Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Safety and Security

Most crime in the workplace, be it cyber or physical, occurs where there is a lack of security planning. Organizations need to ensure that their cyber security is the best possible, but they especially have to take steps to keep their physical locations security in order to keep employees safe. This week’s articles take a look at both these security needs. You and your team should take a look at these and see if your plans cover everything recommended by the experts.

As an entrepreneur, one of your priorities should be ensuring the safety of your employees; read these tips for creating a more secure and potentially more productive work environment. (Item #1)   Michael O'Neil, a founder of the NYPD Counterterrorism Division, weighs in on keeping employees safe. (Item #2)   What’s the difference between a safety program and a safety culture? (Item #3)

There are five steps to creating a good security plan. (Item #4)   Major breaches will have a detrimental effect on a company. (Item #5)   IT bosses say they struggle to convince companies of the value of implementing expensive security systems. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

National Special Security Event (NSSE)

An NSSE is a national or international event that has the potential to attract terrorists or other criminals. The upcoming visit of Pope Francis is such an event, as are presidential conventions and inaugurations, the Super Bowl, and other such activities. What does this have to do with you? Well, if you live or work in the region of such an event, your life and business can be impacted by things like traffic restrictions and security precautions. If you live or work in or near Philadelphia, New York or Washington, DC, it would be smart to start thinking about how your organization could be affected. And take the time to find out whether other NSSEs or just any major events in the upcoming year might require some planning on your part.  

The scope of the operations for the pope's visit addresses everything from crowd control, crisis response, air-space safety, fire and life safety, hazardous materials response to terrorism threats on down to first aid and heat exhaustion. (Item #1)   Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia in September 2015, his first to the U.S. as pontiff, is expected to generate $418 million in economic benefits to the region. (Item #2)   The 2016 Republican National Convention will transform Cleveland and disrupt the everyday life of the city. (Item #3)

When Pope Francis comes to town in September, will Philadelphians still be able to make and receive calls on their cell phones? (Item #4)   Wisconsin businesses have experienced the impact of protestors twice in the past several years. (Item #5)   This UK guide to the risk of protests has good tips for everyone. (Item #6)

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Identity Theft

Almost daily, there are news reports of identity theft victims. But don't assume that only individuals can be the targets of ID theft perpetrators. More and more ID theft is being aimed at businesses large and small, and sometimes the thieves are so good you may not know for days that you've been attacked. Is ID theft on your risk list? Do you have a plan to deal with it? If not, sit down with your team and discuss some of the info in this week's articles... you owe it to your organization to do so ASAP.

The rise in business identity theft puts your business at serious risk. (Item #1)   Business identity theft is the newest threat to small businesses all across America. (Item #2)   Business ID theft can turn your business dream into a personal nightmare. (Item #3)

Fraudsters are now obtaining information about companies and assuming their business identities in order to steal company assets, client lists and credit information or secure new business relationships and payments. (Item #4)   Since brand value accounts for nearly 75 percent of business value in the U.S., guarding against corporate identity theft is much more than a technology problem. (Item #5)   FTC website offers resources for ID theft victims. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

National Safety Month

Most employees feel safe at their place of work, but that is mostly because nothing has ever happened there. In workplaces where fires, accidents, violence and other disruptions have occurred, employees know that bad things can happen and are not complacent about their safety. This month, National Safety Month, is a good time to take a good look at your workplace to see exactly how safe you can make it. Get your team together to discuss this, and don’t forget to get employee input as well.

Workplace health and safety hazards can be costly (to lives and the bottom line), but the good news is that they are largely preventable if you take the right precautions. (Item #1)   Here are a few ways to make your office safer. (Item #2)   What should employers do to protect workers from fire hazards? (Item #3)

A company should provide employees with a safe parking lot as well as protection while getting to or from that lot. (Item #4)   Help keep your home office space secure for kids and pets by following these safety guidelines. (Item #5)   As a leader, you are responsible not only for your own safety, but for the security and safety of those you lead.  (Item #6)

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