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Oct 12, 2016 - Winston Churchill once said that a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. This is also true of news about a crisis and your response to it. You have to be ready to talk to all stakeholders when a crisis occurs, as soon as it occurs -- to get out in front of it. The first response does not have to be definitive, because you will need to refine the message as you learn more about the situation. But you do have to respond. This issue can help with your response... and check out the worst crisis communications mistakes in Item #5.
Oct 5, 2016 - Because October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, we thought we would take a look at how organizations can raise awareness of cyber security among their own employees. Many studies have shown that employees are the usually the weakest link in the cyber security chain and all could benefit from more frequent, consistent training. This is not to say that they are the only firewall against cyber attacks (see article #3), but the more they know the more they can be helpful in shoring up your cyber security efforts.
Sep 28, 2016 - If you run events and have not had any incidents that made you wonder why you do it, then you must be one of the luckiest people on the planet. And in today’s world, there are more possible disruptions and potential crises than ever before because our increased use of technology has made us more vulnerable to hacking and other incidents. So remember that, where crises are concerned, it’s not if you’ll be a victim but when. This issue can help you be better prepared to avoid these risks.
Sep 21, 2016 - October is Fire Prevention Month and October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the notorious blaze that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres on October 8th and 9th, 1871. It has since been expanded to Fire Prevention Month. This is the time of year when we need to ensure that we are prepared for the potential of fires and the dangers they present. This issue can help you with your preparations and planning.
Sep 14, 2016 - Many experts believe that you don’t always know that your data has been breached and only learn about it after the fact, often from a third party. When you do find out about a breach, do you know what to do to recover from it? This issue provides some insights in the steps to take to save your reputation.
Sep 7, 2017 - Terrorism is a fact of life in the 21st century, and we have all spent time ensuring we are prepared in the event it strikes our workplace or home. And terrorism is changing... we're not just worried about bombs anymore but also about lone actors whose actions we can't predict. This means we have to review our business continuity plans and ensure that we have included all potential risks that we may not have considered when bombs were our main concern.
Aug 31, 2016 - Your employees are a valuable resource and contribute mightily to your bottom line. There always are some employees, however, and some issues that can cause problems that might disrupt your business and adversely affect the bottom line. This issue focuses on how to deal with those employees and how to avoid situations that could compromise your business.
Aug 24, 2016 - The theme of this September’s National Preparedness Month is once again “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” NPM reminds us to prepare for emergencies that could affect us at work, at home, and on travel or vacation. This week’s articles focus on how you can plan for and deal with disasters and other disruptions to your business.
Aug 17, 2016 - Think BP, Toyota, Tylenol, Red Cross -- all brands that suffered serious damage to their brands and reputation yet have survived. While your business or organization may not be on that scale, you could suffer reputation damage from which it could take years to recover. What’s your online reputation management plan? The articles below offer some tips on how to manage your reputation online and how to assess reputation risks.
Aug 10, 2016 - It's important that you review and update your business continuity plan in order to cover all the possible risks -- everything from acts of terrorism to the zika virus. What's particularly important is ensuring that your current plan addresses all the risks that could affect your organization; readiness to respond is the goal. This issues covers what your plan should include, how to help your employees plan at home and what you should know about the zika virus.
Aug 3, 2016 - Cyber hacking is always in the news. The recent hacking of the emails of the Democratic National Committee once again reminds us that cyber security should be a major concern for all of us. We have to continually update our security plans and processes – and our employee education -- so we can keep up with the advances made by hackers and other cyber criminals. This issue may shed some light on how you can continue to protect your organization.