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Signs of Employee Fraud or Theft in Your Organization

Signs of Employee Fraud in Your Organization
It’s unfortunate, but fraud or theft on the part of employees is all too common. It’s estimated that one-third of employees will steal if given the opportunity. Theft costs employers nationwide about $50 billion every year. How do you protect against employee fraud or theft? Vigilance. Watch out for these warning signs of employee fraud or theft . A sudden upward change in spending habits. If someone is suddenly driving an expensive car with a decidedly moderate income, wonder why. It could be entirely legitimate: a gift, a bequest in a will, or good investments. Maybe he or she has been saving for a long time. But sudden evidence of large expenditures is a leading sign of theft or fraud. Expensive homes, clothes, vacations — all could be signs if the person could not afford these things on a salary. Working before or after hours. If people are either stealing...
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Prevent Slips and Falls This Spring: Steps to Follow

Prevent Slips and Falls
Although Spring is beautiful, it's also a time when slips and falls can occur more frequently than they do in other seasons. Why? Well, the very showers that bring flowers can cause slip and falls. All you need is blame your organization, and leave it liable for damages -- for medical care or time off work. In addition, people may be unprepared for the weather activity that can cause slips and falls. They may go out without umbrellas or hike through a lawn, not realizing the degree of mud or rain. So what's the best way to PREVENT SLIPS AND FALLS THIS SPRING ? Here are 4: Make sure you have equipment to clean up and warn. In case of water on stairs or walkways, you need mops and buckets. You need warning signs, barricades, and/or cones to warn the public about any potentially unsafe conditions. Have enough of both....
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Cyber Insurance as an Effective Risk-Management Strategy

Cyber Insurance as a Risk Management Plan
Cyber insurance protects an organizations data and its users from online risks, and all possible cyber attacks resulting from its web properties or cloud servers. In recent times, there have been cyber attacks on fortune 500 companies and these corporate bodies are starting to take a closer look into their security. Data breach comes with a lot of risks and costs, and it is very important for businesses to be made aware of these risks. Risks Include: Identity theft Loss of income Computer and funds transfer fraud Regulatory fines, penalties and expenses Damage to individual persons or company Small-scale businesses are usually the most vulnerable to cyber attacks because of a lack of safety policies in comparison to larger corporations. An effective risk-management strategy that companies are employing to help ease the costs of cyber breach is cyber insurance. These companies know the advantages that come with having a cyber...
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Benefits of an Alarm System: Warning and Deterrence

Benefits of Alarm System for Buildings
If your organization currently operates without an alarm system, it should get one. There are multiple benefits of an alarm system . 1. Warning. The most obvious benefit of an alarm system is that it issues a warning if someone is breaking into your building. Whether intruders enter through windows or doors, alarm systems can be set up to alert either a local police department or officials of the organization (or both). The sooner you realize there's a break-in, the sooner authorities can try to stop any theft or vandalism. The sooner they can recover any items stolen or eliminate traces of vandalism as well. 2. Deterrence. Not all theft of property, valuables or cash (or other crimes) are committed by hardened criminals. Often a building is targeted because it has no visible alarm system or significant method of keeping people out (such as gates over windows). They are crimes...
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5 Steps to a Successful Background Screening in Your Organization

Tips for a Successful Background Screening Process
Background screenings are essential before hiring someone for your organization. You need to know that the person is of good character and trustworthy. Doing so is an important part of your stewardship of your organization’s trust. It is also an important part of stewardship of outreach and of funds. It’s not uncommon to be unclear about exactly how one does background screenings. Here’s a handy five-step guide: Get authorization. According to Federal law, you must get authorization for a background screening from the person being screened. You may want to include this in an application form. Check references. You can get references from the applicant’s volunteer or work history, or from teachers. It’s a good idea to talk to past supervisors. Depending on the needs of your organization, you may have a place where applicants can put references on the application form, or you may require it only after an...
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Identifying and Mitigating Threats to Your Church's Cyber Security Measures

Cyber Security for Church
Whether it is via outside hackers, inside plants, or innocent mistakes, if you have little more than a hope and a prayer that your church won't be hit by cyber security issues , you need to take a closer look at what vigilance and diligence really means in today's hyper-connected world. As stewards, many of our clients are tasked with protecting a church's resources not just from a legal standpoint, but from a spiritual standpoint, as well. As such, it is incumbent upon members and leadership alike to fully understand the threat represented by those who would mistake Christian kindness for an easy mark. Your first line of defense is to educate your staff (and in some cases, your congregants) on where the risks lie and what they can do to help mitigate them. This includes everyone from nursery volunteers to the pastor's executive secretary to your in-house accountant. For...
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Burglary Prevention Tips: Four Ways to Prevent Home Break-Ins

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Burglaries are damaging. Your property and valuable items may be taken, and your feeling of safety diminished. Burglars may destroy parts of your home in the break-in, leaving you with repair and replacement costs in addition to the loss of any items taken. Fortunately, there are a number of things one can do to prevent burglaries. Here are four burglary prevention tips. Make sure your social media sites and emails are secure . If untrusted, or people outside of your friends and family get news that you’re on vacation, it could be shown in the eyes of the wrong person. Unfortunately, it’s possible that the pictures of your vacation on Instagram or Facebook are shared with unknown people, so make sure all your platforms are private. It’s a sad fact, but some of these people might see this as an opportunity to rob your home. As for e-mail, while it...
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4 Night Driving Dangers and How to Cope with Them

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Driving after dark brings challenges that daytime driving does not. But, we can't always stay put when the sun goes down! There are a few simple ways you can keep yourself -- and others -- safe on the road, no matter how late your next car trip lasts. Here is a look at some common night driving dangers and tips for staying safe when driving at night. Night Driving Danger #1: We Aren't Cats It's simply more difficult for the human eye to see at night. Your vision is compromised by the lack of natural light, making street signs, other cars, pedestrians and animals very difficult to see. The lack of light also affects your depth perception, and it becomes more difficult to tell how far away you are from other cars or objects. You can adjust to (and respond better) to many of these challenges by simply reducing speed and...
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Keeping Church Safe During Winter Weather

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Although it technically only became winter at the end of December, it’s been cold (on and off) for a few weeks now. Ensure your building, your communication systems, your staff, and your members are ready for whatever the season may throw at you.  Start thinking in terms of prevention and risk management. Facilities For your facilities, ensure a plan is in place to manage structures and grounds in the event of closure. For example, even if you must cancel a service due to weather, it is vital that the building is warmed to the point that pipes won't freeze. This is where the ability to control your church's thermostats and zones remotely can come in handy. Ensure that you have an adequate supply of de-icing materials for walkways, plenty of shovels, and a schedule of personnel (with backups for cancellations) to clear them. Keep doorways clear and as dry as...
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Network Security

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Internet Safety: Security Measures for Your Network Today’s innovative technology has encouraged many organizations to utilize the Internet in an effort to operate more efficiently and offer additional member convenience. However, there are many security concerns associated with Internet use, and it can pose serious threats to those using it. Consider the following tips to protect your church and members from crimes associated with network security. Passwords Account passwords are a foundational form of protection when it comes to network security. Be sure all passwords are complex and not easily identifiable by potential criminals. Review these tips from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) before choosing a password: Don't use passwords that are based on personal information that can be easily accessed or guessed.   Don't use words that can be found in any dictionary of any language.   Develop a mnemonic for remembering complex passwords.   Use...
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