Financial consortium selects emergency notification system
| 08.30.2007 | 08:04:19 | Views: 5024 | ID:
August 30 '07: The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a consortium of the nation's largest financial services designed to share timely information about emergencies and disasters, has chosen Message One's AlertFind notification system to help spread alert messaging, ByteandSwtich.com reported.
Currently, there are more than 4,000 organizations included in the FS-ISAC which was created in 1999 under a presidential directive to secure resources in the U.S. "FS-ISAC works with the nation's largest financial services institutions and the U.S. Treasury to be the single source of timely, accurate physical and cyber security information," ByteandSwitch wrote.The AlertFind messaging system provides several media through which alerts can be sent. The system was designed to gather and analyze the messages sent so that emergency management personnel or company officials have a real-time report of how well the alert was received, who didn't receive the message and who is acting on the messaging. Response to messaging is critical in the first hours of a crisis, as outlined in several reports released by Virginia Tech officials who analyzed the response operations during the violent shooting rampage last April. Officials who released the reports said that better information sharing could have saved more lives, CNN reported. "Warning the students, faculty and staff might have made a difference. ... So the earlier and clearer warning, the more the change an individual had of surviving." Bill Nelson, the president and CEO of FS-ISAC said, "Since financial service organizations can be a target for a variety of different cyber and physical threats, the ability to share information immediately through an automated, two-way system will empower our members with the facts they need to help keep U.S. infrastructure safe."
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