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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

'Pink Slime' Maker Suspends Some Plant Operations

March 27, 2012 10:41 am | by BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Beef Products Inc. has taken a "substantial" hit since social media exploded with worry over the ammonia-treated filler and an online petition seeking its ouster from schools drew hundreds of thousands of supporters.

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Senators Ask Feds To Probe Requests For Facebook Passwords

March 27, 2012 10:34 am | by MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Facebook executive cautioned that if an employer discovers that a job applicant is a member of a protected group, the employer may be vulnerable to claims of discrimination if it doesn't hire that person.

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Strong Quake Hits Northern Japan

March 27, 2012 10:29 am | News | Comments

The Japan Meteorological Agency recorded a 6.4 preliminary magnitude. The agency said there may be a small change in sea levels but did not issue tsunami warnings.

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Gov't Report: DC Nuke Blast Wouldn't Destroy City

March 27, 2012 10:19 am | by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thinking about the unthinkable, a U.S. government study analyzed the likely effects from terrorists setting off a 10-kiloton nuclear device a few blocks north of the White House.

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Latisys Announces National Data Center Expansion & Rolls Out the Latisys Cloud

March 26, 2012 10:49 pm | News | Comments

Latisys announced availability of the Latisys Cloud, enabling enterprises to rapidly provision on-demand, pay-as-you-go IT infrastructure services through a self-service portal.

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xMatters & Continuity Logic Integrate To Provide Innovative Platform For Governance, Risk, Compliance & Continuity

March 26, 2012 10:28 pm | News | Comments

"The notification capability provided by xMatters allows Continuity Logic customers to deliver critical two-way messages via channels that include SMS, emails, iPhone, Android devices, and other phone devices directly from our FrontLine Live Incident Manager."

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Security Fail

March 26, 2012 10:13 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

While many businesses recognize the value of protecting themselves from potentially disastrous security incidents, many fall short in their attempts to do so. Companies need to take more aggressive steps to protect themselves from security threats –- whether it’s closely studying their cloud provider, gaining a better understanding of their business data or considering an investment in outside security services.

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Evolution Of Emergency Notification — Part 1: Enterprise SMS, VoIP & Onsite Systems

March 26, 2012 9:47 pm | by Pamela LaPine, President & CEO of HipLink Software | Articles | Comments

The advancement of VoIP technology, and changes in virtualization and Internet connectivity options have made onsite notification systems easy from both a deployment and capacity perspective. “Burstable” Internet connection technology can give organizations high capacity for voice call distribution without the complications or cost of phone lines.

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Solar Storms, Volcanoes Join Flu, Floods & Terrorism On UK Risk List

March 20, 2012 12:14 pm | by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Last month, the UK Parliament's defense committee called on the government to prepare for disruptions to electrical supplies and satellites from electromagnetic pulses — whether caused by the sun or by a nuclear weapon exploded in space.

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Job Seekers Getting Asked For Facebook Passwords

March 20, 2012 11:56 am | by MANUEL VALDES & SHANNON MCFARLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

In their efforts to vet job applicants, some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person's social networking profiles and instead are asking to log in as the user to have a look around.            

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Lawmakers Consider Utility Emergency Preparation Bill

March 20, 2012 11:45 am | News | Comments

Connecticut lawmakers will be discussing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to impose minimum standards for electric and gas utilities for emergency preparation and restoring services to customers in an emergency.

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Flooding Feared After Storms Sock South-Central US

March 20, 2012 11:40 am | by KATIE FRETLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents and businesses from southeast Texas north through western Missouri braced for flooding Tuesday after a violent band of storms brought heavy rain, hail and at least one tornado, with more of the same forecast for the next several days.

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Storm Warnings Spare Village From Tornado Injuries

March 20, 2012 11:36 am | by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a tornado plowed a path of destruction through Dexter, Michigan, townspeople emerged to a remarkable surprise: Not a single person was seriously hurt. Authorities credited storm sirens that provided more than 20 minutes of warning.

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Weird Weather: Heat, Twisters, 250K Tons Of Snow

March 20, 2012 11:24 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 11 feet of snow has fallen on Anchorage, Alaska, this winter, while the first three months of 2012 have seen twice the normal number of tornadoes. And 36 states set daily high temperature records Thursday.

xMatters & Fusion Risk Management Join Forces To Transform Risk

March 20, 2012 10:14 am | News | Comments

The integration announced by xMatters and Fusion Risk Management will enable enterprise organizations to gain a comprehensive yet highly streamlined solution to assess risks and impacts across the enterprise and supply chain, manage and maintain contingency plans and risk profiles, and launch well-orchestrated response activities to more effectively protect people and business assets.

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