Companies’ efforts to protect their businesses from cyber attacks have been thwarted by employees, as a new report shows that about 9 out of 10 employees intentionally breach their employer’s data policies. 60% of businesses are likely to have experienced a security breach without even knowing.
The CEB report revealed that despite security measures taken to adapt to the recent influx of devices at work, the loss of a company mobile phone or tablet has proved to be the biggest threat.
The company also conducted a survey involving 165,000 employees, and reported that 93% of workers intentionally disregarded security policies, with senior executives revealed to be the worst offenders.
CEB senior research director Jeremy Bergsman explained that people outside IT departments often have a poor grasp of the risks involved, and that correct processes were often too complicated for employees to carrying out.
“In order to get employees to do the right thing you need to make it as easy as possible to do,” Bergsman explains. “Most people are just trying to get their jobs done, that’s why they break policy.”
Around a third of the surveyed staff also confessed to writing down important passwords on post-it notes and scraps of paper, allowing them to be lost or stolen easily. Other frequent errors included saving copies of confidential documents onto USBs as well as sharing passwords with colleagues.
Mobile trends such as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) allow employees to use their own phones, tablets and laptops for work, making it more difficult than ever to protect company data, despite revised security policies that reflect the changes in the way staff work.
Do these findings ring true in your organisation? Let us know below.
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Online companies are growing rapidly due to a surge in mobile revenues, proving that M-commerce is coming to the forefront of small businesses.
Research reveals that businesses operating online are thriving despite the difficult economic climate, according to a study by the Technology, Media and Telecoms division of Barclays. Half the participants divulged that they have produced double digit growth in the last three years.
The study suggested that the online sector it growing 57 times faster than the UK economy. The online businesses surveyed experienced an average of 11.4% compound annual growth over the last three years, with the UK economy growing just 0.2% in the same period.
64% of online businesses are optimistic about their own growth prospects for the year ahead, while 48% state that they are optimistic about the UK economy in 2013.
More than a third (35%) name a rise in competition in their sector as the biggest threat they face this year, a surprisingly low number if you consider that more and more businesses are moving into online trading.
The Barclays research also explores online companies’ relationship with mobile sales, and the attitudes towards this area of the market.
64% of online businesses in the UK believe a mobile strategy is an important factor in their 2013 business success, yet almost the same percentage (60%) admit they are yet to plan and implement this. Online businesses that have developed mobile sites or apps generated 27.8% of their revenues from mobile in 2012.
It’s clear that businesses should be taking advantage of trends such as mobile sites and apps in order to harness the growing market. Do you have a mobile website? Share your experience below.
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For many companies, having customers all over the world isn’t a possibility unless you’re big enough to afford expensive equipment and a large workforce. VoIP makes all your phone calls over the internet, making international calls cheap and taking away many of the complications of location. Here’s how.
Low cost international calls – International calls using VoIP are significantly cheaper than traditional phone calls. With a traditional phone line an international call can be expensive, as you need to pay to use the wires from one exchange to the next, including underwater cables and satellites. With VoIP, your call travels as data over the internet, up to the nearest telephone exchange where we are able to convert your VoIP call into a traditional landline call. This is significantly cheaper, with calls to international landlines from just 1.5p per minute. See our website for call charges to specific countries.
Have an international phone number – A huge advantage of choosing VoIP to help your business work internationally is that you can have a number from another country. For example, if you’re UK based but most of your clients are in Cyprus, you can change your number to be local to them. Your clients will pay the local rate to call you, and won’t be put off by the thought of international call charges. Our international number selection can be viewed on our website.
A location independent communications system – VoIP is ideal for a business where a lot of travelling is involved, as your phone system isn’t confined to the office. Going on a business trip to another country? No problem. You can access your phone system from anywhere with an internet connection, including your smartphone. Receive and make calls from your hotel room in Italy seamlessly – your number will show on caller ID as the one in your office. You can just use a headset plugged into your computer if it’s easier.
24/7 technical support – If you’re planning a conference or phone call with an overseas client, there’s every chance that it’ll take place outside usual office hours to account for the time difference. For example, a 7pm call from your office in London to your client’s office in Los Angeles would be at 11am for them. If there’s a technical problem of any kind, you want to be able to speak to someone straight away. Our team are based in Bath, UK, and are on the end of the phone 24 hours a day to assist you.
If you’d like to know more about what Gradwell VoIP can do for you, book a callback below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Protecting your business from the unexpected can be a real challenge. What would happen if your business was impacted by environmental issues such as flooding, your offices lost their landlines or if you were even denied access? Making sure you have a contingency plan in place to deal with these issues can impact your company’s profits hugely. There are some small and simple solutions available which can help your business remain profitable even in the most adverse of conditions.
Utilise The Internet
The internet has become an incredible tool for businesses, especially when it comes to keeping documents secure. Making sure that your documents are backed up is a priority for any business. Should your hard copies become lost or destroyed it’s essential to have another version, and securing them online gives optimum results. Using a tool such as Dropbox is a secure way to back up your documents so you are not solely reliant on the hard copies. Another great benefit of storing your documents online is that you are able to gain instant access to them anytime, from anywhere in the world.
Take and Transfer Calls Anywhere at Anytime
Along with having instantaneous access to your documents, having a phone line which can be accessed at any point, from office or home, can also have incredible plus points for your company. VoIP is an online telephone service which can transform your business. It allows you to access your business calls from anywhere, so should you be denied access to your business premises for either the short or long term your businesses lines of communication will remain open. Effective and reliable communication is key, and using a system like VoIP can maintain your communication channels, allowing you to redirect enquiries and even keep your number if you change premises. It means you can keep your phone lines simple and remove the loss of clients through number changes. Keeping your phone line and broadband package together will also help to eliminate technical problems as you are only dealing with one supplier. Gradwell is able to offer a range of packages to suit any business needs however large or small.
Protect Your Profits
After making sure your business can run effectively from any possible location, that only leaves one other major area of concern; you and your staff. It’s imperative to protect your business from the death or critical illness of staff members who hold a wealth of knowledge or are vital to the running of the company. 39% of business owners expect to be out of business within 18 months of the death or critical illness of their top staff members. This is a staggering statistic and highlights how important protecting your businesses future is.
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Key Man Insurance puts in place a financial cushion to diffuse the blow that losing these key staff can cause. The business pays for the insurance, so any payout goes directly back to the business. The finances can be used to cover losses the firm has suffered in profits and can cover compensation costs to clients, as well as covering the cost of replacing the staff member in question. It enables the business to recover when it’s at its most vulnerable. If you are interested in finding out more about Key Man insurance, please click here for a more in-depth look.
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Mike S Marsh is a pseudonym for a range of leading industry experts including directors and executives who give opinions and information on a range of topics to provide insightful and innovative blog articles. With areas of expertise in business protection, insurance, e-commerce and marketing.
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Many UK businesses are preparing to grow, with more than a quarter of small companies planning to increase staff numbers by more than 5% throughout 2013. A further fifth plan an increase of between 2 and 5%, according to the business confidence report from global workplace provider Regus. Over half of firms state that their recruitment drive will focus on sales and marketing staff, displaying a determination to boost business sales.
The Regus Business Confidence Index, which is based on performance over the last 6 months, remains unchanged from six months ago and still significantly lags behind the height of April 2011, showing the economic downturn has taken its toll. However, the plans for growth indicate a rosier outlook.
Gradwell is also growing, and we are now a year into our 4×4 plan – to grow 4 times the size in 4 years supported by a £1.15 million investment from regional equity fund Altitude Partners LLP. So far we’ve increased our staff numbers to over 70, investing in new departments such as finance and HR, and expanding almost all areas.
It’s refreshing to see so many businesses with growth plans for this year. Don’t forget, with Gradwell’s Multi User VoIP you can add phone extensions for your new staff with just a few clicks – your phone system is designed to grow with your business.
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