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Posted on July 29, 2015 by

Avoid “Stagefright” Hack: Protecting Your Android from the Text Message Virus

On July 27th, Android phone users were warned of a newly-discovered vulnerability affecting the media playback tool built into their phones’ operating systems. If manipulated, this tool, called Stagefright, would allow hackers to control phones remotely and steal data, potentially without ever being noticed. Hackers could gain access by sending a video text message packaged with malicious software. Once the message is received—regardless of it being opened by the recipient—the virus is activated as Stagefright automatically scans the…

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Posted on July 22, 2015 by

Run. Hide. Fight: Responding to an Active Shooter

In a recent FBI study, findings indicate active shooter incidents are becoming more frequent. Because they can occur anywhere at any time, it is important that Crisis Teams remain vigilant in their efforts to prepare for and respond to such incidents. Part of that preparation is ensuring every employee knows what to do should an active shooter enter the work site. One way to increase company-wide preparedness is to enforce the Run. Hide. Fight. principle. This principle is a…

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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 June 24, 2015 by

Ensuring Life Safety in the Midst of a Storm

Extreme thunderstorms have bombarded much of the Midwest and Northeast this week, carrying with them devastating winds, rainfall, hail, and tornadoes.  While evidence of the current hurricane season continues to produce damaging weather, it is important that everyone takes the appropriate steps to protect lives and property. Not only should this preparation include ways to combat severe storms; it should also include measures to prepare for, respond to, and overcome secondary weather-related threats. As a building owner or property manager,…

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Posted on May 13, 2015 by

“Overarching Complacency” in Cybersecurity Leads to Big Data & Big Dollar Loss

Affected consumers outraged over last year’s Home Depot massive data breach filed a class action lawsuit this month claiming company leadership did nothing to mitigate identified security risks, which were ultimately exploited by cyber criminals. This “overarching complacency,” according to the lawsuit, included understaffing IT departments, ignoring SEC filings that admitted risks to consumer privacy and security, and violating their own policies of protecting customers’ personal identification information, among other reasons. If history is any indication, Home Depot…

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Posted on May 1, 2015 by

Preparis X-Force Column: Preventing and Preparing for Workplace Violence

The fact that you even recognize the phrase “workplace violence” indicates how much a part of our culture it has become.  While workplace violence is not new and overall rates of homicide and armed assault have actually declined considerably in the United States, the topic is and should be of great concern to us.  The trauma victims suffer and the impact on the ability of organizations to function effectively can be dramatically impacted by workplace violence. Other consequences…

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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 April 2, 2015 by

Plan Ahead for These 3 Spring Severe Weather Events

Spring is a time of change, and that includes the weather. Colder weather is on its way out as warmer weather starts to move in, creating the perfect recipe for severe weather. Severe weather is unpredictable and can hit at any time, so it is crucial to plan ahead. The following list highlights three common spring severe weather events and what you can do to be ready for them.  1. Thunderstorms  Spring weather can go from warm and…

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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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