While the first principle in healthcare is “Do No Harm,” the same motto hasn’t been applied to how the personal information of those receiving care is protected. With a surge of data breaches, specifically in the healthcare sector, it’s critical that individuals and their employers acknowledge the risk of having their medical information fraudulently used by cybercriminals.
Regardless of your company size or your industry, no organization is immune to internal and external threats. Fraud is a serious problem that has a real impact on the bottom line. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) 2018 Report to the Nations Global Fraud Study, global organizations lose an estimated $4 trillion annually to fraud, and it can take an average of 16 months before you even know what’s happening. Continue reading
Hundreds of thousands of U.S. consumers fall victim to tax identity theft each year. If it happens to one or more employees within your organization, the consequences are amplified as it’s worse than having a delayed refund. Whomever is affected will have to spend dozens to hundreds of hours out of work to file paperwork, send emails, make phone calls, and remedy the situation. This extra work, combined with the stresses of experiencing a highly-personal crime, leads to collateral damage in the workplace: lost productivity and even distrust. Continue reading
As smartphones, tablets, and laptops have become increasingly intertwined with our daily lives, they’ve become a more integral part of our work lives too. The majority of companies have adopted policies that empower employees to use their own devices for work versus only having company-issued devices.
Welcome to the world of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), fueled by the larger trend around the consumerization of IT. This shift means that consumer technology is now influencing business processes, whereas the opposite was once true. The statistics tell a compelling story: Continue reading
**Note: The government shutdown came to an end on January 28, 2019 after 35 days. Delays are still expected as agencies work through more than a month of backlog.
The U.S. government shutdown that started on December 22, 2018, is now the longest on record and is impacting more than 800,000 federal workers as of the time of this writing. Although the impact is clear for those government employees directly in the crosshairs, the full effect is yet to be realized for U.S. consumers.
Here are two federal agencies whose lack of funding could prove to endanger citizens’ defenses against identity crimes and fraud. Continue reading
Cybercrime is a lucrative business, and IT and Information Security (InfoSec) professionals’ jobs are only getting harder.
Advancements in mobile technology have transformed every employee into a roaming cybersecurity vulnerability. Many of us are now using our personal smartphones for work purposes. And, while that may seem harmless and cost-effective for an organization, personal mobile devices are now more powerful than the PCs of several years ago — and they’re just as open to cyber intrusions by hackers. This can lead to compromised data, resulting in breaches that can cost organizations millions of dollars per incident. Continue reading
Money and work continue to be “significant stressors” as tracked annually by the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) Stress in America Survey, with nearly two-thirds of adults (64%) reporting one or the other to be a major source of stress. Continue reading
It’s been quite a year already. Global data breaches have already compromised 4.5 billion records in the first half of 2018, a 133% increase compared to the same time last year.
This disturbing trend is cause for concern not only for consumers but especially for your business and employees. Continue reading
Unexpected expenses can be crippling. According to a recent report, only 39 percent of Americans say they would be able to pay for a $1,000 unplanned expense.
Inevitably this financial stress hits the workplace, making the employer collateral damage. According to the world’s largest human resources consulting firm, Mercer, “Improving employees’ financial wellness can lead to healthier employees, reduce absenteeism and lower turnover rates while raising employee satisfaction and improving the employer’s brand.” Continue reading
Current State of the Workforce
According to key indicators, the economic outlook for 2018 is moderately healthy. Experts forecast steady growth, with total employment expected to increase by 20.5 million jobs over the next two years.
Of course, with growth comes demand. As the economy improves, hiring has seen a steep increase resulting in a candidate driven market. Top candidates are also more likely to be employed and content in their current position. In other words, competition for the best candidates is higher than ever. In fact, 2018 is the first year that the number of jobs available exceeded the level of unemployed. Continue reading