Crisis Preparedness Tips

Readiness Best Practice Tip – What Should You Prepare For?

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Challenge: Developing a high-performance business continuity program is hard work and requires significant resource commitments and upper-management support. Respondents to the MissionMode Readiness Survey report varying levels of readiness with under 40% claiming to have business continuity management (BCM) plans in place across a wide number of potentially disruptive event types: 38% – Comprehensive BCM plans developed and trained across a wide variety of event types 37% – Plans developed and trained across a limited number of event types 25% – No plans or preliminary plans drafted but not trained...
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Emergency Preparedness: U.S. and an Ebola Outbreak

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The estimated economic impact of an Ebola outbreak that extends beyond the borders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is calculated by the World Bank to be $32.6 billion by the end of 2015, which obviously doesn’t account for the human pain and suffering endured by victims and their loved ones from the deadly disease. Now that Americans face the threat of Ebola on U.S. soil and other countries are at risk, this estimate will likely spiral upward. So, how ready is America for an Ebola outbreak? According to a...
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Gartner Hype Cycle Report: Crisis and Incident Management Software

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When the world’s business leaders seek out information technology insight, they turn to the research and recommendations of the leading technology analyst, Gartner. Gartner analyzes and interprets topics of interest for IT, business and government agency leaders. Recently, Gartner explored crisis and incident management software in a Business Continuity Management and IT Disaster Recovery Management Gartner Hype Cycle. They observed that while these tools are still in the mid-stage of adoption (approximately 20% of businesses using incident management software) they can be highly useful across a wide number of industries....
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IT Passwords: Crisis Preparedness Best Practices

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We’re only human. That’s why many employees fail to create passwords that follow IT crisis preparedness best practices.   Primarily because the more complex passwords get, the harder they are to remember.  That’s a pretty big problem. According to the Ponemon Institute, 55% of U.S. small businesses have had some form of data breach and 53% have had multiple breaches. Following IT password best practices is one of the most critical steps a company can take to prevent a breach. Length and Complexity Do Matter Did you know, research shows...
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Cyber Security for Your Business: Crisis Preparedness Tips

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When your business is just a single fish in the big pond of commerce, it’s easy to become complacent about cyber security. No matter what size your business, determining how to secure your company’s data, devices and networks should be a priority for every business leader today, by using MissionMode crisis preparedness tips. At a recent roundtable, thought leaders from Interbrand, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Institute of Risk Management and Symantec discussed 10 things that every business owner should think about regarding cyber security. It’s Not All About You (or Your Business)...
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Business Continuity for Hospitals: Crisis Preparedness Tips

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The most important thing to do when disaster strikes is to follow the how-to manual and crisis preparedness tips developed, updated and tested as a result of business continuity planning completed well before the plan needs to be executed. Not only is it a federal requirement by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) since Hurricane Katrina that healthcare facilities have a disaster recovery plan in place, your facility’s preparedness is a matter of life or death. Here are the top things to do to ensure your healthcare facility...
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Ineffective Crisis Management Cost Target CEO/CIO their Jobs

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Last December retail giant, Target, fell victim to a data breach in which hackers broke into their point-of-sale system and obtained personal information and credit card numbers impacting 110 million customers.  This was one of the largest data breaches in history and it exposed major shortcomings in Target’s crisis response readiness which led to the recent departure of chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel and CIO, Beth Jacobs. Other retail and financial industry leaders should look closely at Target’s handling of this crisis and review their own readiness to handle a similar...
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5 Steps to Effective Crisis Preparedness, Part 3

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Part three of a three-part series Would an actor go on stage after just flipping through the script a couple of times? Of course not! So, once you have your business continuity plan or crisis preparedness plan together and everyone has had the appropriate training, it’s time for dress rehearsals. Or, as they’re known in the world of business continuity, crisis simulations. Without further ado, I bring you the fifth and final step of “5 Steps to Effective Crisis Preparedness”. 5. Crisis Simulations If you’ve never been through a fire...
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5 Steps to Effective Crisis Preparedness, Part 2

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Part two of a three-part series In part one of this series, I covered the first two steps of crisis preparedness—vulnerability assessments and crisis planning. Today, we continue our discussion with more insights that will help you strengthen your organization against crises. 3. Evaluating the Need for Crisis Support Systems Evaluating the need for crisis support systems is probably the most under-employed element of effective crisis preparedness. What do we mean by a “Crisis Support System”? For any given organization, a Crisis Support System is the physical or organizational infrastructure...
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5 Steps to Effective Crisis Preparedness, Part 1

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Part one of a three-part series Being prepared is an essential part of crisis preparedness and incident management, but it seems that a new corporate giant is caught without a clue on an almost daily basis. The current hot topics are just the latest in the parade of easily preventable crises that have damaged the finances and reputations of companies around the globe. In this three-part series, I’ll get you on your way to effectively preparing for crises, as well as addressing common mistakes. How to Prepare for Crises: An Inside...
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