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Cybersecurity Primer: Malicious Code Examples

“Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace,” according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Cybercriminals “exploit vulnerabilities to steal information and money and are developing capabilities to disrupt, destroy, or threaten the delivery of essential services.” The DHS cited the high demand for more cybersecurity… Read more »

What Does a Surgical Nurse Do?

There is still a strong demand for nurses throughout the health care industry. This is especially true for nurses with advanced skills and knowledge as well as those who have a strong education and can specialize in a particular area. One growing and in-demand specialty is surgical nursing. A surgical nurse coordinates patient care in… Read more »

Urban Poverty in Chicago

Urban poverty in Chicago is often linked to lack of educational opportunity, poorer health outcomes, income inequality and other factors. Along with other professionals, social workers are focused on helping people in affected communities receive the support they need. Don Phelps, a professor of social work at Aurora University, discussed urban poverty and how it… Read more »

Why You Need a Crisis Management Plan

A crisis is a significant, unexpected and disruptive event that can undermine an organization if the crisis is not handled properly, according to consulting service Paradigm Solutions International. The event can be large or small in nature, internal or external to the company and a natural disaster or human in origin. A crisis often receives… Read more »

What Is Biosecurity?

Biosecurity and biodefense refer to preventative measures taken to protect people from biological agents and weapons. More comprehensive biosecurity programs have emerged following terrorist attacks. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) assumed a leading role in programs after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the subsequent anthrax mailings. “In recent years,… Read more »

Supply Chain Management (SCM): 3PL vs 4PL

Supply chain management (SCM) is a term within the field of logistics that focuses on production and involves the supply and distribution sides of the company. In some applications, SCM and logistics are interchangeable. There are five layers of logistics that are important for organizations to consider. However, there is debate and confusion among people… Read more »

Creating a Strategic Plan for Nonprofit Success

Creating a strategic plan can help your organization translate its ideas into actionable steps and goals. By having a clear strategic plan in place for the next one to three years, your nonprofit will gain access to a “master plan” for achieving its goals and reacting to specific activities that impact your organization. Once you… Read more »

What Is Supply Chain Management (SCM)?

Supply chain management (SCM) is responsible for ensuring that auto repair shops have necessary parts in stock, Christmas presents are delivered in time for the holiday and home furnace repair companies respond to requests quickly, according to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). A 1 percent decrease in supply chain costs for the… Read more »

Developing a Leadership Philosophy

At the beginning of each advanced leadership workshop session, business thought leader John Spence asks attendees how many currently have a written list of their key leadership values. Much to his surprise, only one or two out of 100 to 150 executives raise their hands. As a result, Spence wonders how executives successfully lead their… Read more »

Rural Poverty and Social Work

The official poverty rate for 2015 was 13.5 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Poverty thresholds were approximately $12,000 for one person, $15,000 for two people and $24,000 for a four-person family. Poverty impacts more of the population in rural communities. Rural poverty has consistently been higher than urban poverty, and the same holds… Read more »