Any business using social media needs to create documentation that outlines and addresses how its employees are expected to act online. This document should not only outline how employees use social media for the business but also their personal social media profiles as well. We are not suggesting an Orwellian scenario where employers dictate what employees can do in their personal lives. However, employees should be fully aware that they represent the organization both at and away from work. Anything employees do on social media, good or bad, will reflect on your business.
In 2016, the number of websites hacked increased 32% over 2015 and that number is expected to continue to increase every year. While a frightening statistic, there are many things you can do to ensure that your website is as secure as possible. Below you will find the top 10 ways you can decrease the chances of your website being hacked.
Espionage! The word sounds like some kind of Cold War reference. However, espionage within corporations is alive, well, and happening every day. Generally referred to as corporate or industrial espionage, it is the practice of gathering information about an organization. Many times that information is just that – ‘gathering information’. However, some forms of corporate espionage involve stealing trade secrets, client information, formulas or recipes, planning or marketing strategies and can involve activities like bribery, blackmail, and technological surveillance.
Although Industrial espionage tends to happen to larger organizations such as technology, biotechnology, and aerospace companies, any organization with information that is of use to a competitor can be a worthy target. Recent companies that have been targeted by industrial espionage are Lockheed Martin, Valspar, and DuPont. It’s good to point out though that although these companies were mostly targeted by large foreign companies, industrial espionage can happen from within your company by your own employees. So no one is really immune.
There are so many types of security issues for businesses to worry about it’s hard to keep up. One very common one is known as a Denial of Service Attack (DoS) or Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDoS). These types of attacks affect organizations’ resources and websites and ultimately can disrupt business.
All you have to do is read the news on a daily basis and chances are you will hear about yet another company that has fallen victim to a data breach. The average cost of a data breach in 2017 is $3.62 million globally and $7.35 million in the U.S, which is at an all time high, according to a study conducted the Ponemon Institute. These are big numbers and scary statistics and although there is no such thing as a totally secure system, there are several things you can do to reduce the chances of your business being one of the next victims.
Business today depends on being mobile and with the increased use of smartphones and tablets it’s getting easier to make a business accessible from anywhere. However, with this technology comes the issue of whether to let your employees provide their own devices, if your company should have control of those choices, or something in between. There are advantages and disadvantage to each choice and so much of it depends on what your business objectives are, the size of your company’s budget, and many other variables. So here is the break down of these three options. (more…)
The mere sound of the word ‘hacker’ can send most people into a panic state and in the world we’re living in today who could blame them. However, there are hackers that are beneficial to us all. Those hackers are known as White Hat or Ethical hackers. White Hat hackers are computer security experts who specialize in penetration and other types of testing to make sure an organization’s information systems are secure.
Security and privacy are two of the top concerns for businesses and this is becoming more and more important for organizations that have remote or traveling employees. Many employees choose to work from home, on the road, or in hotels and coffee shops. However, these options open businesses up for the possibilities of security breaches and cyber-hacking. One way to help mitigate these challenges is through the use of VPN or Virtual Private Network services.
Lately there have been a lot of concerns about privacy when it comes to the texts and phone calls we send. Not all messenger and phone apps are created equal. Many make it very easy for the contents of text messages and phone calls to be intercepted and hijacked by hackers known as a Man-in-the-middle attack. In addition to that, many are easy for other agencies to breach your right to privacy without any notice or reason.