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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Leveraging Your BCP Into A Competitive Advantage

November 9, 2012 4:39 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Comments

While BC programs (BCPs) offer immense value to organizations they are not always leveraged to give the organization an edge over competitors. Andy Vanderhoff, President of Quantivate, discusses the ways you can publicize your BCP and use it to achieve cost savings, as well as the lean manufacturing conundrum: necessary redundancy versus lean principles.

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Use Of The Incident Command System To Manage An IT Outage At Arizona State University

November 6, 2012 9:30 am | by Allen Clark, Ed Copp & Deborah Roepke | Comments

During the early morning hours on January 18, 2012, a hacker gained access to the ASU computer systems and removed a list of passwords. The IT incident response team recommended the incident be classified as high-level and email systems be shut down. Within minutes of establishing the first bridge-line call, a member of ASU’s media team suggested the use of ICS to manage this incident.

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The Solar Storm Threat | Part 2: Basic Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Business

October 23, 2012 10:42 am | by Keith Erwood, Vice President & Principal Consultant, Continuity Co., LLC | Comments

Any electronic equipment left in the open is considered unshielded and vulnerable to the effects of a geomagnetic storm. Studies have shown that you can offer some protection by simply turning off and unplugging unshielded pieces of equipment. The most effective way to protect equipment is by shielding it with a Faraday cage.

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The Solar Storm Threat | Part 1: How Solar Flares & CMEs Can Impact Your Business

October 15, 2012 4:34 pm | by Keith Erwood, Vice President & Principal Consultant, Continuity Co., LLC | Comments

Solar activity has picked up in recent years; we are headed into what is known as the solar maximum of the solar cycle. The solar maximum is expected to occur in May 2013 and NASA has predicted this will be “the most intense solar maximum in fifty years.”

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Speakers' Soapbox: David Nolan On The Evolution Of BC & Michael Andretti

October 12, 2012 10:12 am | Comments

In the leadup to Continuity Insights New York, October 29-30, 2012 at The Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, David Nolan, CEO of Fusion Risk Management, discusses the concept of continuity risk management, game changing technology and Michael Andretti's measured risks.

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Data Breach Is Inevitable — Keys To An Effective Response

October 8, 2012 3:57 pm | by Dr. Ed Goldberg, Core Faculty, Capella University School of Business & Technology | Comments

For their disastrous reputational and financial consequences, coupled with the near-100 percent likelihood of occurrence, data breaches should be seen as one of the organization’s most significant business continuity challenges. Planning can help to mitigate and avoid the legal and reputational risks that otherwise accompany such incidents.

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Notification System Selection: A Case Study

September 24, 2012 4:40 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Comments

Notification systems are vital for crisis communications and a big investment for business continuity departments. Editorial board member Mike Keating, Vice President of Business Continuity Management at Reinsurance Group of America, recently upgraded his organization’s notification system and learnt a lot about the latest features in the process.

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Speakers' Soapbox: Mark Haimowitz On Large-Scale Disasters, Staying Relevant & Paul McCartney

September 21, 2012 11:17 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Comments

Continuity Insights speaks with Mark Haimowitz, Director of Business Continuity Planning at Disney ABC Television Network, about how technology affects BC plans, event-agnostic disaster planning and what business continuity professionals can learn from Paul McCartney.

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Doing More With Less: Recovery Services

September 17, 2012 1:02 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Comments

Continuity Insights speaks with Walt Thomasson, Managing Director at Rentsys Recovery Services, about how business continuity professionals can streamline their organizations’ disaster recovery solutions, mobile recovery trends, the importance of testing, and recovering multiple locations.

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3 Simple Complexities Of Data Protection

September 11, 2012 10:30 am | by Dennis Wenk, Symantec | Comments

Protecting valuable data assets is a central concern for business continuity management. But data, like risk, comes in gradations. And like risk, the cost of copying data needs to be in balance with the benefits that it provides. After all, the only rational reason to spend money is to achieve a benefit.

The Effects Of 9/11 & Katrina On Hospital Preparedness

August 28, 2012 5:29 pm | by Catherine Hartwell, Disaster Responder, American Red Cross | Comments

Before 9/11 hospitals lacked structured disaster plans and were inadequately prepared to properly respond to large-scale events. They were unable to both handle the surge of patients after a mass casualty event and continue operations after losing powe. In 2005, the catastrophic events of Hurricane Katrina exposed hospital’s insufficient preparations for coordinating with outside agencies.

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Text Messages, Drills Central To 'Be Safe America' Initiative

August 24, 2012 9:35 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Comments

Continuity Insights speaks with Len Pagano, President & CEO of Safe America Foundation, about the advantages of using text messages during a disaster, the lack of awareness surrounding preparedness and how business continuity professionals can use their exercising skills to promote community resilience.

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Speakers’ Soapbox: Doug Weldon On Effective BIAs & Eisenhower

August 20, 2012 3:53 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Comments

In the leadup to Continuity Insights New York, Doug Weldon, President of the BCI USA Chapter, discusses executive support, the need to have a total understanding of the business and its processes, and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s deep understanding of planning and incident response.

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How Business Continuity Groups Can Partner With ERM & IT Groups

August 13, 2012 11:46 am | by Jason Merante, an executive in Accenture Technology Consulting | Comments

As a consultant, I have had the opportunity to work for some of the largest and most complex corporations in the world. Based on my observations over the years, both positive and negative, I would like to share some ideas that will help bring the two disciplines of BCM and ERM together to achieve real business value and improve loss avoidance.

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Speakers' Soapbox: Donna Arobone Blurs Fiction With Reality

August 10, 2012 10:06 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Comments

Donna Arobone, IIG Divisional Contingency Coordinator at Vanguard, speaks with Continuity Insights about why she chose the movie Contagion as a case study in pandemic preparedness, what she would name her band and why Eleanor Roosevelt would have made a good business continuity professional.

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