Executing an Effective Staffing Strategy

The staffing and recruiting industry has been growing at an unprecedented rate due to a recovering economy that favors the broadening service offerings of the staffing and recruiting industry. According to the American Staffing Associations (ASA) Staffing Employment and Sales Survey, “U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.13 million temporary and contract workers per week in the first quarter of 2015, up 5.5% from the same period in 2014.” Overall, staffing and recruiting firms provide employment opportunities for more than 14 million employees each year in virtually all sectors of occupations, across all industries.

In order to remain competitive in an ever more complex business environment, employers are turning to staffing firms to grow their talent base. Today companies are facing unprecedented competitive challenges that demands renewed focus on the cost of maintaining many traditional, internal organizational functions:

Budget Constraints – Recruiting, hiring and maintaining full time employees is becoming an increasingly expensive process. For many organizations, supporting in-house human resource functions has become a considerable financial liability. For companies seeking resources, in many cases, candidates can be contracted through a staffing firm at a lower rate than onboarding W2 employees.

Rapidly Expanding Resource Requirements – Volatility in many industries is creating abbreviated ramp-up times. The need to fill open positions quickly has many organizations seeking the services of a staffing agency when the internal human resource functions are unable to respond to the increased number of open positions.

Demand for Rare Skillsets – As technologies rapidly change, companies must secure highly specialized resources. As with the IT sector, as data security breaches require more sophisticated systems, the need for experts is at an all-time high.

Productivity and Speed Staffing firms have access to a larger pool of top quality candidates which decrease the amount of time spent searching for a specific job requirement. Companies can maintain focus on productivity as opposed to searching for talent.

To mitigate these challenges, finding the right partner to outsource staffing responsibilities focused and experience in finding and recruiting top talent becomes critical to maintain a return on investment. “Whether a client is faced with a decrease budget or in need of highly specialized talent to resolve a data breach, staffing agencies is a solution,” says Daveenia Beller, Founder and Managing Partner at Infinite Resource Solutions (Infinite). “Companies must be able to expand its workforce quickly and efficiently. There is a point for most companies, especially mid-size companies, when engaging a staffing agency saves the company from sorting through hundreds of resumes they would get from posting on a site like Career Builder or LinkedIn.”

The traditional full-time or permanent career hiring model of the past decade is being replaced with a new, more efficient employment environment for businesses and more flexible workplace options for employees. Direct hire, where the company recruits and hires a candidate and adds them to their permanent head count is no longer the main element in many organizations hiring strategy. Some companies opt for a contract for hire relationships with candidates. After reviewing the candidates on the job performance for a limited period of time, usually three to six months, the company can exercise an option to convert the temporary contractual relationship to a permanent hire.

An experienced staffing professional, like Infinite, can offer a broader perspective to the most efficient and effective employer/employee relationship, helping to determine the best employment relationship to yield higher dividends over the span of an employee’s tenure with a company. “Infinite is able to provide the right strategy for staffing to align with business goals as well as to meet the demand for top talent,” comments Beller. “We are able to provide staffing solutions for our clients whether it’s a direct hire, contract to hire, or contract position.”

Infinite’s expertise is derived from building a company with individuals that offer more than a decade of experience delivering best-in-class, professional services and IT staffing solutions to small, mid-sized and Fortune 500 companies.   “Our ability to find the highest quality talent in the marketplace to drive your business has been proven. We are diligent in delivering, not just a candidate, but a solution for your business, states Beller.

For more information on how Infinite can create an effective staffing strategy for your company, contact Clint Nelms at (678) 379-2804.

 

Focus and Intensity Fundamental to Effective IT Security

Hackers and data breaches are becoming the focus of IT leaders in organizations across the globe. Most recently, it was announced that a breach of the Office of Personnel Management-(OPM) information systems would impact 4.2 million Americans. Not long after the announcement, the OPM adjusted upward the impact of the invasion and confiscation of proprietary data. The breach would affect more than 25.7 million previous and current federal employees whose personnel information had been unlawfully pilfered by an intruder.

According to OPM, the agency was breached twice prior to the agency becoming aware of the intrusion. The types of information stolen from the background check databases include Social Security numbers, residency and educational history, employment history, information about immediate family, and other personal and financial history. The government agency stated that usernames and passwords that background investigation applicants used to fill out their background investigation forms were also stolen. The incident once again demonstrates, whether in government or private industry, the need for dynamic security continues to intensify.

Threats like web-based malware attacks, targeted attacks and application-layer attacks are rapidly changing the threat landscape from bad to critical. The majority of the increased intrusions are exploiting weaknesses in applications, as opposed to weaknesses in networking components and services. “With the growing proliferation and sophistication of hackers, combined with our increased reliance on interconnected applications, devices and systems; it’s imperative that both private and public organizations intensify their approach to network security”, says Clint Nelms, Vice President of Professional Services at Infinite Resource Solutions (Infinite). “We have the tools and the latest in processes and technologies to prevent, protect, detect, and respond to elevated threats to information systems.”

One tool in the security professional’s tool box has become a staple in fighting off unwanted hackers is Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW). An enhanced, integrated security platform that combines traditional firewall functions with other analysis and filtering functionalities can provide more layers of security to protect networks against intrusion by today’s hackers. Previous firewalls, with port focused capabilities, were once effective in blocking unwanted applications. In the past, administrators could prevent an unsafe application from exposing sensitive data by by blocking the associated ports and protocols. Preventing more sophisticated and aggressive attacks with this older technology is not as effective now that hackers hide malicious activities inside protocols like HTTPS. These days port based security strategies are not dynamic enough to keep up with sophisticated attacks.

With hackers focused on stealing our information, many CTOs and IT departments find their efforts to secure systems behind an increasingly more complex learning curve. Providing a focused and intensive defense is often better left to a team of professional subject matter experts who can design and deploy a next generation solution. Infinite Resource Solutions is a leading international provider of business-to-business professional services, offering clients solutions to the increasingly complex threats of data breach.

A recent Infinite client, an American manufacturing company, was routinely reviewing traffic passing to and from its servers when they noticed an unusual traffic pattern. A large amount of traffic was leaving one of its servers headed for an international destination. In addition to their concern that valuable data was being unlawfully exposed, the traffic was having a negative impact on the amount of bandwidth available for the organizations production environment. The company was faced with the immediate need to locate the traffic’s source, stop the bandwidth utilization, investigate the severity and scope, and assess next steps.

Infinite’s security expertise was the perfect choice to combat the problem. By deploying a next generation security solution the Infinite team was able to analyze the traffic, isolate it, and then stop it from reaching its destination. By leveraging new firewall rules designed to block traffic from the client’s server to the internet, the team stopped the bandwidth abuse and paved the way for a full forensic investigation by the appropriate agencies. Infinite’s agility and quick response exceeded the client’s desired results.

Infinite’s team of experts can assist with the design and implementation of your security solution. To learn more about Infinite’s capabilities contact Clint Nelms at 678.379.2804.