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How to Prepare Your Housing Organization for the Next Cold Snap

Over the next few weeks, most of the country should expect to experience the worst winter has to offer in terms of cold weather. Winter conditions can occur in multiple months, but January is usually the peak for cold and snow. Here are some tips on protecting housing properties during an extended cold snap. Plan ahead for cold weather Know

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Meet Betty Dye, HAI Group’s 2021 Risk Champion of the Year

HAI Group’s board and committee members convene annually to determine the winners of our annual Risk Management Awards, developed to recognize public housing agencies that go above and beyond to address various risks to residents and staff. There are five award categories, the most prestigious of which is Risk Champion of the Year. The winner of this award is a

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HAI Group Recognized for Helping Connecticut-Based Youth Services Organization: ‘Community Support is in our DNA’

In October 2017, Lise Holiday was on her way home from HAI Group's office in Cheshire, Connecticut, when a sign caught her attention. "It said LISA, Inc., and I immediately wondered what it was," said Holiday, a regulatory compliance analyst at HAI Group. Lise looked up LISA, Inc. and learned that the non-profit organization provides programs and services to Connecticut

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National Preparedness Month: Is Your Housing Organization Prepared for a Crisis?

September is National Preparedness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies. The initiative was first launched by Ready, a federal public service campaign launched in 2003. Ready's mission is to promote preparedness through public involvement. Each year, Ready designates and promotes a theme for National Preparedness Month, using various platforms to

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Why Affordable Housing Organizations Need Standalone Cyber Liability Insurance

It’s common to assume your general liability insurance policy covers cyber liability. The reality is that these policies are separate but equally important in today’s landscape. General liability coverage protects housing organizations from a wide range of exposures, including injuries and property damage, but isn’t designed to handle the nuance of cyber risk. For example, a cybercriminal might obtain and

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Cybersecurity in Housing: Bolster Your Cyber Defenses With Data Backups

Cybercriminals would like nothing more than to hold your housing organization's system and sensitive data hostage. Their goal is to force you to pay a ransom to regain access and prevent data leaks. Even if you train employees on the signs of common cybersecurity attacks, keep your systems patched, manage access to vital assets, and use the most sophisticated antivirus detection system,

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Cybersecurity Playbook: Learn to Plan for Emerging Cyber Threats in the Housing Industry [Free]

Despite your organization’s best efforts to boost cybersecurity, not all incidents can be prevented. To prepare for and respond to these breakthrough attacks, your organization should develop a cyber incident response plan outlining steps to minimize losses, fix weaknesses, and restore services. At a high level, this might not sound dissimilar to a business continuity plan. Your cyber incident response

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Cybersecurity in Housing: How to Assess Your Organization’s IT Needs

As cybersecurity attacks become more common in the affordable housing industry, you should assess your organization's Information Technology (IT) needs. Your IT team serves as one of your front-line defenses against cybercriminals by: maintaining your computer network; training employees on various systems; providing technical support; assessing potential threats; and ensuring things continue to run smoothly. If a cybercriminal breaches your

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Cybersecurity in Housing: Why Organizations Should Consider a Cyber Forensics Retainer

Even the best-prepared organization is vulnerable to cybercriminals seeking to hold data and systems hostage in exchange for payment. Ransomware attacks, as they’re known, impact every industry. Since 2016, the U.S. has experienced around 4,000 ransomware attacks daily. No organization is immune. Among your priorities after a cyberattack is finding the root cause and preventing further harm. Most organizations don’t

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Follow These 5 Steps to Help Protect Your Housing Organization From Cyberattacks

If cybercrime didn’t have your attention before, we hope it does now. Over the Fourth of July weekend, cybercriminals pulled off one of the largest ransomware attacks to date, impacting more than 1,500 organizations worldwide. Ransomware attacks are on the rise in 2021, affecting every industry. Housing authorities and affordable housing providers aren't immune, either. As a quick refresher, ransomware

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Heatwaves, Wildfires, and Droughts: Tips to Help Your Housing Organization Prepare for a Sweltering Summer

Heatwaves, droughts, and wildfires have been a consistent theme of late spring and early summer 2021. In mid-June, a dome of hot air over the western U.S. broke temperature records in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. In places like Phoenix, Arizona, the temperature was above 115 degrees for six consecutive days. Another heatwave in late June

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