March News:

On The Calendar March at The Fulcrum Group We enjoyed visiting with many of you at our recent Cybersecurity Lunch & Learns and hope we provided some good material for executives and IT managers. Browse our pictures from the event here! Congrats to Al Caldwell of Vistage International and Crystal Shin of Goldin, Peiser & Peiser - they each won our grand prize giveaway of the Bitdefender Home Security appliance!  If you attended either of our events, be sure you complete the quick, 6 question post-event survey we emailed to you, to receive a Complimentary Dark Web Breach Assessment! We'll let you know about any additional upcoming special events through our social media pages, which we'll update on our Events page as they occur. Quick links to our social media pages are accessible right from our website and in every monthly newsletter email you receive from us. If you're new to our newsletter and you'd like to subscribe, let us know.
How to Use Quarterly Themes to Improve Employee Engagement Quarterly Themes Improve Employee Engagement Here at Fulcrum Group, we utilize the Scaling Up business planning process for our monthly, quarterly, and annual planning.  We also utilize Scaling up processes for our communication rhythms, Bullseye topics, and quarterly themes.  Quarterly Themes and Bullseye topics help our employees make the emotional connection to our quarterly priorities. Our Q1 2019 Bullseye topic is Security, which includes aligning marketing, internal training, vendors, and theme around our Bullseye topic, including our Q1 2019 marketing event, cybersecurity-focused lunch & learns hosted at Ruth Chris Steakhouse in both Dallas and Fort Worth, for the convenience of our clients area-wide. The purpose of the Q1 Theme is to make security and quality the focus for our employees, to ensure that everyone makes security and diligence part of their job description.  This is more important than ever considering the continuously evolving cybersecurity threats and the information that we must protect related to our clients.  For background information, we utilize our SPOT Shield End User Security Awareness portal to provide end user security awareness training and track which employees complete their training, as well as other factors that impact each user’s ESS (Employee Secure Score). The goal was to increase the average employee ESS score to 650 or higher (low risk).  If we meet our goal by the end of Q1 2019 (March 31st, 2019), Fulcrum will treat the entire team to GoKart racing.  In addition, the Fulcrum employee with the highest score will get an extra day of Paid Time Off and a $100 gift certificate to Ruth Chris Steakhouse. We have about 2 weeks left in the quarter, but our team has already met their goal.  Below are a few keys to a successful Quarterly Theme.
  • Use your Quarterly and Annual Priorities to drive your themes – your themes should always support your organization’s quarterly and annual priorities.
  • Find Critical Numbers (KPIs) that you can easily measure – it should be easy to track your progress towards meeting your quarterly theme goals.
  • Regularly update your employees on quarterly theme progress – management should send out updates at least every 2 weeks.
  • Reward your employees for reaching the quarterly theme goals – sure, a reward is nice, but it’s the shared celebration of reaching your quarterly theme goals that your employees will remember.
If you’d like to learn more about Scaling Up, reach out to your Fulcrum Group Account Manager for a free copy of the Scaling Up book.
What is an Employee Secure Score? Employee Secure Score (ESS) In today’s business world, data is king.  Data analytics, business intelligence, and even AI are driven by data.  Here at Fulcrum Group, we are applying data to perform Employee Vulnerability Assessments (EVA) of not only our Fulcrum employees, but our SPOT Managed IT Services clients as well. Each one of our SPOT Managed IT Services clients receives access to our SPOT Shield Managed Security Services portal. By combining key security metrics like dark web data, phishing fail rates, weekly quiz scores, and more, EVA provides unparalleled insight into end-user security awareness by creating an Employee Secure Score (ESS).  The ESS Score can help you understand which of your employees might need additional training or are susceptible to phishing attacks. For the remainder of March, Fulcrum Group is offering prospective clients a COMPLIMENTARY Dark Web Breach Assessment.  Reach out to your Fulcrum Group Account Manager for more details.
Security Awareness Newsletter March

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Cybersecurity SPOTlight:  New Password Guidelines For the longest time, security experts have recommended long, complex, and sometimes random, passwords. Unfortunately, those guidelines tended to nurture habits and create more difficulty than they solved. Earlier this year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a special publication of updated best practices for creating passwords. Here are the highlights: 1.  DITCH THE COMPLEXITY. Choose simple passphrases instead. 2. SCREEN NEW PASSWORDS FOR WEAKNESSES. Use Have I Been Pwned to check your password against less-good options. 3. END ARBITRARY PASSWORD REPLACEMENT. Requiring passwords to be changed routinely creates frustration and encourages poor behavior (such as reusing passwords across multiple accounts). New guidelines recommend only forcing changes if a security incident occurs which compromises existing accounts. Above all, follow your organization's policies and procedures.  For more great tips on passwords and security, check out this month's Security Awareness Newsletter! Tell us what you think about this great way to share focused advice for business owners, executives and managers.
  Vistage Executive News - Competing For Talent in 2019?  6 Questions to Ask Vistage Executive News Latest research indicates six key areas of focus when populating your company with great talent: strategic HR, culture and brand, engagement, technology, recruiting imperatives and social enterprise. It’s helpful to evaluate where you are in each area. Check out this article from the Vistage Research Center for 6 questions to consider.  
Fulcrum Group Did You Know Did You Know...? SPOT Managed IT Services includes Complimentary ad-hoc Dark Web Breach Assessments Did you know that SPOT Managed IT Services includes Complimentary ad-hoc Dark Web Breach Assessments? Existing SPOT Managed IT clients can receive up to 1 free Dark Web Breach Assessment per quarter.   Reach out to your Fulcrum Group Account Manager if you're not already a SPOT client!