Posts by Chesley Brown

A Nation Under Attack: The Colonial Pipeline Attack

The Colonial Pipeline Attack revealed how underprepared our nation's critical infrastructure is to outside threats.

Written by: Dell Spry Introduction: Before the Colonial Pipeline Attack In earlier centuries wars were fought between nation states to acquire water and fertile land. Then came the quest for natural resources; gold, silver, oil. These wars were fought utilizing large armies requiring massive supplies to achieve their goal of conquest and colonization and probably,…

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Reasons to Hire an Outside Security Risk Firm

security risk firm at a class A office tower

The security services industry is one of the fastest growing industries in America today. With so many disruptive technologies, emerging threats, and the growing frequency of natural disasters, its easy to understand why — It can be exceedingly difficult to keep up with the myriad risks facing your organization. So how do you bring order…

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The Ultimate Guide for Small Businesses to Combat Economic Espionage

preventing economic espionage, trade secret theft and intellectual property theft

For decades, the US has been a victim of economic espionage — a foe that is now costing American companies billions of dollars in lost revenue. From hacking government websites to infiltrating research institutions with spies, competitors and foreign governments are pulling out all the stops to steal trade secrets. This scourge is no longer…

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Preventing Civil Unrest

Protestors storming the captiol in an act of civil unrest, insurection

We’ve all recoiled in disbelief and horror as we watched scenes of violence stream across our TVs. The violent insurrection we saw in the U.S. capitol was unprecedented. That is to say nothing of the  collapse in security measures and barriers that allowed rioters to breach our nation’s capitol. Deservedly so, leaders are alarmed about…

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What Achilles can Teach us About Threat Management

Vulnerability assessments and management in the new risk landscape. Threat assessment

By: Dell Spry There are numerous similar, seemingly inconsequential, soft targets scattered across our country unprotected by a single surveillance camera or even a strand of barbed wire. Is this issue getting the attention it deserves? Just whose responsibility is it to make that determination? Have you included threat planning in your risk management strategy?…

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The SolarWinds Supply Chain Attack: What Businesses Need to Know

The solarwinds supply chain hack represented by 6 locks, one of which is a different color

What is the SolarWinds Supply Chain Attack? SolarWinds, the Austin-based cybersecurity firm, found itself in the middle of a catastrophe due to internal security lapses. The firm recently earned headlines for making it to the list of unsuspecting service providers targeted for its elite supply chain. A week ago, the popular Cybersecurity firm confirmed falling…

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Lessons Businesses Must Learn from the Nashville Bombing

officers overlooking the damaged caused by the christmas morning bombing in Nashville, Tennesseee

The sound of gunfire punctuated the peaceful hush of Christmas morning. According to one witness, “It sounded like an automatic weapon.” About 10 minutes later she heard a second round of gunfire, then a third. When police arrived at the scene a little after 5:30am they found an RV parked in front of a nondescript…

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3 Simple Practices to Optimize School Safety During Covid-19

Hallway camera in a school providing a safe and secure learning environment, How to optimize school safety for COVID-19

Maximizing safety for students and employees If you’re anything like me, keeping your family safe is your number one priority. During the Covid-19 pandemic, this means minimizing social contact to reduce the chances of infection.  If you are a school administrator, your family extends beyond the bounds of your home. It includes the students, teachers,…

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4 Crucial Things To Know About Business Impact Analysis

a puzzle with a misisng piece revealing a dollar as a symbol of business impact analysis

Risk is not optional. If you own a business, chances are, you will confront risks at some point. What’s more, as your business grows, potential business disruptions will increase in both frequency and harm potential. It’s not possible to foresee every risk. Nonetheless, a business impact analysis can help you plan for and mitigate the…

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3 Overlooked Tips to Destress During the Holidays

Family and friends enjoying a carefree holiday meal because they know to destress during the holidays

Bring home holiday gifts without the baggage It’s that time of the year. Some would say the most wonderful time. But for others, the lights and tinsel of the holidays evoke strong memories of the ghosts of holidays past.  The holidays offer a chance to reconnect with family and friends, take that much needed R&R,…

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Top 5 Problems Facing the Retail Industry

And the best ways to solve them We’ve all heard the Black Friday stories of fist fights breaking out in aisles of the local big-box retailer. To the average person, such stories are humorous. But to retail business owners, they are a cause for concern. Yet, such glaring examples hardly scratch the surface of the…

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Holiday Safety Tips

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3 practical ways to stay safe in 2020 We’ve all heard humorous holiday tales. They make for great entertainment around the table during a turkey dinner. You know the stories–e.g., the time Uncle Frank fell off of the roof into a snowbank while putting up holiday lights. Unfortunately, these hijinks are not always so innocent.…

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The Transformational Power of Threat Assessments

Lighthouse on a lonely dirt road preventing the threat of shipwrecks

Ignoring Risk won’t make it go away Cyber crime is one of the most insidious threats facing businesses. As reported here, more than 50% of businesses have suffered cyber attacks–70% of them being small to medium-sized businesses with as many as 60% going out of business following such an attack.  Yet, one study found that…

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3 Practical Strategies to Protect Your Small Business During Covid-19

small business team smiling after sucessfully navigating a crisis using their crisis management plan

3 Practical Strategies to Protect Your Small Business During Covid-19 October 15, 2020 / Chesley Brown Ensure the Future of Your Company Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) comprise a massive portion of American industry. In fact, 99% of all businesses have less than 500 employees; 98% of them have fewer than 100, and small businesses…

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The Anatomy of a Crisis Management Plan

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4 key strategies to protect your business against risk By Justin Hayes No executive expects a crisis to strike. But every day organizations fall prey to the unforeseen. One study found that 40% of businesses fail after natural disasters. Yet, only half of all businesses have a crisis management plan in place.  This is surprising,…

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risk-takers #9. Joe Sheram – The Turnaround Guru

Brent sits down with corporate turnaround expert Joe Sheram to discuss financial risk, corporate theft, the importance of cash, and some of the biggest challenges businesses face when navigating a crisis from a financial perspective. Joe has helped countless organizations restructure, and strategize their way through some of the most complex and serious issues a business can face.

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Podcast | Risk Takers Series #9. Joe Sheram – The Turnaround Guru

Brent sits down with corporate turnaround expert Joe Sheram to discuss financial risk, corporate theft, the importance of cash, and some of the biggest challenges businesses face when navigating a crisis from a financial perspective. Joe has helped countless organizations restructure, and strategize their way through some of the most complex and serious issues a…

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