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It’s the Software That Changed the Modern Economy, and We’ve All Been Using it Wrong

Financial bloggers have called it “the most important software application of all time.” Others have argued that it changed the world. Whichever side of the fence you fall on, it’s hard not to admit that Excel is one of the most powerful and versatile programs at a company’s disposal. For nearly three decades it’s been heralded as the gold standard of spreadsheets; the electronic mainstay of the business office space — from high-powered brokers who use it to model financial risk, to backoffice associates keeping tabs on unshipped packages. We’ll confess, it’s a bit difficult to find fault in a $99 piece of software that forever changed the way millions of people do work. Well, almost. There is one little

November 6th, 2018|Systems|

Offboarding an Employee: What Happens When Someone Leaves Your Company?

Whether they’re leaving on good terms or involuntarily, an employee departure is always a precarious time for a company. The exit of someone who was once deeply involved in the day-to-day operations of your business can present a very real threat to your cybersecurity, but by developing a thorough IT offboarding policy and rigorously following it with each separating employee, you can mitigate your company’s risk, and ensure your data will be safe from unauthorized use or access. The process of developing a robust offboarding policy doesn't need to be a difficult one, but it might take some brainstorming. While we won’t advocate paranoia, it is important to think critically about the ways an employee might exploit your company’s information

October 29th, 2018|General IT, Security|

IT Policy: How Often Should You Change Your Passwords?

Anyone who’s ever created a login has no doubt bumped up against seemingly arbitrary and annoyingly complex password composition rules. For digital citizens, one of the most frustrating hoops to jump through is the forced inclusion of special characters. But wait, not THAT special character… or that one… or that one… or that-- okay, a dollar sign is fine. But only for this account and 90 days from now when we force you to change your password it won’t be. Enter, The National Institute for Standards and Technology (or NIST, for short) — the agency responsible for developing a standardized password policy for the whole of the U.S. government and public sector. (For the private sector, adopting each set of

October 19th, 2018|Security|
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