stakeholders.”

Absolute will be hosting a trio of sessions at this year’s event, focusing on the conference theme of “innovation in learning” through a series of discussions on how to leverage data analytics in K-12, as well as key topics around student safety when it comes to devices and data.

Absolute Sessions at SXSWedu

We are excited to speak to and collaborate with a diverse group of education leaders, IT professionals and innovators to talk about the intersection of technology and student learning:

Student Data Analytics: Connect Tech & Learning

When: Tuesday, March 7, 4-6 PM
Where: JW Marriott – Salon G

In this session, Jason Short, Absolute’s senior rirector of product management, will lead a discussion on the importance of maintaining a persistent connection to all endpoints and the data they contain in order to support safe, secure classrooms for K-12. Armed with detailed insight into how devices are being used, educators can better satisfy government funding initiatives and gain valuable insight into the correlation between technology and student performance.

K-12 Technology Analytics Measure Learning Impact

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2-3 PM
Where: JW Marriott – Salon A

Educational technology is evolving, as well as the demand for visibility and reporting. How can districts measure the impact and outcomes of tech investments, while putting device and user activity into context? In this panel, Jane Nauman of Nauman Educational Consulting will be joined by Richard Henderson, global security strategist for Absolute, and Jason Short to discuss how Student Technology Analytics helps districts embrace the advantages of digital learning while keeping students and technology investments secure.

Protect, Deter, Recover: Data Risks in K-12 Schools

When: Thursday, March 9, 11 AM – 12 PM
Where: Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon D

In this session, Jane Nauman, Richard Henderson, and Harold Reaves, global manager of Absolute’s Safe Schools program, will cover the hot topics of student data security, cyberbullying, and Internet crime. Reaves, who is Level V-certified in homeland security, will share his best practices for teaching digital citizenship to K-12 students, staff, parents, and the community.

Education & Self-Healing Endpoints

We are passionate about the future of teaching and learning — especially when it comes to data security. Absolute’s self-healing endpoint security products and initiatives like our Safe Schools program help protect students and schools from device theft, while our new Student Technology Analytics solution offers detailed reporting to prove effective technology utilization rates, measure learning outcome, and help districts meet compliance requirements around Internet safety policies.

Find out more…

The SXSWedu Conference & Festival offers four days of compelling content for education professionals, industry leaders and policy makers looking to connect, collaborate, create and change how we teach and learn. Visit the conference site for registration and attendance information.

See the power of the self-healing endpoint in action in this podcast interview with InfoSecSync!

Absolute’s Kim Ellery and Phil Shomura talk to InfoSecSync host Nick Thomas about how our persistent, self-healing endpoint security gives enterprises the ability to reduce the dwell time of a dark asset, reducing the likelihood of a breach. And, if it does happen, we can fix it with real-time remediation of breaches at the source.

Absolute’s Phil Shomura also demonstrates the technology in the video, showing how our cloud-based platform puts IT and security professionals in total command of devices, data and applications — whether on or off the network. Questions? Find out more information about our products here.


Absolute RSA 2017

Absolute’s “unfair advantage” was on display at RSA 2017 last week, and our team had valuable conversations with customers, partners, industry leaders and industry watchers. We enjoyed enlightened conversations about enterprise security concerns, business priorities, and best practices to address growing security issues.

Conferences like RSA are all about education and awareness, and we spent hours talking about our newly unveiled Application Persistence technology and how it protects sensitive information by keeping endpoint agents visible to IT departments and resilient to malicious attacks or insider threats. Here’s a summary…

Seeing is understanding

We talked a lot about visibility: Businesses simply don’t have the visibility they need to see and control endpoint agents. The result is the growing risk that insiders and attackers will compromise the security controls businesses have deployed to protect users and endpoints. It happens every day, many times a day – and our job is to stop it from happening.

“Really?  You can do that?” 

Yes, yes we can. Every company wants more visibility into what’s really happening with their security profile, and the persistence concept of “always there” resonated with attendees looking for viable solutions.

Absolute’s persistent self-healing endpoint security gives enterprises the ability to reduce the dwell time of a dark asset, reducing the likelihood of becoming a breach vector and – if it does happen – offering real-time remediation of breaches at the source. Absolute’s cloud-based platform puts IT and security professionals in total command of devices, data and applications — whether on or off the network.

Embedded in firmware, ready to remediate

“Always on” goes hand-in-hand with “always there” because Persistence is embedded in device firmware/BIOS. Many people don’t realize this – we’re already there.

It’s what gives us the ability to provide visibility and remediate the problem of dark endpoints. It’s also how we help clients with general IT concerns – like asset management, device workflow onboarding/off-boarding, risk management/compliance, auditing, and tracking, reporting, and remediation.

Find out more:

See how we can help you improve your security profile: https://www.absolute.com/en.

HIMSS17: Partnering with Lenovo, Intel on Healthcare Security

HIMSS17 kicked off this week, and we’re partnering with Lenovo at Booth #6710where we’ll be presenting the critical elements of the resilient enterprise, as well as working with Intel and others on a hosted workshop around breach prevention and endpoint controls.

Absolute and Lenovo target easily compromised, weak endpoint security controls with self-healing endpoints to give you visibility into endpoints and data – whether on the network or on-the-go – plus real-time remediation to address problems and protect patient data.

Lenovo Health & “Absolutely” 80s

Time to bust a move at HIMSS17! We’ll be live at the House of Blues for a rockin’ 80s party, compliments of Lenovo Health and featuring live performances by 80s stars Howard Jones, Men Without Hats and Flock of Seagulls, as well as 80s-inspired food & drinks.

While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by our photo booth (we have some great 80s props) or place some fun oversized games. We’ll have some gnarly tech and other sweet prizes to give away, plus a silent auction benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.


Prep for Breaches and Ransomware: Workshop & Networking

Preparing for breaches and ransomware are to
p priorities for healthcare security: Are you ready? Come find out: We’re partnering with Intel for a hands-on workshop, followed by a one-hour networking event with complimentary food and drink.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2–5 pm
WHERE: HIMSS Delegation Room – 231B

Join us to see how your security maturity, priorities, and capabilities compare with peers and the industry. In this confidential session, you’ll discover:

  • Where you may be over- or under-prioritizing across eight types of breaches
  • A look at your security posture and level of maturity across 42 capabilities, including HIPAA, NIST, PCI DSS, CIS, helping you identify gaps and opportunities for improvement
  • How your security approach compares with the industry

You’ll leave with a confidential 50-page data-rich report and recommendations on how to improve your breach security – including a multi-year plan that will help reduce your risk of costly breaches and ransomware.

HIMSS17: More coverage & insights

Look for more HIMSS coverage throughout the week, as well as news and insights about the latest in healthcare security.

RSA 2017: Self-Healing Endpoint Technology Makes RSA Debut

RSA Day 1 Keynotes: Control what you can, plan for chaos

Absolute officially kicked off RSA today, with the team meeting many new faces and welcoming back familiar friends. Our opening party at Jillian’s was a great opportunity to introduce self-healing endpoint technology to RSA attendees, while Absolute’s own Phil Shomura talked about our technology to a packed house during a presentation at our booth (#S2427).

Black Violin kicked off RSAC 2017, followed by John Lithgow and an opening monologue, while the day’s keynotes centered around increasing threats and the frustrations organizations have in preparing for and combating attacks. Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, RSA’s chief technology officer, talked about the importance of treating risk as a science — not a dark art — and to always ask “what if.” “Simplify what you can control, and plan for the chaos you can’t,” he advised. That’s an understatement in our business, especially when it comes to securing those “dark endpoints.”

Michael Dell talked about how IT isn’t just information technology anymore — it’s “business” technology — and how security continues to be a critical element, while Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, stressed the need for a “digital Geneva Convention” — and how the technology industry is very much its own melting pot as more companies have become the “United Nations of IT.”

Christopher Young, Intel Security, rounded out the day’s keynotes with a prediction of our next vulnerability: the home. “It’s the largest in aggregate, yet small in reality” — and with more employees working from home and taking valuable data with them, it should be an area of concern for all companies. For us, it underscored that self-healing endpoint technology is the smart solution to address these concerns and others.

Absolute & RSA: Take self-healing endpoint challenge, grab a pedicab on us

Absolute pedicabs outside the Moscone Center at RSA.

We can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings at RSAC 2017! Come visit our booth (#S2427), where we’ll be challenging visitors to put our self-healing endpoint security to the test. Come break some software, and watch it automatically reset to its original state: Attendees will get a firsthand look at how we can help stop sophisticated attacks and insider threats at the source.

Need a lift? Give those feet a rest and hop into one of the Absolute-branded pedicabs to get you around San Francisco in style! Available from Feb 14-15 from 10am – 6pm. Just look for the drivers wearing green Absolute-branded gear. And be sure to tag us @Absolutecorp or #AbsolutePedicab to share the fun!