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...]

Security Industry — New ASIS Report Assesses the State of the U.S. Security Industry

By: Ben J. Carnevale, Managing Editor An increasingly challenging security (physical and IT) related threat environment for U.S. businesses remains a major topic for all security management team in companies throughout the country. And, without a successful ability to align senior management strategic thinking with those threats still too often leaves those team under-funded and without the critical support needed for achieving their objectives. To shed some light on this critical issue and perhaps give some needed information to help in security management team presentations to upper … [Read more...]

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

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

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

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...]