Cyber risk is a business risk

 In the latest Modern Workplace episode, “Cyber Intelligence—The Human Element,” we look at how organizations not only need to look at their systems but also have to address the security threats that stem from the behavior of their own employees, who oftentimes are the source of cyber-attacks. Phil Ferraro, CISO of Nielson, explains how security is not a responsibility to be merely delegated to IT and how failures in security have a direct impact on the business.

In the past, organizations typically focused on ensuring their networks were secure. But today, so many attacks are a result of employee actions, taking advantage of human behavior because employees provide easier entry points for malicious attacks. For example, spear phishing emails are commonplace and becoming more sophisticated.

Ferraro and Dr. Jessica Barker, cyber intelligence advisor, give actionable recommendations on how to educate your employees to help prevent cyber-attacks. You’ll also see a demo of how Office 365 Advanced Threat Protectionhelps ensure that the links and attachments that employees open are safe. The Microsoft solution has been brilliantly designed to optimize security without the expense of decreased productivity.

Watch the Modern Workplace episode to learn more. And visit Modern Workplace to watch part one of the security series: “Cyber Intelligence: Help Prevent a Breach.”

A matter of productivity

 Top global law firm Eversheds Sutherland is using cloud-based DM that integrates transparently with their familiar Outlook environment to improve matter management operations and make fee-earners more productive

Eversheds Sutherland is one of the world’s leading international law firms. It brings together 2,300 legal professionals to provide legal services coordinated from 61 offices in 29 countries.

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US Government Bans Kaspersky Lab Products

 The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken the unusual step of banning the use of all products and services from Russian AV vendor Kaspersky Lab within federal government agencies, citing fears over alleged ties the company has with the Russian state.

Acting secretary of homeland security, Elaine Duke, issued a Binding Operational Directive(BOD) on Wednesday which mandates that all civilian agencies identify and remove all Kaspersky Lab products within 90 days.

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Microsoft finally starts doing something with LinkedIn by integrating it into Office 365

 Last year, Microsoft bought LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, but even though the acquisition has long closed, Microsoft hasn’t yet done much with all of the data it gets from the social network. At its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, the company announced some first steps in integrating LinkedIn’s social graph with its Office products.

Now don’t get too excited yet. What we’re talking about here is the integration of LinkedIn data with Office 365 profile cards. So assuming you don’t know much about your professional contacts and colleagues yet, you can now see more information about them right in Office 365 without having to go to their LinkedIn profiles (and potentially showing up as that one person who looked at their LinkedIn profile that week, which will surely trigger yet another LinkedIn email for them). Continue reading

How the 9-to-5 workday has disappeared

 Work has changed dramatically over the last few decades, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal — it’s become more time-consuming, less stable, and more flexible. In 1973, 6% of Americans said they worked excessive hours; in 2016, 26% said they worked more than 48 hours a week. Insurance coverage by employers has also dropped since 1973, although companies now provide more benefits to aid work-life balance, such as paid parental leave and remote work options. Businesses are spending less on employees, both in terms of compensation and capital investment, while investors get triple the payout from 30 years ago. This has all contributed to workers increasingly acting like free agents in the job market; while they have more control and flexibility, the “safety net that once came with full-time work has frayed.” • Have you been impacted by these changes?