Wireless Network Security Tested in a Unique Way

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

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...]

Reputational Risk Remains Top Board Concern

Amy Hutchens, general counsel and vice president of compliance and ethics services at Watermark Risk Management International is a contributing writer for this website bringing our reader’s attention to the importance of building strong relationships between organizational ethics and compliance objectives as related to Board Room driven discussions, decisions, policies and strategies. Amy often points out relevant and recent developing stories, articles or reports related to the building of that relationship --- Check out "Compliance Chiefs and Boards: Keys to Building Effective … [Read more...]

E-Discovery Newsletter of Notable Cases and Events

In its ongoing effort to provide current and relevant updates regarding developments in the field of e-discovery, our staff would like to recommend a reading of the Sidley Austin LLP firm's current newsletter written by its in-house “E-Discovery Task Force” group. This group from Sidley Austin LLP works to stay abreast of the shifting legal landscape surrounding e-discovery. The most current update addresses the following recent developments and court decisions involving e-discovery issues: 1. A Northern District of Illinois ruling sanctioning a defendant company for failing to … [Read more...]

Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada

Emergency Preparedness Week - CANADA – e.g. an opportunity to take an active role in your community and support a culture of disaster preparedness in Canada -- is May 5-11, 2013.   More people working together can better communicate the importance of emergency preparedness to all Canadians. Emergency Preparedness Week Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996, and, is also a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations supporting activities at the local level, in concert with … [Read more...]

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2013 and Disaster Preparedness

Disaster preparedness Getting the importance of disaster preparedness out to members of your family, members of your community and to your fellow workers remains one of the core missions of this website. With this week recognized as “National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2013”, it is important to remind everyone again to take advantage of all the comprehensive information available and to pass that information along to others in order for them to be better prepared in the event that any hurricane related events come their way. Click here to view a checklist provided on the Ready.gov … [Read more...]

ASQ Northern Virginia Section 0511 Meeting Announcement

The larger the organization the more likely it is that there are written instructions about how things are done within that organization. This makes sure that nothing is left out and that everyone is clear about who needs to do what, when and how. When an organization systematizes how it does things, this is often known as a management system. With that thought in mind, it is not surprising to notice that ISO Management Systems are becoming increasingly popular with risk based standards for Information Security, Service Management and Business Continuity. How do these standards (along … [Read more...]

Cyber Security and Related Reputational Risks Explained in Free DRJ Webinar Offering

If you have any concerns about protecting the reputational risk of your organization, our staff recommends you to view a free webinar being offered from the Disaster Recovery Journal group. The title of the webinar is “Reputation Equals Revenue” and will be offered Wednesday June 12th at 12:00PM – 1:00PM (CDT). The effect of cyber security related risks on corporate and brand reputation is real.  And, because reputational damages are often measured in millions of dollars, unplanned downtime can carry far more than a "per hour" cost. Based on data from a new global study from IBM … [Read more...]

Cyber Risk Management App Offers Help in Keeping Ahead of the Curve in a Rapidly Changing Cyber Threat Landscape

As one of the risk management options mentioned in an earlier cyber insurance related posting on this website, our staff would like to recommend the CyberEdge Mobile App for the iPad to cyber security risk management team members where you work. AIG “Cyber Risk Report 2013 This CyberEdge Mobile App was developed by the American International Group, Inc. (AIG) in response to a recent AIG survey and report, where it was found that 80% of executives and brokers find it very difficult – if not sometimes nearly impossible – to keep pace with defending against and mitigating risk related to cyber … [Read more...]

Social Media — The New Face of Disaster Response

It is our staff’s assumption that many disaster preparedness, first responder or disaster recovery team members fully recognize the growing role which social media and its social networks play as the primary source of news and information when disasters occur. In a recent InfoGraphic, the University of San Francisco Online Master of Public Administration group organized findings from a variety of surveys which collectively bring home the fact that during disasters, social networks often replace 911 as the go-to source for help and assistance in many communities throughout the U.S. A … [Read more...]