CRJ Issue 10:2, Winter 2014 

Crisis Response Journal

The winter edition of the CRJ has now gone to press. This is what's inside. News: New Editorial Advisory Panel Member, Paola Albrito, Head of the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Europe; UK/US Cybersecurity initiative; Catastrophic mass mortali By Emily Hough

World Class World Cities event in London - book now for 20% discount 

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To help future-proof world cities, an international conference will take place in London on October 9-10, 2014. Organised by London First and CIR Magazine, this two-day event will take a holistic look at how cities can be made safer, more secure, smarter

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Exhibition shows how humans are transforming the planet 

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Can logging be beautiful? Seen from above, it creates the most delicate patterns, but the story behind it is scary – large parts of the rain forest are disappearing every day

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Innovating frontline Fire + Rescue response 

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The modern UK Fire and Rescue Service is about putting fires out, right? Well, not entirely, writes Editorial Advisory Panel Member Andy Marshall in a preview of his full article in the Winter edition of Crisis Response Journal. By Andy Marshall

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CRJ Winter edition update 

Crisis Response Journal

We are working on the next issue of Crisis Response Journal, which is published in December. This is a quick summary of some of the features, though there are many more in the pipeline and this list is not complete – a full update will be provided very so

Natural Defence against Un-Natural Disaster 

Crisis Response Journal

Every year storms, floods, droughts and other extreme events affect hundreds of millions of people around the world, with economic losses estimated at $100 billion, writes Paul Venton. These all-too familiar scenes of loss and destruction are referred to By Paul Venton

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The Family Meal - a UN World Food Programme + ECHO photo exhibition 

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In an attempt to explore the question of ‘What brings us together?’ photographer Chris Terry went in search of the ingredients of the family meal. He visited families receiving food assistance under the partnership of the European Commission's Humanitaria By Chris Terry

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Syria's Civil Defence: Bringing hope to beleaguered civilians 

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Syria: Just over a year ago, this volunteer from Northern Aleppo lost a leg to a barrel bomb in horrific circumstances while trying to rescue civilians trapped in rubble after bombing raids on their homes. By Emily Hough

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Elevated threat: Implications for businesses and individuals 

Crisis Response Journal

As you will know, the current UK threat level from international terrorism for the UK is assessed as SEVERE, writes Roger Gomm SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely. By Roger Gomm

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What's coming up in the September issue 

Crisis Response Journal

The next issue of Crisis Response Journal marks a decade of publishing, bringing the world's emergency responders and planners, business continuity and disaster risk reduction experts together to share experience and learn from each other. By Emily Hough

Looking back a decade: CRJ's tenth anniversary 

Crisis Response Journal

In a shortened version of a longer article that will appear in the next issue of CRJ, Tony Moore looks back at the incidents that occurred in 2004, the year that Crisis Response Journal was launched (our first ever front cover is pictured below) By Tony Moore

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Facing the Challenge of the CISA® Exam

Behavior Group

By Editor em 7 de Maio de 2014 The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA®) designation is a globally recognized certification for IS audit control, assurance and security professionals.

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The risk to manage information security risks

Behavior Group

By Joaquim Pereira on March 27, 2014 There are risks and risks. Risks related to the information security are just a few of which we will have to manage and treat daily.

In 2015 you have a chance to become victim of cybercrime

Behavior Group

According to Microsoft, cybercrime is a booming business for organized crime groups all over the world. Those groups of cybercrime aim to profit, from any security lapse they can find: identities, passwords and money.

12/11/2014 UK Power Supply Crisis

Plan B Consulting

Charlie discusses how the UK power supply crisis could affect your organisation. A couple of weeks ago one of the lead stories in the news was the fire at Didcot B Power Station, a gas power station in the South of England.

ISO 28000: Best Practices for Supply Chain Security

Behavior Group

When suppliers are unable to deliver, or customers are unable to purchase, the ability of an organization is compromised. ISO 28000 is the answer to promote resilience at every step of the supply chain.

The next generation of information security leaders

Behavior Group

The CISSP course will assist all the participants who attend it to keep up to date their knowledge in the top 10 information systems security domains.

06/10/2014 Creeping Ebola

Plan B Consulting

This week Charlie discusses how the Ebola crisis is creeping up on all of us. The situation in West Africa, with the on-going spread of Ebola, bears all the classic symptoms of a ‘creeping’ or ‘rising tide’ crisis.

The Goal of the Risk Manager

Behavior Group

Risk management is the understanding, assessment (including prioritization) and treatment of risks, from highest to lowest, taking into account factors such as: the impact of a risk event may have; the likelihood of this risk event happens; and of course, the means involved for dealing with this risks.

26/09/2014 Can we learn about Business Continuity from the referendum

Plan B Consulting

This week Charlie discusses the Scottish referendum results. I have written about Scottish independence before, but thought I would revisit the topic now that the referendum has been and gone.

19/09/2014 Amplifying a Crisis

Plan B Consulting

Charlie discusses managing a reputation crisis. Last week I was very busy training. First of all I did the two day ‘BIA’ course followed by the one day ‘Writing the Plan’ course, and then finally the two day ‘Crisis and Incident Management course”.

To risk or not, ISO 27001:2013 is the answer

Behavior Group

The idea of the new ISO 27001:2013 is to provide a more flexible approach to lead to more effective risk management, regardless of the standards that have already been implemented or intended to implement.

ISO 27001 for all businesses

Behavior Group

Small businesses are also a target of ISO 27001. It is misleading to think that information security is a concern of large companies.

05/09/2014 The Importance of Debriefing

Plan B Consulting

Charlie discusses how you can make the most of debriefs. Last week two items came together which reminded me of the importance of debriefing. As an independent party, who was not involved or from the area of the incident, I was asked to debrief a major incident that a company had been involved in.

ISO 22301 can save your business

Behavior Group

The implementation of ISO 22301 is the answer to ensure that operations continue, that products and services are delivered in pre-defined levels, the activities of creating value are protected, and that the reputation and interests of stakeholders are safeguarded whenever disruptive incidents occur.

22/08/2014 Using voice and data to manage incidents

Plan B Consulting

Charlie discusses the use of smartphones during incidents. Use of voice and data to manage incidents This week I have been on the Isle of Coll (off the West Coast of Scotland) where there was much excitement at the building of a new mobile phone mast.

15/08/2014 Working with partners during incidents

Plan B Consulting

Charlie discusses how you can co-operate with clients to achieve the best results. Today I have been training a client’s staff on how to manage an incident. We went through the initial response to the incident, dealing with the immediate aftermath.

07/08/2014 Ebola – Don’t Panic!

Plan B Consulting

Charlie discusses the spread of the Ebola virus. The first death caused by Ebola outside Africa caught my eye this week, this was a Saudi national who had been visiting Sierra Leone.

31/07/2014 What can we learn from flight MH17?

Plan B Consulting

Charlie is back in the office this week and discusses the ill-fated Flight MH17. Looking at the pictures of the immediate aftermath of Flight MH17 was quite a shock to the system.

ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 can improve your experience with Cloud Services

Behavior Group

The model of Cloud computing products and services bring great benefits to users and companies in the terms of IT agility, flexibility, scalability, and cost reductions.

03/07/2014 Seven deadly sins of business continuity plans

Plan B Consulting

This week Charlie gives you some of the key styles to avoid when writing your plans. Last week I helped plan and deliver a workshop for the Scottish Continuity Group. The theme of the day was to give the delegates ideas of ways to improve their plans.

18/06/2014 Dealing with mass fatalities

Plan B Consulting

This week Charlie Maclean-Bristol discusses mass fatalities. Recently I went to an excellent seminar in Dundee organised by the Tayside Local Resilience Partnership titled “Managing responders needs during a mass fatalities incident”.

03/06/2014 How to protect the unique….

Plan B Consulting

This week Charlie writes about protecting unique cultural artefacts. This week’s bulletin is about an incident that is close to home for me. The historic Mackintosh Library, at the Glasgow School of Art, was gutted by fire.

22/04/2014 Say sorry…….like you mean it!!

Plan B Consulting

The main story that has caught my eye recently was the resignation of Maria Miller, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. A political storm had been whipped up over her expenses, with Mrs Miller accused of funding a home for her parents at the expense of taxpayers.

22/04/2014 – Scottish Independence – For Better For Worse

Plan B Consulting

Throughout Scotland, at the moment, all conversations seem to quite quickly move on to the topic of the independence debate. I was sitting in the lounge bar of the Coll Hotel, on the Island of Coll, and could hear a lively debate going on in the public bar.

02/04/2014 Mystery of flight MH370

Plan B Consulting

This week Charlie writes about the ill-fated Malaysian airliner flight MH370. I was putting off writing about this incident as I was waiting for this mystery to be solved. Although some progress has been made in the search, it seems that there are still more questions than answers.

14/3/14 10 Items which should be in a BCP (and are often forgotten!)

Plan B Consulting

Scope. On many of the plans I see it is not clear what the scope of the plan is. The name of the department may be on the front of the plan but it is not always obvious whether this is the whole of the department, which may cover many sites, or just the department based in one location.

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14/03/14 Business Impact Analyses

Plan B Consulting

The following article was published on the Microsoft website and written by Nick Saalfeld of Wells Park Communications. It’s been a sobering start to the year for many businesses. Much of the Somerset Levels is under water. Great swathes of lowland Britain is soggy, making travel difficult.

The Best 2015 Information Security Certifications

Behavior Group

Information Security Certifications If you are seriously thinking about advancing in your career in the IT field with a specialization in security, then you need to consider to properly prepare to become certified in the 3 top Information Security Certifications and well-respect credentials: CEH, CISSP and CISM.

Weathering the storm – Dealing with a prolonged incident

Plan B Consulting

All of us here in the UK, to a greater or lesser extent, have been affected by the high winds and flooding which seem to have continued relentlessly since Christmas. The last few days seem to have brought some quieter weather but I know there are still a number of flood warnings in place.