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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Snow Shuts Down Air Traffic in Moscow

December 26, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive snowstorm in Moscow  caused delays to more than 150 flights and brought traffic to a standstill.  None of Moscow's three airports have been closed, but all three were hit with severe delays, including more than a hundred flights being delayed from Domodedovo south of the city.

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Business Continuity and the Sony Data Breach: Part 1

December 23, 2014 11:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

A massive data breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which experts believe was targeted by North Korea as retaliation for a film depicting the assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un, has led to an international incident that has gained the attention of business continuity professionals.

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Speaker's Soapbox: Barry Cardoza of Barry Cardoza, LLC.

December 23, 2014 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Barry Cardoza of Barry Cardoza, LLC, will present "Making BIA Data a High Value Strategic Advantage for Your Organization."  The presentation will cover how to use a BIA effectively to generate meaningful data for business continuity programs.  It will also cover how that data can be used to improve organizational resilience.

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South Korea Power Company Preparing for Cyber Attacks

December 23, 2014 11:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company said it began drills against possible cyberattacks after online threats of attack against its plants.  State-owned Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. said the two-day drills are meant to prepare workers in the event of hacking attacks aimed at disabling the plants' controlling systems.

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Despite Some Success, 2014 a Rough Year for Public Health

December 23, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of the year. Nevertheless, this was a black-eye year for public health.  Some vital vaccines did not work well. Federal laboratories were careless with dangerous pathogens. And international health officials failed to stop a West Africa outbreak from exploding into the worst Ebola epidemic ever.

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Mine Still a Hazard 30 Years Later

December 23, 2014 11:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.

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'Mountains of Debris' From 2004 Tsunami Reused, Washed Out to Sea

December 22, 2014 4:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.  Driving in the remade communities today, it's easy to wonder where it all went. Some of it is still there — recycled into road materials, buildings and furniture. Some of it was burned, creating new environmental hazards. And most of it was simply washed out to sea.

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Coal Mines on Pace for All-Time Low in Work-Related Deaths

December 22, 2014 3:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths.  Officials point to their more aggressive use of team inspections at problem sites and other measures, which they say have fostered more responsible behavior below ground.

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Stolen Laptop Contained Personal Information of Nearly 3,000

December 22, 2014 3:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A major Chicago health care system has apologized to nearly 3,000 patients whose personal information was on an unencrypted laptop that was stolen in October.  Northwestern Memorial Healthcare started mailing letters Friday to affected patients and promised to take steps to enhance security. 

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Washington Will Help Local Government Recover After Storm

December 22, 2014 2:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in upstate New York. That means Washington will chip in to help state, local and tribal government pay to clean up and rebuild after a last month's blockbuster storm that dumped more than 7 feet of snow across the region.

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Spaniards Protest New Laws Throughout Country

December 22, 2014 2:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of people protested in Spanish cities against a proposed law that would set hefty fines for offenses such as burning the national flag and demonstrating outside parliament buildings or strategic installations.  The Public Security Law was approved by one house of parliament last week and is expected to be accepted by the other government-controlled one next month.

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Speaker's Soapbox: Lynnda Nelson of The ICOR

December 19, 2014 10:42 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Lynnda Nelson, President of The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR), will present "Aligning Your BCM Program to ISO 22301."  In her presentation, Nelson will discuss how organizations can incorporate the new ISO 22301 standards into their business continuity programs and how implimenting those standards can help them become more resilient.

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Study Says Federal Government Not Fully Prepared to Handle Nuclear Attack, Large Scale Catastrophe

December 19, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.

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Officials Calling Sony Hack 'Most Damaging Ever'

December 19, 2014 8:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.  The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel release of the North Korean spoof movie "The Interview."

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Army Virologist Found Traces of Ebola in West Africa Long Before Outbreak

December 19, 2014 8:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Army virologist using diagnostic tools found traces of Ebola virus in patient samples in West Africa -- a region thought to be untouched by the disease -- seven years before the largest, deadliest Ebola outbreak took the world by surprise in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. 

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