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Pearl Software Cybersecurity Starts with Your Employees

Cybersecurity Starts with Your Employees 

Small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) are at particular risk of cybersecurity incidents. Cybersecurity works best when it’s built into a system. When all levels and aspects of an enterprise are cybersecurity enabled, it’s much more resistant to penetration. At the most fundamental level, employees put policies and procedures into action. Making sure employees are well-trained in electronic security and informed of all company policies and procedures concerning cybersecurity is a great place to start.

All manufacturers need an Incident Response Plan (IRP). An IRP contains written procedures for detection, response, and damage mitigation steps to deal with a cybersecurity incident. Getting the IRP ready requires a 4-step process to be integrated into the plan.More...

BYOD Security: 3 Threats Employers Need to Know About

It's no secret that Generation Y has entered the workforce with great determination. The demand for flexible working schedules and locations has increased and a shift from employees using company own devices to individually owned devices has also greatly increased. Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) has its benefits, but it also can prevent a new cyber security challenges for big companies that wish to keep certain information encoded and a secret. Whenever personal devices interface with corporate data, you run the risk of data loss and data breaches, so with that in mind if you are a company that is interested in BYOD security, there are three threats that you as an employer should know about to ensure that you get the coverage necessary.

Unprotected Devices

If your company was employees that use phones, tablets, or laptops without good protection, all of these devices are easily susceptible to cyber-attacks. Something as simple as ignoring a software update can leave your data at great risk. The company's it department and its employees should be working together in order to keep their personal devices secure using different kinds of encoded firewalls, and keeping up with the importance of updating their devices at all times.More...

Why school internet monitoring software is better than over-blocking and filtering web content

The internet is a sanctuary of free knowledge and learning, as well as a den of villainy and deceit. It is both a force for good and for evil. Regardless of the dangers of the internet, it has become a tool for the day to day lives of adults. But due to its dangers - and for the schools to get needed funding - children in school are often deprived of the internet’s good content by schools blocking nearly all webcontent. Youtube, Facebook and other repositories are completely blocked. Some schools even resort to over-blocking in order to protect themselves from hackers, but this simply doesn’t work.

The fact is “over-blocking” and “filtering” are tactics that students can subvert. A recent study shows that 35% of students know how to bypass internet filters. These students are digital natives and know how to counteract overblocking with proxies and mirrors.

In reality, over-blocking and excessive web-filtering prevents students from accessing needed sources of information for their school work and education. Beyond the student’s use, overblocking also restricts educators from incorporating needed online materials into their curriculum such as educational Youtube videos or lectures and interviews via Skype. More...

Top 5 Cybersecurity Blogs You Should Add to Your Feed

In the following article, we will discuss a few different blogs that everyone should know about. The world of cybersecurity is constantly evolving and changing, and with that being said, blogs offer a great way for outsiders to stay connected with everything happening on the inside.

1. Digital Guardian

With its beginning found in 2013, Digital Guardian Blog has been a prominent source of news and articles that focus on data protection and threat research. The blog focuses on keeping corporate networks safe and preventing data theft on mobile devices, cloud applications, and other traditional endpoints. Digital Guardian most recently added cybersecurity editor Chris Brook to their team of writers. This is a great blog to start off with if you're looking to follow more cybersecurity blogs.

2. Graham Cluley

Graham Cluley had primarily worked as a programmer in the computer security industry beginning in the early 90s. He then began his personal blog in 2009. He has been able to rack up awards on an annual basis. This blog even earned him a spot in the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame, and it has been featured and quoted in numerous computer security publications.More...

A Few Ways You Can Keep Your Computer Safe From Hackers and Cyber Attacks

With a growing number of attacks being seen by our computers, the risk of cyber attack is bigger and more common than it ever has been in history's past. You may be asking yourself what we can do to protect our own computer and data from ransomware and viruses. In the following article, we compiled a few ways that you can use to keep your computer safe from hackers and cyber attacks. Let's take a look.
How Ransomware Can Destroy Your Computer
To begin, we should discuss what ransomware is exactly. Ransomware is able to gain access to a computer the same way any virus or computer worm could, either through an infected email or a compromised website. Once inside the computer, a user is then bombarded with pop-ups and warnings that lock them out of their own computer or remove important files from the host computer. This is then where the word Ransom comes into play as users are ordered to pay a ransom to the cybercriminal in order to gain access to their files once again.

Most security experts agree that you should not pay the ransom as it won't guarantee you'll regain control of the files or device in question. More...

Should Your Business Start Monitoring Skype Conversations?

We’re all aware of being monitored in our everyday lives, whether for security reasons or for consumer purposes. Another area where it may happen is in the workplace. As an employer, you may be wondering if you should do it and how. The easiest area in which to monitor the goings-on of the office is in workplace communication tools. One of the most popular VoIP and communication technologies is Skype. Here, we’ll discuss some of the capabilities of the app and how it can be utilized by employers.

First off, there are several versions of Skype available for use by businesses:

  • Skype is a free communication and VoIP tool for consumers; it can be used by businesses of up to 25 people.
  • Skype for Business is available in two versions: Skype for Business Online, which is a cloud-based version and is part of the Microsoft Office 365 Suite, and Skype for Business Server, which is the on-premise version and is meant for large enterprise organizations, utilizing a company’s servers. More...

The Cost of Social Media in the Workplace

Do you know what kind of impact social media is having on your workplace and employee productivity? With the rise in popularity of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or even Pinterest, it is becoming more and more common for workers to spend time during the workday on these platforms. Did you know that some employees spend up-to 32% of their time on social media daily, while at work!? Although it can be essential for your business to partake in the conversation online, there is no reason all of your employees should be accessing their social media accounts while on the clock.

The Most Popular Social Media Sites

When it comes to social media sites, they seem to be constantly multiplying. It can be hard to determine which platforms your employees are wasting your time and money on. The most commonly used social media websites include: More...