April 20, 2014

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...]

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...]

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...]

Red Teaming Course Now Offered by Watermark Institute

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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...]

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

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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...]

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

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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...]

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...]