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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

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.

US Banks Hit By More Than A Week Of Cyberattacks

October 2, 2012 12:49 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least half a dozen banks — including the Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Citigroup — have witnessed traffic surges and disruptions. Not all have confirmed they were the victims of an online onslaught, but such surges are a hallmark of denial-of-service attacks, which work by drowning target websites with streams of junk data.

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White House Says It Thwarted Cyberattack

October 2, 2012 12:41 pm | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | News | Comments

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters the White House is equipped with mitigation measures that identified the attack, isolated it and prevented its spread. Carney described the attack as "spear-phishing" and said such efforts against government computer systems are "not infrequent."

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Dallas Suburb Rattled By 3.4-Magnitude Quake

October 2, 2012 11:23 am | News | Comments

Irving's emergency operators were flooded with more than 400 calls after the initial quake, with people reporting minor damage, such as cracks in some walls and a ceiling, pictures that had been knocked down and a report of a possible gas leak, according to emergency official Pat McMacken.

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ARES Security Corporation Created To Provide Security Optimization

October 2, 2012 11:19 am | News | Comments

ARES Security Corporation's AVERT ensures customer's business continuity by testing the efficiency of their current systems, their effectiveness of mitigating threats and evaluating the cost and efficacy of future procurements.

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Speakers' Soapbox: Robert Noonan On Active Shooters & Workplace Violence

October 2, 2012 11:03 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | News | Comments

In the leadup to Continuity Insights New York, October 29-30, 2012 at The Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, Robert Noonan, Managing Director for Business Continuity at Société Générale Corporate Investment Bank, discusses the steps organizations should take to address workplace violence, active shooter events and the more common types of workplace violence.

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SunGard Partners With Regus To Power Expansion Of Its Workplace Availability Business To 550 Cities Worldwide

October 2, 2012 10:29 am | News | Comments

Customers can now access SunGard’s heritage and experience in multi-layered Workplace Recovery solutions in combination with Regus’ unparalleled network of almost 1,300 business centers located in more than 550 cities across 97 countries: SunGard manages the contract so customers need only to call one number to invoke the service in time of need.

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How Arrogance & Technology Failure Got Me Lost

September 28, 2012 12:19 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Blogs | Comments

On my way to an ACP meeting last week I arrogantly refused a complimentary map of the area. “I don’t need it,” I scoffed, pointing to my Android smartphone. After all, Google Maps made paper maps obsolete years ago, right? I couldn't have been more wrong.

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Silver Peak Velocity Enables 20x Faster Offsite Storage Replication

September 28, 2012 10:57 am | News | Comments

When these replication workloads extend beyond the data center to remote disaster recovery (DR) sites over wide area networks (WANs), administrators must contend with the adverse effects of latency, congestion, and limited network capacity—all of which can significantly impair replication performance and compromise RPOs.

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FiberMedia Group Launches 'Market Storm' Colocation & Cloud Solutions

September 28, 2012 10:49 am | News | Comments

Market Storm service bundles are an effective option for enterprise customers looking for an easy on-ramp into the Cloud as well as an efficient way to improve redundancy, reliability and security across its compute infrastructure.

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Utility: Nuclear Plant Would Be Safe In Flood

September 28, 2012 10:40 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Omaha Public Power District is in the midst of reanalyzing flood threats as part of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's larger review of unlikely safety threats in the wake Japan's nuclear crisis last year after an earthquake and tsunami.

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Australia Announces 'Shark Mitigation Strategies'

September 28, 2012 10:38 am | News | Comments

After an American diver was killed by a great white in Western Australia last year, the government set tuna-baited hooks to try and snare the predator. It was the first time authorities used an emergency legal exemption from the state protection of great whites to hunt the animal in the interest of protecting the public.

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Gunman Kills Businessman, 3 Others At Minn. Office

September 28, 2012 10:26 am | by AMY FORLITI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A man burst into a sign-making business in Minneapolis, fatally shooting the owner and three others in the office before turning the gun on himself, family and officials said Friday. A police summary describes a chaotic scene with multiple 911 calls from the business and one caller saying someone had been shot.

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Tropical Storm Nadine Still Roaming Atlantic

September 28, 2012 10:15 am | News | Comments

Forecasters say Tropical Storm Nadine continues to roam the eastern Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Nadine is 740 miles (1191 kilometers) south-southwest of the Azores islands, with top sustained winds of 65 mph (105 kph). It was moving west at 7 mph (11 kph) at 11 p.m. EDT Thursday.

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