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Departing Employees are an IT Nightmare

When an employee leaves your company, whether on good terms or not, the last thing you want is them walking out of the door with proprietary company documents. Yet, it’s happening more than you might think.

Dropbox compromised, again

Dropbox is making headlines again, but not for the best of reasons. The file sharing service has been compromised - once more.

Earlier this week it was reported that criminals are targeting Dropbox users with a bogus password reset email that, when clicked, infects the victim's machine with a Zeus-family malware.

The growing problem of constant mobile access

In today’s world a buzzing smartphone takes priority over anything else going on in the room, and it’s a growing pet peeve of mine. If I’m having a face-to-face conversation with someone it should have priority, yet this doesn’t hold true for a significant number of my coworkers.

Increasing Mobile Productivity for Your Road Warriors

A partner at a law firm is preparing for an upcoming deposition with his staff.  They must review thousands of pages of imaged (PDF) documents from their findings, as well as collobarate and identify key areas of interests for follow-up. These documents are highly senstive and must be secured both in transit, and at rest, to protect clients personal information.  Furthermore,  he is leaving for a business trip to Chicago and would like to review these documents during the flight, so that he can be more productive.

Its not all about device and apps, you should protect your data.

When BYOD first took the enterprise by storm, IT professionals were sent into a bit of a panic, wondering how to manage mixed deployments of Android, Apple iOS, Blackberry and Windows devices. The focus was on the phones and tablets themselves – how to register, how to configure, how to set policies, how to enforce controls, etc.

Mobile lessons from the next generation

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My wife is wonderfully low tech. When her old, vanilla mobile phone stopped working a year ago, she insisted that she didn’t want to replace it with a smartphone. She claimed the features were wasted on her and they would get in the way of how she wanted to use the phone, to speak with people. Last weekend she surprised me by deciding she now wants a phone with all the bells and whistles.  I was worried that she’d been bitten by the new iPhone bug, which hit 9 million other people in one weekend, but her change of mind was more educated.  She was learning from our kids.

Are you HIPAA Compliant?

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule is now in full effect. While the Rule technically went live back in March, as of September 23, 2013 organizations can be held accountable for noncompliance and face fines of up to $1.5 million per violation. Gulp.

The expanded HIPAA Rule personally impacts me in two ways. As a consumer and patient, it makes my life easier. I now have the right to request my electronic health records in an electronic format. And I have to say: it’s about time.

The Pressure is on Law Firms to get BYOD Right

Who doesn’t want happier employees and the ability to reduce IT costs? Sounds like a winning combination to me.  A survey conducted by American Lawyer found that enabling BYOD at law firms can result in just those outcomes. Seventy percent of CIOs and technology executives surveyed said that BYOD programs produce “more cheerful users” and 27 percent said BYOD reduces budget spent for equipment.

Secure Client File Sharing

Are your employees gambling on the public cloud?

How would you feel if a competitor picked up your product specs?  An investor got a copy of your quarterly financials before earnings?  An employee’s personnel file ended up with the press?  Not great? Yet employees within your organization may be unknowingly gambling with the security of corporate data every time they use unsanctioned public cloud file sharing and storage services.

From my perspective, the public cloud is not the problem but rather the unsupervised use of the public cloud by employees that make the public cloud problematic for storing and sharing files.

C-Suite Mobile? Next Priority Should Be the Sales Team

Aside from the executive management team in an organization, the top priority for access to planned mobile roll-outs is the sales force, according to a recent industry survey by AIIM.  From being able to view and send the most recent pricing sheets, to being able to edit and sign contracts on-the-go, productivity improvements for the sales team are obvious, and can pay off quickly.

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