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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Speakers' Soapbox: Kimberly Hirsch Discusses Lessons Learned From A Large-Scale Business Continuity Activation

February 11, 2014 9:56 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the 2014 Continuity Insights Management Conference, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics and critical business continuity skills. This week we sat down with Kimberly Hirsch from Target to learn more about the importance of real-life case studies and why Harry Connick Jr. would make a good business continuity professional.

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HP Identifies Top Enterprise Security Threats

February 10, 2014 3:59 pm | News | Comments

HP has published the Cyber Risk Report 2013, identifying top enterprise security vulnerabilities and providing analysis of the expanding threat landscape. This year’s report details factors that contributed most to the growing attack surface in 2013 and outlines recommendations for organizations to minimize security risk and the overall impact of attacks.

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GA Gov. Declares State Of Emergency As Storm Looms

February 10, 2014 10:33 am | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

With memories of thousands of vehicles gridlocked for hours on icy metro Atlanta highways fresh in their minds, officials in north Georgia prepared Monday for another round of winter weather, with the governor declaring a state of emergency for 14 counties.

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PA Vendor Confirms Link To Target Data Probe

February 10, 2014 10:28 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A western Pennsylvania heating and refrigeration contractor said it was the victim of a "sophisticated cyber attack operation" that is being investigated by the Secret Service and possibly linked to the data breach that enabled hackers to access millions of credit card numbers belonging to Target store customers. 

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Three Arrested In Massive Cyber Bank Heist

February 10, 2014 10:16 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

In December 2012 and February 2013, crime ring members in 27 countries allegedly used stolen prepaid MasterCard debit card numbers to withdraw the millions from ATM machines. Several have already been arrested worldwide and two already convicted. 

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Former Federal Official: Attack Was Terrorism

February 6, 2014 9:30 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Wednesday an April attack on Silicon Valley's phone lines and power grid was terrorism — despite repeated FBI statements that it had found no indications to back that up. 

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Nine First-Responders Die In Fire That Destroyed Bank Archives

February 5, 2014 1:07 pm | by MICHAEL WARREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine first-responders were killed, seven others injured and two were missing as they battled a fire of unknown origin that destroyed an archive of bank documents in Argentina's capital on Wednesday. The fire at the Iron Mountain warehouse took hours to control and the sprawling building appeared to be ruined. 

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Hotel Manager: Data Breach In Eight States

February 4, 2014 10:47 am | by CHARLES WILSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A nationwide hotel operator is investigating a suspected data security breach that may have compromised credit card and debit card information of customers who stayed at properties in eight states last year, the company announced Monday.  

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Target Data Breach Pits U.S. Banks Against Retailers

February 4, 2014 10:26 am | by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Banks and America's big retailers are locked in a debate over the massive breach of millions of consumers' data that gripped Target Corp. during the holiday season. At issue: Which industry bears more responsibility for protecting consumers' personal information?

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SIFMA Statement On Pandemic Accord Tabletop Exercise

February 4, 2014 10:11 am | by SIFMA | News | Comments

SIFMA issued the following statement in response to the Summary of Key Findings of the 2013 Pandemic Accord tabletop exercise that was sponsored by FEMA Region II, DHHS Region II, Federal Executive Board New York City, Federal Executive Board Northern New Jersey, Clearing House Association and SIFMA. Read the Pandemic Accord 2013: Continuity of Operations Pandemic Tabletop Exercise — Summary of Findings: 

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GA Emergency Chief Under Pressure After Gridlock

February 4, 2014 9:38 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of Georgia's emergency office helped plan for the 1996 Olympics and an international meeting of foreign leaders on the state's coastline. He leads a national association of disaster planners and testified to Congress about the threat of cyberattacks. Yet a simple snowstorm could imperil his career. 

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Halifax Hospital Uses VOLO During Shooting

February 4, 2014 9:15 am | by VOLO | News | Comments

Kevin Noel, Director of Safety and Security at Halifax Hospital, used the VOLO Recovery® cloud-based communication system to contact hospital executives and employees after a dangerous shooting occurred at the hospital on Monday, January 6th, 2014. 

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Risk Shrink: The Human Element Risk

February 3, 2014 5:34 pm | by Sean Murphy, CEO & President, Lootok | Articles | Comments

There is a certain beauty in working with numbers. In business continuity, we rely on numbers to determine the likelihood of an event occurring, and how best to offset it. By increasing our knowledge about what drives fear and behavior, we can improve communication and training to gain a greater sense of control over our risk environment. 

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Disaster Loans Offered After Chemical Spill

February 3, 2014 3:20 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia small businesses and nonprofit groups affected by the Jan. 9 chemical spill are eligible to apply for low-interest loans from the federal government. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the economic injury disaster loans are being offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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GA Faced Iced Roads As Recently As 2011

February 3, 2014 3:10 pm | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three years before the latest winter storm struck metro Atlanta and left thousands of people stuck this week, the region's leaders got a taste of how a few inches of snow and ice could cripple transportation networks. Lessons from that storm were incorporated into a statewide snow and ice plan issued in 2013 by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

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