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Wynn Obermeyer

Wynn Obermeyer

As Director of Technical Services, Wynn Obermeyer oversees three staff teams and keeps well informed on issues impacting Omaha Metro Area small and midsize businesses.
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Watch out for fake smartphone apps

Wynn Obermeyer
The holidays are here and the scammers are out in full force. Their latest trick involves fake apps. Starbucks started the first "retail app", and many retailers have followed their lead.
 
But scammers are now creating fake apps, tricking you into downloading them to your smartphone or tablet, and then they ask you to load your credit card information into these apps.  You can guess what happens next and it is not good.
 
Here are 5 things to think about:

1. Be very cautious in deciding what apps to download to your smartphone or tablet. Better safe than sorry.
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Topics: Security Threats

Ward off intrusions with two-factor authentication

Wynn Obermeyer

I recently came across a website with some great information on two-factor authentication (also known as 2FA or TFA). You've more than likely experienced two-factor authentication at one time or another when logging into a Microsoft or Google account, and yet, should you consider it for your business? Yes, definitely. 

 

Protecting your business

Although an additional security step in the login process, two-factor authentication is quick and worth it. Two-factor authentication is being widely adopted because it contributes to more secure systems at the network and desktop level. 

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Topics: Security Threats

Are you using your email's deleted folder to file?

Wynn Obermeyer
A ridiculous, illogical, absurd story...
 
I would like to tell you the story about an organizer, her name was Olivia. Olivia hated the fact that all of her important papers: birth certificates, her children’s immunization records, passports, and automobile titles were not stored in one place. Olivia then gathered all of these important documents together and placed them all in a red file folder labeled “Important Documents.”  Now, Olivia needed to determine the best place to store the red file folder. “Ah ha!” she thought. “I will store the folder in the one place I see every day, the kitchen trash can.” A week later, Olivia needed the red file folder labeled “Important Documents” to obtain what she needed to enroll her children in school. Imagine Olivia’s shock and panic when she saw that the kitchen trash can was EMPTY.  “Where did the red folder go?” Olivia’s husband had put the trash out for trash pickup the previous day. Olivia was furious with her husband, “Didn’t you see I had labeled the red file folder in the trash can ‘Important Documents’ how could you throw that away?”
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Topics: Staff Training

Payment card security for small businesses

Wynn Obermeyer

The recognized industry standard for payment card security, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), recently launched a new set of payment protection resources for small businesses which is appropriately called PCI Payment Protection Resources for Small Merchants. This is a timely launch, considering that small businesses around the world are increasingly at risk for payment data theft — and nearly half of cyberattacks worldwide in 2015 were against small businesses with fewer than 250 workers.

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Topics: Security Threats, PCI

How to take charge of your business--with data, measurements & technology

Wynn Obermeyer

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”  
                   -Peter Drucker, Management Consultant

Business owners and managers are confronted daily with reports from their accounting system, reports from their HR system, and reports from their CRM system—plus numerous other spreadsheets containing multiple data points that may be important! One could spend hours poring through reports and spreadsheets and still not come up with the key data to help measure performance of a company or department. Have you felt that pain?

So what’s the solution?
Dashboards provide business owners and managers with quick access to critical information needed to manage operations and make the important business decisions which help steer the company. If you currently have too much or too little data, or you are maintaining whiteboards or other manual processes to provide the data you need, keep reading. I think you will be thrilled to find a better way—a way that impacts your success.

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Topics: Owners & Managers

PCI DSS & the release of version 3.0

Wynn Obermeyer

Part II – PCI DSS

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) was established in 2006 to ensure that any company maintaining or transmitting credit payment card information performs those tasks in a secure environment. PCI DSS is a framework to enable companies to implement data security processes, training, and IT standards to proactively protect card data.


The release of version 3.0 by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council occurred on November 2013 and is comprised of 12 primary requirements. Each of these requirements in turn consists of more than 400 “controls” and “sub-controls.” Any company who accepts credit and debit cards payments is obligated to ensure their systems meet the PCI DSS 3.0 standards and to document that they are protecting payment card data. Some of the significant changes with the PCI DSS 3.0 standards that effect companies accepting payment cards are the following:
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Topics: PCI