Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a security feature offered by many websites, applications and devices that dramatically improves account security by requiring multiple pieces of evidence (your credentials) when logging into an account. There are three main categories of credentials: something you know, like a password or pin number, something you have, like a security token, verification text, call or email, or something you are, like your fingerprint, your voice or your face. Using our wall metaphor again, MFA is like having a second and third very high, slick wall. All good, right? Safe and secure! Or maybe not…Read More »
The economic shocks of 2020 are drastically affecting the technology budgets of 2021 and pencils are being sharpened. 2020 saw bootstrap, instinctive, reactionary, financial decisions. Many organization’s plans for 2020 were thwarted by the pandemic and were put on hold. There is now no such thing as business-as-usual processes; executives need budget processes streamlined in order to react quickly and strategically with a more proactive than reactive stance. With so much uncertainly going into the new year, how should companies address and prioritize their technology budgets for 2021?Read More »
Stalkerware is a term that is used for applications that are sold, usually by legally registered companies, to monitor children or track employees. The term “stalkerware” was coined for its wide use to monitor intimate partner’s or spouse’s activity without their consent. These apps are designed to run undetected and track or record user behavior and activity and may remotely control devices without the user’s consent or knowledge. They exfiltrate data like location, contacts, take screenshots, call and text logs, browser history, and even record phone calls. Some types of apps that are location services are expected, for instance, the Find My function in Apple phones to geographically locate devices and people, but this differs from stalkerware because it is a native application where the user is in control of who they share their location with. Stalkerware apps are especially insidious because the companies who design and sell them fail to protect all the data that is collected- opening the victims for double damage: not only do they have no privacy but much their personally identifying information for sale on the Dark Web as well leaving them open for attacks.Read More »
In March, nearly two-thirds of Americans worked remotely due to the novel coronavirus. June has arrived with the country largely opening back up for business but seeing a different business landscape. Many questions emerge, with one of the most important should employees return to the physical office- at all? Is it worth the risk of infection to meet in the office when Zoom has worked so well? How will the open office plan, so popular for communication, fare in light of social distancing? Will handshakes go the way of the rotary phone? Employees are conscious of the prospect of carrying the virus back to their families; business owners are examining the expense of outfitting offices to appropriately accommodate the protection of employees while staying productive and avoiding liability. What about the fact that employees are enthusiastic about the perks of working from home, and may resist returning to the office? With all these things accounted for, many businesses are extending the work from home option as a longer-term or even permanent strategy for their workforce. Whatever the reason, there are considerations businesses should take if they are considering a long or longer-term work from home arrangement for their employees.Read More »
The Corona Virus COVID-19 pandemic has had a drastic effect on how businesses operate, the clients they serve, and the bottom line. Organizations have had to adapt strategy and investments very quickly to keep up with the ever-evolving challenges. Extra pain is being felt as businesses work hard to honor commitments made due to restrictive contracts signed prior to the global pandemic.
What if scaling and the ability to shift resources were built into the agreements you make with your partners?Read More »
A lot of investment is made by organization to office perks to their employees: flexible workplaces, specialty foods and health focused amenities are used to attract talentRead More »