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‘Because [they’re] happy’… or, maybe not. How can you tell?

MailArchiverHappy_SQCan you tell if your employees are happy?

With stress costing the US industry an estimated $300 billion a year in sick days, accidents and associated costs, it might be time to measure your employee happiness. Impossible! No, it isn’t.

GFI MailArchiver’s email management system can monitor your company’s mood. How does it do that? Watch our short video and discover how you can too!

The latest updates from the GFI Cloud team

CloudRemoteAdministration_SQElad Schreiber, Product Manager for GFI Cloud, talks about the latest release and the addition of remote administration tools to the Monitoring feature.

Q: Tell us about the latest GFI Cloud release?

This release sees further enhancements to GFI Cloud’s Monitoring service with the introduction of a set of remote administration tools.  Command Line, Process Manager and PowerShell command line will be familiar tools for most of our customers, and by incorporating these into the GFI Cloud platform they will now be able to use these tools remotely, from the same online console as the rest of their GFI Cloud services. Continue reading

Security in a Surveillance Society

Written by: Debra Littlejohn Shinder

Over the past weeks, the news has been full ofSurveillance-Society-300x200 reports claiming that various government agencies, such as the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and U.K. GCHQ have cracked the security protocols that (we thought) have been protecting the confidentiality of our data. Other headlines proclaim that some large tech companies have built backdoors into their software.  Even some VPN protocols have apparently been penetrated. The gist of it all is that, in essence, nothing on today’s Internet-connected networks is truly safe.
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95.6% of Commuters in the US put Company Data at Risk over Free Public Wi-Fi [Survey]

Written by: David Kelleher on September 19, 2013

Study reveals commuters regularly connect to freeFree-wi-fi-300x198, unsecure Wi-Fi services during their daily commute, putting personal and company data at risk every week.

We have some interesting findings of an extensive independent research project looking at end user use of mobile devices at work and in their daily commute to and from the workplace, which revealed that commuters are using free, unsecured and unknown Wi-Fi services for accessing sensitive company data in greater numbers.
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Survey: 5 Most Ridiculous Things IT Admins Have Seen Business Users Do [INFOGRAPHIC]

f you work in an office, chances are you have seen a frantic IT guy or gal running around trying to put out virtual fires, and you’ve wondered what all the fuss was about. In addition to the numerous, legitimate, technical glitches that can come up when operating a data center, there are also lots of mind-numbing issues that IT admins run into when it comes to supporting users. GFI was curious to find out how stressed IT admins are and what causes all that tension, so we surveyed hundreds of IT admins in the U.S. and the UK. The topline results were very interesting, but it was when we dug deeper that we learned just how strange the daily user support situations really are.

Here are the top five categories for the most ridiculous things users do, as well as some odds and ends you have to read to believe . . .
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Does your company have a Dropbox problem?

Storing data in the cloud is the greatest thing to come along since sliced bread! Allowing your company to have access to documents and company data from virtually anywhere on the planet has made companies more flexible and robust. Cloud solutions like Dropbox have become increasingly popular amongst small business of the last few years. Access your data from your smartphone, tablet and computer from anywhere.

 

So what’s the problem?

In one word.. “CONTROL”. The business IT world has made a trade off. Dependability and cost has been reduced in exchange for giving up control of company data to Dropbox. Dropbox is great! I use it myself, and encourage people to use it, but not for sensitive data. When I store my data with Dropbox, I know they have a great backup system. I know their security is pretty decent. But what I don’t have is disaster recovery control. I don’t have access to all of my data in case of a network outage. I don’t know with 100% certainty that my data is not being compromised internally at Dropbox server farms.

The Dropbox problem

So what’s the solution?

Welcome to cloud computing… again. OwnCloud is a solution for your Dropbox problem.

ocLaptop“Your employees are using cloud-based services to share sensitive company data with vendors, customers, partners and one another. They are syncing data to their mobile devices and home computers, all in an effort to get their job done faster and easier, and all without IT’s permission.

Your sensitive company data is stored on servers outside of your control, outside of your policy and regulatory guidelines – maybe even outside your of country – and not managed by you. The potential for data leakage, security breaches and harm to your business is enormous.” – ownCloud

With ownCloud you can take back control. Store your company’s data on your own servers that you have access to. Also allowing specific restricted access via VPNs to the data. No longer do you have to worry if your data is being accessed by unauthorized individuales.

You can choose database options such as SQLite, PostgreSQL or MySQL. Encrypt your data, and install tons of ownCloud apps. You can even integrate your company email and write your own ownCloud apps. The best part is, ownCloud is open source! You can check out owncloud.org for the latest cutting edge code and tailor it to your needs.

 

What about desktop and mobile applications?

Just like Dropbox, ownCloud offers desktop syncing and mobile applications for users to access their data. They have desktop clients for Windows, Mac and Linux. Easy setup for enterprise deployment allows your IT company to focus on more important projects. Check out ownCloud and let us know what you think in the comments below!

 – Get ownCloud