A new study from BELFOR Property Restoration found that despite the U.S. experiencing 14 major natural disasters in 2018 and incurring more than $91 billion in damages, 80 percent of respondents felt they are only moderately, slightly or not at all prepared for disasters.
Operational resilience refers to a business’s ability to prevent, respond to, recover and learn from operational disruptions. Without operational risk management, operational disruption to a business can impact financial stability, threaten the business’s overall viability, and/or harm consumers and other businesses. Yet challenges to ensuring resilience and continuity abound, and they grow more complex each year. But here is the good news: Solutions exist.
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the Wireless Infrastructure Resiliency during Emergencies and Disasters (WIRED) Act, legislation to allow states to require wireless companies to deploy resilient infrastructure in order for cellphone networks to better withstand disasters.
Research from Healthcare Ready has found that most Americans (54%) are aware they or their family could be impacted by a disaster in the next five years, yet more than half (51%) do not have an emergency plan in place.
According to the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI), the actual scope of work of a BC or resilience professional hasn’t really changed. Organizations still must have high-quality response and damage limitation plans formulated by skilled planners. The change in the resilience profession, however, is moving away from a technical specialization and into mainstream business risk management. DRI reports that consolidation of resilience disciplines has increased over the past year. The main result of this is that fewer organizations have independent business continuity departments, with BC professionals being incorporated into existing risk management or information security divisions.
In 2017, The International Foundation for Protection Officers, in conjunction with Security Magazine, announced the inaugural Bill Zalud Memorial Award for Professional Excellence, an award that recognizes one security professional or an organization for professional excellence or outstanding service in the security profession.
As hurricane season begins this month, data has found that Americans misunderstand the long-term impact of these storms, and other natural disasters, on communities – many of which are still in need of relief and aid today.
Our special report this month features 26 security leaders who are changing the industry, inspiring many and leading with innovation. Security experts discuss the CCPA, public-private relationships, mobile device security and how aware employees can mitigate active shooter events and workplace violence.