At a recent conference held by the Minnesota Better Business Bureau, experts from all over the nation gathered to discuss a projected epidemic associated with data theft and growing concerns among both small and big businesses like. According to the FBI, a reported 250% increase in data theft has occurred since 2015 alone. Experts estimate that these changing risks could cost small businesses a whopping $7,000 out-of-pocket after insurance coverage claims when affected. Continue Reading
As businesses continue to grow more and more, notice that many companies have become virtual, and are essentially operating their entire organization from a computer or smartphone. With the latter, especially, mobile devices have become a major factor in the workplace, and there are several reasons why. First of all, with these devices at hand, it’s very easy to access your data from anywhere. After all, you don’t always have to be in the office, and you can even operate directly from your device if you’re traveling on the road. Continue Reading
People really value their cellphones and devices.
A survey conducted by Lookout and IDG Research found that when phones are lost or stolen, victims will go to great lengths to get them back. Half of the victims would pay $500 and one-third would pay $1,000 to get them back. Two-thirds of theft victims also express willingness to put themselves at physical risk to regain their devices.
It’s not the devices themselves that are so valuable, but the data stored on them. Not all the data on smartphones is valuable to anyone but the owner, but some is. It is important to securely wipe phone or computer personal content when you sell or abandon your devices. It can be the very outline needed for very convincing identity theft or direct meddling in such things as the owner’s bank account or even his or her personal relationships. Continue Reading
Web filtering is an unfortunate necessity at many businesses. Ideally, employees would use their browsers responsibly and keep their personal use down to an acceptable level. Often, though, otherwise good employees make inappropriate use of the Web, and HR departments call for filtering to keep it under control. Continue Reading
In the business world, not only is technology one of the most important factors, but its usage has also substantially grown over the years. Data can be stored and accessed much easier, people are more dependent on their mobile devices in the workplace, and Internet access has become all too common. In fact, most (if not all) businesses in this day and age wouldn’t even be able to function if it wasn’t for access to the World Wide Web. Through the usage of Internet, you can reach out to your customers easier, use social media platforms to further your company’s goals, and even collaborate with business partners. With that said, constant use of the World Wide Web can also be a cause for concern in the workplace. If you don’t set some ground rules as a business owner, you may find your employees abusing their privileges and even visiting the wrong websites. When it comes to IT/web usage policies in the workplace, what are some things to keep in mind, especially for your employees? Here is what to consider. Continue Reading
Encryption is an essential tool in keeping data safe. It’s not the whole answer, though, and the Internet is full of misleading information about it. Sometimes it’s portrayed as a magic bullet, sometimes as a waste of time. Truth is always more complicated than myths, so let’s look at a few myths and get a perspective on them. Continue Reading
Keeping a business’s computers secure is a complicated job. It involves firewalls, security software, spam filtering, router configuration, VPNs, and more. What if you could put it all together and have one security product that covered all the bases? That’s what unified threat management (UTM) offers.
UTM can come in a hardware appliance or a software package. A UTM appliance is typically a router and firewall in one box, with additional functions to handle all aspects of security. UTM software provides a suite of applications which the administrator can manage through a console. Some cloud UTM services are available, though they aren’t common yet. Continue Reading
In order to control the use of internet in their homes, some people go the lengths of actually unplugging the router after hours. Parents often take extreme measures to control children’s use of internet because they know that both the stimulation from continuous internet use and particular troublesome content will have a bad effect on children’s attitudes and development. The internet is a wonderful educational tool. Schools increasingly expect children to use it to support their learning. However, in many ways, the internet is like a city street and after hours it may have a dark side. Continue Reading
Believe it or not, the business world can be very unpredictable. Sometimes, it’s best to expect the unexpected. Customers come and go, your business plans may change suddenly, or the company could end up having budget issues. With that said, this is why it’s important to have a contingency plan for these incidents. After all, the way you’re running things in the workplace, may be subject to change in a few years. Generally speaking, that’s the nature of owning a business. Continue Reading
Endpoint security is defined as the process of securing various endpoints on a data network, often involving end-user devices like mobile phones, iPads, desktop PCs, and laptops. Additionally, hardware can also be considered an endpoint. An example of this would be servers in the data center. An exact definition of an endpoint largely depends on who you ask, as every security leader has a different idea. Basically, though, endpoint security tackles those risks that are presented by various devices connecting to a main network. Continue Reading