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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

American Society of Civil Engineers Calls for New Flood Mitigation Strategies

September 22, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Society of Civil Engineers  is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.  The group is calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to develop a sustainable way to pay for infrastructure maintenance and updates to help manage floods.

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Electricity Provider Installing Fences to Fend Off Thieves

September 22, 2014 11:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FirstEnergy will spend $15 million this year installing special security fencing and thermal-imaging cameras at some substations to keep out would-be metal thieves.  Metal thieves caused more than $500,000 in losses at FirstEnergy's facilities in the Akron, Ohio region last year.

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Firefighters Making Progress in Battling Blaze

September 22, 2014 11:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cooler, wet weather helped firefighters make progress on a huge Northern California wildfire that destroyed nearly three-dozen structures, forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people and forced the cancellation of a sporting event because of the smoke.

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Heavy Rains Trigger Landslides, Flash Floods

September 22, 2014 11:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Heavy rains in parts of northeastern India triggered landslides and flash floods, killing at least seven people, officials said Monday.  A senior police official in Meghalaya state said the deaths occurred in the northern part of the state.

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Amid Controversy, Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority Commissioner Promises Safety

September 19, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New commissioner of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority  vows to proceed with safety screenings of nuclear facilities with independence, brushing off criticism he has close ties with nuclear power companies.  He has come under fire for receiving payments and donations in the past from bodies including one linked to Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant.

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Businesses Must Be Prepared For All Infectious Diseases, Not Just Pandemics

September 19, 2014 11:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Although the continuing Ebola Virus outbreak has yet to leave African soil, a handful of Americans have been infected by the virus.  Organizations need to be conscious of not only Ebola, but any outbreak that could affect their staff and damage their productivity.

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Scaling Backup Capacity the Easy Way

September 19, 2014 11:36 am | by Chris Schin, VP of Products, Zetta.net | Blogs | Comments

Chris Schin, Vice President of Products for Zetta.net, discusses storage capacity, how it is increasing and the difficulty that causes when backing up data.  He discusses using cloud-based storage as a way to alleviate the ever-increasing amount of data most companies are faced with.

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Senate Investigators Accuse Chinese Military of Spying

September 19, 2014 11:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said.

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Investigation Finds HealthCare.gov Has 'Significant Security Flaws'

September 19, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.  The Government Accountability Office said the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues.

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Mexican Government Begins Airlifting Tourists After Hurricane Odile

September 19, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.  Military and commercial planes carried travelers out through the Los Cabos international airport, which remains closed to commercial flights

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Seattle Officials: Emergency Planners Must Do More To Lower Train Accident Risk

September 19, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With increasing numbers of volatile crude oil trains moving through Seattle's "antiquated" downtown rail tunnel, city emergency planners say more must be done to lower the risk of an oil train accident and improve the city's ability to respond.

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Crowded Shelters, Lack of Equipment Compounding Problems in Kashmir

September 19, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors in the flood-ravaged Himalayan region of Kashmir said Wednesday that they were seeing outbreaks of gastroenteritis among people crowded into shelters after their homes were inundated two weeks ago.  Patients were also dying due to a lack of basic medical equipment.

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Management Metrics Critical for Business Continuity Program Success

September 16, 2014 11:06 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Metrics can be an important part of any business continuity program, but business continuity professionals are often unsure of how to use those metrics or even which to use to improve their program.  At Continuity Insights New York 2014 on Oct. 7-8, Director of Business Continuity for ABC Howard Price will discuss using management metrics to incentivize resilience.

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Results of Unitrends Data Governance Survey are In

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Results of the Unitrends and Continuity Insights Data Governance Survey show that resilience professionals are in agreement on why they have programs and what they are attempting to achieve through business continuity plans.  Topics covered include mertrics, standards and the Cloud. 

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Video: Gaining Support from Management

September 16, 2014 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

Lyndon Byrd, Technical Director of the Business Continuity Institute, discusses the importance to top level commitment and gaining the support of executives and management.  He says business continuity programs that get executives on board are often the most successful.

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