Mentors and Mentoring

Many of us have mentors. Simply put, it's the people we look up to - those who we want to emulate, whether in business or personally. These days, we're seeing professional mentoring (coaching if you will) even in smaller companies and organizations.  

Reap the benefits of professional relationships

When you think of a mentor, you probably envision a person you’d like to emulate—the walking, talking answer to the old interview question “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”—who will generously donate their time and set you on the path to get to where they are now. That’s certainly a nice idea. But think about how much technology has changed in the past 10 years; in 10 more, both you (and your potential mentor) will have entirely different jobs anyway.

Enterprise-sized companies often have formal mentoring programs, but most small businesses don’t. So how can you find a mentor who’ll help you navigate our constantly-changing world? By changing how you think about mentors. Here are some do’s and don’ts that’ll help you get started.

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Working Remotely - More than just the technology

Nearly daily, we get requests from clients interested in remote computing. And we keep remote workers working by taking care of their computer technology. However, the actual technology is not the whole story. Being remote or having remote workers presents challenges.

Working remotely is appealing for a lot of reasons: You don’t have to commute, you’re in charge of your daily routine, and you can work for a company you love that just happens to be in a different city. (If you’re a remote worker in Vermont you can even get a cash bonus for being so awesome.) According to research by HR consulting firm Robert Half, 77 percent of employees say they would take a job that allows telecommuting at least some of the time. And since 75 percent of managers say they are open to their employees telecommuting, it’s no surprise that working from home is a commonly-used perk used to attract new hires.

But here’s another interesting stat from the same research: 73 percent of workers would still prefer to work together in groups rather than independently away from the office. That’s a pretty radical contrast to the 12 percent who prefer off-site virtual collaboration and the 5 percent who just want to work autonomously off-site.

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Facial Recognition - Don't Be Afraid

Ways that faceprint technology is making a better world.

Your face is getting a lot of attention—whether you want it to or not. Facial recognition technology isn’t new, but it is rapidly becoming one of the most robust forms of biometric identification that can be used to determine who you are.

It’s highly likely that you’re already using your faceprint as an ID. All the big wireless carriers offer at least one phone that you can unlock with a glance; if your company has invested in biometric authentication, your face allows you to access your computer using Windows Hello; and social media sites like Facebook and Instagram (or, more ominously, the government) can filter photos of your face without your permission or knowledge.

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Recent Local Spearphishing Attacks

Over the recent week, Cornell and other companies and organizations have been hit with several spearphishing attacks. As you might expect, Cornell is a constant target for nefarious attacks (as are most large institutions), however this one has hit a large number of "Cornell.edu" email accounts. And over the last 24 hours, we've been made aware of several other attacks as well.

What makes this attack particularly challenging, is that the Sender and Subject appear to be legitimate.

However, once the email is opened the content reads something like: 

READ THIS MESSAGE (in a clickable banner)

05:59:47 (Cornell)
Re: "Subject"
Watch before: Thursday

If you clicked on the banner, you are taken to a page with a legitimate company logo - the one we looked at (safely) had the Xerox Logo with lines requesting our Xerox Login Name and Password.

IF YOU OPEN THIS EMAIL, DO NOT CLICK ON THE BANNER AND ABSOLUTELY DO NOT FILL IN ANY LOGIN OR PASSWORD INFORMATION!

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Website Hosting - Is The Security Adequate

The Computing Center hosts websites and has done so for over 2o years. We're defintely NOT the least expensive, our clients choose us for our security and reliability. We also offer everything that's listed in the article from the FTC. 

by Andrew Smith, Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

Your website is the online face of your business. Some companies have the in-house capability to manage their web presence. Others hire a web host to handle it for them. When launching a new business or upgrading their site, savvy business owners comparison shop for web hosting services. At the top of your shopping list should be the security features built into what you’re buying.

In our meetings with small business owners across the country, you asked for more advice on selecting a security-conscious web host. As part of our cybersecurity initiative for small business, the FTC has suggestions about what to look for and what to ask when hiring a web host.

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