Email or Text? Today's Business Communications

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

May 2, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Is email going by the wayside as texting becomes the preferred method of communicating? Yes and no. Sure, texting is faster and great for soliciting an immediate response. Certainly the younger generation prefers it, but for most business purposes, email is still the communications tool of choice. As businesses adapt to technological change and generational differences in the workforce, policies should be updated to ensure business communications are professional and secure.

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Topics: email, small business IT, cybersecurity

Unsafe Email Alert!  Know the Warning Signs of a Scam

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Feb 21, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Email is cybercriminals' favorite tool to lure their victims into their traps.  In fact, some estimate that 91% of cyberattacks start with phishing -- an email that appears to come from a reputable source that seeks to steal valuable information. Phishing is not new, but it still works. Cybercriminals continue to up their game and can trick even a savvy target. Is it possible you'd fall for an email scam? Lower your chances by learning these warning signs.

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Topics: cybercrime, email

Five Small Business IT Realities

Posted by Elizabeth Chisman Moon

Jul 5, 2016 11:15:00 AM

You are opening your own small business.  Congratulations!  It's an exhilarating ride.  Starting from your original idea, to the business plan, to financing, location, permits - you're inundated with details and decisions.
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Topics: Musings, Backup, cybercrime, technology, email

Email Privacy: Change is Coming

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Apr 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

What's more valuable: individual privacy or society's security?  It's not a new debate, but it's one that is getting a lot of attention in Washington of late.  The battle between the FBI and Apple over accessing a terrorist's iPhone has highlighted the tension between the oft competing goods of protecting society from harm and protecting the confidentiality of people's personal information and communications. While the debate over encryption rages, there has been much agreement and progress on a bill to update the law that relates to government access to email and other electronic communications.

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Topics: federal policy, email, privacy

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FocusData: TECHPol is a blog on technology and business policy issues affecting small and mid-sized companies.  TECHPol’s primary author, Lori Salley Ring, spent 20-plus years working on Capitol Hill, including as the top staffer on the House Committee on Small Business.  FDS is an IT consulting firm providing managed services, office tech relocation, network security, and IT support for businesses in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area.

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Lori Salley Ring

Lori Salley Ring

Lori serves as Policy Advisor and Communications Specialist for Focus Data Solutions.  Lori spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Congress, including as Chief of Staff to a member of the House leadership and as the Staff Director for the Committee on Small Business.  Lori also ran a Washington-based non-profit organization between stints working for the Federal government. 

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