Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Emergency Notification Systems (ENS)

September 20, 2017 - In any emergency, information is critical. How to deliver that information is something companies continually struggle with -- social media, the cloud, etc. One choice is an emergency notification system, which also could be used as a mass communication medium in non-emergency situations. If you have one, maybe it needs updating. If you don't, here's some information on why you might want one and how to integrate it into your organization and your business continuity planning.

The ROI of an emergency notification system begins with the belief that protecting employees and others from harm should be a priority. (Item #1)  Here's some help to sell an ENS within your organization. (Item #2)  How do you know if you need or need to upgrade a mass notification system? (Item #3)

There are multiple reasons and benefits for why you should have your own emergency notification system in place before the next disaster strikes. (Item #4)  Not every action can be pre-defined yet many can; the best way to figure out what can be automated and what needs a human touch is to assess your environment. (Item #5)  If you are confused about emergency notification systems available, this site will let you compare them against each other. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Recovering from a Data Breach or other Cyber Attack

September 13, 2017 - If your company has never had a data breach, consider yourself lucky. These days, such breaches are nearly inevitable and can cause considerable damage to your bottom line (at a cost of about $214 per compromised record and customer turnover) and your reputation. In order to survive such a breach, it's critical that you know what to do afterward. You can recover, but your best bet is to have a recovery plan and to follow it. These articles can help you determine what you should -- and shouldn't do -- after a breach.

Legal and technology experts shared their insights on how owners can best recover from a small business data breach. (Item #1)   Data breaches happen. Though not ideal, you can recover. Here's how to deal. (Item #2)   With a cyber-attack, an inevitable part of running any business, companies that do not have a policy in place for a post-attack recovery could face serious consequences. (Item #3) 

Being prepared and acting quickly are vital to helping your company recover from a cyber attack as effectively as possible. (Item #4)   This post focuses on the techniques to combat data breaches while containing the damage in extreme cases. (Item #5)   Here's what companies should avoid doing once they realize their systems have been breached. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Workplace and Domestic Terrorism

September 6, 2017 - More and more, terrorist threats come from within rather than outside our businesses or our country. Homegrown domestic terrorists have planned and perpetrated acts of violence that we need to be able to defend against. Have you planned how to detect, survive and recover from a terrorist act? No? Well, now is the time. These articles can get you started on planning or updating your current plans.

Despite the fact that preparedness diverts time and resources from other activities, there are overwhelming reasons why businesses must address this issue now. (Item #1)   The most important thing during an incident is to make sure that people are safe; your priority is the maintenance of human life, not just the continuation of the business. (Item #2)   A terror attack could certainly happen here; how are you preparing? (Item #3)

How can you check to see if you might be hiring a terrorist? (Item #4)   Read about the value of listening to and training your employees and how it could help you prevent a tragedy. (Item #5)   What should you do to protect your employees, your organization, and its stakeholders from a terrorist attack? (Item #6)

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Employee Issues & Outcomes

August 30, 2017 - We all have seen how issues with some employees have resulted in shootings and other disruptions in the workplace. There have been eight workplace killings so far in 2017. Every employer should be invested in preventing such incidents and also in preventing issues that can land them in court for harassment and other problems. Hiring and firing have their own issues and can lead to problems down the road. Also, tracking employees online might cause issues. This week's articles provide some hints on how to deal with these issues and, hopefully, to avoid trouble.

Every organization has problem employees; how do you deal with yours? (Item #1)   What's your policy for documenting employee issues? (Item #2)  These are the most common employee issues and a few tips on how to manage them. (Item #3)

Here are some tips on avoiding employment land mines. (Item #4)   Are you prepared to deal with threats of violence in the workplace right now? (Item #5)   Here are some issues with tracking employees' online activities. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

National Preparedness Month

August 23, 2017 - September, which is unbelievably just around the corner, is National Preparedness Month, which encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. This year's theme is "Disasters don't plan ahead. You can." In addition to making sure that your business continuity plan is up-to-date, you can and should encourage your family, friends, and employees to educate themselves about preparedness. Some of this week's articles can help.

This information from the CDC will help ensure you are prepared to take action in an emergency. (Item #1)   Make sure your business emergency kit has at least these items. (Item #2) provides a list of what you should have in your disaster kit -- and don't forget after the disaster. (Item #3)

The first responder to a scene could be you; this video training could help you save a life. (Item #4)   Share this information on how to prepare for and deal with an active shooter incident. (Item #5)   Share this information with your employees, family, and friends to help them become more prepared. (Item #6)

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