Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Awareness, Testing and Training

June 27, 2018 - If nobody reads your business continuity plan (or even knows it's there), can it possibly work? Probably not, and that should worry you. Just because the plan is done, doesn't mean your work is done. It's critical that everyone in the organization understands who's in charge, what each person's role is and how everything is supposed to work. Otherwise, why have the plan at all? This week's articles look at how awareness, testing, and training are done and why they are important.
How will your business respond if faced with a natural disaster, a cyberthreat or an active shooter scenario?  (Item #1)   We couldn't possibly prepare and practice our response for every conceivable business disruption - we have to be generally prepared for everything! (Item #2)   When developing training and awareness content that is retained by attendees, there are two major factors to consider. (Item #3)

Some 23% of companies with a business continuity plan never test it. You shouldn't be one of them. (Item #4)   Here's how business continuity managers should go about planning and executing a business continuity training and awareness campaign. (Item #5)   If you're tired of the same old exercises, here are some tips to make them more interesting and relevant. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Safety and Security in Workplace Emergencies

June 20, 2018 - Many of us don't really believe that our organization will experience an emergency. If you're one of those folks, you need to put a greater priority on safety and security in the workplace because work emergencies have become more and more common in recent years. There is a lot of helpful information available on how to improve your safety and security quotient... we offer some in these articles.
The best way is to prepare to respond to an emergency before it happens; OSHA offers advice on how to plan for everyone's safety. (Item #1)  This article discusses how to identify an emergency situation in the workplace. (Item #2)  The key to a safe workplace is having effective safety and security policies in place and to communicate these policies to all employees. (Item #3)

Workplace emergencies require an immediate, coordinated response from many individuals in an organization who may have little information about the crisis. (Item #4)  This blog examines how to respond to nine of the most common types of workplace emergencies. (Item #5)  Here are a few specific trends that have become apparent in recent years, all of which are pressuring companies to focus more on safety and security. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Meetings/Events Risk and Mitigation

June 13, 2018 - Something always happens at events... you've had the experience yourself when something goes wrong and a crisis ensues. So it's never a case of IF you need a mitigation plan, but how soon can you put one together. And these days, there are more new risks: data breaches, terror attacks, sexual harassment, disease, and others too numerous to mention. If you haven't sat down and considered your next event's vulnerability to various risks, it's time to do so now.
Here's what planners need to do to anticipate, assess, and address each event's security needs from soup to nuts. (Item #1)   Here are some things to consider when working with a Professional Conference Organizer (PCO) to manage your meeting. (Item #2)   Risk management overall is a hot topic for most companies, but very little is known about the specific risks as they apply to the meetings and events space, and the strategies that can be applied to mitigate these risks. (Item #3)

Information gathering, education, and flexibility will help you hone your mitigation plans. (Item #4)   For the time being, safety should be the priority for planners as they look to stage new events, even if a destination doesn't seem particularly risky. (Item #5)   Of the 100 event professionals who responded to a recent poll, 80 percent said that they had experienced some form of on-the-job sexual harassment. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Business Identity Theft

June 6, 2018 - We hope you don't think that your business won't become the victim of identity theft. Because, according to all the experts, business ID theft is becoming more and more common as hackers try to outdo each other. While you can never be completely prepared for an identity theft attack, there are many things you can do to protect your business. Check out these articles for some things to consider.
Thanks to business identity theft, there are new unexpected risks to you and your business - risks they don't teach you about in business school. (Item #1)   Just as with individual income tax returns, certain business, partnership, and trust and estate return filers should be aware of these signs that their identity has been stolen. (Item #2)   Here's how to secure your sensitive information --- online and offline. (Item #3)

This article has tips for organizations under FTC jurisdiction to determine whether they need to design an identity theft prevention program. (Item #4)   While social media has created no-cost marketing opportunities, it also has created risks, including identity theft and data breach. Are you paying enough attention to the risks and costs?  (Item #5)   Employees are becoming increasingly more vulnerable to cyber threats, just as your company is as a whole. (Item #6)

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