Employees don’t typically think of themselves as being on the “front lines” of digital security for a business. A quick audit of the staff for any small or medium-sized business would likely yield a wide range of “expertise” when it came to security knowledge.
Last year we published a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style blog post highlighting how improvements in business technology (or lack thereof) can provide different outcomes for common problems around the office. In the post, we followed the adventures of a new IT manager attempting to solve several communication bottlenecks in the office by pitching different technology improvements.
The productivity boost and increased workplace happiness of employees able to work from home have been well-documented. Approximately 4 million Americans are now working from home full-time and the benefits are being realized on the side of employers and employees.
It’s nearly the end of 2018, and it seems like the year has gone by like a flash. If you’re like us, you might still be working on some of your New Year’s Resolutions from 2018 – that beach body can wait until spring of 2019 anyway.
But in between holiday parties and New Year’s celebrations, there is a good opportunity to reflect on the last 365 days and consider what has happened and what was learned.
Think about walking around the grounds of your office for a moment. Consider the sights and sounds that you’d encounter strolling up and down the halls into the various departments as you go about your workday.
Hopefully, this exercise brings up some good memories and reminds you of some professional accomplishments.
IT security is a battlefield on which you can never rest. Your company may have already eliminated all of the most common IT security weaknesses by taking steps such as installing security software, educating employees about the best security practices and investing in an automatic cloud-based backup solution.
It’s the stock sales by several executives that are likely to get the most scrutiny in light of the new timeline. On Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, regulatory filings show that three senior Equifax executives sold shares worth almost $1.8 million, with none of the filings listing the transactions as being part of scheduled 10b5-1 trading plans.
In November 2016 -- the day after Black Friday -- the public transit system of San Francisco fell prey to a ransomware attack that disabled its ticketing system for an entire day. With no fallback system in place -- and no way to sell tickets without the computer system -- the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency had no choice but to open the gates and let passengers ride for free.
Here's a fun thought experiment, try and imagine one area of your business today that does not involve technology in some way. It seems like even making coffee these days involves a computer of some kind. With so much reliance on technology, it's incredibly important to put security measures in place so business functions are not disrupted.