Whether it’s a fire or flood, an earthquake or hurricane, being prepared and staying informed are the keys to getting through an emergency situation safely. With that in mind there is an upcoming nationwide test of the U.S. Emergency Alert System (EAS).
On Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
All digital, cable and satellite television and broadcast radio services across the country will be simultaneously interrupted for approximately 30 seconds, after which regular programming will resume.
This is the first national-level test of the EAS that has ever been conducted and will be similar to the local emergency tests, issued by the National Weather Service and state/local officials, used to send alerts and warnings.
So remember, if you find yourself within earshot of a radio or TV on November 9th, at home or in your car – and hear an emergency message broadcast on every TV and radio channel – it’s just a test.
Visit the FEMA: Nationwide EAS Test website for more information about the test.
Businesses should think of this as a reminder to test their own disaster preparedness.
Organizations are under increasing pressure to secure their infrastructure while continuing to enable employees and clients to exchange information. Cloud techniques are pushing this need to a whole other level then the capabilities designed into most environments. Managing the risks associated with this are taking new skills as well, since the rise of mobility, cyber threats, and social media and the associated conflicts of expectations are demanding innovative approaches.
The days of perimeter based (locked down) security are over. Today’s enterprise must be as fluid as the clients served. Sharing information whenever, wherever and on whichever device they choose. This new fluidity requires a complete approach to security to enable interaction while driving operational effectiveness and reducing business risk.
Most enterprises support a patchwork of unrelated products, applications and uncoordinated processes. Security is scattered, with a lack of coordination between people, processes, and technology. This makes for a fragile environment that is difficult to adjust. It is necessary to actively understand the current state of risk management, security, and breaches.
Yesterday, HP unveiled an expanded and integrated Enterprise Security approach.
They focus first on providing workshops and other approaches to assess the security capabilities in the existing environment.
With that current situation analysis in hand there are a range of tools and services to help organizations either transform themselves or consume security transformation services as required.
The enterprise services organization also provides a wide range of services to help manage their security environment.
Finally, there is an Secure Boardroom approach to provide visibility between and across the enterprise security environment.
Don't expect HP's investments to stop there though.
HP’s depth related to security is quite a bit broader and deeper than most organizations realize. There are thousands of people available across the globe, partners to help as well and numerous research activities currently underway in HP’s various labs to address future needs.
I’ve mentioned before the paradox of IT – the fact that there is an expectation of innovation as well as risk management; organizations need to plan their cyber defense. I recently came across a document for those interested in The Financial Management of Cyber Risk – an implementation framework for CFOs.
The document was created by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
“The 76-page document offers a pragmatic action plan that addresses cybersecurity from an enterprise-wide perspective. Developed by a task force of more than sixty industry and government experts, The Financial Management of Cyber Risk: An Implementation Framework for CFOs has been funded and managed by the private sector and is offered as a free resource on cyber risk mitigation for organizations across the country.”
It consists of frameworks for:
- Understanding and Managing the Economic Aspects of Financial Cyber Risk
- Managing the Human Element
- Managing Legal and Compliance Issues
- Operations and Technology
- Managing External Communications and Crisis Management
- Analyzing Financial Risk Transfer and Insurance
How are you handling the paradox of IT?