Wednesday, August 24, 2011

National Preparedness Month: "A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare."

September is National Preparedness month, and this year NPM 2011 is a call to action urging our nation to remember the disasters of our past while preparing for the disasters of the future. And, although that original September 11th disaster is a prominent part of National Preparedness Month 2011, it is very important to also stress that preparedness is needed for ALL hazards, both natural and man-made.

FEMA is encouraging everyone to help prepare their business, family and community for emergencies of all kinds. (Item #1) Staying in business means you have to be ready to take on any emergency that arises. (Item #2)  Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. That is why this holiday season, you should Resolve to be Ready. (Item #3)

The Federal government encourages everyone to prepare for the worst. (Item #4) Use National Preparedness Month as an opportunity to ensure you are prepared for whatever may happen. (Item #5) If you're wondering how to help your employees become more aware of preparedness, here are some ideas. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Business Continuity Planning

Is your business continuity plan up-to-date with any changes in your organization? Does it reflect any new potential risks? Are the right people in charge or in the know? Check your plan to answer these questions and take a look at these articles to give you some new insights on how to make your plan better.

If there was a catastrophe like a dirty bomb, many of the affected small-and-medium-sized businesses would go out of business. (Item #1) Here are some important points to consider when developing a business continuity plan. (Item #2) Do you know how cloud computing impacts business continuity planning? (Item #3) 

For some businesses in the World Trade Center, their business continuity plans were truly their lifelines; they could be for your nonprofit, as well. (Item #4) BCP is not a functional agenda; it is one of the top-10 risks covered by enterprise risk functions of organizations. (Item #5) The advent of virtualization technology has improved business continuity planning and execution for many organizations, but, if deployed or managed carelessly, virtualization can itself create business disruptions or data disasters. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cyber Issues

Cybercrime, cyber terrorism, cyber-espionage and cyber war are escalating issues in the 21st century. Every organization needs to take steps to ensure they are prepared to deal with – or prevent -- an instance of hacking, because it seems cyber issues can impact everyone at one time or another. This week's articles shed some light on some of the concerns you should have about protecting your organization from cyber issues of all kinds.

According to the FBI, 71% of American companies endanger their financial stability by not having insurance that will cover Internet liability.  (Item #1) Lack of appropriate insurance leaves a company vulnerable to a wide-range of financially devastating cyber exposures. (Item #2) IT keeps you open for business, but if you're not careful it can close you down for good. (Item #3)

An analysis of the impact and business risks of cybercrime attacks, plus the preferred security solution to effectively protect corporate networks and data. (Item #4) The e-mails may look authentic, but are they? (Item #5) Cyber security is now a major international concern, with hackers gaining access sensitive corporate and military secrets, including intellectual property. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Workplace Violence

For years now, violence in the workplace has been one of the biggest threats to employees, as well as to corporate reputation. With workplace murders increasing every year, some experts say that the workplace is the most dangerous place to be in America. This week's articles were selected to provide assistance in keeping your workplace a safer place to be.

Check out these 10 warning signs of violence in the workplace. (Item #1) Do your managers and employees know how to deal with potential incidents of violence? (Item #2) If your organization won't take action against an employee, you should read this. (Item #3)

Perhaps, if your workplace violence policies were improved, the risk of violence would decrease. (Item #4) Terminations carry with them a great potential for violence; here are some tips for safer terminations. (Item #5) What's an employer to do to prevent workplace violence? (Item #6)

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