As businesses strive for economic stability in the wake of the coronavirus, recent surveys conducted by CNBC reveal that most large corporations are planning to have over half of their workforce back on site in September. Major factors such as a potential vaccine (albeit vague, uncertain progress toward one) and a possible second wave of infections, however, have made the plan for transition an incredibly complex one.
Video conference calls are now a vital part of any modern workplace, paving the way for more efficient teleworking activities.
According to recent studies, 76% of workers use this technology to work remotely, with nearly all experiencing a significant increase in productivity, workplace connection, and enhanced work-life balance.
Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face plenty of challenges related to IT. The most pressing one today is getting employees to collaborate when they’re literally miles apart. This is largely because many businesses were forced into long-term remote work arrangements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every day, thousands of people in the United States are testing positive for coronavirus, and there’s no doubt that businesses are also taking a huge hit. Many companies are either furloughing nonessential staff or shutting down. So far, there’s no surefire strategy to guarantee your business’s survival during the crisis, but there are some strategies you can do right now to keep your employees healthy, productive, and secure.
A company is only as good as its employees. Aside from revenue, customer satisfaction, and quality of services, a business succeeds because of its staff’s competence, productivity, and well-being.
It may surprise you that compensation isn’t the only thing that satisfies your employees.
Some small businesses in Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida think that cybercriminals won’t target them, as there are bigger victims to choose from. But you don’t need to be a huge enterprise to attract the eyes of hackers. Any sensitive healthcare information or encrypted client data can be a target for ransomware.
Cyberattacks have been challenging the law industry for almost a decade now. Law firms may not have cash lying around their offices like a bank, but they attract cybercriminals just the same due to the trove of valuable client information they amass — case strategy information, business data, patents, copyrights, and many more.
With more than 90% of organizations now storing sensitive data in the cloud and across mobile devices, attack surfaces are larger than ever. Around the world, the number of data breaches that occur every hour runs into the hundreds of thousands. It’s most apparent that data is the most valuable commodity in black market economies.
In a phrase widely attributed to Benjamin Franklin, failing to plan is planning to fail. Obviously, he wasn’t referring to today’s technology-driven business environment, but the sentiment couldn’t be any more relevant. If you’re not prepared for a cyberattack, natural disaster, or other IT failure, then there’s a chance your business could end up closing its doors for good should the worst happen.
It’s been almost 25 years since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) came into force, but many healthcare providers and business associates are still having a hard time keeping track of the requirements. The fact that most medical records now exist in digital form makes matters even harder since tech today looks very different now compared to how it did in 1996.
What are the safeguards you’re required to put in place?
Every organization working in the healthcare sector, including those that handle patient health information (PHI) on behalf of covered entities, needs to pay close attention to three key areas and conduct yearly audits to ensure that their privacy and security controls are up to scratch.