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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Foxconn Workers Halt Production At iPhone Plant

October 9, 2012 9:49 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York-based China Labor Watch reported that 3,000 to 4,000 workers at the Foxconn plant in the central China's Zhengzhou city went on strike Friday over increased quality control demands and having to work during an extended national holiday.

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Fiber-Optic Outage Cripples Alaska Airlines, Thousands Delayed

October 9, 2012 9:34 am | by DOUG ESSER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The problems started shortly before 8 a.m. Monday when computers the airline uses to check in passengers went down, forcing employees to board travelers manually — in some instances sticking handwritten flight numbers to computer monitors. The problem was caused by a combination of two cut cables in Sprint's fiber-optic network.

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Transfreight Protects Mission Critical Applications With Zerto

October 9, 2012 9:25 am | News | Comments

Transfreight implemented ZVR to protect several mission critical production applications, including Microsoft SQL Server, Great Plains, Exchange, TMW Suite, ADP and Yard Smart. The applications were previously being replicated between two main datacenters in Kitchener and Cambridge, and Transfreight required very aggressive service levels to ensure no interruption to its North American customers.

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Avalution Announces New Features For Catalyst Business Continuity Software

October 8, 2012 5:07 pm | News | Comments

Catalyst combines a simple user interface and on-screen guides with Avalution’s industry-leading methodology to make continuity planning easy and repeatable for every organization, regardless of size. New features include risk assesssment and corrective actions.

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Data Breach Is Inevitable — Keys To An Effective Response

October 8, 2012 3:57 pm | by Dr. Ed Goldberg, Core Faculty, Capella University School of Business & Technology | Articles | Comments

For their disastrous reputational and financial consequences, coupled with the near-100 percent likelihood of occurrence, data breaches should be seen as one of the organization’s most significant business continuity challenges. Planning can help to mitigate and avoid the legal and reputational risks that otherwise accompany such incidents.

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Dallas Man Linked To Anonymous Hackers Indicted

October 5, 2012 2:24 pm | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Barrett Brown was the subject of a raid by the FBI in March, after the FBI and other law enforcement agencies swooped in on alleged members of the Lulz Security hacking collective. Lulz is an Anonymous offshoot that claimed responsibility for a series of eye-catching electronic attacks against Sony Corp., FBI affiliate groups and the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service.

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Facebook Now Home To 1 Billion Monthly Users

October 5, 2012 2:22 pm | News | Comments

More than a billion people now log into Facebook each month to check up on old friends, tag photos of new ones and post about politics, religion, cats or what their kids are doing. That's double the 500 million it hit in July 2010 — what now seems like a lifetime but was a little more than two years ago.

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Suit: Man Fired After Raising 9/11 Memorial Safety Concerns

October 5, 2012 2:08 pm | by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

As facilities director, Thomas Cancelliere alerted his bosses that the water in the memorial's signature fountains carried illness-causing bacteria, the exit gates were too narrow and could hinder an evacuation, and there were no security checks at a public parking garage directly below the off-site room where the memorial's millions of visitors are screened, the lawsuit said.

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New IT Infrastructure Perimeter Protects Where Firewalls Cannot

October 5, 2012 1:55 pm | News | Comments

Cyber criminals/terrorists have reached a level of complexity that firewall technology cannot protect against. While firewalls are designed to, and still do, protect networks from a variety of security issues, there are gaping holes when it comes to DDoS and malicious server targeted attacks.

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Why A Telework Recovery Strategy Isn’t A Continuity Solution

October 5, 2012 12:14 pm | by Ron LaPedis, Workforce Continuity Strategist, SunGard Availability Services | Blogs | Comments

In the case of a single-site disaster -- as long as the computing infrastructure is running in the data center or a hot site -- telework might be a reasonable option. Of course, the remote access infrastructure needs to be up as well, along with Internet access through the contracted network provider. In the case of a localized or regional disaster, telework could be problematic for several reasons.

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RagingWire Announces Issuance Of US Patent For 100% Available Facility Power

October 5, 2012 10:38 am | News | Comments

This highly available approach has two redundant paths (2N) from the utility power to the server rack and a collection of interconnected bus network topologies that provide dynamic access to a pool of generators, uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), and batteries.

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Nadine Dissolves In Atlantic Short Of Record

October 5, 2012 9:40 am | News | Comments

The cyclone formerly known as Tropical Storm Nadine has dissolved after meandering for more than 21 days, falling short of the all-time Atlantic Ocean longevity record. The National Hurricane Center issued its last bulletin for Nadine on Thursday mornin.

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FEMA Announces 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge

October 4, 2012 5:34 pm | News | Comments

“The best resiliency ideas originate in our states and communities -- not from Washington, DC,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “The goal of this program is to empower communities to collaborate and develop innovative ways to effectively respond to disasters.”

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This Year's Flu Vaccine Guards Against New Strains

October 2, 2012 1:11 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Last year's flu shot won't shield you this year: Two new strains of influenza have begun circling the globe, and the updated vaccine appears to work well against them, government officials said Thursday. Just because last year was the mildest flu season on record doesn't mean the virus might not bounce back to its usual ferocity this winter.

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2012 Flu Outlook: Unpredictable Season, But Plenty Of Vaccine Available

October 2, 2012 1:03 pm | News | Comments

According to the CDC data, which was published in today's issue of CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, influenza vaccination rates remained steady with an estimated 128 million people, or about 42 percent of the U.S. population receiving the influenza vaccine during the 2011-2012 season. More than 85 million doses of influenza vaccine have been distributed as of September 14.

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