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REGISTER TODAY and  Take advantage of the Early Bird Discount rate of $595 through July 15. Discounts for Groups of 3+ also available. Visit our 2016 Charge website to learn more,


The conference registration package includes access to keynotes, Archer super sessions, breakouts, birds-of-a-feather sessions, hands-on labs, and the Innovation Zone. It also includes your access to evening events, as well as a continental breakfast and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday.


Don’t delay, join us at RSA CHARGE 2016 New Orleans, Oct. 25-27

While this blog is being published the week after, I am writing it on Friday the 13th.  Friday the 13th emanated from religious and cultural traditions and varies somewhat in the actual day of the week and month, but what is common is it is associated with catastrophe, potential, received or real. 


Whether you are superstitious or not, I think it is ironic that Friday the 13th falls right before Business Continuity Awareness Week.  Business Continuity Awareness Week is an annual global event to demonstrate the value of business continuity and help people understand why they should apply it to their organization. The theme for the week is return on investment. 


Business Continuity Awareness Week is more than a Hallmark holiday.  It is a great reminder to us all of the value of being prepared, not only organizationally but personally.  I have blogged before about the importance of individual preparedness, and believe it is a cornerstone of organizational preparedness and resiliency. 


Whether focusing on personal or organizational preparedness, there are three main factors to think about.  This applies to all maturity levels.


  1. Understand Your Priorities.  In simple terms, this means you have to understand what is most important to keep up and running and recover quickly if it is disrupted.  This is always health and safety related, but could also be anything from finances to servicing customers to compliance.  In the middle of a disaster, you always have to make tough decisions on what to take and what to leave behind, what to do or not to do.  If a disaster struck, what would you absolutely take with you or not do without?  Once everyone is safe, what business-related activities do you turn your attention to?
  2. Make Your Plans.  It is not enough to say that you will deal with it when it happens because that usually ends up not going so well.  Making plans means you think ahead of time how you will react before, during and after the disaster related to those priorities I talked about in point #1 above.  For health and safety, for example, how will you ensure that everyone is safe? How will they act in the event of a disaster? Where will they go? How will you communicate?  Make plans for each of those priorities you come up with. Plans need to be well documented with multiple copies kept somewhere safe.
  3. Practice.  You only know if your plans will work if you practice them.  Practicing shows you what will not be feasible, logical or natural and helps you iron out the bugs in your plans.  Practice also makes perfect.  Once your plans are solid, then practice helps everyone to learn what to do – what their roles are in the plans.  This instills confidence not only in those organizing, but in the participants – real people who may someday have to deal with a real life event.


Being prepared adds an element of much-needed peace to our lives, takes one thing off our executives’ plates and lets us focus on life, running our business or whatever else is going on.


Leave Friday the 13th to the black cats - and enjoy Business Continuity Awareness Week. 

Oh, and make sure you thank a Business Continuity professional!  Email me at with your thoughts and ideas.

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As we get closer to actual launch day of the new GRC 6.1, I want to make sure you’ll be able to access the multitude of GRC 6.1-specific content as you will not want to be on the outside looking in. This launch will be unlike any other in Archer history.


To access everything from Solutions and Use Cases, to documentation, videos, training, and so much more, you’ll need to have 1) a ‘registered’ RSA Link account, and 2) access to the ‘private Archer Customer/Partner Community.


The complete registration process, from start to finish, takes only a couple of minutes, and is a one-time only event. If you are an Archer customer or partner, and have not already completed the registration process, please follow the steps outlined below – you’ll be very glad you did!


Registration Steps With and/or Without Access to Case Management:


STEP #1: Go to the RSA Link home page:


click on the red REGISTER NOW button.


STEP #2: Register for an account using your corporate email address. You must type your email address and your First and Last Name; do not cut and paste

NOTE: If you do not wish to have Case Management access, you MUST Uncheck the ‘I am a CustomerBox & Complete Registration;

If you do wish Case Management access, you must include your License Key to continue (if you don’t know your License Key, your account rep can assist you)


STEP #3: You will be then asked to set-up ‘3’ security questions to complete your registration


STEP #4: Now, LOGIN to your new RSA Link account so it is captured


STEP #5: complete the Archer Customer/Partner (private) Community Request Access form:


Once these steps are completed, I will receive the Request Access form and it will be processed promptly. If you have any questions or issues, please contact me directly at

Henry Ford, American entrepreneur and founder of Ford Motor, once said “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” That’s how the RSA Archer team feels about working with our customers. We come together to solve risk challenges. We work together via the Archer GRC Community to better our risk business processes. And by working together, we achieve success by enabling organizations to manage risk with best-in-class technology.


Our success is a product of your success.  And I’m excited to share great news about our mutual risk management success.  Last week, Gartner published their second annual Magic Quadrant for IT Vendor Risk Management.  EMC-RSA is once again named a Leader and is cited as the vendor with the highest rating for “Ability to Execute”.


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Why the excitement?  RSA Archer’s passion is to inspire our customers to own risk within their organizations.  There are many types of risks – cyber, operational, regulatory, resiliency, third party risk and more. The IT Vendor Risk Management Magic Quadrant leader positioning coupled with the January, 2015 Gartner Operational Risk Management Magic Quadrant leader evaluation demonstrate that Archer’s customers are leading the operational and IT vendor risk charge and using our technology to accomplish their goals.


For our customers using RSA Archer’s Third Party Governance offerings, thank you for sharing your experiences with Gartner.  This news fuels new customer interest in the Archer technology and enables us to continue growing that technology. In addition, you can share this news with your management team to affirm your GRC technology choice.


For those of you still considering how to grapple with third party risk and performance management, I encourage you to take a look at the report to understand Gartner’s valuable perspective on the market and RSA Archer’s position within it.


I never tire of sharing great news like this and know there is more to come in the coming months. The Archer team looks forward to continuing our risk journey working toward mutual success.  Best wishes, and happy third party management!


This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from EMC RSA. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.



We are thrilled to announce the kickoff of the RSA Archer Champion Network!  Keep reading to understand what it is, how it will benefit you and what you can do to get engaged.


Why do we need the RSA Archer Champion Network? Today, RSA Archer reaches out to customers that provide product feedback, talk with other customers, speak at events, etc., but we often go to the same people and don’t have an official process for selecting or maintaining a vibrant and balanced group across use cases, industries and markets.  We need to build a complete network of GRC SMEs (aka RSA Archer Champions) that will become advocates and defenders of RSA Archer, and who we can in turn mentor and help build their GRC presence.


What is the RSA Archer Champion Network? A new, selective group of the most effective Archer advocates that have proven they go above and beyond to help drive Archer deep into their organizations, industry or market.  Champions will continue to serve as a critical source for roadmap feedback, will serve on advisory councils, speak at events, co-author blogs and articles, and participate in analyst activities, among other things.


Who can be a Champion? A Champion can be any Archer user, Subject Matter Expert (SME), champion, advocate or administrator from customer organizations.


How are Champions selected?

Each person nominates himself or herself by completing this self-nomination form at  An internal RSA Archer Selection Committee reviews the submissions for inclusion as a Champion.


What’s in it for the RSA Archer Champions?

  • Exclusivity – Being part of an exclusive RSA Archer Champion Network – think of it as a “platinum” club in Archer circles.  
  • Engagement – Champions will be pulled into conversations, events, requests and thought leadership, schedules permitting.  Without overusing our Champions, we would like them to be consistently engaged with us on various levels to post, speak, volunteer, reach out to others, etc.
  • Information – We have a private subspace on the RSA Link Community and provide Champions with access and special insights from and access to our leaders through newsletters, special blogs from SMEs, invitations to special events and other insights. 
  • Recognition – We will make our Champions our special guests at RSA Charge, User Groups, Working Groups and other events. We’ll recognize Champions at these events or whenever attending other RSA meetings or calls.
  • Career Building – With Archer positions growing in the market, this Champion status will be marketable. 


Private RSA Archer Champion Network Community

This subspace will be where the Champions can post their bios, meet other Champions, initiate and respond to discussions, post questions, see Archer activities they can participate in and receive updates from Archer professionals and other Champions.  We have given access to this site to certain internal RSA employees because we want the Champions to engage with them online as well. 


Next Steps:

  • Click on the graphic at the top of this blog, which will take you to the self-nomination form.  Complete and submit the form to nominate yourself as a potential RSA Archer Champion!
  • The Selection Committee will review submissions, select Champions and announce them at the end of June 2016.  The submission process will remain open indefinitely as we continue to build the Champion Network.
  • Invite other individuals you feel would qualify also to self-nominate.


The Champion Network is meant to drive the Archer product forward and help you build your presence as an RSA Archer GRC expert.  With input and share of voice from Archer supporters like you, we are confident we will all be successful!  We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to build your professional network and help us together build the Archer Champion Network.  For any questions, reach out to Patrick Potter or Denise Sposato

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