Long ago I saw a workspace that was meant to inspire and motivate employees. The space was separate, away from the employee’s desks and was meant to reduce distraction & give the employees the ability to focus on the tasks at hand while trying to make them innovate. While I do like the idea, I feel that innovating through creativity has greater benefits. When people collaborate together, brainstorm ideas, hash out things, and create action plans together, it broadens their horizon, opens their perspective, and promotes creativity.
I recently read Sheryl Sandberg’s book ‘Option B’ that talks about the coping mechanisms of dealing with the death of a loved one. It had a lot of personal thoughts and feelings associated with losing her husband but the thing that I loved the most about the book was the fact that each day brings something new. Some days were good for her that she could cope with things but some days brought a feeling of helplessness in everything she thought and did.
It’s that time of the year where we see the graduates in their hats and gowns walking down to get their degrees! What a moment of pride it is! It also made me reflect on the values they have been endowed with to carry with them through their lives! In the balance between confidence and humility, they would need both! And so do we!
Communication tends to be one of the most important skills in the business world today – as effective communication is the fuel to growth for businesses in both their internal and external environments. The ability to communicate with confidence and levity can facilitate successful engagements between sales and their prospects, between recruiters and potential employees, and between leadership and the employees that carry out their visions through each interaction with every customer.
We promised no scare tactics in 2018. We also promised to provide awareness, and answers to the problems our respective businesses face. One of the challenges relative to a cyber-breach is understanding the impact and cost one might have on your organization. According to a 2017 Survey2 of over 5000 businesses the average cost of a cyber-breach for small to medium businesses is $117,000.
More than just a report, your SecureWorker Score provides information to help measure and manage the security behavior of your team. The reality of security is that poor security behavior can bypass great security controls, and leave your organization at greater risk. As a leader in your organization, what information do you have to provide insight to your staff’s security related activity, and help you coach your team on good security behavior?
Price. There, we said it.
SecureWorker™ at $15 per user, is at least 3x less than what you would pay to source the Empower, Protect, and Recover solutions on your own. The SecureWorker™ program also includes Mytech fully managing the individual components, and providing support to your team. Sourcing the solutions separately would cost more, not be managed, and support for the solution may or may not be available.
For our new clients, the SecureWorker™ suite will be included as part of our management program. We understand that for you, our existing client, this is a change. We are working hard to demonstrate the productivity and investment value through the 60 day trial, individual company SecureWorker™ Score reports, and the information we have shared online at Why SecureWorker™.
During the presentation, I rather emphatically explained the importance of culture and the impact on successful process engagement. If Mytech were not an organization with a vibrant and healthy culture, process engagement would be a much bigger struggle. We have a culture that supports process from the top down, and we have a culture of values that guide us in decision-making and resolving issues that may come up.
Your corporate username and password have two major problems for the modern worker: it does not cover the myriad of on premise and cloud applications your people use; and it does not protect your organization if a username and password has been compromised. With the explosion of applications available to your workers, and the continual attempts by hackers to steal your identity, there is a compelling need to improve the way we handle your team’s access to critical applications and information.
Your corporate data no longer exclusively resides on your servers – with the increased use of Microsoft O365, and the ability for your team to work from almost anywhere – your data now resides on several different systems, beyond the walls of your office. Nearly all corporate backup solutions in use today are only designed to recover data, and business applications that reside on your servers, which leaves a significant gap to be able to recover today’s modern worker.
The same security layers from 10 - 15 years ago are no longer sufficient to protect you from the ~10 new threats per SECOND that are being found on the Internet today. Some of these new threats bypass ALL security and seek to encrypt and ransom your Office 365 account data; some of the new threats just want to drain the resources of your computer to mine for Crypto-currency. New threats, and attack methods, with increased frequency, require new and more dynamic protection to keep your team safe and productive.
Delivering security to protect technology workers has not changed much in 15 – 20 years: Operating System Patches, Anti-Virus, and firewalls. While these methods are still necessary, they are no longer enough to protect the modern technology worker when multiple new threats are found every second, and the ‘office’ is no longer confined by where you go to work.
...if you want to hire the 1 in 10 workers who feel that training is not important.
A three-year research project commissioned by Middlesex University’s Institute for Work Based Learning found that:
‘9 out of 10 (workers) felt that training was important, particularly if it was delivered in the workplace’
We have been part of the noise, communicating the overwhelming amount of data, statistics, and stories that you hear, and read, regarding what can go bad if you don’t have the right security. Oh and by the way, the more security you put in place, the more difficult it is for your team to do their job – did we forget to mention that, or is it just what we have all become accustom to over the past decade?
Last week, Mytech hosted a quarterly party of Whirlyball and laser tag. If you haven’t heard of Whirlyball, it can be most accurately be described as hockey, lacrosse, basketball, and bumper cars all in one. To put it mildly, it is a whirlwind of fun! All 30 of those who attended laughed consistently throughout the entire two hour event.