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  • Cybersecurity #3 – Your Incident Response Plan

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    There’s no question whether or not your company needs an effective cybersecurity incident response(IR) plan. You need one. Every business needs one. Not convinced? Check out this sobering statistic from the Ponemon Institute: “90% of organizations that go offline due to a cyber-attack shutter their windows in the following two years.” Need more evidence? Remember the…

  • The Hallmarks of an Ethical Workplace

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    Name a business who doesn’t give a flying leap about ethical practices and a crystal ball will not be necessary to predict if that particular company will be around in a couple of years. There’s no disputing that ethics matter to the consumer. A reputation as an ethical business, in this age of the internet…

  • Cybersecurity #2 – Preventing Employee-Generated Security Breaches

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    The first step to preventing employee-generated security attacks is acceptance of the threat and an awareness of how these threats could play out within your organization. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. There’s absolutely no place for an “it won’t happen to us” mentality when it comes to cybersecurity. “Despite all the…

  • Cybersecurity #1- The Reality of the Threat

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    We get it. The very thought of a security breach sends shudders quaking through your body. It’s the stuff of nightmares and ulcers, sleepless nights and nervous ticks. In an attempt to calm the stress hormones raging through your bloodstream, you squash the traumatizing thoughts. Anyway, what are the chances a breach will happen at…

  • The Changing World of Passwords

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    Forget everything you were told in the past about creating passwords. Well, the pearl of wisdom about not leaving a sticky note of passwords attached to your computer screen—remember that one. And how about, “Keep your passwords confidential.”  An overtly obvious piece of advice that, nonetheless, still needs to be reiterated. Do not share passwords.…

  • 5 Reason Millennials Should Seek Manufacturing Jobs

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    If you’re part of the Millennial demographic, it’s likely your view of the manufacturing industry was molded by your grandpa’s life-long experiences in a factory. Well, it’s time to exchange those perceptions for the reality of today’s world of manufacturing because it’s not your grandpa’s plant/factory/industry anymore. Jobs in manufacturing are no longer the dirty,…

  • Millennials in Manufacturing

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    Part III- Engagement and Development You’ve succeeded in bringing a number of Millennial employees on board. YAY for you. Good job. The beginning of a trend, you hope, to entice more of this techy generation to join your company’s ranks. But don’t spend too much time patting yourself on the back. It’s time to kick…

  • Millennials in Manufacturing

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    Part II – How to Attract Them The future of the manufacturing industry rests on attracting Millennials, and the generations that follow them, to this sector is so vital to our economy. And that will require getting to know who they are. Discovering what makes them tick and understanding the motivations and passions that drive…

  • Millennials in Manufacturing

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    Part I – Why Manufacturing Needs Them With Baby Boomers exiting the workforce at a rate of roughly 10,000 a day, coupled with the dilemma of how to interest the younger generations in manufacturing jobs, the challenge to find talent and to prevent worker shortages has and will continue to grow. The bottom line is…

  • The Professional (and only) Way to Leave A Job

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    So you’ve decided the best solution is to resign. The next consideration should be how to accomplish the departure in as professional a manner as possible. “Leave professionally,” suggests career coach Hallie Crawford. “The people there may cross your path again in the future.” The admonition to “be professional” involves multiple aspects. For starters, an in-person resignation…