How to Strengthen Convenience Store Security

High traffic and employee turnover make the more than 150,000 convenience stores (C-stores) in the U.S. attractive targets for cyber-criminals. The nature of the C-store environment makes it difficult to deliver compliance and standardization. So, what can business leaders do to strengthen convenience store security? Why Convenience Store Data Breaches? Some brands in the retail space experience almost no turnover in staff. By comparison, C-stores employ more transient workers. Deploying standards across all the stores proves difficult without having a regional or district manager visit every store on a regular basis. Hence, as studies show, C-stores and gas station chains…

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How to get your office ready for the return post COVID-19

Recently, the IRS started returning 10,000 employees to do mission-critical work. Unfortunately, for many business leaders, their mission critical work is making money to survive. Truly, it can’t come soon enough. Others fear for the safety of their workers and will proceed very cautiously. Though opinions on timing vary widely, the question remains—is your office ready for the return post COVID-19? Now that we have adjusted to the WFH routine of conference calls, tuning out distractions and swapping PJ’s for sweats, the time has come to start planning the return to the office. As with any change in the business…

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10 Inexpensive Ways to Improve Small Business Security

You’ve worked hard to create and grow a business that you depend on. The last thing you want is for someone to take it from you. You don’t have a lot of extra cash right now, so you can’t afford to spend much to improve small business security. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot to make a difference. Like you, criminals (cyber-criminals in particular) also run a business. They balance revenues from what they have stolen against expenses—what it costs to run a campaign, find people to buy the stolen items or data, operate servers and pay rent….

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Introducing the COVID-19 New Normal Office Productivity

Many businesses need to make up for ongoing COVID-19 crisis financial losses. Thus, the new normal office productivity must improve. Wouldn’t it be great to balance out some of the revenue lost during the pandemic with one or more surprisingly simple productivity enhancements? In a previous post, we briefly listed several improvements business leaders could make to increase productivity when workers return. Implementing those changes while the office is close to empty makes perfect sense. So, consider these productivity boosters, ranging from easy and affordable to bold and exciting. Cameras for Desktop Computers Because they come so equipped, many workers…

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The New Normal COVID-19 Office Security

With continued WFH policies and multiplied COVID-19 scams and threats, the importance of good cyber security stands out. Indeed, with a workforce that is highly dependent on digital services for the foreseeable future, the new normal COVID-19 office security is necessarily stronger, more vigilant, and more dispersed. Yet, a lot of questions remain unanswered. For example, will behavioral surveillance be part of the new normal? As organizations plan to implement contact tracing, privacy advocates voice their concerns. Given the uncertainty, we expect to see these non-intrusive measures with clearly defined benefits coming to the new normal. Thermal Cameras for Passive…

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Eliminate the Server Room to Optimize Your Post-COVID-19 Business

As we noted in a recent post, on-premises computer systems have seen a gradual decline since cloud computing gained popularity over a decade ago. And, with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis accelerating that trend, businesses that still have onsite servers should consider a decision to eliminate the server room now and post-COVID-19. For one, the work from home (WFH) pattern might continue for a long time. Many employers have announced the extension of WFH policies through the fall and into next year. Regardless of how COVID-19 plays out, businesses of all sizes can and should consider the best use of their…

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Do I Need a Traditional Office in the Post-COVID World?

As nations and states outline plans for reopening, businesses need to decide what normal will look like in the post-pandemic world. Will millions of workers leave remote work behind, dig out their business attire and return to the office? Or does the traditional office become a relic of the past? For most organizations, the answer remains complicated. With tools such as Microsoft 365, remote workers can collaborate over distance more safely and productively than ever before. However, some jobs simply need dedicated office space, with team members close at hand. At the same time, COVID has provided a wake-up call….

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Is COVID-19 the Last Nail in the Coffin for On-premises Systems?

On-premises computer systems (servers and desktop applications) have seen a gradual decline since cloud computing gained popularity over a decade ago. The current COVID-19 crisis will certainly accelerate that trend. Some say it may deal a fatal blow to on-premises systems altogether. As we have seen, COVID-19 shifted working patterns to primarily work from home (WFH). That pattern might continue for a long time. For example, many companies could find that their WFH employees don’t want to return to the office when the restrictions have passed. Once they’ve had a taste of bedroom-to-home-office commutes and increased closeness to family, they…

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Is your office ready for the return post COVID-19?

Last week, the IRS started returning 10,000 employees to do mission-critical work. For many business leaders, their mission critical work is making money to survive. Truly, it can’t come soon enough, but is your office ready for the return post COVID-19? Now that we have adjusted to the WFH routine of conference calls, tuning out distractions and swapping PJ’s for sweats, the time has come to start planning the return to the office. As with any change in the business environment, there will be costs and opportunities. You may need to adjust work schedules and provide hygiene safety procedures and…

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Stimulus Check Scams: Fraud targets consumers and small businesses

The threat of COVID-19 has turned life upside down in the United States. Governors are issuing shelter-in-place orders and enforcing social-distancing measures to help stop the spread of the virus. Restaurants have shut down dine-in services and are focusing only on carry-out or pick-up. And the federal government has negotiated what might be the largest stimulus package in the United States’ history. This all provides an opportunity for scammers. Consumers need to be on the lookout during these stressful times for criminals hoping to take advantage of the confusion in the country today One of the big opportunities for these…

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