When an entry-level employee, perhaps a brand-new hire who just received database access, receives an important-looking email from the CEO of the company, what does that employee do? In the vast majority of cases, he or she opens that email up immediately—it must be important if it's coming all the way from the head of the company, right? After clicking a bogus link, nothing unusual happens and the email is quickly forgotten about. However, three weeks later, production grinds to a halt as every employee in the company, from entry-level to executive, discovers they've been locked out of the system. Until a Bitcoin payment is made to a secret address, the computers warn, access to the system will be made impossible.
Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the world of business. As the days march on, business leaders are still not placing enough emphasis on cybersecurity and related issues. This perspective not only has negative effects on a company's overall security posture, but it also opens even the strongest organizations up to the types of digital threats from which they might not recover.
Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing, a NASCAR racing team, was victimized by ransomware early on in the 2016 racing season. Their crew chief said that the data held for ransom was worth millions of dollars and that it would’ve taken about 1,500 man-hours to recreate the data. Under the gun, with another race just days away the team decided to pay the Bitcoin ransom.
If your business relies on computer files and documents to do its job, you’ve likely worried about the risks of lost data at some point. Saving documents to your hard drive is not always enough to keep your business protected. For instance, if your business’s hard drive becomes damaged, all of your work, and the work of your employees, can be gone in the blink of an eye. Some businesses don’t think about data loss until they’ve experienced it firsthand. But, with all the challenges businesses face when data loss occurs, it’s beneficial to come up with a preventative strategy early on.
Securing today’s mobile workforce is becoming increasingly difficult. As the demand for remote productivity grows, so too does the sophistication of cyber-attacks aimed at road warriors. Some of today’s threats include mobile malware, eavesdropping, unauthorized access, and unlicensed or unmanaged applications. Let’s take a look at these threats and what can be done to combat them.
As the business world evolves, management has become more innovative. Top managers have begun employing creative strategies to attract and retain top talent, and improve productivity while keeping costs in check. These advancements have not been entirely voluntary, as businesses are often forced to respond to several day-to-day challenges to stay afloat. Here are some of these key challenges:
With so many companies utilizing the cloud and mobile devices, data security should be a major concern for all businesses. Yet, despite numerous security breaches, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), and security experts’ repeated warnings that businesses need to better protect their information, many companies remain unprepared or inadequately protected from various security threats.
The days of driving to the office, sitting behind a desk, and working from the same desktop computer for eight hours are becoming a thing of the past. Today’s managers and employees can work from the office, or a client’s location by using mobile devices and laptops. Unfortunately, the growing need for mobility has created new challenges for many business owners, particularly IT managers. How can businesses provide access to files and documents regardless of their employees’ physical location, while still ensuring security and sticking to budget?
Kelser Corp and Cisco have been working together to provide businesses with the latest technology, proving to be both leaders and innovators in the industry. Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) helps businesses simplify their operations, reduce their costs, and increase their speed, while Kelser provides customized technology solutions that help clients get the most out of their technology investments. Here’s a deeper look at how Cisco UCS functions, and how our teamwork is helping clients’ businesses to succeed in this fast-changing, technological world:
With a society that has become increasingly digitized, innovative, and mobile, it is no surprise that business technologies have had to adjust. After all, the business landscape and digital world are constantly changing, and that produces new challenges: