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How do I communicate our Total Rewards Package to employees?

Total rewards is much more than salary and if you don’t recognize and publicize that, there is no way that your employee ever will.  The total rewards packages can include: Salary Paid time off (Vacation, personal time, paid holidays, floating holidays) Flex time opportunities Insurance benefits Work/Life balance Recognition programs Quality performance management Career growth Read more about How do I communicate our Total Rewards Package to employees?[…]

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What is bitcoin and why would I need it?

With all of the cyber attacks in the news lately, you have likely heard about bitcoin.  Unless you are in the technology space, this might sound like something from a movie plot but believe it or not it is a valid form of currency around the world. Bitcoin is an electronic currency that was created Read more about What is bitcoin and why would I need it?[…]

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What is penetration testing and why is it important?

With businesses today having to abide by one or more compliance standards such as NIST, PCI or HiPPA, the question about penetration testing often arises.  Many compliance standards require that you perform a penetration test at least annually, but very little additional information is provided about what that means. To begin, there is a difference Read more about What is penetration testing and why is it important?[…]

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Why are so many small businesses consolidating these days?

Merger and acquisition activity in the small business space seems to be at an all time high.  Many organizations are looking to buy or be bought.  But why? From the organizations we have worked with, there are a few major drivers of this trend. Consolidation can lead to economies of scale By growing the top Read more about Why are so many small businesses consolidating these days?[…]

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Can cyber espionage affect my small-business?

Just because you are a small business owner does not mean you are a small target; in fact, about 1 in 3 of all cyber espionage attacks in the U.S. pray on small businesses. Espionage attacks are on the rise and frequently automated to target small businesses in the masses—while one business alone might not Read more about Can cyber espionage affect my small-business?[…]

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Can I trust the wifi in public places?

In a business world where organizations expect you to be connected and productive at all times of all days, the convenience of having publicly available wireless networks wherever you are is fantastic!  Or is it?  The answer is, it depends. The availability of an internet connection can cut both ways.  While it can give you Read more about Can I trust the wifi in public places?[…]

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What do I need to know about the recently released Connecticut cyber security strategy?

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy recently released his strategy for protecting the state from cyber security attacks.  The strategy document discusses steps that the government should to take in order to be prepared for an attack and how to mitigate some of the damage that could be done by one when it happens.  He also looks Read more about What do I need to know about the recently released Connecticut cyber security strategy?[…]

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Is it OK to change the subject line in an email conversation after it is started?

Since email is not only used for communication but also for documentation, the subject line of an email is an important piece of the puzzle when filing and searching for information.  Often times, an email chain starts as one thing but morphs into something completely different once it gets rolling.  While I don’t usually recommend Read more about Is it OK to change the subject line in an email conversation after it is started?[…]

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Is cyber liability insurance necessary for my business?

The latest statistics show that 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses and 60% of those organizations attacked go out of business within 6 months of the attack.  With the growing number of cyber attacks every day, the general thinking is not if you will will get breached, but when and how bad will it Read more about Is cyber liability insurance necessary for my business?[…]

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Do I really need to create a budget for my small business each year?

Let me start by giving you a resounding YES! Now I’ll explain why; When you started your business, you might have done a business plan with a 1/3/5 year projections.  This pretty document immediately got bound and left on the shelf so you could say you did it.  However when you actually started serving the Read more about Do I really need to create a budget for my small business each year?[…]