Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Business Continuity Planning

August 15, 2018 - Most of you are aware that business continuity planning can be the difference between life or death for your company in the event of a serious disruption or disaster. If you have a plan, great; but is it up to date? If you don't have a plan, you need one. These articles can be helpful to you regardless of your situation, giving you help in getting started or causing you to re-think what you're already doing and to consider some things you hadn't thought of.

We rarely get advance notice that a disaster is ready to strike; even with some lead time, though, multiple things can go wrong; every incident is unique and unfolds in unexpected ways. (Item #1)  share seven steps to create a solid business continuity plan. (Item #2)  This study suggests that the 81 percent of organizations with an up-to-date plan are "not only able to handle identified risks, but they are also more resilient when recovering from unplanned events." (Item #3)

What might you have overlooked or underrated in developing your BC plan? (Item #4)  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 says Paul Barber. (Item #5)  Pandemic planning seems to be a low profile area at the moment but if you think your organization is safe from a pandemic, think again. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Cyber Issues and Business Continuity

August 8, 2018 - According to many experts, it's time to integrate cybersecurity and business continuity. No longer is cybersecurity only the purview of the IT department with the rest of the organization unknowing about how or why it's done. The danger presented by cyber hacking makes it critical that business continuity plans include response to cyber issues. They are a risk to us all, and this week's articles are further proof of that.

Organizations have traditionally treated information security and business continuity management as two separate disciplines. But is the situation changing? (Item #1)  Cyber scenarios have become much more common in business continuity exercises, due to the increasing concern about the impacts of information security threats; here are seven tips for running yours. (Item #2)  It makes sense to integrate cyber security and business continuity so you can respond to attacks and data breaches faster, efficiently, and more effectively. (Item #3)

Cybersecurity is no longer just a technology issue, it's a business one too. (Item #4)  The cybersecurity solution you implement impacts ROI. (Item #5)  The reality is that although the numbers may seem large to the average person, the financial impact of data breaches on large companies is negligible. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cloud Computing

July 25, 2018 - While cloud services can help secure your data, save you money and are one of the most critical developments in recent computing history, they don't eliminate the need for a good business continuity or disaster recovery plan. Just read these articles to see why... and to learn about some of the risks involved as well as the way cloud computing is already changing.

Although cloud computing may reduce certain continuity concerns due to the advantages of a distributed infrastructure, it will never eliminate the need for well-tested business continuity (BC) plans. (Item #1)  BC professionals can clear up misperceptions about what the cloud is and provide a robust mechanism to protect the organization even when it relies on "the cloud". (Item #2)  Here are 10 best practices for leveraging the cloud for BC and disaster recovery. (Item #3)

Although cloud adoption should never be thought of as a solution to an organization's DR and BC challenges, it certainly can play a positive role. (Item #4)  Here are the "Treacherous 12," the top security threats organizations face when using cloud services. (Item #5)  These are five of the hottest changes in cloud technology you'll witness in 2018. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Workplace Violence

July 18, 2018 - With the increase in workplace violence, we are almost not surprised to turn on the news and find out about a new incident. The recent shootings at the Capital newspaper in Annapolis are only one example of such an event. The questions we need to answer are how to recognize the signs, what to do about preventing such violence and what needs to be done following a violent incident. This week’s articles can help provide those answers.

By better addressing the underlying causes of workplace violence through enhanced employee wellness programs, we may be able to turn the tide and make our workplaces a safer place. (Item #1)  An expert says we really have to create situational awareness so that everyone understands that active shooters are a society menace --- without creating paranoia. (Item #2)  The risk of workplace violence can be dramatically reduced with good information, good policies, and increased awareness. (Item #3)

Regardless of the type of violence or the location in which it is committed, incidents of workplace violence can often be deterred through early recognition and effective response. (Item #4)  Here are five ways business owners can reduce the risk of workplace violence and protect their employees. (Item #5)  Physical attacks on employees are rare but when they happen, employers should be ready to provide psychiatric resources for victims as they work to cope with trauma. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018


July 11, 2018 - Managing risk may be on of the biggest issues facing businesses of all sizes today. What's your process for risk management? The best approach is to develop an integrated program to which all parts of the organization -- not only the risk management committee -- contribute. Perhaps this week's articles can help you review your process and/or design one that might be more successful.

Business continuity management and enterprise risk management complement one another, and both are necessary in today's high-risk business environment. (Item #1)  This article covers three areas that will help you implement a more strategic way of managing business continuity risks. (Item #2)  Developing business resiliency through integrated risk management must be a top priority for all businesses. (Item #3)

When identifying a potential risk and compliance technology solution, an organization can run into several challenges, including how to balance a changing regulatory landscape while maintaining business as usual and, perhaps most importantly, while continuing to meet performance and profitability expectations. (Item #4)  A recent AON report says that companies are grappling with new risks and lack consensus on how to best prioritize and respond to them. (Item #5)  Here's how to manage small business risks as well as the risk you represent to your company. (Item #6)

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