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Business Insights from Michael Marquardt Global Advisor

Enjoy my blog, designed to provide tips on expanding and developing your business, here and overseas. I share my experience in cybersecurity, global compliance, anti-corruption, information technology investments, controlling and managing strategic risks, and much more.

I am available to speak on any of these topics; please contact me with inquiries.

With new reports of major cyber attacks hitting the headlines on an almost weekly basis, it is understandably every company’s worst fear. Yet the risk of computer network hacks has been a dangerous area of vulnerability for organizations ever since data went digital. In fact, data...

A little more than a month ago, on September 24, federal elections were held in Germany. Chancellor Merkel’s party, along with its Bavarian sister party (the CDU/CSU) lost many seats in parliament but she still emerged with a mandate to form the next government and...

For corporate directors, Volkswagen AG’s “Dieselgate” is a textbook case of ineffective corporate governance that has led to worldwide criminal investigations and a loss of public confidence. Corporate directors and millions of Americans who enjoy driving VW cars, as well as Audi or Porsche vehicles...

In 2013, American technology magnate Michael Dell said that “mobile will figure out health care … before health care figures out mobile.” Initially, he was right, but during the past year the healthcare industry has started to figure it out. More than 15 years after...

Volkswagen AG (VW), with annual revenues of $244 billion in 2014 and some 600,000 employees worldwide, now stands accused of systematically circumventing and violating environmental safety rules and regulations the world over, possibly for years. News first broke in September 2015 that the German automaker...

I immigrated to the United States from Germany almost 25 years ago, so I may be a little biased when I proclaim that United States democracy (despite all its pitfalls) truly does offer the world a model of equality, freedom, and fairness. I think its...

If you have always wanted to take a peek inside the office of a top executive, then Delta flight 676 to Tampa might be your ticket. Or United flight 415 to San Francisco. Or American flight 317 to Chicago. Here is my point: if you...