For anyone opening a tech industry publication in recent months, it’s been nearly impossible to miss headlines related to the EU’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation. Unfortunately, many of these articles are neglected by U.S. businesses with the mentality that it’s something happening across the pond and therefore is not as relevant as other pressing concerns. In reality, businesses in America have a lot to learn from these upcoming changes, and some will be legally bound by them. [···]
Taking measures to safeguard against cyberattacks is like taking daily vitamins: everyone knows they should, but often neglect this important part of staying digitally (or physically) healthy. One of the single largest challenges facing businesses today is the fact that the evolution of technology has far outpaced the development of and investment in security measures. Too many times we’ve seen organizations who thought “that won’t happen to us” reach out to CyberSearch in crisis mode.
Instead of dealing with the fallout and aftermath of a massive breach, it’s necessary to be proactive and take stock of current operations while preventative measures are still an option. Let’s take a look at common cybersecurity threats and real-world examples that showcase how two of our clients identified and safeguarded against vulnerabilities. [···]
Did you read about the new study that suggests, contrary to well-known clichés, that money can in fact buy happiness? The results show that when people spend money on things that align with their personality traits and values, their happiness appears to increase in correlation. It’s a fascinating hypothesis, but it has some major implications on companies’ hiring and retention strategies. In particular, we want to know if compensation is enough to retain top talent. [···]
Cybersecurity is nothing new; businesses have been focused on protecting their data and systems from hackers for decades. The challenge in today’s digital ecosystem, however, is the impact of security vulnerabilities that emerge as companies adapt to an evolving array of transformative technologies. While this is challenging enough, you also have to factor in the changing motives and toolsets of hackers in today’s world versus those of ten or twenty years ago.
It’s a complex big picture, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that organizations which prioritize and implement a strong, holistic cybersecurity strategy are the ones that will gain competitive advantage in the marketplace. [···]
Clearly the importance of soft skills is not a new concept. However, as our current digital age progresses, the requirement of in-person human interaction continues to decline. Given this reality, it makes sense that the balance between soft skills and technical skills is an essential consideration in the hiring process.
The Importance of Balancing Soft Skills with Technical Skills
This concept is important for two specific reasons. First, by ensuring a candidate has a wealth of soft skills (i.e. a positive attitude, self-motivation, great communication, etc.) in addition to his or her technical expertise, you’re gaining a team member who can positively impact your company while also getting the job done.
Secondly, it’s a great measurement tool to ensure you’re making the right decision when choosing an IT staffing firm. Whether you’re in search of just one or two direct hire candidates a year or 20 contingent IT workers a month, your staffing vendor needs to be aware of how their candidates blend into your organization. [···]