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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Tabletop Exercises, Lessons Learned the Topic of ACP Meeting

June 23, 2015 11:53 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners discussed tabletop exercises and lessons learned after a test at Rabobank on Thursday, June 18.  Joe Woulfe, Vice President of Business Continuity Management for Rabobank, and Richard Cooper, Founder and CEO of Arbor Continuity, presented on an exercise they ran with the Netherlands-based bank.  They discussed the scenario the presented as well as their findings.

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Infrastructure, Education Key to Fighting Outbreaks

June 23, 2015 11:51 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Whether serious or not, infectious disease outbreaks always seem to grab headlines.  Even if the threat is minimal, it always seems as though diseases like Ebola instantly become the focus of the media once an outbreak begins.  The recent cases of MERS in South Korea show how critical healthcare and infrastructure are in preventing pandemic situations.

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Cyber Theft Adds to US-China Tensions Ahead of Upcoming Talks

June 23, 2015 11:39 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions between the U.S. and China are growing over its island-building in the South China Sea and over suspicions that Beijing was behind a massive hack into a federal government server that resulted in the theft of personnel and security clearance records of 14 million employees and contractors.

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With Low Numbers of New Cases, Ebola Vaccine Trials Fight Odds of Success

June 23, 2015 11:34 am | by Helen Branswell, Associated Press | News | Comments

 New Ebola infections in Guinea and Sierra Leone are down to a trickle. That means while there may still be time to prove if experimental Ebola vaccines protect against the dreaded disease, the chances of success are becoming slimmer.  The teams trying to do that critical research know the odds are stacked against most of the trials that are underway.

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North Korea Claims it has Cure for MERS, Ebola and AIDS

June 23, 2015 11:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea says it has succeeded where the greatest minds in science have failed.  The authoritarian, impoverished nation better known for pursuing a nuclear program despite global criticism announced it has a drug can prevent and cure MERS, Ebola, SARS and AIDS.

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Brand Tarnished, Cardinals Likely to Avoid Economic Damage

June 23, 2015 11:29 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The St. Louis Cardinals have been the toast of their Midwestern city for generations, a source of civic pride as one of baseball's most successful and cherished franchises.  Suddenly, they're an embarrassment, under federal investigation for allegedly hacking into the computer database of an opponent, the Houston Astros, whose general manager, Jeff Luhnow, is a former Cardinals executive.

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Egg Shortage Cutting into Restaurant Profits, Menu Items

June 23, 2015 11:26 am | by Margery Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

Those who like to indulge in a good omelet or quiche at the local cafe should prepare to pay a little more — if it's even on the menu.  Restaurants are struggling to deal with higher egg prices and an inability to get enough eggs and egg products in the midst of a shortage brought about by a bird flu virus that wiped out millions of chickens on commercial farms this spring.

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Polish Airline Cancels Flights After Hacker Attack

June 23, 2015 11:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Poland's LOT airline has been forced to cancel around 10 foreign and domestic flights after hackers attacked its computers.  Airline spokesman Adrian Kubicki said the hacker attack temporarily paralyzed LOT's computers at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin airport on Sunday, disrupting the processing of passengers for the flights.

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Preparing for Pandemics, Epidemics and Outbreaks

June 17, 2015 4:07 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Suzanne Bernier, President of SB Crisis Consulting, discusses the ongoing potential for pandemics, epidemics and outbreaks.  She talks about why planning for these things is important and relevant to business continuity professionals everywhere.

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Data Breach About More Than Just Baseball

June 17, 2015 4:01 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s not often that sports are discussed in the business continuity community, especially with so many of its members working with large, multi-national firms.  However, a recent high profile data breach involving two Major League Baseball teams is worth watching.

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Fed Agency Blames Giant Hack on 'Neglected' Security System

June 17, 2015 3:43 pm | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The agency that allowed hackers linked to China to steal private information about nearly every federal employee — and detailed personal histories of military and intelligence workers with security clearances — failed for years to take basic steps to secure its computer networks, officials acknowledged to Congress.

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Thousands of Indonesians Refuse to Leave Volcano Danger Zone

June 17, 2015 3:37 pm | by Binsar Bakkara and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Thousands of villagers are refusing to leave their homes on the slopes of one of Indonesia's most volatile volcanoes despite warnings that it is poised for a powerful eruption.  Mount Sinabung, one of about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, has been at the highest alert level for nearly two weeks.

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Cardinals Stand Accused of Hacking Astros Player Database

June 17, 2015 3:25 pm | by R.B. Fallstrom and Kristie Rieken, AP Sports Writers | News | Comments

Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the Cardinals illegally accessed a computer database of the Houston Astros. The aim was obtaining information from a front office headed by a former top aide who helped transform St. Louis' scouting operation to a sabermetrics-based system, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

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N. Korea Says it has Been Hit by Worst Drought in 100 years

June 17, 2015 3:16 pm | by Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea says it has been hit by its worst drought in a century, resulting in extensive damage to agriculture during its main planting season.  The official Korean Central News Agency said the drought has caused about 30 percent of its rice paddies to dry up. Young rice plants normally need to be partially submerged in water during the early summer.

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Texas Communities Brace for Another Round of Heavy Rainfall

June 17, 2015 3:13 pm | by David Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

The eastern half of Texas prepared for renewed flooding as Tropical Storm Bill made landfall along the state's Gulf Coast.  According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the storm came ashore with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. 

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