Why 45% of Executives Lack Confidence in Their IT

first_imgIT Trust Curve Survey released today finds that 45% of senior executives currently lack confidence in their organizations’ data protection, security and IT availability. Clearly, I’m not the only risk manager wondering whether we have enough eyes on these matters.This new, first-of-its-kind global survey reveals the insights of more than 3,000 decision maker interviews that span industry sectors and company sizes, from 16 different countries around the world.Half of the survey participants hold roles in IT and the other half are non-IT senior executives, so the results offer a balanced look at how IT preparedness is viewed from the boardroom and from the IT trenches.The survey findings underscore how important it is for IT practitioners to demonstrate to executive leadership that they have adequate governance processes in place for IT risk management.This enables practitioners to build confidence that new issues and threats to the enterprise are being monitored, captured and managed effectively in the context of a robust infrastructure protection program.Sharing information about how the business is protected through governance models and routines is as important as sharing information about what is protected.As a chief risk officer, I can say that investing the time to deliver these messages to your executive management team and risk committees at the board level is crucial. Otherwise, communication gaps will lead to gaps in trust. For example, the survey reveals that 70% of IT participants consider their IT functions to be a driver of a resilient and secure infrastructure, yet only 50% of non-IT decision makers see IT functions performing that role.In mature IT organizations, success against IT threats is not just accidental or attributable to good luck, but rather the result of mature processes and deployment of the correct IT tools that continuously monitor for new threats and adjust to new issues as they are revealed.Driving for a higher level of maturity is not just for the Fortune 500 or the world’s largest companies. Every organization needs to pursue greater maturity in IT to protect intellectual property and reputations with customers, shareholders, and other public stakeholders.See our IT Trust Curve Survey for the complete research findings, as well as an infographic that details top line results for each country surveyed. There is a wealth of information you can bring back to your organization to energize internal conversations on the importance of trusted IT.last_img read more

CU tax exemption safe; remains NAFCU top priority

first_img continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr House Republican leaders on Thursday introduced their tax reform bill, which, as urged by NAFCU, leaves the credit union tax exemption intact. NAFCU is examining the bill for any additional impacts on credit unions.“NAFCU thanks House Republican leaders for continuing to recognize the economic value the credit union tax exemption provides to the U.S. economy and American consumers,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “We’re staying in close contact with lawmakers in both the House and Senate – especially those on the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee – to ensure the preservation of credit unions’ tax exemption and to look out for credit union interests as this process continues to unfold.”The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to mark up the bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), next week.The bill preserves the mortgage-interest deduction with a cap of $500,000 for newly purchased homes (grandfathering in existing homes), maintains state and local property tax deductions up to $10,000 and keeps the 401(k) retirement account intact. NAFCU is reviewing the bill for any potential changes to the unrelated business income tax (UBIT). The bill does propose making tax changes to executive compensation at tax-exempt organizations. It also proposes some Subchapter S tax relief, although it would fully eliminate the tax deduction for FDIC premiums for institutions with more than $50 billion in assets.last_img read more

Help your team win with learning this month

first_imgThis is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data… Eddie Robinson is recognized by many experts as one of the greatest college football coaches in history. After a 56-year career, he retired in 1997 with a record of 408-165-15. I had the privilege to meet this humble and approachable giant twice—and had a great conversation both times.Something that Robinson is known for saying about reaching your full potential came to mind as we were preparing to celebrate Learning and Development Month this month:“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential … these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”Robinson was a great developer of talent. Although he coached at a smaller college (Grambling State University, a historically black university in Grambling, Louisiana), more than 200 of his players went on to play professional football. To celebrate Learning & Development Month, I encourage you to pause and take stock of the learning and development activities at your credit union right now. What is going well? What could you add or do better to help your leaders and team members learn and develop? Here are five ideas for your consideration:Join an organization that supports the development of every member of your team on an ongoing basis.Set up an online learning portal to provide educational content and courses and track the learning activities that individual employees undertake and complete.If you haven’t already, design individual development plans for each member of your staff. If you have IDPs in place, make time this month to review and update them.Examine the culture in which talent is developed at your credit union. Does it really foster the kind of learning that will secure future organizational wins?Don’t forget to provide for your board’s learning. Whether it’s coursework, discussing a relevant video at each board meeting, or doing an assessment of the full board or individual directors, promoting development at the board level will set up your credit union for success.Joining in the celebration of Learning and Development Month, CUES is offering weekly educational challenges designed to get leaders and team members engaged with learning, including the newest benefit of CUES membership: Harvard ManageMentor™. We hope all participants will find the challenges useful in re-committing to talent development.center_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Detailslast_img read more

Cricket News England vs India: No jacket required as MCC feels the heat

first_imgLondon: Sweltering British temperatures forced even the famously conservative Marylebone Cricket Club into a rare concession—allowing members to attend a match without a jacket.The MCC—owner of Lord’s cricket ground in London and the guardian of the laws of the game—normally insists on a strict dress code. “Gentlemen shall wear lounge suits or tailored jacket and trousers, shirt, tie or cravat and shoes with socks,” reads their protocol.“Women must wear: dresses; or skirts or trousers (which may be cropped below the knee) or culottes, with blouses or smart tops, and formal shoes, boots or sandals.”However, not even the august body could resist bending the rules in the face of temperatures in London on Thursday that rocketed to an estimated 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit).Members—who can be spotted by their red-and-gold striped ties—attending the early evening Twenty20 match between Middlesex and Hampshire at Lord’s received welcome respite.“Due to the abnormally warm temperatures, MCC has decided to dispense with requirement for gentlemen to wear jackets in the pavilion and arrive wearing one. This applies to members of MCC and Middlesex and their guests,” tweeted @homeofcricket, the official Lord’s Cricket Ground account. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Topsy Turvy World of Alice in Wonderland Comes to Life in…

first_imgFacebook112Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Studio West Dance TheatreJump down the rabbit hole and hang on to your teacups! You are in for a fantastical ride as Studio West Dance Theatre brings the wacky wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland to the Olympia stage. Performances will take place May 3 – 5 at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.Studio West first premiered the ballet in Olympia in 2014, and it was an instant audience favorite. Alice in Wonderland is arguably one of the most oft quoted stories of all time, so it was quite daunting for Stephanie Wood-Ennett to consider bringing this story to the stage as a ballet, without any dialog. “The characters of Alice in Wonderland are so iconic, and yet there is no blueprint on how the choreography or the staging should look. The freedom to interpret the story and create our own vision was also the challenge in mounting this production.”To bring Alice’s iconic scenes and characters to life, Stephanie and her co-choreographers, Marianna Ramsour and Erin Pattillo, chose music that inspired their vision for each scene: the serene beauty of ocean waves for the Sea of Tears, the allure of the captivating Caterpillar, the quirky gestures of the preening Flamingos. “We gave ourselves the freedom to choose music that visually illustrates each scene or character, no matter the genre. You will hear classical, romantic tango, Middle Eastern, and selections from movie scores. Each scene stands alone, and yet they all fit perfectly together to allow this familiar story to unfold in unexpected ways. Honestly, we didn’t know how it would all come together when we started the production, but our audience members loved it, and told us they had discovered something new and exciting in this beloved and familiar story.”This year’s performance of Alice in Wonderland promises to be even more elaborate than the debut production. Alice’s stage manager, Rachel Zeigler, shares “We are so excited to be doing Alice again, so we can implement all the ideas we’ve been coming up with since our last run. We want even more wonkiness, more color, and more scenery to fully immerse our audience in Wonderland. We have added three new professional backdrops to the show, more roles and costumes, and more Cheshire Cat appearances.”The heart of the production still remains with the talented and graceful dancers who impart their own personality and artistry to these quirky characters. Cole McMason, who has been a student with Studio West for the past nine years, has the double pleasure of performing in the Alice in Wonderland production for both Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) and Studio West. He was featured in the corps de ballet in OBT’s production, and is now dancing in the role of the White Rabbit in Studio West’s upcoming Alice. Cole shares his experience balancing work in both productions “It was crazy for about 5 weeks when I was rehearsing for both productions at the same time, 6 hours a day, 6 days a week, but I loved it, and I learned so much! Watching the OBT principal dancer in the role of White Rabbit, I saw that much of his rehearsal time was spent on perfecting the little mannerisms that brings a rabbit to life, the little hops, the way he stands or holds his paws, so that every moment on stage, the audience sees a rabbit, not a man in a rabbit costume. It’s those mannerisms and characteristics that I work on and incorporate into my performance.”Cole is currently studying on a full merit scholarship at OBT while continuing to rehearse and dance at Studio West on weekends. “Studio West will always be home to me – it’s where I fell in love with dance. When I come back on weekends to take class and rehearse, I feel like I’m still a part of the studio. My friends are here, and we dance and connect like we’ve always done. I hope I can continue to stay connected.”Don’t be late for this very important date! Matinee and evening performances are at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, May 3 – 5. Tickets are available at the box office, 360-753-8586, or online at The Washington Center for Performing Arts website. Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatre Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatre Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatre Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatre Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatrelast_img read more

100 most wholesome tweets you’d read after Liverpool win the Premier League title

first_imgAdvertisement aobe1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs94c66zxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eocd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 71w4dWould you ever consider trying this?😱b47imCan your students do this? 🌚poRoller skating! Powered by Firework Thirty years, the fans of Liverpool FC kept patience for the Premier League trophy to come to Mersyside. Finally, with a star studded, Champions League and Club World Cup winning squad and under the marvellous guidance of Jürgen Klopp, the Reds have won the league, three decades since their last one in the 1989-90 season, when the league was still known as the ‘First Division’. Even under the troubling times of the COVID-19 pandemic and past three months of uncertainty, the moments are glorious at the Anfield.Advertisement The title race between Liverpool’s 19th trophy versus the defending champions Manchester City ended after Chelsea snatched a 2-1 victory over Pep and his side yesterday at Stamford Bridge. With 86 points from 31 matches, Liverpool finishes the trophy run with still seven games remaining, as the global football scene reacts on the club’s glorious achievement.In addition to many footballers, sportspersons and pundits flood Twitter with congratulatory posts on Liverpool’s astounding feat, supporters all over the world, who waited for generations to see the club as the champions of England, come up with wholesome reactions to the auspicious moment, as their patience finally ends with joy.Advertisement Below here are 100 hand picked wholesome tweets on Liverpool’s triumph, that will put a smile on your face.Advertisement I woke up like this 🕺🏾 mood all day long 🕺🏾 Liverpool!! Championeee!!!! #Liverpool pic.twitter.com/LaorrO1HNd— POPPERSIK (@PopperSikongo) June 26, 2020My brothers visited my father this morning to celebrate. Campeones! #YNWA pic.twitter.com/6rebJujirc— Hafriz___________________Iqbal (@hafriziqbal) June 26, [email protected],Congratulations on winning the League with our beloved Liverpool FC 🏆 I am so proud of you & the boys ❤️Thankyou for always giving your all for us fans 👏 Thankyou for inspiring me & being my hero 😘Sending my support always from Australia ❤️🇳🇱 #YNWA #VVD4 👑 pic.twitter.com/rewBitIp3z— Peter Pana (@PeterSheenPana) June 26, 2020Lucky gits only had to wait a couple of years to see Liverpool win the league 😂#ThisMeansMore #Liverpool #champions #liverpoolfc #YNWA #LFCFamily pic.twitter.com/Q8dzPmx0jn— James from That 90’s Wrestling Podcast🎙️🏆 (@90sWrestlingPod) June 26, 2020https://twitter.com/BigBadCarbon/status/1276453957469118464  Advertisementlast_img read more

No to legalisation of marijuana

first_imgDear Editor,We learnt that President David Granger has said that the “removal of custodial sentences for possession of small amounts of cannabis is on the cards for Guyana” in sections of the media.Editor, with the growing movement to legalise marijuana for medical purposes, the drug has become increasingly accessible, and its use has become more widely accepted. Its use is particularly common among young adults, with a high percentage endorsing its use.Many members of our local and international medical community have acknowledged the therapeutic value of the drug as well, but its social, health, and occupational risks remain as real as ever.Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant, also known as hemp. Marijuana is often smoked for the fastest delivery of its primary active ingredient.The buds and leaves can also be consumed in foods or liquids. While marijuana does come from a natural plant source, this does not necessarily mean that it is safe — many illicit drugs are derived from botanical sources, but can still have harmful effects.The American Medical Association (AMA) recognises that medical marijuana can play a role in treating nerve pain, preventing muscle spasms, and restoring appetite in people with chronic illness. But the AMA adds that the organisation wants to ensure that as a psychoactive drug, marijuana should be subject to the same safety precautions as any other drug in its class.In popular culture, smoking a joint is often considered no more harmful than having a beer, and many people who smoke pot enjoy the relaxing effects of the drug. In our stressful, accelerated world, marijuana can slow things down and make stress seem to melt away.In reality, though, marijuana can interfere with motor coordination, short-term memory, and concentration. And regular marijuana smoking can damage the respiratory tract.Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the ingredient in marijuana that fosters dependence and leads to cravings with chronic marijuana use. Cravings can be triggered through neurological changes that disrupt the brain’s reward-seeking circuitry or by psychological issues like stress.Some susceptible users may even develop patterns of use that qualify as an addiction to marijuana, as categorised by the American Psychiatric Association. According to clinical guidelines, some of these signs may signal an addiction to marijuana.Withdrawal symptoms often resemble quite the opposite effects as those sought by using the drug in the first place, which means that if you smoke weed on a daily basis and you suddenly lose access to pot, you may start to feel angry and tense. Frequent or heavy smokers who stop using the drug may experience the mild withdrawal symptoms.You may know many people who smoke a joint now and then without developing any of the signs of addiction or dependence. You may even be one of these casual users yourself. But if you think there’s no danger of becoming dependent on marijuana, take a look at these statistics.Marijuana is a sedating drug that acts on the central nervous system to create a sense of relaxation, reduce sensations of pain, and impact several of your body’s involuntary processes.The primary components of marijuana – THC and cannabidiol – act on the cannabinoid receptors in the brain in the following ways.Like alcohol, marijuana can impede motor coordination and slow reaction times, making it dangerous to drive while you’re under its influence.In addition to altering the way you think, learn, and react to hazards, marijuana can affect the way you feel too.Marijuana is the most commonly-used illicit substance, and smoking is the most popular way to use marijuana – inhalation quickly delivers THC to the brain via the lungs.Marijuana smokers tend to inhale more deeply than tobacco smokers and release the smoke from their lungs more slowly. Regardless, marijuana smoke has been found to be significantly less carcinogenic and harmful than tobacco smoke, though this does not mean that it is safe. Some research continues to explore the relationship between marijuana use and lung cancer.Marijuana has been popular among teens for years, but a recent spike in marijuana use among young people has addiction experts worried. Statistics from Monitoring the Future, an ongoing study of youth in the United States, show that marijuana use among junior high and high school students has risen over the past few years.Marijuana is the second most widely-used substance among adolescents. During the adolescent years, the brain and body are still developing, so disruption of this development may cause lasting effects.Recovery requires a combination of approaches to address the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of substance abuse. Individual counselling can help you explore the reasons why you’ve come to depend on marijuana, while group therapy and drug education can provide you with valuable coping strategies for staying clean and sober.The focus is on behavioural therapy, the type of which will depend on the doctor and the user — most treatment programmes will adapt their therapy to the patient’s needs.It is also a common therapeutic technique that helps users address their reasons for abusing marijuana as well as teaches them how to resist future use and temptations by identifying faulty or unhelpful thoughts and beliefs around their use.I think that the President should not allow the legalisation of marijuana as it would not be of benefit to our society.Yours faithfully,Rooplall Dudhnathlast_img read more


first_imgKERRY football legend Colm Cooper says All-Ireland champions Donegal will be in the shake-up for Sam Maguire again in 2013.Speaking at a function marking AIB’s sponsorship of the club championship, the Kerryman also said that many pundits had overlooked the quality of Donegal’s individual players, by failing to see past the team system used by Jim McGuinness.“I certainly feel Donegal aren’t a one-hit wonder. People say they have won their All-Ireland now and they won’t do it next year — I feel that isn’t the case,” said Cooper. “The level they are playing at, they won’t just drift away. The challenge for everyone else is to get to that level.“The professionalism that they played at — and I believe trained at — is a challenge to everyone else.”He says he believed Kerry gave Donegal their toughest game in the run-in this year, in their quarter-final clash at Croke Park.“Looking back on it, we gave Donegal one of the tougher games. I think with two, three minutes to go playing into the Hill 16 end, we were right in the game, we got it back to a point but then we missed a chance and Karl Lacey came up and kicked a point. “When all is said and done, we weren’t that far away.“We feel we played badly on the day, gave away a soft goal — a couple of injuries and different things went against us.“But when you take an overall view of it we didn’t play well enough to be involved, so tough luck.”He said of Donegal: “They really set out their stall in games this year. I can’t remember a game when they were down at half-time and where they haven’t led a game.“To be honest they are incredibly disciplined in their approach and really buy into the system they are playing. “People say they are disciplined but they have very good footballers too — especially the likes of Colm McFadden, who had an outstanding year.“Michael Murphy came alive in the final, Karl Lacey played really well, Frank McGlynn played really well. You could go through all their team, guys who played well.“It’s not just a system or a structure they are playing to, they have very good players and I sometimes think that gets lost a little bit.“They are fantastic players, they are extremely hungry and they haven’t been there in 20 years. “When you are coming in from that side of things to challenge the teams that have been there, they have a little bit more hunger, if you want to call it that, and that was very evident.”DONEGAL ARE NO ONE-HIT WONDERS, SAYS KERRY LEGEND COOPER was last modified: October 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL ARE NO ONE-HIT WONDERSSAYS KERRY LEGEND COOPERlast_img read more