3 Things I Learned Last Week 5.17.15

This week: Employers and Student Loan Debt, Wetware Security Threat, Disappearing IP Addresses

Some Small Businesses Could Be on the Hook for Employees’ Student Loan Debt
We’ve heard a lot about the mounting student loan debt that college graduates face. But did you know that you could be held liable for student loan debt as a business owner?
Many business owners don’t realize that their companies can become liable for their employees’ debt if they do not receive or comply with garnishment orders.
Under Federal and some state laws, employers who do not comply with garnishment orders can be sued for the amount owed. Employers may also have to pay interest, attorney fees, and be subject to other penalties.

Wetware: A Major Security Threat That’s Probably Not on Your Radar
Hackers use the word “wetware” to describe a non-firmware, hardware or software approach to getting information they want; in other words, people. You’ll understand that the term is appropriate if you remember that our bodies are made up of more than 60 percent water.
How do wetware infringements occur? We’re not talking about typical human error. Usually they occur when a hacker is able to exploit employee trust, predictable behavior or failure to follow security procedures. Find out how to protect your business from wetware intrusions.

Going, Going, Gone!
We’re running out of Internet Protocol addresses. The 4.3 billion IP addresses engineers created back in 1981 will likely be gone by summer, and major corporations like Microsoft and Amazon have been scooping them up in response. What’s next for the rest of us?

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About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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