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To support professionals by providing guidance, information, references, and Generally Accepted Practices that align with risk and resiliency processes, guidelines, and standards. 

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:28

Generally Accepted Practices Committee

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According to hurricane research scientists at Colorado State University, the 2018 hurricane season is set to be slightly above average in activity.

Thankfully that’s better than the 2017 season, which cost more than $282 billion and caused up to 4,770 fatalities.  Whether we see two named storms or ten, preparation is your greatest ally against potential devastation.  Start by using these automated message templates for your organization’s mass notification system.

Using Hurricane Notification Message Templates

When using message templates, there are a few basic guidelines to follow. Start by keeping the message length to a minimum. This ensures recipients can get the most information in the least amount of time. In addition, SMS messages cannot exceed 918 characters; longer messages are broken up into multiple messages that may create confusion.

By creating message templates prior to severe weather, you can generate detailed and informative alerts for every step in your emergency plan. Then in the wake of a hurricane, these messages are ready to be sent to the right audiences. Recipients receive only those messages that apply to them, which helps to eliminate confusion during a stressful time.



Cybersecurity Committees on the Rise

We’re seeing a growing trend: organizations across diverse industries are beginning to establish committees dedicated specifically to cybersecurity. Some are assigning audit committees to the task, but there’s good reason in many cases to create a new committee. Whatever governance model is adopted, independent oversight is imperative.

“Cybersecurity risks pose grave threats to investors, our capital markets and our country.”

This is the opening sentence of the SEC’s Interpretive Guidance on Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosures dated February 21, 2018. While the SEC’s focus is primarily on effective disclosure controls and procedures for accurate and timely disclosures of cyber risks and material events, the magnitude of this topic has deep operating and compliance ramifications. The big question in boardrooms is who precisely should be responsible for cybersecurity oversight?

Many companies rationalize that cybersecurity oversight should reside with their audit committee since there are SEC disclosure ramifications. However, does this make sense considering that cyber risks extend well beyond financial reporting and SEC disclosures?  While there is no single correct answer considering the large array of risk environments, industries, organizational sizes and operating models, it is clear that cybersecurity committees are becoming more popular. A search of recent proxy statement filings with the SEC revealed 12 companies disclosing cybersecurity committees, five of which were created in the last year. This article sheds some light on these filings, as well as some considerations for cybersecurity governance.



Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:51

Governing Cybersecurity

(TNS) — We find ourselves in another hurricane season, and Pender County, N.C., is preparing.

Are you? Are we all?

Pender just paid $18,000 to install a flood gauge on the N.C. 210 bridge over the Black River near Currie.

Last time we read about that section of 210, it was under water. Hurricane Matthew in 2016 swelled the Black River over its banks, less than 20 years after 1999’s Hurricane Floyd sent the Northeast Cape Fear and other rivers flowing into fields, homes and highways across Eastern North Carolina.

We commend Pender County for paying for the gauge even though, as Board of Commissioners Chairman George Brown noted, the state usually pays for those instruments.

The device is the county’s second one and is one of 560 river and coastal gauges that provide real-time water level information to warn residents who live and work nearby, as well as first responders and other emergency officials who need to know when roads are becoming impassible.



(TNS) — In the 13 years since Hurricane Katrina hit South Mississippi, much has changed.

A quick drive down U.S. 90 is a constant reminder of the past — the things that are new and that have been rebuilt and the places that are memories of life before the storm.

One of the things that changed significantly besides the landscape is technology. Facebook was in its infancy in 2005, having been launched the year before the storm, and most social media users were using MySpace. It would also be another two years before Apple released the iPhone and helped to usher in the era of smartphones and tablets.

For many Coast residents, cellphone service was spotty, at best, in the days and weeks after Hurricane Katrina. And internet service for phones was practically nonexistent.

With Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project predicting a "busy" hurricane season for 2018, which began June 1, how will cellphone service be affected in South Mississippi?



Climate change is a growing threat for national and local governments alike.

Entire communities can be devastated by extreme weather events, including hurricanes, droughts, and wildfires, each of which are exacerbated by climate change. While natural disasters themselves are a main concern for government agencies, the public may still be at risk long after a storm has passed. Debris and toxic materials can linger in the aftermath, posing potential health hazards for communities as they attempt to rebuild.

For government agencies, this means placing more focus on preparedness and response and addressing the safety of residents and staff during the recovery phase. During Hurricane Harvey in 2017, for example, the death toll continued rising even after the storm had passed. To prevent additional injuries, emergency officials must be aware of any hazards that exist in the wake of these disasters and inform the public accordingly.