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How to defend your company’s data against bad actors

While the internet age has made it easy to scale a business globally, the openness it has promoted has also allowed new threats to emerge.

In recent years, hackers backed by organized crime syndicates or overseas governments have stolen data from governmental bodies and private corporations alike, awaking them to the importance of internet security.

However, before you blindly install a firewall on your networks or enact measures like people centric security, you’ll want to understand the problem you are facing.

In the paragraphs below, we’ll walk you through the process you should adopt when you set out to protect your company’s data from bad actors.

Identify data you need to protect

It is easy to be overwhelmed with the task you are facing, but if you start by highlighting the data sets that desperately need protection from online criminals, it will be easier to proceed.

Protecting customer data, which includes credit cards, bank account info, and addresses/e-mails/phone numbers, should be an ‘A’ priority.

Trade secrets, prototypes, and internal financial information should also be afforded the best possible protection from threats.

Finally, anything pertaining to your employees should be also be well-guarded, as having an entire staff’s checking account numbers exposed to a cash-hungry Ukrainian cybergang is not the best way to inspire long-term loyalty to your company.

Set up defenses and train staff on how to use them

Once you have identified the information you want to protect, you’ll then want to set up systems that will guard it from even the most seasoned online intruder.

Ensure that every page on your site has the HTTPS protocol in place, and that all information forms transmit their payload in an encrypted format.

Require that your employees set strong passwords (more than 8-12 characters, with a mix of lower and upper case characters, numbers, and symbols), and that they are changed on a regular basis.

Back up information weekly, if not daily. In the event of a ransomware attack, you’ll be glad you did.

Train your staff how to recognize phishing e-mails – when in doubt, have them forward the message to IT.

The call could be coming from inside the house

It’s easy to picture your biggest threat being some Ukrainian hacker snacking on Cheetos in Kiev, but often, the perpetrator of data leaks are internal employees and contractors.

60% of the time there is a breach, it is the people you have trusted to keep your company’s trade secrets under wraps who ends up betraying your trust.

Knowing this, it is insufficient to set up an external firewall and DDoS protection and call it a day. You also need to have a system which tracks the behavior of employees and contractors as they navigate through your company’s intranet.

When a people centric security system detects anomalous behavior, it alerts your IT staff that something nefarious is up, allowing them to take appropriate measures against those flagged for engaging in ‘suspicious’ actions.

There may be many false alarms, but a people centric security system will pay for itself once it catches its first disgruntled employee trying to leak customer e-mail lists to a contact on the dark web.

 

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The Basics of Wardrobe Design and Constructions

Wardrobes allow for custom design storage that makes organization easier around your home and particularly the bedrooms. It allows for multiple sections of drawers, doors, and shelves so that you can store items in a more functional and aesthetically pleasing manner. Without a good wardrobe design, the bedrooms in your house will often be cluttered with socks, ties, belts, shirts, and pants. Here is what you need to know about the basics of installing a wardrobe.

Size and Dimensions

The main difference between a closet and a wardrobe is that the former is built into the wall. Since wardrobes are external, they can be of whatever size that fits your needs. However, certain conventions still influence the dimensions of the wardrobe today.

  • Depth: The depth of the wardrobe can be just deep enough to allow for the hanging of clothes. However, the depth can vary from between 50 and 70 centimeters and 62 cm is the recommended depth.
  • Width: It needs to be wide enough to accommodate the swinging of doors and placement of items in the open spaces with minimal obstructions. The width can vary between 40- 300 cm.
  • Height: This will depend on the dimensions of the space you want to place the wardrobe. Usually, wardrobes are between 140cm to 250cm high.

Style

You need to consider the style of the wardrobe if you want to make it both functional and aesthetically pleasing. There are many styles of wardrobes today with designs to incorporate your storage needs. If it is for hanging clothes only, an open section will be enough for most of your needs. However, you may require more partitions if you find there is also a need to store other items such as shoes, belts, ties, cufflinks, etc.

The wardrobe often has one, two or three partitions. Two partitions can be one for storing clothes, and the other partition set aside for other items. You may opt for one with more partitions if you have a wider range of accessories and you need your space to be more functional. Instead of getting a new wardrobe, you can add shelves to any of these partitions. If you are sharing the wardrobe with a partner organizing your things becomes much easier when you have more sections and shelves.

Materials

Old wardrobes were ready made and were built with metal, usually iron. Many homeowners bought them because they had a safe inside. Nowadays, wardrobes are lightweight and made of more affordable materials. Most are made of wooden boards and plywood to divide partitions and sections. A cheaper alternative to plastics such as MDF and particle boards are becoming more popular than plywood which has limited applications due to relatively high costs. For aesthetics, materials such as colored glass and polyurethane are used to provide the extra gloss and a finish to enhance its appeal.

Construction

Doing your own construction will require that you acquire the skills to work with hardwood and plywood, amongst other materials used to make wardrobes. If you are not confident with your ability to handle the process use your local handyman services to reduce the risks and associated costs.

Remedial Massage Can Heal!

Medical science has proven the benefits of all legitimate massage styles. Massage therapy has built a reputation for helping you calm your nerves, release tension and help eliminate pain you have in your muscles, tendons, ligaments, common joints and bones.

There are many different types & styles of massage, each with a different focus, but generally speaking they all do what is mentioned above. However some massage styles are more rooted in traditional medicine. The claims of medical benefits from massage therapy has built over decades to the point where many traditional medical practitioners have utilized elements of massage and found them to be extremely helpful for patients.

At the top of the list of effective massage types, is remedial massage. This type of massage is practiced by the most well-trained massage therapists and is used in hospitals and medical clinics around the world. The reason it has become so popular is because of the specific benefits remedial massage offers. Here are a few of those wonderful benefits.

Understanding Remedial Massage

Remedial massage begins with a detailed and in-depth assessment of the patient and their body. There is a specific focus on the condition of the ligaments, connective tissues, tendons, joints and muscles so that the therapist can understand the type of therapy that needs to be implemented. This vital information dictates to the therapist the type of massage regimen to use. Each patient will have a different set of circumstances and require a different, specialised therapy.

Remedial massage therapists are trained in the movements and workings of the body including pathophysiology, physiology and anatomy as well as many different types of massage. This massage therapist will mix & match different massage techniques in order to create the most effective massage therapy.

Benefits of Remedial Massage

Remedial massage patients will often visit a remedial massage therapist on the advice of a medical physician if the patient has chronic, recurring or severe physical injuries that have a chance to be helped with massage therapy.

Remedial massage can benefit patients by:

  • The elimination of muscle tightness
  • Increased function in the Lymphatic System
  • Improved circulation
  • Better joint mobility and flexibility

Recovery from Soft Tissue Injuries

Remedial massage can also heal some soft tissue injuries. These can occur from many situations such as a trip or fall, car accident, playing sports or due to a degenerative disc or tissue condition. Remedial massage is able to aid with quicker and better healing of these injuries.

Remedial massage therapists are often thought of as the most skilled massage therapists because of their in-depth knowledge of the body and how to use massage to both relieve pain and heal. They take techniques from the best massage therapies and use them as needed on patients.