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Inside The Box
A special event of national significance is a major undertaking for any public safety and security team. When the event in question is the National Football League’s annual championship face-off—aka the Super Bowl—the task can be truly daunting. This year’s event at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, was one of the biggest yet. For a full two weeks prior to the February 6th game, there were hundreds of concerts, parties, press conferences and other events, taking place in three different cities spread over an area of more than 9,000 square miles. Read more…
Anyone who follows the news will be familiar with earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters—or, as we call them in the risk profession, “natural hazards.” Indeed, many will have experienced at least one of these hazards first-hand.
This second paper in our Inside the Box series uses selected natural hazard events to introduce a number of fundamental risk management concepts, and to illustrate how risk managers determine where such hazards are most likely to occur and what people or assets or systems in those locations would be most seriously impacted by them. We then explain how can they use this information in crafting responses that make maximum use of the limited preparedness assets at their disposal.
We believe that the more information risk managers start with and the better they can visualize their risk environments, the more likely they will be to zero in on their highest-priority risks and develop sound strategies to minimize them.
Information overload is not a new problem. But in today’s environment of cross-discipline complexity, relentless data flows and warp-speed decision cycles—all of it greatly facilitated by technology—the scope and severity of the problem are unprecedented. Everyone, from individuals to organizations and even entire governments, is now stretched to the limit trying to harness and make sense of data in the service of better decision-making.
This paper, the first in Digital Sandbox’s Inside the Box series, describes the two most common approaches to data analytics—one driven by data, the other by modeling and analysis—and explains why we favor the latter method as a powerful tool decision-makers can use to think through and visualize complex problems, and arrive at defensible and transparent decisions quickly and affordably.