We are super excited to introduce Dave Bandell as our new Lead Project and Deployment Manager! In this role, Dave will ensure exceptional service delivery to our new and existing clients from the moment we engage as part of the sales delivery cycle, to deployment of our service offerings, with the utmost customer care.
“I am thrilled that Dave has joined DP Solutions,” said Karyn Schell, VP of Operations. “He brings the spirit, drive and focus that our fast growing company needs to continue to align our service delivery standards with our clients’ goals and initiatives.”
Please join us in welcoming Dave to the team!
DP Solutions is thrilled to welcome the following new organizations who joined our family of clients this month:
Hacking a business today is easier than it has ever been. With nearly every company in America now intimately intertwined with technology, you might think cyber security would be a priority. But the truth is, our protective measures have grown lax, as organizations fall behind the times in their trust of flimsy barriers, trusting in blind faith that they won’t be targeted.
Right alongside the rise of software that makes our life and work easier than ever, the tools cybercriminals use have advanced as well, enabling hackers to penetrate precious networks of data with minimal effort. What used to take thousands of lines of code now takes a couple of clicks. And actually, according to IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, 60% of the time it’s not some fancy tool that allows criminals to circumvent your defenses – it’s your employees letting them in.
No matter how impenetrable you may imagine your security measures are, they’ll be rendered useless if a hapless member of your team clicks the wrong file and opens the floodgates. When it comes to cyber security, your biggest vulnerability isn’t your antivirus – it’s your poorly trained employees. Here are four ways to prevent them from slipping up and opening your business up to attack.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s probably anything but to many members of your team. According to a 2015 survey conducted by TeleSign, close to 75% of consumers use duplicate passwords in their online activity. Twenty-one percent of them use passwords more than a decade old, 47% have been using the same password for five years and a whopping 54% use the same five passwords across an entire lifetime online.
As a business owner, these numbers shouldn’t just make you chuckle – they should make you mad. It may be that the entirety of your company’s data, everything you’ve worked so hard to build over years of blood, sweat and tears, could be guarded behind a password as simple as “123456.”
Make sure you train your employees on safe password practices. That means mandatory password changes to key business accounts every few months, each of them containing letters, numbers and symbols, preferably without any real words at all. It’s a small change, but it can drastically increase your odds against data breaches.
If your business is going to survive a digital onslaught, safe online practices for your employees need to be more than a recommendation. They need to be mandatory company policies. Every new and existing employee needs to know what’s expected of them and what the consequences will be if they deviate from guidelines. For example, when an update comes through for a key piece of software, it needs to be installed immediately. Have a set procedure in place for them to follow if they encounter a suspicious e-mail or potentially malicious link. These and other practices, when set in stone, ensure that employees remain personally invested in protecting your company.
The best way to suss out any employee vulnerabilities, though, will always be to do a thorough security audit of all your systems. This means investigating the hardware and software you’re using on a daily basis, sure, but most importantly, you need to analyze the habits of your personnel and whether or not they’re complying with your high standards of cyber security.
As they say, forewarned is forearmed. This is never truer than when defending your business from data breaches. With comprehensive cyber security awareness training, outlining everything from the biggest digital threats to post-breach best practices, you can turn your biggest security liability into your greatest defense. If employees know the ins and outs of hackers’ tricks, it becomes exponentially more difficult for hackers to trick them and find a way into your network.
With all four of these steps, it can be difficult to determine just how to implement these policies within your organization – much less what should be included – but luckily, we can help. Contact us to find out how we can help you put a strong data security employee training program in place and patch any holes in your barriers before they become an issue.
Think about the way your business runs. You attract prospective clients, convert them to customers, collect the money, cultivate repeat business and encourage customers to refer other prospective clients. While each of these steps entails specific challenges, one of your main goals as an entrepreneur should be to automate as many of these steps as possible. This way, you can generate income while you sleep.
Here are a few key ways to implement systems that perpetuate your business without your involvement.
MIKE MICHALOWICZ (pronounced mi-KAL-o-wits) started his first business at the age of 24, moving his young family to the only safe place he could afford – a retirement building. With no experience, no contacts and no savings, he systematically bootstrapped a multimillion-dollar business. Then he did it again. And again. Now he is doing it for other entrepreneurs. Mike is the CEO of Provendus Group. He is also a former small-business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; MSNBC’s business makeover expert; a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship; and the author of the cult classic book The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. His newest book, The Pumpkin Plan, has already been called “the next E-Myth!” For more information, visit www.mikemichalowicz.com.
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With two partners, decades of experience, a team of planners, an attorney, and a Chartered Financial Analyst, Planning Solutions Group (PSG) has developed into a successful financial planning firm. PSG focuses on designing unique concepts for wealth creation and preservation.
The firm provides its clients with a variety of services such as retirement planning, financial plan development, wealth management, tax reduction strategies, estate planning, and more.
What sets PSG apart? They utilize a holistic approach to financial planning. PSG coordinates with their clients’ existing advisors instead of attempting to replace them. This enables them to achieve their end goal-- "to provide an objective and comprehensive fee-based financial plan" that is tailored to each clients' needs. By utilizing this approach, the firm builds long-lasting client relationships, rather than focusing on short-term goals.
PSG utilizes DP Solutions’ Confidence Plus Managed IT Services Plan. Confidence Plus works to organize and improve the company's networks, systems, and computers. Additionally, the plan allows for consistent access to their data and network, and includes 24x7x365 Service Desk support.
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