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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Text Messaging: When to Use SMS, Email To Text, & Secure Mobile Messaging For Mass Notification

September 25, 2013 5:52 pm | by Richard Quattrocchi | Comments

Incorporating text messaging into an overall emergency notification strategy has become an industry best practice and can play an important role in keeping employees, suppliers, customers, students and the public at large informed during a crisis or event. This article explores the benefits, limits, costs and risks of various mobile text messaging methods.

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Continuity Q&A: SMBs & Cloud Computing

September 23, 2013 5:56 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Typically, an enterprise business has expertise in-house to do a lot more things, so if there are limitations in particular cloud apps it’s not a big deal for the enterprise – they likely have the manpower and expertise to write bespoke integrations and customize the solution. 

September eReport: Notification Systems

September 20, 2013 11:56 am | Comments

This special eReport features the latest information on notification systems that can only be found at Continuity Insights. Click here to view Continuity Insights’ September eReport on notification systems, which includes the results from our reader survey, a notification system comparison index, and exclusive notification-themed articles and blogs.

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Ready Rating: Assessing Preparedness & Simplifying Resilience

September 17, 2013 10:39 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Everyone knows they should be working toward preparedness, but small businesses and nonprofits sometimes have a hard time getting to the resources they need. So the target was to help businesses, schools and organizations get better prepared for emergencies — and Ready Rating was born out of that goal. We try to make it easier to implement business continuity. 

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Speakers’ Soapbox: Robin Hillman On Supplier Readiness & Interconnectivity

September 13, 2013 11:30 am | Comments

In the leadup to the Continuity Insights New York Conference, October 15-16, 2013, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, critical business continuity skills, and hypothetical Central Park statues. This week, Robin Hillman from Connexions Loyalty discusses why it’s important for organizations to be aware of their suppliers’ disaster preparedness, and how to promote a faster recovery time.

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Notification Systems Comparison Index

September 11, 2013 9:06 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Dedicated or shared? Hosted or on-premise? Is two-way communication possible? When it comes to notification systems, the array of features is staggering. To make comparing a little less difficult, Continuity Insights asked notification system vendors about their solutions and compiled their answers into an easy-to-read index. 

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2013 Mass Notification Survey

September 11, 2013 8:55 pm | Comments

Given recent advances in technology, it would be easy to assume that companies and organizations are embracing notification solutions for business continuity en masse; however, in an effort to delve a little deeper into current mass notification trends, Continuity Insights asked our readers to share how their organizations are utilizing notification systems. 

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Keeping Long Island’s Pets Safe In Disaster

September 10, 2013 10:09 am | by Beverly M. Poppell, JD; Public Affairs Officer, Pet Safe Coalition | Comments

Formed in 1999 as a program within an established human services organization, Pet Safe has endured through political climate change as well as environmental changes. Pet Safe is now the only not-for-profit organization on Long Island dedicated solely to keeping household pets safe in disasters.

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Continuity Q&A: Barry Weber On Resilience Through Cloud & Automation

September 10, 2013 9:34 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

SMBs are increasingly being forced to do everything that the enterprise organization has to deal with: security, business continuity, compliance, etc. They don’t get any free passes. Yet, they don’t always have the resources to solve the problem. 

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Never Too Small To Recover: SDMI Brings Disaster Management To Small Businesses

September 3, 2013 10:15 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Louisiana State University’s (LSU’s) Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) was born after LSU’s own resilience was tested (and proven). SDMI is all about “causing a culture change in recovery.” To this end, the CBP “focuses on making sure that the business community, and in particular the small-business community, is better positioned to endure an interruption, and not just a disaster.”

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Speakers’ Soapbox: Harvey Betan On Avoiding Red Herrings & Lessons Learned From The Boston Marathon Bombing

August 27, 2013 9:45 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

In the leadup to the Continuity Insights New York Conference, October 15-16, 2013 at the AMA Executive Conference Center in the heart of Times Square, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, critical business continuity skills and hypothetical Central Park statues. This week, Harvey Betan, Associate Principal, Risk Masters Inc., discusses how to focus on the big picture. 

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Continuity Q&A: On The Move

August 27, 2013 9:23 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Cindy Auten, general manager, Mobile Work Exchange, formerly known as Telework Exchange, to learn more about mobility best practices, and how telework and business continuity can work hand-in-hand. 

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The Business (Continuity) Case For Fuel Cells

August 20, 2013 9:28 am | by Sandra Saathoff, Director, Marketing Communication, ReliOn | Comments

One tool in the quest for ever-increasing reliability in power is the fuel cell. Fuel cells have been commercially available to communications network customers for a decade, with a number of suppliers providing products globally. Within early adopters, fuel cell usage has progressed from early trials to larger rollouts providing critical backup power to several hundred sites in a single network. 

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Being Proactive Against The Threat of BYOA

August 12, 2013 10:03 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Gartner predicts that 70 percent of mobile professionals will use a personal device for work by 2018. Steve Durbin, a former vice president at Gartner who now serves as global vice president for the Information Security Forum (ISF), has seen the quest for enterprise security move its focus off of devices and toward bigger picture issues.

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Speakers’ Soapbox: Jake Neufeld On Lessons From The (Super) Storm & The Importance Of Face-To-Face Meetings

August 9, 2013 2:49 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

In the leadup to the Continuity Insights New York Conference, October 15-16, 2013, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, critical business continuity skills and hypothetical Central Park statues. This week, Jake Neufeld, Emergency Planning Associate, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and why a plan can be too detailed. 

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