Kohlton White
ITS 370

Chapter 4: Planning for Security


2. Search the Web for security education and training programs in your area. Keep a list and see which category has the most examples. See if you can determine the costs associated with each example. Which do you think would be more cost-effective in terms of both time and money?


4. Use your library or the Web to find a reported natural disaster that occurred at least six months ago. From the news accounts, determine whether local or national officials had prepared disaster plans and if the plans were used. See if you can determine how the plans helped officials improve disaster response. How do the plans help the recovery?

Looking at the fires in California, they have a few plans and programs in place like to remove/reduce dead brush and debris from the forests, improve utilities infrastructure to prevent sparks from starting fires, reduce utility usage, and many more programs. Overall, they lack federal funding, so the processes take longer to achieve the desired results… which just end in fires. The recovery plan is to bring in fire fighters from around the country to assist in drowning out the flames from the air and ground.

Case Exercises

1. What would be the first note you wrote down if you were Charlie?

First thing to on the list should be to investigate the status of the off-site backups and ensure that they’re performing correctly.

2. What else should be on Charlie’s list?

Check into the insurance policy and how much it covers. It’s wise to investigate this because if the policy doesn’t cover everything, then Charlie should research other policies that might cover everything or look into starting an emergency fund to cover the remaining costs.

3. Suppose Charlie encountered resistance to his plan to improve continuity planning. What appeals could he use to sway opinions toward improved business continuity planning?

Would focus on the risk assessment and business impact analysis to show how much everything (all the computer systems, servers, and desktops) costs to replace, relocate, and reopen; how much is covered by insurance; and how much SLS could potentially lose in profits.


Ethical Decision Making

The policies that organizations put in place are similar to laws, in that they are directives for how to act properly. Like laws, policies should be impartial and fair, and are often founded on ethical and moral belief systems of the people who create them. In some cases, especially when organizations expand into foreign countries, they experience a form of culture shock when the laws of their new host country conflict with their internal policies.

Suppose that SLS has expanded its operations in France. Setting aside any legal requirements that SLS make its policies conform to French law, does SLS have an ethical imperative to modify its policies to better meet the needs of its stakeholders in the new country?

Yes, it’s wise for a company to adapt its corporate social responsibilities (CSR) to meet the standards and needs of the hosting country. This will help with both internal (employee) and external (community and stakeholders) satisfaction, thus optimize the company’s performance and perspective within each country. Companies that aren’t compliant can face push backs, which can impact future goals that may require consent from the government and local community and stakeholders.

Suppose SLS has altered its policies for all operations in France and that the changes are much more favorable to employees – such as a requirement to provide child and elder-case services at no cost to the employee. Is SLS under any ethical burden to offer the same benefit to employees in its original country?

Ethically? No. The reason why is because each culture has different views and values. For example, in somewhat recent news from Japan. A Japanese politician decided to take paternity leave, which is kind of unheard of in Japan for the Japanese. Whereas in America, men taking paternity leave isn’t that big of a deal. There might be a little stigma, but it’s not creating a huge debate over an entire country’s culture. There are cultural differences and so it’s better to play along with the norm.