Happy Thanksgiving from Hawley & Associates!

All of us at Hawley & Associates would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Holiday Hour Are As Follows:

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 – Closing at 2 pm (PST)

Thursday, November 28th, 2019 – Closed

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Honoring All Who Served

Veterans Day.jpgVeteran’s Day was November 11th, so I am a little late in writing this post.  But, we didn’t want the day to go by without honoring all the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We are forever grateful for your service and sacrifice.

10 Steps To Minimize Risk When Employees Work Remotely

Handsome businessman with eyeglasses working from home

Many organizations are embracing a remote working lifestyle and this trend is only rising. Nearly 3% of the US workforce works remotely in some capacity.  This is a 115 percent increase from 2005.

For all the benefits it may bring, it is opening your business up to an increased risk of a serious data breach.  There are many factors that can contribute to your business becoming the next victim of a cyber attack:

  •          Inability to enforce security protocols
  •          Remote workers risky behavior
  •          Not adhering to security best practices
  •          Sharing devices with family and friends
  •          Not recognizing suspicious behavior

So, what can you do?

Cyber threats will always be a part of our reality, and cyber security has a hard time keeping up in this ever-changing environment.  If you have employees that work remotely, now is the time to take another hard look at the security of your data.  Here are 10 steps you can take to help minimize your risks:

  1. Establish written company security protocols
  2. Restrict or limit the use of public Wi-Fi
  3. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  4. Raise awareness by educating workers on how to recognize suspicious behavior
  5. Monitor company issued devices (check your state statutes)
  6. Apply cloud services
  7. Enable data protection software on all devices
  8. Restrict employees use the internet and not to use device for personal reasons
  9. Proper password management
  10. Do not share devices with friends or family

Contact Hawley& Associates today for information on Commercial Cyber Insurance and how it can protect your organization in the event of a data breach.

Happy 125th Anniversary Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day. USA flag. American holidayThis year we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Labor Day holiday. Has it really been around that long?!

Labor Day officially became a federal holiday in June 1894 and was enacted to honor the American labor movement.  Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day an official public holiday.  By the time it became a federal holiday, thirty U.S. states officially adopted and celebrated Labor Day.

Labor Day has often been called “the unofficial end of summer”. Many families take their yearly vacations around this time of year, just to have one last ‘fling’ before the kids go back to school and the season changes. 

So, here’s to the hard-working American; the backbone of our country! Enjoy the long holiday weekend! 

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Thomas Jefferson