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FEMA: Transitional Shelter Assistance

FEMA: Transitional Shelter Assistance

FEMA may provide Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) to applicants who are unable to return to their pre-disaster primary residence because their home is either unihabitaable or inaccessible due to a Presidentially-declared disaster. TSA is intended to reduce the...
FEMA: Critical Needs Assistance

FEMA: Critical Needs Assistance

FEMA may provide financial assistance to individuals and households who, as a result of the disaster, have immediate or critical needs because they are displaced from their primary dwelling. Immediate or critical needs are life-saving and life-sustaining items...
Hurricane Harvey, Texas, and All of Us

Hurricane Harvey, Texas, and All of Us

This has been quite the extraordinary week with the solar eclipse (amazing) on August 21 followed only a few days later by Hurricane Harvey (horrific), which is causing “epic, catastrophic” flooding in Houston, Texas,  the 4th most populated city in...
Hurricane Harvey & Irma – Latest Updates

Hurricane Harvey & Irma – Latest Updates

Recovery Efforts from IRMA and Harvey Hurricane Irma: https://www.usa.gov/hurricane-irma Hurricane Harvey: https://www.usa.gov/hurricane-harvey Click Here for an Interactive Hurricane Map   Articles BCI: Hurricane Harvey 2017 — Have Lessons Been Learned?...
BCM 5000: ISO 22301 Lead Auditor

BCM 5000: ISO 22301 Lead Auditor

Auditing the Business Continuity Management System  ISO 22301 Lead Auditor is a 5-day instructor-led course that teaches the principles and practices of independent auditing of a BCMS and guides the student through the audit process using a balance of formal...
Mapping the Impact of Tropical Storm Harvey

Mapping the Impact of Tropical Storm Harvey

  Tropical Storm Harvey could be a hurricane with wind speeds of at least 111 mph and is expected to hit Texas Friday. Widespread flooding is a risk for Texas and neighboring states as public safety groups and communities prepare. Esri, the leader in spatial...
Resiliency

Resiliency

According to Webster, resiliency is: 1. the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress 2. an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change I think that the word has more...
Risk Assessment Pitfalls to Watch Out For

Risk Assessment Pitfalls to Watch Out For

Risk assessment is already a vast subject and the pitfalls of risk assessment alone would probably fill a good-sized book. Between cognitive biases, errors in processes, and poor enterprise alignment, there’s lots to get wrong! We can’t claim to be...
How Do You Resolve Ransomware with DRaaS?

How Do You Resolve Ransomware with DRaaS?

In a 2017 survey across six major industries, 51% of executive leadership and IT managers rated ransomware as the biggest security threat to their organizations. Why is this? A single ransomware attack can halt an organization with sophisticated encryption methods...
Shortlist announced for the BCI Africa Awards

Shortlist announced for the BCI Africa Awards

The Business Continuity Institute The Business Continuity Institute is pleased to announce the shortlist for its Africa Awards, an annual celebration of the best, brightest and most innovative in the business continuity and resilience industry across the...
Shortlist announced for the BCI India Awards

Shortlist announced for the BCI India Awards

The Business Continuity Institute The Business Continuity Institute is pleased to announce the shortlist for its India Awards, an annual celebration of the best, brightest and most innovative in the business continuity and resilience industry across the region....
The Path to VICTORY: Agile for Analytics

The Path to VICTORY: Agile for Analytics

The Agile methodology has been touted for years as a software development approach. Since its inception, various industries have adopted Agile principles beyond that original scope.  For these not-so-traditional undertakings, each organization must apply Agile...
How the CEO Can Support Compliance

How the CEO Can Support Compliance

Plenty of CEOs “check the box” on compliance. The drill goes something like this: Once a year, the CCO presents the written compliance plan at a board meeting or C-suite retreat. After scanning the checklist of do’s and don’ts, the CEO...
Unlocking Resilience

Unlocking Resilience

  How resilient is your organization? Current and past incidents teach us that business disruptions, crises, and disasters occur far more frequently than previously imagined. Last year’s massive winter storm on the East Coast, widespread flooding in the...
The Threat of Absenteeism

The Threat of Absenteeism

When Disgruntled Key Employees Don’t Show Up One threat often overlooked is that of key employees unwilling to respond after a disastrous event. Once unthinkable, changes in corporate culture and society have caused this to be a real threat to your recovery time...
Who’s in Your Hall of Fame?

Who’s in Your Hall of Fame?

After achieving a recent professional goal, I began reflecting on the people who have helped me to make progress and achieve milestones in my career. One person came to mind, followed by another, and another, until I had a list of more than a dozen names. Even though...
How to adapt to ageing societies

How to adapt to ageing societies

The growing average age of populations is not always a burden on society, it can be a rewarding opportunity to enrich communities and our world as a whole. Increasingly, governments and local authorities are seizing the gift of longevity to...
Company Spotlight: Veeam

Company Spotlight: Veeam

          Best Practices in Cloud-Powered Data Protection How to find the Needle in the Service Provider Haystack         How to Choose a Data Protection Service Provider ESG Best Practices in Cloud-powered Data Protection...
Back-To-School flood safety

Back-To-School flood safety

From Buzzfeed, a back-to-school headline you may not have considered: Is Your School In A Flood Zone? For example, a Salt Lake City rainstorm just caused a flash flood that damaged many properties, including East High School where Disney’s High School Musical...
Cybersecurity Compliance Gets Tougher

Cybersecurity Compliance Gets Tougher

Another high-profile corporate hack puts cybersecurity back into the spotlight as thieves made off with 1.5 TB of data from HBO, including scripts of upcoming Game of Throne episodes. The bad news for financial institutions is that this elevated focus on cybersecurity...
VAN Payments Improve Data Security

VAN Payments Improve Data Security

Keeping online payments secure is a vital concern for businesses dealing with valuable company data on a daily basis. These B2B transactions have traditionally required a lot of time and resources to manage effectively, so it is not surprising that we have recently...
You WILL go to the cloud

You WILL go to the cloud

…but it’s not as easy as you think   By ERIK POUNDS Whether for functional need, budgetary alignment, or due to top-down pressure, all companies will move to the public cloud at some level. If an organization has less than, say, 50 terabytes of data...
What Will It Take to Kill Off the Password?

What Will It Take to Kill Off the Password?

Back in 2004 at the RSA Security Conference, Bill Gates was campaigning for the replacement of the password by two-factor authentication or some other secure mechanism. inar dapibus leo. In 2012, the Trustwave 2012 Global Security Report indicated that 80% (four out...
Are You Ready for a Multi-Cloud Future?

Are You Ready for a Multi-Cloud Future?

There are so many conversations around cloud, moving to various types of cloud services, and how to leverage the power of hybrid. But, it’s important to note just how much cloud services – and hybrid, in particular, have been growing and where they are...
Managing Reputation Risk

Managing Reputation Risk

10 Considerations for Executives and Directors When a good reputation is difficult to build and easy as pie to destroy, it’s a business imperative to manage the company’s reputation carefully. Jim DeLoach outlines five critical areas leadership must pay...
The Use of Praise in Business Continuity

The Use of Praise in Business Continuity

Don’t get us wrong, simply telling somebody how wonderful he or she is unlikely to guarantee business continuity! However, with the emphasis in business continuity so often laid on technology, tools, and processes, it’s worth pausing for a moment to...
The Rise of the Open Software Platform

The Rise of the Open Software Platform

Many software companies today talk up the virtues of buying all the components of a primary business software platform from a single vendor. On the surface, this sounds like a reasonable approach. After all, with the entire solution coming from a single vendor one...
Cisco Completes Acquisition of Viptela

Cisco Completes Acquisition of Viptela

Cloud-first SD-WAN solution offers flexibility and simplicity to enterprises and telecom carriers SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced today it has completed the acquisition of Viptela Inc., a privately held software-defined wide area network...