Kaspersky Lab’s Online Security Solution Built for Small Business

Kaspersky Small Office Security

Kaspersky Lab, founded by Eugene Kaspersky (pictured above) has always provided online security solutions for small businesses. But today the company is emphasizing “small” even more by offering a system specifically designed for companies with fewer than 25 employees.

The next-generation version of Kaspersky Small Office Security solution, in a nutshell, offers anti-malware, online transaction protection, cloud management, backup management and password management.

The cloud-based management console permits you to control the system from anywhere via a Web browser. The software offers multi-layered protection from a range of threats for Windows and Mac computers, servers and Android-based mobile devices. Ease-of-use was a key design consideration, the company says.

The belief that small businesses face less risk from hackers is not only false but dangerous, according to the company. Cyber-criminals often target small businesses expressly because small businesses generally pay insufficient attention to data protection.

Adding more complexity, these businesses increasingly are allowing employees to use personal devices on the company network. In 2014, 62 percent of companies permitted such use, according to a Kaspersky survey. Other top priorities for security at small companies are customers’ personal information (25 percent), payment requisites (13 percent) and trade secrets (12 percent), the survey added.

Kaspersky Small Office Security

Despite these diversified data sets, small businesses skimp on security, installing basic protection systems, such as free anti-malware products.

In an official release announcing the new package, Konstantin Voronkov, head of endpoint product management at Kaspersky Lab, explains:

“Being small doesn’t mean [you are] less noticeable by cyber-criminals. It’s very important for businesses to pay more attention to ensuring their cyber-security, and Kaspersky Small Office Security has made it easy… so that business owners can get on with doing what they do best: making the company a success.”

In fact, online security for small businesses was debated in Congress last week, the Washington Post reported. And the gist is that small business owners should make every effort to protect themselves in today’s rapidly changing digital environment.

Under consideration is legislation designed to “better shield corporations and governments from cyber-criminals,” though “some experts worry the bills wouldn’t go far enough to protect and educate small businesses.”

“It would be a step in the right direction, but not a panacea,” Todd McCracken, president of the National Small Business Association, said during a House Small Business Committee hearing. He noted:

“Cyber-security has emerged as a significant problem and concern for the small-business community. Sharing cyber-security information is useful, but what small businesses really need is to know how to use that information.”

McCracken’s position is that government efforts to stop cyber attacks should include a more prominent move to help small businesses better detect and handle hacker attacks.

Cyber criminals know small businesses “are ill-prepared to defend themselves.”

The new Kaspersky Small Office Security solution’s browser requirements are Windows XP through Windows 8.1. Each employee is protected on one Windows or Mac computer, plus a mobile device. File Server protection is added based on the number of protected users. The product is sold in licensed packages for companies with up to 25 employees.

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Glassman: Revenue and Labor Greatest Small Business Challenges


Optimism among small businesses about the national economy is up from last year rising from 42 percent in 2014 to 47 percent this year.

That’s according to the recently released 2015 Chase Business Leaders Outlook. For the annual outlook, JP Morgan Chase surveyed 2,000 small business leaders to find out their thoughts for the coming year.

But while the outlook for the national economy is good, outlook for the world economy among small business owners is not. The survey found optimism about the global economy among small business owners had fallen from 29 percent in 2014 to just 26 percent in 2015.

Revenue and Labor Will Remain Challenges

In a video response to specific questions from Small Business Trends, Jim Glassman, senior economist at JP Morgan explains the small businesses do have opportunities but also face challenges ahead.

See his complete answers in the video below:

Glassman explains:

“The big challenge they face is revenues — that’s always an uncertainty. I think as the economy continues to grow and their optimism is reflecting it, that challenge will be manageable. The second big challenge that they all identify is trying to find workers with the right skills.”

According to the survey only 9 percent of small business owners saying they are extremely concerned about finding appropriate job candidates as they grow, 31 percent say they are not at all concerned.

However, Glassman says despite positive trends, small businesses may find competition for good help their greatest hurtle.

“Businesses are going to be finding it’s going to get more and more competitive as they try to find the right workers for their jobs,” Glassman says.

“Companies are having to do things to attract workers — increase pay, develop in-house training programs, offer coverage of health insurance for those [businesses] who didn’t need to. And finally, to meet the challenges that they can see coming as they become more optimistic and are pretty convinced that the business is going to continue to recover, they need the staff levels to meet that level.”

Regulation is of Less Concern

On the other hand, Glassman says he sees few major changes on the regulatory front to hamper small businesses in the coming year.

In fact, the survey found decreases in concern across the board among small business owners about the major regulatory issues of taxes, healthcare regulation and fiscal policy.

“You know, frankly, I don’t think there’s a lot going on,” Glassman explains. “We’re kind of divided in Washington, but what we find interesting from our survey is that for a while, businesses were flagging regulatory challenges as a very big obstacle. This year, they are telling us that it is becoming less of an issue for them. Probably not because the regulations are going away, but because maybe they’re getting used to it, and partly because as they become more confident in their own business outlook, the promise of better business is helping to offset concerns about more regulations. So, I would be surprised if we see major changes on the regulatory front right now that would affect the small business community.”

Technology Will Offer Small Business Opportunities

And finally, Glassman says changes in technology may continue to offer huge opportunities for small businesses. He explains:

“Technology is replacing a lot of the routine work, but the businesses that are touched by that more are the businesses that have more complex manufacturing processes, for example. If you’re running a small business — a restaurant, food services, other kinds of services — the technical challenges of those jobs are not as complicated as they are for big businesses.”

That may be bad news for those who once did much of that routine work who will now need to find different employment.

“But I think technology is a real plus for small businesses because it’s allowing them to reach a broader audience more efficiently, in more cost-effective ways, and it’s also giving them ways to understand how consumers see their business and how they respond if they’re in the service business,” Glassman adds.

“So, technology is transforming a lot of businesses, large and small, and I think for small businesses, it’s more of a positive than a destructive force because it is displacing jobs and it’s contributing to this mismatch of jobs and the proper skills for those jobs [in large businesses],” Glassman says. “But for small businesses, it’s helping them run their businesses more efficiently.”

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NPR and Shazam Early Adopters of Google’s App Voice Search Feature

Google Now is expanding its voice search capabilities to third-party apps. Users can now launch and search within apps by saying “OK Google,” followed by preset commands.

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Which State Is Best For Your Startup?

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So you’re finally ready to start that business of yours, but you’re not sure where to actually start, right? Don’t worry, you’re covered.

By the time you’re finished reading this post, you’ll be ready to walk out into the world a new CEO.

The most important first step, of course, is actually having the idea and capital for that startup, or at least a solid plan to make it work. After that, though, where you physically start that business is almost as important. There’s a lot more to consider than just what a list says is the best state for a startup.


Sure, you can move to Colorado, which ranks fourth in the country for the number of new businesses that are born there. Or you could move to Virginia, which has the highest concentration of STEM jobs out of all fifty states in the U.S., but are these right for you? Well, you’ve got to consider where you are currently. If you move to start your business, chances are, your friends and family aren’t going to move with you.

Sometimes just working at a company can be stressful, so imagine for a moment the head-splitting, migraine-inducing stress you’d get from building a company from the ground up. That’s where the support of your friends and family come in. Having the support of those close to you is definitely a plus, and if you move to some state based off a list, you’re likely to lose that benefit in a bet that may not pay off.


You’ll have expenses regarding your business, obviously, but are you going to live in your office space? Sure, Florida has the highest business birth rate in the U.S., but does that mean your Miami office space is going to double as your personal apartment? Probably not. You’ll need to pay for rent and food, and possibly even transportation. Consider what the differences in living expenses will be if you decide to move somewhere else for your startup.

The national average for median rent is about $1,000 per month, while for New York City it can top $3,000 a month. Differences in living expenses can be extreme if you’re unprepared, and that extreme difference and unpreparedness may be the reason your startup fails.


Enough has been said about the benefits of staying in your already cozy home. Let’s talk about the pros of moving somewhere that’s more startup-friendly. Now, staying close to home for your startup may not even be an option for some people. They may live in such a backwater town that it’d be practically impossible to start a successful startup.

This may be even more the case if you’re looking for a venture capitalist to fund that venture of yours. The top five cities for that sort of thing are cities most people are very familiar with: Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, San Jose, and New York City. The reason is quite simple, actually. If you invest a lot of money into something, you want to be there to see it grow, to interact with it, and just be involved with it in general.

Other Startups

You might be thinking if you go and build your startup around other people who’ve done the same, they’ll just be competition, but that’s not true. For one thing, they may not even be in the same business you are. It might be good to consider moving to a place that could be described as a hotspot for startups, like Boston or New York, so you can dip your hand into the pool of experienced peers and possibly even find a mentor to help your own startup.

You’ll also want to consider the fact that even if you don’t want to hire or expand until you’ve got your roots firmly planted, you’ll still need employees. You’re working by yourself and are essentially self-employed until you start getting some employees hired.

That’s why moving can be beneficial. If you move closer to other startups or, even better, a strong academy, you’ll have a nice pool of talent to choose from. If it’s a school, you’ll have a pond filled with likely unemployed graduates to fish from. Without an established career, they’ll have less problems getting on board with a risky new startup than someone who has the potential of climbing the corporate ladder.

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Behind the Political Spin: The British Election

This election is the closest in decades, so winning over an increasingly disillusioned electorate matters. But instead of actually facing the public, the risk-averse party leaders are stuck on a grim carousel of predictable press conferences and stage-managed photocalls. Politicians are aided in their cause by an army of spin-doctors that minimise unscripted interactions with journalists and the public alike. These media buffers, crowd fluffers and party cheerleaders help the campaign stay on message, but in doing so they keep politicians evasive, and the public at arm’s length. VICE News joined the campaign trail to confront the journalists, spin-doctors and leaders who all have a part to play in the evolution of this Pyongyang press junket that serves to lock out the great, unvetted public. Watch “Anti-Islamists Demonstrate in Britain: Hate in Europe” – http://bit.ly/1GOyT2r Read “The UK’s Next Leader Is Going to Face Some Serious Questions on Nukes” – http://bit.ly/1c4c1Pz Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos
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This Food Truck Sets Up Shop in Gym Parking Lots

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Location, location, location. The importance of a good location is one of the first things that many businesspeople learn. But what makes up a good location can be different things to different businesses. It’s not always just about being centrally located or getting lots of foot traffic.

For example, the parking lot of a gym would not necessarily be appealing or effective for a high-end restaurant. It is, however, the perfect spot for a food truck that specializes in paleo options.

If you’re unfamiliar with the paleo diet, it’s basically the opposite of what you might expect of food truck cuisine. Gwen Jones, owner of the BEAST Food Truck in Little Rock, Arkansas told Small Business Revolution:

“Paleo is no gluten, no grains, no processed foods. You shop on the outer rim and don’t go down the aisles. It’s no dairy, no soy, and it’s locally sourced. It’s grass-fed and finished beef. It’s pastured pork. It’s chicken that was actually raised in the sunshine. It’s meat and ingredients that aren’t really messed with. It’s things that you find in nature. It’s what your ancestors ate. That’s the idea behind it.”

This health-conscious cuisine is most likely to appeal to health-conscious consumers. And gyms are likely to be pretty full of such consumers. So, Jones takes her food truck to various CrossFit gyms, farmer’s markets and similar locations around the Little Rock community. She posts the truck’s weekly schedule on social media platforms. And so far, the business seems to have built a fairly loyal following.

In addition to serving natural, protein packed meals, Jones also sources the menu’s ingredients from local farms, and even works on some local farms a few days a week. She thinks it’s important for people to know exactly where their food comes from. She even believes improving her diet contributed to her ability to beat cancer a few years back. And Jones’s customers, since she’s positioned the business to appeal to a very particular clientele, are likely to also care about the sources of their food as well.

Image: BEAST Food Truck Facebook Page

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Carly Fiorina: The Small Business Candidate for President?


Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, will formally start her Presidential campaign on May 4, the Wall Street Journal reported recently. Small business owners should be happy for in Fiorina they have a candidate who cares about their issues.

The former HP CEO has made it clear in recent speeches that she is worried about American small business. At the New Hampshire Republican Party’s recent leadership summit in Nashua, Fiorina pointed out that “for the first time in U.S. history, we are destroying more businesses than we are creating.”

Fiorina believes that getting small business back on track is important to this country’s success. She told Inc. Magazine:

“If you look at our economy, big business is doing great, and big business is getting better, but small business is not. And if we can’t get this engine to go again, our economy won’t produce at its capacity, and the middle class will continue to be squeezed.”

Fiorina has been discussing three themes that small business owners are looking for Washington to tackle — tax reform, regulatory reform, and access to capital. The former HP CEO has said that Washington needs to “reform the tax code with small business in mind, not big business.” While she hasn’t laid out the specifics yet, she has called for reducing the tax burden and cutting government spending.

Small business owners tend to agree with Fiorina’s view of the importance of tackling problems with the tax system. According to the National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) March 2015 Small Business Economic Trends report (PDF), taxes are small business owners’ “single most important problem” these days, just edging out government regulations.

Fiorina also wants regulatory reform. She blames government rules for many of the problems that American small businesses face today, and has advocated trimming regulations on small companies. One of her suggestions is to establish a task force of small company owners to review existing regulations and recommend rules for the chopping block.

Fiorina’s anti-regulation message should also resonate with small business owners. A year ago, a Gallup-Wells Fargo survey of small business owners reported that the second “most important challenge facing” small company owners today is government regulation.

A third plank of Fiorina’s entrepreneurship plan would be to improve small business access to finance. Overhauling the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill is a key piece of that plan. She told Inc. Magazine that “unlocking capital is very important.” Since the financial crisis, small business loans have dried up, she says, because “the Dodd Frank Act has curtailed capital to small business.”

Unfortunately for small business owners, Fiorina isn’t likely to win the Republican presidential nomination. In a CNN/ORC poll of 435 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, conducted between April 16 and 19, 2015, Fiorina was the candidate favored by only 2 percent of those queried. And that was the highest level of support recorded for her in four April polls summarized on Pollingreport.com.

While Fiorina denies being interested in the vice presidency, small business owners should hope she changes her mind. Having her on the Republican ticket would get business owners a presidential advisor who understands and cares about small business.

Image: Carly Fiorina, Facebook

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