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Jon Seals

Jon Seals

You may well have heard the story of the person trying to streamline business operations and driving past huge, separated grain silos one day, which reminded him of the mentalities and divisions he was trying to overcome back in the office.

Thus (the story goes) was born the term “silo management” and its derivatives like “silo thinking” and “silo mentality”.

Business continuity managers are usually aware of the challenge to get all departments to collaborate and do their business continuity in harmony, ensuring that no individual action in one area will endanger BC in another.

But even in these enlightened days of cloud computing and workforce mobility, silos will continue to be a challenge and here’s why.



In our experience consulting with universities, high schools, or elementary schools on Emergency Management preparedness, we have found a number of issues that come up on a regular basis. It does not matter if the institution is a private or a public school. Don’t wait for an event to happen to find out if your child’s school is ready.

Here are 10 questions you should ask to make sure your child’s school is ready for an emergency:



(TNS) - To grasp the power and terror of the 2007 firestorms — a 27-day ordeal that began 10 years ago this weekend— you had to be there.

You had to be in Michelle Grimaldo’s car, as flames swept across Honey Springs Road in Jamul, blocking her escape route.

“Everywhere you looked,” she said, “there was fire.”

You had to be with Tony Mecham, stunned by the number of severe burn victims — 22 — being airlifted from Cal Fire's Potrero station.

“It was like a war zone,” said Mecham, now head of the county's Fire Authority. “That was the first time I’d seen that kind of human suffering on a wildland fire.”



In the span of the last few decades, email has become a key communication avenue to coordinate case proceedings and counsel to a law firm’s clients and co-workers. Now more than ever, law firms are leaning on technology to deliver essential and innovative representation, but this is only possible so long as firms are connected to the internet.

Additionally, lawyers and partners may not always recognize the direct connection of their IT stance on email availability. When a technology disruption may impact access to email, it is critical to ensure proper budgeting and resources for IT systems and data protection—but this is where firms often fall short.



The connected world that we’re now living in, along with the Internet in general, has undoubtedly made our lives better in countless ways. Unfortunately, they’ve made our lives more dangerous, as well – particularly when you consider the current state of cybersecurity worldwide.

According to one study conducted by Panda Labs, there were 18 million new malware samples captured in the third quarter of 2016 alone. That number breaks down to an average of about 200,000 per day. Likewise, new and devastating techniques like ransomware are on the rise. More than 4,000 ransomware attacks occurred every day in 2016 – an increase of 300% over the previous year, according to the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the FBI.

Based on these stats, it’s easy to see why cybersecurity is such a rising concern among organizations in nearly every industry. But the most important thing for them to understand is that the hackers aren’t some group of cartoon super villains operating from a secret bunker somewhere. In truth, they don’t need to be. Cyber-attacks are far easier than that to pull off because of two unfortunate little words: Human Error.