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Phishing Email Scams May Cost North Carolina Business Owners Triple Damages

  • June 27, 2018

BankruptcyPhishing emails, we’ve been pounding this topic religiously these past few weeks, covering this topic in our Webinar Recap: How To Avoid Falling Victim To An Email Phishing Scam.

If you’re just joining us around this whole Phishing epidemic, and you’re not entirely sure what Phishing means, to quote an earlier article What Your Staff needs To Know About Phishing:   

Phishing is the security industry’s term for trick emails. Someone is wanting to trick you into giving them data, information or access to something they can exploit. Think of them as email con artists.

So we’ve read the “Beware” and “Don’t Take The Bait!” signs, and herein lies the point: failure to heed such warnings, protect yourself, educate your employees and create email protocol that protects your business can become especially costly for North Carolina employers.

According to a recent feral court decision around a recent case, Curry et al. v. Schletter Inc., an employee who is tricked into sharing personal information in response to a phishing e-mail can be seen as committing an intentional disclosure under North Carolina’s Identity Theft Protection Act. As a result, the employer could face triple damages for the employee’s mistake.

Wait what, say that again?

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Why Letting Your Staff Deal With IT Issues Doesn’t Save You Money

  • June 14, 2018

Letting your staff deal with IT issues doesn’t save money and in many cases has a huge negative impact on the larger costs in the business.

I often hear business owners tell me that they have one of their staff handle IT issues before calling in their IT provider.  It usually boils down to costs – something which has their hand on the throttle and can triage problems first “fixing the easy ones” then trying to set and manage expectations with their Managed Services Provider when they do need to pass something along.  The fear here is that the problem will drag on and on and result in some humongous bill.

I get it – understand precisely why they think this way, but I see things differently.  This approach doesn’t save money and in many cases has a substantial negative impact on the larger costs in the business.

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Building A Social Media Policy That Protects Your Business

  • June 5, 2018

Building a social media policy in your business to protect your brand and your employees.Social media is very influential in many aspects of our daily life, and the workforce is no exception. 

Used correctly, social media can be one of the most powerful tools in your tool belt when it comes to marketing, cultivating loyalty amidst clients and building your business. Misused, it can damage social perception, destroy connections and drive a negative image of your brand’s products and services. 

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GDPR’s Impact On Small Business In The US

  • May 17, 2018

GDPR's Impact On Small Business

You may think that US businesses aren’t impacted by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), but it is time to take a closer look.  The impact of GDPR could be far reaching.

GDPR represents a huge leap in data security and protection for EU citizens against their personal data being used, or even kept, without their consent.

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Managing Your Cyber Risk

  • May 10, 2018

The conversation around cybersecurity is here to stay, and organizations must be diligent about evaluating, managing and protecting against cyber threats. When it comes to cybersecurity, the best option is to prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.…

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11 Steps to Building a Privacy Culture

  • April 12, 2018

What sits at the foundation of your company's culture? What matters most to you and your organization? Organizations need to regularly evaluate their culture. We, and that means all of us, are now standing in the midst of one of…

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Building Your Vision

  • March 22, 2018

My management team and I recently completed our second Vision Building™ Day with our Certified EOS Implementer, Walt Brown.  While we have 'self-implemented' EOS for several years (I won't tell you what Walt calls that), it has been uneven to…

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The Tools You Need to Ease the Hiring Process

  • February 8, 2018

Does the process of finding stellar talent give you a headache? Do you wish you could find a way to save time during the applicant review process and increase your pool of talented prospects? If you can raise your hand…

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