Wednesday, May 31, 2017

National Safety Month

May 31, 2017 - June is National Safety Month and a good time to think about safety in your workplace. These articles cover workplace injuries, active shooter preparations, fire, medical and other emergencies. If you haven’t visited the topic of workplace safety in a while, June is a good time to do so, and this issue can help.

Protecting employees by eliminating or controlling hazards through engineering or work practice controls should be everyone's goal, employer, and employee alike. (Item #1)   If a mass shooting occurred at your workplace, would your workforce know what to do?  (Item #2)   Check out these tips for dealing with emergency situations in the workplace. (Item #3)

Do you know what to do to lessen the likelihood of an office fire breaking out -- and how to react if one does? (Item #4)   How can an AED help keep my employees safe? (Item #5)   Here are six guidelines to help you create a safer working environment for you and your employees. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mass Communication Systems

May 24, 2017 - Ever since the shootings at Virginia Tech, mass communication systems have been evolving into tools that can help save lives and businesses. What is your method of communicating to your employees about a disaster or disruption? If you don’t have some kind of system, you should take a look at this week’s articles that discuss these systems and how to choose them.

The author discusses how organizations can use employee communications platforms to identify who is affected, communicate instructions quickly, and receive quantifiable responses from those who might be at risk. (Item #1)   Here are just a few ways you can promote your ENS that you can mix and match to ensure your recipients are aware of the new service and the benefits to them. (Item #2)   Ensuring employees know what to do to rebound and then effectively communicate with customers, partners, suppliers, etc. is critical in any business continuity plan. (Item #3)

Here is some helpful advice about selecting and evaluating mass communication vendors. (Item #4) Here are several best practices to help garner voluntary internal participation for your mass notification program. (Item #5)   Let’s take a quick look at some of the ways a mass notification system can enhance evacuation procedures. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Other Severe Weather

May 17, 2017 - Even though it seems that hurricane season 2016 just ended, 2017's season started in the eastern Pacific a couple of days ago and the central Pacific and Atlantic seasons will begin June 1. While predictions indicate a less active hurricane season, we need to remember that only one storm can wipe out a business or a community. How are your preparations coming? These articles may help you solidify your plans.

A business continuity plan is a contingency that allows business to keep operating, even if it is on a limited basis, in the wake of an unforeseen disaster. (Item #1)   As hurricane season approaches, the challenge is for organizations of all types to plan ahead for operational and employee resilience, in order to ensure employee availability and functionality during periods of critical need. (Item #2)   Scientists say there is a 42 percent probability of at least one major hurricane making landfall on the U.S. coast this season, with a 24 percent chance of a major hurricane hitting the Gulf Coast. (Item #3)

You need to determine which hazards could affect your company before you spend money on insurance that will cover each and every potential hazard. (Item #4)   With a more active than normal tornado season predicted, what steps have you taken to ensure the safety and security of your organization and its constituents during tornadoes, hurricanes, and other extreme weather situations?  (Item #5)   This post examines the effects flooding has on security, especially as it relates to a company's business continuity and the supply chain. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Legal and Ethical Issues and Business Continuity

May 10, 2017 - You are no doubt familiar with many of the numerous laws and regulations for business continuity and disaster recovery planning. All of them, in some way, impact your BC and DR planning and may also result in liability to a company not in compliance. In addition, now we need to consider ethical conduct and integrity planning to avoid additional liability. This week’s articles may be able to guide you through some of the legal and ethical dangers.

The legal issues involved in corporate contingency planning are some of the most misunderstood and confusing aspects of the entire process of creating a disaster recovery plan. (Item #1)   While most corporations have invested in broad-based business continuity plans to address a variety of risks, few have measured these plans against potential liabilities that may result from how they respond to major disasters. (Item #2)   Prudent businesses must plan to manage integrity continuity by assessing their vulnerability to ethical disasters, taking proactive measures, and preparing their organizations to mitigate and survive when such scandals break. (Item #3)

There are many misconceptions about the legal requirements for disaster recovery planning. (Item #4)   Prudent businesses must plan to manage integrity continuity by assessing their vulnerability to ethical disasters, taking proactive measures, and preparing their organizations to mitigate and survive when such scandals break. (Item #5)  It’s nearly certain that businesses addressing or involved in homeland security incidents will face the potential of legal liability. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017: Cyber Resilience

May 3, 2017 - This year Business Continuity Awareness Week occurs between March 15 and 19, and the theme is cyber resilience. The BCI's Cyber Resilience Report revealed that two-thirds of organizations had experienced at least one cybersecurity incident during the previous year, and 15% had experienced at least ten. So this week we'll focus on cyber resilience so you can think what you will do to raise awareness of business continuity and the importance of cyber resilience? (Item #6 has a link to download posters to display throughout your workplace.)

Perhaps you'll want to do this cyber resilience review from US-CERT. (Item #1)   Check out these seven steps of cyber resilience from a Cisco white paper. (Item #2)   Proper cyber security resilience requires proper planning and proper testing. (Item #3)

A cyber-resilient law firm should have the capacity across the business to maintain their core purpose, operations, and integrity in the face of cyber attacks and cyber security breaches. (Item #4)   In response to the challenges of cyber resilience, the World Economic Forum (WEF) recently published an exclusive cyber-risks tool-kit marking it as a one of a kind innovation tool in the cyber resilience landscape. (Item #5)   These posters can be posted in your workplace to let everyone know how they can improve cyber resilience. (Item #6)

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