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The #1 priority for improving cybersecurity?

Implementing a Privileged Account Management Cycle approach! In a white paper released in October 2017 by analyst firm KuppingCole, Martin Kuppinger makes the case for why companies need to pay more attention to privileged account protection at all levels. Entitled, “Protecting the keys to your kingdom against cyber-attacks and insider threats,” he points out that Privileged Account … [Read more...]

Second Annual State of Ransomware Report – US Survey Results

Ransomware continues to be a major concern, as it's a “top three” problem for organizations worldwide. Unfortunately, the impact of ransomware on small to mid-sized businesses can be devastating. Among those who have experienced a successful infiltration of the corporate network by ransomware, 20 percent reported that they had to cease business operations immediately, and 12 percent lost … [Read more...]

Sophisticated cyber attacks are biggest technology concern in 2018

Cyber attacks and breaches are becoming a daily occurrence. In December 2017 we reported that 33.8 million records had been leaked, and in November 2017 there were 59 million records leaked. Targeted attacks by skilled and persistent cyber criminals are now a business reality. Cyber attacks have become more sophisticated and attackers use a variety of tactics: Social engineering: … [Read more...]

Why People Really Quit Their Jobs

People don’t quit a job, the saying goes — they quit a boss. We’ve heard it so many times that when we started tracking why employees leave Facebook, all bets were on managers. But our engagement survey results told a different story: When we wanted to keep people and they left anyway, it wasn’t because of their manager…at least not in the way we expected. Read more here … [Read more...]

Improving Security and Compliance: 10 Common Active Directory Mistakes

It’s true to say that the majority of organizations understand that Active Directory is essentially the backbone of the IT infrastructure. Despite this, we see multiple instances every day of Active Directory being misused, abused or generally neglected when it comes to best practices. In this article, we’re going to go through a few of the most common mistakes organizations make that could lead … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Focus Your Energy During a Work Crunch

Work invariably ebbs and flows, cycling between steady states, where we feel more in control of the pace and workload, and peak periods, where the work crunch hits us hard. Unexpected setbacks, project sprints, or even vacations and holidays can create mayhem and tension. Maintaining focus and managing energy levels become critical as tasks pile onto an already full load. When you’re in your next … [Read more...]

10 ways cybersecurity will evolve in the next five years

Looking back just 10 years, the cyber threat landscape is almost unrecognisable. Back then most IT security threats were unsophisticated malware programs (mostly viruses, worms or trojans) written by people whose main aim was simply to cause trouble. Though some of these programs did do real harm, including erasing data files or formatting disks, most were simply an annoyance. However, the threats … [Read more...]

Why We Should Be Disagreeing More at Work

When I worked as a management consultant, I had a client that I thought of as difficult. Let’s call her Marguerite. She and I didn’t see eye to eye on much. I disagreed with the direction she was taking our project, the people she chose to involve, and the pace at which she thought we should do our work (why did she need to go so slow?). But because she was the client, and I was just starting out … [Read more...]

Did you know that transportation companies are the least concerned about ransomware?

This report, conducted by Osterman Research and sponsored by Malwarebytes, presents the findings on ransomware and other critical security issues from more than 1,000 small and medium-sized organizations surveyed in June 2017. Here’s what we discovered. … [Read more...]

The Best Leaders Are Great Teachers

Kundapur Vaman Kamath was a teacher. But he didn’t work at a school or stand in front of a class. Instead, he delivered his lessons at the office—to the employees who served under him during his four decades as a senior executive at, and then CEO of, India’s ICICI Bank. Whether he was offering tips on stakeholder communication or explaining the importance of ambitious goals, Kamath treated each … [Read more...]