Are You Ready, Getting Ready, or Getting Ready to Get Ready?

By Gerard Braud, CSP, Fellow IEC: How ready are you to communicate quickly, like an expert, in a crisis? Adjacent to your Business Continuity Plan should be your Crisis Communications Plan. Your crisis readiness should position your organization to communicate quickly with your employees, the media, your customers, your community, and other

BCM Staff Development and Maintaining BCM Staff Readiness

Your BIAs are up to date. Your plans are perfect, down to the last detail. You’ve trained your executives, your business partners, the rank and file. But what about your staff – are they ready for a crisis? “BCM Staff Development and Maintaining BCM Staff Readiness,” one of a dozen topics

FBI Warning: Cyber Actors Use IoT Devices as Proxies for Anonymity and Pursuit of Malicious Cyber Activities

The FBI has issued a warning for businesses to be cognizant of cyber actors actively searching for and compromising vulnerable Internet of Things (IoT) devices for use as proxies or intermediaries for Internet requests to route malicious traffic for cyber-attacks and computer network exploitation. IoT devices, sometimes referred to as “smart”

In the Face of Cyber Attacks, Financial Institutions Can’t Ignore Risk Management/Business Continuity

By David Halford: A vital component of our nation’s critical infrastructure is the financial services sector, and risk management professionals in this industry understand the importance of protecting an organization against weather disasters and cyberattacks. In the case of cybersecurity, recent disasters like the Equifax data breach serve as a dour

New Webinar to Examine Real Time Situational Awareness

Being proactive can save lives, property, reputation, and disruption. Watch Your Front – Real Time Situational Awareness, a new webinar from Continuity Insights, will demonstrate how to track risks and threats 24/7, whether you have a dedicated command center or not. Integrating information from outside (government, news, social media, cameras, sensors)

Adapting to Change – CrossFit Athletes and Crisis Management

Much like an adaptable CrossFit athlete walking into an arena of unknown workouts, a crisis management plan must be adaptable and equipped to handle the unknown. The details of every crisis cannot be predicted, because no two events are alike. Organizations can, however, plan for what is known. For instance, plan

Crisis Stress: Part 2 – Acute Stress Response (ASR)

By Dr. Robert Chandler: Crises are stressful events. Humans respond to crises with several physiological changes including the Acute Stress Response (ASR) which normally enables us to focus on one singular task (perceptual narrowing or “tunnel vision”), be attentive in order to concentrate on that core task (to the lack of

2017 Hurricane Season FEMA After-Action Report

The 2017 Hurricane Season FEMA After-Action Report captures transformative insights from a historic hurricane season that will help the Agency, the emergency management community, and the nation chart the path into the future. The report details key findings and provides recommendations for future community and critical infrastructure resilience. Following the 2017