Business Impact Analysis Relieves “Tempest in a Teapot” Syndrome

Do you ever use the term, ‘you are creating a tempest in a teapot’? It means, don’t make a big deal out of something that isn’t. Doing a little research, I found other similar phrases I thought were entertaining. They are: ‘A storm in a teacup’ – Cicero; or ‘Billows in a ladle’ – translation…

Facing a Tsunami of Issues?

“Tsunami” is the Japanese term for a series of violent and recurrent waves in the ocean caused by the displacement of a large volume of water. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides or other underwater explosions or man-made events are usually the cause. Unlike normal ocean waves that are generated by wind, or tides that are generated…

Information Assets: Knowledge is Power

Sir Francis Bacon is attributed with the quote, “Knowledge is Power”.  There have been many variations on this phrase but I want to add one more twist around information assets. I presented at a conference last week where the session was dedicated to discussing the risks and remedies of ransomware, which are the practices and technologies used by…

EMC (RSA) ARCHER NAMED A LEADER IN THE 2016 GARTNER MAGIC QUADRANT FOR BUSINESS CONTINUITY MANAGEMENT PLANNING SOFTWARE

For the third year in a row, RSA Archer has been named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant (MQ) for Business Continuity Management Planning Software (BCMP)! Gartner states in their report that the business continuity management (BCM) market is changing because “continuity of operations is being seen by organizations as a growing risk that needs to…

Time to track our issues again…feels like Groundhog Day

In the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day, Phil (Bill Murray), an arrogant weatherman, is out to cover the annual emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn’t predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he…

GRC – A Rising Tide That Lifts all Ships

I think back to a handful of audits over my career as an internal auditor where the people performing the function we audited just seemed to get it right.  They knew how to run their business, but they were also managing their risks well, they had good controls in place, and there were very few,…

It Started Like Any Other Day

You don’t know when a disaster is going to strike.  The day often starts like any other day. Disasters come in all shapes and sizes – natural and man-made, personal tragedies, workplace related events, and if you’ve ever experienced one, it changes you.  Many thoughts run through your mind such as, “Why is this happening…

Blog Series: Building the First Line of Defense – Part 2

In the first post of this blog series, I used the analogy of a rocket lifting into space with the countdown, 3…2…1… equating to the Three Lines of Defense (LOD) model, and how an organization truly achieves “lift off” or success really comes down to the 1st LOD.  In this blog, I’d like to focus on…

LoD Blog Series: 3…2…1…Liftoff!

Prior to the launch of every spaceship that lifts high above the earth is a countdown that ends with 3…2…1…lift off! This signals the final moments before the spaceship takes off to fulfill its mission.  My blog is a play on the 3, 2, 1, liftoff analogy and how it relates to the “Three Lines…

Can businesses be resilient on their own?

Can businesses and organizations be resilient on their own? By this I mean is it enough for a business organization to build resilient internal processes, IT infrastructure, facilities, and even third party relationships and rest assured they’re prepared for the next big event that comes along. To answer this question, I think we have to…