Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Identity Theft and Phishing

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but if it's your organization that's being imitated, the results could be catastrophic. Identity theft, which is not limited to individuals, can cause businesses time and money and damage reputations. Read this week's articles to see how you can protect your organization from this threat.

Business identity theft seems to be a growing phenomenon. (Item #1) Phishing and identity theft criminals get more sophisticated all the time. (Item #2) Small businesses should be especially concerned about their vulnerability to identity theft. (Item #3)

Here's a guide to protecting your business and recovering from business identity theft. (Item #4) Is your organization a tempting target for identity theft? (Item #5) This list of FAQs can help you protect your identity in the workplace. (Item #6)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Business Continuity and the Economy

No matter how critical it is to have a business continuity plan, a bad economy seems to make it less important to management. That is, however, the worst response – hard times make it more difficult for organizations to survive and a continuity plan is especially important now. Read this week’s articles to see how your organization can leverage business continuity in an economic downturn.

Here are 12 tips you can use to assist you in planning in a recession. (Item #1) This special report deals with changes in business continuity due to the economic downturn. (Item #2) Read what risk managers have to say about what’s happening this year with business continuity. (Item #3)

Companies generally undervalue their business continuity plans, whether the economy is good or not. (Item #4) Is funding business continuity in this economy an issue in your organization? (Item #5) The traditional business continuity concerns are still in play, but new concerns have arisen with the troubled economy. (Item #6)

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Meetings and Events

Anyone who's ever planned or managed an event knows that things go wrong. No matter how well you plan, how careful you are, some things just are not in your control. For this reason, you really must have a plan for dealing with the unexpected glitches, disasters and other interruptions that could possibly derail your event. Take some hints on what your plan should include from this week's articles.

Tragedies can happen anywhere, including at your event; have you answered all the “what if” questions? (Item #1) If you're not familiar with the force majeure clause, this article will help you understanding this important tool. (Item #2) This article reveals what we can learn from the tsunami tragedy in Japan. (Item #3)

If your last off-site meeting was a disaster, here are some tips for a success next time. (Item #4) This conference company provides a look at the top five conference disasters they've dealt with. (Item #5) If a crisis interrupts your meeting, can your organization respond effectively? (Item #6)

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Business Continuity Plan - Testing and Training

In spite of the fact that a plan untested is a plan that might not work, there are many organizations that fail to update and test their plans regularly – or at all. As one of this week's articles says, testing is a reality check for your plan; if you're betting your business and employees lives on it, it had better work. The articles presented this week may give you some new insights into the importance of testing and training.

Testing is the best way to find out what works and what doesn't. (Item #1) Just because you've checked the box that says "BC plan," don't assume you're prepared. (Item #2)  Here are all the reasons you've probably used for not testing... and also some ideas on how you can get your organization to dedicate resources to testing. (Item #3)

Scheduled (and sometimes unscheduled) rehearsals, workshops and training events should be woven into the fabric of normal business culture. (Item #4) If you don't do the reality check, you might as well not even have done the plan. (Item #5) No matter how small, your business should have a business continuity plan. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hurricane Season Began June 1

Hurricanes are the most powerful and destructive storms on the planet, accounting for a large percent of the country's catastrophic losses – and loss of life. The only way to help ensure that you can protect your organization's records and employees is to be prepared and to take all the necessary steps to avoid being caught in a hurricane. This week's articles provide important safety information you should know.

We could have an active hurricane season this year. (Item #1) ReadyAmerica provides safety information about hurricanes. (Item #2) These checklists can help you prepare for coming storms. (Item #3)

Most of us don't think about danger from fire during or after hurricanes. (Item #4) How to react safely in a hurricane. (Item #5) Is good insurance part of your emergency response? (Item #6)

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