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Published: March 27, 2014

New security challenges alongside a recession create interesting tensions. Constraints are likely to persist, ‘green shoots’ notwithstanding. No organisation can face multifaceted security challenges without planning for a time when security fails, that is, a ‘crisis’. However, if reduced security spending lowers the threshold at which events cannot be controlled by business-as-usual security, then the organisation could be in ‘crisis mode’ more often than it expects.
Ideally, crisis planning is about events so unlikely that big expenditure on security measures to prevent them is unnecessary. Planning can then focus on process, information, communication, decision making, and continuity. However, if security is not applied routinely against areas of predictable risk, because of insufficient analysis or money, then a ‘predictable crisis’ could occur. Either way crisis planning and exercising, even if only (or perhaps especially) at ‘table top’ level, are essential weapons in the fight to survive a crisis..
Click the below PDF to read the full feature, incorporating:
• Definition of a Crisis / Drivers / Policy / Crisis Management Structure / Preparation / Exercises / Table top exercises (TTX) / Lessons Learned
This feature by Pilgrims Director of Risk and Information Services Richard Lovell-Knight appeared in the last issue of City Security magazine.