–shares April 1, 2002 With all the home office workers, laptops are in frequent use. Many times the security prevention in a laptop is turned off when remotely connecting. This is another major internal vulnerability or internal threat.So if 80 percent of IT crimes are internal, what should a company do about it?Perform a security audit, or have one performed.Unless the knowledge, experience and manpower exist in-house, consult an outside expert on audits, policies, and the subsequent security monitoring and prevention service.Ensure adequate background checks on employees.Establish a security policy, and enforce it. This includes implementing things like swipe cards, changing passwords often and restricting sensitive areas. This creates the right attitude toward information security in your company and clarifies the consequences of any found internal breach. A professional consulting firm specializing in policy development can save time and money and ensure an up-to-date policy.Use firewalls. Firewalls protect against unauthorized logins usually from the outside world, preventing hackers from logging on to your network.Use virus scanning software. Attachments to e-mails received and passed around are the biggest reason for the spread of viruses.Implement ongoing managed services.These are only a few ideas for combating internal security threats that surround us all. Enlist the help of a professional security consulting firm that will do both the audit and policy development before implementing a complete managed services package.Michael Bruck is the founding partner of BAI Security, an 8-year-old information security consulting firm. Bruck leads his security team with a successful 16-year background in IT management and senior engineering positions. He is also the developer and author of best practices that are becoming standards in the information security consulting business. He can be reached via www.baisecurity.netor by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, not of Entrepreneur.com. All answers are intended to be general in nature, without regard to specific geographical areas or circumstances, and should only be relied upon after consulting an appropriate expert, such as an attorney or accountant. Few know as much about your IT security as your employees and former employees do. Here’s how to safeguard your technology from the inside. Technology Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Next Article Security Threats From Within Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Q: I have heard that one of the biggest information security threats to a company can come from within. Is this true? What exactly does it mean, and what can be done about it?A: When people think of an information security threat or a “security breach,” thoughts of bad buys, gangsters and hackers come to mind. Companies usually make sizeable investments to prevent intrusions to their systems, put protections in place and know the seriousness of external threats.Companies usually try to patch every loophole and make every system impenetrable. But guess who knows more about these loopholes and ports of penetration than anyone? A company’s own employees (or former employees). In reality, disgruntled, former or fired employees or even external service providers are the most likely culprits of a security breach–anyone with “insider information.” It is for that very reason that four out of five IT-related crimes are committed from within an organization.Internal threats might be someone who knows the weaknesses of the software being used or has the ability to introduce viruses into a system. Viruses can come from within simply by opening e-mail attachments. Some employees find it easy to gain access to restricted areas; this may include the possession of unauthorized passwords. If something is password-protected, chances are there is confidential information involved. Next Step Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Add to Queue 3 min read Help prevent internal theft with “Caught in the Act.” Keep your IT under lock and key with Security and Loss Prevention: An Introductionby Philip P. Purpura.
Finance Next Article 5 min read SmartyPig automates transfers to a savings account to help you fund a big-ticket goal–and it might help you encourage pals to chip in. –shares Add to Queue June 5, 2008 You don’t need to be a finance whiz to recognize that the least painful way to pay for a big-ticket item–a new car, say, or a dream vacation–is to save small amounts toward it, week by week, month by month, paycheck by paycheck. But how many of us are disciplined enough to set aside money for a planned future purchase?SmartyPig promises not only to help you save toward a goal but also to make it simple for family members and friends to contribute (think birthday gift)–and, in many cases, the service might even help make the goal itself cost less. But while the general concept sounds good, the implementation hides a few notable gotchas that might prove annoying to some.Basically, SmartyPig gives you a savings account with a competitive annual percentage yield (the site’s banking partner is West Bank of Des Moines, and at this early-June writing the APY was 3.9 percent), to which you must set up regular, automatic monthly transfers from an existing bank account (SmartyPig says that nonautomated funding will be available soon to allow people to set up accounts for wedding registries and similar goals). Each account must be tied to a savings goal (you don’t need to have an actual item in mind, but you must set a dollar figure), which you can change at any time. You can opt to make your goal public, so that people can contribute toward it by visiting SmartyPig and entering your e-mail address. You can also encourage such gifts by putting a SmartyPig widget on your blog or on personal pages on sites such as Facebook, Google, Live, and MySpace.Adults can set up SmartyPig accounts for minors by designating the children as co-owners who can then track their progress toward a purchase–an Xbox 360 or Wii, for example. SmartyPig positions itself as a tool to help kids understand the concept of saving.To Market, To MarketNow for the caveats. SmartyPig accounts are free, but when you reach your goal, you can’t easily cash out: SmartyPig would much rather help you actually buy something.First, you can check SmartyPig’s list of retail partners (which include such blue-chip outfits as Amazon.com, Apple Tours, Best Buy, Gap, Home Depot, and Lowe’s) to see if one of them is selling whatever you were saving for at a good price; if so, you can have your savings converted to a gift card for that retailer, which SmartyPig will ship to you for free.This setup can save you a bit of money, since the retailers on SmartyPig all offer small boosts (of a couple of percentage points, up to 5 percent) to the face value of the gift card. Gift cards, however, often have their own drawbacks–time limits for use, for example. It’s up to you to investigate the terms and conditions on each retailer’s site.Alternatively, you can have your savings and interest converted into a SmartyPig debit MasterCard, which you can use either to make a purchase at any place that accepts MasterCard or to withdraw cash at an ATM that accepts debit MasterCards. Keep in mind, though, that most ATMs limit the amount of cash you can withdraw on a given day to a few hundred dollars.Also, ATM fees may apply, and they can quickly mount if you’re forced to withdraw your sum over several days. You face no fees for using the card at ATMs in the Shazam network, which has ATMs in 27 states (including West Bank ATMs). Regardless, to use the card, you must maintain a SmartyPig account.Check by Snail MailWhat if you need to take out the cash in your SmartyPig account for an emergency? You can have SmartyPig cut you a check, but you’ll have to wait for it to arrive via snail mail; the company says the process takes five to seven days after all pending transactions have posted to your account. SmartyPig will not electronically transfer funds to other bank accounts (although the company says that feature will be supported soon).SmartyPig also charges a fee to people who want to contribute to your goal using a credit card–2.9 percent of the amount of the gift. The convenience might be worth the extra cost to some gift-givers, but other folks might prefer to save a few bucks by dashing off a check. (SmartyPig account holders, however, can use their funding accounts to contribute to other account holders’ goals free of charge.)I have mixed feelings about SmartyPig. You could accomplish a lot of what it does simply by setting up automatic transfers to a savings account (yours or your child’s) on your own–and you wouldn’t have to sacrifice the ability to withdraw your cash easily on a moment’s notice. The 2.9 percent fee for credit card donations from non-SmartyPig account holders would discourage me from giving such a gift.On the other hand, getting a discount (even a small one) from a retailer you might patronize anyway beats a free toaster as a come-on for a savings account, and whenever I’ve checked, SmartyPig’s interest rates were on the high end of those available. The premise is gimmicky, sure, but if SmartyPig helps you avoid putting a big-ticket item on your credit card, it’s worth a try. 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The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now » BlackBerry launched a service on Tuesday allowing government agencies and corporate clients to secure and manage devices powered by Google Inc’s Android platform and Apple Inc’s iOS operating system.The long-anticipated offering, which BlackBerry had said would come out around mid-year, could help the company sell high-margin services to its large clients even if many, or all, of their workers are using smartphones made by its competitors.The new Secure Work Space feature will be managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10, a new back-end system launched at the start of this year that allows BlackBerry’s clients to control mobile devices on their internal networks.The company, a one-time pioneer in the smartphone arena, is now fighting to regain ground lost to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Galaxy devices. To compete, it has rolled out a trio of devices powered by its new BlackBerry 10 operating system.It hopes to win back users with the Z10, Q10 and Q5 devices that were unveiled during the first half of this year. The first comprehensive look at the success of its turnaround plan will likely emerge when it reports quarterly results on Friday.At the same time, it has indicated a shift in emphasis from smartphones to services.”With an integrated management console, our clients can now see all of the devices they have on their network, manage those devices and connect to them securely,” David Smith, the head of enterprise mobile computing at BlackBerry, said in an interview.”We now also have a secure work space on Android and iOS that allows our clients to secure and manage the data on those devices as well.”BlackBerry has installed some 18,000 BES 10 servers since the system was launched in January, up from a little more than 12,000 servers one month ago, and more than 60 percent of U.S. Fortune 500 companies are testing or using the system.The feature, when used to manage Android and iOS devices, will allow IT managers to fence off corporate email, calendars, contacts, tasks, memos, Web browsing and document editing from personal apps and content, which could be less secure.(Editing by Edmund Klamann) Next Article –shares June 25, 2013 2 min read Euan Rocha 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List BlackBerry Launches ‘Secure Work Space’ for Android and Apple Devices Add to Queue Image credit: Reuters/Mark Blinch Technology This story originally appeared on Reuters
–shares Brian Patrick Eha Report: Snapchat’s 23-Year-Old CEO Said No to $3 Billion From Facebook Next Article 2 min read Technology November 13, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue UPDATE: This Is the 23-Year-Old Entrepreneur Who Just Turned Down $3 Billion From FacebookUntil recently, it would have been a safe bet that no 23-year-old in the world had ever turned up his nose at $3 billion. But that’s exactly what Evan Spiegel, the co-founder and chief executive of messaging service Snapchat, did when Facebook offered to buy his company.Citing unnamed sources familiar with the offer, The Wall Street Journal reports Facebook offered Snapchat an all-cash deal of $3 billion or more. At the time of its last funding round, in June, Snapchat was valued at only $800 million. (It raised $60 million in June of a total $73 million to date.)The deal would have marked Facebook’s most expensive acquisition, outstripping even its $1 billion purchase of Instagram in 2012.Snapchat has been enjoying explosive growth as the app of the moment for teens, tweens and twentysomethings who act like teens. In September, Spiegel announced that his service transmitted 350 million snaps a day, up 75 percent from the time of its $60 million Series B round. Snapchat allows users to send photo and video messages to each other that disappear after several seconds. The ephemeral nature of Snapchats make them a popular medium for sexually suggestive photos, not to mention silly stuff that you don’t want preserved forever on a Facebook Timeline.Still, given that Snapchat has yet to earn any revenue, the idea of turning down a buy offer three times the value of that which Mark Zuckerberg himself once turned down seems — not to put too fine a point on it — insane. It appears Spiegel and his co-founder, Bobby Murphy, also turned down a $200 million investment offer from Chinese company Tencent Holdings that would have valued Snapchat at $4 billion.But Snapchat’s young executives may soon have a better offer on the table. According to The Wall Street Journal, they are hoping their numbers continue to improve through early 2014, when they may be finally willing to consider an acquisition or investment. But they may be kicking themselves if their core user base becomes enamored of another service and leaves Snapchat behind before its founders can cash in.Related: Why Tech Valuations Can’t Be Too High or Too Low 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »
2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Venture capital groups invested $1.8 billion in commercial space startups in 2015, more than in the last 15 years combined, a report by aerospace consultants the Tauri Group shows.The lion’s share of the 2015 space investments was a $1 billion round of financing for Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, founded and overseen by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, who also runs Tesla Motors Inc.“The year 2015 was a record-setting year for space ventures, with investment and debt financing of $2.7 billion,” according to the Tauri Group’s “Start-Up Space” report, which was released on Monday.While individual investors are not always disclosed, the Tauri Group found that 21 people on the Forbes’ billionaires list have an affiliation to a space enterprise. The investors include Microsoft Corp.’s Bill Gates, Amazon.com Inc.’s Jeff Bezos, Alphabet Inc.’s Larry Page, Dish Network Corp.’s Charles Ergen, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Tencent’s Ma Huateng, Las Vegas Sands Corporation’s Sheldon Adelson, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Grupo Salinas’ Ricardo Salinas and Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson.The Tauri Group report was partly funded by NASA.Since 2000, space ventures have won more than $13.3 billion in investment, including $5.1 billion in debt financing, the study showed.Since 2000, companies have paid $2.2 billion to acquire space ventures, with deals worth $1.7 billion occurring in the last five years. Those include Monsanto Co.’s purchase of the Climate Corporation for $930 million, Google’s purchase of Skybox Imaging for $478 million and ViaSat Inc.’s acquisition of WildBlue for $568 million, the study showed.About 50 venture-capital firms are investing in space including Bessemer, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, First Round Capital, Founders Fund, Khosla, and RRE Ventures. The investments include SpaceX, Accion Systems, Planet Labs, Rocket Lab, Skybox Imaging and Spire Global.Overall, venture capital investments in U.S. firms totaled almost $60 billion in 2015, with the software industry pulling in $23.6 billion, followed by biotechnology at $7.4 billion, a January 2016 report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association showed.Venture-capital investments in media and entertainment companies in 2015 totaled $4.7 billion, financial services brought in $3 billion, and medical devices and equipment companies attracted $2.7 billion in investments, the study showed.(Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Reuters February 26, 2016 –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Shutterstock Space Travel Report: Space Projects Lured $1.8 Billion in Venture Capital Last Year Add to Queue Register Now »
SpaceX Achieves First Successful Rocket Landing at Sea Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article SpaceX Image credit: SpaceX Add to Queue Tom Brandt April 11, 2016 After SpaceX’s previous attempts to land a rocket at sea ended in failure, the company successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on Friday afternoon on a landing platform in the Atlantic Ocean.It was a historic landing of a rocket’s first stage soon after it launched, and congratulations poured in from around the globe, including from President Barack Obama, who tweeted “Congrats SpaceX on landing a rocket at sea. It’s because of innovators like you & NASA that America continues to lead in space exploration.”Landing from the chase plane pic.twitter.com/2Q5qCaPq9P— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 8, 2016After its launch at 4:43 p.m. Eastern time, the 14-story-tall booster used its remaining fuel to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere and touch down on an unanchored “droneship” in the middle of the Atlantic (dubbed “Of Course I Still Love You”).”It’s another step toward the stars,” SpaceX founder Elon Musk said at a press conference afterwards, according to the Washington Post. “In order for us to really open up access to space we have to have full and rapid reusability.”SpaceX has successfully landed the Falcon 9 rocket on land several times. But achieving a sea landing is important because such landings will almost certainly be necessary for future missions when vessels returning from farther celestial destinations like the moon or Mars approach the the Earth at high velocities.Today’s launch used SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft to bring supplies to the International Space Station. It was filled with about 7,000 pounds of critical supplies and payloads for the space station crew, including materials to support research and scientific investigations. The Dragon capsule itself will return to Earth in about a month, when it will splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast. 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This story originally appeared on PCMag
November 4, 2016 Huawei Wants to Beat Apple in Smartphones in Two Years The Chinese company on Thursday launched a new premium phone, which will sell for about $777. This story originally appeared on Reuters –shares Next Article Image credit: Reuters | Hannibal Hanschke China’s Huawei Technologies wants to be the world’s second-largest maker of smartphones in two years, Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business group, told Reuters on Thursday.Having made its name as a builder of telecommunications networks, Huawei has been active in the consumer devices market for only a few years and is now the third-biggest smartphone maker after Apple Inc. and the world leader in the $400 billion market, Samsung Electronics.”When we announced four years ago that we wanted to sell phones, people told us we were crazy. When we said we wanted to sell 100 million phones, they told us we were crazy,” Yu said at a launch event in Munich.Huawei on Thursday launched a new premium phone, which will sell for about $777 apiece. A version developed with Porsche Design will cost about $1,550.The phone has a new artificial intelligence feature: It can learn about its user’s habits and automatically put the most frequently used apps in easy reach.Huawei was the world’s third-largest smartphone maker in the third quarter with 33.6 million shipped devices, giving it a 9 percent market share, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.Apple was still well ahead with 45.5 million devices, or a 12 percent market share. Samsung was the world leader with 75.3 million shipped devices and a market share of 20.1 percent.”We are going to take them (Apple) step-by-step, innovation-by-innovation,” Yu said, adding that he expected to improve Huawei’s position along with technology shifts.”There will be more opportunities. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality,” he said. “It is like driving a car. At every curve or turn, there is an opportunity to overtake the competition.”With the new phone, dubbed Mate 9, Yu expects to make a break in European markets such as Germany, France and Great Britain. “In Finland, we are already number one,” he said.With Apple struggling to come up with surprise designs and Samsung reeling from having to scrap its flagship phone, Yu said Huawei was at a tipping point.”Step-by-step we are winning the trust and loyalty of the customers. It is about trust and loyalty.”(Reporting by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by Jonathan Oatis) Reuters Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 2 min read Add to Queue Huawei Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Huawei CEO Richard Yu presents Huawei’s new smartphone, the Mate S.
Kroger introduces ads to boost awareness of waste initiativePosted By: News Deskon: November 27, 2017In: Business, Food, Industries, Marketing, Retail, Social Responsibility, Social responsibilityPrintEmailKroger has announced it has introduced television and radio adverts in 191 US media markets to raise awareness of its Zero Hunger Zero Waste initiative.Launched in September, the plan aims to end hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.The company said that across the US, 42 million people struggle with hunger. At the same time, an estimated 72 billion pounds of food ends up in landfill sites every year.Kroger said it will advocate for public policy solutions to address hunger and to shorten the line at food banks, lobbying for public policies that help communities prevent and divert waste from landfills, including recycling, composting and sustainability programmes.Earlier this month, Kroger launched a strategic media campaign and introduced television and radio advertisements in key markets to boost its customers’ awareness and engagement with the initiative.The campaign will run through the holiday season, supported by store-level customer giving programmes benefiting local food banks and hunger-relief organisations.Kroger vice president of corporate affairs Jessica Adelman said: “Kroger and our family of stores love being a part of America’s Thanksgiving celebrations. At the same time, we acknowledge the absurdity that one in eight people struggle with hunger while 40% of the food produced in the US each year goes to waste. That just doesn’t make sense to us. And this season, we are grateful for our associates and trusted partners who are committed to doing something about it.”She added: “Our purpose is to feed the human spirit by uplifting each other, our customers and our communities. Kroger is inviting everyone who is passionate about feeding people and protecting the planet to join us in helping us realise our vision of Zero Hunger Zero Waste.”Kroger has partnered with Feeding America and World Wildlife Fund to achieve its vision, and is crowdsourcing for solutions and asking communities, partners and other stakeholders for ideas, feedback and best practices.Share with your network: Tags: Krogerretailsustainability