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Have you ever entered a business and observed the receptionist or customer service person playing an online game, reading a funny email, or casually browsing Facebook on their workstation computer, only to simply minimize it or switch browser tabs to access business systems when a customer walks in?
Seemingly harmless non-business Internet activities on business computers by employees are a common source of considerable lost productivity; but, they are also a significant risk that can lead to devastating financial losses for your business.
Consider this - If you have children at home, do you allow them to use your home computer or laptop? Do you let them do anything they want on it without controls or supervision? Have they ever downloaded a file or installed programs without permission, or accidentally clicked on a link or visited a website that resulted in a computer virus?
Your employees are no different, except their activities at work can literally jeopardize your business. A single errant or careless click can compromise critical business systems, cause the loss or theft of sensitive customer and employee information, or result in cybercriminals cleaning out your business bank accounts.Your business bank account can be cleaned out in minutes!
Infection of business computers by malicious software designed to record keystrokes or steal online credentials such as usernames and passwords (known as "malware") can lead to corporate account takeover. Once armed with your online banking information, cybercriminals can empty your business bank account in minutes. The manner or cause by which the malware gets on the computers may vary, but the intended results are the same.Just a few real-life examples include:
Federal Reserve Regulation E (12 C.F.R. Part 205) requires banks to provide reimbursement for certain fraud losses in consumer bank accounts. Because of this, if your personal bank account is hit by fraud, there is a good likelihood the bank will reimburse the stolen funds as long as you report it in a timely fashion. However, Regulation E does not apply to business accounts. Instead, business and commercial bank accounts are covered by the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).
Under the UCC, business account holders have much shorter timelines to report fraud, less protections, and greater fraud liability than consumer banking customers. For example, an individual bank can choose to shorten the timeline for reporting fraud in a business account down to as little as just a few days, after which the business suffers the full loss. In the case of a fraudulent ACH or wire transfer, even finding and reporting the fraud within hours can frequently be too late to stop the transfer or recover the funds. Banks can also disclaim certain obligations altogether, through simple amendments to their commercial banking agreements (those occasional "statement stuffers" that many banking customers throw away without reading). Many banks have also taken the stance that, so long as they employ "commercially reasonable" security systems and protocols, they are not responsible for any fraud losses that are the result of a business' computer becoming infected by malware. This can leave a victimized business with its only potential recourse being to sue its own bank to attempt to recover the stolen funds.
As a business owner, it is not only critically important to monitor and frequently review your business bank accounts, but also to know your bank's policies, timelines, and reporting requirements for fraud losses before an incident occurs.Are you protected? Would you bet your business bank account on it?
In addition to adequate security hardware and software, as well as clear policies and procedures governing the use of business computers, all employees with access to business computers and information must also be properly trained to understand and recognize the risks.
Think about your average employee for a moment. Does he or she use a business computer for non-business activities? Do they know and understand the importance (and your business' obligations) to protect sensitive business and customer information? Do they have even a fundamental understanding of basic computer security? Would they know how to recognize a phishing email or a bogus website, or would they blindly click? Would they recognize a social engineering scheme, or would they freely offer up information? If they connect from home or on the road, do they know how to protect against the risks of remote and mobile computing?
If you have never provided them with training, how do you know? As a business owner or executive, how confident are you in your own knowledge?What you can do to protect your business:
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What is your first step? Simply choose which of the following two options applies to your business:ALREADY INCORPORATED in the state of Nevada? 2015/08/15 - Your annual fees increased from $325 to $650, and that’s not including the Commerce Tax if it applies to your business! Further, you will now be required to file your tax return with the NV Department of Taxation with June 30th as the fiscal year, not the calendar year! Review these changes with your tax advisor immediately! If you choose to re-domicile your corporation in another state, MyLLC will file the re-domestication paperwork for you!
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