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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Hackers Target Major League Baseball Squad

July 7, 2014 3:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Houston Astros said Monday that they have been the victims of hackers who accessed their servers and published months of internal trade talks on the Internet.  The team is working with the FBI and Major League Baseball security to try who was responsible for the breach.

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New Emergency Notification System from Sungard Availability Services Delivers Faster, More Streamlined Mobile Alerts

June 30, 2014 2:49 pm Sungard Availability Services Product Releases | Comments

Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) announced Assurance Notification Manager (AssuranceNM), the newest addition to its Assurance software suite. With AssuranceNM, a global emergency notification system, users can communicate easier in a pending disaster.

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Learning to “Speak the Language” a Key for Executive Support

June 30, 2014 2:17 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor Avalution Consulting Articles | Comments

Throughout the business continuity industry, practitioners are constantly looking for ways to engage – and stay engaged with – senior management, with the objective of gaining and keeping their support.  Practitioners should understand how executives think before trying to get their support.

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Ebola Outbreak Continues in Africa

June 30, 2014 2:00 pm | News | Comments

 The World Health Organization said that the latest figures show 567 cases with 350 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Last week the organization reported more than 330 deaths.  Most of the deaths, 267 of them, are in Guinea, but with Sierra Leone reporting 39 new cases and eight deaths between June 15 and 17, growth there appears to be faster.

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Study Shows Impact of Credit Card Fraud

June 30, 2014 1:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A global fraud study of more than 6,100 consumers across 20 countries revealed that one in four consumers is a victim of card fraud in the last five years.  Nearly 25 percent of consumers changed financial institutions due to dissatisfaction after experiencing fraud.

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Expiring Contracts Could Cause Shipping Problems

June 30, 2014 11:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A contract that covers nearly 20,000 West Coast dockworkers is set to expire, and businesses are worried about disruptions just as the crush of cargo for the back-to-school and holiday seasons begins.  With contentious issues including benefits and job security on the table, smooth sailing is no guarantee.

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New Danger Caused by Spike in Crude Oil Shipments

June 30, 2014 10:57 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said.     

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U.S. Wants to Resume Discussions on Hacking With China

June 30, 2014 10:38 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States will urge China to resume discussions on cyber security that were abruptly suspended after the Americans charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets.  After the indictments against the five officers were unsealed in May, Beijing pulled the plug on the group that had been set up a year ago in what Washington.

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Typhoon Warnings Now Mandatory in The Philippines

June 30, 2014 10:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Philippines has passed a law that requires cellphone companies to send warnings to millions of people in the path of deadly typhoons, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in an effort to reduce the high number of fatalities that occur almost every year. 

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Video:Vendors as Partners

June 30, 2014 9:09 am | Videos | Comments

Kurt Spangler, Senior Vice President of Continuity Logic, discusses the importance of working with vendors and how their experience and expertise can add new dimensions to your organization's business continuity plans and practices.    

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Video:Communicating With Executive Management

June 30, 2014 8:52 am | Videos | Comments

Melissa Owings, Business Continuity Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield, shares how she effectively communicates business continuity management information with executives.  She discusses the importance of keeping reports concise and informative.

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Webinar Addresses Continuity Insights-KPMG Survey Results

June 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Joe Shust Kpmg Llp, Continuity Insights Articles | Comments

Panelists discussed how their organizations have used data from this year’s CI-KPMG Global Business Continuity Management Program Benchmarking Study, which surveyed 434 business continuity professionals throughout more than 22 countries.  

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Conforming to ISO 22301: How to Establish an Early Warning System

June 23, 2014 3:05 pm | by Brian Zawada, Avalution Consulting Blogs | Comments

A key element of any business continuity professional’s job description is helping the organization execute its business continuity arrangements, or as ISO 22301 calls it in Clause 8.4.3, “detecting an incident” and then activating the response.  Taken one step further, ISO 22301 calls out a number of specific response-related requirements related to early warning or incident detection that organizations must consider

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Video:The Importance of Clearly Defined Roles in Exercises

June 23, 2014 9:25 am | Videos | Comments

Chris Wright, Senior Manager of Worldwide Business Continuity and Crisis Management at Amgen, Inc., discusses the value of clearly defined roles and responsibilities and the utilization of tools and supplies during his drills and exercises.  Look for next week's video where Melissa Owings with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, shares how she effectively communicates BCM information with executive management.

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Video: All Recoveries are Not Equal:Print and Mail Operations Often Require Additional Consideration

June 23, 2014 9:18 am | Videos | Comments

Chris Durfee, Director of Sales and Marketing for MailGard, discusses why some items, like print and mail operations, sometimes require extra consideration during recovery and why not all recovery projects are created equal.      

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