Workplace Recovery Act/Alliance With Aro Group

Workplace Recovery Act/Alliance With Aro Group

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. 

COVID Signage From MILLER Imaging & Digital Solutions

COVID Signage From MILLER Imaging & Digital Solutions

Reopening? Need COVID Signage? MILLER Imaging & Digital Solutions has got you covered! If you are considering opening your office or store, think through the graphics or measures needed to keep the distance. Signs may be needed outside, inside on your floors, doors, bathrooms, kitchens and more. Social distancing directional banners, floor adhesives, or coroplast (lightweight) signs can all be used to share your message, and MILLER Imaging & Digital Solutions can print those items as well as supply hardware to complete the project. They have some designs readily prepared and can print your designs.

Upskill From the Comfort of Your Couch 

Upskill From the Comfort of Your Couch 

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.

Learn More + Save Your Spot

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.

City of Austin Economic Injury Bridge Loan

City of Austin Economic Injury Bridge Loan

The Austin Economic Injury Bridge Loan Program provides loans up to $35,000 for daily needs like rent, payroll, and debt. Eligible local businesses must be able to demonstrate an economic loss associated with the COVID-19 global pandemic. The loan is intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business secures recovery resources. The Austin Economic Injury Bridge Loan Program terms require payment of loan dollars up to 12 months at 3.75%.
This loan is not designed to be the primary source of assistance to affected businesses. To be eligible, you must be headquartered in a City of Austin Council district and have already applied for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
Remote Worker Cybersecurity Best Practices

Remote Worker Cybersecurity Best Practices

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