DETAILS: The Internet, like Elvis, is everywhere. It is in our homes, our places of work, our phones. Unfortunately, cyberspace is teeming with bad people who want to steal our identities, pilfer our corporate secrets, get their grubby little fingers into our online wallets, and — to add insult to injury — latch onto our PCs to perpetuate their crimes.
Modern corporations do their best to hammer home the message of security through training, communications, and outright begging. The message often falls on deaf ears, not because employees want to make their workplaces unsafe, but rather, because the topic is so complex and wide-ranging that it simply is overwhelming. As an information security professional, it is my charge to make the online world safer for all of us. None of us tolerates a crime spree in our neighborhood. Likewise, we should not tolerate the current crime wave that is sweeping the Internet, one which truly threatens to stifle the e-commerce and e-communications that we have come to know and rely on.
This book should be read by anyone who cares about the security and privacy of their online information, and wants to know how to take steps to protect it … and that should be everyone. This book should be read by anyone who wants to “do the right thing” and ensure that they do not inadvertently compromise their employer’s, or their own, sensitive information … and that should be everyone. This book should be read by anyone who believes that crime is crime, it should be stopped, and wants to know what concrete steps he or she can be take to reduce cybercrime and minimize its impacts … and that should be everyone.
DETAILS: In simple terms, business contingency planning (BCP) is the art of preparing an enterprise for “bad things.” The bottom line is that you are trying to enable your organization to withstand an unlikely, though not unexpected, event. But a good business contingency plan should help you weather even an unexpected event, that is, something that “can’t happen here.” Developing a business contingency program from scratch is not a “quick hit” effort. It is a major undertaking. ‘Scrappy Business Contingency Planning’ provides a blueprint for the creation of a business contingency program from the ground up.
A solid contingency planning program has become a necessity, rather than a nicety, in today’s business world. Although there are several very good professional resources available for professional planners, most don’t teach you the “tricks” of the trade. I worked side by side with a clever and creative mentor, who taught me many of these tricks. I want to pass them on.
This book provides a blueprint for the creation of a business contingency program from the ground up. After reading this book, a corporation without a business contingency plan should understand the scope of their effort to create one. A new contingency planner will find this book a refreshing how-to guide. Even a seasoned BCP professional will walk away with a tip or two, and a new perspective on some of the issues facing planers.