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Friday, 23 February 2018 14:31

BT5-03 Editorial

Written by  Kevin Hall
What are the top 3 threats to organizations today?

With security concerns surrounding “bring your own device”, the Internet of Things, the increased accessibility of data and the rise in global threats, there is no question that the top threat facing today’s organizations is any kind of cyberattack or data breach.

Other than a cyberattack, the greatest threats really depend on the size and distribution of an organization. Global organizations face threats like government and economic instability and terrorism. Medium sized and regional organizations are threatened by their reliance on third party vendors and suppliers. Managing vendors, service-level-agreements and being “just another customer” to their vendor or supplier puts medium sized businesses in a position of reliance and lack of control. Finally, weather and other natural disasters are a significant, unpredictable threat that will wreak havoc on operations of any size.


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?)

This an interesting question because the focus is on “securing resiliency”, but BC and DR are primarily focused on the response when an incident breaks the organization’s resiliency. Resilience is all about building a fabric of resilience within your organization. Think of it this way: Resilience is wearing a bullet proof vest 24/7, while BC/DR is the contingency plan in case the bullet proof vest fails.

With that said, I encourage organizations to invest in truly understanding the risks and their real impact to your organization. We find so many organizations do not understand the real risks and waste time planning for events that could simply be prevented by wearing a “bullet proof vest”.  Secondly, organizations must invest in processes and platforms for continuous risk management. Change will happen, and the risks change with that. Invest in the future by building systems to continually keep up with change in your organization. With these two items, you will be better positioned to make decisions to secure resiliency and continually adapt to change. This will allow you to focus future investments on improving the resilience, or “bullet proof vest” of your organization….oh and don’t forget that vests do not cover your head…yet another risk to consider.


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)

I don’t see this as a challenge at all, but in fact an opportunity. The BC/DR sector has been rather stagnate of innovation and thought leadership. Personally, I’m a Gen X’er, but I work with Millennials every day and I’m excited about the influx of this generation into BC/DR. Millennials are very capable, and more importantly, they’re creative and open to change, an attitude that the BC/DR field is in desperate need of. With the increase in our reliance on technology, Millennials embrace this and have no fear. I would encourage seasoned BC/DR professionals to embrace this new generation and learn from them to bring forth an open, collaborative partnership.  Older generations can offer a lot to the Millennials in bringing not only experience but also a process and structured approach to things that we see may be lacking in some Millennials….but I’m excited to see the innovations that Millennials bring to this industry.

Spring World 2018 Session - Lessons Learned in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma