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  • 5 Year-End Productivity Goals Every Company Can Embrace
    by Isaac Kohen on September 22, 2021 at 4:00 am

    For many people, work was redefined in 2021. Whether employees navigated a remote work environment for the first time or managed new tools associated with accelerated digitalization, the way work was accomplished – and what even constitutes work – looks different than it did a year ago, and it will continue to evolve in the

  • Zero Trust by Executive Order | Best Practices For Zero Trust Security You Can Takeaway From Biden’s Executive Order
    by Isaac Kohen on September 15, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Cyber attacks, like the pandemic that has spurred the rise in incidents, have been relentless.  Over the past eight months, there has been a significant escalation as the sophistication of these attacks has risen. Hackers are going after key vendors, allowing them to target wide swaths of valuable victims like we have seen in the

  • How to Jumpstart Engagement and Productivity in Hybrid Teams
    by Isaac Kohen on September 8, 2021 at 4:41 am

    As businesses emerge from the recent pandemic, it’s more important than ever that teams be productive, efficient, and engaged. This is especially true as companies make challenging decisions about the future while grappling with the repercussions of the past year.  For instance, a Gartner survey of company executives across multiple industries found that 82 percent

  • Struggling To Lead Hybrid Teams? Three Priorities To Ensure Employee Equity And Excellence
    by Isaac Kohen on August 25, 2021 at 4:00 am

    As companies begin to emerge from the recent pandemic, there is a growing debate about the efficacy of pandemic-inspired work arrangements. Some organizations are committed to continuing workplace flexibility, while others insist on bringing people back to the office. Of course, many are taking a hybrid approach, allowing people to work remotely and on-site.  In

  • Needed: A Secure Shopping Experience Across All Channels
    by Isaac Kohen on August 18, 2021 at 4:00 am

    The pandemic hastened long-developing trends toward digitization and decentralization. As virus concerns, social distancing guidelines and convenience pushed people online, ecommerce sales surged, expected to hit $4.2 billion globally this year, jumping ahead by years in the process. To be sure, this isn’t a one-time trend. According to one survey, nearly half of shoppers who altered their shopping

  • Your Productivity Metrics Are Outdated: How to Assess Employee Output in 2021 and Beyond
    by Isaac Kohen on August 11, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Continued Coronavirus uncertainty and employee preferences are delaying in-person returns to the office, making long-term workplace disruption an inevitable part of today’s business environment.  According to Gartner, 82 percent of company leaders plan to allow people to work remotely at least part of the time moving forward. At the same time, burgeoning business opportunities make

  • Productivity & Privacy: Why Tracking One Doesn’t Have to Impede on the Other
    by Isaac Kohen on August 4, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Last year’s rapid and sometimes erratic transition to remote work left many businesses looking for new ways to understand employee behavior when working from home. According to a survey of 2,000 employers offering remote or hybrid work, 78 percent deployed employee monitoring software to track worker behavior in the past six months.  As businesses emerge

  • Insider Threat Prevention: 5 Steps To Improving Defensive Posture By The End Of 2021
    by Isaac Kohen on July 28, 2021 at 7:20 am

    As businesses emerge from a pandemic year, cybersecurity concerns are necessarily top of mind. Companies face expansive cybersecurity threats on many fronts, prompting 75 percent of business leaders to view cybersecurity as integral to their organization’s COVID-19 recovery.  They undoubtedly face an uphill battle. Surging ransomware attacks and increasingly deceptive phishing scams are attracting national

  • How to Ensure HIPAA Compliance Using Employee Monitoring In a Post-COVID-19 Healthcare Landscape
    by Isaac Kohen on July 21, 2021 at 4:00 am

    The recent pandemic pushed medical facilities and staff to the brink, taxing resources, exhausting employees, and disrupting decades of norms and protocols. It also accelerated technological trends that were quickly becoming popular, namely the centrality of technology and data in patient care.  Today, many medical practices are digital-first operations, embracing telehealth and remote work at

  • It’s All Fun and Games Until You Get Breached – Tackling Security Challenges in the Remote Work Reality
    by Isaac Kohen on July 14, 2021 at 4:00 am

    From healthcare to education to critical infrastructure, nobody seems to be safe from cyber attacks. Not even video game creators.  News broke in early June that video game giant Electronic Arts was one of the latest victims of a major breach.  At first glance, this is just another story of hackers breaking into a victim

  • From Boardroom To Service Floor: How To Make Cybersecurity An Organizational Priority Now
    by Isaac Kohen on July 7, 2021 at 4:00 am

    The costs and consequences of a data breach or cybersecurity incident have never been more severe. According to the FBI’s recently released Internet Crime Report 2020, cybercrime resulted in $4 billion in losses last year, a low estimate that still encapsulates the incredible value lost to threats actors. For small businesses, the costs can be catastrophic. As

  • How Small Businesses Use Employee Monitoring to Build Trust with Remote Teams and Boost Performance
    by Lior Krolewicz on June 30, 2021 at 6:30 am

    When you think of employee monitoring, your brain may initially jump to large, controlling corporations patrolling their thousands of workers. In reality, this idea is simply a myth, as small businesses can use employee monitoring to build trust amongst their remote teams, boost productivity, increase operational efficiency and benefit employees in multiple ways. In my

  • How To Start Addressing Insider Threats in an Evolving Work Environment 
    by Isaac Kohen on June 23, 2021 at 4:00 am

    In February 2020, a Time Magazine headline declared, “The Coronavirus outbreak has become the world’s largest work-from-home experiment.” Over a year later, that experiment has been a resounding success for companies and employees who found abundant upsides to less rigid workplace expectations. With WFH and hybrid team structures trending in interest as companies evaluate how

  • Why the Biggest Threat Facing Supply Chains is on the Inside
    by Isaac Kohen on June 16, 2021 at 3:45 am

    Businesses need to act now to survey their supply chain, developing the capacity to anticipate and respond to supply chain risks, minimizing the impact and optimizing opportunity. In March, the world witnessed a curious scene. A container ship longer than the Empire State Building became lodged in Egypt’s Suez Canal, creating an incredible spectacle as

  • Employee Well-Being And Company Success Are Linked: How To Foster Flourishing Teams That Last
    by Isaac Kohen on June 9, 2021 at 3:45 am

    Here’s how small business leaders can position their employees to thrive in a post-pandemic operational reality. The recent pandemic and associated economic fallout were especially challenging for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The Washington Post estimates that more than 100,000 small businesses have permanently closed, and overall revenue plummeted by as much as 52 percent. At the same time,

  • 3 Steps To Prevent Cyberthreats & Secure Your Company’s Data
    by Isaac Kohen on June 1, 2021 at 2:00 am

    While data security has been an important topic since the internet’s inception, the issue is experiencing renewed prominence as platforms collect and struggle to secure copious amounts of personal information and prevent cyberthreats at the same time.  The early 2000s were characterized by unprecedented growth and participation in the digital data economy, but the 2010s saw

  • A Complete Guide to NIST Compliance
    by Isaac Kohen on May 25, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Many readers come to the IT Security Central blog seeking information on compliance. Today we share a new guest blog from the team at Reciprocity on the topic of NSIT compliance for companies working with government organizations: NIST compliance is mandatory for federal contractors, but there is a lot of confusion around it. Without it,

  • Building Healthier, More Sustainable Teams With Behavior Analytics
    by Isaac Kohen on May 18, 2021 at 5:45 am

    When many companies responded to an unprecedented global pandemic with an unparalleled shift to remote work, many leaders were skeptical that on-site productivity gains achieved in the past few years could continue. It turns out, in many cases, the opposite was true. According to one survey of 800 employers, 94% of respondents indicated that productivity was “the

  • Creating An Audit Program In Today’s Digital Landscape To Promote Compliance
    by Shanice Jones on May 10, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    In todays political landscape a more aggressive enforcement approach from health and safety regulators is fast approaching. For employers looking to reduce their business risk, achieving regulatory compliance starts with creating an audit program that is both strong and sustainable. However, with COVID-19 restrictions still in place, many organizations are facing new barriers that may

  • The Remote HR Department: Best Practices to Manage Employees from a Distance
    by Isaac Kohen on April 27, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Even before COVID upended everything about the way we work, HR departments already had a difficult job. Not only are HR departments charged with developing and implementing pandemic safety protocols, onerous budget and personnel reductions, and the rapid transition to remote work, but they must also support a workforce that’s stressed out, less productive, and

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