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Rentsys Recovery Services To Host Second Annual Education Seminar On Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

August 22, 2013 9:20 am | by Rentsys Recovery | News | Comments

Rentsys Recovery Services, a provider of comprehensive disaster recovery solutions for businesses ranging from community banks and credit unions to enterprise organizations, hosts its Second Annual Education Conference and Open House on Thursday, September 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard in Billerica.

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Agility Recovery & The U.S. Small Business Administration Launch Webinar Series To Prepare Businesses For September’s National Preparedness Month

August 21, 2013 5:24 pm | by Agility Recovery | News | Comments

In observance of National Preparedness Month, Agility Recovery, North America's premier provider of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions to organizations of all types, together with the U.S. Small Business Administration, have launched a webinar series to help educate businesses on the importance of business preparedness.

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New Mobile Apps Revolutionize How Organizations Respond To Crises & Operations Issues

August 21, 2013 5:10 pm | by MissionMode | News | Comments

MissionMode Solutions has released three new mobile applications that revolutionize how organizations respond to crises and operations issues. The apps put the power and versatility of MissionMode’s emergency notification and incident management software on a tablet or smartphone. They extend the capabilities of the company’s web-based applications. 

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Global Citizens Demand Company Involvement In Natural Disaster Relief

August 21, 2013 4:01 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

As communities around the world continue to recover from natural disasters on epic scales, citizens look to companies — not just governments or aid organizations — to provide critical relief assistance. According to the 2013 Cone Communications Disaster Relief Trend Tracker, nearly nine-in-10 (87%) global consumers believe companies must play a role in natural disaster response. 

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Two NJ Towns Get OK For Protective Steel Sea Wall

August 21, 2013 3:48 pm | by WAYNE PARRY,Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the Jersey shore towns hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy in October will soon be protected by a steel sea wall. Mantoloking and Brick have received federal and state approval for the wall that will be covered by sand and form the base of a makeshift dune system. Work is expected to begin this fall.

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Hot, Dry Summer Pushes Wildfire Spending Past $1B

August 21, 2013 3:23 pm | by JEFF BARNARD,Associated Press | News | Comments

Wildfires burning in California, Oregon, Idaho and Montana are taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise upped the national wildfire preparedness level Tuesday to the highest level for the first time in five years.

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MERS Virus Match Seen In Saudi Arabian Bat

August 21, 2013 2:55 pm | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have found the mysterious MERS virus in a bat in Saudi Arabia. An international research team said the bat virus is an exact match to the first known human case of Middle East respiratory syndrome. The sample was collected from within a few miles of that patient's home.

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Programmer Finds Facebook Bug, Hacks CEO's Page

August 20, 2013 10:32 am | by NASSER SHIYOUKHI & RAPHAEL SATTER,Associated Press | News | Comments

After discovering a privacy bug on Facebook, unemployed Palestinian programmer Khalil Shreateh said he just wanted to collect the traditional $500 bounty the social network giant offers to those who voluntarily expose its glitches. But when Facebook ignored his first two reports, Shreateh took his message to the top — and hacked into CEO Mark Zuckerberg's personal page to prove his point.

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Energy Dept.: Personal Data Compromised By Hackers

August 20, 2013 10:29 am | by MATTHEW DALY,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Energy Department says personal information for about 14,000 past and current employees was compromised after the department's computers were hacked. Information such as Social Security numbers and names was disclosed in the attack, which occurred in late July.

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FBI Works To Train Police On Mass Killing Response

August 20, 2013 10:24 am | by ERIC TUCKER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Two men stand anxiously at the classroom entrance and another lies seriously wounded beside a wall outside. The drill is part of a training program the FBI is helping run for local law enforcement agents nationwide. Acting on a White House directive and partnering with a Texas-based training center, the FBI this year has been teaching best practices for responding to mass shootings.

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Can A Usable H7N9 Vaccine Be Made?

August 20, 2013 9:50 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Can a usable vaccine against the H7N9 bird flu virus be made? Studies that are about to start should offer clues soon, says the director of the U.S. government program spearheading the work. Four flu vaccine manufacturers have started or will soon start clinical trials on H7N9 vaccines, with four more expected to conduct trials in the late fall or early winter. 

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Why Documentation Is So Much More Than Just Documents

August 20, 2013 9:44 am | by Stacy Gardner, Managing Consultant, Avalution Consulting | Blogs | Comments

While all business continuity standards require documented analysis and plans, ISO 22301 requires that organizations document procedures (to drive repeatable performance) and outcomes of the planning process (to serve as evidence).  While this effort is necessary if an organization chooses to seek certification, there are several benefits organizations can achieve just by conforming to the ISO 22301 standard.

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The Business (Continuity) Case For Fuel Cells

August 20, 2013 9:28 am | by Sandra Saathoff, Director, Marketing Communication, ReliOn | Articles | Comments

One tool in the quest for ever-increasing reliability in power is the fuel cell. Fuel cells have been commercially available to communications network customers for a decade, with a number of suppliers providing products globally. Within early adopters, fuel cell usage has progressed from early trials to larger rollouts providing critical backup power to several hundred sites in a single network. 

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Torrential Rains Shut Down Philippine Capital

August 19, 2013 5:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Torrential rains brought the Philippine capital to a standstill Monday, submerging some areas in waist-deep floodwaters and making streets impassable to vehicles, while thousands of people in northern regions fled to emergency shelters.

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Task Force: Coasts Should Prepare For Rising Seas

August 19, 2013 5:27 pm | by DAVID B. CARUSO & MEGHAN BARR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coastal communities should assume floods are going to happen more frequently and realize that spending now on protective measures could save money later, according to a report issued by a presidential task force charged with developing a strategy for rebuilding areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

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