Ten Tips to Safely Announce a Reduction in Force (RIF)

27 September in Corporate Security

We are closing out 2012 amid financial uncertainty. Our political leaders are trying to reach an agreement to reign in run-away government spending and increase insufficient government revenues and begin to gain control over our ever-growing national debt. We face the very real possibility that the U.S. economy may suffer and potentially drift backward into recession in 2013. Coupled with the unknown impact of the implementation of national health care, our uncertain financial times are causing many businesses both large and small to pare back...

3 Important Tips for Safe Holiday Shopping

27 September in Personal Safety, Travel Safety

With the Holiday Season in full swing, spirits are high, mall parking lots are full, and the streets are congested with shoppers inching their way to retail stores to find that perfect gift. Even with the vast onset of online shoppers, there still exists those incredibly tenacious folks who love to brave the elements, the traffic, and the pushing and shoving that goes with the exhilaration of the holiday retail shopping experience. While shoppers focus on the season, big bargains and discounts - the criminal element...

Internet Scams Target Law Firms: Protecting Your Legal Reputation and Your Bank Account

27 September in Legal Security

Lawyers’ Identities Being Used for Fake Websites and Solicitations It was reported in September 2012, that a scam surfaced in which the identity of a Texas attorney, who had not practiced in years, was used to set up a fake law firm website using the attorney’s maiden name, former office address, and portions of her professional biography. In this same report, other attorneys complained about the theft of their names and professional information to solicit legal work. All attorneys should be on the alert for...

Cyber Series: Social Networking – Friend or Foe?

27 September in Business Continuity Planning, Personal Safety

In this blog post, Rampart Group will take a look at social networking and how our desire to be transparent and share information can be risky business. We will also look at some common threats and steps we can take to be a responsible social networker. Social networking serves multiple purposes Social networks such as chat rooms, forums, discussion groups, emails and instant messaging all serve as places where we “connect” with others online.  Here are some of the benefits: *People “connect” and share information online with great...

Cyber Series: 10 Ways to Improve the Security of a New Computer

27 September in Business Continuity Planning, Corporate Security

A sobering reminder about computer security Computers, laptops, iPads, and mobile devices offer windows to the world. At the same time, the world is looking back at us. We trust our computers with personal information, banking, bill paying, connecting with family, shopping, and surfing the internet. We constantly communicate with family members, friends, business colleagues through emails, text messaging, and social networks. With this ease of use comes great responsibility. Most importantly, we need to keep our information and the information of others safe and secure...

Cyber Series: The Cyber Threat – What Are the Experts Saying?

27 September in Business Continuity Planning, Corporate Security

In our last Rampart Group communication, we began by advising our readers that we are launching a regular blog series to provide you critical cyber protection tips and information.  Below is post #2.  In this blog series, Rampart Group will continue to outline for you and your business the breadth and depth of cyber threats on a national and global scale.     The Cyber Threat – What Are the Experts Saying? The cyber threat is growing and evolving. Cyber crimes cost approximately $400 billion per year worldwide,...