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How to manage cyber-risks effectively
The Guardian
Some of the most worrying risks facing companies today come from cyberspace. Effective senior managers will manage these risks just as they manage others, such as financial and legal ones. But how?
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Prerequisites for effective enterprise risk management
By Dr. David Hillson
The term Enterprise Risk Management describes a comprehensive and integrated framework for managing risk at all levels within an organization. Four organizational characteristics are required if ERM is to work properly.
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Top tips for ensuring business continuity
Call Centre Helper
The benefit of hindsight is a wonderful thing, as long as you take the time to put into practice whatever it is that you wish you had done in the first place. Which, let's face it, not many of us get round to do doing. But when it comes to our businesses, the weather seems to have become the equivalent of a giant yellow Post-It "note to self" that we stick on our desks and then promptly forget when the daffodils come out.
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Lack of new cat bonds makes secondary trading opportunities elusive in January
Artemis
Lower than expected issuance levels of new catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities so far this year has made secondary cat bond trading opportunities elusive, according to one ILS fund manager. Investment managers are currently awash with excess cash, thanks to new capital inflows and money returned from maturing cat bonds. But this excess cash could only be partly deployed in January due to a lack of new issuance and less trading opportunities in the secondary market.
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Your innovation problem is really a leadership problem
Harvard Business Review
Large companies like IBM, Syngenta, Procter & Gamble, 3M and Unilever show that innovation can be a repeatable discipline. Emerging upstarts like Google and Amazon.com show how innovation can be embedded into an organization's culture from day one. Yet, with all of this progress it still feels like a positive surprise when you see a large company confidently approach the challenges of innovation. In Building a Growth Factory, authors Scott Anthony and David Duncan suggest at least one root cause. Too many companies use point solutions to address a systematic challenge: Let's run an idea challenge! Have an ideation session! Form a growth group! Open a corporate venturing arm! Create incentives for innovation! None of these is bad, but point solutions don't solve system-level problems.
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Economy headed for fast track this year
USA Today via Money News
Most economists expect the U.S. economy will get on a strong growth track this summer, according to a new USA Today survey. The survey of 46 economists reveals 37 percent have higher expectations than they did in October. Though most participants recognize the U.S. economy is likely to be sluggish for the first six months or so, they are essentially projecting 2013 to be a year of two halves.
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Banks must boost risk oversight after trading scandals
Bloomberg
Global regulators called on banks to strengthen risk management and boost oversight in response to recent scandals that have shaken faith in the financial system. A survey of lenders by the Financial Stability Board found that "significant gaps" persist in risk management, the group said on its website. Nearly half of the companies in the study don't meet all the "fundamental" criteria for sound risk governance, the FSB said.

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Identifying and addressing top 10 risks in 2013 demands board oversight and management
ITI News
How companies manage capital and profits against a backdrop of deepening strategic risks arising from economic, political, competitive and regulatory factors will be a key focus for all boards during 2013 and the foreseeable future.

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When reporting on risk to the board, skip the PowerPoint
Corporate Counsel
Fifty years ago in Washington D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. departed from his prepared remarks and delivered a speech that left an indelible mark on the American conscience. No PowerPoint. No technology — just imagery and cadence. He watched his audience, not a screen. In an age where so many of us rely on technology and PowerPoint presentations, the most effective communicators understand that to persuasively present ideas, you have to understand your audience and react to signals sent to the presenter in real time.

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The growing BYOD problem
FierceMobileIT
Nearly three out of five enterprises believe that BYOD represents a growing problem for their organizations, according to a survey of 162 enterprises conducted by Osterman Research on behalf of Dell. While BYOD can improve employee job satisfaction and productivity, it also can cause a number of problems if not managed properly: support for personally owned devices is more difficult than it is for company-supplied devices, the cost of managing mobile devices can increase, content management becomes more difficult, network and application security are placed at higher risk and corporate governance can become very difficult to manage, according to the Osterman report.
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Better record-keeping, training can stem internal fraud
Idaho Statesman
Protecting your business from fraud and scams must start inside. Employees perpetuate corporate fraud as frequently as con artists. You may ask why small businesses are a primary target for cons. That's easy. Small businesses may not be as adept or well-equipped to protect sensitive information — and money — as larger companies, which can afford to hire dedicated staffs to ensure oversight and security.
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Prepare for the worst by assessing your technology and vulnerabilities
Smart Business
In the aftermath of major disasters like Hurricane Sandy, renewed focus on planning for catastrophic incidents can actually undermine effective preparedness for more likely events and distort perception of risk in a way that makes businesses more vulnerable. The following discusses how to prepare for everyday disasters can keep your company — and its technology — on track.
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More employers turning to wellness programs
Credit Union Times
In order to drive profitability and performance, 87 percent of employers relied on wellness programs in 2012, up from 75 percent in 2010, according to the latest report from Buck Consultants. The report, titled "Working Well: A Global Survey of Health Promotion and Workplace Wellness Strategies," finds employers from all locations say improving worker productivity and reducing presenteeism (at work while sick) are their top wellness program objectives.
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Companies concerned about social legal risks
Technorati
Last year the Altimeter group released research into the key fears executives had when using, or not using, social media. The four biggest risks identified were damage to brand reputation, releasing confidential information, legal violations and ID theft. Some new research, conducted by agency Immediate Future, of U.K. companies supports this perception, with legal concerns topping the list of what executives are worried about. Despite this concern however, many are still not regarding mitigating this risk as a priority.
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