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Since 2000, social media use by businesses has grown and is now standard fare for many organizations. Others just don't want anything to do with it, fearing the risks it presents. But social media can play a critical role in business continuity, and this week's articles discuss that role and how to manage and/or mitigate the risks prevented.
Crisis communication has been an evolving field for some years now. Most of us have learned that a prompt, well-considered response is critical in crisis situations. In this issue, not only can we learn what not to do, we can learn some specifics of what to do from the likes of Beyonce and the Somali pirates, as well as get some good tips from other experts.
The month of April is Workplace Violence Awareness Month and is commemorated nationally, for the fifth year, by the Alliance Against Workplace Violence (AAWPV). AAWPV intends to "highlight the preventable nature of most workplace violence incidents." This issue reinforces their efforts... please take the time to read how you can recognize and help prevent violence in the workplace.
At today's meetings and events, the security of your content is as important as the safety and security of your attendees. You still need to take all the usual steps of creating a plan, assessing the risks, and testing that plan. What's newer, however, is the critical need for security of any intellectual property at events. This issue provides valuable information on every type of security needed at your event.
What value do you put on your organization's reputation? Is it a critical part of your business continuity plan? It certainly should be. In today's world, where almost no information remains “secret” for long, protecting your company's name should be at least as important as protecting its assets, because reputation is one asset that is easy to destroy... and difficult to rebuild. This week's articles provide information on this critical aspect of your organization.
If you looked around you, could you pick out which of your colleagues is an insider threat? Maybe, but probably not. And, if you could, what would/could you do about it? Sadly, most organizations do not have a much better chance of picking out the threats than you do and less of an idea on how to mitigate the risk they present. If you don’t know how to identify and deal with these human risks, however, your organization can suffer serious consequences. Take a look through this week’s articles to find some ideas on how to deal with insider threats.
Shelter-in-place orders are used more than you might think. Just last month, UMass Amherst (MA) and Gadsden State (AL) were on lock-down for various reasons. Chemical spills in your vicinity, fires, active shooter incidents and many other situations may required that you shelter in place for some period of time. We're sure you know that you need water, medical supplies, food, etc., in order to shelter in place. In this issue are some things you may not have thought of.
It's likely that most of the readers of this newsletter are aware of danger of cyber security threats. What we can't know, however, is whether all of you have incorporated cybersecurity into your business continuity and disaster recovery plans. It definitely should be a priority for organizations of all types. One attack could be severe enough to seriously damage or even close your business. Check this week's articles for more information on how to better prepare for and/or help prevent cybersecurity threats.
The potential for risk is everywhere around us... how are you planning to mitigate, avoid or transfer the potential risks to your organization? Before you do anything else, you must identify those risks. The New Year brings new sources of risk as well, and each organization needs to do whatever it can to figure out where trouble might lurk. Read this issue for clues and suggested mitigation activities.
Cloud computing -- or SaaS -- is a very much talked about today. Some of the talk is about its benefits (scalability, reliability, accessibility, etc.) but some of the talk is about its drawbacks (complexity, cost, security, etc.). Whatever your point of view, it seems that the cloud is here to stay, so we all should be considering how and if we can use it effectively and strategically to achieve our disaster recovery and business continuity goals. This issue could prove helpful toward making that decision.
Although flu season, according to the experts, is starting later this year, we can still expect flu outbreaks over the winter and, like last year, they could be significant. If you haven't planned for flu yet this year, it's not too late to save you and your employees from the effects of this year's flu season. This issue provides insight and information to help your organization get through thru flu with the least impact.