Business Management

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Tax Season Phishing: Peak Time for Big Game

Tax Season Phishing: Peak Time for Big Game

If you follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds then you’ve got a leg up—you know all about the growing phishing epidemic. Well-worded emails from supposed IRS workers or company execs have mislead many a dutiful employee. We’ve warned about this scamming method in the past, and the widespread threat continues to morph. The need for vigilance is vital. For while…
Tax Season Phishing: A Cautionary Tale

Tax Season Phishing: A Cautionary Tale

Joe, Kindly send me the individual 2016 W-2s (PDF) and earnings summaries for all of our company staff for a quick review. This request is time-sensitive and confidential. I really appreciate your cooperation. Thanks, Dave Smith Company CEO www.company.com Whether you’re often in communication with the upper execs at your company or not, the above request would sure get your…
Cyber Tug of War—Win, Lose, or Draw?

Cyber Tug of War—Win, Lose, or Draw?

The opposing forces of privacy and safety are at it again. This time, it’s Apple v. The Feds—heels in the mud, each hoping for victory. On the sidelines, fans make known their stake in the game. But in this tug of war, maybe the real win is when both sides keep their jerseys clean. Get Upfront and Personal Something for…

Zn Dy feature logopci compliance: Don’t let the snore-bore of a name fool you: PCI compliance standards could be your company’s lifeline, packing a solid punch in fighting cybercrime, protecting data security. A set of requirements designed to ensure that ALL companies that “process, store or transmit credit card information” are ardently working to protect said data, PCI compliance is a must. Setting standards and covering tails, PCI compliance opens the door to insurance coverage for really important things, like, say, data breaches. Not only does PCI compliance aim to keep your clients safe and you in the clear, it also keeps hard-earned funds from being thrown away on legal fees, fines and penalties. But PCI compliance is more than “just good business”— it’s a way to show clients some love, proving that you value the trust they’ve placed in your company.

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Zn Dy feature logovicarious liability: Put simply, liability for employee actions comes down on employers’ shoulders—and it can do some damage. From independent agents to partners, contractors and staff, negligence and/or prosecution can come back to haunt responsible parties. Rulings can inflict a hefty financial burden, even go so far as threatening your very livelihood. How best to protect? Whether it’s through your general liability, professional liability or worker’s compensation policy, you’ll keep exposed risk at bay with just a bit of forethought, and a healthy dash of attention to detail.

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Zn Dy feature logosilo:Ironically versatile, this jargon-y noun/verb/adjective hurts both sides of the IT/C-suite aisle. Like its agricultural namesake, a corporate ‘silo’ siphons data top-to-bottom, squashing lateral, inter-departmental teamwork. The enemy of a communicative, goal-oriented culture, a ‘silo mentality’ starves efficiency and collaboration, kills productivity. ‘Siloing’ is worse yet in a cyber security context: data held hostage, threat prevention undermined, defenses break down. The dangers are obvious, and business leaders are moving to steer clear. So let’s encourage progress—get those silos gone and let ideas flow free.

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Opposites Distract: Successfully Confronting the IT / C-Suite Struggle

Opposites Distract: Successfully Confronting the IT / C-Suite Struggle

For today's business, things have reached critical mass. Not only are we seeing data breaches at every turn, but we're also finding fractured camps at their root—'civil war' within an already raging 'cyber war.' If this sounds familiar, take heart—big problems, both real and perceived, can be worked through and neutralized. It comes down to communication, to going beyond department…

Zn Dy feature logogoldbricking: Just another cheap hat trick, goldbricking sure can sell the goods. A facade of the shiny stuff can fool a trusting audience and a distracted employer alike. Feigning productivity while auctioning items online, or catching up on the classics, employees maintain a semblance of quality and value, while stealing time. Too bad for the employer. Paying folks to enjoy personal time on company time? No amount of sugar-coating can change that bottom line. Paint it any way you like—when it comes to affecting your business, goldbricking is as subtle as a lead balloon.

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Offensive Cyber Defense

Offensive Cyber Defense

It's More than Just Crude Security As we round January’s corner into the new year, there’s so much to think about, from ambitious goals and adventurous plans, to lingering concerns. One thing’s for sure, with a slew of unprecedented data breaches, 2014 did what it could to keep cybersecurity on the brain. So whether it’s still taxing our nerves, or…