Data Breach Costs now Average $154 per Record

In a recently published benchmark research report it was found that executives in 2015 – motivated by growing concerns from ongoing data breaches and other cyber-attacks to their organizations – are now paying greater attention to the security practices of their organizations. To that point, research from that report also indicated that the average total cost of a data breach for the 350 companies participating in this research increased from $ 3.52 to $ 3.79 million US dollars (e.g. a 23% increase in total cost of data breach since 2013). The average cost paid for each lost or stolen … [Read more...]

Do Disasters Occur More Regularly Than You Think?

by: Ben J. Carnevale, Editor Several readers of this website have asked our staff to assist them in providing information to assist their training efforts to demonstrate the wide variety of forms that crisis and disaster can take, and, at the same time, help them dispel the misconception that disasters rarely happen ---therefore, making the jobs of emergency planning and crisis management teams easier to engage upper management’s involvement and support. Business continuity planning and disaster preparedness professionals know all too well that while our memories of the last major … [Read more...]

Disaster Preparedness Myths Still Prevail

In a recent article, written by Paul Purcell, and entitled “Disaster Dozen: 12 Myths of Disaster Preparedness”, and, supporting this month as the National Preparedness Month 2012, our staff would like to recommend our readers look at these disaster preparedness myths and  review where those myths are still present in your family, the community where you live and the organization where you work. By addressing these obstacles you will be improving the awareness and preparedness levels of individuals, families, communities and employees – but, even more importantly, you will help dispel so … [Read more...]

National Preparedness Month 2012 Free Webinar Offerings

As mentioned in an earlier posting regarding National Preparedness Month 2012, many resources are being offered this month of September to better understand and improve disaster preparedness capabilities for yourself, your family, your community and where you work. You can get help with your own business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. This September series of free webinars is presented in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign, as part of National Preparedness Month 2012. The SBA wants to … [Read more...]

National Preparedness Month 2012

The Labor Day holiday is now over, and, as students all around the United States have now started their new school year, in this month of September 2012, all citizens are called to remember that throughout our country’s history, disaster events –both natural and caused by decisions made by man – have challenged the preparedness capabilities and the very fabric of our country in the past, and, certainly can do so again in the future. To this point, and as we begin this year’s National Preparedness Month (“NPM 2012”),  our staff would like to remind our readers that President Obama has … [Read more...]

Business Continuity Plan Organizational Readiness Measurement Offering

Comments and questions regarding measurement of progress made in the business continuity planning process still come to the attention of our staff, and, a recent article written by Lee Glendon, CBCI may offer at least a positive step forward in trying to achieve that measurement process. We believe the point made by Glendon is that while many aspects of dealing with the human side of major disruption are already covered in an organization through health and safety and crisis management (BCMS) procedures ---however, the link between successfully dealing with these issues and still achieving … [Read more...]

Private Sector & Government Experts Present Continuity Planning and Management Conference

For many of our readers who are in charge of disaster preparedness, crisis management and contingency planning teams for their organizations or communities within which they live or work, an upcoming event is being offered 2-4 April 2012. For the first time in its history, the Contingency Planning and Management Conference and Expo is taking place in Washington, D.C., and collocating with GovSec– the Government Security Conference & Expo featuring the U.S. Law Enforcement Conference & Expo – to give attendees more robust free programming and entry to the larger GovSec trade … [Read more...]

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Impaired Individuals Offered Free Personal Preparedness Assistance

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) along with the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission recently announced the availability of a series of videos, based on disaster preparedness, recovery and emergency management plans prepared by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force to assist individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing impaired. The series of videos are titled “Emergency Preparedness: Together We Prepare.” The multi-segment production uses American Sign Language and covers topics such as how to make a household emergency plan, preparing a supply kit, planning … [Read more...]

Increased Risk Management Implementation into Corporate Culture Now Claims to Fuel Better Performance

According to Jonathan Blackmore, Ernst & Young advisory risk partner for Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa has said in a recently released E&Y report, “…..many executives have no idea what the return on their risk investment is … if they say that their return is neutral, I tell them that I don’t think that’s good enough.” That comment pretty much matches the inputs and comments that our staff receives whenever the topic of investment(s) in risk prevention or even risk mitigation implementation strategies are proposed.  And, with minimal basic or empirical research done in … [Read more...]

Security Myths? You Decide.

Recently, Ellen Messmer, Network World, posted an interesting article that resulted from her asking security experts, consultants, vendors and enterprise security managers to share their favorite “security myths”. For many of our readers, who are tasked with developing risk mitigation strategies against security related threats; our staff believes that the information provided by Messmer is an interesting addition to any resource reference library on this timely and critical risk topic for many organizations today. A quick summary of the 13 security myths presented and discussed by … [Read more...]