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[25 Apr 2013 | Comments Off | 19,053 views]
DHS Formula Grants to States Drop Dramatically

Article by Homeland Security News Wire
Published April 17, 2013


DHS allocation of money to states for first response and disaster recovery has dropped significantly. DHS formula grant program was at an all-time high of $2 billion in 2003, but last year the program had only $294 million. As a result of the sequester, another 5 percent will be cut from the program.

In the last few years the money DHS has allocated to states  to purchase equipment and develop  first response and disaster recovery plans has dropped off significantly.
The Herald.net reports that federal grant spending on state and local homeland security …

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[24 Apr 2013 | Comments Off | 3,598 views]
Guidelines for Securing Business Records in Hurricane Season

Article by Homeland Security News Wire
Published on June 12, 2012
A data protection specialist developed best practices guidelines to assist businesses along the Atlantic coastline to assess their business continuity in preparation for the hurricane season

Recall, a data protection specialist, the other day issued records information management (RIM) best practices guidelines. Recall says that as hurricane season begins, the company developed these guidelines to assist businesses along the Atlantic coastline to assess their business continuity in preparation for the hurricane season. Recall has experience in managing business records in more than …

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[1 Mar 2013 | Comments Off | 3,835 views]
Conducting Business Impact Analysis for Business Continuity Planning

By: Ron French, CBCP
March 1, 2013
Business Impact Analysis (BIA) Objective

The objective of the BIA for any business continuity plan is to itemize and prioritize a company’s most critical business operations, internal resources, and internal and external support dependencies.  Part of this process is the identification of the recovery time objectives for each of the mission critical functions.
What should be avoided in the BIA is any itemized listing of detailed business processes, work procedures, and resources that are of no consequence to the critical overall enterprise functions.  A clear distinction should …

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[28 Aug 2012 | Comments Off | 1,381 views]
Testing for Integrated End-to-End Continuity

By Anthony Woods, Continuity Test Manager, Cap Gemini Australia
August 28, 2012
Many organisations perform annual disaster recovery exercises, inan attempt to prove their organisation’s (or IT supplier’s) ability to recover the IT infrastructure and/or software systems in the event of a catastrophic loss of data centre. During these exercises, more often than not, the systems recovered undergo only a cursory level of unit testing and rarely (if ever) an integrated end-to-end test with the other continuity plans.
In reality, the most likely plan of the Continuity Management programme to be implemented is …

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[12 Apr 2012 | Comments Off | 1,853 views]
Awareness: The First Line of Defense

By: John Glenn, MBCI
April 12, 2012
Too many practitioners overlook an organization’s most critical risks. We worry about a variety of risks and ways to avoid or mediate them, often at great cost to the organizations.
We promote responder training. Hopefully we also promote both in-place sheltering and evacuation exercises, not forgetting that some folks are less mobile than others.
What we rarely seem to do, however, is train the folks on the ground to be First Alerters.
We need to apply the admonishments we hear at the airports and other transportation hubs to the organization’s …

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[2 Jan 2012 | Comments Off | 2,100 views]
Reputations at Risk

By Christopher McCraley, PMP, CBCP
January 2, 2012
“Don’t consider your reputation and you can do anything you like” states a Chinese proverb, a most pertinent proverb to describe the multitude of issues facing all variety of businesses in the current business environment. The proverb points out both cause and effect of what’s happened to countless reputations throughout financial services. In essence, it describes reputation risk management: not considering the risk to one’s reputation risks the reputation of the business itself.
For financial service firms, any inattention to any type of …

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[30 Jan 2011 | Comments Off | 2,739 views]
Missed Opportunities with Red Flags and Warning Signs

Already in 2011, tragedies in Tucson and Omaha have reminded each of us about the consequences of missed opportunities involving red flags and warning signs.  Lives were lost and lives will be changed forever because of these and many other tragic incidents.
We are now learning numerous red flags and warning signs existed involving the gunman in each tragedy, which has many people asking why these two tragedies were not prevented and how can we prevent future incidents like these from occurring?
Some people are suggesting new gun control laws in Arizona …

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[19 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | 33,435 views]
Is Your Incident Reporting System Putting Your Organization At Risk?

How is your incident reporting system working for you? 
Rick Shaw, CEO, Awareity
Or perhaps the question should be – Is your incident reporting system working against you?
Lessons learned continue to show that organizations find themselves in ‘reaction mode’ more than they are in ‘prevention mode’.  How can this be when most every organization claims to have an incident reporting system in place? 
Are traditional incident reporting systems obsolete?
Multiple surveys reveal that 90% of bystanders who witness a bullying incident DO NOT report the incident.  So why aren’t bystanders not reporting incidents? 
Perhaps …

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[1 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | 3,789 views]
Testing the Business Continuity Plan: checking with reality

Rolf Henrique Neubarth
The phrase “checking with reality” is more than a figure of speech when it comes to business continuity planning. A reality check in the form of a contingency/recoverability test is necessary to validate the hard work of the Continuity Manager in mapping business and critical processes, identifying Single Point of Failure (SPOF), performing gap analysis between the primary environment and recovery needs environment, evaluating Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO), and evaluating off-site and technology infrastructure.
Testing business recovery plans is an important step to validate …

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[20 Jul 2010 | Comments Off | 2,066 views]
Ten tips to building an effective Business Continuity Program

Alexandre Guindani, CBCP, SBCI
Ten tips to building an effective Business Continuity Program
Many people believe that the creation of a Business Continuity structure itself provides security to the enterprise and makes it safe from interruption, bringing the feeling of task accomplished.
Unfortunately, business continuity is not a mere project; it must be seen as a state of mind. Business continuity, to be truly effective, requires cultural changing.
Also, to be honest, business continuity is not fascinating, nor does it excite or engage people. And this, in my understanding, is the greatest challenge of …