April 20, 2014

Crisis Communications and Social Media Strategies — Free Webinar

Get tips on creating a crisis communications plan using social media during the Feb. 11th 2014 webinar from 2 to 3 p.m. EST and co-hosted by Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Communicating a key message to your staff, clients and business partners in a timely and accurate manner is essential when a disaster strikes. Increasingly, organizations are relying on social media to get ahead of and dispel misinformation that can lead to a tarnished reputation, and even failure of the company. The discussion will include: Effective uses of various social media … [Read more...]

Disaster Preparedness Teams Can Benefit from a Recent World Economic Forum 2014 Risks Report

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In an earlier posting on this website, our staff published a story reviewing the consensus for listing the threats of 2013 which impacted many organizations.  In this posting, the point addressed is that very often risks of threats or incidents can impact an organization because of the occurrence of some global size event that would appear to be beyond the scope of an organization’s disaster preparedness planning. With that thought in mind, our staff would like you to be aware of a recently released World Economic Forum report which attempts to size up the impact of some all-too-real … [Read more...]

Risk Frontier Survey 2013 — What Really Matters to Risk Management Professionals

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Many of our readers should find the topics and outcomes of the 2013 Risk Frontier Survey interesting reading.  Although largely centering of matters of the European risk and insurance management community, this survey has valuable information that applies to all organizations in all parts of the world. New risks require new thinking – and, this is why “The Risk Frontiers Survey” is so worthwhile as it delivers an in-depth picture of the current state of the risk management profession, gleaned from its leading practitioners.  It also outlines the big risk issues and ideas on how risk … [Read more...]

Information Security Scams This Christmas

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With the holiday season upon us once again, our staff would like to focus some of your attention on some information security concerns regarding the likely use of digital devices as each of us try to make our Christmas buying lists and plans for upcoming holiday festivities.  Our point is that for every Santa there is a Grinch, and a cybercriminal is most likely waiting in the wings to turn all that holiday cheer into fast cash as he spreads his scams and malware. To help you stay protected as you search high and low both on and offline for the perfect presents for your loved ones, McAfee … [Read more...]

Preparedness Party Offers Fun Approach to Address Serious Challenge

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It is a sad fact, that getting people or organizations to discuss disaster preparedness topics is easier to do just after they have experienced a disaster.  Call it human nature, procrastination or avoidance --- but, this remains a constant challenge for nearly all emergency management and disaster response professional teams. In a rather recent posting, however, we are directed to a rather unique approach submitted by one of the neighborhood group organizations of Boston, MA called the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC).  This group encourages people to host a … [Read more...]

ASIS International — Invitation to Attend World’s Most Influential Security Events

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ASIS International has led the security industry by providing up-to-the-minute education and strategic solutions to professionals around the world.  Both physical and information security professionals have benefited from these offerings for nearly sixty (60) years. Our staff supports ASIS International and encourages our readers to be aware of the following schedule of upcoming seminars and exhibits: ASIS-PAC in Macau, China – December 3-5, 2013 ASIS MIDDLE EAST in Dubai, UAE – February 16-18, 2014 ASIS EUROPE in The Hague, Netherlands – April 1-3, 2014 ASIS NYC in New York, … [Read more...]

Context Aware Security: Is It Time for Your Organization to Implement this Approach in Protecting Its Assets?

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Has your organization adopted a “context aware” IT security model?  Perhaps, it has adopted a single password model of IT security approach ---and, if it has done so, then as members of your organization’s information and network security team, it is your responsibility to at least consider the benefits of moving beyond an IT security equivalent of “putting all your eggs in one basket” to an IT security model smart enough to add context to a security event. As Leon Ward states in a recently posted article, “…..context aware security is the use of situational information (such as identity, … [Read more...]

Webinar Presents 2014 Security Predictions

You can jump start security plans of your organization’s information security preparedness team by having them listen to this year’s one (1) hour Websense® 2014 Security Predictions webcast and report on Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. PST. In 2012. the Websense Security Labs™ researchers accurately predicted: (a) a surge in Java exploits would disrupt operations worldwide, (b) that employees would be besieged by spear-phishing emails and (c) that cybercriminal attacks would use mobile devices more creatively.  They also explained how to prevent cyber-criminals from stealing your … [Read more...]

Corporate Preparedness Levels Impact Bottom Line

Because many businesses are operating on limited resources these days, management very often may not feel that corporate disaster preparedness is a vital activity. This could be in part due to the “it will never happen to me” attitude taken by that management team. This Webinar -- presented by the SBA and co-sponsor Agility Recovery -- will review the far-reaching impact of disaster preparedness aside from the ability to recover following any interruption. Our staff recommends joining this webinar to better learn how corporate preparedness affects many key financial statements … [Read more...]

Free Online Small Business BC / DR Planning Tool Now Offered by IBHS

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Keeping your doors open for business is a concept that the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has promoted for many years with its long standing popular business continuity planning toolkit.  Many of our website readers are familiar with this disaster preparedness planning tool. As the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, our staff research team found that IBHS has just recently launched a free, online version of their business continuity planning toolkit ----entitled OFB-EZ™ (Open for Business-EZ).  This online version is a somewhat streamlined version which … [Read more...]