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Print marketing materials are super trustworthy, and have a long history of being able to pass a quality score, even for simple, one-sided, print-only articles. Visit the MyCreativeShop and start learning more about all the benefits.

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But how reliable are these products, compared to what else might you use? We asked more than a dozen newsroom professionals from national newspapers across the country and other leading publishers to fill us in on the state of print journalism today. Here are the top ten things you should consider before choosing to use a print product in your business, according to the respondents:

Trustworthiness of the content.

The most common response: Trustworthiness, with 60 percent saying their peers think its trustworthy, compared to only 27 percent who said its not.

The most commonly cited source for a journalist’s opinion on a print product: Publication selection. Only 20 percent of respondents said they relied on “the experts” to judge the credibility of a print product; most said they relied on readers or customers for their judgments.

Accessibility of the content. The most common response: Accessibility, with 73 percent saying it would be easy to get a copy. The most common reason people reported that they purchased a product online: Accessibility, with only 10 percent saying they didn’t want to pay full price. 3. Support for the business, as judged by sales. In response to the question: How much does the business’s support for you help or hurt? The most common answer: The support is helpful, with 61 percent saying it is helpful, but also said there is a possibility that the business could change. The least common answer: The business does not support me, with only 12 percent saying that. The most common reason people report that they don’t buy from a business they know: No way to find them, with 65 percent of respondents saying that they can’t find them, compared to only 2 percent of those who said they do. The most common reason people say they aren’t sure where a business they know supports them: They don’t shop there anymore, with 45 percent of respondents saying that their knowledge of a business has deteriorated in the past year.

RTI Late Filing Penalties delayed further

HMRC announced yesterday that penalties for late filing of returns will be phased in as follows:

Employers with fewer than 50 employees will face automated in-year penalties for late real-time PAYE returns from 6 March next year.

Those who employ 50 or more people will face penalties from 6 October 2014.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will send electronic messages to all employers shortly to let them know when the penalties will apply to them, based on the number of employees shown in the department’s records.



RTI Penalties for Late Filing

The Inland Revenue have not enforced penalties for late filing of returns during the phasing-in of Real Time Information (RTI) reporting. The requirement to report payments to employees in real time (i.e. on or before the actual pay day) became full operational for all employers from April 2013. However, to allow employers to get used to the new systems, they have, so far, not imposed any penalties for late filing on smaller businesses – that is all about to change! The following statement is taken from the HMRC website:

“New late filing penalties will apply to returns due from employers for the tax year 2014-15 onwards. Having listened to customer feedback, HMRC is deferring the start of these penalties to give HMRC and employers more time to adapt to reporting in real time. They will now start from 6 October 2014. To avoid late filing penalties, you must make sure all submissions due are fully up to date by 5 October 2014.”

So, the deadline for getting this issue sorted is drawing close. Have you got systems in place to ensure that everything is up-to-date by 5th October and that all future returns can be made on time? If not, now would be a good time to consult a Payroll Professional for advice – you may well find that it actually saves you money by avoiding penalties.

Cyber security professionals

Cyber security professionals continually defend computer systems against different types of cyber threats that are affecting billions of people worldwide. When the inevitable occurs, IT professionals must carefully monitor and remediate their system to make it even more resilient and secure, this goes to show how important cyber consulting is for organizations. However, some security risks, such as leaks, are not readily observable by the security professional, for example, if the root cause of a leak is outside of the IT professional’s domain. With advanced visualization and application software, IT professionals can inspect their data, the operating environment and the security policies they are applying, and see if they are protecting against a given risk.

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While IT security professionals do the detective work to pinpoint the actual risk, they must do so while carefully handling sensitive data. As much as possible, IT security professionals should avoid creating untrusted objects inside their environment, such as sensitive passwords or personal information. Ideally, security professionals should create their own rules and security policies regarding their business. For example, if they want to implement a secure password policy in a given environment, then they should develop their own password management platform. In the case of an information disclosure incident, security professionals should hire outside companies that have experience performing data leaks assessments in other industries and provide best-practices on how to handle the incident.

When it comes to analyzing risks and mitigating risks, IT security professionals will always need a well-developed communication strategy. This will help prepare them to react to an incident quickly. Communication strategies often vary depending on the level of the risk, for example, not everyone will be affected by a data leak. Therefore, they may need to add layers of security measures to protect confidential information or conduct manual processes to ensure they are not breached. In an incident where someone has stolen a password, it may be appropriate to stop working for a brief period to prevent a high profile incident, to mitigate the risk to the organization or another customer.

How To Detect a Data Leak

A data breach can occur for a number of reasons. The typical scenario in which sensitive data is compromised is when an employee uses a common password to access a system. This could be a personal computer, an email account, a database server, a web application or an enterprise application.

Detecting a data leak is therefore essential in the fight against data breaches. The best way to detect the existence of a data leak is by monitoring for high-risk data types, such as users, application servers, web application servers, databases and application configurations. The biggest threat to an organization comes from unsecured application servers and databases, both of which can contain sensitive information. A breach of an application server with malicious software could include information such as confidential data, confidential documents and/or financial information.