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Sunday Morning Coffee ‘The Headliner’
Welcome to the Sunday Morning Coffee – Are Your Emails Safe?
– As a small to medium size business, do you regularly share confidential files via email?
I was disturbed to read that some small business owners still send confidential data files over email. Your data is a valuable asset, one to be cherished. Leaving it in plain sight for anyone to see is asking for it to be stolen. Why risk losing their business and data?
Having managed a compliance, risk and security team in my recent past. I know what I’m talking about. I did this across Europe covering off one hundred and forty applications in nineteen countries. it is so expensive and embarrassing when you lose your business data. Your clients tend to look elsewhere after data leaks and compromises.
The latest article by James Coker Reporter from info security magazine, suggests that Nearly half (46%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) regularly share confidential files via email. This despite the fact very few have updated their security since working from home due to the virus. The full article can be read here
Why would an SME and or a small business owner send confidential data via an unsecured email server / host provider? If that is the case. It is like leaving your house unlocked. Or leaving all of your valuables on the front garden. A risk assessment is a systematic examination of a task, job or process that you carry out at work for the purpose of; Identifying the significant hazards that are present.
Pretty simply, you risk losing not just your data but your livelihood, which is a major hazard.
Data loss prevention (DLP) is a strategy for making sure that end users do not send sensitive or critical information outside the corporate network. You may not be a corporate business, however, you have a responsibility to your stakeholders and yourself, to protect your sensitive data. Your DLP procedure & policies can be written on one page.
There is a simple solution to this problem. Move the transfer of your business data behind close doors, use collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams; Dropbox business; Huddle; Citrix Sharefile and Google Business Apps. I only wrote about this last week.
So, don’t get caught with your pants down. Move your data files and business chatter to an application in the clouds. For example, collaborate from anywhere. Never do that frantic, searching-for-files thing ever again. In Teams, you can access, share, and edit Word docs, PowerPoint, and Excel files in real-time. This is what you need to do to protect your business content., move to the clouds.
Happy Fathers day, make you be spoilt rotten. today.
I have a lot more stories, until next time.
Cloud services for small medium-sized businesses
“Call in the clouds” -SMB’s
The future of work and entertainment is in the cloud. Read more of what the clouds could do for you .
Small to medium-size business owners are often fighting a losing battle when it comes to implementing technology that works for them, with the expense being the major cause for lack of technology adoption.
As a SME business, cloud technologies are definitely worth looking at. They carry the impact that an in-house solution would provide, however, without the costs of space used, in-house admin and hardware. In simple terms cloud computing is accessing some digital resource or service, which is not installed locally on your computer. It is a way of consolidating your digital resources into one accessible solution, where every you are. It’s an appealing prospect. What can you expect from the cloud?
Pro-tip Ask a professional and save time, when you don’t have the time or strength to do it yourself.
Ask a professional and save time!
Pro-Tip of the week.
The other day my niece who is fifteen was cooking tea for the family. Now, she is a very good cook and is really engaged in becoming a foodie. I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a number of gourmet delights during the virus and lock down. Recently, she came to me while cooking with a plastic bottle of cider and asked me to open it for her. She doesn’t have the strength yet, to open it and I did.
It made me think of all the small businesses who struggle with information technology, not because they can’t learn. they just don’t have the time too.
Last week I talked about project decision making, flip back and remind yourself.
An elderly patient needs a heart transplant and discusses his options with his doctor.
The doctor says, ‘We have three possible donors.
One is a young, healthy athlete.
The second is a middle-aged businessman who never drank or smoked, and the third is an attorney who just died after practising law for 30 years.’
‘I’ll take the lawyer’s heart,’ says the patient.
‘Why?’ asks the doctor.
The patient replies, ‘It’s never been used.’
At the clothing store where I work, I make it a point of pride to give customers my unvarnished opinion.
One day, when a man emerged from the fitting room, I took one look at him and shook my head.
“No, no,” I said. “Those jeans look terrible on you. I’ll go get you another pair.”
As I walked away, I heard him mumble, “I was trying on the shirt.”
“If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.” – Steven Wright
“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realise I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin.
“Luck is what you have left over after you give 100 percent.” – Langston Coleman
“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.” – Joe Girard
Read last weeks Sunday Morning Coffee Here – Banking On a Home Run
Imagine a newly acquired bank that resided in a foreign land. It was like landing on the moon this time. Along came three not so wise men to discuss the changes that would need to take place. Little did we know of the caravan that would turn up the following day, with their own hidden agendas.
Looking for Success? Profile of ROGER SMITH
Delivery focused ERP project and cutover manager including implementation of multiple SAP projects and a recent MS Dynamics CRM project.
Extensive experience gained over the past 20 years in a range of leading private sector (Heineken, EE, P&G, Barclays Capital, Nissan) and public sector organisations (BBC, Newcastle University, DAFRD). Some of that experience included roles as SAP Finance (FI/CO) consultant/team lead.
Prior to that previous experience as a Financial Accountant with responsibility for production of monthly management accounts and leading small Finance & Payroll functions.
Used to working away from home during the week over many years, both in the UK and Europe, and now seeking another challenging opportunity.
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I’ve spent the month of May during the lock down, creating content to explain my business I.T. services and solutions. I’ve also had a bit of fun writing a Sunday Morning Coffee column. I am an I.T. Consultant professional, everyone can use a little help from a designated professional. Read more about my activities in May, 2020 here
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