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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Wildfire Forces Evacuation of 250 Residents in California

February 9, 2015 3:02 pm | by Michelle Rindels, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fire crews increased containment of the wind-driven wildfire that ravaged communities along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, but they said that they still didn't know when the roughly 250 residents evacuated from Swall Meadows and nearby Paradise would be able to return home.

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Can a Business be 'Over Prepared?'

February 5, 2015 11:23 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It might seem as if one can never be too prepared for a disaster, but being prepared takes time and costs money, something that many business continuity professionals are searching for more, not less of.  BC pros need to plan for a wide range of events, from weather to cyber to workplace violence, but can it be taken too far?

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Hackers Hit Anthem, Gain Access to Names, Addresses, Social Security Numbers

February 5, 2015 11:20 am | by Tom Murphy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Health insurer Anthem said hackers infiltrated its computer network and gained access to personal information for "tens of millions" of customers and employees, including CEO Joseph Swedish.  The nation's second-largest health insurer said it was contacting customers affected by what it calls a "very sophisticated" cyberattack that the company discovered last week.

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Taiwan Plane Crash Adds to Recent Troubles for Airlines Based in Asia

February 5, 2015 11:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Taiwanese plane crashed into a shallow river on Wednesday, the latest accident in a tragic 12 months for Asian air travel.  Asian airlines have seen a rash of crashes in recent months, raising questions about safety and the next step for the industry.

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Sony Says it Will Not Suffer Significant Long Term Damage from Hack

February 5, 2015 10:51 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. trimmed its forecast of losses and gave a figure for damages from the Sony Pictures hack, but said it would suffer no significant harm from the cyberattack in the long run. The entertainment and electronics giant delayed the announcement of its earnings for the October-December quarter because the hack affected its ability to compile its complete results in time.

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Measles Outbreak Still a Major Concern for Public Health Officials

February 5, 2015 10:41 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Disneyland outbreak has already spread well beyond the theme parks that attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe, who could then return home with the virus. Disease investigators for weeks raced to identify measles-stricken patients, track down potential contacts and quarantine them if necessary.

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Petrobras CEO, Five Others to Step Down Amid Scandal

February 5, 2015 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Embattled Brazilian oil company Petrobras said the company's chief executive officer and five other top figures stepped down amid a long-running and massive kickback scandal at the firm.  None of the top officials are facing charges of wrongdoing, but prosecutors have said the investigation is still in its early stages.

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Growing Airlines in Asia Facing Safety Challenges

February 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Scott Mayerowitz and David Koenig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly crash of a TransAsia plane into a river in Taiwan is again focusing the world's attention on the safety challenges facing fast-growing Asian airlines.  TransAsia and others like it are rushing to keep up with a travel boom driven by the region's growing middle class.

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Testing for Ebola Drug Stopped as Cases Decline

February 5, 2015 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors Without Borders says that human testing on a potential Ebola drug is being stopped because there aren't enough patients because of a decline in Ebola cases.  The drop-off in Ebola infections is good news for Liberia, but it means there are not enough sick people to take part in the study.

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Pompeii Closed to Public After Landslide

February 5, 2015 10:18 am | News | Comments

Heavy rains have provoked landslide at the ancient Italian site of Pompeii, partially collapsing a retaining wall and sending rubble into a garden at the house of Severus.  Italian officials said the affected area falls within the "Great Pompeii" joint EU-Italian restoration project and had been already closed to the public.

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Persuasive Presentations Critical for Continuity Pros

February 3, 2015 11:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Whether presenting to clients, supervisors, team members or total strangers, it is important for business continuity professionals to be as persuasive as possible.  A good presentation can be the difference between success and failure when it comes to garnering program support and employee trust.

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Thinking About Business Continuity After Super Bowl XLIX

February 3, 2015 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The game is one of the United States’ most high profile events of the year.  More than 70 thousand people attended the game itself, and millions more watched as home.  It could also make for an interesting business continuity case study, as dozens of BC topics are at play.

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Human Testing of Potential Ebola Vaccine Begins in Liberia

February 3, 2015 11:32 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Large-scale human testing of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa.  There is currently no licensed treatment for Ebola, a ghastly virus that has killed at least 60 percent of even its hospitalized victims.

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Winter Weather Brings Snow, Frigid Temperatures to Much of Northern United States

February 3, 2015 11:28 am | by Philip Marcelo and Denise Lavoie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Frigid temperatures descended on the northern tier of the country, and while it's not the coldest weather of the season, the biting chill followed a powerful snowstorm from the Midwest into the Northeast.  According to the National Weather Service, people from Montana to Maine are dealing with sub-zero wind chill temperatures.

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European Union, Polish Leaders Discuss Energy Plan

February 3, 2015 11:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union energy commissioner and Polish leaders discussed plans for an EU energy union aimed at greater security at a time of troubled ties with major gas supplier Russia.  Poland, dependent on Russia for some 60 percent of its gas, is urging greater EU energy security through steps like joint gas purchases, sharing of resources and lesser dependence on imports.

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