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Testing... Are you doing it?
If you're not testing your Business Continuity Plan, hopefully you're working on it. Once you have your plan, you need to see if it will work as you think it will. Better to find out now that someone in a key role will freak out than wait until that individual does so in a crisis. Or, if there are a couple of steps missing, wouldn't it be better to find out now that in a critical situation? Silly question, right? Testing/exercising your plan will help you determine if your plan might be successful, but even any failures will teach you something.
Safety and Security in the Workplace
It's not just your premises and your data, but your most important asset - your employees - that you have to ensure remain safe and secure. This week's articles discuss the benefits of a safe workplace as well as ways to determine the health of your workplace through an assessment. If you don't do everything you can to ensure safety and security, you could risk lawsuits or even the reputation of your business.
Protecting Your Business from Identity Theft
Corporate identity theft, which has been with us for years now, remains a huge threat as businesses continue to leave themselves vulnerable to this danger. Despite everything we do to protect our corporate identity, cyber thieves are continually discovering new ways to create havoc. Why should you worry? Identity theft can put your business - and you - at risk in many different ways. Check out these articles to learn how to protect your company or organization from identity theft.
Cloud computing is growing by leaps and bounds and will continue to do so through the year and longer. If you haven't jumped on the cloud computing bandwagon yet, there are some benefits as well as risks you should be aware of. These articles provide some info on the state of cloud computing, the trends we are seeing, and the dangers lurking out there.
Avoiding Meeting and Event Disasters
When it comes to events, Murphy's Law is always at work. All of us have no doubt been victims of it at one time or another. In this issue, we are focused on avoiding those disasters that Murphy can cause, from natural disasters to technical ones to faulty marketing messages. We hope you'll find some helpful tips in these articles.
It's a crisis and your response has to help prevent the situation from going from crisis to chaos or worse. Your communication plan could help with this, but have you developed it enough to be useful in the current situation? Do you know what to do first and second? Or might there be another alternative to your current plan? (see Item #3) All of these articles talk about what to do and how to do it if a crisis occurs.
Top 6 Effective Tabletop Exercise Scenarios for Business Continuity
Business continuity plans alone aren't enough to ensure organizations can overcome unexpected situations. These strategies must be tested, revised to cover critical vulnerabilities, and tested again. Conducting a Tabletop Exercise scenario can help train staff, raise their levels of awareness of the business continuity plan and verify their capabilities to communicate, respond and recover from various events. Check out one of these top six scenarios for your next Tabletop Exercise.
Weathering the Weather in Hurricane Season
We just observed hurricane preparedness week, and hurricane season begins on June 1. What's the status of your preparedness for the coming storms? As we have seen with recent weather, lack of preparedness can spell disaster, so take some cues from these articles and ramp up your plans in advance of the storms ahead.