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Cyber Security for Purchasing Professionals

Cyber Risk Management for Purchasing and supply
 
A new initiative to help build cyber security has been launched that focuses on the important role played by procurement and purchasing teams.
 
While schemes such as Cyber Essentials provides help with technical issues, the new government backed scheme provides free of charge training for procurement professionals.  The on-line course helps build understanding of the most common risks faced and how they can be addressed.
 

Global Assessment Report 2015 - Manage the Risks, not just the disaster

UN GAR report Disaster Risk Reduction project and risk management
 
Governments and organization need to better understand and actively manage Risks rather than just be responding to the disasters as they happen.  
 
Thats the conclusion of the United Nations Global Assessment Report 2015 that aims to set the future direction for Disaster Risks around the world.   
 
The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is a biennial global assessment of disaster risk reduction and a comprehensive review and analysis of the natural hazards that are affecting humanity.
 

Recognising the Terrorist threat

There is a serious and sustained threat from both international and Irish-related terrorism to the UK and UK interests overseas.

1. Threat levels

You can check the current threat levels:

The most significant terrorist threat comes from al-Qa’ida and associated networks. As the coordinated attacks on London in July 2005 showed, attacks may be mounted without warning.

Mass Notification for Government

Intelligent Notification | MIR3

Government agencies have enormous responsibilities to protect citizens, and wise use of mass notification tools can help keep lines of communication open no matter what transpires. How are some government agencies using Intelligent Notification to protect resources, save lives and meet regulations?

Here are just a few examples of notification in action for government agencies:

  • •  Large wildfires rage out of control across four counties; the state must alert and mobilize dispersed firefighters
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  • •  A bomb threat is called into a city center; emergency services must act quickly to evacuate and protect citizens
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  • •  A dam threatens to burst; thousands must be notified and a large area must be quickly and efficiently evacuated
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  • •  A chemical manufacturing plant suffers a hazardous waste spill; nearby residents must be alerted
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  • •  An infectious disease is spreading; citizens must be alerted to take precautions and seek help if infected
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  • •  A prisoner has escaped; townspeople are alerted and deputized, and the perpetrator is apprehended

How Intelligent Notification works in government

Effective notification involves more than just sending a one-way alert. You must be able to quickly determine who needs to know what, and your message must be adapted as your contacts respond. Intelligent Notification technology handles this complex task, rapidly launching a message to agencies and other groups of any size, whether in one location or spread all over the world. It uses MIR3 data management expertise and tools to pull information from various contact databases to make sure you’re always using the latest contact information.

Intelligent Notification is used by government agencies for business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR), for emergency alerting, and to keep IT departments up and running.

Intelligent Notification | MIR3


Managing risk, insurance and terrorism - Counting the Cost Guide

Counting the Cost 

Terrorism and other critical events, whatever their source or form, will always have social and economic consequences. This is why it is important that businesses consider how they can prevent, handle and recover from an attack, which usually arrives swiftly and unannounced.

The plans that you put in place to help you manage the risks involved can be both immediate and longer-term. Managing these risks effectively can help you to keep your business trading.

What is this guide about?

Counting the cost provides guidance and information that will help you, as a business, to protect yourself.

It will enable you to:

  • risk-assess the security and resilience needs of your business;

  • recognise threats and hazards; and

  • understand better the role of insurance.

    This guide also includes clear diagrams, easy-to-follow step-by-step help, links to useful websites and checklists. All of these will aid you in identifying your security and resilience needs. Click the image below to open the PDF file.

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Counting the Cost  - NaCTSO Advice on managing risk, insurance and Counter terrorism

More help

Reading this guide in conjunction with its two sister documents – Expecting the unexpected and Secure in the knowledge – will give you the basic knowledge and skills required to protect your business.

You may also wish to read the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) security guides. Please check the resource pages or visit NaCTSO here


 

Working with Counter Terrorism Security Advisers

Counter-terrorism security advisers work with businesses and the community to identify and assess sites that may be vulnerable to terrorist or extremist attack.

They also work with trade organisations and professional bodies to ensure counter-terrorism protective security advice is incorporated in general crime prevention advice and guidance.

Businesses should contact their local CTSA for advice and support. 

Working with businesses

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