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“There are no problems — only opportunities.”

This quote gets thrown around business circles just about every time a company encounters failures, undergoes economic challenges, or runs itself into a wall. The sentiment is meant to rally the troops and get buy-in amidst the crisis. Translation: tomorrow is a new day and certainly a silver lining must exist somewhere.

But the question remains: Opportunities to do what?

Regroup?

Make different decisions?

Hold people accountable?

Change business as usual?

So many opportunities, including an opportunity to feel overwhelmed with all the greenfield options with no clear direction.

Dorye Roettger, an American creative analyst, was the originator of this quote; and this is what he actually…


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At a time when millions of Americans are working from home, they can no longer rely on IT teams and in-house cybersecurity experts to stay safe online. While this may seem daunting — particularly for employees who don’t consider themselves technically inclined — the idea that you need to be a tech expert to develop healthy cybersecurity habits is a stubborn misconception. As long as you remember a few important principles, you’ll be in a strong position to avoid falling victim to the ever-multiplying cyberattacks out there.

That’s why I recently had a brief chat with Doug Loots, a cybersecurity expert with more than a decade and a half of industry experience helping major companies improve their digital defenses. We discussed a few simple rules Loots recommends to employees, as well as his advice for companies that want to empower them to take cybersecurity into their own hands. …


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The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is designed to help small businesses keep their employees on the payroll during the COVID-19 crisis. PPP provides almost $350 billion in forgivable loans to help businesses cover “payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs” for two months — a vital lifeline in a period of massive economic contraction.

However, while utilities are usually defined as gas, water, electricity, and other connected services, this definition is too narrow considering how integral digital infrastructure is to the day-to-day functioning of a business. And like other utilities, this infrastructure requires consistent maintenance.

For example, operating systems, firewalls, smartphones, apps, IoT devices, video conferencing applications (i.e. Zoom), and many other digital services need to be consistently updated to operate securely. These updates don’t just happen on their own — they’re often outsourced to managed service providers (MSPs), which typically install the full range of patches all at once. It’s especially common for small businesses to outsource the maintenance and security of their digital systems in this way, as they can’t afford dedicated internal IT teams. …

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