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Small business advice: Reputation risk
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Reputation is one of the most valuable things a business has. It is what persuades customers to either try a new business or come back to one they have worked with in the past, and at the heart of this vital component is trust. Reputation is a tenuous thing. It is so easily damaged so you must always be on guard to ensure this does not happen. More



Protect your business against spear phishing
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Most people are aware of "phishing" attacks: scams initiated via email or on social networks with the aim of getting you to hand over your personal details. However, the scattergun approach of phishing is becoming more miss than hit, as user education improves and the chances of finding a gullible "mark" among the mass mail out decreases. So these phishermen are now looking to more targeted attacks, known as spear phishing. If you run a small business, you and your employees are firmly within the cross-hairs, and your data is at risk. More

How much can your company afford to lose?
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Organizations have been nudged by credit-rating agencies, pushed by regulators and told by various accounting, audit and consulting firms to adopt enterprise risk management. But can ERM make a noticeable impact on companies' value or growth? Perhaps if organizations would instead think of ERM as "entrepreneurial risk management," the process would be seen for its value-creation as well as its value-protection aspects. More

Small businesses to see regulatory changes in new year
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Small businesses may be facing a variety of regulatory changes after Jan. 1. Payroll service provider Paychex outlined a list of 13 potential regulatory changes for small businesses in 2013. More



How to weigh risks of continuing to provide health care coverage — or not
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With the election settled and a number of lawsuits decided, it's clear the implementation of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act is moving forward. There could be numerous timing glitches with implementation through delayed issuance of regulations and enactment of the exchanges, but Matthew R. Huttlin, vice president, Employee Benefits Division at ECBM, says it is important that every organization continue with its planning. "This law will continue to be modified and adjusted over the next few years and employers are going to need sound, detailed guidance to negotiate their way through the PPACA legislation," he says. More

Prepare for social media screw ups
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Social media screw ups are inevitable, so what do you when one hits your brand? No matter your company's level of participation on social media, you should have best practices in place to maintain your company profile and sustain sales strategies in the face of a social blast. More

2013 will see an adapting supply chain
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The struggling global economy has inevitably seen the supply chain industry having to adapt during 2012 — a theme that will continue into 2013 according to end-to-end supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co. Natural disasters of recent years still weigh heavily on the mind of supply chain professionals; with companies exploring sourcing options more actively and risk management gaining a larger role. The last year has also seen more companies looking at their logistics operations and how they can gain revenue, something which is especially true for high margin sectors such as pharmaceuticals and energy. More

New checkpoint security envisioned at airports
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Removing your shoes, belt, jacket — as well as the unexplained requirement to unpack your laptop ahead of a pat-down by security officers — has been a constant pain for business and leisure travelers. However, by 2017 this routine might be a thing of the past if an ambitious program to change airport security arrangements takes off as planned. More

Risk management at forefront as farmers face uncertainty in 2013
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One thing is certain for corn farmers in 2013, and that is the importance of risk management amid extreme uncertainty in yields and revenues, Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. Three years of below-normal corn yields and ongoing drought in the western Corn Belt have the potential to drive corn prices to record highs in the coming year, but a return to more normal yields nationwide could send corn prices on their largest-ever year-to-year decline. The wide range of possibilities makes growers vulnerable and emphasizes the need for a variety of risk management tactics. More

4 data security risks to watch for in 2013
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Kroll Advisory Solutions has released its 2013 Cyber Security Forecast, spotlighting some of the pressing and perhaps unexpected privacy and security issues healthcare and other organizations may be grappling with in the coming year. While last year's vulnerabilities will continue to haunt organizations that have yet to evolve their policies and procedures — from encrypting data to regularly changing passwords — there are many threats waiting in the wings, according to Kroll, which lists some things to think about in 2013. More


 

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