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Business Continuity/Cyber Security Trends for 2017
January 4, 2017 - Do you know what you would do when/if faced with a crisis that could impact your reputation and your bottom line? If you answered no, then we urge you to hurry up and develop a crisis management plan. Item #3 this week talks about one company's successful handling of a crisis, while other articles look at who didn't handle things well. We can learn from both situations and improve our own plans.
Dec 14, 2016 - As we approach Christmas and the start of another new year, it's important to do what we can to ensure that our holidays are happy and our families are safe. This issue offers a number of tips about safety for travel, shopping, decorating and more. Take a look through these articles for your own peace of mind and your family's safety. Don't be the family that's featured in the news over Christmas because a holiday fire destroyed their home or some other disaster befell them.
Dec 7, 2016 - Having a business continuity plan that has not been tested might do you more harm than good. Everything can fall apart if people don't know what they are supposed to do or elements of the plan don't work. Soooo... we really cannot say this enough: Test your plan and train your people so everyone will have confidence that the plan will work.
Nov 30, 2016 - Whether you're in the northeast, the midwest or the south, winter weather of one kind or another can disable your business, costing you money and lost productivity. Planning now will help you weather the storms of winter that we know are just ahead (some places already have experienced heavy snow and ice). This issue will show you how planning helped last winter and some of the things to think about for the upcoming winter.
Nov 16, 2016 - According to the CDC, it's not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. While flu spreads every year, they say, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another. Flu season starts around this time of year and peaks from December to March, but now, while there is no serious epidemic, is the time to do something about it. The National Institutes of Health estimates that the flu costs $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity. And workers report their productivity decreases by half when powering through the flu at work. This issue is aimed at helping prevent infection and spreading the flu.
Nov 9, 2016 - Don't panic, but Christmas is only 46 days away, and it's likely your holiday party or other activities will occur during that time. Are you having a party? Sponsoring some sort of charity activity? Whatever you do, you certainly don't want anything that happens to result in legal actions against the organization. This issue provides answers to how to handle various aspects of the holiday gathering and how to avoid problems.
Nov 2, 2016 - We talk a lot about preparing for disruptions and disasters, but sometimes we don’t talk enough about what to do after something happens. Perhaps these steps should be included in your business continuity plan. This issue can help you figure out what after disaster should strikes.
Oct 26, 2016 - When's the last time you dusted off, reviewed and updated your business continuity plan? Many of you will answer never or several years ago. If you haven't done so in the last year, you definitely need to be doing it now so you can be confident in it if you have to use it. Do all your employees know about it and what their roles are, even the new employees? We thought not. Soon we will turn back the clocks and we should be tuning up our plans as well.
Oct 19, 2016 - Everything we do has a certain level of risk. It’s the way you manage those risks that could spell the difference between success and failure. This issue can help identify the potential risks you face and how to accept them, mitigate them or avoid them.
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.