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Secretary of State Condos appointed to national task force to protect businesses from identity theft

first_imgSecretary of State Jim Condos has accepted an appointment to a national task force on Business Identity Theft. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) has announced the formation of a NASS Business Identity Theft Task Force to help states combat the growing threat of business identity theft. The task force is a major association initiative that will target business identity theft prevention strategies and develop practical, cost-effective tools and guidance for states. “With the downturn in the economy, the newest victims of identity theft are small and medium-sized businesses, including dormant or inactive companies,” said NASS President Mark Ritchie of Minnesota, who serves on the task force. “As the state officials who oversee business registrations and corporate filings, secretaries of state have come together to find proactive ways to educate business owners on how they can reduce their chances of falling prey to identity thieves and to explore safeguards for state filing systems.”.Secretary Condos is looking forward to his role on this Task Force. ‘I am honored to be joining my colleagues from nine other states to research and address a broad range of Business Identity Theft issues. By participating on this task force, I will be at the forefront, helping establish best practices that can be implemented in Vermont, and introducing cost-effective, cutting edge strategies to Vermont’s businesses to help prevent this from happening to them.’”The NASS Business Identity Theft Task Force capitalizes on the expertise of our members when it comes to state business services and records management,” said NASS Executive Director Leslie Reynolds. “Task force members are confident that working together on identity theft prevention is an extremely wise investment strategy for states and businesses alike, saving valuable time, money and resources for all.”The ten-member NASS Business Identity Theft Task Force will work with a wide array of industry stakeholders, including state legislators, law enforcement, business support groups, financial institutions and others as it develops its final report. The task force’s final report is scheduled to be released later this year.Secretary of State Jim Condos has over 20 years of elected public service including 18 years on South Burlington City Council, 8 years as a Vermont State Senator, along with over 30 years of private sector business experience. Founded in 1904, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the United States. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.last_img read more

4 worst things your colleagues do

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details It’s hard to believe but it is indeed a fact that most of us spend more time with our coworkers than we do with our own family and friends. Unfortunately, that means we have to experience all the ins and outs of each colleague’s quirks. Not only do we have to be exposed to these behaviors on a regular basis, but in the spirit of being professional, we have to accept them, too. Here are the four worst things colleagues do in the workplace and how you can best deal with them.Gossip about anyone, and everyoneSomeone at work may approach you with something they think is interesting about another colleague, but be careful not to take the bait. These gossips thrive off involving themselves in our people’s business. Sometimes they are chastised for their caddy behavior and learn from bridges they may have burned. Other times they go through life gossiping and are never able to stop their bad habit. Make sure that if your coworker comes to you with a “juicy tidbit” about someone in the office, you don’t get mixed up in the drama. It could be you who ends up paying for it in the end if you’re caught speaking poorly about another person in the workplace.Conduct angry phone callsHave you ever been near a coworker when they’re telling someone off on a personal phone call? There’s nothing more awkward than having to sit through the call as they raise their voice and carry on while you’re trying to get your work done. It’s hard to believe that some find this acceptable work behavior but unfortunately this happens all too often. In order to not get off track, or cause strife between you and your colleague by addressing their behavior, simply move to a more private workspace until their call is finished. This may also be a great time to stretch your legs if you’re stuck behind a desk all day.BackstabAre you a trusting person? It’s always best to be especially careful with who you confide in at work. Someone may claim to have your back, but when it looks like the situation may benefit him or her in some way, they may throw you under the bus without thinking twice. The best thing you can do to avoid being backstabbed at work is to be open with your colleagues, but be very cautious when sharing anything sensitive. Be confident that if whatever you’ve discussed with your coworkers makes its way to your supervisor, you can take pride in your words and actions and not be fearful that they will cost you.LieJust as a colleague may end up backstabbing you, they may also tell you certain fibs to ensure things go their way in the workplace. Did they tell you they fulfilled their end of the bargain, but actually didn’t? The best thing you can do if you doubt a coworker is to let their behaviors speak for themselves; sooner or later the truth will come out. Continue working to the best of your abilities and others will view you as accountable and trustworthy.last_img read more