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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Internal Benchmarking and Best Practices

June 16, 2015 11:44 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Mike Janko, Director of Global Business Continuity for Goodyear, discusses internal benchmarking and best practices, including relevant metrics and strategies for gaining support and building a stronger business continuity program at your organization.  

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Disaster Planning a Continuing Focus for BC Pros

June 16, 2015 11:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Recent disasters, like the earthquakes in Nepal and floods in Texas and Oklahoma, have once again put the focus on businesses staying operational during and recovering from drastic events.  Preparing for these events can be crucial, as disasters can cost businesses financially as well as other ways.  Some businesses never recover from large storms or natural disasters.

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Vast Data Warehouse Raises HealthCare.gov Privacy Concerns

June 15, 2015 4:05 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | News | Comments

A government data warehouse that stores information indefinitely on millions of HealthCare.gov customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common.  Known as MIDAS, the system is described on a federal website as the "perpetual central repository" for information collected under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Texas Planners Look to Aquifers to Prepare for Next Drought

June 15, 2015 3:56 pm | by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press | News | Comments

The torrential storms of last month essentially ended one of Texas' worst-ever droughts, but much of the excess water has already flowed into the Gulf of Mexico or will evaporate by year's end.  With a wary eye toward the next prolonged dry-streak that inevitably will come, some think expanding the use of underground aquifers may help slake the thirst of Texas' rapidly growing population.

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Quake-Hit Nepal Reopens Damaged Heritage Sites for Tourists

June 15, 2015 3:51 pm | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nepal on reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of devastating earthquakes, hoping to lure back foreign tourists.  The April 25 and May 12 quakes killed more than 8,700 people and damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings in Nepal, including old temples, palaces and other historical structures that are popular with tourists.

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California Orders Large Water Cuts for Farmers

June 15, 2015 3:41 pm | by Fenit Nirappil and Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country's prime farm regions.

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WHO: MERS not Spreading Outside South Korea Hospitals

June 15, 2015 3:36 pm | by Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

The MERS virus in South Korea, which has killed 14 people and infected nearly 140 in the largest outbreak outside the Middle East, hasn't spread outside hospitals among the wider community or become easier to transmit between humans, the World Health Organization said.

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Search on for People, Zoo Animals Missing in Georgia Flood

June 15, 2015 3:32 pm | by Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili | News | Comments

Rescue workers in the Georgian capital are still searching for more than 20 people and an undetermined number of potentially dangerous animals missing after severe flooding ravaged the area around the zoo and left at least 12 people dead.

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Continuing to Operate After a Breach

June 11, 2015 10:45 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Pete O'Dell, Founder of Swan Island Networks, discusses how companies can continue to operate after a data breach and why it is critical for continuity and eventual recovery from cyber attacks.  This is the second in a two part series of videos.

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Oil Spill Shows Value of Continuity Planning

June 11, 2015 10:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to about 1,200 pages of records, provided by Texas-Based Plains All-American Pipeline, the recent pipeline breach in California was unlikely to happen and any issues could be detected by its systems, which may not have worked properly in the hours leading to the spill.  All of this shows how important business continuity, resilience and effective planning are.

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NTSB Says Amtrak Engineer Didn't Use Cellphone Before Crash

June 10, 2015 4:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The engineer driving an Amtrak train wasn't using his cellphone just before the train derailed in Philadelphia last month, safety investigators said, deepening the mystery of what caused the accident that killed eight and injured about 200.

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TSA Nominee Shares Lawmakers' Concern about Airport Security

June 10, 2015 4:04 pm | by Alicia Caldwell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coast Guard admiral picked by President Barack Obama to lead the Transportation Security Administration is as concerned about reports of rampant security gaps at airports as lawmakers, he said during a confirmation hearing.  Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee he will fully identify those gaps and close them if he is confirmed by the Senate.

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South Korea Says its Deadly MERS Outbreak May Have Peaked

June 10, 2015 3:55 pm | by Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea believes its MERS virus outbreak may have peaked, and experts say the next several days will be critical to determining whether the government's belated efforts have successfully stymied a disease that has killed nine people and infected more than 100 in the country.

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Oil Train Disaster Settlement Fund Reaches $345 Million

June 10, 2015 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The compensation fund for victims of a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in a small town in Quebec has grown to $345 million with a contribution from the company that owned the shipment.  World Fuel Services Corp., which was accused in a lawsuit of downplaying the volatility of the crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region, agreed to contribute $110 million to the settlement fund.

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Sinclair Lawsuit Blames 2013 Refinery Fire on Faulty Valve

June 10, 2015 3:38 pm | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A lawsuit filed by the owner of a Wyoming refinery alleges six companies played roles in the installation of a valve that failed, causing a fire and $135 million in damage to the plant.   Salt Lake City-based Sinclair alleges the cause was a hydrogen gas control valve that failed in the refinery's hydrotreater.

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