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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

The Quarterback’s Dilemma

April 9, 2014 10:13 am | by Allan Cytryn, Principal, Risk Masters, Inc. | Comments

Quality Risk Management enhances the ability of the Business Continuity Management team to effectively deal with uncertainties by providing a framework, skills and experience for more effectively managing risks and uncertainties.      

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H2O: Lessons From The Elk River Spill

April 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

After a chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River disrupted “business as usual,” Continuity Insights spoke with Larry McDonnell II,  Mike Jennings, and C.W. Sigman, who shared their first-hand accounts of the aftermath, insights into what went right (and what went wrong) along the way, and analysis of how businesses can better prepare for unexpected interruptions.

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Crisis Communications 2014: Social Media & Notification Systems

March 24, 2014 3:28 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

The Continuity Insights Crisis Communications: Social Media & Notification Systems survey has collected three years of data, providing unique insight into recent trends and notable changes in the ways that organizations use social media and notification systems to communicate both internally and externally. Click here to read the full report. 

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Speakers’ Soapbox: Sadia Azmat On Business Continuity & Revenue Generating

March 18, 2014 9:31 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

In the leadup to the 12th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, key business continuity skills and hypothetical band names. This week we sat down with Sadia Azmat to learn more about her upcoming presentation, “Business Continuity: Revenue Generating.”

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Speakers' Soapbox: Kenneth Otis On Updating A Mature BC Program

March 11, 2014 10:11 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

In the leadup to the 12th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, April 28-30, 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics and key business continuity skills. This week we sat down with Kenneth Otis, Director, Business Continuity Management, Liberty Mutual. 

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ISM: Extreme Weather Impacts Supply Chain

March 6, 2014 10:24 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

“The impact of extreme weather shows up this month mostly in production, which is down 6.6 and that looks very unusual in view of solid new orders, and a backlog of orders which is growing ... Backups in ports, hampered logistics and things of that sort is reflected in February’s production numbers." 

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The 2014 Atlanta Snow Jam: A Practitioner’s Perspective

March 4, 2014 9:42 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 2.6 inches of snow caused an unprecedented traffic jam in Atlanta, GA. While the ideal situation would have been for the disarray to be avoided altogether, there are some unique lessons that can be gleaned by examining how the day unfolded. Chris Summerrow, CBCP and Director of Business Continuity Management, Corporate Security at UPS, works in Atlanta and witnessed the day’s events first-hand. 

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The BC/DR Expanse: 2014 & Beyond

February 23, 2014 11:51 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

There’s no show titled “Survivor: Contingency Island,” but let’s say such a show did exist. If a practitioner wanted to win, what skills should they hone and what trends should they be aware of? To get the latest, Continuity Insights sat down with Cheyene Marling, president, BC Management, Inc.    

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Building A Stronger, More Strategic BCM Program

February 18, 2014 11:01 am | by Patrick Potter, GRC Strategist, Business Continuity & Audit, RSA | Comments

First of all, you must understand your company’s vision and plan, and then identify any conflicts or gaps with your BCM program vision and plan. It’s important to understand that you will be speaking with people with less knowledge, background and interest in BCM and resiliency. It’s important to them too, they just may not know it yet! 

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Speakers' Soapbox: Kimberly Hirsch Discusses Lessons Learned From A Large-Scale Business Continuity Activation

February 11, 2014 9:56 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

In the leadup to the 2014 Continuity Insights Management Conference, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics and critical business continuity skills. This week we sat down with Kimberly Hirsch from Target to learn more about the importance of real-life case studies and why Harry Connick Jr. would make a good business continuity professional.

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Risk Shrink: The Human Element Risk

February 3, 2014 5:34 pm | by Sean Murphy, CEO & President, Lootok | Comments

There is a certain beauty in working with numbers. In business continuity, we rely on numbers to determine the likelihood of an event occurring, and how best to offset it. By increasing our knowledge about what drives fear and behavior, we can improve communication and training to gain a greater sense of control over our risk environment. 

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Last Chance To Participate: Crisis Communications 2014

February 3, 2014 2:10 pm | Comments

We are putting together our third-annual Crisis Communications survey, Crisis Communications 2014: Social Media & Notification Systems. Your input is vital. Participate in our survey for a chance to win an iPad Mini! 

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Q&A: Carlos Krause On GRC & BCP

January 27, 2014 10:49 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

GRC provides organizations with a way of reducing unacceptable risks — risk of IT problems/breaches, risk to operations, risk of non-compliance, credit or market risk, reputational risk, and, of course, risk to business continuity. Even the best planning and most thorough controls cannot prevent unforeseen disasters and disruptions.

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Continuity Insights Management Conference By The Numbers

January 22, 2014 9:42 am | Comments

Numbers don't lie. View average session ratings, speaker reviews and more by viewing the Management Conference infographic. Visit www.cimanagementconference.com to see the agenda for this year's conference, to be held April 28-30, 2014 in New Orleans, LA.

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The Nation’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System, Part 2

January 13, 2014 4:57 pm | by Salimah LaForce, Research Analyst, Georgia Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Communications Policy, Wireless RERC | Comments

The goal of the IPAWS PMO is to ensure all segments of the American population are covered by IPAWS, in addition to understanding the functions and how to properly respond to alerts and warnings from public safety officials. To date, 38 states have adopted IPAWS while others have initiated the application process.

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