April 20, 2014

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...]

Cyber Security and Its Importance to an Organization

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For quite some time, business continuity professionals have been associating Cyber Security as an important Business Continuity Planning (BCP) concern, but, like so many other issues in the world of BCP, without full buy-in from upper management (or the Board of Directors), it will be almost impossible to truly implement effective Cyber Security policies, plans and procedures throughout any organization. With that point in mind, and to assist the process of increasing cyber security awareness in your company’s upper management, our staff recommends reading an article written by Edward B. … [Read more...]

Board Risk Oversight / Business Continuity / Banks Return to Financial Products Linked to 2008 Credit Bubble

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By: Ben J. Carnevale Is the passage of time erasing our memories of the risk management failures committed by so many of our major economic institutions during the 2008-2009 financial crises? A recent article posted in Business Week entitled “Behold the Ghosts of Bubbles Past” would certainly seem to indicate that to be the case. This article listed several events which would seem to imply that business continuity planners perhaps needed to quickly re-evaluate their business impact assumptions and even consider re-writing many of their disaster preparedness strategies related to … [Read more...]

Free Webinar for ISO 22301: The New Standard for Business Continuity Best Practice

ISO 22301 is the new international standard for Business Continuity Management best practice, and provides organizations with a framework to manage risk and ensure that they can continue operations in any type of event. The standard will also give stakeholders and customers more confidence in the organization's resilience. In this free webinar, ISO 22301 expert John McGill will help you understand the ISO standard, why it's important, and how to plan for certification. This webinar is being offered Thursday,  May 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT. With his guidance, you will see how … [Read more...]

Data Breach Report Offers State by State Regulation Requirements

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Unfortunately, for many U.S. companies facing the reality of data breach occurrences and data breach notifications – i.e. reaching an agreement on what they are and what are you required to do once they occur – remains a very complex topic yet still poses potentially large economic risk(s) when they occur.  Even more to the point, each state and its jurisdiction requirements within the U.S. differs in one way or another on how to legally handle data breach occurrences and the notification requirements that accompany them..  Just as important, even a local or regional business, dealing with … [Read more...]

Supply Chain Management: New Report Offers Research Proven Ways to Identify Key Suppliers

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A high level of supply chain risk management is often required to support an organization’s resiliency goals and objectives.  And, a large part of every supply chain’s own resiliency capabilities and performance is based on the key suppliers within that supply chain. The Business Continuity Institute is often referenced by our staff because of some of the great reports they produce in the disciplines of business continuity planning, supply chain management and disaster preparedness. Recently a new research report has been published by the Business Continuity Institute’s Partnership … [Read more...]

Risk Assessment Guidance Document Released by NIST

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Risk assessments are part of an organization's total risk management process. To better assist those organizations in conducting effective risk assessments, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a final version of its risk assessment guidelines that can provide senior leaders and executives with the information they need to understand and make decisions about their organization's current information security risks and information technology infrastructures. "Risk assessments are an important tool for managers," explains Ron Ross, NIST fellow and one of … [Read more...]

ISO 22301 vs. BS 25999: Shared Insights

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Over the last few months, our staff has been observing an interesting newsletter published by a business continuity planning services firm in South Africa.  The firm is called ContinuitySA and represents the increasing presence that business continuity planning, disaster preparedness and organizational resilience is already playing in South Africa ---- as well as the importance that continuity and compliance issues hold in the global village where so many of our companies serve their targeted markets. Our staff suggests including this newsletter as part of the suggested reading library for … [Read more...]

How to Ensure Supplier and Supply Chain Management Delivers Value-Added Mutual Benefits

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All too often, many organizations are facing risk management issues that seem to exist somewhat beyond their direct control.  An organization’s supply chain and the management of those supplier relationship dynamics are often the best examples of areas of risk mitigation where companies appear to be totally at the mercy of others. If your disaster preparedness, business continuity planning, private sector risk or risk management (PS-Prep) team members are talking about issues like this …then, you should consider asking them to attend a LIVE webcast with Jonathan Hughes, who will discuss how … [Read more...]

PS-Prep Program Seminar Coming Soon to George Mason University

Disaster Recovery, Disaster Preparedness, Business Continuity Planning, Organizational Resilience, Private Sector Preparedness, and Supply Chain Continuity, are all concepts that have become increasingly important during a period of increasing disaster related weather events, geo-political upheaval, and/or supply chain disruptions. This seminar will explore how to become compliant or certified to the PS-Prep program as enacted in Public Law 110-53.  This presentation will be given by Lisa DuBrock, and, will be held on November 13, 2012, at 6:30 PM, located at 4031 University Drive, Suite … [Read more...]