The IT industry is more aware of data security risks than ever before. Despite this recognition of the current reality, many organizations remain unprepared to properly manage sensitive data and reduce the fallout from breaches that may plague their teams in the future. No matter the size or scope of your company, one of the worst moments for an IT or security manager is the one that follows a data breach — especially if an executive is asking whether the company could have prevented the incident.
If your clients deal with healthcare records of any kind for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) purposes, their business is considered either a covered entity or a business associate, and they should be preparing in earnest for Office of Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA audits in 2015 and 2016.
One of hugely important benefits of cloud and hybrid backup software is the protection it provides your clients against ransomware. When a crypto virus or some other form of ransomware strikes, it typically locks up the user’s files and demands that money be paid for an encryption key.
As you have probably heard, mid April of this year, Google made big changes to their search engine algorithm, giving priority to websites that are optimized for mobile devices. Over the past few months, many companies (our clients included) have started taking a closer look at their site traffic and refreshing their websites to make them mobile friendly.
The way the world uses data has changed. In a short span of time, the amount of data created globally has increased at a geometric rate. We’re no longer thinking in terms of gigabytes, terabytes or even petabytes — we’re in the age of a data universe measured in exabytes and zettabytes (that’s one trillion gigabytes, if you can believe it).
Today’s IT and surveillance leaders are constantly on the lookout for new ways to gather, manage and store data to run their departments more efficiently, as well as maintain budgets and contribute to the overall success of the business. Video surveillance is a valuable tool to help maintain a secure environment, and as such, the amount of video surveillance tools deployed continues to increase.
I do coaching for one of our member’s sales executives. Their owner asked for some feedback on a blog we were reviewing. One of the sales executives replied with the following...
I read an interesting interview by Jill Konrath of Brent Adamson, coauthor of “The Challenger Sale.” In the interview, Mr. Adamson talks about some of the research they have done around the point in the sale when the purchaser engages with the supplier.
The decision between cloud and on-premises models for enterprise solutions is not an easy one for most organizations. The gradual mainstreaming of cloud puts pressure on IT to consider alternatives from many perspectives, and on IT leaders to evaluate what model best suits their needs, while also being affordable.
In the first post of this series, I talked about the financial preparation required to maximize your outcome when you exit your business. Of course, that assumes you will sell or value the company at exit.