Texas State Small Business Development Center has some great upcoming virtual events for your small business. #ATXTalksSeries: Head Above Water on Aug 26; CARES Act Workshop Tough Conversations: Hiring and Firing and Managing Employees on Aug 13; CARES Act Workshop Employer Dilemma: Hiring During COVID on Aug 18; Understanding Your Financials and Immunize Your Business from Being a Victim of Fraud on Aug 27; CARES Act Workshop Understanding Your Business & Setting it Up Online on Aug 25, Aug 27, Sep 1, Sep 3.
Aro Group is working on a national project called the Workplace Recovery Alliance (WPA), a coalition of businesses pushing for the Workplace Recovery Act. The bill has been drafted and the team in D.C. is securing bipartisan cosponsors. The bill would pay ALL American businesses for operating losses due to the COVID crisis. The Workplace Recovery Alliance is free to join, and is publishing news stories about the plight of member companies and their employees as a result of the current economic crisis. Join NOW! The goal is to register thousands of companies at www.WorkplaceRecoveryAlliance.com – it takes about 3 minutes.
You are invited to join us at one of our upcoming design thinking workshops: May 20-22 (general audience) and July 22-24 (health and healthcare professionals).
Design thinking is an ideal framework for any professional who wants to create innovative solutions to challenging problems and to empower creativity and collaboration in your team.
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding the May workshop online. We are confident that this will be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. The faculty are putting extensive effort in constructing this workshop for effective delivery online.
Registration is open, though spots are limited. If you would like to join us for the online workshop, please register by May 5.
HP Development Company, L.P. wanted to reach out to let you know you, your safety and security are in our thoughts. Just like practicing good hygiene to ward off germs, which has included many organizations taking incredibly swift actions to help in the efforts to curtail the spread, this is a fantastic reminder to not overlook cybersecurity hygiene. One of the efforts to curtail the spread has included requesting individuals to work remotely, telework or work from home. This particular request to work remotely brings some very real cybersecurity hygiene issues.
Corporate Information Security Governance
Reviewing your current cybersecurity governance, which includes the information security policy and other similar policies to ensure established security guidelines for remote work and remote access to company information systems is adequately outlined for your employees. If your organization already has many remote workers, it is likely these already exist, or this may be covered in your resiliency plans or disaster recovery plans. This may also be addressed in your bring your own device policies, where employees have to opt into a set of corporate mandates and policies if they use their own device. If nothing exists or your cybersecurity governance is not adequate, this is the right time to establish a policy or at the very minimum to layout industry-recognized best practices and/or industry-recognized basic guidelines to address remote access to, and remote use of, company systems by employees, and to spell out if personal devices may be used to conduct company business, and under what constraints.
Formal Organization Security Communiqué
Managers should be very familiar with applicable security guidelines, security plans, and policies, and ensure that pertinent information is shared with their respective teams and throughout the organization, if they exist. It is critically important that all levels of the organization are aligned on implementation of cybersecurity and cybersecurity hygiene. It is essential to remind employees they are accountable and responsible for adhering to the company’s cybersecurity guidelines, policies, etc. Consequently, providing adequate cybersecurity guidance to all employees is critical, and it is recommended to send a companywide security communiqué to share the recommended cybersecurity guidance.
Security Event Preparation
Each organization should review their formal incident response plans to ensure each organization is prepared to respond to a cybersecurity event. Update the plans as necessary, and where, as a result of the global health crisis a requirement to work remotely has been introduced, include contact information for the (now) remote incident response team, which may include external advisors. Utilizing remote workers increases the security risk and increases the need to have a formal plan in place for when and if…READ MORE
Austin Public Health has released new mandatory face covering requirements for essential businesses beginning Tuesday, April 14. This requirement does not mean employees of critical infrastructure or the general public need to wear medical grade masks. Please save medical grade masks for healthcare professionals providing direct care to those with COVID-19. Austin Public Health is requiring employees working for essential businesses, and all people when out in public, wear face coverings like bandanas, cloths, homemade masks, or other items that cover the entirety of the nose and mouth.
Face coverings should perform the following:
All employees are required to wear face coverings when working at an essential business.
All customers are required to wear face coverings when entering an essential business.
All workers are required to wear face coverings when working in critical infrastructure jobs.
All essential businesses are required to post mandatory face covering signage at their establishments (download sign).