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Bottom Line I.T. with Amy Mumby and Erik Jacobsen | October 9, 2018

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Bottom Line I.T. with Amy Mumby and Erik Jacobsen
October 9, 2018

Segment 1
Here's Why Companies Can't Dismiss the Rising Need for Cyber Security

When was the last time you turned to a phone book to call a company? Chances are, a good five to ten years ago. Why take the time to dig out a phone book when you can simply “Google it”? Almost everything we do has become digital – our work, our communications, even our friendships. So if we are spending an incredible amount of time online, then why are so many individuals and businesses shocked when they experience cybersecurity incidents, ransomware, phishing emails…the list goes on. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: it’s not if, it’s when. Cybersecurity cannot be ignored.

Segment 2
In a Few Days, Credit Freezes Will Be Fee-Free

Have you ever wanted to fress your credit? It’s a very common practice, especially if you fear you’ve been a victim of identity theft. Some people have wanted to place a “security freeze” but once they found out there was a fee to freeze their credit, they decided otherwise. But starting September 21, 2018, it will be free too place or to lift a “security freeze” with the three big credit bureaus Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Segment 3
California street gangs busted for cybercrime wave

When you hear the word “cybercriminal” what is the first thing you think of? Do you think of someone hiding out in a dark basement, glued to the computer? While it might be an accurate description of some cybercriminals, it’s definitely not the case for all. In fact, in California there were two street gangs arrested for a number of cybercrimes including stealing customer information through retail POS systems.

Segment 4
The Rise Of The Restaurant Robot

Some restuarants are starting to use robots to help automate processes, including food preparation and servers. While, yes, this helps improve efficiencies and processing the restuartant business, the question is: is it worth it? If we keep automating processes, one can only imagine how many people will loose their jobs in the process.

“A study by the Center for an Urban Future found that the automation potential for waiters and waitresses is 77%. That figure increases to 87% when you factor in workers that prep food.”

Segment 5
Technology doesn’t have to be disposable

Don’t recycle your old speakers just yet! Companies like Amazon and Sonos are using traditional speakers as add-ons to their fancy new devices, like the Echo and Sonos Amp. The goal? Technology doesn’t have to be disposable. By plugging in a new device, we can give old devices new life.

Segment 6 – Bottom Line Security

United Nations just did a big “whoopsie!” and it’s not good. Passwords, internal documents and technical details were released when there was a misconfiguration in Trello, the app it uses for project management. So if you had the right link, you easily access this sensitive information. Whoopsie!


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