Madeleine Albright on Syria and Putin

Yesterday on CNN former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discussed the current situation in Syria and Vladimir Putin’s role in the pending conflict.

After you watch this video, make sure to re-watch the video of former Secretary of Defense William Cohen discussing Syria, posted on PLUS Blog last week.

This topic is likely to be among the many covered when Secretary Albright and Secretary Cohen debate “Global Risks” at the 2013 PLUS International Conference – don’t miss it!

Man Outsources Own Job to China

The “viral” story this week in the PLUS offices comes from BBC News: The story of a man who hired a consultant in China to do his job, essentially outsourcing himself.

A security check on a US company has reportedly revealed one of its staff was outsourcing his work to China.


The software developer, in his 40s, is thought to have spent his workdays surfing the web, watching cat videos on YouTube and browsing Reddit and eBay.


He reportedly paid just a fifth of his six-figure salary to a company based in Shenyang to do his job.


From a risk management and data privacy/security vantage point this raises myriad issues. Read the whole story on the BBC News website.

Building a Global Company

In this clip from the session “Building a Global Company” from the 2012 PLUS International Conference, panelist Karen A. Morris, a strategy and innovation advisor, looks at the difficulties in being compliant with U.S. and E.U. standards and why listening to your mother may be the best solution.

PLUS members can view this entire session in the multimedia library on the PLUS website.

Session panelists not featured in this clip: Adam Barker (ANV), Fred Einbinder (The American University of Paris), Julian Enoizi (ProSight Specialty Underwriters Limited) and moderator Perry Granof (Granof International Group, LLC).