According to the Mayor's Office of Economic and Neighborhood Development in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has requested support from the National Guard, who have been deployed to the city to assist police. A 24-hour emergency operations center has been established to assist in coordinating a response.
The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference featured sessions by business continuity professionals from every area of the industry, from emergency management to IT/disaster recovery. Here are the top five quotes from our three plenary speakers.
The 2015 Continuity Insights closed on Wednesday, April 22 with Nathaniel Forbes of Forbes Calamity Prevention discussing the impact of water scarcity and thirst. Forbes discussed potential consequences of water scarcity, including terrorism, supply chain disruption and competitive advantage
Dr. Robert Chandler, Director of the Nicholson School of Communications at the University of Central Florida, discussed the impact of ethical disasters and the role of upper management in preventing them at the 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference on Tuesday, April 21.
The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference got underway Monday, April 20 as Pete O’Dell, founder of Swan Island Networks and author of Cyber 24-7: Risks, Leadership and Sharing, spoke to a capacity crowd about the risks and impacts of cyber attacks.
Before the 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference officially got underway, attendees had the opportunity to give back to the local community through the annual Continuity Cares event. This year, attendees participated in The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s 2015 Earth Day Celebration, which included wetlands planting and cleanup as well as other service activities.
The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference will kick off Monday, April 20, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The event will feature presentations by business continuity and resilience professionals from a wide range of industries.
As organizations gather more data and turn to cloud-based solutions to store it, disaster recovery has become an even bigger focus. Some companies have turned to disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) solutions in an effort to find a balance between cost efficiency and security.
Communication is a critical part of any business. Poor communication, whether it is between managers and subordinates or peers, can negatively impact a business and result in lost time and money. By promoting positive communications throughout the organization, companies can engage their workforce and create an efficient work environment.
Serious, targeted cyber attacks are a relatively new threat that have become more and more dangerous as organizations rely more on technology to store their data and operate their business on a day-to-day basis. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework contains a set of guidelines and best practices to help prevent and defend against cyber attacks.
As metrics continue to gain popularity amongst business continuity professionals, individual practitioners are beginning to develop their own methods for measuring program effectiveness, recovery and resilience. David Lindstedt, Director of Program Management at the Ohio State University, said he thinks the industry should move its focus away from counting the amount of programs and towards predicting recoverability.
While it has not been universally adopted quite yet, ISO 22301 continues to pique the interest of resilience and business continuity professionals. Many have begun implementing the new standard and aligning the goals of their programs with it. Lynnda Nelson of the International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (The ICOR) thinks ISO 22301 can help BC pros communicate better and provide a sense of uniformity.
Business continuity professionals face a host of unique problems every day. Those who have extensive experience in resilience know that no two situations are the same and preparing for future events can be extremely difficult. Dick Donovan of M&T Bank said his organization has turned to creative problem solving (CPS) as a way to boost their resilience and get more people involved in the business continuity program.
Resource management is a critical concept when it comes to resilience. An organization can’t function properly without the things it needs to do so. While resources are important, there are few that are as universally needed as water. Nathaniel Forbes of Forbes Calamity Prevention argues that the impact of restricted access to water is something more business continuity professionals should focus on.
The downing of Germanwings flight A320 has once again brought aviation disasters into the limelight. While still very rare, plane crashes are attention grabbing because of their scope and scale. Last year saw several incidents that dominated news coverage. Here are five of the worst airline crashes of 2014.