August 2013
In this issue

Protect Your Small Business from Fraud and Cybercrime

Patch Right and Keep Hackers Out

Avoid Repeating Yourself

Business Continuity Tip

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Continuity Tip

Beat the Heat

As we prepare for the heat waves of the summer, we're all reminded of the real risk and dangers associated with the rising temperatures. Here are some tips and resources to help you beat the heat, no matter where you live.

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How many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my hand.

Emo Philips

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7 Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Fraud and Cybercrime
used with permission from, by Caron Beesley

How secure are your small business assets from fraud, identity theft and cybercrime?

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), companies with less than 100 employees lose approximately $155,000 as a result of fraud each year. Small businesses also have a higher fraud rate than larger companies and non-business owners. One of the most frequent sources of fraud is credit card abuse largely due to the fact that few business owners actually take the time to go through every line item on their bill or choose to mingle business and personal accounts.

Other sources of fraud stem from an overall lack of security across the business such as inadequate network and computer security and a lack of background checks when hiring employees.

Don't be a victim! Here are some tips you can take to better protect your business from some common forms of fraud and cybercrime.

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Patch right and keep hackers out
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

In the arms race between network administrators and hackers, battles are fought over the security holes in enterprise software. Your best defence is the patches that vendors release to plug those holes.

Vendors are working to make patching easier and more trustworthy - like Microsoft and its monthly Patch Tuesday release - but you shouldn't necessarily deploy every patch to every system in your enterprise the day it's released. To best protect your network, you should develop a plan for patching that is based on best practices and tailored to your unique enterprise.

The hidden risks of patching

"Patches are becoming a routine thing. The odds that a patch will crash your critical system are decreasing," says Rafal Los, senior security strategist with HP Software. "It isn't such a hindrance because of automation, but the enterprise still needs controls. Too many enterprise apps could break." 

Patching software holes is essential to network security, but it brings a set of operational challenges. You need to know how a patch will impact your existing systems, particularly legacy systems. Patching can expose major problems on your network, including brittle systems, home-grown, mission-critical software, and outdated hardware. As difficult as managing these systems can be, they become a security risk when they're not updated.

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Avoid repeating yourself: Create a Word macro
used with permission from Microsoft
by Emily Warn


Repeatedly entering the same information in document after document, over and over...there has to be a quicker way, right? Word macros can save you time (and potentially, some sanity) by automating repetitive tasks.

Let's say you're a real estate agent. Every time you sell a house you have to add a client's name and address to multiple documents. Creating a macro automates adding all of a client's contact information wherever you need to.

Setting up the macro

Creating a macro is straightforward and doesn't require any coding knowledge. You simply tell Word when to start and stop recording a series of steps; for example, from when you start typing a client's name to when you finish. Then Word will perform all of those steps automatically when you click a button or enter a keyboard shortcut that you assigned to that macro.

Here's a step-by-step:

Here are five tips to help you to turn on your charm:

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