information-security

Security & Your Business Software

Ask any software expert and they will tell you that cloud services and software as a service products are the way forward. They are more economical for businesses who can purchase just what they need and are easy to update over the internet. However, they also come with an inherent security risk, as does anything a business does on the internet. So what can a business do make their software as secure as possible?

Growth industry

Both cloud services and hacking are growth industries today with the demand for these easily personalised products increasing alongside the hackers attacking them. Recently, security experts found over twenty vulnerabilities in the popular SAP software that showed a cyberattack could give hackers control of financials, resource management and other operations.

This shows that even the big businesses face security issues. Take eBay, who in May last year advised all its users to change their passwords in light of a possible attack compromising their encrypted password data. In fact, in the US, almost 50% of adults have had data stolen.

To get an idea of just how sophisticated business information security needs to be, just take a look at this short video from HPE that outlines the threat from hacking, and demonstrates how important it is that all businesses start looking to make sure their information is totally secure.

 

Security experts

The most important thought to take from all of this is that while you may not be able to totally guarantee the safety of your business software, there is lots you can do to help make an attack less likely or more difficult. While there are simple measures that can be put in place yourself, it can also be an idea to speak to the kind of specialists who provide the IT Services London businesses require, to discuss the security measures they can offer.

Basic tips for new software include changing the default passwords and account names as soon as you install this – by leaving them at the default settings, you are immediately creating a vulnerability.

Once the new software is installed alongside your security software, make sure you keep it up to date and install all security patches. Viruses and malware change on a frequent basis and security companies send out updates all the time to make sure software can deal with them. But if you don’t install these updates, your system could once again be vulnerable.

Speak to security experts about getting encryption software to protect any customer financial information that you hold. Alternatively, outsource payment collection to a third party company such as PayPal that guarantees the security of their payment system and protects both customer and business.

Consider carefully who needs access to sensitive information and how they access it. One of the biggest points of vulnerability for a business system can be staff using their own smartphones for business purposes – these phones won’t have the same level of security as the business system. By limiting the amount of people who access information, you also limit the chance of an error or someone creating a weakness without meaning to.

Conclusion

Security is perhaps one of the biggest concerns facing any business using the internet today. But the important thing for any business is to deal with the issues facing them and not simply hope that they don’t catch the hacker’s eye.

ATS

Recruiting Software & Applicant Tracking Systems

At one time when you needed to hire someone for your business, you had someone do the job. They would advertise, get bombarded by CVs or phone calls then have to spend ages sorting through it all to find the right people to interview. But now there is a high tech way to get most of the work done without needing to take over someone’s life – the applicant tracking system.

What are applicant tracking systems?

An applicant tracking system, often referred to as ATS, is a piece of software that can handle most of the recruitment process for a business. It can either be installed on the business’ servers or can operate across the internet, known as SaaS or software as a service. This means it operates via the cloud and doesn’t have to be run in the business premises, taking up capacity and meaning there is something else to maintain.
There are different types of software, depending on the needs of the business. The three main categories are enterprise, staffing agencies and small-medium businesses. Each has a slightly different focus and is designed for an area of business.

Is ATS right for your business?

The biggest thing to consider when looking to use ATS is do you have someone within the business who can either use it or learn to use it? There’s no point investing in it if your recruitment person won’t use it and it simply sits there, tracking nothing. Many of the systems are relatively easy to use but there is still a certain level of computer literacy required.
The other thing to consider is what features does the system offer and what do you need? Most ATS can work across multiple job sites, allowing you to collect applicants from around the internet. But they don’t do everything in the process. For example, they can’t do checks to ensure the candidate is eligible to work in the UK or other background checks. For that you will still need a suitably qualified and experienced background checking company like uCheck. You may also need to find out more about DBS (CRB) checks to comply with regulations affecting your business and ATS isn’t able to do this.

What it does

What ATS does do is to help you find the right candidate by getting rid of all the ones who don’t fit your requirements. You can establish a social media search to find people across LinkedIn and other websites as well as integrate it with an employee referral program for those suggestions that staff make about suitable candidates.
ATS can also manage the search and your recruitment funnel. This is ideal if the first candidate doesn’t work out or another vacancy opens up. It can resume the search or be amended to take new criteria and be at work again in no time.

Conclusion

Businesses who use ATS have found a higher success rate than by using traditional methods alone. Many of the unsuitable candidates who sometimes sneak through are eliminated and the quality of those who remain are generally higher.