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Are you prepared for the 'worst case scenario'?
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The continued news on the financial and employment losses of Hurricane Isaac is a poignant reminder of the threat natural disasters pose to business and economic growth. Every company needs to protect its business from the "worst case scenario" in order to grow because, as the last few years have shown us, the worst case can easily and quickly take us by surprise. More

Risk management expert examines economic forecasts
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VideoBriefRecently, news headlines proclaimed that the worst seems to be over for the U.S. economy based on 2011 census numbers and other government figures through March 2012, but is the optimism warranted? Stories proclaimed the recession had "bottomed out" and that "the economy is stabilizing" now that Americans are moving for jobs again and more young adults are leaving their parents' homes while poverty slows. In the following interview, Jim Nowak, vice president of risk management at the United Banker's Bank, discusses the economic assessment. More

Trend Micro: BYOD Security a major issue for small businesses
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As organizations continue to adopt bring-your-own-device initiatives, which allow employees to use personal mobile devices to connect to the company network, these businesses are potentially opening themselves up to security breaches, according to a survey of more than 100 small and midsize business IT security providers during June and July 2012, which was sponsored by cloud security specialist Trend Micro and conducted by Osterman Research. More

Dogs in the workplace: What every business owner needs to know
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There is ample evidence, both anecdotal and scientific, that having dogs in the workplace can reduce stress and offer opportunities for exercise and non-work-related interaction among employees. But bringing pets into the workplace also raises questions business owners shouldn't ignore. Such as, what if the office dog bites someone? What if an employee or customer is allergic? What are the liability and insurance concerns? More

The value of seeing and acting on driver risk factors
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It takes information, analysis and — above all — action to mitigate the risks truck drivers bring to the road at any given time. That's what giant refrigerated carrier C.R. England realized and benefitted from via its implementation of a predictive-modeling solution called the "Fleet Safety Model" provided by FleetRisk Advisors. The computerized system uses advanced analytics to predict which drivers in a fleet are most likely to have an accident during the next 28 days. The firm customizes the safety model for each trucking company by drawing from a variety of data sources, including operations, human resources and safety. More

Mortgage fees could go up in 5 states
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The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently released a proposal that would hike fees it charges for guaranteeing credit risk for mortgages originating in five states that it says carry a higher cost of default for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The proposal, if implemented, would impose an additional guarantee fee of between 15 and 30 basis points on lenders in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and New York. More

The risks of moving to the cloud
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Security is a prime area of concern for businesses when planning to migrate to cloud based services, along with other concerns such as reliability and integrating capability with existing IT infrastructure. There are already numerous assertions made by major technology companies regarding the rise of cloud-based deployments. In a recent conference, Cisco stated that it will be a tedious task to monitor data transferred to and from the cloud. On the flip side, renowned cloud service providers like and Amazon Web Services state that the fears regarding security risks in cloud-based models are sort of overblown. More

Anti-counterfeit countermeasures — tactics evolving to strategies
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Packaging components can help deter counterfeiting, but a deeper understanding of the threat is necessary to develop packaging strategies. The following are five steps to help meet the threat. More

Riding the social media wave
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It's hard to deny the growing power of social media and mobile technology. While social media and mobility can offer many benefits to finance departments, like increased collaboration, productivity and response times, it can also pose a number of risks related to the protection of sensitive data and the lightning speed with which these technologies turn thoughts into actions. The key is finding ways to leverage these technologies while also controlling them. More


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