Preparedness Party Offers Fun Approach to Address Serious Challenge

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

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?

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

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...]

Red Teaming Course Now Offered by Watermark Institute

Amy E. Hutchens, CCEP, General Counsel, Vice President Compliance & Ethics Services at Watermark Risk Management International, LLC – and a contributing writer to this website -- has brought our staff’s attention to a valuable disaster preparedness resource stemming from the recent launching of “Red Teaming” courses now offered by the Watermark Institute led by its director, Dr. Mark Mateski. Red Teaming According to the “Red Team Journal” publication, red teaming is the practice of viewing a problem from an adversarial, competitive, or contrarian point of view. Red teams seek to … [Read more...]

Free eDiscovery Webinar Addresses How Upcoming Changes in the FRCP Rules Will Alter Litigation Strategies

For those watching trends in electronic discovery, the debate about proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to address concerns over the rising costs of preservation and risk of spoliation sanctions have been under discussion for more than two years. On June 3, 2013, the Judicial Conference of the United States’ Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure voted to approve the proposed amendments to the FRCP for public comment, a key step on their path toward adoption. The proposed amendment is designed to provide more significant protection against … [Read more...]

“In Case of Crisis” Mobile App Version Embraced by George Mason University

Our staff recently was informed of a new emergency and disaster preparedness free mobile app solution called the “In Case of Crisis” mobile solution. The “In Case of Crisis” mobile solution --  created and developed by Irving Burton Associates (IBA) --allows institutions – e.g. educational, corporate, government or hospitality -- convenient and secure access to emergency information with features such as easy-to-read instructional and building diagrams, one-tap key contact calling, and push notifications for updates/alerts and maps. The app includes access to a library of 85 possible … [Read more...]

Mobile Device Threats in Corporate Environments are Real and Costly

While few risk management teams would fail to recognize the growing potential for information security threats involved in mobile devices, the fact remains that a lack of integrated mobile security is continuing to cost companies in terms of everything from lost productivity to lost data. Cyber criminals also continue to target mobile workers as easy potential access portals to a company’s backend IT infrastructure. As a result, many organizational security risk management teams can argue that their company might need to supplement its integrated mobile defense program with a coherent … [Read more...]