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Gulf Coast Healthcare Facilities Prep for Increased Possibility of Hurricanes
“Hospitals suffer probably twice as much from disasters as everybody else,” Al Berman, president of the Disaster Recovery Institute Foundation, previously told HealthTech. “They have to deal with their own problems, and they have to deal with everyone else’s.” Read More...
What Does a Certified Risk Manager (CRM) Do?
The CRMP requires more than two years of experience, where the CRM suggests two years of experience. It’s designed for individuals with a more specialized background in risk management than the CRM. The CRMP validates that the professional has the experience and knowledge necessary to put in place and manage a business risk management program. DR ... Read More...
Should CEOs Take Aim at Controversies Like Gun Control?
Clearly, these CEOs feel they have to take a stand, have weighed the potential business impact and are trying to be proactive. It is too soon to see whether their gamble will be good or bad for business, but it is undoubtedly a high-risk bet." For Forbes Magazine, DRI President and CEO Chloe Demrovsky considers a complicated subject: should bus ... Read More...
Why Ransomware Attacks On Local Government Matter
“Deliberate information technology (IT) disruption is considered a top risk to all organizations both in terms of likelihood and potential impact, according to a survey of resilience professionals by DRI International. While IT disruption can occur as the result of a variety of incidents—from natural disasters to update errors—intentional dis ... Read More...
After El Paso And Dayton: Resilience In The Face Of Trauma
Strong leadership will be required to address this traumatic topic in a caring and meaningful way. To help prepare, every kind of organization needs to have an emergency action plan for how to address active shooter terrorism and other forms of workplace violence. Read More...
Disaster recovery as a service is growing, but tape won’t die
Up to half of organizations could not survive if a natural disaster or severe malware attack eliminated or cut access to primary data stores because they don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place, according to Al Berman, CEO of the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) Foundation. Short of a company standing up a dedicated DR data center – as la ... Read More...
Changing Times, Changing Needs
Data theft and manipulation, extreme weather events becoming commonplace and fake news have all been raised by various commentators in the arena, not least of which is the annual Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) annual report, the “4th Annual BCM Trends and Predictions Report”. Read More...
What's New (and What Isn't) in Business Continuity Planning - Part 2
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. Read More...
French-American Foundation celebrates 2019 'Young Leaders'
The French-American Foundation on Thursday unveiled the winners of their annual Young Leaders Program, a diverse group of government officials, business leaders, public advocates and educators, including DRI CEO Chloe Demrovsky. Read More...
Discussion centers on keeping Hampton Roads safe after emergencies
Armed with a host of resources, Kirchner suggested ... Disaster Recovery Institute International, a nonprofit that helps organizations prepare for and recover from disasters via education and accreditation. Read More...
Is Your Company The Next Target (Or Google Or Argentina) Of A Massive IT Failure?
Bloomberg reported that an internal Target glitch may cost the company up to $50 million. Cybersecurity incidents perpetrated by malicious actors may make the headlines more often because they are full of crime and international mystery. However, a plain old technology failure that is related to internal problems such as lack of investment or human ... Read More...
What is New (and What Isn’t) in Business Continuity Planning
Such is the uncertainty inherent in disaster preparedness. Still, Buffett was not going out on a limb in his prediction. The Disaster Recovery Institute’s 2019 Predictions Report included the following disasters and major disruptions: Read More...
What 'Game of Thrones' Teaches Us About Urban Resilience
"So what can leaders in the real world do to ensure that those institutions promote resilience against crises like fire, war or Grey Worm on a revenge quest?" Read More...
Notre-Dame In Flames: Protecting Our Cultural Treasures
What can we do to protect cultural treasures like Notre-Dame de Paris and stop tragedies like these from occurring? Read More...
The Broader Business Lessons From The Boeing 737 Crash
"...it is also essential that we discuss the business continuity aspects of an incident like this so that business leaders can manage events effectively, learn from mistakes, and try to prevent these things from happening again." Read More...
Businesses Turn to Simpler, Faster, More Reliable Disaster Recovery as a Service
Al Berman, president of the Disaster Recovery Institute Foundation and past president of Disaster Recovery Institute International, says that the popularity of DRaaS reflects a growing sense among IT leaders that antiquated backup solutions should be jettisoned in favor of more comprehensive disaster recovery strategies. Read More...
How The FaceTime Bug Puts Business At Risk (And What To Do About It)
Is the FaceTime bug a threat to your business? Maybe. Could it also be an opportunity to demonstrate leadership and foster trust? Certainly. Read More...
Don't Ignore These 10 Global Business Risks In 2019
If you are a business leader, you probably enjoy acting on your ideas and charging into the future fueled by optimism. But it is also your responsibility to plan for the panoply of risks—like increased technology threats and worrying climate challenges—that make it seem like we’re all living in a sci-fi blockbuster. Read More...
Marketscale Building Management: Managing Energy and Disasters
Today’s episode of the Building Management show makes you put your thinking caps on, as well as your safety ones. We dive into facility challenges at Amazon’s newest headquarters, the American future of green roofs, and best practices for renewable energy management. Featuring DRI CEO Chloe Demrovsky. Listen Now
Should We Trust Institutions Like Facebook, Or Quit Them?
"Facebook is hardly alone in facing public scandal over trust. We've seen a wave of recent scandals involving institutions that we trust with critical aspects of our lives and communications..." Read More...
Storm-Impacted Businesses Encouraged to Apply for SBDC Bridge Loan, Complete Disaster Assessment
Florida SBDC business consultants, many of whom are Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) Certified Business Continuity Professionals, are available to assist small businesses prepare disaster loan applications and with other post-disaster challenges at no-cost. Read More...
Conference on Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity to be Held at UK
Disasters, whether natural or the result of human action, can happen at any time and often when they are unexpected. How can entities like businesses, organizations and schools continue operating after experiencing a disaster? A conference will be held at the University of Kentucky to address that subject. Read More...
Humboldt and wildfires provide lessons to disaster recovery professionals
“Organizations, large and small, find that many things ranging from severe weather to social media can suddenly impact their operations,” states Chloe Demrovsky, International President, Disaster Recovery Institute. Read More...
After Disaster Strikes, Technology Planning Is Critical to Helping Hospitals Rebuild
Given the emergency response role that healthcare institutions play in the wake of natural disasters, Al Berman, president of the Disaster Recovery International Foundation and past president of Disaster Recovery Institute International, says it’s important for those plans to be as comprehensive as possible. “Hospitals suffer probably twice ... Read More...
Trust is not a strategy for cybersecurity
Berman noted that cyber hacking has matured to become a sophisticated industry seeking to penetrate devices and systems through the weakest link in the chain, with the goal of profitability. “It is a business and we have to deal with it as a business,” he explains. Read More...
Protect your business (and that of your customers) as a disaster recovery provider
The training and testing processes for business-continuity certification programs demonstrate that your staff is fully trained and knowledgeable in the field of business continuity. Most are built around commonly accepted industry standards. Some of the more recognized business-continuity certifications include the CBCP from DRI International Read More...
Best Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Certifications
"We chose the DRI Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) credential as the "poster child" for the organization, not only because it is the most popular and best recognized of its various certifications (13 in all), but also because it is preceded by an associate-level credential (ABCP), augmented by specialist certs (CFCP for various fun ... Read More...
Technology to the Rescue
Al Berman, former president of the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) and current president of the Disaster Recovery Foundation, believes the most important aspect of disaster recovery efforts is “communication, communication and more communication that can advance search and rescue efforts.” Read More...
Avoiding an IT meltdown
The secret to keeping everyone on side is clear messaging, timely updates and managing expectations, according to Al Berman of DRI International. "You are starting to see [airlines] talk in more plain language...[and] one of the things that airlines are doing better, they are managing expectations, they are starting to communicate." Read More...
5 Steps to Protect Your Supply Chain From Cyber Threats
With cyber threats affecting organizations worldwide, warding off cyber attacks and protecting against cyber espionage is becoming a top priority across industries. Manufacturers, distributors, and organizations, however, are not doing enough to make supply chains more resilient and prepared. Read More...
American industry launches UN backed network to build resilience to disasters
Vice-Chair of ARISE-US, Ms. Chloe Demrovsky, President of Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI), said: “We need to see the business community taking account of disaster risk before investing in new projects and avoiding the creation of disaster risk through lack of foresight or understanding of what creates disaster risk.” Read More
Top security certifications by infrastructure
"The Chemical Sector is an integral component of the U.S. economy that manufactures, stores, uses, and transports potentially dangerous chemicals upon which a wide range of other critical infrastructure sectors rely. Securing these chemicals against growing and evolving threats requires vigilance from both the private and public sector."—DHS Read More
Disaster planning tips for small businesses
Coming up with a process for protecting your records and data is also an important step. Chloe Demrovsky, president and CEO of Disaster Recovery Institute International, advises small businesses to "make copies of vital records and their most important documents and store them electronically, safely … [in] affordable cloud-based storage." Read More
Hurricane season prep: LI firms share lessons from Sandy
“It’s so important to have a plan,” says Chloe Demrovsky, president and CEO of Disaster Recovery Institute International, a Manhattan-based business-continuity and disaster-recovery education and certification organization. “When you see hurricane season is rolling around again, that means it has been a year, and it’s time to review your ... Read More
ANSI People on the Move
People on the Move highlights the career advancements of high-level trailblazers working professionally in diverse areas of standardization, contributing every day to the strength and success of the U.S. standards and conformance community. Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI), a member and accredited standards developer of the Americ ... Read More
Masters of Disaster
084: One Wicked Month: Harvey, Irma, Wildfires & Earthquakes! As global weather events rankle major markets and disrupt the transportation of goods, Chloe Demrovsky, President and CEO of the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) International discusses the impact of a region’s rate of recovery on the recovery of area companies and supply chains, wh ... Listen Now
Disaster recovery planning for your office: Practice makes perfect
As Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have shown, natural disasters can strike quickly with devastating consequences. Is your organization prepared to weather such an event? Read More
Will two disasters in three weeks move the cloud investment needle?
Over the medium to long term, two major storms in three weeks will strain supply chain networks and resources, especially when it comes to allocating human capital to respond and rebuild, according to Chloe Demrovsky, president and CEO of Disaster Recovery Institute International. Read More
Past disasters show a long recovery for small businesses
Companies whose workers can telecommute have a better chance of survival than a manufacturing company, says Chloe Demrovsky, CEO of the Disaster Recovery Institute International, which among other activities provides training on disaster preparation to small businesses. "For other types of businesses, it's going to be a lot harder — they have ... Read More
After a Katrina or Harvey, businesses suffer long after water recedes — many never recover
For small businesses, the recovery from hurricanes and other natural disasters can take years — if they can recover at all. Business owners in Houston have only just started assessing their damage and how to move forward. Many may find themselves facing the same hurdles and delays as small business owners who have been through other big storms. Read More
Past disasters show a long recovery for small businesses
Companies whose workers can telecommute have a better chance of survival than a manufacturing company, says Chloe Demrovsky, CEO of the Disaster Recovery Institute International, which among other activities provides training on disaster preparation to small businesses. Read More
India Needs To Be Far Better Prepared For Natural And Climate Disasters
India also has non-governmental entities such as the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute which focuses on planning actions, advocacy, and research on disaster mitigation. Private entities such as the Disaster Recovery Institute International offer training and certification in disaster recovery. Read More...
Veterans Village Housing Services Coming To Location Near Nellis
Volunteers from with the DRI Foundation, affiliated with the Disaster Recovery Institute, took a break from their meeting in Las Vegas to help out at Veterans Village apartments on East 21st Street. Veterans Village relies on donated labor for much of its rehab work. Hear More
Defending Your Organization Against Cyber Intrusions
The November/December issue of FMJ Magazine, the International Facility Management Association’s (IFMA) bi-monthly journal, includes a feature article from DRI President Al Berman and Anthony Pizzitola, MBCP, on defending your organization from cyber intrusions. Read More
How to complete a disaster recovery plan process without funding
Several organizations, such as the Business Continuity Institute and the Disaster Recovery Institute International, provide a wealth of information on all aspects of the profession, plus how-to articles that can help you get started. Read More
M'sia perlu tambah jumlah profesional miliki sijil BCM
Malay-language coverage of DRI-KL2016. Read More
M'sia needs to increase BCM certified professionals
Malaysia needs to increase Business Continuity Management (BCM) certified professionals to safeguard an organisation and prepare for any untoward disasters. Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Madius Tangau said BCM certified professionals played a vital role to an organisation in ensuring that ... Read More
Cybercrime is expected to reach 10,000 cases this year - Madius
The incidence of cyber crimes is expected to hit 10,000 cases by the end of this year. At DRI-KL2016 Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Madius Tangau said the increase was due to lack of public awareness on the issue of security of cyberspace. Read More
MOSTI CyberSecurity Malaysia launching DRI’s Regional BCM Conference and Awards of Excellence
Watch Malaysian news coverage from the opening of DRI-KL2016. (Download, or stream - Microsoft Silverlight required) Watch Now
Madius raises alert on keeping business running in times of crisis
"Currently a total of 400 Malaysians are BCM certified professionals awarded by the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI International). BCM has become a crucial subject for all industries, both public and private sectors to understand, plan, develop and implement essential steps to overcome any disasters," Science, Technology and Innovat ... Read More
A silver lining in Rio despite pre-Games gloom and doom
With the opening of Rio 2016, concerns mount over the lack of adequate testing for newly built venues. Channel NewsAsia's William Denselow reports, with a response from DRI Executive Director Chloe Demrovsky. Watch Now
DRI and Bowhead to provide risk management course
Disaster Recovery Institute International and UIC’s Bowhead Systems Management LLC have teamed up to provide a risk management course for business continuity professionals and other professionals looking for certification in risk management. Read More
Cyber Threats to Supply Chain Are On the Rise
Still, some companies don't do enough to protect their assets, sensitive data and information by addressing the risks within their networks. Many breaches don't start at the top attackers start somewhere in the supply chain and work their way up to the target through a trusted supplier. Read More
Is Brazil ready for the Olympic Games?
Disaster Recovery Institute executive director Chloe Demrovsky discusses business continuity plans ahead of Rio 2016. Amid a host of health and political disasters unfolding in the host nation, Demrovsky highlights infrastructure backlog as a key area of concern. Watch Now
From Postcard-Perfect to a Hot, Wet Mess: 2-3" Rain by Memorial Day?
If you live in an area prone to natural disasters, consider making copies of your most important documents and storing them electronically, says Chloe Demrovsky, executive director at Disaster Recovery Institute International, a nonprofit specializing in business continuity and health and disaster emergency management. Read More
5 Surprising Ways Natural Disasters Can Hurt Your Finances
If you live in an area prone to natural disasters, consider making copies of your most important documents and storing them electronically, says Chloe Demrovsky, executive director at Disaster Recovery Institute International, a nonprofit specializing in business continuity and health and disaster emergency management. Read More
Zika May Be Coming to New York City
Be especially vigilant during the day. "The thing to know about these Aedes mosquitoes is that they're aggressive daytime biters, so if you do get bitten in the daytime and it's a painful bite usually talk to your health care provider," says Chloe Demrovsky, executive director at Disaster Recovery Institute. Read More
Disaster recovery certification: Must have or nice to have?
"Technology is only one component of that, but it's obviously a very key component especially considering today when we are so reliant on technology to do everything that we do especially in service-related industries," Executive Director Chloe Demrovsky said. Read More
Tracking the Zika Epidemic
Chloe Demrovsky, executive director of the Disaster Recovery Institute, said employers have a responsibility to their employees and to other stakeholders who could be affected by the virus. Employers need to recognize that requiring an employee to travel to an area where Zika is present is an irresponsible choice for the company, she said. Read More
Chipotle Strikes Back
"When you add complexity to a process or a program, there is potential for an elevated level of supply chain risk," says Chloe Demrovsky, Executive Director of DRI International. "Organizations need a program to constantly manage the risk and its effects as they emerge, especially as the suppliers are constantly changing." Read More
Great timing for a business continuity conference
"Companies that are hit the worst are small and medium-size businesses," said Al Berman, president and CEO of Disaster Recovery Institute International. His New York City-based nonprofit has organized a disaster recovery and business continuity event at the University of St. Thomas. The one-day conference slated for this Saturday was planned abo ... Read More
3 resources to help in a crisis
Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) certifies and provides support to disaster recovery and business continuity professionals. Thinking of pursuing it as a career? DRI has been around since 1988 and issues the respected CBCP (certified business continuity professional) credential. Read More
Catastrophic cyber attack on U.S. grid possible, but not likely
DRI President Al Berman said one reason is that, over the past decade, there has been tremendous sharing about threat information among utility companies. The ICS ISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Center) is enormously strong, he said. Read More
DRI Nigeria - Radio Interview with Philip Keshiro on EKO 89.75 FM
DRI Nigeria's Philip Keshiro was interviewed on EKO 89.75FM, where he offered insights on about why business continuity is the modern way of managing disasters. (Note: Sound quality improves at the 2-minute mark) Listen Now
Don't fixate on things you can't know: Everyday business lessons from disaster-response experts
Nobody expected planes flying into skyscrapers on 9/11 but they were preparing for other types of attacks maybe bomb threats or natural disasters, hurricanes or tornadoes or something more obvious. What we do, in order to take an action-based approach, is we focus on the effects, DRI Executive Director Chloe Demrovsky tells Quartz. Read More
Hacking Gains New Heights with Threat to Big Pharma
Al Berman, a healthcare-security expert, has an answer for the uptick in hacking attempts on Big Pharma. One of the reasons this is being done is for stock manipulation. If you can find out where somebody is in the testing phase for a drug if you can figure out where they are in that cycle or how well it's going, I think that's tremendous inform ... Read More
More than 60 schools flattened in Fiji
Disaster Recovery Institute director executive Chloe Demrovsky said even the smallest puddle could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying viruses.
"When a cyclone comes through, there tend to be a lot of places where there are puddles. It can breed in standing water as small as a tablespoon," she said. Read More
Two more cases of Zika virus diagnosed in Pennsylvania
"I think the important thing to remember is, we don't know a lot" about the virus, said Chloe Demrovsky, executive director of the nonprofit Disaster Recovery Institute in New York. She expects evolving guidance from the World Health Organization and the CDC, which has encouraged pregnant women to reconsider travel to outbreak-affected areas. Read More
FBI-Apple Standoff Was Years in the Making
"FBI wins, no big deal," Berman said. "Apple wins, big deal." Berman is president and CEO of the Disaster Recovery Institute, an organization that assists in disaster recovery, cyber or otherwise. He argued that the court ruling was tightly constructed and focused. Read More
Apple unlock ruling explained: What you need to know
"As soon as you raise the national security flag, it changes the argument,"said Al Berman. Read More
Identifying the security pitfalls in SDN
"SDNs are the new architecture for the new age of IT and [off-premises] processing," says Daniel Mikulsky, an IT disaster recovery instructor at the Disaster Recovery Institute International, which provides professional certifications and education programs. "With the rise of cloud services, big data and the consumerization of IT through mobile com ... Read More
Why hack the FDA?
"There has been a huge amount of hacking in the pharmaceutical world," said Al Berman, a health care security expert and president of DRI International. "One of the reasons this is being done is for stock manipulation. If you can find out where somebody is in the testing phase for a drug... if you can figure out where they are in that cycle or how ... Read More
Disaster Recovery Institute International Director Chloe Demrovsky on Germany's train crash
Police in Germany are saying reports that human error caused Tuesday's high-speed train collision is pure speculation. Ten people died and dozens were hurt in the accident. Now the focus is on finding out what actually did go wrong. Watch Now
Zika: Why do mosquitoes bite some people more?
Recent studies conclude that the based on amounts of carbon monoxide and carbon emitted during human respiration, carbon dioxide is one of the main reasons why some people are more prone to bites. These elements are indicators that a living being with blood is wax them. [Spanish language interview] Watch Now
Chipotle's Consumer Trust Crisis Enters a New Critical Phase
Ms. Demrovsky stressed how important and difficult it can be to restore consumer trust in a brand once it has tainted by unfortunate incidents. She also reminded me of how important it is for businesses to have business continuity and supply chain disruption plans in-place before any crisis occurs. Read More
Cyber Insurance is becoming more of a demand as cyber attacks are on the rise
"We're going to see a great demand for it after we saw the hacks where target's customers where it affected 40 million customers, we saw it in the office of personnel management. I think sooner or later, most organizations are going to have to purchase it because their customers are demanding that they purchase it," says DRI President Al Berman. Watch Now
NHS Grampian faces outbreak of cyber attacks
Al Berman, a US cyber security expert and president of the Disaster Recovery Institute, a not for profit organisation, said the healthcare industry is struggling to defend itself against cyber attacks. "The major banks have invested hundreds of millions of pounds on cyber security yet breaches still happen. I can't imagine the NHS has spent anythi ... Read More
Zika, the war that Brazil wants to win at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio
The Zika virus has infected more than half a million people in Brazil, and it's estimated that at least half a million tourists are traveling to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics. The threat is latent and the South American country has already begun to fight. [Spanish-language interview] Watch Now
No immediate threat of Zika virus in South Mississippi
Chloe Demrovsky, Executive Director of DRI International, said pregnant women in their first trimester may be the group at greatest risk. "The major risk is thought to be for pregnant women as there have been reports that it may be linked to an increased incidence of microcephaly in infants, but more research needs to be done to determine whethe ... Read More
Q&A with Director of the Disaster Recovery Institute International
With all of the recent supply chain disasters being reported in the press, IBM's Christopher Sciacca thought it would be interesting to ask Chloe Demrovsky, the executive director of the Disaster Recovery Institute International about the state of the global supply chain. Read More
The Docket: Residents file class-action lawsuit vs Gov. Snyder, State &...
Disaster Recovery Institute Executive Director Chloe Demrovsky says lead exposure from Lake Huron's drinking water is particularly dangerous to residents' future, particularly developing children's IQs. Watch Now
Fox 2 News: Officials Advise to Plan ahead for Tornadoes
Officials Advise to Plan ahead for Tornadoes
Published December 29, 2015
Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes can touch down with little to no warning that's why it's important to plan ahead. Watch Now
Organisational resilience: Protecting your people and business from fire
Gary Villeneuve, Director of Education at DRI International, outlines how an all-hazards approach is crucial for protecting an organisation and the people that make it valuable. Read More
Redefining the Role of General Counsel - Cybersecurity
Some attorneys are keeping a close eye on what is going on in banking, as they expect it will set the pace for cyber protections in other industries. On the national level, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency, in October 2013, issued a risk-management bulletin detailing expectations that banks practice effective risk management over activitie ... Read More
Could IS Turn Next to Cyber War?
One path of attack that IS could take, DRI President Al Berman said, would be to siphon money from institutions - perhaps in the U.S., perhaps in the Middle East - in order to increase their funding as the extremist group's oil and tax money streams start drying up. Read More
Saying 'I Do' to Resilience - 10 Potential Barriers to Business Bliss
An innovative and successful organization is increasingly one that is resilient. Consider these 10 trouble spots that every organization needs to consider... for better or for worse. - By DRI Executive Director Chloe Demrovsky Read More
Strategies for Protecting Water During an Emergency
Mike Morganti, board of directors member for DRI International, also stresses the critical nature of the water supply during an emergency. "When there is an incident that impairs the public water supply, such as an earthquake, hurricane or other natural disaster, there may be serious health consequences," states Morganti. The loss of pumps could ... Read More
Nurturing Malaysia's next-gen cybersecurity professionals
Cyber Security Professional Development, a department in CyberSecurity Malaysia is also helping to develop the information security workforce with the required knowledge and skills by providing information security competency and capability programs and international certifications such as from the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII)' ... Read More
From ethics to profitability: businesses must cover all bases in 2016
World Finance speaks with Chloe Demrovsky, Executive Director for Disaster Recovery Institute International, on the coming trends business should be preparing for. Watch Now
Hostile Nations Have Breached U.S. Infrastructure. But Don't Panic
Alan Berman, president of DRI International, noted that "having access and doing damage are two very different consequences," of cyber intrusions. Read More
No One Is Safe
"The nation needs to create an environment that will foster the open exchange of information and subject matter expertise to combat the damaging acts of cyber terrorism." Read More
Preparing for the Worst: Business Continuity After Disaster
"Employees struggle to make it into work, and the facilities themselves aren't readily accessible. Because of a lack of resources, many municipal services, including public transportation, shut down, and schools as well, meaning childcare can be an issue," Demrovsky told Bloomberg BNA. Read More
Go Green Radio: How Businesses Can, and Should, Prepare for Natural Disasters
Host Jill Buck and DRI Executive Director Chloe Demrovsky discuss: how damages from disasters can be prevented with a better risk management plan; climate resilience and how to build a roadmap for the next crisis; the lessons from disaster examples; what to do to maintain a level of stability should a similar event actually happen; and tips and tri ... Listen Now
Survey: CEOs Overestimate Coverage for Cyber and Reputation Risks
Among 10 suggested risk scenarios, the top risks in terms of impact and likelihood are: reputational damage from a sensitive data breach (impact 79% - likelihood 79%); the failure in a main IT data center (59% - 77%); and online services being unavailable due to a cyber attack (58% - 77%). The risks with the lowest potential impact originate from a ... Read More
Cyber, reputation risks remain top concerns: Marsh/DRI
CEOs are overestimating their business' insurance coverage for both most likely and high-impact risks, which a survey released this week by Marsh and Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) indicates are cyber and reputational. Read More
Hurricane Joaquin Highlights the Importance of Plans to Keep Operating
The process can be easily be broken into five steps. "Most of them are simple," said Al Berman, president of the Disaster Recovery Institute. "They include keeping track of resources, inventory, personnel and physical sites." The plan should be written and stored in the cloud, as in a Google document, for example, so it can be retrieved anywhere. Read More
Resilience: The Key to Business Continuity
"[Insurance companies] want to see you have an understanding of what the impact [of an attack] would be," Berman says. "Their objective is to minimize their payments, so the less vulnerable you are, the less they'll have to pay for and therefore your premiums would be reduced." Read More
Down In The Bayou: Finding A Solution To The Wetlands Dilemma Will Not Be Easy
The Big Easy has come roaring back and is growing economically in a way that it was not before the storm. A new threat, however, is looming and despite its gradual approach, its ultimate consequences will be devastating. Read More
How a power-grid attack might hurt your finances
One thing you can do to prepare: Keep some cash on hand because you can't rely on credit cards during a blackout. "You want enough money to make purchases for vital supplies at the time of an incident and ideally before store shelves go bare," says Al Berman, president of the Disaster Recovery Institute International, which helps organizations prep ... Read More
Drought Highlights Environmental Concerns
"California did what they could to conserve water, but it's a highly agricultural state," Berman said. "There are lots of ongoing efforts to help, there's been support from the government and we're starting to use 'careful agriculture,' or selectively setting farm land aside. It's unfortunate that we don't know when it will end, but we can hope tha ... Read More
Disaster Movies vs. Real Emergencies: What Can Audiences Learn?
If Hollywood is good at one thing, it's putting wholesale destruction up on the big screen to thrill audiences. But is there anything disaster movies can teach us? Let's take a look at how the movies handle some potentially very real emergency situations and see what actual preparedness and business continuity lessons can be learned from them. Read More
SC Magazine eBook on Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery (2015)
Disasters such as this can hit your organization at any time. But, as this new ebook from SC Magazine reveals, there are tools and strategies to help get formal security plans and policies in place to best serve your enterprise when, during and after a data breach strikes. Read More
Amid destruction of California's Valley Fire, moments of deep gratitude
"The best advice I can give people is to practice your evacuation route and take evacuation orders seriously," says Al Berman, president of DRI International, a nonprofit that focuses on emergency management. Read More
The Growing Issue of Cybersecurity and Resilience of the Power Grid
No one can deny that the tech revolution has impacted the nation and created the type of market innovation that stimulates economic growth. By allowing start-ups with small amounts of seed capital to challenge established giants, technology has unleashed innovation that has helped sustain the global leadership position of the United States for the ... Read More
DRI International Now an IRCA Approved Training Organization
"IRCA certification for DRI's ISO 22301 Audit course gives DRI additional credibility in its course offerings," says DRI International Director of Education Gary Villeneuve. "The ISO 22301 Audit course gives students the training, tools, and hands-on experience needed to audit emergency management and business continuity programs." Read More
A Call Christina Conversation with DRI's Al Berman About the Big Business of Hacking
Al Berman, President of DRI International, speaks to Local 10 News reporter Christina Vazquez about the auto hacking business. Watch Now
Editor's Pick: Things To Include In An Emergency Kit that Could Save Your Life
Fortunately, hurricanes occur with plenty of warning and give you time to prepare. "The countdown to a hurricane usually begins a week prior to the storm," says Al Berman, president of DRI (Disaster Recovery Institute) International, a nonprofit certification and education organization. "With Hurricane Sandy (the deadliest and most destructive hurr ... Read More
Hacker Business Booming as Security Experts Struggle to Keep Pace
Hackers used to flex their muscles in cyberspace just for fun. "If you look in 1997, IBM did a survey and about 85 percent of the hackers were cyber joyriders - people who just did it for the challenge of it," Berman said. "When you look at it today... almost 80 percent of them are in the business for profit." Read More
Trio of Outages: What Happened?
"Regardless whether this was a cyber-terrorist attack or a glitch, the results are still the same: The institutions have to deal with the consequences," says Al Berman, president of the Disaster Recovery Institute, a not-for-profit organization that promotes disaster recovery and business continuity preparation.
Security Fears Drive Jobs Back to US, But Nearshore Can Benefit
"With the proliferation of high visibility cyber security breaches, it is no wonder that the demand in the market place for trained cyber security professionals is increasing at an unprecedented rate." Read More
Episode #34: Create, Grow, Protect, Exit
"There are only two kinds of people in this world," says Al Berman, "those that know they've been hacked and those that don't." Al walks us through the best preventative and reactive measures you can take in cyber security. Listen starting at the 6:54 mark. Listen Now
Five Things Nearshore Vendors Can Do to Allay Client Security Fears
Only an integrated public/private sector sharing of information, in a secure environment, to quickly identify threats and the ability to engage in offensive destruction of perpetrators ability to continue to function will slow the spread of cyber-terrorism. Read More
Preventing Cyber Attacks Requires a Cooperative Approach
The apparent ease of penetration and inability to identify threats has created a new industry for hackers who can extort, compromise, sell, and even destroy data without ever leaving the comfort of their homes. Read More
New Approaches to Managing Disaster Focus on Resilience
Chloe Demrovsky, executive director of the non-profit Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI), says aiding local communities in the immediate aftermath of a disaster will never be a simple task. Read More
People on the Move: Lyndon Bird, Committee Chair at DRI International
Bird will serve as the Committee Chair to further develop the global "think tank" and build on issues of business continuity, risk and security operations surrounding cyber security, supply chain, insurance, community, resilience and GRC, among other key matters facing the industry. Read More
How Inova Fairfax Hospital responded following last week's prisoner escape
Disaster experts say one of the most important elements in a hospital's response to a crisis is how well staff are trained and how empowered they feel to execute the plan. "This event, believe it or not, is not unusual," said Al Berman, president of the Disaster Recovery Institute International. Read More
Many disaster-related meetings, exhibitions to be held
Symposium organizers include Disaster Recovery Institute Japan, Hosei University, the Japan Committee for UNICEF, Save the Children Japan and the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. Read More
Constructing a successful business continuity plan
Ultimately, getting back to taking care of customers as seamlessly as possible is the goal, says disaster preparedness expert Alan Berman, president and CEO of DRI International. Read More
Risk Management and Business Continuity: Improving Business Resiliency
Preparing for and responding to negative events, from the mundane to the catastrophic, from the predictable to the unforeseen, has become a fact of life for businesses and governments around the world. Read More
The Shared Value of Preparedness: Building Global Stakeholder Engagement for Disaster Risk Reduction
Globalization has not only led to extraordinary advances, but it has also created a vast network of dependencies in addition to a greater risk profile for all stakeholders. Read More
Extreme Weather Will Be the New Normal: Demrovsky
Chloe Demrovsky, executive director at the Disaster Recovery Institute International, and John Odermatt, managing director of Citi's Office of Emergency Management & Fraud Surveillance, discuss the global cost of natural disasters with Bloomberg's Trish Regan on "Street Smart." Watch Now
Could Your International Business Survive a Natural Disaster?
CFortunately, business owners don't need vast resources to prepare. "Preparedness is more of a mindset than anything else," says Chloe Demrovsky, director of global operations for DRI International." Read More
Hurricane Sandy: Backup generators fail at major New York hospitals
"The diesel tank pumps probably should have been higher, but nobody anticipated this much water," said Al Berman, president of DRI International, the oldest disaster recovery education and certification organization with operations in 100 countries. Read More
Al Berman of DRI International on Business Continuity Challenges
Every organization likes its business continuity/disaster recovery plan before a disaster, says Al Berman of DRI International. Read More
Aging East Coast infrastructure a concern after quake
Al Berman, executive director of the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) in Manhattan,said his first thoughts were of aging infrastructurethroughout the Northeast. Read More
Webcast: Developing an Effective Disaster & Recovery Plan
A Disaster Recovery Plan, or more commonly known as a Business Contingency Plan, is becoming an integral part of company operations. Access Webcast
Swine Flu Emergency Should Put IT on Alert
"Organizations probably have not allocated enough resources for virtual private networks nortested VPNs for the fact that 80% of their staff could be working from home," said Al Berman,executive director of DRI International, a training institute that focuses on helping businesses prepare for emergencies. Read More
Gartner joins GAO in raising flu network congestion fears
Al Berman, executive director of the Disaster Recovery Institute in New York, agreed, saying there could be congestion problems for workers who work at home without the right equipment. Read More
Business Continuity: Preparing for H1N1 and Beyond
The H1N1 threat has put business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) in the headlines. But behind the scenes, the discipline as long been active in helping global organizations respond to myriad natural and man-made disasters. Read More
Small business: A good plan shields from storm clouds
"Business continuity is no longer an option," says Alan Berman, executive director for DRI International, a business continuity planning education and certification organization in Hawthorne. "It's now become a competitive disadvantage not to have a business continuity plan." Read More