Regulatory Reality:

business continuity planning


September 14, 2011  6:27 AM

A new twist on regulatory guidance.



Posted by: David Schneier
assessment, Audit, bcp, business, business continuity, business continuity planning, compliance, disaster recovery, DR, GLBA, NCUA, regulation, regulatory, Regulatory Compliance, risk, risk assessment, vendor, Vendor Management

One of the oddity's of my career is how some issues present themselves in a wide range of my clients despite the fact that there's often no meaningful way to compare them in size.  Some have a single compliance person who is part Compliance Officer and part Information Security Officer and some...

March 25, 2011  2:48 PM

A Hard Lesson Learned in Japan’s Disaster



Posted by: David Schneier
business continuity, business continuity plan, business continuity planning, disaster, disaster recovery, FFIEC, GLBA, NCUA, regulations, regulatory, Regulatory Compliance, Security

There will be no shortage of industry articles and analysis that will emerge from the horrific events in Japan over these past few weeks, that's for certain.  This is arguably the most significant event to hit a major regional economy since World War II and it's important to learn as many lessons...


August 25, 2010  4:07 PM

Are you GLBA compliant and ready for year-end?



Posted by: David Schneier
Audit, business continuity, business continuity planning, compliance, FDIC, GLBA, NCUA, penetration test, penetration testing, regulatory, Regulatory Compliance, risk, risk assessment, Security, security awareness, social engineering, Vendor Management, vulnerability test

Summer at home officially ended this morning as my children returned to school.  Beyond the fact that I consider it cruel and inhuman punishment to resume academic activities before Labor Day, it also serves as a wake-up call that we're well past mid-year on the traditional calendar and eying the...


June 1, 2010  7:32 PM

Flu pandemic plan: No need to go overboard



Posted by: David Schneier
Audit, bcp, business continuity planning, findings, observations, pandemic, Pandemic Planning, regulatory, Regulatory Compliance, testing

I'm returning to the office after having given in to the siren song of Memorial Day weekend.  Despite enjoying the long break and all its trappings (way too much I might add), something that hit my radar last week remained on my mind. Earlier in the week, I came across a comment in an IT audit...


April 23, 2010  10:14 PM

Compliance professionals need thick skins



Posted by: David Schneier
assessment, assessments, Audit, bcp, business continuity planning, controls, framework, general controls, GLBA, IT General Controls, NCUA, Regulatory Compliance, Security, security awareness, Vendor Management

I've often surprised people when it comes to conducting audit/assessment work or developing compliance programs.  Generally speaking I'm a reasonable person who typically exhibits an abundance of flexibility in my day-to-day life.  However when it comes to my career, I tend to be much more of a...


April 16, 2010  4:56 PM

Regulatory compliance is not optional



Posted by: David Schneier
Audit, bcp, business continuity planning, compliance, exam, examiner, FDIC, NCUA, Regulatory Compliance, vendor, Vendor Management

If I haven't already shared this with you, I'm a partner in a regulatory compliance advisory firm.  We offer services to the banking sector that pretty much cover the entirety of the information security spectrum.  And as you might imagine, there's a fair amount of sales and marketing that go...


December 29, 2009  5:30 PM

Was 2009 the year regulatory compliance became a good thing?



Posted by: David Schneier
Audit, business continuity planning, GLBA, information security, IT General Controls, red flags, red flags identity theft, Regulatory Compliance, Vendor Management

When I sat down to write my last blog post for 2009, I was planning to write either about my predictions for 2010 or a retrospective of 2009. But that’s just so clichéd; everyone does that or tries to. And as I’d wrote in a recent post about...


November 12, 2009  1:44 PM

Information security officers are a must



Posted by: David Schneier
Audit, business continuity planning, CISO, compliance, GLBA, information security, information security office, ISO, Regulatory Compliance, Vendor Management

I was talking with a client last week about a perceived gap in their organization.  Despite having to address multiple regulations cutting across several oversight bodies, they were lacking a single point of contact or central coordinator for all information security related activities.  Their...


October 29, 2009  5:23 PM

Regulatory compliance bits and bytes



Posted by: David Schneier
assessments, audits, bcp, business continuity planning, disaster recovery, DR, FDIC, general controls, GLBA, NCUA, NCUA Sheila Bair, Pandemic Planning, password, policy, procedure, Regulatory Compliance, risk assessments, SOX

Many years ago I found myself in one of those awkward moments where I needed to pay for something but didn’t have enough cash on hand to cover the bill. Rather than do the smart thing and find an ATM I instead elected to rip through my car and dig up all of the...


October 20, 2009  3:05 PM

Should bank examiners rely on audit and assessment reports?



Posted by: David Schneier
assessment, Audit, bcp, business continuity planning, disaster recovery, DR, GLBA, information security, IT, NCUA, Regulatory Compliance, risk, risk assessment, technology

A favorite cliché of mine is “if it wasn’t for the last minute nothing would ever get done.” Personally it’s sort of the way I’m wired and in my industry it’s an unwritten rule when it comes to many annual activities. There’s an...


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