The flu is also taking its toll on businesses as they deal with high rates of employee absenteeism. For some, particularly smaller ones, the situation could develop into a full-blown business interruption. And, with the flu season expected to continue through March, the risk is real and growing for most every organization, regardless of its size or geographic location.
Jan 03 2017
Nov 10 2016
On October 21, 2016, the U.S. was the victim of a massive, malicious and blindsiding assault—without a foreign machine gun, grenade launcher or tank so much as touching American soil. How is that possible? Because we’re not talking not about a physical attack, but about a cyber attack. And here’s the worst part: While this recent event might have been the largest of its kind to date, it’s not going to be the last.
Sep 21 2016
Did you know that the H5N1 avian influenza is currently thought to be the greatest pandemic threat?1 The Zika virus has also spread to 70 countries, with over 2,517 reported cases in the U.S. 2 And every year seasonal flu viruses threatens people and organizations throughout the world.
Aug 17 2016
Just how important is cyber security awareness in today’s digital age? An entire, month-long observation has been dedicated to shining the spotlight on this hot button issue. But raising awareness about cyber security can be easier said than done—especially when many people mistakenly assume the onus lies entirely with IT. As we approach October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), the following three tips can help you overcome the obstacles, increase awareness, and ultimately fortify both your cyber security strategies and your organization at large.
Aug 02 2016
We’ve established that workplace violence is a very real issue facing society today. We’ve also covered the importance of forming a crisis management team while providing guidelines for establishing one within your organization. Next up in our “Workplace Violence” blog series? Highlighting a few critical steps involved in formulating an effective response to workplace violence incidences. Let’s count down six things all organizations should consider as part of their comprehensive emergency action plans.
Jul 11 2016
Not only are active shootings equal opportunity threats to organizations and their constituents, but they’re also on the rise. The horrifying attack in Orlando earlier this month underscored the vital need for all organizations to amp up their own efforts to plan and prepare for active shooter scenarios in their own workplaces and communities. Let’s take a closer look at the active shooter phenomenon, along with what you can do to safeguard yourself, your employees and your organization.
Jul 05 2016
Created jointly by the Business Continuity Institute and BSI, the 2016 Horizon Scan Report highlights top business continuity threats identified by a sampling of resiliency professionals. Do your concerns match this year's list?
Jun 09 2016
In the first segment of our four-part blog on workplace violence, we detailed the financial cost to Virginia Tech following the campus massacre which killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in 2007. What we didn’t mention? The determination by a state panel following the shooting that had an alert been issued earlier or classes canceled following the first two shootings, the death toll might have been contained. Not only that, but the messages the school did send failed to convey the full extent of the situation as it unfolded, according to the report.
Jun 03 2016
For most organizations, emergency management and alerting is daunting and the logistics are challenging. Planning for, and incorporating a few best practices can turn a potentially disastrous situation into an inconvenient one. We’ve put together a list of those practices every organization should implement before a crisis occurs.
Jun 03 2016
"Resilience" is the next evolutionary phase of business continuity. What is resilience and how does it differ from traditional perspectives on organizational response to disruptive events?