The importance an organization places on their ability to respond to security breaches is critical to that organization’s survival. Business Continuity is the second phase of BCM that takes effect after the initial event has happened and is designed to limit any lasting effects from the event and to bring the company back to pre-disaster status. The BCM team needs to deal with hackers, data thieves, denial of service attacks and data breaches.
They did not have a Business Continuity Plan in place to recover from the publicity, lawsuits and loss of customer confidence. Is saving our jobs reason enough to include information security incident response in the BCM plan, or do we need a better reason? The traditional BCM team will normally start with assembling the team and appointing a team leader; someone who has a thorough understanding of the organization’s business and who has the authority to allocate the necessary resources.
In other words, how long can our manufacturing plant be down before we lose so many clients that we can’t recover? The BCM team should also consult the information security group to make sure that any backup, recovery, temporary recovery facilities conform to the company’s security policies and procedures. Traditional information security priorities and methods that rely on a 100% block of attackers won’t work.
Target had a breach on November 12th and their FireEye system detected it on the 28th and notified Target’s information security team.
There are other reasons that the BCM team should include information security incident response and share in the duties and responsibilities. As you assemble the BCM team, reach out to the CISO or senior member of the information security and risk management team. This person should be given the resources and time to help inventory the systems and services and will need to be included in the compilation of Business Impact Analysis. This can be done in conjunction with the initial system inventory so that you can make sure you cover all critical assets. The information you gathered during the inventory, BIA and Risk Assessment can help justify spending money on critical issues. In loss prevention, Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery we already rely on insurance companies.
BCP insurance can also cover information security breach losses including cost to investigate, fix and pay for PR as well as paying for credit monitoring.
Any damage to your company could be the death bell toll, if not dealt with before it hits the critical point. There are so many analogies between physical attacks and cyber attacks that we infosec professionals borrow the language.
Does your company include information security incident response planning in the organization’s BCM plan? Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this and other guest author articles are solely those of the contributor, and do not necessarily reflect those of Tripwire, Inc. Check out Tripwire SecureScan™, a free, cloud-based vulnerability management service for up to 100 Internet Protocol (IP) addresses on internal networks. Tripwire has compiled an e-book, titled The Executive’s Guide to the Top 20 Critical Security Controls: Key Takeaways and Improvement Opportunities, which is available for download [registration form required]. They haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory lately, but the guys in suits surrounding the President of the United States are still ready to take a bullet to protect the leader of the free world. National Geographic doesn’t spill all the secrets, but what they let us in on is still pretty cool. The United States Secret Service can’t afford to underestimate the enemy in their mandate to protect the man, protect the symbol and protect the office of the President of the United States. Within the Washington HQ is the National Threat Assessment Team, Intelligence Division, Counterfeit Research Unit, Electronic Crime Branch, and Tracking Center.
The Secret Service got into the protection business in 1901, following the assassination of President William McKinley. When President Truman was staying across the street from the White House at Blair House in November of 1950, two Puerto Rican nationals attacked, killing one service agent. Letters are loaded into the Forensic Information System for Handwriting (FISH), then analyzed for fingerprints and eventually immersed in a chemical bath to expose the sender’s DNA. The agents whisked away the president in Air Force One, which is practically a flying bunker. To make sure agents are capable of responding on instinct to any scenario, they train at a hidden site in Beltsville, Md., that features bombing, sniping, and other threat contingencies. An obstacle course, among other rigorous tests, proves that an agent in training can meet the physical demands of the job.
Agents have to prove proficiency with their weapons, usually a .357 SIG Sauer Magnum, every month.
When agents catch a counterfeiting ring, the service re-creates the bust in a training environment in order to pass on tactics and techniques to the new guys.
Dirty money funds serious threats such as illegal arms trading, drug trafficking, and terrorism.
The Counterfeit Research Unit used to only see 100 cases a year; by 2013 they have over 600. After Kennedy’s assassination, the service completely overhauled its training methods, increased its numbers, and created a new threat-tracking system. Since 1 in 4 presidents has been attacked — and 1 in 10 have been killed — agents keep a tight bubble, even hiding in the bushes on the White House lawn.
Each of the 14,000 seats, more than 100 entrances, and all the air ducts and catwalks in LSU’s stadium were meticulously inspected. The USSS and local law enforcement meet regularly to discuss plans, so that execution in any situation becomes second nature to everyone involved. All the plants and seat pads were sniffed by Belgian Malinois, which have extremely sensitive noses.
Before the president arrives, the Baton Rouge airport is shut down, and snipers take their positions. After the speech, the president shook hands with people — who the agents vetted before his arrival. The Service also started protecting presidential candidates after Robert Kennedy was killed during his bid for the White House in 1968. Candidates want to seem accessible, but the Service finds ways, like this armored banner, to discreetly guard them. The agents monitor crowds for strange behavior during unplanned campaign stops, which often become chaotic and loud. After two such close calls, the Service tightened their bubble of protection even more, although John Hinckley Jr. After a gunman fired an assault weapon outside the White House during Clinton’s presidency, agents asked the president to stop jogging on the National Mall.
Presidents get very little privacy, and their detail is privy to most of their personal information. Privacy versus protection will always be a delicate balance for the USSS, but their mission is preventing attacks against the most powerful individual on earth. This year’s South by Southwest festival promised bigger crowds, bigger performances, huge headlining speakers - like First Lady Michelle Obama and lastly, an introduction to the next wave of dazzling technology. As droves of people descended upon the 29th annual SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, they were expecting to see the next big thing in cinema, music and technology. At this year’s SXSW, Not Impossible Labs introduced a digital solution designed to assist those unable to speak. Architected by Eberling and computer software designer Javed Gangjee, they were able to design a technology that can take a person completely unfamiliar with computer technology and transform them into to a person capable of typing two-and-a-half words per minute or more. As in years past, this year’s SXSW did not go without its dissenters and naysayers that shouted about technology becoming too overwhelming and too large. What’s great about this type of technology is that as it emerges and companies like McDonalds, Gatorade or Gillette convert them into incredible interactive marketing, it also allows for the technology to become mainstream, making it easier to get access to.
And I’d be remise not to mention that this type of technology is already being used for good.
In 1842, a young woman by the name of Ada Lovelace, a British mathematician and daughter of Lord Byron, wrote what is considered to be the first computer program. In simplest terms, it was the birth of the stepwise sequence of operations for solving certain mathematical problems and in conjunction with Charles Babbage, a path was written for the first executable computer program algorithm. On Monday, we posted Fast Five Facts about Public, Private, Hybrid cloud platforms that list the benefits of each. The customer approached VAZATA with clear motivation to use hybrid cloud services and a need to divide the two applications between a private cloud services for the Accounting piece and a public cloud SaaS environment for the email -  by diversifying, it resulted in significant cost savings for the customer. This same scenario is happening more and more frequently as hybrid cloud becomes a more popular option and it’s pretty safe to say that the operations team here at VAZATA would agree.


If anything, you should revaluate whether you can diversify your service providers like this company. To avoid confusion we provided some differentiators between public, private and hybrid cloud services.
All this talk about the Cloud probably has your head spinning because of how different it is from one minute to the next. When you’ve ensured that you have quick backup after those chaotic 30 days, your disaster recovery kicks in and you, as a medical institution, financial bank or the lady on the corner selling yarn for a living, fire it back up to get back to business. 95% of businesses experienced outages for reasons unrelated to natural disasters (ZOMBIES!) DRaaS provides protection that matches that of a large corporation. Studies show that at least 82% of enterprises had a hybrid cloud strategy, up from 74% recorded in 2014 and the numbers that are trickling in for 2015 are pretty phenomenal too.
Back in 2010, the Whitehouse stepped in and introduced a new policy around IT reform, putting parameters around emerging CSPs, specifically the ones that wanted to do business with a Federal Agency or the Federal Government. VAZATA recently had the distinction of receiving Federal Risk Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP?) authorization for Managed Cloud Services after committing to a process that took a little over five years to complete; with that VAZATA was named the 21st company to reach that achievement. Government agency or not, you can take advantage of where you store your mission critical data. We’ve recently made an announcement about the milestone to shed light around our Virtual Federal Image (VFI) platform and its benefits, including the common tools, processes, and ease of provisioning, all while affording agencies a level of security that is not normally available in existing public cloud environments. VAZATA is a managed hosting, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and cloud managed service provider serving Global 1000 businesses, U.S. Back in 2010, the Whitehouse stepped in and introduced a new policy around IT reform putting parameters around emerging CSPs, specifically the ones that wanted to do business with a Federal Agency or the Federal Government. FedRAMP is the result of close collaboration with cybersecurity and cloud experts from the General Services Administration (GSA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), National Security Agency (NSA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council and its working groups, as well as private industry.
The Internet of Everything (IoE) or Internet of Things (IoT)  is the network of physical objects, devices, vehicles, buildings and other items with sensors and network connectivity that exchange data. Internet of Things (IoT) or Internet of Everything (IoE) is the quiet communication that is happening all the time. What I found to be the most intriguing was that some of the technology showcased was eerily familiar. At $4,000, this thing better spin records and do my taxes at the same time but to some, $4K for a turntable is an absolute prize. All in all, this camera is cool, I’d consider buying it at its $400 - $700 price point. Imagine this, you’re introduced to someone and you have a reaction that spikes your adrenaline. The dress is comprised of dozens of Curie computing modules that tell the dress when to expand. To my mind, and that of ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library – a UK government initiative to improve the quality of IT services) , these topics really fall under the term IT Service Continuity. I myself witnessed a situation where a company had been persuaded to invest in an expensive continuous processing environment for a part of their operations when a proper Business Impact Analysis revealed that the said part of the business was not at all critical. Before you invest money on making your Information Systems more resilient, improve your backup system or move to the Cloud; make sure you know what your resilience requirements really are.
A crisis can be defined as any unplanned event, occurrence or sequence of events that has a specific undesirable consequence.
A data, operating or customer loss is a disaster that can turn your 5-year plan into a painful five-year wind-down. 2.  What is the worst-case scenario if a company does not have a business continuity plan in place? A worst-case scenario if a company does not have a business continuity plan when a disaster strikes is you cannot deliver your product or services to your customers, which in turn can lead to loss of your customers –which means lost revenues. It is not my style to use statistics to deliver the message but if it helps, according to a study by research firm Gartner Group, 43 per cent of companies were immediately put out of business by a “major loss” of computer records, and another 51 per cent permanently closed their doors within two years – leaving a mere six per cent “survival” rate. From a business systems point of view IT resiliency is a subset of business continuity planning.
Categorizing of applications based on the relative business importance considering recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO) which are associated with business-critical applications. Organizations must plan and be prepared for unexpected events – interruptions to your essential services. All companies in all industries benefit from business continuity planning…it’s about business survival when the unexpected happens. This means reducing disruption to business and operations by being able to orderly recovery from an incident and meeting required service levels. This translates the customers —- both new and retaining the ones you have which pay you for the products and service you deliver. Engagement of a VP-level management individual to sponsor your business continuity program.
Exercising (for performance) the continuity plan for key two reasons, which include to operationalize the continuity plan and validate functionality in meeting the required performance levels. It’s clear that a business continuity plan is important to consider if you are serious about being in business.
BCM (Business Continuity Management) is a plan, a team and a process companies use to protect themselves from financial loss. The Disaster Recovery Plan takes effect as soon as an event occurs and is put into place to protect life and get the critical services back up and running. They deal with known dangers, like earthquakes in California, hurricanes in Florida and Zombies in Washington DC. Target most likely had a Disaster Recovery Plan to deal with Zombies, but didn’t have an Incident Response Plan that took into account the loading of malware on their POS systems or the loss of 110 Million customer records.
I think I would consider the loss of 40 Million credit card details and 70 Million customer records a disaster. The next step is to inventory the assets, do a Business Impact Analysis to determine the cost per hour or minute of downtime and to assign an ‘over the cliff’ deadline.
For security incidents it might also be how many records can be lost before I start to update my resume. Incident response has traditionally been thought of as the sole responsibility of the IT or Information Security department but needs to be incorporated into the operational plans and discussions during BCM meetings.
A company could recover from a hurricane by moving facilities off site, but suffer a debilitating breach due to a hastily set up firewall with little or no protection offered to the temporary servers. We need someone who understands the business and can allocate sufficient resources to keep it running in the event of a hurricane or hacker, a power outage or a denial of service attack, an insider who pulls the fire alarm so he can go home or sends client records offsite for later.
December 2nd, a second notification of ‘unknown malware installed’ was sent to the infosec team.
If Target had planned for the breach, they would have had an incident response plan approved by executive management. Only the infosec team member can identify IT security assets, threats and risks, but only the executive management can approve resources for remediation.
Preferably this is someone who has risk management experience as they will more likely understand how to help with quantifying risks and not just vulnerabilities. Parallel to the BIA, there should be an internal or external IT security Risk Assessment done. As the BIA is finished, the manager in charge of the assessment can combine the results of the vulnerability and threat assessment with the BIA to create a quantifiable threat assessment that can be used to prioritize budgetary controls for security incidents. In IT Risk Management, generally, a critical issue is one that would cause loss of life, permanent disability or a loss of over one Million Dollars. Don’t forget this in your incident response plan, and you won’t if you are working in conjunction with a seasoned BCM team. They provide business continuity insurance, coverage for extra expenses in case of a covered loss, and even pay for loss of profits in many cases. Red Team, Black Team, Attack, Risk Management, Loss Prevention, Downtime and, in some cases, Bankruptcy, ‘early retirement’ and unplanned relocation.
Does your Business Impact Analysis cover denial of service attacks, release of confidential information? A recognized expert in the information security and privacy community with a strong history of innovation and entrepreneurship with a US patent on intrusion detection systems, Mr. This new tool makes vulnerability management easily accessible to small and medium-sized businesses that may not have the resources for enterprise-grade security technology – and it detects the Heartbleed vulnerability.
Abraham Lincoln created the United States Secret Service (USSS) to deal with the influx of counterfeit money after the Civil War — a move ironically made just hours before he was assassinated on April 14,1865. In a secret room, a joint operations team watches every entrance to the White House, along with the First Family and vice president.
Voice analysts listen to all phoned-in threats for accents, speech impediments, or other nuances that could identify a potential enemy.


So investigators focus on whether those making threats are capable of carrying them out through travel or obtaining weapons.
Bush spoke at LSU during the 2004 presidential election campaign, weeks of planning went into mitigating risks — and he wasn’t even leaving the States. The program gave Don Moir his voice back and even more remarkable, he gained independence back as well.
A children’s hospital in Atlanta is looking at VR as a means to immerse their patients into a completely different environment while undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
They had assets that required certain levels of compliance, while pieces of their environment that did not.
Knowing which one is best for your company can be a challenge so here’s some fast facts about each. In the movie World War Z starring Brad Pitt, they still had power, running water and some sense of order, so I’m going to start there.
I get that DRaaS might seem a little extreme if you feel like you may not want to replicate your data in case zombies come crashing into your office. To prepare for a zombie attack (or maybe an earthquake, whichever comes first), we know we have to have a continual plan to replicate your physical or virtual servers through a third-party as a fail-safe way to protect yourself from a man-made or natural catastrophe. If you’re an SMB, DRaaS is not something strictly related to businesses with large volumes of data.
With such a high level of utilization, the landscape can get crowded and regulation for public and private sectors can shift and change rapidly, making it feel like the Wild West.
Our FedRAMP security authorization is the highest level of security attainable and with an intense audit performed every 30-days so you know your data is fully protected.
It’s estimated that this last year, a total spend of $235 billion was supported by IoT. In fact, I wonder what some of this stuff is even doing there since some were introduced back in the 1930’s.
The electronic motor has been replaced with a wireless one to eliminate vibrations and deliver clearer audio.
Let me begin with, the first Super 8 camera was introduced in 1965; 51 years later, here it is again. But throw in physical Super 8 film cartridges, and you might find me wondering why I didn’t leave it to the experts. The workloads vary, the sensitivity varies, and the need for public and private cloud vary. Seems either no one is talking about louis daguerre at this moment on GOOGLE-PLUS or the GOOGLE-PLUS service is congested. Business Continuity has a far wider remit and tends to focus more on the operational processes in a business. It provides a framework for building organizational resilience with the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities. Too many times, businesses have invested in their IT systems to the point at which they achieve far higher availability than the business needs.
In fact, the business as a whole would not have suffered unduly if that part of the business took two days to recover from a failure. According to the US Bureau of Labor, 93 per cent of companies that suffer a significant data loss are out of business within five years. Business continuity planning has become more than something you should consider adding to your business strategy.
There’s also the collateral impact as the word gets out about about delivery challenges experienced. It’s an outcome of mitigation planning where you introduce measures to promote reliability, availability and survivability of your IT infrastructure from threats or unforeseen disasters. The value of a business continuity program is it promotes the safeguarding of organizational business interests through a process which identifies potential risks, their impacts and appropriate mitigative responses. Identify the critical business or operational functions and including infrastructure elements that must be preserved when disaster strikes. It’s not just a matter of preventing breaches, but detecting them and responding to them in a timely manner, and it would be better if your internal team discovered the breach rather than reading about it first on Brian Kreb’s security blog. By December 12th, the hackers had downloaded 110 Million records including 40 million credit card details, and were using them. Now the executive management has to plan a move to a new job, and the assigned parking space might not be as close to the elevator as it was before.
Don’t just spend your control dollars on preventing the loss, but spend money on cutting down the cost of the loss if it happens. Scheidell is a frequent conference speaker and subject matter expert in Information Security, Governance Risk, Compliance, and corporate privacy and has worked to secure US critical infrastructure such as Rail, Transportation and Utility companies. You could decorate the place with colorful balloons, paint brushes and whatever doodle you thought would be cool and then walk away with a printed copy of your masterpiece! But remember, you want to pick up where life left off before you ran away from your sleepwalking neighbor. From the security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring, it’s an intense audit all around. The company provides highly secure, stable, and scalable technology solutions that meet the challenges of its global customers using a proprietary cloud architecture called vStructure™. Another one was Google Glass - people have actually coined the term Glasshole because of them, yikes!
Physically, there’s a 10-mm thick aluminum top panel and an aluminum tonearm, making the turntable look sturdier, sleeker and more contemporary. The device offers a digital LCD flip-out panel as a viewfinder, integrated microphone and the capability of shooting at 9, 12, 18, 24 and 25 frames per second.
In its most refined definition, hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment which uses a mix of on premise and third-party, public cloud services with communication between the two platforms. Take the time to conduct a formal Business Impact Analysis before you start investing in serviceability. One is “business process” which I refer to as business continuity planning (BCP) and the other technology or infrastructure used to support “business process” – this is the Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) element.  A BCP or DR Plan* is the identification of necessary arrangements and resources to support business process or technology infrastructure integrity during a disaster or any other unforeseen disruptive incident. Simple examples would be application and hardware diversity and redundancy, back power supply and data replication for those systems that are vital to your organization’s survival. Proactive pre-planning reduces impact and speeds up recovery to meet internal or external customer service level agreements.
This has already cost the CIO and CEO their jobs and is likely to cause the termination of 7 of the 10 board members. Traditional Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery usually only deals with Availability.
You just don’t know it because your company didn’t detect it, or the help desk didn’t send you a notice. Because sedatives aren’t as necessary for the patient, the physiology and psychology associated with it has been measured with overwhelming positivity.
It wasn’t until I sat to rewatch all of the Star Wars movies before going to see Force Awakens that I saw it.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is ushering in a new world that will change the way we live, work, buy, travel, communicate and so much more and without cloud-based applications none of it would be possible.
The camera will come built with a specific lens, but because it has a C-mount available, it will thus be compatible with ridiculous range of other lenses. Doctors are hopeful they can incorporate this technology in other aspects of medicine like surgery.
It was in Star Wars, Episode IV (Remastered) that I almost came out of my seat, I couldn’t believe it - Jabba the Hutt looked like a CGI nightmare! Plain and simple, if your device can communicate in any way to the Internet, the Internet will talk back.
That’s what the cloud is offering - the ability to maintain business development awareness, customer engagement and real time market analytics. In the next few years, we’ll see an abundance of cloud based applications that will take data and make it transformative, funneling it into your sales engines, models and forecasts to feed the funnel. Your next steps should be an evaluation of whether your business can leverage the Internet of Things, how to ensure your infrastructure is ready for a cloud led industry and finally how make sure it’s safe, reliable and disaster proof.
The new world of technology is coming your way and will shape many cloud-based applications, be selective of how you decide to leverage customer data and shape the way you do business to be smarter, more instinctual and agile.



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