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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Germany: Loner Terrorists Are Greatest Threat

May 1, 2012 1:05 am | by JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's top security official said Friday the greatest terror threat to the country no longer stems from big networks like al-Qaida but from small, independent terrorist cells or "lone wolf" perpetrators.

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Microsoft Says Raid Damaged Cybercrime Operation

May 1, 2012 12:54 am | by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft and the banking industry on Monday provided a detailed, behind-the-scenes account of an operation they said disrupted a major cybercrime operation that used malicious software to allegedly steal $100 million from consumers over the last five years.

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Study: Most Victims Knew Ala. Twisters Were Coming

May 1, 2012 12:48 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A year after the onslaught of dozens of twisters killed at least 250 people in Alabama and more elsewhere in the South, federal researchers are completing a study of who died and where they were when it happened.

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Jackhammers, Touch Football & Kites

May 1, 2012 12:11 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Blogs | Comments

At this year's Continuity Cares volunteer event I learned how to dig post holes with a jackhammer and had the pleasure of hanging out with a great bunch of kids from the Sunshine Acres Children's Home. My buddy for the day, and eight-year-old boy named Tyler, was inspiring with his positive outlook, enthusiasm, talent and wit.

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Will ISO 22301 Be Embraced?

April 30, 2012 11:09 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Videos | Comments

At the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference, Mike Keating, VP of BCM at Reinsurance Group of America, explains that the value of ISO 22301 for his organization is not in certification but in the common language it provides business continuity professionals around the world. ICOR's Lynnda Nelson compares BS 25999 to ISO 22301, highlighting the changes to terminology such as MTPoD.

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More Families Building Their Own Tornado Shelters

April 30, 2012 2:34 pm | by HOLBROOK MOHR, JIM SALTER & PHILLIP RAWLS, Associated Press | News | Comments

When deadly twisters chewed through the South and Midwest in 2011, thousands of people in the killers' paths had nowhere to hide. Now many of those families are taking an unusual extra step to be ready next time: adding tornado shelters to their homes.

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Canada's St. John Ambulance Chooses HP To Revive Ailing Storage Network

April 30, 2012 1:20 pm | News | Comments

As St. John Ambulance moved applications into a virtualized environment, it was apparent that a VMware cluster with centralized storage would offer the scalability needed to easily adapt to changing business needs while ensuring continuity.

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StratITsphere, ScaleMatrix Announce Data Center Partnership to Provide Greater Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity To Clients

April 30, 2012 12:07 pm | News | Comments

Colocation customers of two data centers in Texas and California will enjoy greater protection from disasters thanks to a new alliance announced today.

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2 Years Later: What's The Latest On Gulf Oil Spill?

April 24, 2012 1:02 pm | News | Comments

An update on the current state of the Gulf Coast's tourism, oil and gas and fishing industries, the region's environment and efforts to resolve spill-related litigation.

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Think About Never Failing, Not How To Recover

April 24, 2012 12:56 pm | by Dennis Wenk, Symantec | Blogs | Comments

The cost of recovery outstrips the cost of prevention by two to three times — recovery is becoming obsolete. In the new world of big data, private clouds, and mobile computing we need to think about never failing, not how to recover. Our views on recovery must be replaced with the notion of continuous service and resilient operations.

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The Crisis Management Playbook

April 24, 2012 12:42 pm | by Annie Searle, Principal, Annie Searle & Associates LLC | Articles | Comments

A good crisis management team is empowered to make the optimum set of decisions on behalf of an organization. Over time, the team can operate from a playbook that bears a strong resemblance a streamlined set of checklists. Such a playbook allows the team to handle lower level events with dispatch, and meet higher impact events with a level of knowledge and competence not otherwise possible when juggling too many new fast balls.

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Boy's Soccer Ball Lost In Tsunami, Found In Alaska

April 24, 2012 12:12 pm | by MALCOLM FOSTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the ball is one of the first pieces of debris from last year's tsunami to wash up on the other side of the Pacific.

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Mexico Preps Shelters As Volcano Roars, Spews Ash

April 24, 2012 12:03 pm | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The white-capped volcano that looms over Mexico City emitted a terrifying low-pitched roar Friday and spewed roiling towers of ash and steam as it vented the pressure built up by a massive chamber of magma beneath its slopes.

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Crises Make Automakers Rethink Lean Parts Supplies

April 24, 2012 10:48 am | by DEE-ANN DURBIN & TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

So-called just-in-time deliveries have helped automakers save billions and run their factories more efficiently. But the approach also relies on an almost perfect supply chain. And twice in the last year, weak links have been exposed.

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Solution For A Disaster? House In A Box, Maybe

April 24, 2012 10:36 am | by ALAN SAYRE,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In one of the neighborhoods hit hardest by flooding in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, developers have built a prototype house that's aimed at providing a quick housing solution for areas leveled by disasters.

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