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What Is Employee Monitoring Software?

October 26th, 2020

Maybe you’re an employee that thinks your employer is monitoring you at work and you’re not sure how they can do that. Or, perhaps you are a business owner managing a small team and you’re not quite sure your employees are working as hard as they say they are. 

In either case, you’re wondering what employee monitoring software is, what it is capable of, and how it can potentially improve your workplace. 

Industry professionals agree that employee monitoring software can drastically improve your workplace productivity and help to minimize the chance of an insider threat. Employers are also allowed to exhibit some form of employee monitoring while employees are on the clock, so long as they are mindful of employees’ privacy rights. 

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How Does Employee Monitoring Software Work

October 12th, 2020

Employee monitoring software is an effective tool to improve employee performance and productivity and reduce the risk of an insider threat before it becomes a problem. But if you’ve never used employee computer monitoring software before, it might seem daunting or like an invasive technology.

The good news is that monitoring software is extremely easy to use and can be easily integrated into a comprehensive employee monitoring system, even if you have a remote team or you are managing a massive workforce. 

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How to Monitor PC Activity Remotely

October 5th, 2020

Even when working with a remote term, you still need to stay on top of the productivity levels of each remote worker on your team and ensure that no suspicious activity is happening. But when you’re not physically in the same space as your remote employees and they are not using work computers, monitoring their computer activity might be hard to do. 

You can very easily monitor user activity remotely with employee monitoring software. This software can be stealth or it can be used actively with your employees to boost productivity. In either case, computer monitoring software will tell you more about what’s happening on an employee computer during work hours. 

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What Should be Done to Protect Against Insider Threats?

September 28th, 2020

Insider threats can significantly damage a company financially and dismantle many of the structures that a business is built upon. So your business needs to set up safeguards that protect against a data breach from an internal threat. 

Unfortunately, insider threats can occur because an insider has access to your company’s critical assets and finds deceptive ways to access those assets for nefarious reasons. 

Not only do they sneak around company files but they may also gain valuable information about your company’s security system that makes it easier for others to gain access to your vital business information and data.

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How Do Companies Monitor Computer Use

September 21st, 2020

It’s important for both small businesses and enterprises to adopt some type of computer monitoring to ensure that employees are working during working hours and to monitor insider threats that could compromise company assets. 

On top of that, computer monitoring is particularly important for businesses that engage with a remote worker so that there is an added form of protection against cyber attacks and time theft. 

Chances are, your business already does computer monitoring. A 2018 survey found that 50% of corporations are using some type of monitoring technique to monitor their employees, which is a 20% increase from 2015. These monitoring techniques might involve the analysis of employee email text or social media messages, looking at who employees are meeting with, gathering biometric data, and more. 

So while computer monitoring is prevalent, concerns have been raised about the overreach of computer monitoring and whether or not this violates employee privacy. 

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What are User Behavior Analytics and How Can It Protect Against Insider Threats

September 14th, 2020

As a business owner, you know that your company assets contain valuable information. That’s why you work hard to keep your critical assets secure and your company production safe at every turn. 

However, the unfortunate reality is that any business could fall victim to a cyberattack or a malicious attack at any time. Data breaches in the form of an insider attack or malicious external attack are prevalent and could strike your business at any moment. 

One way to protect against cybercriminals is by implementing User Behavior Analytics (UBA) or User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA). UBAs and UEBAs are a type of technology that can track behaviors on a given network and report when behaviors seem to stray from outside the norm. UBA tools can support insider threat detection and help prevent a malicious attack. 

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The True Financial Cost of Poor Productivity

September 10th, 2020

There are a lot of variables to take into account when calculating average employee expenses. From taxes to medical, the cost of an employee can quickly siphon money away from an already hurting business. 

When workplace productivity is down, employees are taking time and even more money away from your company—this is called time theft, and it is a very serious issue in the United States. 

According to a 2013 Gallup report, unhappy workers cost the U.S. $450 to $550 billion annually to lost productivity. These numbers report that 70% of employees are disengaged at work, with 80% disengaged as a result of a poor manager. 

These numbers suggest that companies, overall, should be considering company culture and tracking for productivity. There is a financial cost to reduced productivity and it is most likely eating away at your bottom line. 

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