August 30, 2014

Free Cyber Security Awareness and Training Courses Offered by DHS/FEMA Partnership with Texas A&M University.

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Just recently, our staff was made aware of a program offering free cyber security related training and awareness courses.  These courses are funded by DHS/FEMA in cooperation with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The objective of this DHS/FEMA partnering is to ensure that cyber space is supported by secure and resilient infrastructure(s) ---delivering open communications, information and prosperity while protecting privacy and confidentiality. These courses are offered at no cost and students can earn a TEEX certification of completion and Continuing Education … [Read more...]

Risk Management and the Federal Government Shutdown

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by: Ben J. Carnevale, Managing Editor Wherever applicable, many organizations might well need to have solid business continuity plans and strong risk management teams in place to deal with the federal government shutdown. One of most important things an organization may need to with the federal government shutdown is to consider the risks posed to that organization under such shutdown conditions. Risk Register One example might be that of a multi-national manufacturer working closely with the Department of Energy, Department of Defense and/or the intelligence community --- one of … [Read more...]

IT Security Threats and Attacks Quantified by New Ponemon Institute Report

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A newly recently report, entitled “First Annual Cost of Failed Trust Report: Threats and Attacks”, has just been released.  This report presents research from the Ponemon Institute and was underwritten by Venafi.  The objective of this report is to provide the first extensive examination of how failure to control trust (in IT security keys and certificates) in the face of new and evolving threats is placing all global enterprises at risk. Every business and government relies on cryptographic keys and certificates to provide trust for critical electronic communications.  These technologies … [Read more...]

ASIS International 2013 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibit –REMINDER

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Our staff would like to remind our readers that the ASIS International 2013 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibit, which will take place 24-27 September in Chicago, is truly the epicenter for security related education and technology.  This Seminar is widely regarded as the place for security management practitioners to find the tools, technologies, and top-notch education needed to stay ahead in the global business marketplace.   This year is no exception as the ASIS preregistration statistics indicate that the organization expects practitioners from eighty countries to make the trip … [Read more...]

Security vs. Privacy and the Insider Threat — Free Webinar Offering

Many of our readers are aware of recent stories about data breaches, IP theft, and fraud in the news.   In addition, they have become more aware of so many companies now realizing that background checks and interviews are not foolproof --- and even more importantly, they are realizing that there are times when the greatest threat to an organization is on the inside of that organization. Join Mike Tierney and security expert Alan Shimel on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM EST, as they discuss the unique challenges associated with detecting and preventing insider threats. Because an … [Read more...]

Free Webinars Offered by DRJ for National Preparedness Month 2013

As part of the National Preparedness Month 2013 the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) group is offering some free webinars offering a great resource of information regarding the timely disaster preparedness topics of writing and testing your organization's disaster. The first webinar is entitled “How to Conduct Powerful Exercises Every Time” and addresses those crisis situations that require quick reaction and on-the-spot decision making ---and --- are often unexpected and unavoidable.  The degree of any organization’s success in responding, controlling and managing such a crisis is directly … [Read more...]

Preparedness Tips for the Family

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Preparedness is a journey, and we get there one step at a time --- Plan, Prepare, Prevail.  And, families are no exception to the need to be prepared for surviving a disruptive event or disaster. Make sure that you and your family have the latest information on preparedness … check out the updated KIDS sections of ready.gov ….CLICK HERE. Here are some other links to add to your family’s reading resource file on disaster preparedness and readiness library….. KIDS …. Play games and test your knowledge and readiness levels. PARENTS … Get the whole family involved in … [Read more...]

National Preparedness Month — September 2013

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Just a quick reminder --- September 2013 is National Preparedness month throughout the U.S. And, given the fact that each year many small businesses nationwide are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes, it is a good time to remind all businesses that help with your own business preparedness planning is available in this National Preparedness Month period through a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in collaboration with FEMA's Ready Campaign and the Agility … [Read more...]

Wireless Network Security Tested in a Unique Way

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Wireless network security levels were tested recently in Edinburgh Scotland by a cyclist who “war-biked” around the capital trying to find unsecured wireless networks which could be exploited by hackers. Security expert James Lyne utilized a bike equipped with dynamos and solar panels to power a computer which scans for wireless networks which have no or poor security. As our readers well know, hackers can join wireless networks and then become totally capable of directly attacking those computers and other devices to steal money or information. They can also track which websites you … [Read more...]

Emergency Preparedness and Native American Indians

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Native American Indians are just as susceptible as any other Americans to disasters and emergencies ---and given many of the recent comments coming from our readers --- there is a strong indication that our staff needs to be more responsive to the needs of our Native American Indians --- especially when it comes to preparing for, surviving and recovering from a disaster or emergency situation or related incident. In fact, as the large majority of American Indians live on tribal lands located very often far away from urban centers there can be a strong potential for these communities to be … [Read more...]