Merry New Year

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As the year comes to a close, we are inundated with articles and news stories about the “Best of 2013”– best videos, best sports moments, best movies, best songs, etc. But asking us to pick the year’s best Risk Tips is a little like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. And at the end of the day (or year) it’s not about which Tip had the best clip, it’s the lessons learned. So, in no particular order, here are some of the takeaways from this year’s Tips:

*Confidentiality: Remember the Harry Potter lawyer who spilled JK Rowling’s alter ego to his wife’s best friend? Rowling’s lawsuit against the firm was settled for an undisclosed amount.
*Dishonesty: Let’s not forget the big firm lawyer who was disciplined for submitting fake expense reports to his firm.
*Scams: No matter how many times we warn people about unsolicited emails from a foreign country, from a legitimate company that checks out, but whose CEO inexplicably uses a gmail account, and having splling mitstakes and not well grmmer, those email scams keep coming.
*Data security: Change passwords often, make them strong, and keep your head (or at least your documents) out of the Clouds.
*Civility: Be nice, even when your adversary calls you a Jerk . . .or when someone maligns the Steve Martin classic.

Ok, who are we kidding; of course it’s about which clip is the best. And while we can’t pick the best Tips of 2013, you, our loyal readers, can. Let us know your top choice.

Lastly, click on the attached for a New Year’s greeting from OGC.