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Posted on November 4, 2015 by

What’s Your Exit Strategy? Factoring Disgruntled Employees into Your BC Plan

Not every relationship works out. In fact, some relationships end very badly. For businesses, the end of a bad relationship with a former employee can leave lasting negative impressions—for your reputation, for your work environment, and for your bottom line. Mishandling the firing process for any employee can create a bad taste, but mishandling the exit of a disgruntled employee can lead to costly repercussions that may significantly impact your business’ operations and reputation. In a September 2014…

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Posted on October 28, 2015 by

7 Ways to Prepare Your Business for El Niño

Weather is a powerful force that can greatly improve business or destroy it. Often, weather is predictable in a way that allows us to work around its intricacies so that we can counteract its force and maintain normal operations. Every two to seven years, however, a phenomenon known as El Niño occurs that presents weather variances which flip ordinary weather patterns to unseasonable extremes. This year, weather forecasters predict it to be one of the most powerful on…

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Posted on October 22, 2015 by

How to Make the DHS Cybersecurity Initiative Make Sense for Your Business

Cybersecurity is a growing concern for individuals and businesses alike, so much so that federal agencies have taken strides to help make the nation more cyber aware. As part of that effort, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed a coordinated cybersecurity initiative targeted to various demographics, providing them with educational resources, insights, and tools. For the small to midsize business (SMB) owner, there are three programs worth your while: the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework,…

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Posted on October 15, 2015 by

Cybersecurity: Our Shared Responsibility

October is known for many things, but for those involved with business continuity, it is celebrated as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This year’s theme—Our Shared Responsibility—underscores the importance of taking ownership of our actions to increase our cyber awareness and improve practices to mitigate risks. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in collaboration with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), National Cyber Security Awareness Month…

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Posted on October 7, 2015 by

The 10 Habits of Highly Resilient Organizations

Part of what I love about my job is visiting with customers of all sizes and a variety of industries around the world and seeing firsthand the different ways they approach business continuity and cybersecurity.  Just as no two companies are alike, no two programs are exactly alike.  A company’s mission, culture and leadership philosophies always drive the way a company addresses risk. These are 10 habits I’ve observed consistently from well-prepared organizations. 1. Leadership Buy-in It’s easy…

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Posted on September 30, 2015 by

Cybersecurity Is a Pillar of Your Business Continuity Program

Recently, I was in Washington DC meeting with one of our larger clients when we were asked “what role does cybersecurity play with business continuity?” It’s a question Preparis gets asked more and more frequently, and it’s a really important one. Business resiliency and compliance programs exist within organizations to protect people, operations, revenue, and brand from threats and disruptions. Threats can take many forms, such as natural disasters, unexpected IT failures, pandemics, workplace violence, and cyber-attacks.  While…

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Posted on September 23, 2015 by

OCIE September Risk Alert: Are You Cybersecurity Audit-Ready?

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently issued an update of their Cybersecurity Examination Initiative–the third one related to this initiative–alerting businesses in the securities industry to the newest areas within cybersecurity practices they will be examining. Each of these six focus areas will assess the extent to which firm procedures and controls have been implemented in order to promote better compliance practices and ultimately improve cybersecurity preparedness: Governance and Risk Assessment Examiners will look…

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Posted on September 17, 2015 by

6 Reasons Why Your Business Needs More than a Messaging System

You’ve sent an emergency message…now what? Do your employees know how to respond? Are they familiar with the directives in the message? Do they know where to go and who is in charge? The time for answering these and related questions is not in the midst of a crisis. It is well before a crisis occurs. Businesses are constantly at risk for a wide range of events that can disrupt their operations, place their people in jeopardy, and…

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Posted on September 9, 2015 by

Third Party Vendor Assessments Are Key to BCP and Cybersecurity for Asset Managers

In an increasingly interconnected business world, on-time delivery of products and services is crucial.   As technology and innovation continue improving the way businesses operate, we all must rely on a web of third party vendors and partners to make it happen.  Revenue, growth, and brand reputation are at risk if a company’s third party vendors are ever disrupted, breached, and unable to deliver their services. For example, credit unions rely on their payment processing partners to always be running…

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Posted on September 2, 2015 by

National Emergency Preparedness Month and the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge

September is widely recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM). As such, there are several ways you can participate to ensure you, your family, and your business are prepared for all threats. Outside of the programs associated with NPM, one growing platform is the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge. Here are a few ways your organization can get involved with these efforts and become more prepared for an emergency. National Preparedness Month Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency…

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