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...]
Context Aware Security: Is It Time for Your Organization to Implement this Approach in Protecting Its Assets?
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]