French health officials said Friday they are investigating three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS, in people who had close contact in the hospital with France's only confirmed case. A nurse at the hospital where the man was hospitalized in late April has herself been under watch at the hospital in Douai since Thursday night.
Canada currently has no plans to ask its pandemic flu vaccine manufacturers to make trial batches of vaccine to protect against the new H7N9 bird flu, senior officials of the Public Health Agency of Canada have revealed. While the U.S. government has said it will ask several flu vaccine manufacturers to start growing up batches of serum against the new virus this summer, Canada will watch, wait and learn from the work the U.S.
The Boston police commissioner says three city police officers were working with the U.S. terrorism task force but didn't know about vague warnings by Russia's government about one of the bombing suspects delivered nearly two years before the attacks.
The Washington state Administrative Office of the Courts was hacked sometime between last fall and February, and up to 160,000 Social Security numbers and 1 million driver's license numbers may have been accessed during the data breach of its public website, officials said. The broader information "just happened to be on a server in an area that was accessed," said Veronica Diseth, director of the courts' information services division.
The sophistication of a network of thieves who drained cash machines around the globe of an astonishing $45 million in mere hours sent ripples through the security world, not merely for the size of the operation and ease with which it was carried out, but also for the threat that more such thefts may be in store. Seven people were arrested in the U.S., accused of operating the New York cell.
It all began when a man with black shoe polish smeared all over his face exited Interstate 25 and barreled into town one evening last winter. A witness said John Barberini didn't brake before he crashed into the Horton's Corner convenience store Dec. 30, starting a fire that burned up his sport utility vehicle, burned down the store and caused a massive lingering headache for the 200 people of Chugwater.
Government has predefined duties at every level — federal, state and local. One of the major duties of government (other than collection of revenues), is public safety. Since the turn of the century, we have seen several paradigm shifts in the relationship between government and the private sector.
The Interior Department said it is releasing more than $475 million to help repair the damage from Superstorm Sandy. The money will go for 234 projects that will repair and rebuild parks, refuges and other agency facilities damaged by the storm and help get them ready for the summer season. Some of the money will go to repairs to help the Statue of Liberty in New York reopen in time for Independence Day.
Gov. Mike Pence is asking federal officials for low-interest disaster loans for central Indiana counties following recent flooding. Pence requested the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide disaster loans for Grant, Howard and Tipton counties because of severe storms and flooding April 17-23.
Study Finds Enterprise Reliance On ‘Always On’ Systems Necessary To Ensure Continual Business OperationsMay 7, 2013 4:31 pm | News | Comments
SunGard Availability Services released survey results published in an IDC White Paper, sponsored by SunGard Availability Services, Lack of Operational Resilience Will Undermine Enterprise Competitiveness: A Strategy for Availability (April 2013) that identify the competitive advantages of establishing sophisticated systems for maintaining uninterrupted business operations.
Continuity Insights sat down with Bob Boyd, president and CEO of Agility Recovery Solutions, a former division of General Electric (GE), to find out more about what he enjoys most about the BC/DR field, how his company operates, the biggest challenge Agility has faced, and what he sees for the future of disaster preparedness.
Speakers’ Soapbox: David Nolan On Social Media Misconceptions & Lessons From The Boston Marathon BombingMay 7, 2013 9:31 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments
In the leadup to the Continuity Insights Chicago Conference, June 18-19, Chicago O’Hare, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics and critical business continuity skills. This week, David Nolan, CEO and founder, Fusion Risk Management, Inc. discusses social media and business continuity preparedness.
A lot has been written about the differences and similarities between the Brits and the Americans, but while visiting San Diego for the 2013 Continuity Insights Management Conference, one or two more things struck me. Despite fighting the same wars and mostly being on the same side, we still have a lot that divides us, and in the context of business continuity, such differences can be important.
CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton suggested they consider imposing tougher cybersecurity rules for investment firms and others that trade. Firms could be held accountable and sanctioned if their security systems were inadequate to prevent a breech.
More than a dozen sculptures that will be used to call attention to evacuation points around New Orleans are arriving in the city. The statues are simple larger-than-life stick figures that appear as though they are poised to hail a bus.