The Strauss Blog

Increasing Association Cyber Security on a Budget of $0

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The purpose of this article is to make you aware of prioritized doable and no-cost steps to make your association’s computers and computer system “safer” from cyber-attack. Learning from the Equifax Hack One-half of adults in the United States, and 100,000 Canadians, had their personal identifiable information (PII) […]

Association Management Systems and Websites Are Becoming One and the Same

As an association management company, we spend a lot of time speaking to associations that are exploring different management options. During these discussions, some of the most common questions revolve around association management systems (AMS), which consist of databases, a website, payment systems, and sometimes much more. We are often asked: What AMS does your […]

Does Your Association Need Abuse Insurance?

If your association interacts in any way with youth, the elderly, or people living with disabilities, then you should investigate obtaining abuse and molestation insurance coverage (commonly referred to as abuse insurance). Abuse insurance could be one of the most needed types of insurance for your organization. This is because abuse claims can be very […]

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – The Honeymoon is Over July 1st

CASL’s (Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation) three-year transition period ends on July 1st, 2017. Before you celebrate our sesquicentennial, you might want to call your insurance broker, lawyer, and IT professional—plus, educate yourself and all your employees. What is CASL? On Canada Day 2014, CASL came into effect. It applies to “commercial electronic messages” (CEMs), which are […]

The Rapid Pace of Change: The Association Challenge

I recently attended the kick off breakfast for the Electrical Association of Manitoba’s annual conference. The opening speeches were very typical with a Minister from the provincial government talking about industry, and the president of the association thanking everyone for attending and discussing the expectations for the next two days. The more interesting aspect of […]

Association Cyber Risk: Reducing It, and Insuring Against It

“It’s no longer if you are going to have a cybersecurity event, it is when.” This grim prediction comes from the co-author of the Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery published by the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. What is Cyber Risk “Cyber risk means any risk of financial loss, disruption […]

Introducing Association Members to a New Membership Feature

Adding new membership benefits is important for keeping association members engaged. It could be a new cutting edge benefit or it could be one that has been around for years that your association has not yet adopted. But how do you know that the new benefit is right for your association? Read on and find […]

Association Meetings and Conferences are Better with A Physical Fitness Element

As a part time fitness professional I have a vested interest in the scientific evidence of the benefits of a daily physical activity, and am confident that adding a fitness component to your association meetings and conferences will create a positive response. If you look at people’s wrists, you will see a high percentage of […]