Technology

2017 Game Changer: S. Cameron Cox

Managing director of talent and culture at Atlantic Media has seen the company grow twofold in his seven years there.

S. Cameron Cox, managing director of talent and culture at Atlantic Media in Washington, D.C. It’s not easy being a media company these days. It’s even more difficult, one might argue, to be a media company experiencing seismic transformational change. So is the case of Atlantic Media, publisher of the 159-year-old Atlantic magazine. S. Cameron Cox isn’t an editor or…

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Could texting make your recruiting process more user-friendly?

Besides convenience, texting is a great way to get a sense of a candidate’s personality. Millennials and their Gen Z successors have little time for thoughtfully crafted emails or telephone pleasantries. These digital natives grew up texting and often consider other formats to be cumbersome and outdated. So it should come as no surprise that they think text messages are…

Wanna Cry? Then Ignore Cybersecurity

The WannaCry malware is another severe warning to all businesses to take cybersecurity seriously.

On May 12, the largest cyber-attack in history hit 150 different countries. The ransomware, known as WannaCry, infects via a link in a malicious email, encrypts the local files, and spreads to other computers. It then demands a ransom of $300 in bitcoin for the unlock key. What can, should, and must you do, immediately, to protect your business? For starters,…

10 Key Elements of Any Data Security Policy to Safeguard Your Company

A data security policy will not be worth the paper on which it’s written if you don’t train your employees on what it means and how it operates in practice

I recently told you that small businesses (less than 250 employees) suffered 31 percent of last year’s cyberattacks. What can you do to best protect your business (of any size) to repel an attack? Let me introduce you to the data security policy, an essential component of any employee handbook now, and likely forever. What should an effective data security…

If You Think Your Small Business Isn’t at Risk for Cybercrime, Think Again

Some 31 percent of all cyberattacks in 2016 were directed at companies with less than 250 employees.

If you’ve ever spoken or thought the words, “We’re too small to worry about a cyberattack,” you’d better think again. According to a recent study, 31 percent of all cyberattacks in 2016 were directed at companies with less than 250 employees. Do I now have your attention? If you’re still on the fence, consider these other stats, courtesy of Dark…

Offboarded by Zenefits, Parker Conrad’s on Board with New Project

The former Zenefits founder has returned to the HR tech space, but does his new company Rippling have what it takes to stand out in an overcrowded marketplace?

It’s been barely a year since HR technology’s prodigal son, Parker Conrad, was forced to leave Zenefits over regulatory misdeeds after building the HRIS software company into Silicon Valley’s fastest growing startup ever. He returned in March triumphant with the announcement that he’s launching new company called Rippling, an onboarding services firm that promises to eliminate the checklist from the…

When Will Employees Learn That Online Comments Can and Will Be Used Against Them?

Buker v. Howard County concerns a fire department battalion chief fired because of series of posts to his personal Facebook page.

I recently gave two different speeches discussing the balance between an employee’s privacy and an employer’s right to know. One of the themes is that social media has irreparably blurred the line between one’s personal persona and one’s professional persona, and employees best be careful with that they say online, because employers are watching and holding them accountable. Case in…

Can 2 Letters Take Down HR as We Know It?

Tech vendors are automating many aspects of human resources, but don’t worry; despite the rise of AI your job is safe … probably.

Tedious administrative tasks have long been the bane of the HR professional’s job. Updating paperwork, sending out benefits reminders and plowing through hundreds of resumes can eat up hours every day, preventing HR leaders from focusing on more strategic tasks related to workforce planning and development. But the days of drudgery may soon be over, at least according to some…

Lessons From a Ransomware Attack

In 2015, victims paid a collective $24 million in ransom and another $325 million to disinfect machines and restore backup data.

CNN reports that a ransomware attack has locked the computer network of the Pennsylvania Democratic Caucus. This is what we call a teachable moment. What is ransomware? Ransomware is malicious software that locks one’s computer or network until a sum a money is paid, at which point the cybercriminal provide a code to unlock the system. If the ransom is…

Saba to Acquire Halogen Software in 2017’s First Big HR Technology Deal

L&D leader Saba is pairing with performance management software specialists Halogen.

The HR tech space saw its first major deal of 2017 as Saba Software is acquiring Halogen Software. Illustration by Anna Jo Beck While consolidation in the HR technology space isn’t much of a surprise anymore, Saba Software’s announced acquisition of Ottawa, Canada-based Halogen Software was a bit unexpected. The deal, worth a reported $293 million, is expected to close in…