Cyber Attacks and Critical Infrastructure Protection

If your company is classified as a critical infrastructure facility, and, your disaster preparedness team is looking for updates on the status of cyber attack threats against industrial control systems, our staff recommends adding a copy of a recent report entitled “Malware Infections in the Control Environment " (ICS-CERT, December 2012)  to your company’s cybersecurity threats related reading resource library. This Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report revealed that industrial control systems, which are used to monitor and control critical infrastructure facilities, were hit with … [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...]

PS-Prep Continues Ongoing Opportunity Battles

Since the recent announcement by ATT becoming the first company to certify under the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program (PS-Prep) --- many readers have been requesting more information updates regarding the progress of the PS-Prep program. To attempt to address those requests, our staff would like to focus on one of the major areas currently under a lot of discussion in various PS-Prep related blogs. Most of the postings reviewed center around an issue very well addressed in a recent article written by Luke Simpson, Continuity Insights … [Read more...]

AT&T’s Experience in Certifying to DHS-Adopted (PS-Prep) Preparedness Standard Offered in Free Webinar

For many of our readers in the private sector and for those who are members of PS-Prep strategy planning teams in their companies, you may want to mark your calendar to attend a free webinar on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT. This 90-minute interactive webinar will be hosted by the Department of Homeland Security and will be about the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep™), and will also be focusing on AT&T’s experience as the first private sector company to certify to a DHS-adopted preparedness standard. The … [Read more...]

Attend DHS Webinar Offering Free Risk Self-Assessment Tool

The Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Learning Series continues to provide one-hour Web-based seminars conducted by senior critical infrastructure protection experts on the tools, trends, issues, and best practices for infrastructure protection and resilience. Series offerings are available at no-cost and are highly recommended for the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) private sector and government partners, to include critical infrastructure owners and operators, and officials with responsibility for risk, security, and emergency management functions. To … [Read more...]

ATT Becomes First U.S. Private Sector Company Certified to a DHS-Selected Standard under the PS-Prep™ Program

The DHS PS-Prep™ program has been on this website’s radar screen for quite some time, and, with the announcement of this press release by DHS regarding ATT’s certification to one of the standards selected by DHS under the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program (PS-Prep™) an important step has been taken, as Secretary Napolitano states “…to further enhance the readiness and resiliency of our Nation." AT&T's certification is the first under the PS-Prep™ program, administered by DHS' Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The PS-Prep™ program enables private sector … [Read more...]

PRIVATE SECTOR UPDATE — DHS Presents State of America’s Homeland Security

PS-Prep strategy planning groups, along with all business continuity and risk management members of teams in organizations of all sizes should be interested in listening to Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS), as she delivers the second annual State of America’s Homeland Security address, on Monday, January 30 2012 at 1:00 PM EST. Increasing our nation’s security and resilience remains a goal achieved through strong connections between DHS and our nation’s private sector. Click here to watch Janet Napolitano’s presentation LIVE on Monday, January 30 2012 at … [Read more...]

DHS Releases New Cyber Document — “The Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future”

Many postings on this website involve the topics of cyber security, cyber warfare and cyberspace – and in particular, as to how cyberspace involves elements of risk management for individuals, organizations, communities and our government. All business continuity and risk management planning teams agree that cyberspace is vital to our way of life, and all must work to make this domain more secure—the safety of our critical infrastructure, the strength of our national security, our economic vitality and public safety depend upon it. To this point, the Department of Homeland Security … [Read more...]

December is National Critical Infrastructure Protection Month

  Just a reminder -- the month of December is recognized in the U.S. as “National Critical Infrastructure Protection Month”. For those readers who are not quite sure of the significance of this declaration, or how it relates to them in their place of work, their community or where they live, it would be helpful to read the information on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) website  to learn exactly what critical infrastructure is, what each of us can do to assist its protection as a shared responsibility, and, finally which industry sectors are most directly affected by … [Read more...]

2011 GFIRST Conference Presentations Now Available

If you were unable to attend the 7th Annual GFIRST National Conference held in Nashville, TN last month,  or you did attend the conference but missed a presentation you would have liked to attend, you now have the opportunity to both review the results of the entire conference in more detail, as well as, a chance to read or re-visit those individual presentations offered at this year’s conference. In either case, this information should be passed along to those emergency managers, security engineers, and cyber incident responder teams in your organization. Many of these presentations would … [Read more...]