stages®, Cybersecurity, and Iran

stages®, Cybersecurity, and Iran

As our cyber threat environment evolves, our cybersecurity posture becomes ever more relevant. This is why SecurityIntelligence, powered by stages®, is your best 2020 resolution.

Let’s start with the latest evolution of the international cyber threat.

In 2019, the evolution was ever so slight, given a trade war truce with China late in the year. While the agreement did not include any concessions from Beijing on cyber theft, relations between the US and China are on the right trajectory to eventually realize that goal.[1] Other state-sponsored hacking organizations continued operations apace while trends in specific attack methods followed a generally unchanged glidepath. While ransomware and major breaches continued to make headlines, the only possible departure is seen in a US-China détente. (more…)

Factors of Business Success

Factors of Business Success

Small or Large, Any Company Can Adopt These Traits

Small businesses are amazing organizations, truly the backbone of a healthy US economy. In 2016 there were 30.7 million small businesses in the US comprising 99.9% of all firms, 33.3% of known export value, and 40.7% of private-sector payroll.[1] In addition to this solid economic data, small businesses often promise remarkable intangible qualities: Innovation, customer centricity, quality, expertise, and flexibility, to name a few.

Qualities such as these are not exclusively or automatically endowed upon the small. They belong to the bold, a characteristic of the large and small alike, and a driver of upward mobility. (more…)

The Cost of Invoice Processing

The Cost of Invoice Processing

You’re leaving money on the table if you’re not measuring your company’s ability to process invoices.

Successful companies focus on optimizing things that affect their bottom line. This spans everything from products to supply chains, manufacturing processes to services, and sales metrics to company reputation. A sole focus on these major considerations may keep a company afloat but broadening the effort can reap significant rewards.

Invoice processing is a Key Performance Indicator[1] – or KPI – that is worth investigating as companies expand their optimization effort. (more…)

Strategies for Smart Password Security

Strategies for Smart Password Security

So much of our life is now conducted online: online banking, online shopping, online socializing, etc. The internet has helped streamline the way we manage our personal business, but it has also presented new opportunities for hackers and cyber-criminals to gain access to our personal data. As their techniques become more refined, the need for strong password security to guard information becomes critical.

Hackers have multiple ways to get to your accounts and data. Some of the most popular include: (more…)

5 Habits of Highly Successful Business Owners

5 Habits of Highly Successful Business Owners

by Marla DiCarlo, CEO, Raincatcher

Almost all of the successful business owners and entrepreneurs maintain daily habits that help set them apart. While there is no secret to success, by taking time to examine the habits of top business owners, you can find ways to achieve your own goals. Although you may not be able to adopt all of these habits, this list may help guide you on your journey. Keep on reading for more information on the routines of successful business owners. (more…)