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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Residents to Receive Separate Storm Surge Alerts in 2015

December 11, 2014 2:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see new, separate warnings about storm surge in addition to those about winds, the National Hurricane Center said.  The separate storm-surge warnings will begin with the 2015 hurricane season and should provide emergency managers and the public with better information about tropical weather hazards.

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Speaker's Soapbox: Dick Donovan of M&T Bank

December 8, 2014 3:56 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Dick Donovan, Vice President of M&T Bank, will present "Creativity & Continuity: Using Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Tools" on Wednesday, April 22 at 10:15 a.m.  The presentation will focus on various problem solving techniques and provide participants with materials and information that they can begin using in their organization immediately.

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'Bad Data' A Serious Problem in the Midst of the Ebola Outbreak

December 8, 2014 3:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As health officials struggle to contain the world's biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data.  Having accurate numbers about an outbreak is essential not only to provide a realistic picture of the epidemic, but to determine effective control strategies.

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North Korea Denies Role in Sony Hack

December 8, 2014 3:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea released a statement Sunday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang's supreme leader.  Some cybersecurity experts say they've found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea that targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year.

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Typhoon Weakens Into Tropical Storm After Killing at Least 21

December 8, 2014 3:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a tropical storm Monday after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million into shelters, while sparing most of a central Philippine region still reeling from last year's monster Typhoon Haiyan.

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Los Angeles Fires Shut Down Freeways, Destroy Construction Site

December 8, 2014 2:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Crews battled two large fires in Los Angeles early Monday, including a massive one downtown that closed portions of two major freeways and blanketed the area in ash and heavy smoke.  More than 250 firefighters fought the downtown blaze that was sparked at a construction site.

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Supreme Court Upholds BP Settlement

December 8, 2014 2:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP on the hook to pay inflated and bogus claims by businesses.

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New Mexico Levies More Than $54 Million in Penalties Against Department of Energy

December 8, 2014 2:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Environment Department delivered a pair of compliance orders to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, marking the state's largest penalty ever imposed on the agency. Together, the orders outline more than 30 state-permit violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico and at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Plant Explosion Victims Taking Legal Action

December 8, 2014 2:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several workers are collectively suing Consumers Co-operative Refineries Ltd., as well as associated companies that were involved in the plant's refurbishment. The group is frustrated with the drawn-out legal process.  Since 2011, there have been four fires at the Regina refinery, including an explosion last Christmas Eve.

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Attack on PlayStation Network Appears to be Unrelated to Sony Pictures Hack

December 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's online PlayStation store was inaccessible to users for part of Monday in the latest possible cyberattack on the electronics and entertainment company.  Sony Computer Entertainment in Tokyo said Monday the problem lasted two hours but has been fixed globally. It said the cause is under investigation, but there is no sign of any material being stolen.

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Video: The Resilient Technology Collaborative

December 5, 2014 11:32 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Fred Bowne, Managing Principal at Aristata and and Director of the Resilient Technology Collaborative, discusses the goals of the RTC and how they hope to help business continuity professionals solve shared tech challenges from across the industry.

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Speaker's Soapbox: Daniel Olbur of VW Credit, Inc.

December 5, 2014 10:56 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Daniel Olbur, Business Continuity Analyst for VW Credit, Inc., will host a session called "Creating a BC Playbook: Business Continuity Planning for Sports Fans."  His presentation will focus on preparing laying the foundation for an effective BC plan and preparing like a sports team for a big game through practice, repitition, exercise and muscle memory.  

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Experts Say It is 'Unlikely' That North Korea Perpetrated Sony Hack

December 5, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.  Speculation has been rampant that the hard-line communist state sponsored last week's hack in anger over the new Sony movie "The Interview," in which Seth Rogen and James Franco play television journalists assigned by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Ebola, Quarantines Causing Difficulty for Volunteer Healthcare Workers

December 5, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical missionary organizations have said they are concerned that the mandatory quarantines several states have put in place for medical workers returning from three West African countries will stop some medical workers from volunteering.  

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Philippines Braces for Typhoon Hagupit

December 5, 2014 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Villagers in the central Philippines fled coastal homes and sparked panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations as an approaching powerful storm brought back nightmares of last year's deadly onslaught from Typhoon Haiyan.  Government forecasters said Typhoon Hagupit was packing sustained winds of 127 miles per hour and gusts of up to 149 mph over the Pacific.

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