How Retail Cybersecurity Can Adapt to the 2021 New Normal

The retail industry, having learned to co-exist with a global pandemic, saw significant changes in 2020. Foremost among them is a major shift to the eCommerce channel. For those smaller retailers new to eCommerce technology, shopping and payment apps, and work-from-home technology, retail cybersecurity challenges have become much more of a concern for 2021. 2021 Cybersecurity Threats Trustwave’s 2020 Global Security Report found that 24% of all cyberattacks targeted retailers, the most of any industry. Alarmingly, the new normal of eCommerce and work from home (for back office staff) makes retail even more of a target than it was a…

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Why it’s Unwise to Pay too Much but Worse to Pay too Little

Many business leaders today readily accept the lowest bid. But is it prudent to do so? In this post, we present some reasons why it’s unwise to pay too much but worse to pay too little. John Ruskin, a prominent social thinker, philosopher, and philanthropist of the Victorian era, wrote the following often quoted explanation: “When you pay too much, you lose a little money—that’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a…

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Rapid Online Retail Growth Drives Small Business Retailers in 2021

Vox calls 2020, “The year shopping changed forever.” And Forbes says, “consumers will likely maintain the same or perhaps higher levels of online purchasing forevermore.” Indeed, the year of the pandemic and lockdowns has seen remarkable growth of 35% or more in online retail, and it appears likely to stick. Thus, the pandemic forced many smaller brick-and-mortar merchants online. Shopify, which provides e-commerce software tools to small and mid-sized retailers, has doubled its revenue year over year, a clear indication that many made the move. The big question is what can small business retailers do in 2021 to prosper? The…

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Engage a Personal Cyber Security Trainer for the New Year

In our previous post, we listed three common cyber security threats with security best practices and cyber-security solutions that simplify your life while reducing the risk of an energy-draining security breach. Again, we encourage you to engage your personal cyber security trainer to improve your security health for the new year. Until you attend that life-changing meeting, here are three more common cyber security threats you face with security best practices and solutions to help keep you in shape. Remote Employee Threats As remote work multiplies employee locations, your workforce will be less and less protected by your network security…

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3 Steps Towards a Strong Home (Cyber) Security System

You’re wearing your mask, working from home and generally keeping your distance. You’re doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19, but are you taking all possible precautions? What are you and your company doing to boost your immunity to cyber security threats? In the absence of an on-premises IT department, protection of your company’s data falls to individual employees. It is crucial that employees working from home follow the guidelines below to build a strong and unified cyber security system. 1. Keep Devices Strictly Business A work from home environment creates unique vulnerabilities that cyber criminals are eager…

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Schedule a Workout Session with a Business Cyber Security Coach

Your day starts with an energy bar and a three-mile run. But on your laptop awaits a long list of business cyber security notifications that require your immediate attention. You rush to get through the alerts before others sign in and you’re swamped with the usual fire drills. And that project you’ve been trying to get to for the last five weeks? Well, it’s just going to have to wait for another day. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get this all into shape through a workout session with an expert business cyber security coach? Someone who could run…

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Section 179 2020 Tax Deduction for Small Business Technology Investment

With 2020 going out with a bang (or more accurately, a spike), business owners welcome the great news of increased year-end tax deductions. With Section 179 2020 offering significant tax relief, small businesses can end the year on a high note with upgraded technology to make 2021 a great recovery year. Large Deduction Brings Small Business Benefits The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which took effect in 2018, introduced some eye-popping adjustments to Section 179. Combined with bonus depreciation, they put more money into your business investment budget. These changes include the following: Deduction limit doubled – For new and…

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs SAP and Oracle Comprehensive ERP Solutions

As business processes grow more complex, organizations must constantly improve productivity and efficiency to stay ahead of the competition. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions drive that improvement by helping companies manage resources across the board. Microsoft Dynamics 365 stands out in a field of ERP options, empowering organizations to thrive. In the realm of cloud-based ERP systems, Microsoft, SAP and Oracle all offer full-featured solutions. All three support companies of various sizes, and each can deploy in the cloud and on all major platforms. But each solution has specific strengths. Consider some of the powerful benefits of Dynamics 365. Break…

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Microsoft Teams vs Slack: Superior Video Conferencing, Integration and Security Make the Difference

In today’s workplace, with team members scattered across multiple offices and remote locations, collaboration platforms provide a critical communications hub. Two clear leaders dominate this space, and organizations must look closely to determine the best fit for their needs. In the battle of Microsoft Teams vs Slack, the choice comes down to a few key features. Both Microsoft Teams and Slack organize communication via channels, or teams. Each allows unlimited messages, as well as the ability to send both public and private messages. Both allow file sharing and unlimited, one-on-one video and audio calls. Users can access each tool via…

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Microsoft Teams vs Zoom: Choose the Most Effective Business Solution

By now, the workforce has grown accustomed to conducting business remotely, and video conferences look to continue indefinitely. Consequently, organizations need to choose the best platform to meet their needs. In many instances, this means weighing Microsoft Teams vs Zoom. On the surface, Microsoft Teams and Zoom deliver similar feature sets for remote communications and collaboration. Both provide video conferencing, screen and file sharing, room systems, chats, and audio calls. And both offer a free version, although the 100-person and 40-minute limits in Zoom’s free version can prove frustrating. But beyond the basics, the two platforms differ significantly in areas…

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