May, 2024

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Cybersecurity Guidance for High-Risk Nonprofits on the Heels of the Latest Healthcare Breach

DRI Drive

With healthcare providers like Ascension hindered by cyberattacks, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) offers guidance for these at-risk organizations. In early May, Ascension, a major U.S. healthcare network, was hit by a ransomware attack that impacted hospitals across 19 states. This forced the organization to revert to “downtime procedures” – meaning paper records […] The post Cybersecurity Guidance for High-Risk Nonprofits on the Heels of the Latest Healthcare

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Profile of FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell

Recovery Diva

From CNN.com: How Deanne Criswell blazed a trail from fighting fires to running FEMA. An excerpt: “She joined FEMA during the Obama administration, helping to oversee the agency’s response to natural disasters across the country. In 2019, she became the first woman to lead New York City’s Emergency Management Department, where — less than a year into the job — she helped navigate the city through the darkest days of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Resilience is an illusion

Emergency Planning

After much pondering of the question, I have come to the conclusion that resilience is an illusion. This is not to denigrate the work of resilience managers, as there is obviously much to be done to reduce the risk and impact of adverse events. However, the concept of resilience is, I think, suspect. Many researchers who have adopted the concept when trying to interpret disaster risk reduction have followed the work of Crawford Stanley "Buzz" Holling, as expressed in his 1973 paper (Holling 1973

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Cars, Code, and Over-the-air Connectivity: A Look at AutoTech 2024 

Pure Storage

Cars, Code, and Over-the-air Connectivity: A Look at AutoTech 2024 by Pure Storage Blog It’s been almost a year since my blog on the highlights of AutoTech: Detroit 2023. Time flies, and now we’re getting ready for AutoTech: Detroit 2024 , on June 5-6, 2024, in Novi, MI. It promises to be another fascinating event showcasing all the latest technology impacting the automotive industry.

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SME Relationships: Proven Solutions for Seamless Collaboration and Success

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

💢 Do you find yourself stuck in never-ending review cycles? Are you wondering if your Subject Matter Expert actually got that last review request? Are you having trouble trying to decipher impractical or conflicting feedback? 💢 If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may benefit from a crash course on managing SME relationships!

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Acronis named Champion in Info-Tech Emotional Footprint Awards 2024

Acronis

The Info-Tech Emotional Footprint Diamond April 2024 for both Backup and Availability and Endpoint Protection named Acronis Cyber Protect a Champion, which cements Acronis’ excellence in both the report’s Value Index and Net Emotional Footprint.

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Collaborative Partner Spotlight: Summer 2024

DRI Drive

As the leading nonprofit helping organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters, DRI relies on groups that promote greater resiliency. We encourage Certified Professionals to support these valuable partners. Business Continuity Planners Association – BCPA will host an in-person event on May 9 at Central Lakes Office Park in Edina, MN, focused on the subject, […] The post Collaborative Partner Spotlight: Summer 2024 appeared first on DRI Drive.

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New Statewide Flood Plan in Texas

Recovery Diva

From HSNW: Texas’ First-Ever Statewide Flood Plan Estimates 5 Million Live in Flood-Prone Areas. “The state’s flood plan shows which Texans are most at risk of flooding and suggests billions of dollars more are needed for flood mitigation projects. Texas plans to reduce the risk for those people by recommending solutions to harden Texas against floods and rising sea levels.

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A Proposed Strategy to Advocate for Improved Civil Protection in the United Kingdom

Emergency Planning

National elections in the United Kingdom are likely to bring a change in the political complexion of the government. This short essay puts the case for coming together to put pressure on the new leadership to improve British civil protection. The lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic, alas largely negative, show that a good civilian system designed to protect the public against major hazards and threats can save thousands of lives and billions in losses and wasted expenditure.

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10 Reasons to Attend Pure Accelerate 2024

Pure Storage

10 Reasons to Attend Pure Accelerate 2024 by Pure Storage Blog Where will you be this June during Pure//Accelerate® 2024? Will you be home suffering from FOMO or with us in Vegas—front and center for the storage event of the year? With three exciting days of must-see keynotes, information-packed sessions, illuminating demos, and opportunities to engage directly with industry thought leaders, this year’s agenda is sure to get you excited about the future of your data.

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Is Training the Right Solution?

Speaker: Tim Buteyn

Let's set the scene: you’ve identified a critical performance gap in your organization and need to close that gap. A colleague suggests training, but you suspect there’s something going on that training can’t address. How can you determine if training is the right solution before you commit your budget and resources to a new training program? In this webinar, you will learn how to determine if training is the right solution using the Behavior Engineering Model.

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100 Years Later, U.S. Foreign Service Is Still on the Front Lines of Diplomacy

The Rand Blog

As the modern Foreign Service marks its 100th anniversary, 15,600 Americans serve in embassies, consulates, and missions around the globe. They rarely make the front pages in the media, but their work is vital to the long-term success of American foreign policy.

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SIA New Member Profile: Antaira Technologies

Security Industry Association

New Security Industry Association (SIA) member Antaira Technologies is a developer and manufacturer of high-quality industrial networking and communication product solutions. The company is headquartered in Brea, California, with additional offices in Taiwan and Europe. SIA spoke with Joe Cook, national sales manager – security and transportation vertical markets at Antaira Technologies, about the company, the security industry and working with SIA.

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Enhancing inclusive emergency communication: Addressing access and functional needs communities amid disasters

everbridge

By Brian Toolan , Vice President, Public Safety, Everbridge In times of crisis, effective communication is critical to ensuring the safety and well-being of all individuals in our communities. However, traditional communication methods may not adequately reach or cater to the needs of those with access and functional challenges. It’s imperative that emergency communication strategies are inclusive and considerate of the diverse needs of every member of society.

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Displacees from Disasters

Recovery Diva

From The Conversation: Who is displaced by tornadoes, wildfires and other disasters tells a story of vulnerability and recovery challenges in America “Decades of disaster research, including from our team at the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center, make at least two things crystal clear: First, people’s social circumstances – such as the resources available to them, how much they can rely on others for help, and challenges they face in their daily life – can lead them to expe

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Revitalizing Dry Content: A Lesson in Engagement

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

We’ve all been there. You’ve been given a pile of dry content and asked to create a compelling eLearning course. You’re determined to create something more engaging than the same old course that learners quickly click through, but how do you take this “boring” content and create something relevant and engaging? Many instructional designers will say, “Boring in means boring out.

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Bridging the Gap: Understanding the Difference Between Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

KingsBridge BCP

When it comes to protecting your business in the face of unexpected disruptions, having a solid plan in place is essential. However, understanding the difference between Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery is often a challenge. In this article, we aim to bridge that gap and provide clarity on these crucial concepts. Business Continuity focuses on […] The post Bridging the Gap: Understanding the Difference Between Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery appeared first on KingsBridge

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Choosing NAID AAA Certified Paper Shredding Services

Prism International

Written By: Jason Keller, CSDS of United Electronic Recycling (Coppell, TX, USA) Every business assumes risk, and a good amount of these risks are foreseeable and therefore relatively preventable. Other risks are more formidable. When news outlets are reporting data breaches from top global brands regularly; it poses the question: can any business manage the risk of data security?

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Biden’s Catch-22 in Ukraine

The Rand Blog

If Ukraine is to regain the momentum it has lost in its fight against Russia, it will need to go on the offensive—and that involves some degree of escalation risk.

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Security Industry Association Announces 2024 SIA Excellence in Government Service Award Winners

Security Industry Association

Daryle Hernandez and Arun Vemury of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be recognized at the 2024 SIA GovSummit. SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected two government security leaders – Daryle Hernandez and Arun Vemury – to each receive a 2024 SIA Excellence in Government Service Award. This award, presented at SIA GovSummit , the nation’s premier conference connecting government, security and technology, honors public servants who have demonstrated e

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Brain Fog HQ: Memory Enhancement Techniques for Professional Development

Speaker: Chester Santos – Author, International Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, Corporate Trainer, Memory Expert, U.S. Memory Champion

In October, scientists discovered that 75% of patients who experienced brain fog had a lower quality of life at work than those who did not. At best, brain fog makes you slower and less efficient. At worst, your performance and cognitive functions are impaired, resulting in memory, management, and task completion problems. In this entertaining and interactive presentation, Chester Santos, "The International Man of Memory," will assist you in developing life-changing skills that will greatly enha

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AI and phishing: A toxic pair

Acronis

The most common AI-fueled phishing attacks abuse generative AI tools such as Chat GPT and Google Gemini (formerly Google Bard). But there are also unsuspecting ways adversaries are using AI that MSPs and business should know about. Alexander Ivanyuk, Senior Director of Technology, Acronis, shares two common ways and two “rare but possible” methods threat actors use to cultivate AI-based attacks.

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FEMA’s Streamlined Disaster Relief in TX

Recovery Diva

From Fox News in Houston TX: FEMA disaster relief: New aid, streamlined application process for storm victims. “…For the thousands of people who have been devastated by this month’s floods and storms, new help is available from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. This year, FEMA announced its biggest changes in 20 years to create more flexibility for people who need financial assistance after a disaster.

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Securing critical infrastructure: White House issues call to action  

everbridge

From compliance to resilience: Navigating the new landscape of critical infrastructure protection with Everbridge By Eric Boger , Everbridge Vice President Risk Intelligence The recent National Security Memorandum (NSM) on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience issued by the White House on April 30, 2024, outlines a strategic approach to safeguarding critical infrastructure against emerging threats and enhancing resilience.

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Reduce Ransomware Risk in Educational Institutions

Pure Storage

Reduce Ransomware Risk in Educational Institutions by Pure Storage Blog Ransomware attacks targeting educational institutions increased dramatically in 2023 , with K-12 schools seeing a major spike in these incidents. Even scientific and educational institutions like the British Library in London and Berlin’s natural history museum have been targeted by ransomware gangs in the past year—and are still dealing with the impacts.

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How Western Nuclear Inaction Could Embolden the Kremlin

The Rand Blog

The Kremlin might be emboldened by the weak pushback from the United States and NATO against its heightened nuclear saber-rattling, increasing nuclear dangers. NATO allies might explore more effective ways to reduce these risks.

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Security Industry Association Announces First-Ever Security Industry Community Service Day

Security Industry Association

#SecurityGivesBack on June 7, 2024, with a new day focused on community service projects. SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the first-ever Security Industry Community Service Day , an initiative created by the SIA Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Advisory Board to rally the entire security industry to give back and make the world a better place.

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World Password Day 2024: '123456' is still a bad idea

Acronis

To help stop the wave of Post-it notes that say “Password1!” this World Password Day, we asked Gaidar Magdanurov, President of Acronis and Candid Wüest, VP, Product Management to offer tips for building strong passwords and a prediction of how the use of passwords will change in the years ahead.

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In Maui Health Problems Persist

Recovery Diva

From the WashPost: Months after Maui Fires, Health Problems Persist. A new report details respiratory ailments, mental health conditions and lack of access to medical care following the deadly fire in Lahaina in August.

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Choosing the Right IT Infrastructure: Cloud, On-Premises, or Hybrid?

NexusTek

READ TIME: 4 MIN May 29, 2024 Choosing the Right IT Infrastructure: Cloud, On-Premises, or Hybrid? In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, businesses face a critical decision: selecting the most suitable IT infrastructure. The choice between cloud, on-premises, and hybrid solutions is not merely a technical decision but a strategic one that impacts operational efficiency, cost management, security, and scalability.

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Unitrends Endpoint Backup Lauch

Unitrends

With an ever-increasing amount of critical data being generated and stored on endpoint devices, such as laptops, smartphones, tablets, servers and virtual machines (VMs), ensuring its safety has become a top priority for businesses of all sizes. However, recent findings reveal that only 8% of PCs are backed up daily and 23% yearly. Surprisingly, 25% […] The post Unitrends Endpoint Backup Lauch appeared first on Unitrends.

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Putin's Shake-Up of Russian Military Leadership

The Rand Blog

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is the latest to be relieved of his position by Vladimir Putin. But why would Putin oust a long-time loyalist with deep roots in the Russian military establishment?

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Security Industry Association Announces 2024 Winners of the SIA Women in Biometrics Awards

Security Industry Association

Leire Arbona Puértolas, Melissa Conley, Heather Haller and Caitlin Kneapler will be honored for their leadership and contributions in biometrics and security at the 2024 SIA GovSummit. SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named four women biometrics leaders as recipients of the 2024 SIA Women in Biometrics Awards , a globally recognized program presented by SIA with support from sponsor IDEMIA and organizational and media partners AVISIAN , Biometric Update and SIA’

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Achieving Cyber Resiliency with Pure Storage SafeMode

Pure Storage

Achieving Cyber Resiliency with Pure Storage SafeMode by Pure Storage Blog In today’s digital ecosystem, data isn’t just valuable: It’s the backbone of business innovation and growth. However, as the digital landscape evolves, so do the threats against this critical asset. Businesses must maintain cyber resiliency in the face of attacks like ransomware.