When you're running a small business, the temptation to skimp can be strong. Your margins are tight and you have to control expenses. Your resources are limited and you can only afford a small staff that may not have the latest expertise. So, like a lot of small businesses, you try to operate as cheaply as you can. Unfortunately, as far as security and data protection goes, that's just not good enough anymore. On the upside, however, it's a lot easier for smaller organizations to behave like larger ones these days, especially when it comes to IT and security management. Opens a New Window. In the spirit of National Small Business Week, a US Small Business Administration. (SBA)-sponsored annual event, we'll help you up your company's security game in four areas where small businesses should be investing so you can reap the same benefits as big businesses. Leverage Managed Services Let's start with a hot button these days: security. Sure, maybe you started off with a network comprised of desktops, business laptops, and routers Opens a New Window. you purchased at the local office supply shop and then cobbled together yourself. That system may still limp along but is it able to withstand cutting-edge IT hreats? No way. To help there, you need expertise. Enterprises can afford to hire expensive security experts but maybe your company can't. But it can hire a managed security service. This can be a dedicated management company, which is basically the same thing as a security consultant but it costs less because it operates mostly online. Or you can simply investigate some of the more advanced services offered by whatever security software vendor you're currently using. Both are cheaper because they use the web and economies of scale to reach more customer and can therefore charge less. For example, let's say you're using a hosted endpoint protection solution to handle antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-ransomware for your various desktops, laptops, and smartphones. Many such companies, including our Editors' Choice winners Bitdefender GravityZone Elite and ESET Endpoint Protection, also offer premium IT service options. Sure, they add to the cost of your monthly software bill, but they're effective solutions and cost far less than hiring a dedicated security staffer or consultant. They can keep on eye on the changing threat landscape, warn you of potential problems, help with onboarding new devices, and often help with fixes and updates, too. The same philosphy can be applied to other areas of your business. If your organization has an e-commerce or other customer-facing website, for example, then you're probably contracting with a business-grade website hosting . company or even an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), to host and at least partially help manage your server infrastructure. Hosting and virtual infrastructure clouds like these usually have many additional options available when it comes to IT and security services. Sitting down with a sales rep is a good place to start, or in the case of really large vendors like Amazon, there is usually a healthy partner ecosystem that's built up around them where you can hire an expert to tell you which services would work best for your business. It might take some wheeling and dealing, but the end result will be access to expertise, advanced management techniques and tools, and a much safer overall IT environment—all at a cost that's far below what an enterprise would need to pay. Other IT Strategies Opens a New Window. Outsourcing can be a great help to small businesses, because it lets them use economies of scale to gain access to tools and brainpower that usually only enterprises can afford, which is something well worth mentioning during NSBW. With this in mind, the following are four other areas in which even the smallest business should invest so that they can operate just like they're in the big leagues while also protecting their investments and the company itself. Build a presence that the world can find. Even mom-and-pop shops need a web presence these days, if only so that customers can find them. The days of telephone directories are over, and when a potential customer needs your product or service, they use a search engine. Create a way to sell your products and services to your customers. While there are exceptions, most businesses need a way to conduct commerce online, or at least communicate with existing customers and potential customers. This means e-commerce or at least messaging, even if you're planning to sell everything through Amazon. Assemble an operating environment on which you can rely to keep your business running and your staff working. Your customers will gladly go to your competition when you're offline for any reason, including that your $300 laptop has just croaked, and in the process, has eaten all of your data. Use security measures that will protect your data, your customers' data, and that will meet compliance requirements. Failing to maintain compliance is a quick way for your business to fail. Probably the best way to accomplish all of these ends in one fell swoop is to expand your IT operations to a cloud service, or if you're just starting out, then build your IT in the cloud in the first place. "We've been able to go fast because we've been able to scale using [Amazon Web Services] or AWS," explained Nayeem Islam, CEO and co-founder of Blue Hexagon, a small business that applies artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to security. "We can shrink or grow on demand. If you buy it, you're stuck with what you bought." In the case of Blue Hexagon, the company needed some hefty computing resources along with some expert help. The company was able to gain access to the computing resources it needed, when it needed them. It was also able to get insights for using AI because of a partnership the company formed with AWS. "For a small company, that's ideal," Islam said. "Flexibility of the cloud is ideal; it can grow and shrink with the needs of the business." According to Islam, speed is really important. "If you're a small business, you need to go quickly and build your product quickly," he said. "The IT part can be done by AWS." Other small businesses have found similar advantages with other cloud services, all of which provide scalability, performance, and security far beyond what most small businesses can accomplish on their own. Even though a cloud service can handle most of your IT needs, you still need to make sure your own systems are robust and reliable. And you need to find a way to do it all without having a big IT staff. "[If you're a small business owner], you have a million different hats that you're wearing," says Adam Rogas, CEO of NS8, a company that helps small businesses by offloading much of the work of fighting fraud. Rogas said that most small business managers simply don't have the time or expertise to determine when would-be customers may well be fraudsters instead. "It comes down to what you're good at isn't necessarily what you need to be good at for your business," Rogas explained. "You're not necessarily good at the angles that someone can come after you and take advantage of you." Taking Precautions Against Fraud Rogas said that it's important for a small business to harden its defenses to the point that the bad guys will go elsewhere but not to the point at which you annoy your customers. "You want to make your protection good enough that it's not easy to hack you," he said. "Hackers also optimize their business, so if you build your defenses, other places on the internet are easier and softer targets." Of course, there's more than just fraud to worry about, which is why you need to take precautions against criminals who attack you directly though your network connections. This is why that budget Wi-Fi router isn't good enough: you need a real firewall between your network and the cable box. And you probably need to consider a contract with a consultant who can help you set it up and run it. And, of course, you need at least as much protection on your cloud account. This means asking for help from your cloud provider to make sure you set everything up properly. The other reason that budget Wi-Fi router isn't good for your network is reliability, among other reasons. "We look at reliability, stability, and security," said Jeevan Patil, Head of Product Marketing for Cisco Meraki, which makes cloud-managed Wi-Fi and infrastructure products. "When you start putting it even into a coffee shop or a law firm, you want your network to be extremely reliabile," Patil said. "You want everything form the last 20 years to connect." "We've got nearly five million access points online. Some are from seven to nine years ago and they're still operating," Patil added. He said that this level of reliability is crucial to business, because even short periods of downtime can be costly to a business. Likewise, operational problems such as dead spots can seriously impact your operations. "We develop a solution, not a point product," Patil explained. "You are focused on your own mission in life, not on this." Patil added that it's important for small business operators to focus on running their business, not on managing its infrastructure. He pointed out that there are services that Cisco Meraki works with that handle your network management and security. "It's really about simplicity of management," he said. Because Cisco, like other enterprise providers, provides long-term support for their products, including things such as automatic security updates; this frees the business owner from having to spend too much time worrying about it. The real issue is knowing that your business needs your attention and that you need to make sure you've chosen well in finding the companies and products that can handle the hard parts for you so that you don't have to. To accomplish this, the only real solution is enterprise-grade IT, because this is also how big businesses operate and you can benefit from their experience. Source:
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The Afghan government says at least 24 people have been killed and 11 others injured in the past month as a new wave of heavy rains and flooding has swept parts of the country. A statement released Saturday by the Afghan Ministry for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs says flooding has affected six of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, including the capital, Kabul. Around 500 people were rescued in central Bamyan province's Sheber district, according to the ministry. Nationwide, floods have destroyed over 220 homes this month and partially damaged 116 more, it added. Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan this winter had cut off many areas. So far this year, around 150 people have died as heavy rains and flooding swept away homes in different provinces. Source:
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Twenty-nine detainees were killed and 19 police officers were wounded in a confrontation in a cellblock in central Venezuela in what a state official called a failed escape attempt, but human rights groups described as a massacre. The incident took place in the town of Acarigua in a municipal police cellblock in the central state of Portuguesa. "There was an attempted escape and a fight broke out among(rival) gangs," Portuguesa Citizen Security Secretary Oscar Valero told reporters. "With police intervention to prevent the escape, well, there were 29 deaths," he said, adding that some 355 people were being held in the cellblock. Detainees detonated three grenades, which wounded 19 police officers, he said. Venezuela's Information Ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Human rights groups questioned the official version of the events. "How is it that there was a confrontation between prisoners and police, but there are only dead prisoners?" Humberto Prado of the Venezuelan Prisons Observatory said in a telephone interview. "And if the prisoners had weapons, how did those weapons get in?" Detainees for several days had been demanding that government ombudsmen help them avoid being transferred to distant prisons where they would not be able to receive visits from relatives, Prado said. Authorities entered the cell block to carry out searches and remove visiting women when violence broke out, Prado said, estimating the facility in fact held some 540 inmates. Police cellblocks in Venezuela are meant to hold citizens for 48 hours while they face formal charges. But detained citizens can spend months or even years in such facilities because prisons are too overcrowded to receive them and because of chronic delays in basic criminal justice proceedings required to indict them. In 2018, a riot that led to a fire in a police cellblock in the central city of Valencia killed 68 people, including two women who were visiting. Carlos Nieto of human rights group A Window to Freedom said the country has around 500 cellblocks with capacity to hold around 7,000 people that currently have nearly 55,000 detainees in custody. Source:
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At least 13 people were hurt Friday in an explosion in the French city of Lyon, prompting a national investigation into possible terrorism. The blast occurred in the early evening in the city's central shopping area. Eleven of the 13 injured were taken to hospital, including a 10-year-old child, the Paris Prosecutor's office said Saturday. French police are still looking for the person suspected of carrying out the attack, according to a tweet from the French National Police verified Twitter account. Police also tweeted a photo of the man they believed to be "the author of the attack" and asked the public to call with any information. French President Emmanuel Macron characterized the blast as an attack shortly after it happened, telling an interviewer: "I'm late because there was an attack in Lyon." Investigators believe the explosion may have been caused by a parcel bomb packed with nails, a spokeswoman for the city prosecutor told CNN. The city's second district mayor, Denis Broliquier, said on French television channel BFMTV that overall damage was not severe because "the load of the parcel bomb" did not cause much of an impact. Victims' wounds, he added, were caused by "pieces of metal and glass." An investigation into "terrorist conspiracy" has been opened, French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet announced hours after the explosion. Hanane Benakkouche, a waitress at the nearby restaurant L'espace Brasserie, told CNN of the moment the blast went off. "We heard an explosion. I was working on the terrace and people started running, leaving Victor Hugo Street," she recalled. "Policemen arrived quickly on the scene. I'm still shocked." The evacuated scene was visible in photos tweeted by the regional police of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, which asked the public to avoid the area. Emergency responders were assisting the wounded, a spokesperson for the Police Nationale told CNN, adding that the priority would be assisting victims "regardless of if it was a car crash or a terrorist attack." Later in the day, Macron tweeted, "Tonight I think of the wounded in the explosion in Lyon, their families affected by the violence that has befallen their loved ones in the street, and all of Lyon. We are by your side." Source:
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US President Joe Biden has doctors diagnosed with a tubular adenoma

Scar adenoma is a benign but potentially precancerous growth. The polyp was removed.

As White House physician Kevin O'Connor explained, tubular adenoma is a benign growth that grows slowly but is considered "potentially precancerous damage that does not require further intervention."

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In Los Angeles, employees of the subway, fire department and police spoke out against compulsory vaccination.

Among those who came out to protest for their rights, thousands of employees of various city services - the department of transport, water and energy resources, sanitary services.

“I came to fight for my rights. I will work to the last, until they take my job away from me. I want to work! Not

know what else to say? The mayor wants me to inject something into my body, and I have no idea how it will affect me! " says a Los Angeles health officer who declined to give his name.

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Somewhere in the wild by Fredapsychic

Somewhere in the wild

In my little tiny house

It’s so cold, I have a jacket on

Listening to the birds chirping

Crazy how the little things make me happy

It’s amazing how my mind works

Everything i visualize becomes my reality

The power of the mind

It’s the most valuable asset

Yet some don’t value it because they have it for free

The power of the mind

It’s unimaginable

I’ve been so hurt in the past

Betrayed by people who i thought had my back

Life of a dark empath

Filled with so many emotions

Feeling emotions deeper than usual

Dealing with feelings that are not even mine

Helping people out of the goodness of my heart without expecting anything in return

These same people would drag my name through the mud at any chance they got

I heard the phone calls

I heard the side talks

I heard everything false that was spoken about me

I know they see my light

Lucia she calls me

Shining brightly even when i can’t see it

Sometimes we are blind to our own light

But others can see it

Sometimes they are intimidated by it

Sometimes they are intrigued by it

Other times they want to drag you down

They want to make you feel less than you are

I’ve done so much for people that don’t deserve any of my kindness

All they did was take advantage of it

This made me become cold hearted

Sometimes you go through a series of experiences and pain

You just go numb to it

You don’t feel it anymore

You become heartless

The same people wonder why you became like that

It’s not even about people anymore

It’s about how i feel on the inside

I had to go through a lot of healing and self reflection

Deep down i know i am a kind and loving person but it’s hard to show it in a world that sees such traits as weakness

I began to protect myself and cut toxic people out of my life

Even at the slightest sign of me being taken advantage of or made to feel less than i am

If i am not treated with love and respect, i am out

I honestly don’t have time for anything that isn’t bringing me joy and peace

I am beginning to be more selfish with myself and keep my peace

I noticed i love to play

As a child i wasn’t allowed to play much or express myself

I was super active as a child and they always told me to stay calm

They tried to make me become who i wasn’t

I had to grow up re-parenting myself

I had to remind myself that it is okay to play

I had to remind myself that it is okay to say how you feel

I had to remind myself that my opinions matter

I’m still in the process of healing

I protect my energy and sanity at all cost

I don’t want anything disrupting my inner world again

The world is full of wolves looking for prey

You either hunt or be hunted

You’re either a hunter or a prey

I’m living everyday life as it comes

Sometimes I’m still confused about what this is all about

I lay in bed wondering what my purpose is on this earth

I guess non of us are making it out here alive

I strive to live my truth

I strive to be my true authentic self

Till i let go of my physical body

My soul and works would live on

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The writer apologized to a man who spent 16 years in prison for her rape

Alice Seabold apologized for the illegal conviction of a man who was found not guilty of raping her in 1981.

In her first book, Lucky, Seabord described being raped. Anthony Broadwater was convicted of the crime. He spent 16 years in prison and was on the sex offender registry for more than 20 years.

Seabold also wrote the novel The Lovely Bones, which Peter Jackson turned into an Oscar-nominated film.

"I am most sorry that the life you could have been unjustly stolen from you, and I know that no apology can change what has happened to you," Seabold said in a statement.

A statement released by Broadwater's lawyers said he was "relieved that she apologized."

Seabold's first autobiographical novel sold more than a million copies, which marked the beginning of her writing career.

In it, she described in detail how an 18-year-old student at Syracuse University in New York was raped.

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Elon Musk presented a new product of his company - cyber whistles

"Whistle at Tesla," Elon Musk wrote on Twitter and attached a link to the product. He also accompanied the entry with an ironic remark.

Tesla's page describes "cyber whistles" as "a premium collectible made from polished stainless steel."

The whistle is made in the form of a Cybertruck concept electric vehicle. The price for the product is set at $ 50.

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High-speed routes and the China-Laos line are among the eight Chinese lines scheduled to open in December

Eight railways will start operating in China during December 2021, while the China-Laos 160 km / h line, part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, is due to open on December 3.

The first electric train, which traveled along the 414 km section of Boten - Vientiane Laos, arrived in Vientiane in early November. On November 30, Laos and China signed an intergovernmental agreement to provide guidance and legal framework for cross-border activities along the rail route.

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Deutschlands Militär begrüßte am Donnerstag die Bundeskanzlerin AngelaMerkel, nur eine Woche bevor sie sich nach 16 Jahren im Amt aus der Politik zurückziehen soll


İstanbul'daki havaalanı uzaydır!

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