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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

NJ Gov. To Utilities: Step Up Post-Storm Response

September 6, 2012 3:28 pm | by ANGELA DELLI SANTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed legislation would allow regulators to impose financial penalties "with real teeth" on utilities with slow post-storm responses — up to $25,000 per day, compared with $100 a day now, to a maximum of $2 million.

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Remnant Of Hurricane Isaac Lurks In Gulf Of Mexico

September 6, 2012 3:23 pm | News | Comments

If a remnant of Hurricane Isaac becomes a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico — which forecasters say could happen — it would be a rare event. In 2005, a remnant from a tropical depression that dissipated near Puerto Rico eventually became part of a new depression, which evolved into Hurricane Katrina.

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Are The Cloud Vendors Winning You Over?

September 6, 2012 3:18 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In a recent briefing my question about the ongoing security concerns surrounding cloud was answered with a pretty convincing analogy that compared the security of a house to that of an apartment building. I’m curious if we as an industry are starting to accept this technology as inevitable, fall for the charms of the cloud vendor’s sales pitch, and/or feel the benefits (far) outweigh the risks.

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xMatters & Fusion Risk Management Announce Integration Of Risk Management & Crisis Response For The Enterprise & Supply Chain

September 6, 2012 9:58 am | News | Comments

Enterprise organizations can now manage their people records as "Teams" and "Rosters" within the context of contingency plans in the Fusion Framework System, and synchronize these with the xMatters notification system. While reducing costs and work effort, this capability speeds response times and removes the potential for errors and delays resulting from out of date or incorrect contact information.

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Agiliance Riskvision Minimizes Threat Of Business Disruptions

September 6, 2012 9:23 am | News | Comments

The Agiliance ISO 22301 Content Pack provides the necessary framework to identify potential threats to an organization and the impacts to business operations they pose. It breaks down the processes into simple and effective steps, enabling organizations to not just create a business continuity strategy but also to manage, maintain, and continually improve the plan.

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Third Party Risk

September 5, 2012 3:14 pm | by Quantivate | Webinars

September 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EDT As organizations continue to outsource activities to reduce operating costs and focus on core business activities third party risk management is increasingly important. Now regulatory bodies and investors are focusing on how these third parties affect your business risk and your organization’s ability to survive an incident. 

Certified ISO 22301 Lead Implementer

September 4, 2012 12:03 pm | News | Comments

This five-day intensive course enables participants to develop the necessary expertise to support an organization in implementing and managing a business continuity management system (BCMS) based on ISO 22301. Participants will also gain a thorough understanding of best practices used to implement business continuity processes from the ISO 22399.

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When Is A Backup Not A Backup?

September 4, 2012 11:29 am | by Ron LaPedis, SunGard Availability Services | Blogs | Comments

By accessing Gizmodo reporter Matt Honan's iCloud account, hackers wiped his iPhone, iPad and MacBook, deleted a Gmail account, and posted messages on personal and professional Twitter accounts. If you have a web presence, blog, or use social media, go change your passwords and evaluate how those accounts can be locked down before your reputation is tarnished by a hacker.

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Official Reinstates Half Of Va. Tech Fine, Debate Over 'Timely Warning'

September 4, 2012 10:53 am | by LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a ruling Thursday, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote that Virginia Tech should pay $27,500 for waiting more than two hours to inform the Blacksburg campus of a fatal shooting of two students in a residence hall.

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Tropical Storm Leslie Strengthens Over Atlantic

September 4, 2012 9:55 am | News | Comments

Tropical Storm Leslie strengthened in the Atlantic late Monday but was barely moving over open ocean on a track that could take it closer to Bermuda by Saturday. With its 65-mph winds, the storm was causing potentially dangerous surf in parts of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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Disaster Aid & The Politics Of Spending

September 4, 2012 9:28 am | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | News | Comments

At their convention, Republican leaders are taking the stage to push for less government and accuse President Barack Obama of profligate spending. About 500 miles away, under threat from a hurricane, Republicans welcomed federal government aid and at least one GOP governor accused Obama of being miserly with the help.

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Days After Isaac, Thousands Still In The Dark

September 4, 2012 9:21 am | by CAIN BURDEAU & KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Much of Plaquemines Parish, a vulnerable finger of land that juts into the Gulf of Mexico, remained under as much as 5 feet of water, Parish President Billy Nungesser said. The Category 1 hurricane walloped the parish, and for many, the damage was worse than that from Katrina in 2005.

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ExaGrid Publishes 300th Disk Backup Customer Success Story

August 31, 2012 1:26 am | News | Comments

The University of Northern Iowa's IT department chose ExaGrid’s disk backup solution with deduplication because of the scalability of its GRID-based architecture, fast restores and price. Prior to switching to ExaGrid, UNI had been backing up its data to a large, onsite magnetic tape library using a chargeback service model to the university system.

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Weakening Isaac Hovers Over Water-Logged Louisiana, Leaves Highway Underwater

August 31, 2012 1:14 am | by CAIN BURDEAU & MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Isaac dumped as much as 16 inches in some areas, and about 500 people had to be rescued by boat or high-water vehicles. At least two deaths were reported. Five feet of water poured into Musatchia's home before a neighbor passed by with a boat and evacuated him and his 6-year-old boxer, Renny.

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Empire State Shooter Laid Off Over A Year Ago

August 31, 2012 1:02 am | by COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The laid off clothing designer who shot his former colleague to death outside the Empire State Building last week told his landlord he was leaving — and not returning, police said Thursday. Jeffrey Johnson left his keys and said he wouldn't be back after Friday, the day his former co-worker Steven Ercolino was fatally shot.

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