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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Merrill Lynch Called Out For Failing To Deliver Business Continuity Plans

June 21, 2012 4:57 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | News | Comments

A search on the Merrill Lynch website reveals a page publicizing the company's business continuity efforts, including the existence of business continuity plans. It is unclear why these plans were not provided to FINRA.

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Don't Fear The Dragons: Why The Social Web Should Be Part Of Your Work Day

June 21, 2012 4:22 pm | by Brian Gray, Chief, Business Continuity Management Unit, United Nations (UN) | Blogs | Comments

The social web removes the obstacles of physical and organizational distance, connecting people and allowing them to virtually convene to share and produce knowledge. There are significant potential benefits from this process, which come with some risks.

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Chris Becomes First Atlantic Hurricane Of Season

June 21, 2012 1:11 pm | News | Comments

The hurricane center says there are no hazards affecting land, and the forecast map predicts that it will stay out to sea over the next few days.

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6.0 Earthquake Hits Alaska

June 19, 2012 1:32 pm | News | Comments

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 has occurred in a remote region of Alaska.

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Utility Fights Official Over Storm Response, Costs

June 19, 2012 12:30 pm | by STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Connecticut Light & Power struck back Monday at Attorney General George Jepsen, who asked state regulators to punish the state's largest utility for its response to two storms last year.

JPMorgan Chase CEO Faces More Questions Over $2B Trading Loss

June 19, 2012 12:27 pm | by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

 The loss disclosed last month has raised concerns that the biggest banks still pose risks to the U.S. financial system, less than four years after the financial crisis erupted. 

Survey: Americans Remain Complacent As Devastating Disasters Strike

June 19, 2012 12:21 pm | News | Comments

Despite a record-breaking year of federally declared disasters in 2011, including floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and wildfires, many Americans still lack basic awareness of their local emergency communications systems.

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Boeing Lauds Tornado Recovery By Key Supplier

June 19, 2012 11:05 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirit AeroSystems never missed a shipping date to Boeing after the Spirit plant in Wichita was hit by a tornado April 14.

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Hurricane Carlotta Kills 2, Weakens To Tropical Depression

June 19, 2012 10:50 am | by BERTHA RAMOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Carlotta was downgraded to a tropical depression on Saturday as the system rapidly weakened after killing two young sisters in its march across southern Mexico.

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Infineta Announces Performance Breakthrough For Critical Data Center Applications Traversing Congested WANs

June 19, 2012 9:56 am | News | Comments

FlowTune enables enterprises to meet their recovery point objective and recovery time objective goals while utilizing the WAN at full capacity, running multiple applications over the WAN, and making use of cost-effective WAN alternatives for overall OpEx reduction.

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BT Simplifies Big Data & Security Challenges With New Visualisation Service

June 18, 2012 4:35 pm | News | Comments

Assure Analytics enables businesses to make informed, split-second decisions and develop effective long-term policies to govern their use of resources and response to potential risks and security threats.

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Focus On The Largest Source Of Risk: The Data Center

June 18, 2012 2:14 pm | by Dennis Wenk, Symantec | Articles | Comments

Technology has transformed the way we do business and that transformation puts the data center directly into the domain of the business-oriented BCM practitioner because the data center is the largest source of operational risk in any organization. If BCM really wants to make a strong, significant contribution to mitigate risk then the data center is precisely where the practitioner needs to place focus.

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Hurricane Carlotta Headed For Mexico's Pacific Coast

June 15, 2012 4:22 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm's maximum sustained winds Friday morning are near 80 mph (130 kph). Rapid strengthening is forecast as Carlotta approaches the coast.

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Why Small Businesses Are Unprepared For Disasters

June 15, 2012 9:46 am | by Chris Rohrs, CBCP, MBCI, Retired Senior Business Continuity Analyst | Blogs | Comments

We as BC professionals can't even agree on what should be in a business continuity plan. So what can we as a profession offer small businesses when they hear one thing from one BC planner and something different from another?

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Fight The BCM Shopping Addiction

June 14, 2012 10:39 am | by Iris Chung, Lootok | Articles | Comments

The act of buying tangible items is reassuring, quelling our fears with a temporary, albeit false, sense of safety. This coping mechanism for uncertainty makes us feel like we’re taking proactive measures. We might perceive owning cutting-edge products as a reflection of our BCM sophistication, or as physical proof of our resiliency. BCM shopping therapy becomes a pitfall when we rely on products to determine our level of preparedness. Soon, we start believing the more tools we own, the better prepared we are.

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