Monday, May 4, 2015

Two new Visual Command Center modules expand risk assessment capabilities

Two new tools that empower Visual Command Center operators to assess risk events and analyze trends were announced last week.

These new modules will help users better understand the risks they face--either in the heat of the moment or as they look back to identify areas where they are experiencing the most challenges.

Response Tracker 
The Response Tracker module allows users to quickly assess the impact of a risk event by sending custom surveys to affected employees, suppliers, and other contacts.
The Response Tracker module allows users to quickly assess the impact of a risk
event with custom surveys.

Operators can quickly send custom surveys to selected contacts to assess the impact of a risk event. For example, the tool could be used to poll customers and suppliers to find out who's open for business following a severe storm.

The surveys can be answered via mobile device, tablet, or computer. Responses are instantly visualized within Visual Command Center and can also trigger new alerts when specific responses are received, for example if a supplier is closed for the day. 

Historical Event Analysis Tool or HEAT
The Historical Event Analysis Tool or HEAT module archives
and visualizes risk data.
The Historical Event Analysis Tool or HEAT module archives and visualizes risk data so organizations can assess trends and improve risk resiliency.

The module visualizes archived risk data on a global map, highlighting high-risk areas. The module could be used when a company is deciding whether to expand into a new region or is trying to determine where to allocate security resources. 

Both modules reduce the time it takes to assess risk-related information and provide valuable additional context within Visual Command Center's comprehensive platform for risk awareness and response. For more information about these modules, click here to contact us.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

National PrepareAthon! Day for businesses: Take action to increase risk preparedness and resilience

Businesses have critical responsibilities and concerns when disaster strikes, and for National PrepareAthon! Day, it’s time to take action to increase your organization’s risk preparedness and resilience.

If you’re tasked with keeping employees safe, protecting facilities and infrastructure, protecting the supply chain or maintaining business continuity, today is your opportunity to focus on how you’d respond to risk events like power outages disrupting services, major weather events, terrorist activity, disease outbreaks, civil unrest and much more.

Here are suggestions on what you can do today to mark PrepareAthon! Day and ensure you are helping build a risk resilient organization:
  • Evaluate the current state of your ability to detect and assess risks that could impact your organization:
    • How will you know when something happens?  Do you feel confident that you will find out about risk events in a timely manner? Are you monitoring your risk sources in an efficient way?
    • How will you determine which people, facilities or other critical assets could be impacted by a risk event? How much time will it take you to make that determination? Is it fast enough for you to act to protect people, facilities and operations?
  • Evaluate your ability to respond to risks in a timely manner:
    • When is the last time you reviewed your organization’s response procedures? Do they still meet your organization’s needs? Tabletop exercises and drills are an important way to ensure all of the members of your team are prepared.
    • How would you communicate with impacted employees, travelers, team members or other contacts? How long would it take you to reach out to those people?
    • How would you gather information from employees, suppliers and other critical contacts? Two-way communication is key to effective risk response. 

PrepareAthon! Day is your day to take action to address any concerns brought up with this review. Spend some time reviewing procedures, identifying gaps in your plans, and researching the tools available to support your organization as it anticipates and minimizes the impact of risks.

If you are vulnerable to missing important risk events or taking too long to respond to them, we’ve been able to help organizations speed up the time it takes to be aware of and understand the impact of a risk event to their employees, facilities and operations through Enterprise Risk Visualization (ERV).

Our customers include companies who have consolidated dozens of different data sources and proprietary technologies and proactively responded to risk to minimize the impact on business continuity. If you’re interested in learning how ERV can support your organization, click here