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Humpty Dumpty’s great fall: business continuity planning

According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25% of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. Gartner Inc., a leading information technology research and advisory company, further estimates that 43% of companies were immediately put out of business by a major loss of computer records, with another 51% ceasing operations within two years — for a staggering 6% survival rate after two years. How is a business owner to manage this “bet-the-company” risk? Through business continuity (BC) planning.

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Lease considerations with small cell wireless technology

As the demand for wireless bandwidth continues to grow, wireless providers are increasingly turning to small cell technology to address gaps in wireless capacity. The use of small cells or “micro” cells presents many of the same issues from a leasing perspective as traditional “macro” cells installed on towers or other tall structures; however, several unique issues with small cells should be considered by both property owners and wireless companies.

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Data breach wonderland: What's a business to do?

In February 2015, I reported with some optimism that the current U.S. Congress may actually pass a federal data breach notification law. But alas, in the dog days of summer, that optimism has waned and the likelihood of passing a federal law this year has significantly diminished. Concerns about the preemption of tougher state laws, vague security standards, and consumer privacy concerns have doomed federal efforts.

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Social media contests — creative marketing tools, but beware the FTC

Social media contests, sweepstakes, and promotions are great ways for companies to promote new products, engage with customers, collect data, and enhance online branding. However, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has begun increasingly scrutinizing these practices. Before launching a social media promotion, companies should take steps to ensure that their promotion will not run afoul of FTC requirements.

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Bluffing IT: Five secrets of an IT vendor

As a general rule, IT vendors are knowledgeable, reputable, and valuable to business owners. After all, operating your company IT environment is a complex task and outside vendors bring supplemental expertise that you may not have internally. It's often a wise business decision to engage outside help as needed.

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 The Technology Law Team at Husch Blackwell addresses the unique challenges inherent in contracting and claims resolution processes involving the design, development, implementation, operation, and maintenance of complex information technology, telecommunications, and e-commerce solutions.

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