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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

AT&T Is First Company In Nation To Earn PS-Prep Certification

May 11, 2012 4:28 pm | News | Comments

The program enables private sector organizations to enhance their capabilities for planning, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters and other threats.

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Panel: Chemical Industry Needs Risk Guidance

May 11, 2012 4:08 pm | News | Comments

Use of inherently safer process strategies would reduce the number of vulnerable areas around a company's facilities, which would decrease the scope of emergency preparedness programs.

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It Doesn’t Have to Be Fancy

May 11, 2012 3:44 pm | by PAUL GLOVER, Founder, The Glover Group | Blogs | Comments

Executives often think that complex communication is better, but the key to effectively getting your point across is knowing your message doesn't have to be fancy.

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Virginia Stouffer, MBCP, MBCI, Launches Aforethought Consulting, LLC

May 11, 2012 3:31 pm | News | Comments

The company’s approach to business continuity consulting is “prudent preparation results in practical planning.” Stouffer has an extensive IT background and over 17 years experience in providing continuity services.

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Lessons Learned From The Social Media Tabletop Exercise

May 10, 2012 4:33 pm | by John Orlando, PhD, Vertek Corporation | Articles | Comments

The goal was to give the response community a taste of public response to disasters using Facebook as a tool to coordinate response. We fed “injects” to the event via Twitter, with people downloading Twitter monitoring software before the exercise. Needless to say, the experience was new to all participants and we learned a lot.

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Disasters, Competition Result In Record Annual Loss For Sony

May 10, 2012 9:11 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony's recent troubles were worsened by factory and supplier damage in northeastern Japan, ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami last year. Sony also suffered production disruptions from the flooding in Thailand.

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ANSI Accredited Crisis Communications Planner Course

May 9, 2012 11:02 pm | News | Comments

An organization in crisis faces many grave threats. Employees can be in physical danger. Buildings can fall. Customers can be lost. But the most serious threat is and always will be the threat to the organization's most important asset -- its reputation.

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Virginia Hurricane-prep Sales Tax Break Starts May 25

May 9, 2012 12:13 pm | News | Comments

Virginians who want to stock up on batteries, bottled water and other supplies for the hurricane season will get a tax break this month.

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2013 Continuity Insights Management Conference

May 9, 2012 10:37 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Events

April 22-24, 2013 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, CA.Featuring more than 70 sessions covering a wide range of topics including operational resilience, BCP/DR reporting metrics, social media, GRC, ERM, supply chain, cyber security, maturity models, the Cloud, and much more.

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Continuity Insights New York 2012

May 9, 2012 10:16 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Events

Postponed to November 12-13, 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy. More information can be found here. Continuity Insights New York is the long-awaited return of a dedicated business continuity event to the Northeast. As the international center for business and commerce, the diversity of businesses and industries, and its wealth subject matter professionals, New York presents a unique opportunity to field a quality faculty and a compelling conference program.

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White Paper Release: Our Path To Business Continuity Certification

May 9, 2012 9:31 am | by Courtney Bowers, Avalution | News | Comments

Business continuity certification requires management commitment and support, a strong business case, personnel time, and financial resources in order to achieve success and deliver long-term value, so it’s important to research up front whether certification makes business sense for and would be successful within your organization. 

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If LinkedIn Is The Conference Room, Facebook Is The Cafeteria

May 8, 2012 10:59 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Blogs | Comments

We all like LinkedIn. It’s a great way to network and share information about business continuity and disaster recovery. But we’ve decided to give readers a different — more casual — way to interact with each other and the Continuity Insights editorial staff.

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Officials Unsure Why Flu Season Was Mild In Okla.

May 8, 2012 10:09 am | by KEN MILLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

State health officials say the reasons for the decline from 872 hospitalizations and 26 deaths in 2011 to 316 hospitalizations and nine deaths in 2011 are difficult to pinpoint.

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Hacked Utah Health Data Guarded By Weak Password

May 8, 2012 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sensitive data that was compromised in a massive health records breach had been lingering on state computers for months, contrary to the standard procedure that it be erased within a day of being submitted.

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CIA Derails Plot With Al-Qaida Underwear Bomb

May 8, 2012 9:41 am | by ADAM GOLDMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. bomb experts are picking apart a sophisticated new al-Qaida improvised explosive device, a top Obama administration counterterrorism official said Tuesday, to determine if it could have slipped past airport security and taken down a commercial airplane.

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