The European Commission recently proposed legislation to establish a Critical Infrastructure Warning Information Network (CIWIN) to strengthen information-sharing on critical infrastructure protection between EU Member States.
Perhaps you already know that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.
The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released Special Publication SP 800-124, entitled Guidelines on Cell Phone and PDA Security.
With the publication of “Preparing for Crises: Findings and Implications from the National Survey on Emergency Preparedness in Canada“, the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness (CCEP) is launching the first in a series of annual national survey-based studies. This is part of a broader research program on the state of preparedness that will include sector specific studies in health, the environment, and potentially other areas as well. A copy of this survey is available free of charge at http://www.ccep.ca/survey/
If you’re a speaker looking for opportunities related to Business Continuity, check out the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP). They have a speakers bureau, and recently offered the following topics of interest to their members:
- Focus on Business Continuity Standards Recent BCP Regulations, Audit, Governance and Compliance Issues
- Building a Methodology to Support British Standard 25999 and Others
- Continuity Successes and Challenges: How Are We Measuring Up?
- Leveraging Virtualization for Disaster Recovery
- Disaster Preparedness Before-During-After
- Identify and Manage Security Exposures in Your DR Strategies
For more information on the ACP speakers bureau please click here.
With the announcement of a new pledge of $320 million for avian and pandemic influenza assistance, U.S. support to international organizations and to more than 90 countries now totals $949 million. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Paula Dobriansky, announced the U.S. pledge recently at the International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced an agreement with the European Union Directorate General for Energy and Transport on air cargo screening standards for passenger carrying aircraft. The agreement was reached in advance of a February 2009 deadline to screen 50 percent of air cargo on passenger-carrying aircraft.
The agreement will establish screening consistencies that are aligned with the requirements outlined in the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, and will lead to the development of compatible practices and benchmarks that minimize regulatory differences. It also includes a pledge to continue to share classified technical information in order to develop common technical standards, create equivalent overall levels of security, and explore new methods and procedures to secure the air cargo supply chain.
TSA has taken a number of steps in recent years to increase the security of air cargo on passenger carrying aircraft. They include screening all cargo at hundreds of smaller airports nationwide, screening cargo requested for specific flights or destinations, deploying more than 500 hundred specially trained explosive detection canines to airports, allowing only verified shippers to place cargo on passenger carrying airplanes, and aggressively inspecting cargo operations with hundreds of inspectors.
This agreement is the latest in a series of collaborative initiatives with foreign allies to increase aviation security for the international traveling public. Other efforts include collaborative airport inspections, exploring new security technologies and enforcing common limitations on liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on baggage.
What is a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) without backup power? Backup power can be the batteries or flywheel that rides an outage until the main power or an alternate backup power source such as a generator comes on.
A recent special section in the Wall Street Journal addresses the increasing concerns of risk practitioners in today’s cyber-world.
The section is entitled “IT Security: Risk Management in the Digital Age“, and features articles such as “Emerging Cyber Threats” and “Securing the Vault.”
Enterprise Systems Backup and Recovery: A Corporate Insurance Policy
by Preston de Guise
The success of information backup systems does not rest on IT administrators alone. Rather, a well-designed backup system comes about only when several key factors coalesce—business involvement, IT acceptance, best practice designs, enterprise software, and reliable hardware. Published in October, 2008 Enterprise Systems Backup and Recovery: A Corporate Insurance Policy provides organizations with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and features involved in effective enterprise backups.
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