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About Armistead Whitney

As CEO, Armistead leads the strategic direction for Preparis with a passion for implementing innovative sales, marketing and partnership models in industries ripe for change. He has over 20 years of experience leading software, web services and digital media companies at organizations including iXL, Sekani and Nexedia which includes raising over $50 million in venture capital and a successful IPO. He was inspired to start Preparis following his experiences in New York City during 9/11 where he saw firsthand the inability for companies to protect their people, operations, revenue and brand during a crisis event. Armistead holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Georgia and has been featured in numerous media outlets including CNN, ABC News, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences around the world.
Posted on January 19, 2016 by

Preparis’ 2015 Year in Review: A CEO’s Perspective  

As a determined entrepreneur, you never know how successful a company will be until you take the leap of faith to just start it. That’s part of the fun and working hard to make customers successful along with having a great team behind you, sets the table for success. 2015 was an awesome year for Preparis.  Not only did we grow our business significantly with some terrific, new customers (you all know who you are!), we also did a lot…

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Posted on January 5, 2016 by

Darth Vader Needed a Business Continuity Program to Save the Death Star

As a huge Star Wars fan, I can’t wait to see The Force Awakens.   In anticipation of the big event, I re-watched the three first Star Wars films from 30+ years ago.  In the first film, A New Hope, the Galactic Empire built the Death Star to rule the galaxy.  The size of a small planet, it was impenetrable.  It could move, it could blow up planets, and it had a protective force field.  The defining moment in…

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Posted on November 24, 2015 by

The Changing Landscape of Terrorism and What It Means to Your Business

Several years ago I was speaking with Sean Kaufman, an expert in global threat preparedness and response, and I heard something that I’ve never forgotten: it’s only a matter of time before terrorism in the US involves suicide bombings. A first reaction is “that will never happen here,” at least not on a wide scale. There is no real history of these types of events in the US, and it would be difficult to pull off. The harsh…

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Posted on October 7, 2015 by

The 10 Habits of Highly Resilient Organizations

Part of what I love about my job is visiting with customers of all sizes and a variety of industries around the world and seeing firsthand the different ways they approach business continuity and cybersecurity.  Just as no two companies are alike, no two programs are exactly alike.  A company’s mission, culture and leadership philosophies always drive the way a company addresses risk. These are 10 habits I’ve observed consistently from well-prepared organizations. 1. Leadership Buy-in It’s easy…

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Posted on September 30, 2015 by

Cybersecurity Is a Pillar of Your Business Continuity Program

Recently, I was in Washington DC meeting with one of our larger clients when we were asked “what role does cybersecurity play with business continuity?” It’s a question Preparis gets asked more and more frequently, and it’s a really important one. Business resiliency and compliance programs exist within organizations to protect people, operations, revenue, and brand from threats and disruptions. Threats can take many forms, such as natural disasters, unexpected IT failures, pandemics, workplace violence, and cyber-attacks.  While…

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Posted on September 9, 2015 by

Third Party Vendor Assessments Are Key to BCP and Cybersecurity for Asset Managers

In an increasingly interconnected business world, on-time delivery of products and services is crucial.   As technology and innovation continue improving the way businesses operate, we all must rely on a web of third party vendors and partners to make it happen.  Revenue, growth, and brand reputation are at risk if a company’s third party vendors are ever disrupted, breached, and unable to deliver their services. For example, credit unions rely on their payment processing partners to always be running…

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Posted on February 27, 2014 by

Pandemic Planning for Banks

Banks must not only “check the box” when it comes to a variety of business continuity compliance requirements, but clients depend on a bank’s ability to continue the delivery of services regardless of an interruption – including pandemic events. I had the opportunity to attend the Alabama Bankers Association’s Bank Operations and Management Summit on February 5th to speak with members of the banking industry. A common point of concern for many bankers is pandemic planning. The Federal…

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Posted on January 29, 2014 by

Atlanta Snow Jam Teaches Valuable Business Continuity Lessons

Today the city of Atlanta is attempting to manage one of the biggest crisis events it has faced in the 21st century. Despite a severe weather warning being issued early Tuesday morning, schools decided to hold classes and businesses were open for work. When the snow started falling, businesses were on their own with no guidance from city, local or state government about what to do. As the CEO and founder of Preparis – a business continuity technology…

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Posted on January 3, 2014 by

Business Continuity Resolutions for 2014

Happy 2014 from Preparis! As 100 million Americans endure the wrath of Winter Storm Hercules, we want to take a moment to look ahead at our resolutions. Here are 10 ways your business can resolve to be ready in the new year with its business continuity and disaster recovery program. 1. Review and update your plans. A new year and a fresh start is a great time to review your business continuity plan to ensure all the information…

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Posted on September 17, 2013 by

Increased Active Shooter Incidents Call for Training & Expert Tips on Prevention

The tragic Navy yard shooting in Washington D.C. moved me to review what one of Preparis’ experts in this field told me about things that can be done to help prevent such a terrible act.  The perpetrator “seemed to be a good natured guy,” according to someone who knew him. While certain behaviors can raise warning flags, there is no specific profile that identifies perpetrators of workplace violence. No one type of conduct can predict whether someone will…

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Business Continuity Resources

Find business continuity resources, including free webinars, whitepapers, checklists, and tabletop exercises. Visit: Preparis Resources