Data encryption is available on many of the applications and devices we use daily. In most cases, it is quite easy to toggle "on" as well. It would also seem as if many internet users are beginning to realize the importance of encrypting their data online. A recent article by Chad Skipper of VMware notes "the percentage of encrypted web traffic on the Internet has steadily increased, from around 50% in 2014 to between 80% and 90% today..."
Bill C-11, also known as the Digital Charter Implementation Act, was introduced in the House of Commons in Canada, on December 2, 2020. Its aim is to amend current acts while creating new guidelines to bolster consumer privacy.
COVID-19 forced many organizations to quickly mobilize their teams to work from home (WFH). Ensuring the proper technology and guidelines are in place is an ever-evolving job when employees are located off-site, in different cities, regions, and countries around the world. To add perspective, according to Stanford News, 42% of the U.S. labor force was working from home as of June 2020. Although employees will most likely begin returning to workspaces in the future, a portion will remain working from home permanently. Some organizations may even opt for a hybrid scenario, where employees work days both in and out of the office. Whichever scenario plays out, all will involve IT change management procedures and systems to be used to their full potentials.
Though IT change management can seem like a difficult undertaking in a WFH environment, it can be made easier, while also promoting more effective workspaces. With the right combination of technical tools and human-centered strategies, IT change management can create effective and long-lasting results, even in a WFH environment.
COVID-19 abruptly changed the way many of us live our day to day lives. With a "new normal" now becoming apparent, businesses have had to change the way they operate. Long line-ups outdoors, capacity limits indoors, and keeping distance from other patrons has changed the way customers are used to shopping at brick and mortar locations.
Perhaps the greatest change is seen in the employee-customer communications. Are there ways your business can still answer questions and resolve issues while customers remain in the comfort of their own homes? The answer is yes, and we have some recommendations to make the transition smoother for businesses.
Working from home has become the norm for many around the world. According to Katherine Guyot and Isabel V. Sawhill at Brookings, up to half of American workers are currently working from home, more than double the fraction who worked from home (at least occasionally) in 2017-18.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a massive telecommuting economy. Every role will have its challenges in adapting to this new normal. However, those in IT faced the greatest initial challenge, and continue to encounter new scenarios regularly. They were in charge of quickly adapting to a new work-from-home arrangement for organization employees. If that wasn't challenging enough, they are now tasked with tackling new issues that arise when multiple people are working in a variety of locations using more than one piece of technology. Are there some tools that can make this situation easier for IT professionals? Absolutely. We will have a look at a few of them in this post
From the right tools to adequate staffing, customer service can turn out to be an expensive venture for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Most of the expenses incurred come from in-house teams, usually those working in a call-center. If customers get off of the phone with your in-house team and still don't have a resolution to their issue, that can also be seen as both time and money wasted. This is especially true if the customer decides to forego your business thanks to that particular experience.
According to Hannah Steiman of Peak Support, there are a few ways in which in-house customer service can become costly:
With continued growth in computer and hand-held device use in the lives of many brings increasing technical questions and problems that arise. And so, the field of supporting these systems grows along with it, which brings business opportunities for entrepreneurs, and employment opportunities for support personnel.
But there are different types of support needs accompanied by varying required responsibilities and skills. The following are the differences between, and skills required for, three common areas of support: Help Desk, Technical Support, and Desktop/Deskside Support.
Small and medium-sized organizations on a budget may be hesitant to initiate the process of looking into and implementing a help desk solely based on cost. Whether you decide to choose between an open-source program, software based in the cloud, or something else entirely, there are ways to generate cost savings, while still capturing the services you require to operate efficiently. Continue reading to gather our tips on implementing a cost-efficient help desk at your business, even when budgets are tight.
Customer service is integral to the success of any organization that sells a product or service. Loyalty and retention are both built off of the very principle of customer service. When your customers are happy, they will likely return and recommend your business to their friends, family, and co-workers. With that being said, customer service is an evolving sector that requires organizations to remain current and efficient. How is this done?
In September of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the computer systems of a major U.S. hospital chain, Universal Health Services, representing over 400 locations, came under a ransomware attack. Over the course of a weekend, all computers went down and staff was rendered digitally powerless and forced to function manually via pen and paper, including updating patient information and handwritten prescriptions. This example, among many others, serves as a reminder that no one organization or person is safe from a potential cyber-attack. Oftentimes the best defense is being well-prepared for the inevitable.