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Posted on December 16, 2015 by

Avoid the Naughty List: Follow Santa’s 6 Rules for Business Continuity Planning

Santa has one of the most difficult jobs there is: delivering joy to every girl and boy in a single night. With the millions of required deliveries, he doesn’t have time to take chances on something going wrong. While the elves are hard at work making toys throughout the year, we assume Santa keeps busy designating which names end up on the Naughty and Nice lists. However, Santa has one other important list to double check throughout the…

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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 November 18, 2015 by

5 Considerations to Hone Your Organization’s Terrorism Threat Resonse

If last week was any indication, it is becoming increasingly clear that the threat of terrorism is expanding globally. Not only did Paris endure several coordinated attacks; Beirut and Yola, Nigeria were both targets of terrorist attacks, as well. In addition to showing support for the victims, survivors, and others affected by these atrocities, it is imperative that organizations also look for ways to protect ourselves and each other from future acts of terrorism. A growing terrorism response…

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Posted on November 11, 2015 by

Cyber Extortion on the Rise: What Your Financial Firm Needs to Know

On November 3rd, 2015, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued a statement warning financial institutions of the increasing number of cyber-attacks used to extort money and other allowances from victims, a trend that is seen around the world. For example, news came out in September that several large financial organizations in the United Kingdom were being targeted by extortion cybercriminals in the DD4BC group for bitcoins. According to the report, 58% of the extortion ring’s targets…

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Posted on November 4, 2015 by

What’s Your Exit Strategy? Factoring Disgruntled Employees into Your BC Plan

Not every relationship works out. In fact, some relationships end very badly. For businesses, the end of a bad relationship with a former employee can leave lasting negative impressions—for your reputation, for your work environment, and for your bottom line. Mishandling the firing process for any employee can create a bad taste, but mishandling the exit of a disgruntled employee can lead to costly repercussions that may significantly impact your business’ operations and reputation. In a September 2014…

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Posted on October 22, 2015 by

How to Make the DHS Cybersecurity Initiative Make Sense for Your Business

Cybersecurity is a growing concern for individuals and businesses alike, so much so that federal agencies have taken strides to help make the nation more cyber aware. As part of that effort, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed a coordinated cybersecurity initiative targeted to various demographics, providing them with educational resources, insights, and tools. For the small to midsize business (SMB) owner, there are three programs worth your while: the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework,…

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Posted on October 15, 2015 by

Cybersecurity: Our Shared Responsibility

October is known for many things, but for those involved with business continuity, it is celebrated as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This year’s theme—Our Shared Responsibility—underscores the importance of taking ownership of our actions to increase our cyber awareness and improve practices to mitigate risks. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in collaboration with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), National Cyber Security Awareness Month…

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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 23, 2015 by

OCIE September Risk Alert: Are You Cybersecurity Audit-Ready?

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently issued an update of their Cybersecurity Examination Initiative–the third one related to this initiative–alerting businesses in the securities industry to the newest areas within cybersecurity practices they will be examining. Each of these six focus areas will assess the extent to which firm procedures and controls have been implemented in order to promote better compliance practices and ultimately improve cybersecurity preparedness: Governance and Risk Assessment Examiners will look…

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