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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...

01/18/2018

Holding It All Together

Nature has a way of reminding us that we are at its mercy. While we’ve made remarkable technological advances to guard ourselves, our businesses, and our complex supply chains against natural disasters, nature remains a formidable foe. Read More...

01/08/2018

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...

01/08/2018

Disaster Politics Episode 8 - Business Continuity

The podcast is joined first by Chloe Demrovsky, CEO of DRI International, to talk about the big picture when thinking about business continuity, and why community resilience is so critical. Hear More

12/14/2017

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...

12/06/2017

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...

12/01/2017

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...

11/15/2017

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...

11/14/2017

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

10/13/2017

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

10/06/2017

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

09/29/2017

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

09/25/2017

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

09/20/2017

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

09/20/2017

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

09/14/2017

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

09/14/2017

Masters of Disaster Podcast

In episode 83, DRI President and CEO Chloe Demrovsky discusses training for hurricanes, wildfires, data breaches, and more. Listen Now

09/12/2017

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

09/08/2017

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

09/08/2017

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

09/08/2017

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...

07/13/2017

KXNT News Radio

Mayor Caroline Goodman declaring Feb. 25 DRI Foundation Volunteer day as the Foundation helps Veterans Village in Las Vegas. Listen Now

03/02/2017

KXNT News Radio

DRI celebrates its Volunteer Day at Veterans Village, as the mayor declares Feb. 25 DRI Foundation Day. Listen now

03/02/2017

KXNT Las Vegas News Radio

"In our first segment, KXNT correspondent Fred Halsteid talks about veterans here in Las Vegas and what Veterans Village is doing to help them." Listen Now

03/02/2017

Good Morning Las Vegas

"Volunteers from the Disaster Recovery Institute are making Las Vegas a better place to live..." Watch Now

03/02/2017

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

03/02/2017

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

11/21/2016

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

09/20/2016

M'sia perlu tambah jumlah profesional miliki sijil BCM

Malay-language coverage of DRI-KL2016. Read More

08/25/2016

Beware of Ransomware Attacks

Madius said, overall, awareness and knowledge on
BCM in Malaysia was still low. Therefore the ministry, through CyberSecurity Malaysia and DRI International, had been working together to organise BCM public awareness programmes. Read More

08/25/2016

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

08/25/2016

Increase to Online Security Threat

Chinese-language coverage of remarks from DRI-KL2016. Read More

08/25/2016

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

08/25/2016

Cyber Security Risks Rise

Watch coverage from Malaysian news Channel 501's Astro Awani on DRI-KL2016. (Download or stream - Microsoft Silverlight required) Watch Now

08/25/2016

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

08/25/2016

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

08/23/2016

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

08/08/2016

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

07/29/2016

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

06/06/2016

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

06/02/2016

Business Continuity Planning - What's Trending?

"...There are great frameworks and standards, such as ISO 22301 and DRI International's Professional Practices, to guide us..." Read More

06/02/2016

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

05/23/2016

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

05/20/2016

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

05/16/2016

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

05/13/2016

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

05/03/2016

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

04/28/2016

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

04/22/2016

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

04/18/2016

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

04/15/2016

Global Connections Television with Bill Miller

Chloe Demrovsky, Executive Director, Disaster Recovery Institute International, describes the importance of working with the private sector to be prepared before, during and after human or natural disasters. Watch Now

04/07/2016

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

03/22/2016

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

03/15/2016

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

03/10/2016

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

02/29/2016

Gates Sees Both Sides in Apple vs. FBI Ruckus

"Gates is absolutely right," maintained Al Berman, president of DRI International. "It's a very specific case. It doesn't extend beyond this phone in the possession of the FBI," he told the E-Commerce Times. Read More

02/25/2016

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

02/23/2016

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

02/19/2016

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

02/17/2016

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

02/17/2016

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

02/16/2016

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

02/16/2016

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

02/11/2016

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

02/11/2016

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

02/09/2016

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

02/08/2016

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

02/08/2016

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

02/02/2016

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

01/26/2016

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

01/19/2016

What Flint's Murky Waters Mean to You

"This should serve as a wake-up call to the entire nation." Chloe Demrovsky of the Disaster Recovery Institute is talking about the escalating water woes in Flint, Michigan. Read More

01/15/2016

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

12/30/2015

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

12/29/2015

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

12/22/2015

Should You Buy Cyber Insurance?

Berman stresses the need for legal counsel when selecting a policy. A lot can be at stake and the wording of a policy can be the difference between a large payout and deniability of a claim. Read More

12/21/2015

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

12/21/2015

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

12/03/2015

The Dana Barrett Show

Al Berman, President of DRI International, phoned in to discuss cybersecurity and how it is rapidly growing. Hear More

12/03/2015

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

11/30/2015

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

11/30/2015

Risk: What Businesses Should Plan For in 2016

World Finance speaks with Chloe Demrovsky, Executive Director for Disaster Recovery Institute International, about how resilient companies will adapt to changes in 2016. Watch Now

11/12/2015

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

11/09/2015

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

11/06/2015

Big Blend Radio: Disaster Preparedness

Chloe Demrovsky, Executive Director of DRI International, discusses disaster recovery and preparedness for businesses. Listen Now...

10/26/2015

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

10/22/2015

Data Breaches: The New Normal?

Hacking is so common today that even major data breaches may be filed under the "hack du jour," but what's the answer -- laws and stronger penalties, threat-intelligence sharing or sharing responsibility across the business all the way to the top? Read More

10/22/2015

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

10/19/2015

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

10/16/2015

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

10/15/2015

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

10/08/2015

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

10/08/2015

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

10/05/2015

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

10/01/2015

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

09/25/2015

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

09/22/2015

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

09/18/2015

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

09/17/2015

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

09/15/2015

Contingency Planning: Riding the Storm

How a government agency adapts and responds to disasters determines its ability to continue to fulfill its mission and provide essential services, says Gary Villeneuve. Good contingency planning meets that need. Read More

09/11/2015

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

09/09/2015

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

09/09/2015

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

09/03/2015

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

09/01/2015

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

09/01/2015

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.

09/01/2015

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

08/26/2015

10 Years Later: Lessons From Hurricane Katrina

Before Katrina, most organizations did not have someone in charge of business continuity, but now many do. Read More

08/26/2015

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

08/26/2015

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

08/26/2015

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

08/26/2015

Tom Anderson Show

DRI President Al Berman is interviewed on July 24, 2015 at the 1 hour, 30 minute mark. Listen Now

08/17/2015

Cloud Technologies for Enterprise Risk Management

Not only has cloud technology revolutionized the way we work, it has begun to solve the very serious problem of data loss. Read More

08/17/2015

The Essentials of Supply-Chain Disaster Recovery

We get answers to these and other questions in our conversation with Chloe Demrovsky, executive director of the Disaster Recovery Institute International. Read More

08/17/2015

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. Read More

08/17/2015

Dance for Nepal

In collaboration with the nonprofit Disaster Recovery Institute International, dancers from across the rainbow of New York dance will convene to raise money for long-term reconstruction and to benefit survivors. Read More

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

True Grit: Boston After the Marathon Bombing

Olympic medalist Deena Kastor and Chloe Demrovsky, executive director of the Disaster Recovery Institute, discuss how Boston became stronger after the marathon bombing. Watch Now

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

West Coast ports up and running again

Businesses that have been hit by the slowdown need to begin planning now for the next one, said Chloe Demrovsky, executive director of DRI International, a disaster planning organization. Read More

08/17/2015

Blizzard 2015: Business Continuity Tips

A key issue over the next few days will be dealing with personnel issues, says Alan Berman of the Disaster Recovery Institute. Read More

08/17/2015

How Businesses Prepare for Natural Disasters

DRI International Executive Director Chloe Demrovsky discusses how businesses focus on disaster recovery and prepare for extreme weather. She speaks on "Bottom Line" Watch Now

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

Cloud DR Backup Right on Par

"We've already seen more and more use of [cloud disaster recovery] on a personal leve, and we're going to be seeing more and more on a business level," Berman said.

08/17/2015

The Importance of Disaster Plans

Al Berman, president of DRI International, a nonprofit certification organization for the disaster recovery industry, says that in light of the cost, companies must set priorities. Read More

08/17/2015

Superstorm Serves Up Reminder About Data Protection

Post-Superstorm Sandy, as security professionals prepare for disasters, they must consider the integrity and availability of data - an often overlooked business continuity element, says Alan Berman of DRI.

08/17/2015

Small Business: Operating during a disaster

Last year's Tropical Storm Irene was enough of an eye opener for Lou Caravella, co-owner of Four Star Salon Services, for him to secure an alternate location in case another hurricane hit. Read More

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

Storm Prep Key to Recovery

It's been compared to the 'perfect storm,' but Hurricane Sandy is unlike any storm we've seen, says Alan Berman of DRI. Read More

08/17/2015

Disaster Recovery Plans Get New Urgency

"Last year was the worst year we've had in the history of disasters," said Al Berman, executive director of the Disaster Recovery Institute, an industry group. Read More

08/17/2015

Practice Makes Prepared

"When asked if they had practiced their plan, everyone looked the other way. A comprehensive plan for small businesses takes only 1 to 2 hours to practice.

08/17/2015

The Evolution of Business Continuity

For individual looking to hone their skills in business continuity/disaster recovery, it's important to note: Organizations want specialists who can hit the ground running, says Alan Berman of DRI International. Read More

08/17/2015

Sustaining Your Business After a Disaster

Without a standard of preparedness, it is very difficult to understand an organization's true ability to respond to adversity. Read More

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

Japan is Master of Disaster Recovery

In the wake of Japan's devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, business continuity plans are being tested, and organizations must prepare for aftershocks of all kinds. Read More

08/17/2015

Japan is Master of Disaster Recovery

In the wake of Japan's devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, business continuity plans are being tested, and organizations must prepare for aftershocks of all kinds. Read More

08/17/2015

How to prep IT for Hurricane Irene

Berman also said businesses fail to realize that while people worry the Internet will go down during a storm, it's about having enough concurrent VPN sessions so that employees can work remotely. Read More

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

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

08/17/2015

Al Berman of DRI International on How to Rise to Global Challenges

When it comes to business continuity and disaster recovery planning, it isn't the cause of the disaster that's the concern - it's the potentially devastating effects.

08/17/2015