May 2017 Blog Posts (26)

Reactive vs. Proactive Compliance

Whether we are talking about broader HSSE or more narrowly focused CIP, NERC, ISO, Dodd-Frank, etc. compliance,  there are two general approaches to implementing a compliance plan within an organization:  proactive and reactive.

Reactive – Many companies have used a reactive compliance process for many years.  I hesitate to call a reactive approach a plan because it really isn’t a plan beyond the mechanics of…
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Added by fahad_factors on May 24, 2017 at 10:54pm — No Comments

8 Ways to Protect Against Ransomware Attacks

Last week, news broke of a global ransomware attack that has struck individuals and companies around the world. In the wake of the attack, which has affected computers in 150 countries, many companies…

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Added by Steven Minsky on May 24, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Best Gmail Phishing Scam Ever!

If you use Gmail, pay attention! Security experts have announced that there is a very effective phishing scam out there, and you are a target. This scam, which has only been growing over the past couple of months, is also hitting other email providers, too. However, it’s quite difficult to detect.

According to researchers at WordFence, who make a security tool for WordPress, this is a pretty serious…

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Added by Robert Siciliano on May 24, 2017 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Understanding payroll fraud and preventing it

Payroll fraud is a matter of serious concern to the people affected by it, the organization in which it happens, and to the economy overall. It is estimated that payroll fraud is involved in around an eighth of all workplace frauds and makes up about a twelfth of all occupational frauds worldwide. On…

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Added by TrainHR on May 24, 2017 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Invite a chicken to lunch

I have always been fascinated by the old question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” According to…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on May 24, 2017 at 2:57am — No Comments

The importance of onboarding

The importance of onboarding can be understood from the fact that it starts with the induction of the new hires and acclimatizes them with all the important aspects of the new organization, such as the culture, environment, people, and the business. In the light of the important elements that go into onboarding; it is a fallacy and a misconception to assume that it is yet another ritual that HR has to perform…

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Added by TrainHR on May 23, 2017 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Diligence and scrutiny are important for writing investigative reports

Diligence and a high degree of scrutiny are crucial for a person who is writing investigative reports in an organization. In the first place, an investigation has to be objective and not be vindictive. It should avoid targeting an employee personally; it should be thorough and proper from a legal perspective. When all the legal procedures are followed in an investigation, the case of the employer becomes strong and…

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Added by TrainHR on May 19, 2017 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Top 12 Tips to Destroy Your Sensitive Data

Believe it or not, you just can’t shred too much. If you aren’t destroying your sensitive data, my best advice is for you to start now. There are people out there who make a living diving into dumpsters in search of credit card info, bank account number, mortgage statements, and medical bills; all things they can use to steal your identity.

Here are 12 tips that you can use to help you destroy your sensitive data:

  1. Buy a shredder. That said, I don’t own a…
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Added by Robert Siciliano on May 18, 2017 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Behavior based interviewing for selecting the right candidate

Many organizations make the mistake of basing the suitability of candidates purely on their skills and the knowledge they bring. This measure goes only half the way, and is incomplete, because many organizations fail to take into consideration the fact that…

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Added by TrainHR on May 18, 2017 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Ways of understanding and eradicating bullying

There is no gainsaying the fact that bullying at the workplace is a very harsh and wicked way of degrading a colleague. It is a very uncivilized form of harassment at the workplace and is a serious deterrent to a healthy relationship at the professional level. Workplace bullying is very…

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Added by TrainHR on May 17, 2017 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Malware Hack Attacking the Grid…BIGLY

For more than four years, malware has been posing as legitimate software and infecting industrial equipment across the globe.

The malware, which looks just like the Siemens control gear software, has affected at least seven plants in the US. According to security experts, the malware was specifically designed to attack this industrial equipment, but what it does is not totally known. It is only described as a type of “crimeware.”

The malware was first hinted…

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Added by Robert Siciliano on May 16, 2017 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Tips for transitioning into a new role

A role change is many times inevitable for individuals in many positions. Change, as we all know, is the only constant in a business. When this much is said about businesses, it is but natural that employees in various positions need to be prepared for a change in their role. In the current…

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Added by TrainHR on May 16, 2017 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Thinking and planning strategically is needed to become successful

Strategic planning can be understood as the means by which organizations conceptualize and visualize their long term plans and the way by which they plan to go about achieving them. To implement strategy, organizations need to implement…

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Added by TrainHR on May 15, 2017 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Massive Global Cyber Attack

On Friday, as most of you know, there was a massive global cyber attack that took the form of ransomware. The cost of which is still be calculated.

When you read the articles and analysis several things stand out, which I have been advising you about for some time. The attacks exploited non technical issues. Specifically the all too human behavior that clicks on emails or links that are not secure and not doing updates to key software in a timely manner. All the security technology is…

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Added by Douglas Nagan on May 13, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Enhance the effectiveness of being a payroll manager

A payroll manager is essentially responsible for managing the payroll for the employees. The payroll manager has to ensure that the employees are paid on time, in accordance with their pay scale, and also in a legally…

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Added by TrainHR on May 12, 2017 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Easy Guide to Build a Framework to Manage Operational Risk

On company’s risk dashboard, the signal for operational risk should be flashing red. Over the past ten years, losses from operational risk have soared. Companies that want to achieve a sustainable and profitable business need to focus on building a framework to manage operational risk.

 

What Is Operational Risk?

 

Operational risk summarizes the risks a company…

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Added by Boris Agranovich on May 12, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Stay interviews help to retain employees

A stay interview is a potent tool for gauging employee moods and attitudes towards her work and the organization. It helps to understand employee thinking about her role and future in the organization. It is a powerful pointer to what an employee…

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Added by TrainHR on May 11, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Second Hand and Discarded Devices Lead to Identity Theft

A new study was just released by the National Association for Information Destruction. What did it find? Astonishingly, about 40% of all digital devices that are found on the second-hand market had personal information left on them. These include tablets, mobile phones, and hard drives.

The market for second hand items is large, and it’s a good way to find a decent mobile device or computer for a good price. However, many times, people don’t take the time to make…

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Added by Robert Siciliano on May 10, 2017 at 2:20pm — No Comments

How to Ensure Regulatory Compliance and Effective Safety Management for Oil and Gas Companies?

The Oil and Gas industry is growing but at the same time increases in Oil and Gas activity correlate with an increase in the rate of fatal occupational injuries, particularly when inexperienced workers are not sufficiently trained in safety and precautionary measures.

In addition, Oil and Gas companies also face unprecedented regulatory pressures –organizations are faced with the challenge of effectively managing their OSHA, BSEE, USCG, DOT, EPA,…

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Added by fahad_factors on May 10, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

When it comes to employee burnout; prevention is better than cure

Employees have to be fresh in the mind, motivated and energetic if they have to be productive. Employees whose talents are recognized by the organization are more fired up about their job. They are likely to be more innovative, more creative and more loyal.

On the other hand, pressurizing the…

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Added by TrainHR on May 10, 2017 at 11:36am — No Comments

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