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May 2015, Volume 2 Issue 5

The Importance of Planning Issue

Just When You Thought You Were Safe - Falling for Phishing

By Ellen Koskinen-Dodgson

You receive an email from your IT department telling you that they’re increasing security, so you need to log in and change your password. You click on the link and comply, and just like that, you’ve been phished. The email came from cybercriminals, the link and the log-in screen were offsite and you gave them your user name and password without suspecting a thing. Now they’re inside your firewall and no one knows.

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Disaster Strikes... "But We're Not Ready!" By Guy Robertson
Just before dawn, an electrical fault starts a fire in one of your branch sites. You hear the news on the radio and your heart jolts - quick, where’s your disaster plan? Sadly, when you dig it out, you realize that it is full of impressive words and philosophical statements but it doesn’t clearly tell you what to do. If you don’t have a practical disaster management plan, here are 6 simple steps that you can follow. Note that basic assess and replace are but two of the steps.

IT Governance 101 By Alan Bajkov
The concept of IT Governance can be intimidating, but it’s actually very simple. You need it, you can get into trouble if you don’t have it, and it’s easy to get it wrong, so it’s worth understanding. Through a simple Q&A approach, Alan will transform you into a person who ‘gets’ IT Governance.

The Internet of Things By John Glover
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most hyped “emerging technology” today, but the term and the associated technologies are far from new, so why the sudden surge in interest in 2014? There are a number of intersecting factors that are driving this and the opportunities seem boundless. However, every organization has some important preparatory work as well.

See You There

Ellen will be co-presenting with Assistant Chief Steve Robinson from the Surrey Fire Department at the 2015 BC Fire Expo and Annual Fire Chiefs Association of BC Conference (June 7th to 11th) held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

They will be co-presenting about the Planned Reduction of Service Levels during a Disaster at 7:30am on the morning of Wednesday June 10.

It features the results of an interactive model which was developed to demonstrate the impact on resources and service levels for various emergency events and how policy changes can restore some system capacity.

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