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How to Make the DHS Cybersecurity Initiative Make Sense for Your Business

How to Make the DHS Cybersecurity Initiative Make Sense for Your Business

Cybersecurity is a growing concern for individuals and businesses alike, so much so that federal agencies have taken strides to help make the nation more cyber aware. As part of that effort, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed a coordinated cybersecurity initiative targeted to various demographics, providing them with educational resources, insights, and tools. For the small to midsize business (SMB) owner, there are three programs worth your while: the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, and the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (or C3, pronounced “C Cubed”) Voluntary Program.

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Winter is Coming…Are You Prepared?

Winter is Coming…Are You Prepared?

For the Northeast and parts of the Midwest, this weekend promises to bring the first instances of winter weather. Some areas can expect temperatures below freezing, whereas others can expect snow. For these areas, it is important to have a plan in place for working around the after effects of colder weather, such as work […]

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Cybersecurity: Our Shared Responsibility

Cybersecurity: Our Shared Responsibility

October is known for many things, but for those involved with business continuity, it is celebrated as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This year’s theme—Our Shared Responsibility—underscores the importance of taking ownership of our actions to increase our cyber awareness and improve practices to mitigate risks. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in collaboration with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an annual reminder of the need to take an active role in preparing for cyber threats.

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SEC Issues Updated Cybersecurity Examination Initiative

SEC Issues Updated Cybersecurity Examination Initiative

Since January 2014, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) within the SEC has made it a priority to examine the governance and supervision of information technology systems, operational capability, market access, information security, and preparedness to respond to sudden malfunctions and system outages of firms within the securities industry. Ever since, the OCIE […]

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OCIE September Risk Alert: Are You Cybersecurity Audit-Ready?

OCIE September Risk Alert: Are You Cybersecurity Audit-Ready?

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently issued an update of their Cybersecurity Examination Initiative–the third one related to this initiative–alerting businesses in the securities industry to the newest areas within cybersecurity practices they will be examining. Each of these six focus areas will assess the extent to which firm procedures and controls have been implemented in order to promote better compliance practices and ultimately improve cybersecurity preparedness:

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5 Steps to Help You Complete Your Crisis Management Planning

5 Steps to Help You Complete Your Crisis Management Planning

As it becomes increasingly obvious businesses need to understand and better prepare for threats, having a business continuity program complete with crisis management, incident response, and crisis communications plans will assist in identifying and mitigating those threats. The beginning stages of fully fleshing out a business continuity program involves completing a crisis management plan. Use […]

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Don’t Wait. Communicate: 10 Ways to Participate in National PrepareAthon! Day

Don’t Wait. Communicate: 10 Ways to Participate in National PrepareAthon! Day

Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) promotes National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30th as the culmination of National Preparedness Month. In conjunction with America’s PrepareAthon!, a campaign to coordinate group discussions, drills, and exercises for individuals, organizations, and communities, National PrepareAthon! Day is a time for participants to take action to better prepare for […]

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Help Your Employees Repel the West Nile Virus Seasonal Epidemic

Help Your Employees Repel the West Nile Virus Seasonal Epidemic

News of the West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States is nothing new; the CDC has reported over 30,000 human cases of it since its tracking in 1999. In fact, this year alone there have been reports of human infection and non-human WNV activity in 45 states. With the inevitable increase of infections as fall approaches, it is important for all of us to be aware of the symptoms, risks, prevention methods, and treatment options.

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