December, 2023

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Crisis Management Team, Assemble!

Bernstein Crisis Management

Crisis Management Team, Assemble! While being on a crisis management team may not be quite as glamorous as joining the Avengers in battling interdimensional threats, I don’t think it’s over-selling to say that the members of the crisis team can and frequently do hold the fate of their organization, and at least the immediate future of those who rely on it for goods, services, and employment, in their hands.

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DRI International Releases 9th Annual Global Risk and Resilience Trends Report

DRI Drive

DRI International has published its Ninth Annual Global Risk and Resilience Trends Report. The report provides an independent analysis of current and emerging risks as viewed by those directly involved in resilience management. Supported by the DRI Future Vision Committee (FVC), a group of international thought leaders in the field, it is based on a […] The post DRI International Releases 9th Annual Global Risk and Resilience Trends Report appeared first on DRI Drive.

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“Improving the Financial Resilience of Public Entities for Natural Disasters” – a Resource Guide from RAND

Recovery Diva

New Report from RAND: Improving the Financial Resilience of Public Entities and Individuals for Natural Disasters: A Resource Guide for State and Local Government. The full document is 50 pages and can be downloaded free from the RAND site.

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Disaster Zone Podcast: ‘Getting Elected Is the Easy Part’

Disaster Zone

Insights from a long-serving state-level elected official.

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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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7 Challenges with Applying AI to Data Security—and the Real Way to Solve Them

Pure Storage

7 Challenges with Applying AI to Data Security—and the Real Way to Solve Them by Pure Storage Blog As AI makes headlines and augments the way we work, there’s one area to be cautiously optimistic about: cybersecurity. Can it lend a hand? Certainly. But it can lend a hand to the bad guys, too. In the hands of bad actors, AI capabilities can help them identify vulnerabilities and exploit paths faster to launch attacks or breach your defenses.

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Crisis Management Quotables…on the Ones You Don’t See Coming

Bernstein Crisis Management

Crisis Management Quotables…on the Ones You Don’t See Coming “The crisis you have to worry about most is the one you don’t see coming.” — Mike Mansfield, Former Senate Majority Leader and diplomat The Unpredictable Nature of Crises This quote from Mike Mansfield, American diplomat and Senate Majority leader from 1961-1977, highlights a vital truth in crisis management: the most daunting crisis is the one you never see coming.

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FEMA Appoints First Female National Advisory Council Chair, Welcomes New National Advisory Council Members

DRI Drive

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced the appointment of 12 new members and two returning members to the agency’s National Advisory Council. This year, Carrie Speranza, director of Esri’s Emergency Management Solutions, is the new National Advisory Council Chair. Speranza previously served as vice chair alongside outgoing Chair Jeff Hansen, director of the Office […] The post FEMA Appoints First Female National Advisory Council Chair, Welcomes New Natio

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The Emergency Management Institute at 70

Recovery Diva

The Emergency Management Institute at 70;From Civil Defense to Emergency Management in an Education and Training Institution. This report traces the 70-year history of the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) from the founding of its predecessor in 1951 to the present. The story of these institutions’ development can inform current strategy about EMI’s future.

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National Politics do Influence Emergency Management

Disaster Zone

Sad but true, it is just something we need to deal with.

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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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Pure Storage and Veeam Partner for Unrivaled Data Protection with Unbeatable Economics

Pure Storage

Pure Storage and Veeam Partner for Unrivaled Data Protection with Unbeatable Economics by Pure Storage Blog In today’s data-driven world, there’s nothing more important than safeguarding critical information. Now, the partnership between Pure Storage and Veeam has sparked a new era in unrivaled data protection, offering unparalleled security to prevent data loss, minimal downtime during disruptions, and accelerated recovery so you can get back to business faster than ever.

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What’s New in Data Protection at HPE and Zerto: Updates and Releases for Q4 2023

Zerto

Earlier this year, Zerto, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, launched Zerto 10 and the Zerto Cyber Resilience Vault. New capabilities include powerful tools to protect data and applications against ransomware and provide enhanced security with new Zerto for Azure architecture. Around the same time, HPE GreenLake for Disaster Recovery , built with Zerto and integrated into the HPE GreenLake Platform, became generally available.

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Strategic Risk Management

LogisManager

Strategic Risk Management Last Updated: December 19, 2023 Strategic Risk Management (SRM) is integral to navigating the complexities of today’s business landscape and securing long-term objectives. Understanding and managing strategic risks align with the broader goal of effective governance, particularly at the board level. By scrutinizing inherent risks and stress-testing against external factors, SRM becomes a crucial competency in safeguarding your company’s reputation and overall dire

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Derailments, Wildfires, AI and More: 2023 in Review

DRI Drive

As we bid farewell to 2023, here’s a look back at some of the big resilience stories and DRI milestones we covered this year. January: DRI International Releases 8th Annual Predictions Report ‘Your Husband is a Polar Bear, Skinny’: FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Translation Blunder February: Train Derailment and Chemical Explosion Exposes Clear and Present Danger […] The post Derailments, Wildfires, AI and More: 2023 in Review appeared first on DRI Drive.

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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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Ongoing Housing Emergency in Maui

Recovery Diva

From the WashPost: Nearly 6,200 Lahaina wildfire survivors face the holidays with no home “More than four months since the deadliest wildfire in modern American history burned Lahaina to the ground, nearly 6,200 people are still looking for a place to live while their beloved Maui town is rebuilt. There’s the retiree who has been shuttled from one shelter to another; the family of five who can only afford to stay in their overpriced, unlicensed rental until month’s end, when their shrinkin

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New National Leader for Cybersecurity

Disaster Zone

There was a 10-month vacancy.

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Looking Back on the Big Policy Stories of 2023

The Rand Blog

As 2023 draws to a close, RAND president and CEO Jason Matheny highlights areas where RAND is tackling the most urgent and complex problems we face. Each is a small reminder that where there are thoughtful people working tirelessly to find solutions, there is hope.

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Trusting Zerto with Zero Trust

Zerto

Zero trust is a security framework that is based on the principle of not automatically trusting any user or device, whether inside or outside the network perimeter. In a zero trust model, all users, devices, and applications must be verified and authenticated before they are granted access to resources on the network. Integrating a disaster recovery solution into zero trust architecture is crucial.

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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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IT Agility Delivered: Future-ready Storage Solutions to Meet Enterprise Data Growth

Pure Storage

IT Agility Delivered: Future-ready Storage Solutions to Meet Enterprise Data Growth by Pure Storage Blog Being close to our customers and focusing on solving their strategic IT challenges has been a key tenet for Pure Storage since day one. When we talk to front-line IT staff and business leaders, they’ve been consistent with their commentary: “How can you help us meet our data and application growth?

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Why Climate Risk Now Affects Where Millions Of Americans Choose To Live – Chloe Demrovsky for Forbes

DRI Drive

“In recent decades, we have seen paradoxical population booms in climate-risk-prone Southern cities particularly in Texas. Cities like Houston and San Antonio but also Miami and Fort Lauderdale in Florida are attracting investment in spite of being vulnerable to extreme weather including wildfires, extreme heat and flooding from hurricanes and tropical storms.

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Recovery in Maui Going Slowly

Recovery Diva

From the Guardian: Survivors of deadly Maui blaze face displacement after displacement: ‘I live a nomadic life’ An excerpt: “The deadliest US wildfire in more than a century – which incinerated the historic town of Lahaina, killed 100 people and destroyed 3% of Maui’s residential housing stock – pushed the island’s longstanding affordable housing crisis to a new inflection point.

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Disaster Zone Podcast: The Challenge of Disaster Logistics

Disaster Zone

Ah, if only logistics was easy.

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Joining NATO Is Not Enough to Defend Ukraine: Allies Must Step Up

The Rand Blog

Any security pledges for Ukraine may be wanting unless backed up by an allied force presence. An armed peacekeeping force could lack sufficient firepower or robust rules of engagement. A stronger force would be more credible.

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5 Reasons You Need a Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan

Zerto

Data is growing faster than ever, and protecting it is becoming increasingly complex. In 2023, organizations will generate nearly 3 times the volume of data generated in 2019. The total data created will reach 181ZB by 2025. How can all this data be protected? Data loss can result in downtime and lost revenue in addition to the loss of crucial files and information.

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How to Successfully Manage a File Migration

Pure Storage

How to Successfully Manage a File Migration by Pure Storage Blog Are you ready to embark on a file migration journey but feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sheer scope of the task? Fear not! File migration is a crucial aspect of managing digital assets efficiently. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the process, providing helpful insights every step of the way. 1.

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2023 Roundup: The Year in Cyberattacks

DRI Drive

With cyberattacks becoming more common and more varied, a few stood out this year for the ways they impacted the organizations that were hit. 2023 was another big year for malware, ransomware, brute force attacks, and any number of other methods of cybercrime, meaning you can read multiple “top cyberattack” lists and see surprisingly little […] The post 2023 Roundup: The Year in Cyberattacks appeared first on DRI Drive.

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New GAO Report on AI in Natural Hazards Modeling

Recovery Diva

TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT: Artificial Intelligence in Natural Hazard Modeling Severe Storms, Hurricanes, Floods, and Wildfire. Note that the full report is 61 pp. The Diva considers this a must read for people in the emergency management field and expects that this subject will be an important one in 2024.

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Wet in the Northwest

Disaster Zone

An atmospheric river!

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Storage and Data Protection News for the Week of December 1; Updates from AWS, Satorti, Veeam & More

Solutions Review

Solutions Review Executive Editor Tim King curated this list of notable storage and data protection news for the week of December 1, 2023. Keeping tabs on all the most relevant storage and data protection news can be a time-consuming task. As a result, our editorial team aims to provide a summary of the top headlines from the last week, in this space.

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The Importance of Risk Analytics

LogisManager

The Importance of Risk Analytics Last Updated: December 5, 2023 The Importance of Risk Assessment and Management In the dynamic landscape of business, the importance of risk assessment and management cannot be overstated. Risk assessment involves identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing potential risks, while management is the proactive handling of these risks.

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How to Build a LangChain Chatbot Pt. 2: Similarity Searching a Vectorstore from FlashBlade S3

Pure Storage

How to Build a LangChain Chatbot Pt. 2: Similarity Searching a Vectorstore from FlashBlade S3 by Pure Storage Blog In Part 1 of this series, we leveraged LangChain’s built-in capabilities to load in data from a FlashBlade ® S3 bucket and reviewed various settings to optimize throughput performance. In this article, we’ll review the next steps of taking the data residing on FlashBlade, chunking it up, embedding it, loading a vectorstore, persisting it to storage for easy future retrievals, and de