Businesses Need New Protection Solutions

Internet protection for businesses

Businesses urgently need a sustainable, cost-effective cyber protection solution that can reduce complexity and enhance security. This is the conclusion that can be drawn from the Acronis Cyber Readiness Report 2020, conducted during the pandemic, which reveals gaps in IT security and the need for new protection solutions for businesses

The Acronis Cyber Readiness Report 2020 was carried out among 3,400 companies and teleworkers from around the world (17 countries including Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, THE United States…) in the wake of the pandemic (COVID-19). It reveals that 92% of the companies surveyed have indeed adopted new technologies that facilitate telework, including collaborative tools, as well as solutions for preserving the confidentiality and cybersecurity of terminals.

The report shows that teleworkers are mainly targeted by phishing attacks, distributed denial of service (DDoS) or video conferencing apps.

Phishing attacks are growing like never before, which is not surprising considering that only 2% of companies consider URL filtering when evaluating a cybersecurity solution. This neglect exposes teleworkers to phishing sites.

39% of the companies surveyed were targeted by a videoconferencing attack in the previous three months in the context of using zoom, Cisco Webex, and Microsoft Teams apps.

Acronis Cyber Protection Centres (CPOC) found that 35% of malware attacks were able to fool companies’ defenses

And in Canada, here are the three main challenges facing companies:

The main challenges identified by remote workers: Wi-Fi connectivity, the use of VPNs and other security measures, and the inability to use internal networks and applications. “The use of VPN and other security measures” and the “inability to use internal networks and applications” were reported as the other main challenges (30% and 25% respectively), with the highest concentrations coming from remote workers in Canada, India and Sweden.

Only 12% of international employees chose full office work as the ideal work arrangement. A new normal will probably emerge. Among the 20% who prefer the distribution “80% at the office / 20% remotely” are the following values at the country level: Canada – 33%, Spain – 29%, Switzerland – 28%, and the United Kingdom – 27%.

92% of employees expect their companies to invest more in digital transformation tools to help them adapt to new business realities. Employees in India, South Africa, Canada and Japan indicated that they were even more supportive of digital transformation.

The changing landscape of cyber threats requires appropriate modern protection

“The traditional standalone anti-virus and backup solutions are unable to protect businesses from the sophisticated cyber threats currently underway in a changing environment,” said Sergei “SB” Beloussov, founder and CEO of Acronis. Companies that choose modern, integrated data protection and cybersecurity solutions gain not only in security, but also in cost reduction and other economies of scale.

The scope of the study

This study was conducted in 17 countries and look at the following sectors: – Computer Science and Telecommunications – Home/Travel – Health – Education – Sports/Entertainment – Others (manufacturing, finance/legal/professional services, etc.).

Respondents come from 17 countries on four continents: South Africa, Germany, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Spain, France, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

In each country, 50% of respondents are members of IT teams in companies and 50% are employees who currently work remotely. Respondents come from different sectors, both public and private.…

Here are the 5 Talents You Need to Cultivate!


Basically, what is a manager? It is someone who is stuck between the tree and the bark, or if you prefer, between the hammer and the anvil. Yes, it is someone who, no matter what he does, is always in the wrong place, where it hits hard from all sides. Right?

Take a look at this… Today, it has to manage telework, deal with matrix teams, tame automation and artificial intelligence (AI); it must also manage difficult employees, promote work-life balance, recruit the rare gem; it still needs to soften senior management, encourage innovation, simplify change. Yes, it is necessary to understand everything, to know everything, to do everything, by aiming – of course – for goals never before achieved.

The question is obvious: is every manager, no matter how gifted, irretrievably doomed to failure? (As is the case, peter’s famous principle…)

The human resources consulting firm Gallup was keen to have a clear heart. He embarked on a huge survey of 3 million teams. Yes, that’s right, 3 million teams. And he looked at the level of commitment of these, to see if there were any commonalities between those who were most engaged, or even between those who were least engaged. A monk’s work that allowed them to discover this:

In general, teams with fewer than 10 people have the highest levels of engagement, but also the lowest levels. And the less members a team has, the more easily it can be influenced by the manager, one way or the other. What do these two points mean? That managers have a considerable influence on the team for which they are responsible, if it has less than a dozen members. An influence that can be positive as well as negative.

The catch? It is that another study of Gallup has uncovered the fact that in North America managers are… Disengaged. Two-thirds acknowledge, on condition of anonymity, that they “do not feel engaged” or that they “feel actively disengaged” from their work. And 79% of them admit to feeling “exhausted” at least some of the time at work.

That’s not all. The disengagement of managers has the peculiarity of cascading on the teams for which they are responsible. And the intensity of this surge depends largely on two factors: on the one hand, the number of members who make up the team; on the other hand, the manager’s competence. Gallup’s study shows that “as the number of team members increases, the manager’s commitment decreases.” In other words, the more a manager has to take care of a large team, the more he pulls out and the more he disengages from his work.

However, one nuance is needed, namely that this decline in commitment is not the same for all managers. Some of them manage to maintain a high level of commitment, even if the size of their team is increased. How does that happen? The study looked at this very interesting point, and found that highly engaged managers regardless of the size of their team had five common denominators or five particular talents:

1. Motivation – The ability to get others to do an exceptional job.

2. Inspiration – The ability to set realistic and bold goals as well as to organize resources so that the team can give its daily 110%.

3. Bravery – The ability to inspire others to take action, face adversity and overcome obstacles.

4. Connection – The ability to forge rich and fruitful relationships with the team members, to enable them to forge identical relationships with each other and thus foster collaboration within the entire team.

5. Analysis – The ability to take an analytical approach to strategy and decision-making.

It’s quite simple, the best managers master all these five talents, which can be summed up by the acronym MIBCA. This is the key to their success. Talented on these points, they find themselves engaged as a person in their work, and this cascades over the members of their team.

To ensure the veracity of this find, a team of Gallup experts conducted various experiments with 3,579 managers and their teams. This allowed them to note that:

  • One third of the managers considered were involved in their work.
  • Among this third, managers who had a high level of mastery of the 5 talents had overall a level of commitment 20 percentage points higher, to 57%, than the average of the managers considered. A gap of 20 points is, it should be noted, considerable.
  • These managers, the most talented, maintained their high level of commitment regardless of the size of their team: four or less, five to nine, 10 to 15, or even more than 15.
  • Managers with “average” or “moderate” control of the five talents had a high level of commitment when they were leading a team of four or fewer, but the team began to decline as the size of their team grew.
  • Managers who had a “weak” command of the five talents simply could not feel engaged in their work, no matter the size of their team.

As you can see, the five talents – motivation, inspiration, bravery, connection – analysis – make all the difference. So the best way to progress as a manager is to start cultivating each of them. So the best thing for a company, whether it’s a small business or a multinational, is to find a way to allow its managers to cultivate these five talents harmoniously. Because it will have a crazy impact on employee engagement, and therefore on their performance.…

How To Protect Your Business Against Litigations

Recognized legally, the contract makes it possible to prevent disputes and conflicts that arise in professional relationships. Binding the parties towards each other, it has the value of an obligation: no one can derogate from the terms of the contract to which he is committed. To effectively protect your company, this article has been written by the lawyers working under the Law Offices of Nicholas D. Heimlich so it is better to be attentive to the clauses and terms that will frame the agreement: effective prevention first requires good drafting! Do not hesitate to seek advice from a lawyer.

To Properly Prepare The Drafting Of The Contract

Before embarking on the drafting of a contract, it is essential to prepare the agreement, which will serve as the basis for a good relationship. In the negotiations preceding the drafting, it is important to ask the right questions: Who is his contracting partner? How to ensure a maximum of guarantees? Find the points to know in priority.

Find Out About The Creditworthiness Of The Contracting Partner

Is your partner solvent? Solvency is the ability of a natural or legal person to repay debts: insolvent, your customer, or your supplier will not be able to meet its commitments. It is, therefore, essential to check the financial health of the co-contracting company.

During meetings and discussions, take care to know your contracting partner and his business well: how long has the business been in business? Where is it in its evolution, does it have plans for the future? Has it experienced ups and downs? Where is it on the market? What about his financial health? Are there any borrowings pending? From an informal point of view, you can also rely on your own experience with the co-contractor.

To better interpret the data, it is often possible – and advised! – to consult an analyst who will establish a solvency investigation as well as recommendations.

Think Of Collateral As Collateral

Payment can be guaranteed by different types of collateral. Mortgage of a property, lien on an element of the heritage engaged with several creditors, pledge or pledge … in the event of default or impossibility of payment, on the part of the debtor, the creditor can seize property furniture or not, or personal security committed as a guarantee in the contract.

These possibilities must be assessed when negotiating with the other party so that they can then be included in the contract.

Guarantee Clauses Against Unpaid Bills

Besides collateral, it is also possible to protect against unpaid bills by certain specific clauses.

For a seller to a buyer, the retention of title clause allows the seller to remain the full owner of the property until the buyer has fully paid for it. It is a way of ensuring that all of the merchandise is properly settled. The property will only become that of the buyer when the full price has been paid.

To know the clauses applicable to your agreement and which will protect you the best, do not hesitate to have a contract law professional accompany you.

The Clauses Which Anticipate The Litigation

Apart from the prevention of unpaid debts, certain clauses make it possible to anticipate litigation in a more general way, by focusing on the litigation as such:

  • The jurisdiction clause specifies the jurisdiction which will be competent in the event of a dispute. It makes it possible to prevent decisions by the judge by limiting the scope of his reviews.
  • The resolutely clause specifies that in the event of failure to fulfill the obligation by one of the parties, the contract is canceled without the intervention of a judge. This clause is not valid for all contracts.

Poorly drafted, these clauses as a whole have little effectiveness: to ensure good anticipation of disputes, a legal professional will be able to find the most suitable clause for each contract.

The Commitment Of Contractual Liability

In the event of non-performance or poor performance of the entire contract, the responsibility of the party who has failed to fulfill his obligations is engaged, and the latter is liable to a sentence for payment of damages. Without a penalty clause, the amount is assessed by the judge. The payment of damages is not the only penalty, and the debtor can also be forced to perform – “forced execution” – to compensate for the damage.

Under certain conditions, it is possible to specify non-liability or liability limitation clauses for the debtor, when drafting the contract.…