Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Business Continuity Planning -- Whether It's Weather Related or Not

September 11, 2019 - Business continuity planning requires knowledge of all the risks you could encounter, especially -- at this time of year -- hurricanes. This week's articles can help you better prepare to be able to mitigate the risks and recover from weather-related and other disasters.

Business Continuity Planning for Hurricanes Facilities also need to have a comprehensive plan in place that outlines what they'll do after the fire trucks, hazmat team, utility companies or camera crews leave. (Item #1)   The Disaster Recovery Institute's 2019 Predictions Report included the following disasters and major disruptions. (Item #2)   Here's how to create a business continuity plan that gives your business the best chance of surviving such a disaster. (Item #3)

 The best way to do mitigate hurricane disaster? Have a plan. Here are our five best business continuity tips for hurricane season. (Item #4)   There are several resources freely available to help organizations adapt to climate change, such as those listed in the references of this guide and in  the further reading sections of each chapter. (Item #5)   Here's what to know about hurricanes to create a preparedness plan. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Are You Prepared for an Active Shooter Event?

August 28, 2019 - An active shooter in your workplace? It may never happen, but you just can't be sure. For this reason, you need to be sure that you and your employees know what to do in the event such an event occurs. The articles below can provide some help as will the DHS video in #6. May you never need to put any of these actions to use.

The three things that DHS emphasizes over and over is either get out, hide out or, if necessary, take the shooter out. (Item #1)   Hiding under a desk might be a natural response to an active shooter in your building, but it may actually increase your chances of being shot. (Item #2)   Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation. (Item #3)

Technology can assist in your effort to detect and respond to an active shooter. (Item #4)  To recover from an active shooter event, restore business operations, and retain employees, experts say that business continuity planning, communication strategies, and personnel issues should be among the top priorities for organizations. (Item #5)   This Homeland Security video can help everyone determine what to do in the event of an active shooter event. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Testing... Are you doing it?

August 7, 2019 - If you're not, you should be planning to do so. Once you have your plan, you need to see if it will work as you think it will. Better to find out now that someone in a key role will freak out than wait until that individual does so in a crisis. Or, if there are a couple of steps missing, wouldn't it be better to find out now that in a critical situation? Silly question, right? Testing/exercising your plan will help you determine if your plan might be successful, but even any failures will teach you something.

How will your business respond if faced with a natural disaster, a cyberthreat or an active shooter scenario? (Item #1)   It's only through a failover that you'll shake out the bugs and ensure that your alternate facility or alternate processing capability accounts for all the actual interdependencies. (Item #2)   You need to thoroughly scrutinize how well your plan performs and allow enough time to resolve any issues before they impact the ability to restore operations in case of an emergency. (Item #3)

Exercising is, to this author, about enhancing capabilities, your people and the resources they need to have to respond effectively and confidently in situations they have never fully experienced before. (Item #4)   This article attempts to provide some guidelines for developing and administering employee awareness training programs in organizations. (Item #5)    Regardless of whether you call it a test or a drill, these lessons learned, tips and recommendations will enable you to develop and facilitate value-adding business continuity exercises. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Safety and Security in the Workplace

July 24, 2019 - It's not just your premises and your data, but your most important asset - your employees - that you have to ensure remain safe and secure. This week's articles discuss the benefits of a safe workplace as well as ways to determine the health of your workplace through an assessment. If you don't do everything you can to ensure safety and security, you could risk lawsuits or even the reputation of your business.

Learn about what comprises workplace security, why is security important and how you should go about creating a safe and secure workplace. (Item #1)   Healthy employees who feel safe and comfortable in their work environment will work more productively than employees who become injured or sick in the workplace. (Item #2)   Risk management-based interventions are common in most workplaces. They are central to effective occupational health and safety prevention and response. (Item #3)

Employees should be trained to respond appropriately to each scenario that is applicable to their workplace. (Item #4)   Here are a few questions from OSHA's Evacuations Plans and Procedures eTool, a checklist for designing and analyzing EAPs that is dedicated to producing the best EAP for work possible. (Item #5)   As a leader, you are responsible not only for your own safety, but for the security and safety of those you lead. (Item #6)

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Protecting Your Business from Identity Theft

July 10, 2019 - Corporate identity theft, which has been with us for years now, remains a huge threat as businesses continue to leave themselves vulnerable to this danger. Despite everything we do to protect our corporate identity, cyber thieves are continually discovering new ways to create havoc. Why should you worry? Identity theft can put your business - and you - at risk in many different ways. Check out this week's articles to learn how to protect your company or organization from identity theft.

As business identity theft increases, what you need to do to make sure that your company is secure? (Item #1)   How do you prevent business identity theft? (Item #2)   Don't let your company become an easy target for crafty cyberthieves; take control now to protect all that you've built today for tomorrow. (Item #3)

Here are some tips from on protecting your business from fraud and identity thieves. (Item #4)   Unfortunately, thanks to business identity theft, there are new unexpected risks to you and your business - risks they don't teach you about in business school. (Item #5)   Here are some signs that indicate your business has been hacked, as well as the number one way to help put a stop to all attempts of cybercrime against your company. (Item #6)

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