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Line Managers’ Role in Human Resources

  July 25 2016

Introduction: Two aspects are critical for human resources success: The presence of well thought-out human resources practices The effectiveness of the implementation of those HR practices which are, in fact, part of the duties of line managers. I...;

Malware: “Oh what a tangled web we weave…”

  June 16 2016

As I began to write this blog article, it dawned on me that this is the 30th anniversary of my IT career. My career in the wacky world of IT began in 1986 when the first mass-market of PCs and Macs were in full bloom. Microsoft DOS was the most popular operating system, running on x86 XT and AT computers. MS Windows 1.0 had just been released, Lotus Note...;

Train to the End-Goal of Pragmatics

  June 02 2016

I was in the company of two seasoned security professionals last month who had just completed CISSP training – and I found their opinions and comments very interesting indeed. The fist point of interest here was, both individuals were of the same opinion insofar as, they saw the CISSP training as a badge which could be applie...;

The Wastes Management Hierarchy and The Circular Economy

  May 25 2016

For many in business, wastes that are produced are simply an overhead that must be accounted for and are a drain on profits; there is a fundamental acceptance that waste is inevitable! However with the right approach, the amount of waste produced and the related cost for disposal can be significantly reduced such that profitability can increase without increasing product...;

Three Approaches to Records Management

  March 17 2016

In order to deliver a report on managing records retention, a somewhat long word on records management has to be included in this chapter. The principles of records management and the methods to implement records management controls are worthy of their own report. In an attempt to summarise the topic, the following explanation is limited and covers my accoun...;

The Audit Report Writing Mindset

  March 16 2016

Perhaps the most challenging part of an auditor’s role is the communicating of results in order to achieve effective remediation of any control deficiencies. Audit reports are, perhaps, the most critical part of the audit process and typically come at the end of the process when schedules are stretched, deadlines are approaching, pressure is on and the report becomes a n...;

The Ten Keys to Cyber-Survival

  March 16 2016

I don’t know if you have noticed, but when it comes to incident response, the methodology applied by organisations can vary from the downright chaotic, to a well-disciplined, well-oiled machine. However, from what I have observed over the preceding five years of my professional life, the general approach seems to...;

AQ: Why It Counts more than IQ and EQ

  December 13 2015

By Samer K. Taher Managing Director - Meirc Training & Consulting Forget your IQ and your EQ. If you are seriously keen on climbing the success ladder, the only question you should be asking yourself is how high is your Action Quotient...;

Feedback: why most of us fail at It!

  December 06 2015

By Samer K. Taher Managing Director - Meirc Training & Consulting It is ironic that one of the most used terms in management today is one of the most misunderstood. If you ask someone to define feedback, you will get all sorts of d...;

Workitis: A Modern Day Disorder

  November 29 2015

By Samer K. Taher Managing Director - Meirc Training & Consulting Fifteen years ago, a few days after I had joined my current firm, a senior partner invited me to his office for what he called "a real induction session". Among the ...;