Warning When Hiring Temporary and Seasonal Staff

Many businesses leverage temporary or seasonal staff.  The benefits are obvious—expertise and additional resources/capacity when you need it. With the advances in technology, utilizing these types of personnel is even easier.  However, what may not be so obvious are the network security risks; in particular, the increased potential for compromised sensitive data or loss of control of the data.

Is Your Business Disaster Ready?

September is National Preparedness Month. I’m sure you’ll agree, disaster readiness is crucial to help you get back to business faster should a disaster strike!

Here are a few simple reminders for you to consider…

Back Up Your Data Remotely!  We recommend backing up all data to an offsite location, and we offer this as a service to our clients.

Advice for the Wary Traveler

Do you often travel for business and stay in hotels or motels? Or, maybe sometimes you travel for pleasure? You likely lock your hotel room door after you enter it. But if you are spending time in your room surfing the Internet using the free hotel Wi-Fi, you may have left that virtual door to the outside world wide open, leaving you and your data very vulnerable.

Preparing Your Business for the Winter and Snow Days!

You’ve done ALL the things you need to do to prepare your business for winter weather:

Gotten rid of the leaves on the property and the roof
Cleared all drains to reduce possibilities of leaks
Arranged for snow plowing services for parking areas
Secured a snow thrower or shovels and a cache of ice melt to clear the sidewalks
Shut off all the outdoor faucets so no pipes freeze
Ensured that your fire system anti-freeze loops are serviced
Placed tall identifying markers adjacent to fire hydrants
Adjusted light timers inside and out to account for shorter daylight hours

BUT…have you done these things?

Planned for how staff will operate if access to the building is unavailable or if the power is out
Tested your remote access to your servers, data and email in advance
Made sure your servers are off the floor and secure
Ensured you have quality surge protectors with uninterruptible power supply batteries in place
Backed up all your data and made it available for your use remotely
Prepared a disaster recovery and/or business continuity plan and shared the appropriate pieces of the plan with your staff?

If you need help in any of these areas, give us a call.

Key Learnings from the Big Hack Attacks of 2014

Sony, Home Depot, Target.    All are big companies with huge market value, large customer databases, strong brand names and plenty of budget to spend on data security.  The same cannot be said for organizations in the small business community.   But are there lessons from these breaches that can provide learning to the owner or manager of a small business?  Yes, there certainly are.