Malware Is Surging: How Can Employers Avoid Being Swamped?

Experts recently released a report of malware attacks on U.S. organizations of varying sizes. They found that 46 percent of respondents experienced an attack that had significant repercussions on their business operations. These attacks included ransomware, distributed denial of service (DDoS), and advanced persistent threats (APT) like keyloggers or phishing. The report indicates organizations spend…

The Fraudster In The Office Next Door

KPMG, a global tax and financial auditing firm, recently released a study that examines the characteristics of workplace participants who commit fraud. The study, which evaluated 750 cases of fraud, found that 44 percent of cases involved a fraudster who had “unlimited authority” in their organization. In fact, 34 percent of the fraudsters were executives…

Is Your Computer Part Of A Botnet? How Can You Tell?

Researchers at a security software firm have discovered a spam campaign that targets Skype users and infects computer systems with a malware trojan. The campaign is currently affecting users in India, Japan and the Philippines, but is expected to quickly extend to other countries. The attack sends a message to Skype users that incorporates Japanese…

New Overtime Rules Are Here: Their Impact And What Employers Need To Consider

For over a year, employers have been told “a change was coming,” and now it is here with the Department of Labor’s new rule for overtime for white-collar workers (the administrative, executive, and professional exemptions). The rule becomes effective on December 1, 2016. https://www.dol.gov/WHD/overtime/final2016/overtime-factsheet.htm Here’s the deal: If, on December 1, you have an exempt…

Hacking the Human: Social Engineering

Virtually every business relies on a network to conduct its daily operations. This often involves the collection, storage, transfer and eventual disposal of sensitive data. Securing that data continues to be a challenge for organizations of all sizes and across multiple business sectors. Social Security numbers, W-2 forms, payment cards and intellectual property have significant…

Insure My Road Trip

  Buying travel insurance, no matter the mode of transportation, is a purchase decision that changes with each scheduled trip. When we discuss our travel insurance plans, they typically are geared for travelers flying to a destination or taking a cruise. Travelers don’t always take a plane or ship to reach their destination, some plan…