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Posted on September 17, 2015 by

6 Reasons Why Your Business Needs More than a Messaging System

You’ve sent an emergency message…now what? Do your employees know how to respond? Are they familiar with the directives in the message? Do they know where to go and who is in charge? The time for answering these and related questions is not in the midst of a crisis. It is well before a crisis occurs. Businesses are constantly at risk for a wide range of events that can disrupt their operations, place their people in jeopardy, and…

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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 September 2, 2015 by

National Emergency Preparedness Month and the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge

September is widely recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM). As such, there are several ways you can participate to ensure you, your family, and your business are prepared for all threats. Outside of the programs associated with NPM, one growing platform is the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge. Here are a few ways your organization can get involved with these efforts and become more prepared for an emergency. National Preparedness Month Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency…

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Posted on July 16, 2015 by

Pardon the Interruption: Crisis Communications during a Protest

Thirteen climate change activists from Plane Stupid, a direct action organization protesting the recently-approved expansion of Heathrow Airport, cut through a perimeter fence at the airport and chained themselves together in peaceful protest. The demonstration interrupted flight operations for 3 hours, ultimately causing 22 flight delays and 13 cancellations. Beyond the reduction in traveler sentiment, Heathrow stands to lose millions of dollars from this incident, and now gaps in their security measures are being called into question. Another…

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Posted on July 13, 2015 by

3 Questions to Guide Your Business Response to Flooding

Record breaking rainfall has saturated much of the United States with flooding. In fact, there are 124 locations across the Central US that are currently experiencing minor to major flooding, and that number may continue to rise as severe thunderstorms continue in the Northeast. Floods cause more damage than any other natural disaster in the United States because they can happen anywhere at any time. According to FEMA, everyone lives and works in a flood zone—there is either…

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Posted on April 13, 2015 by

Life Safety Made Easy for Property Managers

A recent gas explosion in New York City’s East Village neighborhood caused three apartment buildings to collapse and burst into flames and one other to catch fire. The traumatic event killed two people and left many others with severe injuries. Not only is there considerable damage to be repaired, but now the building’s owners could be facing manslaughter charges after allowing illegal plumbing work to be performed. Gas was allegedly being supplied from one building to another, and this…

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Posted on March 23, 2015 by

Crisis Communication 101 for Repairing a Million Dollar Reputation

Millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst has been arrested in connection with the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman. Durst’s life has constantly been clouded in controversy and this arrest is just the most recent incident. He was questioned in the mysterious disappearance of his wife in 1982 and admitted to killing and dismembering his neighbor in self-defense in 2001, but he was not charged in the disappearance and was acquitted of the murder charge. Durst’s story…

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Posted on March 11, 2015 by

Does He Work Here? 9 Ways to Avoid an Office Creeper Situation

Many offices require employees to have some type of security badge to access their workplace. Airports are no different with workers using their badges to access restricted areas and bypass security checkpoints. According to a report by NBC, around 1,400 of those badges were lost or stolen from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International—the nation’s busiest airport. The report also revealed that badges aren’t the only items that turn up missing at airports. Airline shirts, pilot’s uniforms, and TSA identification were…

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Posted on February 13, 2015 by

Financial Institutions: Watch for these 5 Cyber Threats, says FFIEC

The FFIEC recently added the “Strengthening the Resilience of Outsourced Technology Services” appendix to its Business Continuity Planning IT Booklet, which details for the first time ways financial institutions (FIs) can increase their cyber-resilience as it relates to technology service providers (TSPs). Among the four key elements of business continuity planning that FIs should address are practices for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disruptions caused by the following likely cyber threats: Malware Malware, or malicious software,…

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Posted on January 15, 2015 by

The Sony Hack in Review: Responding to Threats

Sony’s decision to cancel the December 25 release of The Interview in theaters received intense criticism as many viewed it as an act of cowardice, especially since government officials believed there was no evidence at that time to indicate the threat to moviegoers was credible. Despite the disapproval, Sony’s response to this and the numerous other threats they received was in the best interest of the safety of their company, their employees, and the American public, according to their released statement….

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