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The Inner-Workings Of A Radiological Response Plan

February 27, 2012 1:18 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

Last year’s earthquake, tsunami and subsequent partial meltdown of two reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant presented numerous challenges for U.S. organizations with employees, facilities or critical suppliers in Japan. An effective incident response and recovery on foreign soil requires substantial pre-planning with local authorities and an understanding of international standards and best practices — not just those laid-out by FEMA.


IceWEB Releases 'IceSTORM 3.0' Operating System For Fast & Easy Management Of Unified Storage Appliances

February 27, 2012 5:22 am | News | Comments

Now shipping standard on all IceWEB unified storage appliances at no additional cost, IceSTORM provides all of the enterprise-scale capabilities needed to provision, manage, and optimize IceWEB storage arrays as well as any other storage arrays on the same storage area network (SAN). In addition, IceSTORM provides all the data protection needed to ensure the high availability and disaster recovery organizations need, all much more affordable than traditional storage hardware and software vendors.


Siemens Introduces New Flexible, Scalable Intelligent Fire Systems

February 27, 2012 5:06 am | News | Comments

Siemens Building Technologies Division announced today the introduction of its new CerberusT PRO and DesigoT Fire Safety portfolios-advanced fire system panels and smoke detectors for small to mid-size applications. Whether customers are seeking a fire system or an integrated fire safety solution from their local Siemens branch, or a turnkey fire system installed by a Siemens' Authorized Distributor, Desigo Fire Safety and Cerberus PRO portfolios (respectively) provide facility owners and system specifiers comprehensive fire protection technology that guarantees immunity from false alarms.


4.0 Earthquake In Missouri Shakes 9 States

February 21, 2012 5:08 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 4.0 earthquake was centered near the town of East Prairie, Mo. Geological Survey geophysicist Amy Vaughan says several people in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee reported being awakened by the quake that happened at 3:58 a.m. A few residents of North Carolina, Alabama, Indiana and Georgia also felt it.


Big Questions Still Unanswered In Thai Terror Plot

February 21, 2012 5:06 am | by TODD PITMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

 It began when three men blew up their house accidentally on Valentine's Day in Bangkok. It ended with a gory scene that looked more like Baghdad: a bloodied, would-be bomber with severed legs moaning on a glass-strewn sidewalk after another botched blast.  Last week's explosions in the Thai capital announced the apparent arrival of international terrorists in this Southeast Asian nation, revealing a plot allegedly aimed against Israeli diplomats. But big questions remain about who was behind the plot, and why.


Last Katrina FEMA Trailer Leaves New Orleans

February 21, 2012 4:55 am | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

The last of the once-ubiquitous FEMA trailers has been removed from New Orleans more than six years after floodwalls and levees broke during Hurricane Katrina and caused the city to fill with floodwaters.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the last trailer was removed Sunday. The agency said on Monday that those living in the trailer moved into their rebuilt home last week. At one point, New Orleans had more than 23,000 FEMA-issued trailers and mobile homes.


Texas Regional Medical Center Selects Iron Mountain For Medical Image Archiving

February 20, 2012 8:25 pm | News | Comments

The Dallas-based for-profit hospital will implement Iron Mountain's VNA to lower overall medical data storage costs, provide caregivers better access to images, and improve disaster recovery by moving data securely offsite. Iron Mountain also announced the addition of new retention management functionality to its VNA to help hospitals identify and properly archive or destroy obsolete medical data.


Facebook Hack Lands UK Student In Prison

February 20, 2012 8:16 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A British student who stole sensitive information from Facebook's internal network was sentenced to eight months in prison Friday in what prosecutors described as the most serious case of social media hacking ever brought before the country's courts.


Southern Snowstorm Leaves Icy Roads, Power Outages

February 20, 2012 8:11 pm | News | Comments

A day after a winter storm dumped several inches of snow on a handful of southern states, crews worked Monday to restore power to tens of thousands of customers as police responded to dozens of accidents on slippery roads.  The storm brought as much as 9 inches of snow to some areas on Sunday as it powered its way from Kentucky and Tennessee to West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The storm system pushed off the coast early Monday.


Bird Flu Still A Menace In Asia & Beyond

February 20, 2012 8:02 pm | by MARGIE MASON, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Thought bird flu was gone? Recent human deaths in Asia and Egypt are a reminder that the H5N1 virus is still alive and dangerous, and Vietnam is grappling with a new strain that has outsmarted vaccines used to protect poultry flocks.


AltiGen Communications & ExtraTeam To Deliver MaxACD Contact Center Microsoft Lync

February 20, 2012 7:26 pm | News | Comments

AltiGen Communications, Inc. (OTCQX: ATGN) (PINKSHEETS: ATGN), the leading provider of software-based Unified Communications solutions, and ExtraTeam, a leading solutions integrator and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, today announce a partnership to deliver AltiGen's MaxACD Contact Center for Microsoft Lync.


Ex-PM: Japan Was Unprepared For Nuke Crisis

February 20, 2012 5:59 pm | by MALCOLM FOSTER & MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Japan was woefully unprepared for last year's nuclear disaster, the country's former prime minister said Friday, and suggested that the crippled Fukushima plant should not have been built so close to the ocean on a tsunami-prone coast. 


Supply Chain Resilience Through Freight Providers

February 20, 2012 3:49 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

If nothing else, the tragedy in Japan has taught us a valuable lesson on how badly things can go wrong. Manufacturers around the globe have been awash with new thinking on how to manage a global supply chain that is, despite better technology, still remarkably delicate.


Intelligence-Based Business Continuity | Part 3: Social Media Guidelines

February 20, 2012 2:34 pm | Articles | Comments

If social networks are determined to be too risky a medium for the initial transmission of a message, the planner should identify alternative means that are more secure. This could include corporate alerting systems, internal email or even a phone tree. The use of these more secure media, however, does not guarantee that the content of the message will not reappear within social networks.


Bangkok Blast Wounds Iranian Attacker, 4 Others

February 14, 2012 6:15 am | by THANYARAT DOKSONE & TODD PITMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Iranian man carrying grenades blew off his own legs and wounded four civilians in Bangkok on Tuesday after an earlier blast shook his rented house, and Israel accused Iran of being behind the violence.  The blasts came a day after an Israeli diplomatic car was bombed in India — an attack Israel also blamed on Iran.



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