To Certify or Comply? — That is the Question Many Ask When Organizations Pursue a PS-Prep Standard

Lisa DuBrock, CPA, CBCP, MBCI --- a contributing writer to this website --- has recently written an article published in the Winter 2013 Edition of the Edison Electric Institute Newsletter --- which edition was dedicated solely to updates and stories about key business continuity issues in the electric power industry. The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of United States shareholder-owned electric power companies. Its members serve 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. … [Read more...]

DHS Recognizes American Bar Association as PS-Prep Certified.

Upon being recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as the first non-for-profit organization in the U.S. to be PS-Prep certified for disaster preparedness and response under the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program, ABA President Laurel Bellows stated, “…our nearly 400,000 members and the public can rest assured that the ABA can recover from a severe business interruption and continue to serve their needs. The organizational resilience that disaster preparedness provides is critical in an increasingly unpredictable environment of global terrorism and frequent natural … [Read more...]

Continuity Insights April/2012 Conference Observations

Given the recent completion of this year’s April 2012 Continuity Insights Conference, our staff would like to focus on observations and/or comments on what was heard, what happened and where this conference may have added value to the topics and discussions surrounding business continuity management (BCM) and the PS-Prep program. One of the first observed postings about this event was written by Roberta J. Witty, a research VP in Gartner Research, where she is part of the Compliance, Risk and Leadership group. In a her write-up, Roberta discusses her findings and reactions from those … [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...]

National Preparedness System Description Announced by FEMA

Craig Fugate, Administrator, FEMA recently announced the next step to be taken regarding the Presidential Policy Directive on National Preparedness. That next step in FEMA’s ongoing efforts to improve levels of preparedness against a wide range of threats and hazards, such as acts of terrorism, cyber-attacks, pandemics and catastrophic natural disasters, was to release a description of the National Preparedness System. FEMA recognizes that the nation will be most prepared for threats and hazards when we work together, and to that point the National Preparedness System has now outlined in … [Read more...]

ASIS International Receives RABSQA TPECS Certification for Its Lead Auditor Training Course

For many of our readers who are part of a PS-Prep strategy planning team, it is important to note that the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International) recently announced that it has received RABQSA TPECS Certification for its Lead Auditor Training Course. This particular program and certification covers ISO, ANSI and BSI standards for resilience, security, crisis, continuity and recovery management, as well as the PS-Prep Program. RABQSA International, the world’s largest personnel and training certification body, establishes competence-based requirements for training … [Read more...]

Organizational Resilience Standard ANSI/ASIS SPC.1:2009 Awarded Safety Act Certification by DHS

Recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded ASIS International a Safety Act certification for its organizational resilience standard, ANSI/ASIS.SPC.1:2009 Organizational Resilience: Security, Preparedness and Continuity Management Systems - Requirements with Guidance for Use. By designating the ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard a “Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology”, the DHS Safety Act provides legal liability protections for providers of products or services using the Standard and provides two levels of liability protection: 1. The seller’s liability for … [Read more...]

DoD Launches New Web Tool to Highlight Unified Cyberspace Strategy

To help supply chain vendors as well as users, in general, to explore the five pillars of  The Department of Defense’s (DoD) cyber strategy ---i.e. (a) treating cyberspace as an operational domain; (b) employing new defense operating concepts; (c) partnering with the public and private sector (PS-Prep Program); (d) building international partnerships; and (e) leveraging talent and innovation --- a new website was recently launched at the following web address . If your organization is a contracted resource within the supply chain of related vendors to the DoD, then … [Read more...]

FEMA’s Continuity of Operations Free Webinar Series

ASSUMPTION: All too often, the topic of business continuity planning tends to be regarded as only a defensive strategy needed to respond to disasters and other disruptive events relevant to the normal operations of an organization.    FACT:  Organizations with effective continuity management methodologies, culture and full system integration maintain: (a) competitive advantage, (b) key business functions, and (c) systems of integrity.   How does your organization view its relationship towards maintaining an effective business continuity management position?  Hopefully, you answer … [Read more...]

National Preparedness Month 2011 and DHS Releases 9/11 Commission Recommendations Progress Report

National Preparedness Month (“NPM”) is a month-long awareness and activism campaign occurring every September in the U.S. to improve the preparedness of our nation. The terrorist attacks of September 11th highlighted the need to increase preparedness activities across the nation and improve the nation’s ability to respond to and recover from disasters. As a result, FEMA, the Ready Campaign, and Citizen Corps founded NPM in 2004 as a way to work with organizations across the country to increase preparedness. In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, this … [Read more...]