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Email Security and the Necessity of Security Education for Small Business

Email and document security is no longer just an option for companies, it is a necessity. Couple that with the costly user licensing of most enterprise software solutions and many small business operators can be locked out of taking advantage of Best Practice strategies that ensure the privacy of intellectual property and communication. Setting rights permissions to documents and encrypting email will be essential to future security practices for all businesses.

Common knowledge has been that the less sophisticated small business operates on a pricing sensitivity and is more apt to take advantage of promotions, whereas the more sophisticated make security decisions based on perceived business necessities. Overall, small businesses tend towards waiting to implement internet security measures until after suffering an email breach or informational leak. By this time privacy and accompanying monetary loss may have already done irreparable harm to a company’s intellectual property and reputation. Large enterprise solutions make it necessary to adopt complex IT infrastructures and processes that are usually dependent on an IT staff – a solution that does not fit well into the budgets of most small businesses.

According to published reports in PCWorld.com, there are nearly 70 million small businesses worldwide and over 20 million in the U.S. alone. Small business is a major part of the global economy – that means it’s time to replace a general passivity towards the possible threats from email and document theft with a look towards initiating security measures as a business standard. The increasing level of security risk due to email and intellectual property theft make it imperative for small businesses to raise their level of security knowledge and investment.

Recent studies show that although information security is a high concern for small business owners, lack of actual knowledge and awareness of the economic impact of security incidents is equally high. Imparting an awareness to the small business community of the real threats in regards to security vulnerability should be top priority. Through education in this arena, small businesses can better enable them to not only determine their own level of risk but also choose the necessary email and document security solutions.

The responsibility of raising awareness of security provisions needs to come not only from governing agency reports, but also from security solution vendors. Providers of business tool solutions are better equipped than any other entity to position themselves as leaders in educating businesses on not only the dangers but the appropriate basic security measures to complement a small company infrastructure. Especially here, being informed on which internet security products best suit a company need is important as the needs of small businesses are vastly different than that of enterprise businesses.

Look to numerous market survey and analysis reports that specialize in studies on information security and small business. A little research will show they repeatedly state the same warning to small businesses – they need to change their attitude towards security and begin adopting a security plan.

Taking the time to gather information on creating good internet security practices will lead to a decrease in the future cost of lost productivity, and by educating your workforce you create an even wider prevention of productivity loss.

Washington D.C. Schools Seek Spots For All

Washington D.C. Schools experienced an uneven distribution of student enrollment in 2006. Public school population declined in a rapid trend for the past ten years as they Washington D.C. Schools lost more students to the private schools and voucher programs. The vouchers allow participants to enroll in private schools and the funding pays for $7,500 worth of fees and tuition. The D.C. Public School District was alarmed and made efforts to corral their remaining students. Washington D.C. Schools’ officials received increased salaries, many of them making more than $150,000 dollars annually. These pay raises have been questioned by local publications. In response to the questions, the schools district’s media strategist claims that the raises were necessary to ensure the best leadership for Washington D.C. Schools.

Many Washington D.C. Schools’ parents wanted an extension of the voucher programs, due to their effectiveness and cost saving strategies. However, the consensus seems to be that vouchers would be more effective if they encompassed all of Washington D.C. Schools’ students. The solution seems to lie in the funding. As it stands currently, the vouchers are federally funded, saving the Washington D.C. Schools an incredible amount of money each year. If the vouchers become locally funded, the Washington D.C. Schools would save less money, but would increase school choices for students.

The troubled Washington D.C. Schools are going through other changes. Efforts have been made in the arena of educational overhaul. As recently as last year, the superintendent set a new list of standards for all grade levels to meet, referred to as the Master Education Plan. There was an emphasis placed on math time, reading time, and science time every day in the classrooms of Washington D.C. Schools. Additionally for high school students, community service and mathematical requirements were annexed to the curriculum. These new rigorous courses and high standards were enacted in an effort to maintain Washington D.C. public school enrollment. The Washington D.C Schools’ superintendent is competing against tantalizing vouchers. Because students decide to go private through vouchers in middle school, these grade levels face the most overhauls. The superintendent is attempting to unify all Washington D.C. middle schools. A reconfiguration of grades will affect the standard k-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade progression throughout all schools.

In addition to the improvement of existing Washington D.C. school curriculum, a new initiative called for the construction of 20 new schools and the updating of more than 100 school buildings currently in operation. This Master Facilities Plan and is coupled with the Master Education Plan. The Master Facilities Plan also organizes high schools on single campuses, moves system administrative offices to excess school buildings, joins feeder middles schools to high schools with similar academic emphases, and improves the special needs programs for students currently enrolled in nonpublic Washington D.C. Schools.

Best Way to End Poverty – Abundance For All

I am going to tell you the best way to end poverty forever. Some people believe that charity will end poverty. In the traditional sense of the word charity, I don’t believe this is possible.

There is in fact one sure fire way to effectively end poverty forever and create abundance for all.

What is this way?

It is to educate and inspire the poor. More specifically, this education and inspiration must be centered on the science of getting rich. And yes, there is a science of getting rich.

It is as dependable as gravity.

The truth is, nature is infinitely abundant.

There are more than enough readily available resources on this earth for every human being to live lavishly.

This is a fact.

It is also a fact that the life situation of each individual person is determined by the thoughts contained in their mind.

Therefor, whether you are from an upper class town in Connecticut, or an undeveloped village in Bangladesh, the same rules apply.

People who do come from a culture of wealth are fortunate in that the predominant thou ht thought to them from birth is indeed wealth. Others are not as fortunate and are brought up in conditions of lack and hence learn to think in terms of lack. Any human being can start from anywhere in any condition and create wealth for themselves.

It is simply a matter of understanding that everything is naturally for you.

And when you believe this to be true and believe that abundance is your birthright, and then proceed with faith and gratitude, there is no combination of circumstances that can prevent you from acquiring wealth.

So I propose that we all share this good news with anybody who does not appear to already embody it.

Inspire each other.

The poor need inspiration more than anything else.