Christmas has always been a time of gifting loved ones with something they really need and will love to use. In the last few decades, that means tech. We gift laptops, phones, tablets, and the latest craze in smart home devices. We gift remote-control toys, light sculptures, and DIY robot kits. Everything that’s not a computer or a phone comes with its own mobile app. Christmas has become a tech holiday in many families, with loved ones in every generation enjoying new tech on the big day. Continue Reading
Mobile devices have never been more important than right now. Personal laptops, phones, and tablets are the reason that so much of the workforce has successfully transitioned to remote work from home. For those who were not already equipped to work at home, companies began shipping laptops and phones so that their teams could connect safely. Continue Reading
If there is one thing the lockdown has taught us, it’s that BYOD is a possibility. Nearly anything is possible when there’s no other alternative. Teams that had been approaching the idea of remote work, mobile workforce, and employee-provided devices with caution are now finding themselves with whole teams at home with only the devices they own personally. 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
Drawing up a disaster recovery plan for a small- to mid-size business can be a challenging prospect. You may have looked online for a generic guide on how to write a disaster recovery plan. While this can be a good start, there are also steps you should include that you may not consider after looking at a blank template.
Let’s take a closer look at six steps that might be missing from your disaster recovery plan, why you should include them, and how to implement them into your plan. Continue Reading
We hear many stories of how companies in the midst of a digital transformation are changing their business models. They may even have an executive strategy session or a series of sessions in order to identify all places in the organization where there should be digital improvements. They may even have vigorous debates about the best ways to eliminate legacy systems that are not bringing the company into the present digital age. A company’s leaders are painfully aware that a digital transformation is a journey that must include leveraging their current IT capabilities to keep up with consumer demands. Going fully digital creates a great deal of pressure on any executive team, and one of the biggest reasons is because of the high costs associated with adopting new technologies so as to complete the total transformation. Continue Reading
Most phishing email goes after mass targets. It’s not particularly well-crafted, but the senders expect that if they hit enough mailboxes, some victims will open the attachment or visit the malicious website. A growing portion, though, targets specific companies or individuals with carefully crafted messages. It’s called spearphishing. When it’s aimed at high-profile individuals or large assets, it’s also called whaling — going after really big fish. (All right, a whale isn’t really a fish.) Continue Reading
Welcome back to the second half of our two-part series on when and why your business should be using encryption. If you joined us last time, you’ve probably started to realize just how useful encryption is and that it can be applied to anything you’d like to keep safe from hackers, whether or not they make it past your firewall. In the first half, we covered encrypting client payment data at every stage and began to talk about the risk of identity theft if hackers get ahold of either client or employee personal information. Let’s pick back up where we left off at storing personal information once you’ve collected it. Continue Reading
Every modern company with a few computers and a business network are aware of the dangers of hackers and security breaches. When a hacker gets their grubby fingers on private information stored by your company, they can do a lot of damage. Customer information can be used for payment scams or identity theft while sensitive business information can be used against you on the market or leaked to your competitors to great detriment. Every business strives to keep their security systems as close to the cutting-edge and maximum protection as possible but, let’s face it, every now and then someone gets hacked. Whether it was a failure on their part or a particular moment of inspiration from the hacker, when your network has been breached, you absolutely must have a backup plan. Continue Reading