When disasters strike

Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools, the chances of getting through the toughest circumstances are improved.

We look at some of the deadly hazards we’ve been exposed to, and how standards can help us to prepare for, and react in, many of life’s most unpredictable scenarios.

Also how ISO standards can significantly assist the effective management of disaster-related risk by providing a common language and process among the various levels of government. Standards not only offer guidance for understanding risk associated with hazards, but also finding and implementing the best mix of responses, both before and after events occur.

When disasters strike

We look at some of the deadly hazards we’ve been exposed to, and how standards can help us to prepare for many of life’s most unpredictable scenarios.

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Charting the road to resilience

So what’s the solution ? To ensure that we remain secure and resilient , it is vital that organizations increase their risk awareness, undertake risk reduction strategies, and become resilient to the constantly evolving threats by developing foolproof ways of rapidly and effectively responding to these challenges. And International Standards based on global cooperation are part of this answer.

We caught up with Åsa Kyrk Gere, the new Chair of ISO/TC 292, Security, whose secretariat is held by SIS, the ISO member for Sweden, to find out the plan for a more resilient future.

There are plenty of opportunities for ISO/TC 292 to do good work.

Åsa Kyrk Gere, Chair of ISO/TC 292

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Protecting digital consumers
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By Erick Stephens

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced its certification to ISO/IEC 27018 for cloud privacy. Here, Erick Stephens, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Asia-Pacific, Public Sector, Microsoft, explains why the company made the move, and how the standard promises to not only store data safely, but protect the privacy of business and consumer data.

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