Cyber Security Training Offered Free by FEMA Domestic Preparedness Campus

For those readers who may not be aware of this --- DHS/FEMA offers FREE Certified Cyber Security Training related courses on the internet. In total there are ten (10) courses offered in three (3) discipline-specific tracks: Non-Technical for End-users Technical for IT Professionals Business Managers and Professionals     Click here to get more details or to sign-up to the Domestic Preparedness Campus course offerings. If applicable, please pass this information along to those appropriate individuals in your organization or directly to the HR manager or risk … [Read more...]

Cloud Outages and Lessons Learned

While many comments and inquiries received from readers seem to indicate an ongoing interest in the use of cloud-related technologies, there also appears to be a comment or two focused on the potential risks surrounding cloud outages and what influence those risks would play in the final decision to use or not to use a big white server in the sky. To that point, our staff recently came across a great article that may help to answer some of those concerns and perhaps mitigate some of the risk elements that exist in the cloud. This article is written by JR Raphael, posted on the InfoWorld … [Read more...]

DHS Announces Free Software Evaluation Site to Improve Cybersecurity Effort

In a recent announcement, the US government unveiled a new system of guidance available to businesses, whereby this system would assist businesses in evaluating the software behind the websites, power grids and other services of those businesses -- so that by doing so, that software would be less susceptible to hacking. “Currently, when owners of small businesses buy software or hire a firm to build a website, it is difficult to know whether the programs are really secure or not”, said Alan Paller, director of research at SANS Institute, a computer-security organization. “Avoiding … [Read more...]

Cybersecurity Issue-Related Reading

Individuals, communities, organizations, governments and nations around the globe are realizing in more ways everyday the significance of cybersecurity and the many ways that cybersecurity related issues are linked directly with economic stability. Recently, Greg Austin, V.P., of the EastWest Institute (EWI) stated the following observations in an interview posted on the Computer Weekly website: “…there is a big demand among leading corporations for new measures within government to secure cyberspace,” and “…we are seeing a rapidly dawning realization in foreign ministries around the … [Read more...]

Test Your Awareness of Recent Cybersecurity Threats and Events

Given the recent significant increase in the number of data breaches reported by both businesses and governments around the globe, many concerns still exist and solutions remain to be found regarding these potential threats of violations of privacy rights. For an example, some internet users are questioning whether the increase in recent reports is due to a real increase in the actual number of attacks or are these events an indication that legal and regulatory requirements are forcing more reporting of these events. Since it appears that these recent breaches are nearly impossible to … [Read more...]

Cybersecurity and Anti-Trust Concerns

While cybersecurity related threats and reports of their consequent hacking attacks seem to show no one is immune from them, even more issues outside of the real of cybersecurity itself appear to thwart any quick fixes to this problem.  According to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., who, at a hearing he chaired this past week of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism stated, “When members of the various sector-specific Information Sharing and Analysis Centers, or ISACs, get together to discuss common IT security threats, they don't always share everything they know, even if … [Read more...]

PS-Prep: NFPA Gets Nod from FEMA for Ready Business Update

It was recently announced that FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has awarded a contract to update the web-based content of Ready Business --- which is a part of the website --- to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). For many of our readers who follow developments related to the PS-Prep program, this decision appears to have some relevance in that this effort by the NFPA will bring the content of Ready Business into alignment with the current (2010) edition of NFPA 1600 the Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, which … [Read more...]

New Survey Confirms More Use of Social Media and Texting in Natural Disaster Events

If your organization’s business continuity planning group is stressing the need for all fellow employees to increase their knowledge and experience on the use of social media for company related communication in the event of a disruptive event affecting the organization --- then you and many others should not be surprised to learn that in a recent survey released by The National Hurricane Survival Initiative, it was stated that social media and text messaging are fast becoming the leading ways that Americans will communicate or get information in a disaster. The list of links below should … [Read more...]

Risk Management Strategies and the Weather

How much economic effect can the weather have on your business?  Is the weather one of the elements of consideration for risk management in your organization’s most recent business impact analysis?  What research information is available to assist an evaluation of this potential threat to your organization? New research indicates that routine weather events such as rain and cooler-than-average days can add up to an annual economic impact of as much as $485 billion in the United States. The recent study, just posted on the Homeland Security Newswire (HSNW) website and led by the National … [Read more...]

“Cybersecurity, Innovation and the Internet Economy” Report Now Available from US Commerce Dept.

For businesses that are not part of the U.S. critical infrastructure sector, the U.S. Commerce Department is offering a new policy framework document to assist and protect companies where the internet is determined to be critical to the business.  The particular sector to best define the target audience of this report would be those businesses that range from small and medium enterprises, including bricks-and-mortar firms who offer online services to social networking sites and those internet-only businesses.     A summary of some of the specific recommendations to help … [Read more...]