The Red Hat Society: Red Hats Abound atCreative Habitat at Ben FranklinBurlington, VT — July 19, 2004 Directly in the front door, and to the right, Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin has created a product vignette dedicated solely to the ladies of The Red Hat Society. Founded by a group of women in California, The Red Hat Society celebrates the coming of age for women 50 and over, by wearing fancy red hats and bright purple outfits.Creative Habitat has “caught the Red Hatitude fever,” agreed Mark and Michael Dowling, co-owners. “From straw red hats to purple boa wraps, weve a great selection of fun essential products for the ladies of The Red Hat Society,” Mark noted.Sue Ellen Cooper, Queen Mother of The Red Hat Society, decided to celebrate a friend’s birthday by giving her a poem by British author, Jenny Joseph, entitled Warning. The poem begins, When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat which doesn’t go and doesnt suit me.” The poem continues with all the wonderful freeing activities she will partake when she grows old.Local members of The Red Hat Society can create their own look. Creative Habitat has a complete section of Red Hat Society products, including scrap booking essentials, accessories for hats, decorations, wrapping paper, jazzy purple t-shirts, and, of course, the boas,” Mark continued.Today, there are 25,000 chapters in 21 countries, with an estimated 600,000 members. For more information about The Red Hat Society and local chapters in Chittenden County, please check out the Society’s web site at www.redhatsociety.com(link is external).Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin, formerly Ben Franklin, has been owned and operated by Mark and Michael Dowling since 1991. Creative Habitat is an independent store in the Burlington community, continuing in the family tradition of quality home design, crafts, and framing. Creative Habitat at Ben Franklin is located on Shelburne Road in South Burlington, telephone 802-862-0646. You may also visit them on the web at: www.creativehabitatvt.com(link is external).
4 Reasons at a GlancePhysical securityInformation securityBusiness ContinuityRegulatory ComplianceFinding a solution you can trust The pressure to cut costs and grow a loyal member base is a significant factor when it comes to cloud adoption for your credit union. You’re probably struggling to meet increasing demands from members and regulators while working with fewer resources and shrinking margins. This challenge not only puts you in a tough spot from a business perspective, but also leaves you with legitimate security concerns while weighing the benefits and risks of moving sensitive member data to the cloud.Apprehension and judgment are a few common emotions when it comes to the “cloud” conversation, but proven, secure solutions do exist, and they can give your financial institution an appropriate competitive advantage while meeting your security needs. There are several things to take into consideration as you evaluate your options.#1 Physical SecurityData security involves much more than firewalls and antivirus programs to keep your institution and consumers protected. If you’re considering a cloud service provider, start out by making sure they have physical safeguards to keep your data protected from human and natural incursions.Minimal security protocols should include:Biometric scanning and a PIN needed for entry24/7 recorded video surveillancePhoto ID and security escort required for all visitorsEquipment cages and locksPhoto ID key card badge required for access#2 Information Security Protection from cybercriminals is imperative when it comes to the security of your data. Recent security breaches in the news might have you increasingly concerned that the current solutions you have in place are not be enough to keep your data out of the wrong hands.Providers of well-secured cloud services utilize enhanced measures such as redundant firewalls, proactive patch and vulnerability management and data encryption to protect sensitive data, which is comforting for decision makers searching for a cloud solution.#3 Business ContinuityDisaster recovery and business continuity are about expecting the unexpected and preparing for system failure, which makes these priorities top of mind for industry leaders looking to migrate to a cloud solution. Credit unions need proof that their data would be safe in the event of a natural disaster, if an employee leaves and even if a workstation becomes infected with malware and requires a restore.SaaS providers should offer a sound business continuity plan with safeguards like these:Geographically distant, redundant data centersRedundant power, cooling, and network connectivity at each data centerContinuous, SAN-to-SAN replication between data centersAnnual functional disaster recovery testingPrivate circuit connectivityInternet-based backup connectivityIndependent carrier feedsBattery backup and diesel generatorsYour provider should guarantee 24/7 monitoring of their systems as well. Not only will your credit union experience maximum business continuity, better performance, fewer glitches and maximum uptime, but problems are also detected early, which can help prevent them from escalating.#4 Regulatory ComplianceThe “Where’s your data?” question can be incredibly daunting and probably has a long-winded answer without a secure cloud solution in place. With the mobile device explosion and consumerization at an all-time high, data can be accessed and viewed via smartphones, servers, external hard drives, USB sticks, laptops, tablets … you name it!A cloud-based solution solves the proliferating data problem by keeping sensitive information in one place where it’s secured, audited and built with these compliance best practices in mind:Developed and operated in accordance with FFIEC guidelinesSubject to multi-agency examinationReviewed by third-party audit and security firms to ensure industry standards and regulations are more easily metIn ConclusionThough trust cannot be bought, it can be earned and proven with the right technology. Understanding where your data is, how it is secured and how it’s being managed is essential to gaining the peace of mind you – and your members – deserve. Cloud solutions can provides enterprise level physical and information security while promising business continuity and the best IT management the industry has to offer.A good SaaS provider can deliver the maximum uptime, predictable costs and physical security you need to stay protected and prepared. In adopting a cloud solution, credit unions will have the ability to:Respond rapidly to business needs in a more secure mannerMeet compliance, high availability and business continuity objectivesCreate a predictable and scalable environment that addresses the futureChoosing a proven SaaS provider like D+H for your core, lending, and other channels is a wise first step for credit unions in search of a solution built for the future of the financial services industry. 70SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kristen Keely Kristen Keely is a Cloud Solutions Marketing Manager at D+H with years of experience in technology communications. 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