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Risk Management and the ‘Brexit’ Referendum: what to do before the sky falls down?

  • June 1, 2016
Risk Management and the ‘Brexit’ Referendum: what to do before the sky falls down?

Eight ways in which risk management discipline can help you make a complex decision. The last few months, since the British referendum campaign began in earnest, have revealed some familiar patterns with how I see risk management being pursued in the business world. Companies, like the citizens of the United Kingdom, often face huge decisions which could propel them forward into profit and success, yet simultaneously expose them to disaster. So what can we learn from the practice of Enterprise Risk Management when it comes to facing down a difficult dilemma? 1) Panic is not a countermeasure Panic...

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Brussels Lockdown: Keep Calm and Carry On

  • November 23, 2015
Brussels Lockdown: Keep Calm and Carry On

I live just on the outskirts of Brussels. I've just returned from two weeks working in the Middle East to find my home city has suddenly become a hotbed of terrorist activity and that the government is playing tough, shutting down schools, metro systems, public events - pretty much warning people against doing anything inside the city. It has become like a weird ghost town. It would probably be a great time to make a zombie movie. Someone has just said that they think it is a great example of risk management being done, but I don't really agree. My social media feed has been going crazy; people...

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Moscow Rules for CISOs

  • October 30, 2015
Moscow Rules for CISOs

During the Cold War, CIA operatives considered Moscow to be the agency's most difficult and hazardous assignment - "Wimbledon, center court," according to former CIA member Jonna Mendez. "It's the place where reputations were made, and was also the most dangerous." There is wisdom that can be extracted from these rules which were developed in that harsh environment, which can be adopted by today's Chief Information Security Officers in large organisations, who are facing unprecedented threats. Here for reference is a full list of The Moscow Rules.

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VW: a Ghost in the Machine?

  • September 22, 2015
VW: a Ghost in the Machine?

The breaking news this last week that Volkswagen has been caught red-handed cheating their way through emissions tests, has much bigger implications for regulators and consumers alike.

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