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21 May 2018

NBlog May 21 - right on cue

I've mentioned already that we'll be using the imminent GDPR implementation deadline as an example of an incident in June's awareness module.

The eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island presents another awareness opportunity. To the people and organizations directly involved, it may qualify as a disaster already ... and it's not over yet.

The possibility of a massive explosive eruption cannot be totally discounted. Even the geologists, seismologists and vulcanologists aren't entirely sure what is going on and disagree on what will happen next. Yesterday's news coverage concerned lava flowing across major highways used as evacuation routes. Today it's acidic mists as molten lava hits the Pacific. Tomorrow there will probably be something else.

Dealing with that uncertainty, or risk, is bang on-topic for the awareness module. It's a classic contingency situation.

Some of our customers are also subject to volcanic/geological threats, while others face extreme weather, terrorism, intense commercial competition and more. There are valuable lessons to be gleaned from both GDPR and Kilauea, even for those who are not subject to those or even similar threats. 

So that's my task this afternoon, drawing out the main learning points and illustrating the materials by reference to a couple of specific incidents that everyone (hopefully!) will know something about.

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