101 Survival Tips for Your Business

There is no disputing the fact that a lot of businesses are collapsing in Nigeria and indeed the world over today because of lack of knowledge of what it takes to salvage the situation. This has even led to serious health conditions as many entrepreneurs have become hypertensive and their health state has defied medical solutions. This is because as long as the survival of their businesses is threatened, their own survival too will continue to be under threat. This is why I am reviewing this book this week as a textual solution. I wish you pleasurable reading.

This text entitled 101 Survival Tips for Your Business, with the subtitle Practical Tips to Help Your Business Survive and Prosper is written by Andrew Griffiths, a professional marketing consultant, as well as director of an Australian company called The Marketing Professionals. Griffiths is an accomplished trainer and a reputable public speaker. He specialises in trouble-shooting for companies that are in dire need of professional advice on marketing and customer-related issues.

In the course of his career, Griffiths has owned and operated a number of businesses, including a commercial diving operation, a travel company, an outdoor advertising business and a tourism publication. He equally worked as a dive instructor and commercial diver, door-to-door encyclopedia salesman, gold prospector, international sales manager and gardener.

According to this author, running a business is difficult and demanding even at the best of times. Griffiths says the trick to surviving is to avoid the common hazards that all business operators face along the way. He assures that the 101 practical survival tips offered in this text will guide you to successfully navigate your way through these hazards, and help your business to reach its full potential. This expert says each of these survival tips is based on his many years of experience and sound advice from successful businesses around the world.

Griffiths advises you to choose and apply a new tip each week or use this book as a source of inspiration and guidance when you are setting up a new business. In this book, there are tips to help you build better relationships with your suppliers, your staff and your customers, as well as financial, legal, marketing and personal survival tips. All these tips are designed to highlight common problems and give you a clear course of action that will increase your chances of business survival. As regards structure, this text is segmented into 12 basic sections of 101 tips, in addition to a bonus section containing 20 tips. Section one is christened The future of small business.

In the words of Griffiths here, “Small businesses form the backbone of many economies. As populations grow worldwide, so do the number of small businesses starting up. Millions of people around the world continue to opt for running their own business instead of working for larger organisations. As a result, there is an incredible knowledge and skill base tied up in running these small businesses.”

He adds that there is an enormous amount of expertise and specialist knowledge that thrives in this economic sector, the value of which is often underestimated. Griffiths says experience has shown him that small businesses generally offer far better levels of service than do their larger counterparts, due, in most cases, to the key personnel being involved at the front of business. However, Griffiths says the problem facing most small businesses is the ever-increasing competition from other small businesses, adding that this dilemma is here to stay and even increase.

In section two christened Getting advice survival tips, and which contains the first four tips, this accomplished public speaker discusses the type of help available, tells you to know when to look for help, asks you to embrace technology and save money, and says you might be eligible for a grant. According to this author, “Many governments around the world offer incentives for people to run small businesses. These governments realise that small businesses play a major role in their economy…by distributing products and services to the general public.” He says these governments are equally aware that small businesses provide jobs for millions of people, and this development keeps the economy going well.

Section three of this text is generically labelled Financial survival tips, and contains tips five to 19. Here, Griffiths stresses the need for you to have enough money to start your business. As far as budgeting is concerned, he advises you to plan for the worst not the best, adding that you should keep your personal and business records separate. Griffiths reiterates the need for you to use a good accountant, keep a good record from the start, and beware of the third-year boom and fourth-year bust.

In section four that contains tips 20 to 27 and entitled Business relationship survival tips, this expert reflects to you how to avoid partnership pitfalls; how to build a relationship with your suppliers; how to build a relationship with your professional advisers, etc. Section five of this text is based on staff survival tips and contains tips 28 to 37. In this section, Griffiths stresses the need for you to put the staff job description in writing and always check references. He emphasises the need for you to train yourself and your staff properly; lead by example so that your team will follow; communicate effectively with your staff; conduct performance reviews; be conscious of security issues and protect your business, etc. In section six based on tips 38 to 46 and tagged Customer service survival tips, this author says you need to build a good relationship with your customers and learn how to say No. Griffiths stresses further that you need to use simple market research to keep on track, adding that you should continually ask your customers if they are happy. He advises that you should deliver whatever you promise, and be honest and upright in all your dealings.

Section seven is based on advertising and marketing survival tips, with tips 47 to 57 examined. Here, the author says you need to develop your own marketing philosophy; do a course or read a marketing book; take small steps to market your business; develop a strong corporate image; market your business to a simple plan; never stop marketing just because business is booming, etc.

Sections eight to eleven are respectively entitled Internet survival tips; Insurance survival tips; Legal survival tips; and Personal survival tips. These four sections contain tips 58 to 93. In these sections, Griffiths stresses the need for you to be realistic about the Internet and make sure that you market your website. He says you should budget for the Internet to be an ongoing expense and beware of spam. Griffiths advises on the type of insurance you should have, adding that you should make sure that you meet your policy requirements. Griffiths offers you guide on when to use a lawyer and how to choose one. He also offers you tips on how you could keep the legal costs down. According to this author as regards personal survival tips, you need to start your business feeling refreshed and healthy.

Griffiths advises you never to give up your hobbies when you start your own business; asks you to maintain your enthusiasm; and learn how to handle stress. Section 12, the last basic section is tagged Planning for the future survival tips and contains tips 94 to 101. In this section, this author says you need to know exactly where you are going and know exactly how you are going to get there. Griffiths reflects that you need to always have a plan for when things go wrong and set your business up so that someone will want to buy it.

As already said, apart from these 12 basic sections, there is a bonus section containing additional 20 survival tips. Here, Griffiths says among other things that you should not be afraid to charge what you are worth; learn to delegate; try to win an award for your business; constantly strive to improve your business; make your business environmentally friendly; and compile your own operations manual.

Stylistically, this text gets a pass mark. For instance, the text is written in short blocks reinforced with very simple, jargon-free language. Griffiths adds Survival Tips Action List at the end of each section to arouse readers’ active participation and practical application. However, the (partially) repetitive areas of the multiplicity of tips contained in the text can still be harmonised to avoid possible conceptual redundancy. Generally, this text is a masterpiece. Do you want to achieve enduring success in your business, especially during this period of global economic downturn? If “Yes”, then, you need to get a copy of this book.

Source by Goke Ilesanmi

20+ Helpful Tech Gadgets Tips – The Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide

20+ Helpful Tech Gadgets Tips – The Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide

It is no secret that technology has its flaws. When you buy cool tech gadgets they are not guaranteed to be 100% perfect. But sometimes the problem can be misuse of the product due to the buyer not reading the instructions carefully. Hi tech gadgets can present all sorts of problems from having a small glitch to having absolutely no power at all. I'm sure you like everyone else has bought Cool new tech gadgets only to get home to find something wrong with them, not a nice feeling. Here is a check list you should follow after buying tech gadgets:

1) Always read the user manual, this will often show you something you've done wrong. Never assume you know everything about it.

2) Check and double check that everything that is supposedly to be in the box is actually in the box. People throw away cables or small things because they do not look thoroughly through the packaging.

3) Be sure you check that all the appropriate accessories have been supplied, these can sometimes be excluded in the factory.

4) If you have bought a device from a foreign country you will need to check the voltage as this may vary. Failure do so could cause a shortage in your house and the destruction of your new high tech gadget.

5) Always check to see if the LED indicator is active, this lets you know that your new tech gadgets are receiving power.

6) Double check the battery is inserted properly; it should fit in nicely and not be loose. Most batteries will have an indicator on them as to which way they should fit.

7) Check the manual to see if all your cables are connected in the correct way.

8) Ensure that your cable is not the problem. You can check a cable by using it in another device that is similar.

9) Make sure that the side of a SIM card with the chip showing is face down in the device and connected.

10) Turning a device on and off can sometimes create a power surge that gives a new device the necessary power it needs on an initial boot up. This is the reason most Microsoft engineers will ask someone to do this first.

11) It is important to calibrate touch screen devices so that the device can adjust to your unique style of handling it.

13) When connecting to a PC make sure your device is connectable with your operating system whether it's 32-bit or 64-bit. A 64-bit system is faster than a 32-bit system.

14) When using an SD card or a GSM card make sure it is compatible with your device. Otherwise it simply will not work.

15) When you put media files on a GPS navigator or car DVD players it can confuse the device and it will not know what information to read.

16) Always get reviews from Google on apps or files types you have not tried before to see if there are any issues with them.

17) Always check that your device supports the file format you are trying to use. AVI and DIVX different at times as AVI is a container and DIVX is a codec.

18) Only perform a factory reset a last resort because you will lose all data and setting previously stored.

19) Do not flash your firmware unless you're ready for the full responsibility of repairing it. Most ecommerce stores and electronics retailers treat this as a warranty voiding issue because it is most frequently done incorrectly.

20) Anything extra that you sue on a device uses more power. So, if you're having a problem with short battery life, it's a good idea to turn off things like wifi, Bluetooth and screen luminosity.

21) Sellers keep batteries in remotes fresh by changing them or by using a high quality brand.

22) Is your device performing slower, or more choppily than it did the previous day? Perhaps you have not given it enough time to 'boot up'. Always give a device some time to start up. This is because if there are many programs they might take a few moments to boot. There you have it, you now have enough information to be your friends' and family's' go to guy 'for tech gadgets problems.

Source by Rose Li

Cluttered Garages: Organization Tips

Cluttered Garages: Organization Tips

The garage is often the largest open space in a house. Unfortunately, since guests do not often come into the garage, it also becomes the catchall for household items that can not seem to find a home in the house. This typically results in a cluttered, frustrating and embarrassing garage. Also, in a four-season climate, seasonal items are usually stored there, and in the way. Here are a few tips for obtaining a garage you can be proud of!

Step One: Go Through All of Your Things

This may be a daunting task, but it's a necessary one. Carefully investigate everything and consider if you really need it (when was the last time you used it, and for what?). If you have not used it for a very long time, and can not imagine needing to use it again in the foreseeable future, you'll want to consider getting rid of it. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, but use your best judgment. If you do not think you need it, get rid of it. You can donate items that are still in good shape. Finally, do not forget to toss anything that is broken or that has missing parts.

Step Two: Categorize

Take out everything-leave no item untouched! Separate them into categories such as: toys, seasonal, garden / lawn equipment, decorations, etc. Whatever system you think will work best for you. Then, separate those categories into degrees of utilization. Items that you use most often will need to be the most easily accessible. Items that are only needed a few times a year or less can be stored in a more out of the way place.

Step Three: Organize

Garages can be organized in a mind-boggling amount of ways, and because of this, you may want to consider hiring a professional at this stage. Professionals have experience with maximizing garage space through organization, so they know what works and what does not, especially for those with common garage problems, like flooding or insurance issues. Working with a professional garage organizing company will keep you from losing your garage items, and your mind.

Step Four: Upkeep

It's no use going through all this work if, in a year or two, everything will be jumbled together in the garage again. Make sure you always put things back where they go. Try to organize your garage in such a way that seasonal items, such as lawn mowers and snow blowers, can be rotated. Make the kids' items easy to obtain and just as easy to put back, so they'll have no excuse for leaving their things out. Put that hammer back on the slat board, and sweep the floor every now and then. The best garage organizers offer a follow-up to make sure your organization system is easy to maintain. If it's not, call the professional you worked with, and ask them to help you with some organization tips.

It may seem impossible, but having a garage where you can park your car without worrying about bumping into things is quite attainable. With sufficient determination and the right garage organization company, your garage may very soon become your favorite spot in the whole house!

Source by Richard Schulman

Pigeon Nest Boxes – Simple Tips To Give Your Birds A Box They Will Love

Pigeon nest boxes have come about as a replica of how our pigeons would live in the wild. Domestic pigeons are descendants of the Blue Rock Pigeon; these pigeons normally lived in flocks and nested together in caves and holes in cliff faces. Our modern day pigeons still retain that cave instinct and so we provide modern equivalents for them, in the form of pigeon nest boxes.

The pigeon nest boxes must be roomy and well ventilated, with a lot of light. Unlike most birds, the pigeon does not need total isolation when nesting and, in fact, preferring settling down when other pairs are breeding close by. The size of pigeon nest boxes should be proportionate to the breed.

As a guide to the beginner, a box of the following dimensions is ideal for pigeon nest boxes:

The overall length of each box should be around 24 inches, the height 18 inches and the depth about 17 inches. This size of pigeon nest boxes gives enough space for the parent pigeons and their future offspring. If the boxes are built in sections then they can be made a permanent fixture of the loft.

However, if you want to make each of the pigeon nest boxes a separate unit, then you have the added advantage that they can be easily removed for cleaning and fumigation. Also, if you're tight on space, you can remove them and give your birds more room when they're not breeding.

Each of the pigeon nest boxes must be fitted with a suitable front that allows the birds some privacy, as well as allowing you get prevent other birds from entering and interfering with the pairing or the young birds.

It is recommended that you provide a small shelf, about seven or eight inches from the floor of the box, on which to place the nest bowl itself. This gives extra protection to the youngsters when they first leave the nest.

The number of nests in the loft depends on how many pigeons you are keeping. As an absolute minimum, you should have a nest for every pair of mated birds, though two boxes for each mated pair is ideal as this prevents arguments between territorial cocks.

The boxes should be kept closed when not in use, as some old cocks will try to set up an empire of boxes all for themselves! Given the opportunity, these dominant males will claim every box and try to stop any newcomers from using them.

Newly mated pairs should be kept and fed in their boxes for several days before being allowed into the loft. It's best to return them to their nest box by hand each night for a week to ten days afterward, to be certain that they are well established. Allowed pigeons to select their own boxes usually results in a great many fights, broken eggs, and injured youngsters.

Above all, pigeon nest boxes should be comfortable for your pigeons, as the happier they are in them, the happier they will be to lay!

Source by Will ND Quick

Great Tips For Choosing The Best Pet For You

These days, there are plenty of pets you can adopt. Because of this, it becomes hard to choose which amongst these pets to choose. Good things there are tips you can employ.

How To Choose The Best Pet

No Impulse Shopping. Buying a pet at a shop because it looks very adorable is not a great way of adding another long-term member to your family. Be reminded that you are not the judge of your needs and your desires might not really meet these needs. There is indeed a need to ask a close relative or family member regarding what kind of pet may suit your way of life.

Take enough time to learn all about the pet you are considering of buying. Consider not learning from pet stores because they have a built-in bias to sell the animals. Books are indeed better. Always bear in your mind that a new pet can change the structure of a family and must be acceptable to all family members.

Determine why you would want to have a pet. Indeed, your personality trait is very important. Be reminded that dog people have different experiences than cat people. If you want to teach it tricks or perhaps interact with it, a dog, cat or ferret can be your best option. It is true that most parents buy pets to become their children's companion. This is indeed a great idea. But then, you must not buy a pet to instill responsibility in immature children.

Determine your lifestyle. It is very important for you to determine if you are a night owl or a day person. There are pets such as ferret and sugar gliders that spend a lot of the day sleep and mostly are active at night. Also, there are pets that get very lonely by themselves while some are not bothered by solitude. All these important things must be considered.

Choose one that matches your home environment. Some of the questions you must answer prior to adopting a pet include how much free space is at your home, how will your neighbors feel about this new pet, and more.

Decide if this is the right time in your life to adopt a pet. Other important considerations prior to purchasing a pet will include your relationship with other people, your health, and you ability to meet the specific needs of the pet. It is indeed a great idea for you to do some research online as to how much care your pet will need.

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Source by Art Crood

The Ultimate Guide For Dog Grooming Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool

The Ultimate Guide For Dog Grooming Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool

Loving and caring for your dog is more than simply feeding them on time and giving them water to drink. A dog’s body works differently than ours, and no two dogs have the same body type, just as humans do. The responsibility of keeping healthy is actually huge and hard. There are many things a pet parent has to do every couple of days to help their live a healthy life.

Best Grooming Tips for your Pups

Here is a list of things you can and should do for your puppy every few days:

Give your pet a Bath

Bathing your dog regularly gets rid of skin irritants and cleans your dog’s coat and skin. This helps your dog stay itch-free, germ-free and happy. If you have a dog that does not have a coat of fur, then you can bathe your dog twice a week. However, if your pet has a coat of fur, then you will need to bathe them every second day.

Brushing

No matter what type of coat your dog has, brushing is important for every type of pet. Do not misunderstand the logic behind brushing your fur coat. There is more to just adding to your dog’s beauty with brushing. Brushing brings out the underlying insects that may be lingering on her body. Other than this, brushing prevents your dog’s coat from matting and giving them discomfort. If possible, you should brush her coat every day. There are many luxury dog accessories, such as an insect repelling dog collar or a brush made specifically for removing ticks.

Clipping Nails

When you have a dog, there are many things you need to do for them, including clipping nails. Dog’s nails can grow quite long and will pose a horrible problem to them and you. Longer nails can bend and break easily. Broken nails can also bleed. However you look at it, broken nails are painful and are uncomfortable for your pet. To get rid of this, clip your pet nails once a week. But do not use a normal clipper or a baby nail clipper for your pet; you may hurt your pet, this can be found under the listings for luxury dog accessories.

Cleaning Their Paws and Other Care

The paws of puppy are extremely sensitive. And since your four-legged friend loves to run around everywhere, the paws get dirty. Every time dog goes out, remember to clean your dog’s paws. Remember to check for some wounds on the paws and if you find any, treat them immediately. Other than this, if it is hot outside, remember to take necessary precautions before you take your dog out. Get them some shoes to battle the hot pavements.

Caring for them is quite hard. There are many things you need to take care of. However, making use of situation-specific, such as using tick removing brushes, anti-bacterial shampoos, etc., can help you take better care of your pet.

Source by Sharon Jones

Tips on Buying a Dog

Tips on Buying a Dog

Beware Of The Impulse Buy

It is hard to resist the appeal of a puppy in a pet shop window, especially if it looks a little bit sad and wistful. These pups have already had a change of home and often a long journey from their original breeder. Even though they may appear well, they could be carrying infections which may cause problems later on after you've taken the puppy home. A reputable pet shop should have the pups vaccinated by a veterinary, who will provide a certificate of inoculation.

A Careful Choice

Whenever possible visit the home of the breeder, or the owner of the bitch. You will be able to ensure that your pup came from a clean and healthy home, and also see what the mother is like, and maybe the father too. When I've purchased a dog for myself, I've always been lucky enough to see both parents which is very re-assuring.

Beware Of Buying From A Newspaper Advertisement.

Be particularly careful about buying a pup through a newspaper advertisement, without seeing it first. As the old saying goes 'buyer beware' and this applies specifically to all kinds of livestock. If your new dog is ill when it arrives, or quite unlike the promises of the advertisement, you may find it difficult to get any satisfaction. Even in the case of a money-back guarantee, it is very little compensation for the disappointment especially where there are children involved.

Buying From A Dogs Home.

You may decide to get a dog from a dogs home. You will have the satisfaction of feeling that you are saving a life and giving some unwanted pet a home. It is well to remember though that young dogs that have been straying for sometime may have become hard to manage. In the case of a bitch she may turn out to be in pup and you will find yourself saddled with rather more dogs than you can manage. Do not just fall for the first dog that you see, talk to the officials at the home and try to find out the background of the dogs that you find the most appealing.

Choosing A Healthy Pup.

It is often difficult for a beginner to distinguish a healthy pup from a poor one – to them one attractive little bundle of fur looks very much like another – but really there is all the difference in the world. A healthy pup should be plump, but not have a swollen or blown-up stomach. Its skin should feel loose instead of seeming to stick to the bones. The coat should shine (except its a wirehaired type) and of course be free from fleas or lice. The eyes should be bright and free from any sign of discharge. In addition it is wise to choose a pup which looks lively and read comes to greet people. A timid pup may have a problem personality and be difficult to train. Finally, do not be surprised if a reputable dog breeder wants to ask a lot of questions to find out if you are going to be a suitable person to own one of their pups.

Source by J. Howard Moore

Security Camera Systems – 5 Valuable Tips to Selecting Security Cameras

When selecting the best security camera system possible for your home or business it is important to select the right cameras that fit the unique needs of your situation. There are countless options and products features available.

Many packaged systems come with general purpose security cameras. Most vendors will allow you to replace the general purpose cameras with more advanced specialized cameras if you need them. For example, you may have a situation where three entrances into your building need to be monitored with just average quality cameras and you want to cover the parking lot with a camera that can read a license plate from 50 yards away. You can get 3 of the cameras that come with the system then replace the fourth with a camera that has high powered zoom capabilities.

By walking through this security camera selection guide you will be able to identify the special features that your situation requires and determine which cameras best fit your needs. Ultimately this will allow you to most efficiently spend your money while getting the best surveillance coverage.

1) Will you need color or black and white cameras? Most packaged systems come with color cameras which are better than black and white cameras at identifying valuable details of a suspect such as clothing or hair color. Typically black and white cameras are less expensive and perform better at low light than color cameras. Color cameras actually switch over to black and white in low light environments.

2) What type of night vision capability is needed? A typical packaged color security camera will have a night vision range of between 15 and 50 feet. High powered night vision cameras can have a range of 150 feet. The main factor of determining the night vision range is the number of infrared LED’s on the camera. Most general purpose security cameras come with 15 to 30 LED’s. Remember even color cameras record in black and white in low light situations.

3) What is the lowest acceptable image quality from each location where cameras are installed? You may have different image quality requirements from each location. One camera may be installed at the front door only to buzz people in when they arrive for appointments. Another camera may be used to capture license plates of cars driving through a large parking lot. These cameras have much different image quality requirements. Generally speaking the number of TV Lines (TVL) per inch is an indicator of the image quality that is produced by the camera. General purpose packaged security cameras commonly have 400 – 420 TVLs. Cameras that have 480 – 520 TVLs will give a much better image quality. Also, CCD cameras generally produce a better image than CMOS cameras.

4) Wired vs. wireless? Understand the disadvantages of using wireless security cameras before deciding to purchase them. A lot of people fail to realize wireless security cameras still need power via a power cable. Wireless cameras use wireless technology to transmit a signal to a receiver which is connected to a DVR or monitor, but most of them use a power cable to plug into a near by outlet. There are battery operated wireless security cameras, but the batteries need to be replaced quite often.

The image quality of wireless security cameras is often inadequate because of interference. The farther away a wireless camera is from the receiver and the more obstructions the signal must travel through the more the image quality is going to suffer. That being said, there are many, many applications where wireless security cameras are ideal. Many of the wired systems available have cabling that supplies both power and video (aka siamese cabling). This means all the power requirements can be managed from the same location as the DVR or monitor.

5) What elements are the security cameras going to be exposed to? Most general purpose security cameras that come in packaged systems can be used outdoors (as well as indoors) under normal conditions. If the cameras are going to be exposed to extreme conditions such as hail or very high winds or there is a high likelihood of vandalism you may want to upgrade to cameras with heavier and stronger housings and mounting brackets.

Source by F. William Davis

The Cyber-Security Training Tips Your Business Has Been Looking For

The Cyber-Security Training Tips Your Business Has Been Looking For

Strictly Enforce a Multi-Tiered IT Security Plan for ALL Staff

As new threats arise, it is imperative to keep policies up to date to protect your business. Your employee handbook needs to include a multi-tiered IT security plan made up of policies for which all staff, including executives, management and even the IT department are held accountable.

  • Acceptable Use Policy – Specifically indicate what is permitted versus what is prohibited to protect the corporate systems from unnecessary exposure to risk. Include resources such as internal and external e-mail use, social media, web browsing (including acceptable browsers and websites), computer systems, and downloads (whether from an online source or flash drive). This policy should be acknowledged by every employee with a signature to signify they understand the expectations set forth in the policy.
  • Confidential Data Policy – Identifies examples of data your business considers confidential and how the information should be handled. This information is often the type of files which should be regularly backed up and are the target for many cybercriminal activities.
  • E-mail Policy – E-mail can be a convenient method for conveying information however the written record of communication also is a source of liability should it enter the wrong hands. Having an e-mail policy creates a consistent guidelines for all sent and received e-mails and integrations which may be used to access the company network.

  • BYOD/Telecommuting Policy – The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy covers mobile devices as well as network access used to connect to company data remotely. While virtualization can be a great idea for many businesses, it is crucial for staff to understand the risks smart phones and unsecured WiFi present.

  • Wireless Network and Guest Access Policy – Any access to the network not made directly by your IT team should follow strict guidelines to control known risks. When guests visit your business, you may want to constrict their access to outbound internet use only for example and add other security measures to anyone accessing the company’s network wirelessly.
  • Incident Response Policy – Formalize the process the employee would follow in the case of a cyber-incident. Consider scenarios such as a lost or stolen laptop, a malware attack or the employee falling for a phishing scheme and providing confidential details to an unapproved recipient. The faster your IT team is notified of such events, the quicker their response time can be to protect the security of your confidential assets.

  • Network Security Policy – Protecting the integrity of the corporate network is an essential portion of the IT security plan. Have a policy in place specifying technical guidelines to secure the network infrastructure including procedures to install, service, maintain and replace all on-site equipment. Additionally, this policy may include processes around password creation and storage, security testing, cloud backups, and networked hardware.

  • Exiting Staff Procedures – Create rules to revoke access to all websites, contacts, e-mail, secure building entrances and other corporate connection points immediately upon resignation or termination of an employee despite whether or not you believe they old any malicious intent towards the company.

“More than half of organizations Attribute a security incident or data breach to a malicious or negligent employee.” Source: http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities—threats/employee-negligence-the-cause-of-many-data-breaches-/d/d-id/1325656

Training is NOT a One Time Thing; Keep the Conversation Going

Employee cyber security awareness training dramatically reduces the risk of falling prey to a phishing e-mail, picking up a form of malware or ransomware that locks up access to your critical files, leak information via a data breach and a growing number of malicious cyber threats that are unleashed each day.

Untrained employees are the greatest threat to your data protection plan. Training once will not be enough to change the risky habits they have picked up over the years. Regular conversations need to take place to ensure cooperation to actively look for the warning signs of suspicious links and e-mails as well as how to handle newly developing situations as they happen. Constant updates about the latest threats and enforcement of your IT security plan creates individual responsibility and confidence in how to handle incidents to limit exposure to an attack.

“Every business faces a number of cybersecurity challenges, no matter the size or industry. All businesses need to proactively protect their employees, customers and intellectual property.” Source: https://staysafeonline.org/business-safe-online/resources/creating-a-culture-of-cybersecurity-in-your-business-infographic

Training Should Be Both Useful Personal AND Professional to Stick

Create regular opportunities to share topical news about data breaches and explore different cyberattack methods during a lunch and learn. Sometimes the best way to increase compliance is to hit close to home by making training personal. Chances are your employees are just as uninformed about their personal IT security and common scams as they are about the security risks they pose to your business.

Expand on this idea by extending an invitation to educate their entire families about how to protect themselves from cybercrime during an after-hours event. Consider covering topics such that may appeal to a range of age groups such as how to control the privacy and security settings on social media, online gaming, etc and how to recognize the danger signs of someone phishing for personal information or money both via e-mail and phone calls. Seniors and young children are especially vulnerable to such exploitation.

Don’t Make a Hard Situation Harder; Remember you WANT red flags reported

Making ongoing security training a priority will greatly reduce repeat errors and prevent many avoidable attacks, however mistakes happen. It can be very embarrassing and a shock to ones pride to acknowledge their error and report involvement in a potential security breach. Your first instinct may be to curse and yell, but this would be a serious mistake. Keeping calm and collected is the key to the trust needed for employees to come to you right away, while they are feeling their most vulnerable.

For this reason, treat every report with appreciation and immediate attentiveness. Whether the alert turns out to be a false alarm or an actual crisis, avoid berating the employee for their mistake no matter how red your face may become.

When situation is under control, take an opportunity to thank them for reporting the situation so that it can be handled appropriately. Remember it takes a lot of courage to step up when you know you were to blame. Help the employee understand what to look out for next time is it was something that could have been prevented such as a user error.

Cyber Training Recap

  • Implement a Multi-Tiered IT Security Plan Strictly Enforced for ALL Staff
  • Training is NOT a One Time Thing;
  • Keep the Conversation Going
  • Training Should Be Both Useful Personal AND Professional to Stick
  • Don’t Make a Hard Situation Harder; Remember you WANT red flags reported

Source by Kathy Powell

Cat Training Advice – Tips & Ideas For You

Cat Training Advice – Tips & Ideas For You

Cats are lovely animals. They are so affectionate, and are often happy just to sleep on a person's lap and be stroked. Some cats can be more aloof though, and the most they will allow is a little pat on the head before walking off to do their own thing. Other cats are like hell on earth. They scratch, run up and down your curtains, bite people, and ruin your furniture.

The first thing you need to do is to try to understand why they do the things that they do. Some cats have the way they do purely out of boredom. Other cats behaved poorly due to transitional changes while they are going from being a kitten to being an adult. Sometimes, a cat's bad behavior can be a sign of an impending or ongoing illness. Understanding this can help you to avoid worse problems in the future.

Once you have a bit of an understanding of the reasons for your cat's behavior, you can start to work on changing things. Make a list of the cat's bad behaviors, putting the worst behavior at the top. Then go through each bad behavior one at a time, to avoid overwhelming the cat with too many changes at once, which could lead to even worse behavior.

Cat training is large about patience, and it's important not to let frustration take a hold. If you shout at your cat, this will do nothing but upset the cat, which could create a whole new set of problems.

Make sure you do not try to reprimand a cat the way you would a dog. Cats do not respond to this kind of thing well at all. Instead, you need to get to the actual root cause of why the cat is behaving the way they are, and then make the changes at that root level, rather than just getting angry at the cat.

Source by F. Bournston