Superstorm Sandy: A Tragic Reminder about the Necessity for Solid Business Continuity Planning

27 September in Business Continuity Planning

With Sandy, we’ve witnessed one of the most destructive storms ever to strike the U.S. The storm was slow moving, traveled an easily forecast direct course, and because of that--offered ample opportunity to secure homes and businesses. Civil authorities were also able to provide pre-storm notice to those in Sandy's path, in order to evacuate. The combined efforts of civil authorities, magnified through intense media coverage, resulted in relatively little loss of life for a storm of such magnitude. The foreseen disaster can be planned...

Cyber Series Launch: Protecting Your Vital Assets in a Cyber Threatened World

27 September in Corporate Security, Crisis Response

Rampart Group is launching a regular blog series to provide you critical cyber protection tips and information.  These tips will help you keep your information safe, ensure you are current on FBI recommended protocols for your organization’s information safety, and relay federal cyber legislative updates we think you’ll want to know about.   Below is our first blog post in this series, outlining the breadth and depth of cyber threats on a global and local scale.     Humans are the weak link in cyber security It is a fact that...

Improving Workplace Investigations

27 September in Corporate Security, Crisis Response, Investigations, Personal Safety

Workplace investigations become a necessity at some point in time in every company.  Whether you identify them as investigations or simply call them “just finding out what happened”, trusted employees who are not trained investigators likely are assigned the task. The result is often an incomplete understanding of the facts due to poorly conducted interviews, weak documentation of interviews, partial collection or improper handling of evidence, and poorly written reports. Following a few simple guidelines will dramatically improve your workplace investigations and potentially eliminate risk...

Kidnap Avoidance – Move off the X

27 September in Personal Safety, Travel Safety

Never underestimate the value of introducing an element of randomness to your behavior when traveling in high-risk environments.  Examples of high-risk environments include countries at war or neighboring the war, politically charged foreign cities or countries, cities or countries nationally and internationally known for active drug cartels, drug trafficking, human trafficking etc. Kidnapping is a crime that requires forethought, planning, and surveillance.  Kidnappers typically follow a set sequence, from considering the level of difficulty in identifying a potentially valuable target, to determining when that target is...

Helping Kids Deal with Bullies

27 September in Personal Safety, School Safety

What is bullying? Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior manifested by the use of force or coercion and can include verbal harassment or threats; physical assault or abuse; and intimidation. Kids are often reluctant to tell adults or authorities about bullying because they are embarrassed and ashamed. Sometimes kids worry that their parents, teachers, coaches or guardians will be disappointed in them or think less of them. Forms of Bullying Bullying can be a real nightmare for kids and can reveal itself in many forms: Teasing that...

Five Key Components of an Effective Corporate Travel Security Program

27 September in Business Continuity Planning, Corporate Security, Crisis Response, Personal Safety, Travel Safety

Policy:  Effective travel program development begins with a well-written policy that clearly establishes how your employees travel on business.  It should include what class of fares can be purchased and whether direct routing can be booked—in lieu of cheaper fares available with connecting flights.  Your policy should address the needs of international travelers allowing for improved class on long flights over a clearly defined length.  The class of hotels must be included, describing the level of service permitted that is booked on business travel. The...