Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cloud Computing

July 26, 2017 - In a matter of years, cloud computing has become an option for many companies and for many reasons. Yet there are still only a fairly small percentage of folks who have parked their data in the cloud. Is it right for your company? This week we look at a number of issues that might affect your decision, from strategies to data risks to what to do if your provider goes bust to how to select that provider in the first place.

From cost containment to hybrid strategies, CIOs are getting more creative in taking advantage of the latest offerings and the cloud’s economies of scale. (Item #1)   There are at least six reasons where it would indeed be appropriate to avoid considering the use of a public cloud service, and instead, only store certain data in privately controlled data centers. (Item #2)   A recent survey identified the top cloud computing risks that concern IT professionals; the top three center on the threat of unauthorized access and security. (Item #3)

Cloud computing has become a staple of most enterprise computing environments, but CIOs are still sweating over whether to use one or more infrastructure-as-a-service provider. (Item #4)   The biggest risk in using a cloud provider is if they turn off the lights and go bust. (Item #5)   Here are some things to consider in order to select the right cloud service provider. (Item #6)


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Workplace Violence

July 19, 2017 - If you follow the news, it's clear that violence in the workplace is becoming all too frequent. It arises from many causes and threatens employers and employees alike. This week's articles provide helpful information on workplace violence, its causes, and ways to mitigate it. Read on and think about how you can decrease the likelihood in your workplace.

This article about workplace violence answers these questions for the health and safety of your employees. (Item #1)   Here is our perspective on the five top trends we see impacting a growing focus in the United States – in both the public and private sectors - in this vital area. (Item #2)   Although 89 percent of the companies in this survey reported using evaluation activities to measure workplace violence program effectiveness, smaller companies used these tactics less often. (Item #3)

The leading cause of death for women at work is homicide, and 33 percent of women killed at work are killed by a current or former intimate partner; what's an employer to do? (Item #4)   No company is immune to workplace violence; here are some strategies to reduce it. (Item #5)   To reduce incidents of workplace violence, experts recommend employers conduct vulnerability assessments and training that will assist employees in identifying questionable behaviors. (Item #6)


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Testing & Exercising Your Business Continuity Plan

July 12, 2017 - We think everyone is aware by now that a written plan is nothing more than that... words on paper. Until you test/exercise it, it will be nothing more. Maybe some of your assumptions are wrong or maybe employees don't really understand what they need to do. Key people could be out of town when you need them; who picks up the slack? Only exercising the plan will show you what works and what doesn't so you can do something to improve it. This issue could help.

Having a business continuity plan is good, but exercising it regularly is equally important. (Item #1)   An exercise and testing program is necessary to ensure that all staff have a good understanding of their responsibilities as defined in the Business Continuity or Disaster Recovery Plan. (Item #2)   How should organizations respond to the question 'Can I really rely upon my entire workforce to support a recovery?' (Item #3)

Here is how to ensure that employees of your small business know what to do within the BC plan. (Item #4)   We'd better change the way we exercise our business continuity plans so that we can be ready when a REAL disaster comes along. (Item #5)   Here are five common reasons why BC plans fail. (Item #6)


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Risk

June 28, 2017 - How do you handle risk in your organization? Do you do an assessment before you write or review your plan? After your plan? Are you a risk avoider? Take a look at this week's articles for some info about risk and how to handle it.

The way you choose to deal with identified risk has a number of impacts on time, money and resources for an organization. (Item #1)    But in order to implement and continuously manage enterprise-wide risk management, there is a critical need for closer integration of two typically distinct roles within the organization--business continuity management (BCM) and risk management. (Item #2)    Here are some tools to help teach you how to prioritize risk. (Item #3)

Emerging risks are difficult to measure and lead to massive losses as they are marked by a high degree of uncertainty. (Item #4)    When it comes to business continuity, developing a strategy is often the focus of efforts; but what actually counts is execution. (Item #5)    These are the real risks that every organization needs to consider. (Item #6)


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Safety and Security in Workplace Emergencies

June 21, 2017 - Everything you read focuses on a couple of things about workplace emergencies: be aware and be prepared. Communication is important, as are drills, training and the development of emergency procedures. This issue covers all these things and more and provide food for thought about the status of your emergency preparedness.

The advent of cyber security threats and more competitive work environments has pressured businesses to place a greater emphasis on the safety and security of their organization. (Item #1)   Your security team’s knowledge of the building, your safety and security procedures, and familiarity with your tenants, positions them as a key player. (Item #2)   There are a number of possible examples of emergency procedures for your workplace. (Item #3)

Having an effective emergency contact system is one tool that can help in a crisis; what can hurt is if employees have been complacent about their safety training. (Item #4)   To help you lead safely at work, here are seven very important thinking points. (Item #5)   This OSHA publication covers what to consider in planning for workplace emergencies. (Item #6)


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