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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 22:37

BT2-01 Editorial

Written by  Staff Reports

What are the Top-3 threats to organizations today?

External threats. The top ones would be cyber/destructive resiliency issues, EMP pulse and nuclear attack on us or allies. I think the internal threats are worse – complacency, insufficient exercising and insufficient supplier resilience.

 

What areas of BC/DR do you think organizations should be investing in to secure their resiliency for the next 3-5 years? (Where should they put their money?)

I really think exercising is No. 1. Planning is great but you have to be able to execute, and exercising once a year (as standards often suggest) is not enough for people to remember and feel comfortable in their operational roles. You have to consider that a person executing a plan is probably under a lot of stress and possibly even fearing for their own or family’s safety – so you need to make sure that people can execute from “muscle memory,” almost reflexively. From an engineering standpoint, all interfaces should be tested and the larger the corporation and the higher the number of suppliers, the greater the number of things that should be practiced. My suggestion is frequent, smaller exercises in addition to larger activities. Additionally, the strategies for recovery from a cyber or destructive event can be very different than recovering from natural disasters and practicing those types of scenarios should be additive rather than either/or.

 

Would you consider the influx of Millennials with the exiting of baby boomers to be a challenge to the technology changes in the resiliency industry? (i.e.: loss of knowledge Vs incoming training needs)

This is not an issue for us at all because we are an employer of choice in our business domain.

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