Email Deluge Swamping Worker Efficiency: Varonis


While this article speaks of people "sorting, filing, flagging and tagging", we are left to wonder, what about proper training for these people in the use of their email clients?  There are rules that will dramatically help with these things.

Personally, I recently went through an unplanned email migration.  I now have rules for everything.  So my inbox is primarily filled with real business communications, while the rest of my email filters down to one of my many other folders to be viewed and browsed later.  The truth is, only a small presentation of our email requires immediate attention.  So, we should deal with it that way.  -Ed.

Surging numbers of emails cause workers to spend countless hours sorting, filing, flagging and tagging instead of focusing on action items, according to a survey of nearly 100 organizations by data governance software provider Varonis.

The study, which questioned employees about their digital habits and vices, found that nearly a quarter receive between 100 and 1,000 emails. One in 10 workers now faces more than 10,000 emails in their inbox. The problem has grown so bad that 43 percent of those surveyed said they routinely abandon their inboxes altogether in favor of a virtual coffee break.

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Senate takes step toward banning stalking software


It's about time.  Ed.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A loophole that permits software companies to sell cyberstalking apps that operate secretly on cellphones could soon be closed by Congress. The software is popular among jealous wives or husbands because it can continuously track the whereabouts of a spouse.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday that makes it a crime for companies to make and intentionally operate a stalking app. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., also would curb the appeal for such inexpensive and easy-to-use programs by requiring companies to disclose their existence on a target's phone.

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Threat of mass cyberattacks on U.S. banks is real, McAfee warns | Security & Privacy - CNET News

McAfee Global Threat Intelligence shows a vorVzakone malware campaign that targeted victims across the U.S. during a two-month period, with the latest victim infected on October 25.

We continue to and will continue to highlight small business risk of cyber security for some time.  Remember, this is war, people.  While this particular article focuses on banks, it's key to know that many hackers use stepping stones and other less obvious computers as a way to mask their identity and location.  What does this mean to you?  Well, in short, we small business owners and operators are actually in the front lines and we need to act like. it.  We need to empower and motivate our IT provides whether they're internal or external to take charge and lock systems down.  Ed.

The wave of distributed denial of service attacks that hit U.S. banks in October was next-to-nothing compared to what could happen if cybercriminals actually carry through with their plans for next year.

According to a report (PDF) released today by McAfee Labs, an impending attack on U.S. financial institutions -- dubbed Project Blitzkrieg -- isn't only a possibility, it's a "credible threat."

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Walt Disney World rolls out more RFID technology - Orlando Business Journal

RF sensors were added to many retail locations this week and will also be available for entrance to all four Walt Disney World parks.

Walt Disney World has been on a kick to upgrade the guest experience through easier-to-use technologies.

Part of that effort was the implementation of radio-frequency identification, which uses a radio frequency to send data wirelessly between two different objects. That type of technology is pretty commonplace in things like parking cards that allow employees to enter their office building.

But Disney seems to be increasing that presence, as reported by Attractions Magazine. “This week, RF sensors were added to many retail locations and will also be available for entrance to all four Walt Disney World parks,” said an Attractions Magazine blog.

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How the Red Cross is Using Inbound Marketing to Drive Donations This Holiday Season

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Inbound Marketing is a hot topic in these times.  In light of that, we thought that folks like mike a real world example of how it's working.  The Red Cross is currently using it to drive donations.  Obviously, if it's working for them, it can work for your business too!  -Ed. 

The holiday season is here. Sipping on eggnog, baking chocolate chip cookies, popping champagne with family and friends -- these are some of the most enjoyable parts of the season. But while we enjoy these little pleasures, it’s important to remember that there are still many people recovering from the devastation of recent natural disasters, like Hurricane Sandy. Does that mean we shouldn’t sip eggnog, bake cookies, or pop champagne? Of course not! But perhaps we should give a little bit back, and share our holiday spirit.

Over the past six years at HubSpot, we’ve been humbled to grow an incredible network of inbound marketers. So now we’d like to call on you, the inbound marketers across the globe, to rally together and do something that truly means something. We invite you to join us, and donate what you can to the American Red Cross to help those affected by natural disasters. The Red Cross has done a stellar job collecting donations through its "Give Something That Means Something" campaign. Read on to learn more about this campaign, and how the Red Cross has had success leveraging inbound marketing to drive donations. You can also download the PDF version of this case study here, no form submission required.

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