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Risk management: Understand vulnerabilities 1st
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Determining suitable controls to effectively mitigate risk is a balancing act. More money can always be spent. More effort can always be put forth. But the right choices are all too often elusive and recognized in hindsight. To avoid suffering unfortunate repercussions, it is best to practice a flavor of risk management that is at once as business minded as it is technically savvy. Too little or much of one or another most often leads to the realization of risks better otherwise controlled. More

Managing the risks of a globalized supply chain
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Globalization has dramatically changed how manufacturers operate, offering an opportunity to reach new customers in new markets while at the same time exposing firms to greater competition. Meanwhile, raw materials and supplier relationships must now be managed on a global scale. Just as there are benefits and costs of globalization, there are similar pros and cons of a global supply chain. In particular, companies need to manage the related risks. More

Be not afraid: Calculate your real risk of a software audit
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Software license compliance is becoming all the more complicated as organizations shift to new technology platforms and software delivery models that involve mobile devices and virtualized environments. While these innovations dramatically increase business productivity and reduce costs through more optimal use of hardware resources, traditional license models are difficult to interpret in these paradigms, and they create licensing risk exponentially greater than that seen in conventional desktop environments. More

Small business owners risk heavy penalties, professional fees by mixing personal and business records
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Combining personal and business accounts is one of the most costly mistakes many new business owners make — a mistake that can cost thousands in tax penalties and professional fees, says CIBC's Jamie Golombek. In a report focused on helping small business owners avoid key taxation mistakes, Golombek writes that while business owners may find it easier to deposit checks to a personal bank account, or to charge business expenses to a personal credit card, these decisions can put them at risk. He notes that sorting out what is a business expense and what is a personal expense at tax time can be tricky and individuals can inadvertently deduct an ineligible expense — a mistake that can cost them thousands of dollars. More

Why your business center should offer business continuity services
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Forward-thinking business centers are putting in place business continuity services so that their tenants don't miss a beat — and so they can attract new tenants in the face of outages from man-made or natural disasters. Let's face it, changing working patterns, the global economic downturn, social unrest and other disruptions, combined with regulatory pressures and governance frameworks, has placed resilience at the top of the business agenda. Companies are under more pressure than ever to ensure they can return to business as usual as quickly as possible and staff productivity is a vital part of the solution. More

Secret weapons for crisis management: Brand advocates and communities
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Nobody believes you, no matter what you say, more and more people gather around, the roar of the crowd, the vicious comments, the loud voices, so many voices, and no matter what you or your employees, or your agencies do, the noise just doesn't go down and often increases further. Handling an online crisis can be like fighting a losing war however, as it's often said the solution to a problem lies within the problem itself. Read on to learn how you can leverage the power of brand advocates and communities who can provide a formidable high wall of defense to protect you in a crisis, often nipping it in the bud. More

Social media presents risk of data overload
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Employees are at risk of information overload as social media technologies are increasingly used in the workforce. Social media will increasingly replace email as the communication method of choice within organizations. But companies will need to manage social media carefully if employees are going to avoid being overloaded with social media noise. More

Speak up safely in the workplace
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We all have issues or concerns at work that we want to raise are afraid to — issues around pay, co-workers, assignments, bosses. For the most part, we do not address such concerns because we are afraid of the conflict that will ensue, which we think we can't manage and are bound to lose. That organizational silence is immensely risky. It means companies don't know what's going on and problems don't get fixed. One solution is to teach employees how to raise these touchy topics in a way that a productive outcome may reasonably be expected. So what are the key rules for enabling this kind of conversation? More

On cyber security, small businesses must stay only one step behind
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Cyber crooks are constantly developing more effective ways to penetrate computer networks and extract sensitive information, and small companies with less capital to spend on sophisticated protection measures are a common target of attacks. Frankly, there is no way to stay ahead of the criminals. Instead, for business owners, the key is to stay no more than one step behind, according to William Schrader, one of the D.C. region's Internet pioneers who was recently appointed CEO of LeaseWeb USA. More


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