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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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7 Reasons Why You Need an Employee Tracker

August 31st, 2020

Your employees are what keep your company running. But sometimes a rogue employee, or even a lazy one, can steal time and money from your business. To avoid losing money to employees who are wasting time during work hours, and to limit the chance of an insider threat, your company should make use of an employee time tracker. 

Employee tracking can be anything from an app or software that monitors employees’ computers to one that tracks phones via GPS. The features that you are looking for in an employee tracking app will depend on your reasons for needing one

If you’re not sure where to start, understand that employee tracking software can be valuable in increasing employee productivity, minimizing time theft, and finding hidden insider threats. 

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How to Create an Effective Productivity Plan Using Monitoring Software

August 17th, 2020

Poor productivity in the workplace can eat into your budget

On average, a majority of employees (89%) waste about 30 minutes a day. A lot of this time is spent on social media and gabbing with other employees. About 30% of those employees might waste up to 3 hours a day! When you add that up, that’s 15 hours a week!

Investing in monitoring software can provide your company and project managers with valuable data so you can learn why overall productivity is going down the drain.

Monitoring software is a type of surveillance program so that you can understand normal employee behavior during work hours, allowing you to create an effective productivity plan and determine what to do if employees are slacking off.  

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Why You Need an Employee Productivity Tracker

August 10th, 2020

More and more, companies are starting to realize that they need to look at monitoring employee productivity levels to reduce money spent on wasted time. Your employees might spend anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 working hours a day doing non-work-related activities, such as browsing social media, chatting with colleagues, or handling private matters. 

The estimated figure for money spent on wasted productivity will differ with each unique company situation, and whether or not your employees are content in their company culture. Experts suggest that nearly all of your employees (89%) are wasting some time at work, with about 30% of your workers wasting at least 30 minutes a day. 

While 30 minutes a day might seem minimal, that wasted time can easily add up to two and a half hours a week, which is, simply, costing your company.

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