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Whether you’re looking to hire a business continuity expert, or you’re training to become one, this guide will help you determine the qualifications and experience that are required
Before we get into certifications or BCM specific qualifications, let’s review the important non-BCM skills that make an effective BCM professional.
- Business function experience or technical IT experience. This is a must. Business Continuity is about business, and without basic business function knowledge and experience, guiding departments and interfacing with IT areas will be challenging.
- Project management experience. You do not necessarily need a certified project manager, but you do need someone who is familiar with project management concepts and project organization. In the end, BCM is a program and requires organizational skills.
- Interpersonal skills. Effective BCM programs must work with multiple levels of an organization, so the ability to communicate across all levels, as well as to understand and address concerns and pushback are necessary for success.
- Flexibility and adaptability. Organizational needs change over time, and a demonstrated ability to be flexible in both process and problem solving will help identify solutions to BCM issues surrounding implementation, documentation, and governance.
Got data? But more to the point, got the RIGHT data, and now? Low-friction and fast access to data are top priorities for data/analytics and marketing professionals in 2017. Here’s the picture of priorities: It’s a high or critical priority for 70% of marketing pros to increase their use of data and analytics for marketing measurement and customer insights – their fourth highest priority. Data and analytics pros’ highest priority – at 60% of data and analytics pros – is implementing or expanding their complete view of the customer across channels, and over 50% are providing self-service data preparation tools to business users. Firms are stepping up the pace.
What can help with these priorities? Data preparation tools. To accelerate time-to-insights and therefore time-to-actions, business end users and analysts who today wrangle data in spreadsheets or other traditional tools need direct access to data and a significant power assist. Data preparation tools can provide this power, but they must balance features and functions to support different roles and use cases and enable appropriate manageability, security, and governance in today's enterprises — while at the same time delivering speed-to-value.
The concept of cyber threat intelligence is really not much different from other areas of the intelligence field. In national security, intelligence gathering techniques seek to detect potential situations and draw conclusions that enable people to take action before anything serious occurs. Similarly, cyber threat intelligence is only one tool in the security arsenal. Used well, it can warn companies that the bad guys are active inside their network and what they are looking for. It points out unusual patterns to look for in systems and other valuable data. But it won’t stop an attack. That takes human intervention and the deployment of the right technology tools to block or at least mitigate an attack.
But as time goes on, the potential threat vectors are multiplying: servers, desktops, laptops, mobile devices, and now the Internet of Things (IoT), which could open enterprises to attacks via innocuous objects such as thermostats and a myriad of other devices that contain sensors and processors.
“Every device large or small becomes a source for cyber threat intelligence,” said Peter Tran, senior director of Worldwide Advanced Cyber Defense at RSA Security. “With the Internet of Things (IoT) projected to grow to over 50 billion connected devices by 2020, there is a real challenge ahead in terms of structuring effective threat analysis across massive volumes of smart connected devices.”
(TNS) — Communities across Ohio on Wednesday will be testing tornado sirens as part of a drill for the Emergency Alert System.
The sounding of the sirens, which is set for 9:50 a.m., is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which runs through March 25, according to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
The testing comes on the eve of Ohio’s tornado season, which runs April 1 through July 30.
DURHAM N.C. — If local building officials notified you that your home is substantially damaged, you may be able to receive funds to make your structure safer and stronger.
If you are rebuilding or repairing a substantially damaged home or business, your community may require you to elevate or make other changes. Substantial damage applies when the cost of restoring a structure equals or exceeds 50 percent of its pre-damage market value. However, some communities have regulations that are more restrictive. Check with your local building officials or community flood-plain administrator for more information.
If the substantial damage is solely from flooding, your National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy may provide up to $30,000 to update your structure so it meets local flood-plain management regulations. To apply, you must first submit a signed Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) Proof of Loss form to your insurance company.
To be considered for an ICC claim, your insurance company needs a contractor’s estimate for the proposed ICC-eligible measures to your home or business and copies of construction permits.
Structures that comply with flood-plain management regulations have an enhanced ability to withstand storms and floods. Mitigation measures eligible for ICC include elevation, relocation, demolition and flood proofing.
You have six years from the date of loss to complete the chosen and approved ICC measures.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may be another source of funds if your home or business was determined to be substantially damaged.
If you applied for an SBA Home Disaster Loan or Business Physical Disaster Loan and your
application was approved, you may be eligible for additional funds to pay for improvements that will protect your property against future damage. The funds can be up to 20 percent of the amount of the approved loan.
For more information, call the SBA at 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339. You may also go online to sba.gov/disaster.
For more information on North Carolina’s recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4285 and readync.org. Follow FEMA on Twitter at @femaregion4 and North Carolina Emergency Management @NCEmergency.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow FEMA on twitter at @femaregion4. Download the FEMA app with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters.
Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to speak with a trained call specialist about questions you have regarding Hurricane Matthew; the service is free, confidential and available in any language. They can help direct you to resources. Call 5-1-1 or 877-511-4662 for the latest road conditions or check the ReadyNC mobile app, which also has real-time shelter and evacuation information. For updates on Hurricane Matthew impacts and relief efforts, go to ReadyNC.org or follow N.C. Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook. People or organizations that want to help ensure North Carolina recovers can visit NCdisasterrelief.org or text NCRecovers to 30306.
Passwords remain one of the most critical security controls widely used to protect and secure company infrastructure and data. While the need for strong passwords has long been discussed, they continue to be the difference between a secure infrastructure and a potential cyber catastrophe.
Last year was extremely busy in cybercrime, with more than 3 billion credentials and passwords stolen and disclosed on the internet. That works out to a rate of 8.2 million credentials and passwords each day or 95 passwords every second.
Passwords have always been a good security control, but password strength and how they are processed make a major difference in how secure they really are. For example, it is critical to choose an easy password to remember, keep it long, and use some complexity and uniqueness. In addition, how the password is processed and stored in an encrypted format plays a major role in password security.