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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.