The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners hosted its first meeting of 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 15 at Metropolitan College of New York. The event featured a presentation by FEMA’s Eric Goldman, who discussed America’s PrepareAthon, an initiative that invites individuals, businesses and community organizations to participate in disaster planning and drills.
President, Obama laid out his plans this week as part of a push for new cybersecurity legislation that increases government information-sharing and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats. Yet the president's proposals are similar to congressional legislation that has been languishing on Capitol Hill, in part over privacy concerns.
Even as his country registered 19 new Ebola cases over a 24-hour period, Sierra Leone's president is predicting there will be zero new confirmed cases by the end of March. President Ernest Bai Koroma also predicted that his West African country would be Ebola-free by World Health Organization standards by May.
The lawyer for a Russian accused by U.S. authorities of involvement in a huge computer hack that stole and sold at least 160 million credit and debit-card numbers called on a Dutch judge to ban his extradition to the United States. U.S. prosecutors have called the hack the largest data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.
Authorities in a north Indian state suspended 23 officials in a crackdown on illegal liquor sales, as the death toll among villagers who drank from a bad batch of cheap alcohol climbed to 38. Hospitals were still treating more than 100 people poisoned by homemade alcohol bought from a village shop in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state.
Luxury goods maker Burberry is reporting falling sales in Asia because pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong disrupted trade during China's crucial "Golden Week" national holiday. Comparable sales were up 8 percent overall but in the Asia-Pacific region, the company delivered low single-digit percentage growth.
State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years. As much as 600 parts per million of the gas an hour could have filled a poorly ventilated room, but federal guidelines say workers shouldn't be exposed to more than an average of 10 ppm per day of the gas.
eavy flooding in Mozambique has killed 10 people and displaced nearly 20,000 more, the government disaster management office said. Mozambique's government Monday issued a red alert for disaster readiness for the central and northern provinces. The government also urged people in low-lying areas to find shelter on higher ground.
A western Pennsylvania man faces sentencing for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former company by submitting invoices from a phony company. He pleaded guilty in September to mail fraud in the theft of almost $360,000 from Matthews International Corp. The losses have since been calculated at $415,000.
Virtual Corporation announced that The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has selected Sustainable Planner as their organizational resilience software.
In light of breaches at companies like Home Depot and Target, the president is proposing legislation that would require companies to inform their customers whether their data has been compromised within 30 days called the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act. The act would also make it a crime to sell customers’ identities overseas.
After careful consideration, the Continuity Insights team has decided to move the weekly Friday newsletter to Thursday. The first Thursday newsletter will deploy on Jan. 22. To subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter, click here.
Hackers supporting Islamic militants took over the Twitter and YouTube accounts of a major U.S. military command, in what the Pentagon called an annoying prank that did not breach military networks or access classified data. The hacker group, calling itself CyberCaliphate, was already under FBI investigation for incursions into the Twitter feeds or websites of media outlets.
Divers retrieved one black box and located the other from the AirAsia plane that crashed more than two weeks ago, key developments that should help investigators unravel what caused the aircraft to plummet into the Java Sea. The flight data recorder was pulled from beneath a piece of the aircraft's wing and brought to the sea's surface, and the cockpit voice recorder was found hours later.
President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus.