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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

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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Supply Chain Risk Mitigation E-Learning Course

March 20, 2012 10:03 am | Events

May 7-18, 2012 -- ICOR, CSCMP, and Competitive Insights Advantage are proud to announce the world's only e-learning course that focuses on the mitigation of supply chain risk.

The Infrastructure Resilience Imperative

March 19, 2012 11:29 pm | by Jeff Gaynor, Founder, American Resilience Consulting, LLC | Blogs | Comments

The success of enterprise, community and government continuity efforts is currently reliant on an aged, overstressed, inextricably interdependent, highly exploitable set of critical infrastructure that is under continuous attack and over which continuity professionals have little control. While the challenges are daunting, solutions to them are immediately available.

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Social Media Monitoring Tools For Effective Crisis Management

March 19, 2012 6:45 pm | by Jane Jordan-Meier, Author of The Four Stages of Highly Effective Crisis Management | Articles | Comments

Social media monitoring is vital to protect an organization's brand and improve situational awareness during an event. With a bewildering array of social media monitoring tools and technology available, Jane Jordan-Meier gives an overview of the free and fee-based monitoring tools, and discusses how organizations like Dell embed social media monitoring into their company culture.

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Crisis Communications 2012: Social Media & Notification Systems

March 13, 2012 2:13 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights recently conducted a survey of over 250 organizations to determine how social media and notification systems are incorporated into crisis communication plans, and the perceived effectiveness of each platform. The results are compelling, clearly showing a lack of confidence in social media’s reach during a crisis. However, the use of social media as a “crowdsourcing” tool -- turning the public into sources of information -- is catching on.

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Hackers Attack Vatican Website A Second Time

March 13, 2012 11:28 am | News | Comments

The Vatican website has been hacked for the second time in several days, an attack believed to be the work of the amorphous Internet activist group Anonymous.

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Feds: Nebraska Nuclear Plant Fire Was Serious Threat

March 13, 2012 11:19 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire that briefly knocked out the cooling system for used fuel at an idled Nebraska nuclear plant last June represented a serious safety threat, federal regulators said in a report released Monday.

Pitt Officers Trained For Virginia Tech-Style Shooting

March 13, 2012 11:09 am | by JOE MANDAK & KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A gunman who killed a worker and shot several other people at a psychiatric hospital on the University of Pittsburgh campus lived nearby and used two semiautomatic pistols as he marched around checking offices, possibly in an attempt to find more victims, before campus police fatally shot him.

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