GSS’s Secure Zone Newsletter
Courtesy of Bill Davey
“There is a grace of kind listening, as well as a grace of kind speaking. “- Frederick William Faber
Business Security: Holiday Shopping Security Tips
For retail businesses, with the holidays right around the corner, you are going to see an increase in foot traffic. This increase in traffic is also going to increase the potential of theft. If you want to reduce losses, such as shrinkable and shoplifting this holiday season, make sure to take steps to enhance your security efforts.
Protect Your Business Against Shoplifters
The holidays are a great time to push promotions and increase your sales. However, if you want to remain profitable, you will have to take steps to protect your business from shoplifting threats. To do this, try and implement the following security measures:
- Watch for fake or expired coupons.
- Look in baskets and shopping carts carefully and look for small items that may be easily stolen.
- Make sure high-cost items have codes or locks to keep customers from just walking out the door with them.
- Use surveillance cameras in the store, especially by entryways and registers.
- Attach EAS devices to expensive items.
- Watch for customers acting “funny,” or leaving the store and coming back repeatedly.
Take Steps to Eliminate Employee Theft
Unfortunately, your customers are not the only ones who may be putting your business at risk for losses during the holidays. Make sure that you have a plan in place for your worker’s as well. Some tips to protect against employee theft during the holiday months include:
- Install video surveillance cameras at your POS areas to watch for any suspicious activity.
- Give employees unique passcodes or passwords for using POS systems.
- Create special policies that will help deter theft, such as anonymous reporting.
- If you hire seasonal employees, make sure they are high quality workers.
- Check worker’s bags before they leave each day.
With the tips here, you can help protect your business from losses because of customers and employees.
Improve Home Safety and Security with These Gift Ideas
With the holiday season right around the corner, it is time for you to begin thinking about what gifts you are going to purchase for your friends and family members. If your list includes a person who is conscious about their home security, there are a few gift ideas for you to consider.
- A smart thermostat: These are programmable, digital thermostats that are the ideal complement to any pre-existing security system that includes home automation. With this type of unit, you can keep all parts of your home the right temperature during the day and night, while improving energy efficiency.
- An all in one home security device: There are several devices that you can install including surveillance cameras that will send out an alert if someone is outside of your home.
- Video cameras: If the person on your list needs a way to secure their home while seeing what is going on, then video cameras are the ideal option. There are options that can be connected to smart devices to provide remote monitoring of the home.
- Keyless door locks: For someone who always loses their keys or forgetting where they put them, a keyless door lock is the perfect gift. With this the user can unlock their doors by entering a passcode or by receiving email or text alerts if someone else uses the code to gain access to the home.
As you can see, there are more than a few options to consider if you are buying for someone who is dedicated to protecting their home. Most of these devices are integrated with innovative technology, which means they are the ideal option for any smart home.
Preparing Your Business for the Future of XAAS
The Anything-as-a-Service, or XaaS market has seriously exploded since the introduction of the Internet of Things, or IoT. There are no signs that this growth is slowing down, with the market expected to grow at a rate of 38.22 percent through the year 2020.
If you have a forward-thinking company, you may be looking for new ways to utilize XaaS offerings to improve speed to market, as well as flexibility. If you haven’t yet made these moves, now is the time to do so.
What is XaaS?
XaaS is referring to the services and products that are available through the cloud, over the internet. It includes better known service models, such as IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, in addition to more niche markets, such as DRaaS and marketing-as-a-service.
The Current State of the Industry
With more people turning to XaaS services, businesses in almost all industries are adapting to subscription-based or on-demand models to help streamline operations and to monetize opportunities. One example of this is Lyft and Uber, which are companies using the as-a-service model in the transportation industry. By adopting XaaS you can enjoy the following advantages:
- Improved scalability and flexibility
- Cost savings thanks to streamlined processes, reduced maintenance requirements and quicker implementation
- Easier access to new technologies
- Faster speed to market and faster response for market developments
Protecting Your Business from any Type of XaaS Security Hazards
Even though XaaS offers exceptional benefits, it has also created a number of new security challenges. The first challenge is the increase of Malware-as-a-Service, Ransomware-as-a-Service and Distributed Denial of Service-as-a-Service. These types of services will allow users with even limited backgrounds in coding to execute hacks on business data and systems.
Due to these new challenges, it is important to take precautions prior to adding XaaS applications to your network. You need to ensure they have strong data loss prevention, data encryption, monitoring capabilities and tokenization. Taking the proper precautions will help you utilize the benefits offered by XaaS and keep your business safe from threats.
Tips for Getting Plenty of Sleep While Staying with Family this Holiday Season
If you are staying with family during the holiday season, it creates quite a bit of stress, for many reasons. However, there is one issue that isn’t discussed very often – the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. In many cases, you will find yourself resigned to sleeping on creaky sofa beds, less than supportive air mattresses and in some cases, even the floor.
The good news is, there are steps you can take to ensure you get adequate sleep, even in these stressful and uncomfortable situations.
Get Extra Sleep Now
A small amount of sleep disruption is to be expected during the holidays; however, you can reduce the impact of it by storing up and sleeping extra before visiting family. Try to get an extra 30 to 60 minutes of sleep for the two or three nights before you are planning on visiting you relatives. This is called “sleep banking” and is essentially pre-gaming for future sleep deprivation. This is a tactic used by the army before going into battle.
Practice Your Cat-Cow and Plank Pose
When going into surgery, your surgeon may recommend that you get as strong as possible ahead of time. The same advice is beneficial if you are prepping for the uncomfortable neck and back pain caused by unusual sleeping arrangements during the holidays. According to medical experts, the plank pose will engage many muscles, strengthening your core. This will reduce the risk of injury.
You should also stretch before and after a poor night’s rest. One of the best stretches for you to try is cat/cow because it will loosen everything up.
Take Along Your Own Pillow
Taking your own pillow, one you are comfortable with, will be beneficial while you are traveling and when you arrive at your destination. Everyone has their own preferences regarding firmness so taking yours along will ensure you remain comfortable.
When you use the tips here, you can avoid the aches, pains and sleep deprivation that often goes along with staying with family over the holidays.
The Strangest Holiday Traditions in the World
When the holidays arrive, most people begin to enjoy their own, unique holiday traditions. While there are people all around the world who “do their own thing,” there are some traditions that are considered unusual by others. Here are some of the strangest traditions and where they take place.
The Evil Santa in Hungary, Austria and Krampus
When you travel to these areas, you will find that the devil-like counterpart to St. Nick is known – and feared. This “creature” has a single task – to punish children who are bad before Christmas arrives. This figure is viewed as a red devil with a long tongue, horns and cloven hooves. This is one tradition that most people are glad isn’t in the U.S.
Japan’s KFC Obsession
For millions of Japanese, a traditional Christmas dinner consists of not ham or turkey – but a big bucket of chicken from KFC. This is a custom that has a history spanning back more than 40 years after a marketing campaign convinced the Japanese people that fried chicken is the traditional yuletide feast for Americans.
Spider Webs in the Ukraine
This is a tradition that dates back to a fair tale in this area where spiders were responsible for decorating the tree of a family who was too poor to get traditional ornaments. On Christmas morning, the sun makes the tree sparkle. Today, many Ukrainian trees are covered in spider webs.
Rock ‘N Roll Trivia Question
“A Place In The Sun” by Stevie Wonder, he says that he wants to be like a branch on a tree because?
(A) He’s reaching to be seen
(B) He’s reaching to grow on
(C) He’s reaching to be free
Previous Month’s Rock n’ Trivia Question
Who was in the famous super-group “The Traveling Wilburys” with Tom Petty?
Former Beatle George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison & Jeff Lynne