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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Case Study:How Reinsurance Group of America Reinstated its Global Business Continuity Program

July 8, 2014 9:46 am | by Mike Keating | Articles | Comments

Mike Keating, Vice President of Business Continuity Management for Reinsurance Group of America, discusses how his company reinstated its global business continuity program despite the challenge of having a thin staff and several teams of employees overseas .

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Video:Using Tools and Concepts in Industry Standards to Engage Management

July 8, 2014 9:23 am | Videos | Comments

Brian Zawada, Director of Consulting for Avalution, discusses how to effectively user management system concepts outlined in different business continuity standards to actively engage senior management in your enterprise's continuity program.

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Fewer MERS Cases as Scientists Try to Stop the Spread

July 7, 2014 4:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Infection rates for the Middle East respiratory syndrome are slowing and scientists are working to stop the dangerous coronavirus from spreading further internationally.  Scientists say most of the 824 confirmed cases of MERS since 2013, including at least 286 deaths, could have been prevented.  

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Germany, U.S. Concerned About Chinese Spying

July 7, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized industrial spying Monday while on a visit to China, which Germany and other governments have cited as a global center for economic espionage.  The United States and other governments complain China's military, a leader in cyber warfare, steals foreign trade secrets to help the country's vast state-owned industrial sector.

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Typhoon Neoguri Makes Landfall in Okinawa

July 7, 2014 4:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Forecasts show the storm tracking toward Kyushu island and then across Japan's main island of Honshu. It is forecast to lose some power over land, but winds and heavy rains could cause landslides and other damage, Ebihara warned.     

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Coal Industry Lawsuits Could Have National Impact

July 7, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.  In civil cases unfolding in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana, the group WildEarth Guardians asserts coal companies benefited from lax oversight by federal regulators.

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Facing Pressure, Foster Farms Recalls Chicken

July 7, 2014 3:47 pm | by Andrew Dalton, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture said it has found evidence directly linking Foster Farms boneless-skinless chicken breast to a case of Salmonella Heidelberg, an antibiotic-resistant strain of the disease that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months and led to pressure from food safety advocates for federal action against the company.

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Hackers Target Major League Baseball Squad

July 7, 2014 3:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Houston Astros said Monday that they have been the victims of hackers who accessed their servers and published months of internal trade talks on the Internet.  The team is working with the FBI and Major League Baseball security to try who was responsible for the breach.

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New Emergency Notification System from Sungard Availability Services Delivers Faster, More Streamlined Mobile Alerts

June 30, 2014 2:49 pm Sungard Availability Services Product Releases | Comments

Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) announced Assurance Notification Manager (AssuranceNM), the newest addition to its Assurance software suite. With AssuranceNM, a global emergency notification system, users can communicate easier in a pending disaster.

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Learning to “Speak the Language” a Key for Executive Support

June 30, 2014 2:17 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor Avalution Consulting Articles | Comments

Throughout the business continuity industry, practitioners are constantly looking for ways to engage – and stay engaged with – senior management, with the objective of gaining and keeping their support.  Practitioners should understand how executives think before trying to get their support.

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Ebola Outbreak Continues in Africa

June 30, 2014 2:00 pm | News | Comments

 The World Health Organization said that the latest figures show 567 cases with 350 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Last week the organization reported more than 330 deaths.  Most of the deaths, 267 of them, are in Guinea, but with Sierra Leone reporting 39 new cases and eight deaths between June 15 and 17, growth there appears to be faster.

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Study Shows Impact of Credit Card Fraud

June 30, 2014 1:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A global fraud study of more than 6,100 consumers across 20 countries revealed that one in four consumers is a victim of card fraud in the last five years.  Nearly 25 percent of consumers changed financial institutions due to dissatisfaction after experiencing fraud.

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Expiring Contracts Could Cause Shipping Problems

June 30, 2014 11:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A contract that covers nearly 20,000 West Coast dockworkers is set to expire, and businesses are worried about disruptions just as the crush of cargo for the back-to-school and holiday seasons begins.  With contentious issues including benefits and job security on the table, smooth sailing is no guarantee.

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New Danger Caused by Spike in Crude Oil Shipments

June 30, 2014 10:57 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said.     

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U.S. Wants to Resume Discussions on Hacking With China

June 30, 2014 10:38 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States will urge China to resume discussions on cyber security that were abruptly suspended after the Americans charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets.  After the indictments against the five officers were unsealed in May, Beijing pulled the plug on the group that had been set up a year ago in what Washington.

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