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Aug 17 2016

Three Top Tips for Increasing Organizational Cyber Security Awareness

By Lisa Eifert

Just how important is cyber security awareness in today’s digital age? An entire, month-long observation has been dedicated to shining the spotlight on this hot button issue. But raising awareness about cyber security can be easier said than done—especially when many people mistakenly assume the onus lies entirely with IT. As we approach October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), the following three tips can help you overcome the obstacles, increase awareness, and ultimately fortify both your cyber security strategies and your organization at large.

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Aug 11 2016

Staying Ahead of Storm Surge

By Lisa Eifert

While strong winds and heavy rain are two of the dangers that first come to mind when thoughts turn to the imminent hurricane season, a byproduct of the two can lead to an equally if not more destructive weather phenomenon: storm surge. Let’s take a closer look at this significant hazard to life and property, along with highlighting a new interactive tool from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) aimed at predicting storm surge and fostering critical preparedness.

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Aug 02 2016

Workplace Violence: Six Things Every Organization Should Consider

By Lisa Eifert

We’ve established that workplace violence is a very real issue facing society today. We’ve also covered the importance of forming a crisis management team while providing guidelines for establishing one within your organization. Next up in our “Workplace Violence” blog series? Highlighting a few critical steps involved in formulating an effective response to workplace violence incidences. Let’s count down six things all organizations should consider as part of their comprehensive emergency action plans.

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Aug 01 2016

Seven Deadly Sins of Emergency Notification Part Two

By Lisa Eifert

  Unfortunately, crisis happens. Recently, all too often.  Many companies are not fully prepared to communicate rapidly and effectively in a crisis. This second of a 2-part blog series covers the common mistakes all business continuity and disaster recovery professionals should avoid to avert disaster and foster resiliency. SINS 5-7

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Jul 26 2016

Seven Deadly Sins of Emergency Notification Part One

By Lisa Eifert

  Unfortunately, crisis happens. Recently, all too often. Many companies are not fully prepared to communicate rapidly and effectively in a crisis. This first of a 2-part blog series covers the common mistakes all business continuity and disaster recovery professionals should avoid to avert disaster and foster resiliency.

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Jul 21 2016

Seven Ways to Ensure Your Notifications Get The Attention They Deserve

By Emily Williams

As the business continuity expert within your company, you know that when there is a crippling IT concern, looming severe weather, or other major disruptive event, you need to contact your employees as quickly and efficiently as possible. You know to activate your mass notification system, just like you’ve practiced. And you know when alerts go out, every single employee always pays attention to the notifications and responds appropriately. Okay, maybe the last part isn’t exactly true. Because you also know that no matter how good you are at your job or how strong the capabilities of your notification service, there will always be challenges associated with alerting every single recipient. To help, here are seven "reasons" employees give for not getting your notifications, along with guidance to help ensure future alerts get the attention they deserve.

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Jul 11 2016

What All Organizations Need to Know about Active Shooter Events

By Lisa Eifert

Not only are active shootings equal opportunity threats to organizations and their constituents, but they’re also on the rise. The horrifying attack in Orlando earlier this month underscored the vital need for all organizations to amp up their own efforts to plan and prepare for active shooter scenarios in their own workplaces and communities. Let’s take a closer look at the active shooter phenomenon, along with what you can do to safeguard yourself, your employees and your organization. 

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Jul 05 2016

2016 BSI-BCI Horizon Scan Report Reveals Top Threats for Businesses

By Lisa Eifert

Created jointly by the Business Continuity Institute and BSI, the 2016 Horizon Scan Report highlights top business continuity threats identified by a sampling of resiliency professionals. Do your concerns match this year's list?

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Jun 22 2016

The Zika Virus in the U.S.: What Employers Need to Know Now

By Lisa Eifert

As of May 10, 2016, there were 472 confirmed cases of Zika, spread across 41 states and Washington D.C. By June 1, this number had increased to 618. Get the latest information on Zika as it pertains to your employees, whether or not your staff travel for work.

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Jun 17 2016

What’s the Forecast for Hurricane Season 2016?

By Lisa Eifert

While hurricanes are notoriously unpredictable, scientific advancements allow unprecedented insight into what to expect as a storm season approaches. The bad news? 2016 is anticipated to be a doozy, according to a just-released report from The Weather Company. Let’s take a closer look at what weather experts say lies ahead, along with tips for overcoming this less-than-sunny outlook.

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