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Complacent Colorado: Now Thinking About Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity

Fires raging just west of Colorado Springs have really brought disaster preparedness to the forefront here. In Colorado Springs, we are pretty insulated from most disasters. We are too far inland for hurricanes and big earthquakes. We don’t get tornadoes like the mid-west. We get a little snow here, but it has been fifteen years since we had a decent blizzard so we Coloradoans get a little complacent about disasters and disaster preparedness.

As of today, the Waldo Canyon Fire has consumed nearly 6,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained. While no homes or businesses have been destroyed (yet), entire cities and neighborhoods have been forced to evacuate. Highway 24 west of town has been shut for days and one of my employees lives on the other side of the roadblock. He was able to go 80 miles around the roadblock to get a hotel in town.

What if your business building was intact, but the police or fire department was going to keep you out of it for days or even weeks? Could you still serve your customers? Probably not, if you own a restaurant, retail store or hotel. Of course, that answer varies depending on what type of business you have and whether or not you have remote access.

Does your insurance cover a situation like this? Loss of Business Income Insurance does not typically cover your financial losses in this situation unless your structure is damaged which caused your losses. You may want to add this coverage if this is concern to you.

Picture Taken Yesterday from the Interstate Near My Home

Here are some questions that you should ask yourself and then document your answers as part of your business continuity plan.

What would you need to do in the first 24 hours, after 3 days, after one week? These answers will probably be different.

What are some likely scenarios? Start with these.

What are some extreme scenarios? Don’t leave these out, but certainly cover the likely ones first.

What documentation have you done of your business assets and IT infrastructure?

Do you have a process to contact your clients and your staff?

What would you tell your staff to do?

Who has access to your Business Continuity Plan if you are unavailable?

This is just a short list of questions to get you thinking. Remember, everything you do before a disaster strikes determines the likelihood of remaining in business after the disaster.

These homeowners were evacuated at 1:00 a.m. the night the fire started. What would you grab? What would you leave?

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Is Your Business Protecting Itself From Cyber Crime?

 

                If you think your business is too small to be of interest to cyber hackers, think again. A new trend in cyber crime shows hackers are targeting small businesses because of their lack of security protection. According to an article in The Colorado Springs Business Journal, cyber criminals are hacking into small business computers for client information, money and control of computer systems to help them commit crimes. If your company does business over the internet, or is on the internet, it is a potential victim of cyber crime. How can this affect your business?         Litigation – If you have any proprietary client information on your system and it gets compromised, you face a huge financial liability. Court rulings on cyber crime hold companies liable for the information stolen from them. If a court determines your company was negligent in protecting client information you are responsible for any damages caused.          Damaged Reputation – Colorado law states any company that has been a victim of cyber crime must notify the clients whose information was stolen. Not only is this process costly to your business, but it damages the trust built between your business and the client.

 

Outsourced IT departments, like Amnet, ensure that your systems are protected from viruses, spam, malware, Trojan horses and all the other invasive technologies that brilliant but devious minds come up with. Contact Amnet for a full assessment of your office systems, your vulnerabilities to current and future threats, and most importantly, how to protect yourself, your company and your clients from cyber crime.   *For more information, and to read the entire article see: Cyber Attacks Spawn Niche Business Opportunities

 

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We're Connected More than Ever

More and more important decisions are being made through e-mails, full conversations are being composed in text messages, and families separated by large distances are staying connected by video chatting. Technology has become a new language, one we are still learning to use effectively. There have been obvious benefits to the age of connectivity, but there are also negatives to consider. The Amnet Blog will take a quick look at the pros and cons of keeping connected through technology.

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You Use It Everyday...

Um... It’s where I Google stuff? It’s how I update my Facebook page? It’s where I buy music and books? It’s that thing Al Gore invented? We live in the ethereal world of the Internet. More than 75 percent of U.S. adults are online, according the Pew Internet and American Life Project. For the average American household, Internet use (12 hours per week) is starting to rival television viewing (13 hours per week), according to Forrester.

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What's Next for Spam?

Traditional spamming consists of sending out an extremely high frequency of emails from a spam-hosted account. In the early days of the Internet, the was an extremely profitable, though illegal, business model. However, the Internet has developed to a point where this practice is no longer viable. This doesn’t mean the Internet will soon be saved from spammers, but rather that spamming will soon take on a different form. The initial question is, why has traditional spamming declined? The second is, how will spam change to adapt to the new Internet.

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And Do It Without Adding Memory

If you go into a retail location and pick out an entry-level computer system, often you will find that it comes with the bare minimum performance components. The hardware that is most often at a minimum is the memory or RAM (Random Access Memory). RAM is the part of a computer that determines how many resources your computer has to run programs. The more programs you have opened, the more RAM is used. If you use up your entire RAM with open applications, your computer then has to use virtual memory which is basically a file on your hard drive. Because hard drives are typically slower than RAM, this means that any programs using this virtual memory, will be sluggish.

Windows 7 Gives an Easy Fix to a Common Problem

If you’ve used a computer for any length of time, most likely you’ve experienced the frustration of powering up your system and finding it will not reach Windows. Blue screens, lock-ups, and automatic reboots all are tasks that can make getting into Windows a bit more challenging.

The New Future of Search

Smartphones have been one of recent history’s fastest growing technological advancements. Like most technology, the inception of smartphones has led to the necessity for other supportive technologies to be developed. For example, mobile devices being able to connect to a full version of the Internet requires developers to create and design new ways of interacting with the Internet.

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Viva le Video Revolucion!

Web video is a medium that is quickly becoming more and more popular for business. Many businesses, however, do not take advantage of web video, despite its ease and convenience. Keep reading for some great ideas on using web video for your business.

The New Internet?

There has been a great deal of talk over the last few weeks about some big changes that are happening to the Internet: mainly, the transition to IPv6. Exactly what IPv6 means is still a mystery to most people. Luckily, we have a simple explanation that can help you to better understand it.

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