Comparison of Threat Assessment Methods

Speaker: Don Byrne, GRCS

Conducting a threat assessment is at the heart of continuity planning. But is there only one approach to analyzing risk? Is the method used to evaluate a bank’s exposure equally effective when applied to a school, hospital, or government agency? What techniques are available and which one is best? Importantly, does one provide more reliable information than another? This session will answer these questions by comparing popular threat assessment methods. The pros and cons of each will be explored and a way of ranking the different strategies presented. The session will close with a discussion of one method that has been certified for use by DHS, the GAO, and reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences.

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Don-ByrneAbout the Speaker: Don Byrne, CBCP, is a founder and managing partner of GRCS, LLC, a Boston area consulting firm specializing in business resiliency, sustainability, and strategic management. He teaches graduate courses in risk management, continuity planning, and regulatory compliance at Boston University.

Byrne is a Senior Fellow at the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) at Louisiana State University (LSU), one of the world’s leading research centers on business resiliency and disaster management. Byrne is currently researching methods for determining the resiliency and coping capacity of businesses and communities to various types of emergencies.

He is a former member of the National Board of the Association of Contingency Planners and holds other prominent positions in industry organizations. Recognized as one of the country’s experts on business risk, continuity standards, and the PS Prep program; he is active in the development of various international guidelines and has contributed to the development of several continuity and security standards. Don is a member of the ANSI National Accreditation Board’s (ANAB) Committee of Experts which advises the organization on the governance guidelines used to certify businesses to various ISO and other standards.

Byrne is president and CEO of METRIX411, LLC a software firm specializing in the creation of business assessments and pre-audit tools.

A certified data center professional (CDCP and CDCS), and ISO Lead Auditor, he holds degrees in mathematics, philosophy, and international marketing.

He is a contributing writer for Continuity Compliance.org, the Red Cross Ready Rating Newsletter, the American Bar Association, and writes a monthly column for SDMI/LSU called “Ready to Resume.

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