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If your corporate or nonprofit event is coming up soon, and you wake up in a cold sweat hoping the nightmare about a disaster doesn't come true, you're obviously worrying that things could go wrong. And, of course, they can. But the best antidote to worrying is to be as prepared as possible.
Identity theft of businesses, their customers and employees is becoming more and more common as hackers seem to try to outdo each other. We hope you don't think that this won't happen to you because you're just as likely to become a victim as any other business. No one is ever prepared for identity theft to happen to them, but now it's possible to do more to protect your business.Here are some things to consider.
Many of us -- maybe most of us -- have been affected by data breaches in the past year. Perhaps your organization is one whose data has been breached by hackers. But your data could have been exposed or stolen in other ways in the workplace, during the data recovery process for example. What controls do you have in place to prevent your disaster recovery process from becoming part of the problem? A newer privacy risk is the proliferation of wearable technology in the workplace. Also of concern is the monitoring of computer/social networking activity by employers. If you have not thought about how some of these issues might impact you, this issue of the NewsBriefs should be of interest.
National Safety Month, observed annually in June, focuses on reducing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes. This is a good time to make sure that you are doing everything possible to keep your employees and your families safe. This issue can help you do that.
What if you send out a mass notification and nobody gets it? This is the thing that nightmares are made of. Hopefully, this will never happen to any of us. To help ensure you know what you’re looking for, this issue provides guidance on how to determine what you need and how to get it. Also, new technology means that these systems are much improved and are not just for emergencies any more.
If you're struggling with the need to develop an email and records retention policy, you're not alone. You have to know what and how you have to do it and understand your organization's specific needs. This week's articles should get you on your way to an effective retention policy.
Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 15-21. NOAA says that this is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. We only have to remember Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy to realize that one storm could shut down our organizations, possibly forever, but at least for years. With this in mind, isn't it the smartest thing to prepare well ahead of time for the worst-case scenario? To help you do this, we've provided the articles to assist in your planning.
Business Continuity Awareness Week is an annual event, organized by the Business Continuity Institute, and is designed to raise awareness of business continuity and resilience. This year it will be held May 16-23. The theme for the week is return on investment and it will look at the many advantages of business continuity. For example, your insurance premiums may be reduced (or not increased by as much!) if you an effective business continuity plan. Or possibly the analysis of you did of your organization has identified the potential for efficiency savings. Have you thought about what your business continuity ROI could be?
We've probably all heard the phrase “fail early, fail cheap,” but have we heeded its warning? When testing your business continuity plan, one of the most effective outcomes is learning where it failed -- before you need to use it. Early failure can be addressed and costs less -- in terms of money, manpower and business impact -- than failure when the plan is critically needed. If you think of testing and training as the keys to the continuity of operations, you'll get busy now. This week's articles can provide some help.
Most people understand the importance of getting management buy-in, but many don’t know how to go about it and succeeding. Also, many are not aware of how critical it is to get support throughout the organization in order to make things happen. In this issue, we have assembled some articles and a video that can provide guidance on the best ways to get buy-in.
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.