At BWS Technologies, we are looking at a global workforce that has been forced by COVID-19’s threat to a new focus on working at home (WAH). This novel virus started in China, and, as of late March 2020, has impacted more than 189 countries and territories. There is no disputing the need for social isolation, and there is a need for public and private workforces to be innovative without decreasing productivity. Continue Reading
Cybersecurity writer Sue Poremba recently shared an experience that shows how blind many companies are to the IT security risks they face when an employee leaves.
Weeks after quitting a job to take a new position, Poremba needed some information that she thought might be in her email inbox at her former company. Acting on a whim, she tried to log in to that old email account. To her astonishment, not only was she able to access her email, but she found that she still had access to everything on that former employer’s network, including sensitive employee records and company financial information. As Poremba notes, if she had been a vindictive ex-employee, she could have done untold damage to her former company. Continue Reading
According to the Cost of a Data Breach Study by IBM and Ponemon, the global average cost for data breaches was $3.6 million. This amounted to an average of $141 per record.
Although insider threats are often thought of as being the biggest risk, employees who have recently quit or been terminated may pose an even bigger one. What type of dangers could your company be facing, and what can you do to mitigate them? Here is some information you need to know. Continue Reading
Eleven years ago in 2009, Microsoft released the operating system Windows 7. It was stable, functional, and compatible with software. In other words, everything a business computer system needs. Naturally, businesses build their software and internal tech stacks on computers that ran Windows 7. And not just when it was new.
As newer versions of Windows were tried and cycled through, Windows 7 remained a reliable fallback. Many people built installations on Windows 7 when there were newer alternatives because of the stability. However, part of that stability was the fact that Microsoft has been supporting Windows 7 installations for the last decade. They have been providing performance and security patches to keep Windows 7 systems functional. Continue Reading
Modern business communication goes above and beyond email and phone calls, and your small business’ CRM is at the center of this. No matter what communication channel you use, your CRM should be intimately involved in all client interactions. When a client contacts you through live chat, the CRM can and should be there. When a client is called by your sales team, the CRM can be there. The same applies when your business upgrades to a new VOIP communication suite. Continue Reading
With its release of the “Windows 10” computer operating system in July 2015, Microsoft made bold, sweeping claims for its security features. After four years of “builds” that have extended the Windows 10 series, with some 900 million users, today, those security features have to say the least undergone sustained and varied test in practice.
There have been continual modifications and patches, of course, including a recent one that embarrassed the company by seeming, when installed, to disable a key Windows 10 security feature. Continue Reading
Modern businesses are now aware that employee participation is essential for cybersecurity. No matter how good your firewall and security procedures are, your company system can only protect each person and computer to the extent that they keep the security doors shut. If an employee answers one phishing email or opens one malicious link, they could put your entire secured business network at risk.
From small businesses to international enterprises, the BYOD trend is a budget-smart and employee-flexible policy that can seriously expand your workforce capabilities. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. It means that employees can use their own phones, laptops, and tablets to access work data and the workplace wifi network to do their job. BYOD saves the company money on providing devices and allows employees to use the devices they are most familiar with, and prevents having to juggle both personal and work devices. Continue Reading
A personal contact approach is often used when hackers just want you to click the link. Many people don’t think twice about clicking a funny “youtube” link from a friend or relative to lift their spirits at work. But if the email address is unusual, don’t. Besides, why aren’t they sharing it with you on Twitter like usual? Continue Reading
Keeping your business data secure is a multi-layered process. You need to protect your network and databases through many steps, and part of that is making sure that your workforce knows how to repel social engineering hacks. Classic phishing attempts are well known to be the primary way that modern hackers gain access to business data. By getting just one employee to click an infected email link or visit an unsafe website by lying to them, hackers can gain access to secure logins, customer information, and even plant long-term spyware or ransomware on your network. Continue Reading