Articles written by: Heidi Richards

Heidi Richards Mooney is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of WE Magazine for Women, a Wordpress Web Designer, the author of a dozen books and a social media consultant and trainer. In 2003 Heidi was named one of 50 women shaping the Internet by the International Virtual Women’s Chamber of Commerce. In 2009 she was named a Twitter Woman to Follow by Only2Clicks.com. She works with solopreneurs, professionals and small businesses in ecommerce, direct sales and retail. Follow Heidi on Google Plus

How To Change Corporate Culture In 6 Steps
Business / Leadership

How To Change Corporate Culture In 6 Steps

A company’s culture plays a significant role in how successful that company will be over the long haul. But often as the world and circumstances change, that long-ingrained culture also needs to change – and that’s no easy task. “The challenge is that most people live every day without much […]

Data theft is one of the biggest problems that companies face today
Online Shopping / Technology / Working Online

Data theft is one of the biggest problems that companies face today

Sensitive company data, sales reports, files containing negotiating tactics, customer lists, trade secrets, strategic documents, financial information, and intellectual property are all reported stolen by companies. The 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis report by IBM and Ponemon Institute pegs the average total cost of a data breach to participant companies at $3.7 million. A survey by Biscom, provider of secure communications software, shows that one in four employees admitted to taking data when leaving a company. About 95 percent of respondents said that it was possible to take data, because companies did not have any foolproof technology or policies in place to prevent theft. Data breaches and customer data theft dip brand value and erode customer trust. The price that companies have to pay is very high when a high-profile data breach, like that at Ashley Madison, takes place at their company. Here are a few tips to use to ensure data security and prevent data theft at your company. 1. Set a Strong Data Security Policy A strong and comprehensive data security policy will ensure that employees, contractors, and vendors are aware of your commitment to confidentiality and privacy of company and customer data. You should clearly outline terms of use, operation, and access. All employees cannot be allowed full access to network systems. Regulated and restricted access will ensure that you know which employee is exposed to what data. There are three parts to a comprehensive data protection plan. It involves primarily two policies and one procedure. Companies must put in place Acceptable Use Policy that outlines how company assets – including data and information – are used.Copying and sharing of files and other information should be strictly monitored. The use of software programs or computer hardware that significantly compromises company security should be strictly prohibited. Data Classification Policy will help companies have control over the vast amounts of data that is stored in servers and networks.This policy aims at classifying all company data, categorizing the information, and deciding how long particular data should be retained. All departments will have to be equally involved in this process and carry out classification and categorization of data. This also allows companies to chart out methods to protect and control sensitive data. You should have a streamlined and well documented procedure to properly handle computer and other mobile devices that new employees will use at work. There should also be strict protocols governing the decommissioning of systems because computer forensic evidence will not be acceptable in the court of law against an employee who has stolen data, if the IT department has significantly altered the computer after his/her departure. You will also require the services of an experienced employment attorney in Dallas to further help you in legal proceedings. A strong data security policy will make everyone in your organization aware of the rules, and will also make it easier for employees to spot malware or suspicious activity and report them. 2. Manage Your Passwords Employees will be accessing accounts and networks that require them to sign in with passwords. Educate employees about the need to have a strong password and unique username. They should also be advised to change passwords frequently, or at least every three months. Also, remember to encourage employees to adhere to the rules on their own. Forcing them to change passwords may prove counterproductive. Cyber security needs employees to play a proactive role. Sensitive data that employees need is often stored on central networks which can be accessed by logging in. If your employees access highly sensitive data from remote locations, it […]

How to Teach Your Kids to Save Money
Money Saving Tips / Money-Saving Tips / Parenting / Wealth & Prosperity

How to Teach Your Kids to Save Money

To most people, it appears that kids today do not understand the value of earning and spending money. They may not be taught that  investing is necessary even if they are still students. As parents, you play a crucial role in teaching your children the value of saving over spending. […]

Barcelona, Spain
Travel

Barcelona, Spain

The capital city of Catalonia, Barcelona Spain is the second largest city in the country. It is located in the comarca (similar to a district) of Catalonia, along the Mediterranean coast and between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besos. Over the last two decades, the city has undergone […]

Meet Woman in Business Amber Drake
Women in Business

Meet Woman in Business Amber Drake

Meet Amber L. Drake – CEO & Canine Behaviorist of Canine Companions Tell us about your business. The mission for my business is to provide free or low-cost options for dog lovers to rehabilitate their dogs. My business is one of few in this field. What makes my company even more […]