Innovation, leadership, and culture writer Max McKeown once said, "All failure is failure to adapt; all success is successful adaptation." Staying up to date on contemporary technological changes is key to maximizing efficiency and maintaining adequate security in your small to midsize business.
As you may know, there are some Microsoft products that will no longer be supported after the new year, most notably Windows 7 and its associated programs. If you haven’t made the switch to Windows 10, there’s no reason to despair, Windows 7 won’t disappear from your computer on January 14, 2020. It will no longer be supported by Microsoft, however, which will cause some problems for you, your teams, and customers.
When it comes to finding computer network support specialists for your business, building a large internal IT department often doesn’t make sense. Instead of hiring full-time staff to manage your computer network, you can outsource your IT services to an agency specializing in providing these services to businesses.
Attracting and retaining top talent is becoming a bigger challenge. 27% of employees voluntarily left their jobs in 2018, looking for better opportunities elsewhere. If this trend continues, by 2023 this percentage will reach 35% putting US companies at a huge risk that will only continue to rise. The cost of unfilled jobs varies, but on average a vacant seat at a company costs around $14,652 to fill, but there are also the unseen costs—like decreased productivity, increased workload for other employees, and suffering morale.
Doctors and lawyers are two of the most universally respected careers. Having great earning potential gives people the perception that these jobs should be worth the inherent stress associated therein. The risks connected with these occupations, however, go far beyond the pressure of a typical job, arguably even others with high salaries. Intense workload, unrealistic demands, and lack of recognition make these careers some of the most stressful. Most workers also don’t fear a lawsuit if they make a mistake or are perceived to make a mistake at work. Piling on the anxiety for physicians and lawyers, the fear of litigation is a real threat for them, with over 1/3 of physicians having a malpractice claim against them at some point their careers, and 4 out of 5 lawyers experiencing at least one malpractice claim during their careers.
You are in the midst of running down the stairs and you slip and fall down the entire the entire flight. You gash your head and lose consciousness. As you come to, you notice people standing over you. A person hands you a towel for your head and says, “That was quite the fall, but you look to be okay.” So, you take him for his word, right? Wrong! You go to the hospital to see a professional where they can check you out, make sure nothing below the surface is wrong, and give you stitches for the gash across your forehead. You make sure that a professional has the chance to confirm that you are not in any danger. If it makes sense to see a doctor after hitting your head, wouldn’t the same logic apply to issues in other domains? Shouldn’t your IT infrastructure be handled with the same care? Technology is too unique and sensitive to not assure that it is checked by professionals.
Ransomware is the leading cyber security threat in 2018. In a recent podcast, Hal Lonas, CTO of the security software provider Webroot, offered a succinct explanation of how ransomware has flipped the security threat paradigm on its ear. “It used to be that the bad guys wanted data because it was valuable to them,” he said. “With ransomware, they’re essentially asking: ‘your data isn’t valuable to me, but how much is worth to you?’ It’s scary how smart it is.” New types of ransomware will continue to surface. Hackers are constantly modifying ransomware code to evade detection by defense technologies, such as security software. This year, we’ve witnessed a surge in “polymorphic” malware, which is malware that changes automatically to appear unique to different endpoints. Security software often fails to discover these variants. To decrypt files, hackers typically request payment in the form of bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.