Everyone already knows that improving your company’s bottom line is more than just increasing revenue. Disciplined spending can drive down overall expenses and make for a much healthier balance sheet. There are tons of hidden administrative and operational expenses throughout your workplace that, if better managed, can save your business a lot of money. It is not just about blindly cutting costs either. Simply spending smarter can lead to improved productivity, higher efficiency and cost savings.
It is not uncommon for businesses to treat their networks like household appliances; when it breaks (or in this instance gets hacked), you pay someone to fix it. However, as the old saying goes, prevention is better than a cure. Living in a world that is so internet and e-commerce forward, the old saying is more relevant than ever. October is National Cyber Awareness Month and while cyber security isn’t something that is new to us, the increased rate and complexity of what cyber-crime is capable of is what is most terrifying.
We’ve always known that the internet isn’t considered the safest place. However, with all these hacks, scams, and malware the internet is even more dangerous. Smart phones and tablets that are connected to the internet have also made us even more vulnerable to greater risks.
Whether you’re purchasing new office supplies or making investments, the budget is the central factor as a small-to-medium-sized business makes decisions. Buying pens and making investments are on complete opposite sides of the budget spectrum, so what about the stuff in between? Have you ever thought about how much your current printer, copier and scanning device(s) play a role in that budget? Do you have a separate copier, printer, scanning device and possibly a fax machine? Do your current machines slow down productivity and frustrate you? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it’s time to upgrade to a multifunction printer (MFP).
Phishing is not like normal fishing. With fishing, the bigger the fish the better the day, but with phishing size isn't what they go by. One would think that phishers and other hackers would only want to go after the large corporation-'the big fish-because there is more data and information to be gathered. However, quite the opposite is true. According to People Drive Solutions, 43 percent of phishing attacks aim for SMBs (compared to just 18 percent in 2011). 60 percent of small business go out of business within six months of a cyber-attack.