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Posted on September 30, 2015 by

Cybersecurity Is a Pillar of Your Business Continuity Program

Recently, I was in Washington DC meeting with one of our larger clients when we were asked “what role does cybersecurity play with business continuity?” It’s a question Preparis gets asked more and more frequently, and it’s a really important one. Business resiliency and compliance programs exist within organizations to protect people, operations, revenue, and brand from threats and disruptions. Threats can take many forms, such as natural disasters, unexpected IT failures, pandemics, workplace violence, and cyber-attacks.  While…

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Posted on September 23, 2015 by

OCIE September Risk Alert: Are You Cybersecurity Audit-Ready?

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently issued an update of their Cybersecurity Examination Initiative–the third one related to this initiative–alerting businesses in the securities industry to the newest areas within cybersecurity practices they will be examining. Each of these six focus areas will assess the extent to which firm procedures and controls have been implemented in order to promote better compliance practices and ultimately improve cybersecurity preparedness: Governance and Risk Assessment Examiners will look…

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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 August 27, 2015 by

Building Security Is Your First Line of Defense in Active Shooter Incidents

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s Commercial Facilities Sector-Specific Plan, there are approximately 740,000 commercial office buildings in the US, providing 12 billion square feet of space to roughly 29 million workers. With that much real estate, property owners and managers are constantly held accountable for a number of services to ensure a safe work environment for their tenants, such as regular structural maintenance. But when it comes to active shooter incidents, there is often tension surrounding…

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Posted on August 24, 2015 by

Flu Season Is Here: Working around a Reduced Workforce

It’s that time of year again, where students trade in their late mornings and long summer days for bus rides and homework. The excitement surrounding the first few days of school is almost palpable, as students grow accustomed to their new routines, meet new people, and learn new things; yet, there’s one thing most people—parents especially—do not look forward to: the “back-to-school plague.” According to the CDC, children in elementary school on average get eight to twelve colds…

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Posted on August 12, 2015 by

3 Takeaways from the Wrigley Field Bomb Threat

After Sunday night’s Cubs-Giants game, players, media, grounds crew, and all remaining fans were instructed to evacuate Wrigley Field due to a bomb threat. Police and K9 units searched the ballpark, and within an hour, gave the all-clear. The Cubs were quick to release a statement to the public indicating no evidence was found to prove the threat credible, and all scheduled events at the ballpark will continue as planned. While the majority of bomb threats are not…

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Posted on August 5, 2015 by

Typhoon Soudelor Can Affect More than Your Business Travel Plans

The largest typhoon of 2015 is en route to eastern China, stopping by Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan along the way. On Monday, it reached super typhoon status, meaning it had sustained wind speeds of at least 150 mph. Although now downgraded from its super typhoon status, Typhoon Soudelor is still considered a Category 3 hurricane with sustained wind speeds of up to 120 mph. To put that into perspective, Hurricane Katrina, which caused an estimated $45 billion…

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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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