Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Online Reputation Management

August 16, 2017 - Per the quote in this issue, while most people will look you up online, they won't go further than page one of the results. So if you have negative results on page one, you probably need to do something about them because all that other positive stuff on pages two and following won't matter. You might be able to do some reputation repair yourself or you might need the services of a specialist. But make no mistake about it -- something has to be done. This week, we offer articles that talk about how to DIY as well as what online reputation services can do for you.

Don't wait until your online reputation is a mess to do something about it. (Item #1)   Even if you have never had a strong online position, the people you are doing business with -- now or in the future -- are almost certainly checking up on you online with a fine-toothed comb. (Item #2)   The single critical -- even erroneous -- article is now a greater threat than ever and will glean even greater traction than before in an otherwise positive profile. (Item #3)

It's important to manage your online reputation properly. (Item #4)   If you need help with your online reputation, here are 50 companies that might be able to assist you. (Item #5)   There is a lot that online reputation management can do for a business, but here are three top misconceptions. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Business Continuity Planning

August 9, 2017 - The state of business continuity is continually evolving, but is your business's plan also evolving? Have you updated it to consider things like ransomware attacks? Have you included sufficient detail on contingency planning? And what plans have you made about service providers? Are you even focusing on the right things in your planning? Perhaps it's time to take a new look at your plan and consider some of the new dangers we face in the digital era as well as some new approaches to planning.

No matter the specific nature of your business, it's important to have a specific disaster recovery plan implemented so that when the worst does happen, you'll be ready. (Item #1)    Paying a ransom is not the way to deal with a ransomware attack; instead, comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery planning provide the best solution. (Item #2)    To adequately prepare for workforce continuity during any business disruption, incorporate these five success factors. (Item #3)

Here are some of the things that are overlooked in business continuity planning. (Item #4)    Without a well-thought out and crafted business survival plan, the consequences for owner's employees, customers, and most importantly, family and estate can be devastating; how can life insurance help? (Item #5)    The current approach to business continuity, which generally focuses on 'what could happen', has significant limitations; this article explains why this is the case; and suggests a better, more positive, method. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cyber Issues

August 2, 2017 - As this issue's quote indicates, cyber security is no longer just the purview of the IT department. Everyone in the organization - from the C-suite down - is responsible for some aspect of this problem. These articles look at cyber security from various viewpoints and even provide information on adding cyber scenarios to your business continuity exercises. Try it!

Companies everywhere are looking into potential solutions to their cyber security issues. (Item #1)   Fostering a culture of cyber security focuses on strengthening employees' understanding of security issues. (Item #2)   Protecting your company online begins with ensuring your employees are prepared to assist in keeping your computers and networks safe. (Item #3)

It is time make cyber security a priority for every C-suite. (Item #4)   Here are some lessons learned from practical experience of running cyber exercises. (Item #5)   While insider threats in cyber security are often associated with malicious users, in truth, employees are inadvertently causing corporate data breaches and leaks daily. (Item #6)

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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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