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Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

September 6, 2013 12:20 pm | by FEMA | News | Comments

You can get help with your own business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery, as part of National Preparedness Month. The first in the NPM series this year will be on the critical topic of "Protecting Your Organization by Preparing Your Employees."

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Rentsys Recovery Services Completes Service Organization Controls 2 Report

September 5, 2013 3:02 pm | by Rentsys Recovery Services | News | Comments

Rentsys Recovery Services, a provider of comprehensive disaster recovery solutions for businesses ranging from community banks and credit unions to enterprise organizations, has completed its Service Organization Controls 2 (SOC 2) audit, which examines and identifies potential risks associated with Rentsys’ information systems.

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State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks: We Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

September 5, 2013 2:45 pm | by Lieberman Software | News | Comments

We're losing the battle against state-sponsored cyber attacks and things are not going to improve any time soon, according to a new survey from Lieberman Software Corporation. As state-sponsored cyber attacks increasingly become a serious problem, many nations are building defensive, as well as offensive, techniques to deter attackers. 

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Venezuelans: Blackouts Caused By Incompetence, Not Sabotage

September 5, 2013 10:09 am | by CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER & FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuelans expressed skepticism Wednesday on President Nicolas Maduro's claims that saboteurs caused a blackout that knocked out electricity in about 70 percent of the country, creating chaos in Caracas by interrupting subway service and snarling traffic. For many, no explanation was necessary: Government neglect and incompetence are to blame for blackouts that have plagued Venezuela for years while rarely affecting the capital.

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Study: Most States Lack Disaster Plans For Kids

September 5, 2013 10:04 am | by ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, most states still don't require four basic safety plans to protect children in school and child care from disasters, aid group Save the Children said in a report released Wednesday. The group faulted 28 states and the District of Columbia for failing to require the emergency safety plans for schools and child care providers that were recommended by a national commission in the wake of Katrina.

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Report: Tsunami Would Wipe Out CA's Economy

September 5, 2013 9:59 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

If a monster earthquake struck off Alaska's coast, tsunami waves would rush toward California, crippling the nation's busiest port complex and flooding coastal communities, a report released Wednesday suggests. The potential impacts, based on a hypothetical magnitude-9.1 jolt off the Alaskan peninsula, were detailed by a team led by the U.S. Geological Survey to help emergency responders prepare.

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Storm Shelter Project Shelved In MS

September 5, 2013 9:56 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen has dropped plans to pursue a $3.4 million grant to build a city storm shelter which would have doubled as a gymnasium. Citing budget concerns, aldermen voted 5-1 Tuesday night to abandon the project.

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From Chaos To Life-Saving Solutions: New Book Released

September 5, 2013 9:46 am | News | Comments

Driven by memories of 9/11, Jim Burtles pours 10+ years of international research into lifesaving solutions for any facility of any size under extreme conditions. From a review of building materials, floor plans, and architectural conditions, to a precise “how-to” for testing and training the people in charge of an actual evacuation, Burtles leads you step-by-step through the kind of planning that saves lives.

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Never Too Small To Recover: SDMI Brings Disaster Management To Small Businesses

September 3, 2013 10:15 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Louisiana State University’s (LSU’s) Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) was born after LSU’s own resilience was tested (and proven). SDMI is all about “causing a culture change in recovery.” To this end, the CBP “focuses on making sure that the business community, and in particular the small-business community, is better positioned to endure an interruption, and not just a disaster.”

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Sandy's 'Freaky' Path May Be Less Likely In Future

September 3, 2013 10:04 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Man-made global warming may further lessen the likelihood of the freak atmospheric steering currents that last year shoved Superstorm Sandy due west into New Jersey, a new study says. But don't celebrate a rare beneficial climate change prediction just yet. The study's authors said the once-in-700-years path was only one factor in the massive $50 billion killer storm. 

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Marine Website Compromised With Pro-Assad Message

September 3, 2013 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Marine Corps spokesman says the Marines' recruiting website was tampered with and redirected temporarily. Capt. Eric Flanagan wouldn't say who was responsible for the hacking, but the site was redirected to a message from the Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker group that's claimed responsibility for disrupting the New York Times website, Twitter and other media sites the group sees as sympathetic to Syria's rebels.

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Hackers Find Weaknesses In Car Computer Systems

September 3, 2013 9:50 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours? In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine — all from their laptop computers.

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Firefighters Hurt Battling Fire At Atlanta Airport

September 3, 2013 9:35 am | by JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries while battling a blaze that sent thick smoke into a terminal at Atlanta's airport, authorities said. The early Tuesday blaze involved an escalator in Concourse T, filling the area with heavy smoke, Atlanta Fire Rescue spokeswoman Janet Ward told The Associated Press.

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Regulators Issue Joint Staff Review Of Firms' Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning

September 3, 2013 9:31 am | by FINRA | News | Comments

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)  joined the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)'s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight in issuing a staff advisory on business continuity and disaster recovery planning.

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Nasdaq Takes Some Blame For Breakdown

August 29, 2013 4:31 pm | News | Comments

Nasdaq OMX Group says a three-hour trading halt last week was partly the result of issues within the company's control. In a statement released Thursday, the company detailed some of its early findings from an internal review. Nasdaq blamed "a confluence of unprecedented events" that overwhelmed the exchange's system for handling price information. 

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