Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Identity Theft and Fraud

As you’re probably aware, phishing attacks can cost organizations anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars per attack in fraud-related losses. Now, however, in addition to the internet, you can be a fraud victim via voice and text as well. How familiar are you with pharming, vishing and smishing? Is your organization prepared to guard against such attacks and prevent costly disruptions? Check this week’s articles to see if your plans and policies cover everything they should. Remember that many of these attacks originally aimed at individuals have easily become attacks on businesses.

You can learn more about how email and website spoofing work in this article. (Item #1) Spear phishing is a more sophistical phishing attack. (Item #2) Read here to discover six key ways to protect your firm from the growing dangers of spear phishing. (Item #3)

There is a new form of internet fraud out there these days:  it is called Vishing. (Item #4) Business ID theft can turn your business dream into a personal nightmare. (Item #5) Identifying a smishing scam is the first defense against becoming a victim of the crime. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Meetings & Events

You should have a continuity plan for all your events, large or small, in order to be ready to respond to the unexpected. Even if you've had 50 events with no issues, don’t assume you never will have a disruption or disaster that you need to deal with. And never assume your venue has a plan... make sure you see it and know what it covers. This week’s articles contain good information for you to consider when making or updating your plan.

Sometimes even the most thoroughly planned events have unexpected incidents that are beyond anyone’s control. (Item #1)   There are numerous examples of accidents/incidents occurring within the events industry on a daily basis; risk management planning can’t be left to chance. (Item #2)   A mathematical equation helps determine event risk. (Item #3)

Here’s a checklist detailing safety, contingency and disaster preparedness for the meetings, events, conferences and conventions. (Item #4)   Preparing to send employees to far off and unfamiliar lands for a meeting or event? (Item #5)   With a little due diligence, you can avoid problems with the fire marshal. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Safety and Security in the Workplace

How safe and secure is your workplace? Have you really taken a look at all the potential risks and come up with a plan to mitigate them? If you have, you’re to be congratulated. We often look at all the potential external risks but fail to see the internal potential for accidents and security issues, which may just be waiting to happen. This week’s articles can help you focus on your workplace safety and security to ensure that you’ve done all you can to keep everyone safe.

The key to a safe workplace is having effective safety and security policies in place and to communicate these policies to all employees. (Item #1)    No matter the size or type of the business, workplace safety procedures are a necessity for all staff. (Item #2)    Here is general information for use in addressing security in the workplace issues. (Item #3)

To help you lead safely at work, here are seven very important thinking points. (Item #4)    The National Crime Prevention Council has produced a booklet focusing on workplace safety as everybody’s business. (Item #5)    Do you know the four steps of workplace fire prevention? (Item #6)

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

National Safety Month

Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month, and we see this as an opportunity to call your attention to safety in the workplace. Whether your employees work in your office or at home, there are dangers that could cause injury and entangle you in lawsuits that impact your bottom line... not to mention the potential for bad publicity that could damage your reputation. Take a look at this week’s articles to see where your organization could improve safety measures.

The safety and health of your workers is essential to your business. (Item #1) You need to know the health and safety rights and obligations of employers and employees. (Item #2) What kind of safety training do your teleworkers get? (Item #3)

If you can improve the safety consciousness of your employees, accidents and other incidents may decrease. (Item #4) Is your workplace lung friendly? (Item #5) Nonprofit Risk offers questions and answers about workplace safety. (Item #6)

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