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Suicide in the Workplace: Prevention & Response

Suicide in the Workplace: Prevention & Response

Suicide touches everyone. About every 15 minutes someone dies by suicide, and about every minute someone attempts suicide. This is an issue that is especially prevalent among working-age adults. Not only can the suicide of an employee disrupt business as usual, it can deeply impact coworkers and their mental state following the incident.

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Preventing and Preparing for Workplace Violence

Preventing and Preparing for Workplace Violence

The landscape of the workplace is changing and not necessarily for the better when it comes to violence. Professionals in every industry have growing concerns for the safety of their employees and are looking for ways to prepare for and respond to a workplace violence incident. Your business’ biggest asset is your people and having a plan to keep them safe should be an intricate part of your business continuity plan.

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Avoid the Naughty List: Follow Santa’s 6 Rules for Business Continuity Planning

Avoid the Naughty List: Follow Santa’s 6 Rules for Business Continuity Planning

santa’s rulesSanta has one of the most difficult jobs there is: delivering joy to every girl and boy in a single night. With the millions of required deliveries, he doesn’t have time to take chances on something going wrong. While the elves are hard at work making toys throughout the year, we assume Santa keeps busy designating which names end up on the Naughty and Nice lists. However, Santa has one other important list to double check throughout the year: his list of business threats and plans to overcome them.

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Winter Weather and Secondary Hazards: Know the Risks

Winter Weather and Secondary Hazards: Know the Risks

The Northern Plains and parts of the Upper Midwest endured a pounding from Winter Storm Delphi as some locations received over 9 inches of snow accumulation in a 24 hour period. In an area of the US already weakened by extreme winter weather, the arrival of Delphi has further strained resources and prompted hundreds of delays, closures, and accidents. In fact, reports from Minnesota alone indicate nearly 400 traffic accidents occurred across the state during that time.

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5 Considerations to Hone Your Organization’s Terrorism Threat Resonse

5 Considerations to Hone Your Organization’s Terrorism Threat Resonse

If last week was any indication, it is becoming increasingly clear that the threat of terrorism is expanding globally. Not only did Paris endure several coordinated attacks; Beirut and Yola, Nigeria were both targets of terrorist attacks, as well. In addition to showing support for the victims, survivors, and others affected by these atrocities, it is imperative that organizations also look for ways to protect ourselves and each other from future acts of terrorism.

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Cyber Extortion on the Rise: What Your Financial Firm Needs to Know

Cyber Extortion on the Rise: What Your Financial Firm Needs to Know

On November 3rd, 2015, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued a statement warning financial institutions of the increasing number of cyber-attacks used to extort money and other allowances from victims, a trend that is seen around the world. For example, news came out in September that several large financial organizations in the United Kingdom were being targeted by extortion cybercriminals in the DD4BC group for bitcoins. According to the report, 58% of the extortion ring’s targets were financial organizations (banks and credit unions, currency exchangers, and payment processors), and their monthly attacks increased 400% between September, 2014, and June, 2015. Likewise, representatives from Interpol expressed concern over the growing number of sophisticated cyber-attacks against banks in Russia, Eastern Europe, and other former Soviet states. One very active form of sophisticated attack referenced was cyber extortion.

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

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 public service announcement, the FBI warned of an increase in computer network exploitation by disgruntled and/or former employees.

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