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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

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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Continuity Insights Predictions For 2014

January 8, 2014 10:10 am | Comments

As we welcome 2014, it’s time to anticipate what the new year will bring to the world of business continuity and disaster recovery. In this year's predictions for 2014, we hear from some of the industry’s most influential leaders. Continuity Insights would like to wish everyone a wonderful new year. 

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The Nation’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System, Part 1

January 7, 2014 10:24 am | by Salimah LaForce, Research Analyst, Georgia Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Communications Policy, Wireless RERC | Comments

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is the nation’s solution for effectively communicating emergency alerts and warnings. IPAWS incorporates existing and future technologies in order to provide public safety officials with a broad range of emergency communication options to save lives and protect property.

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Continuity Q&A: 2014 Software Trends

December 30, 2013 12:31 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Andrew Evers, CTO of Redwood Software, Inc., to find out more about trends that might emerge in 2014, and how these trends could impact business continuity professionals.            

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Data Center Downtime Study Shines Light On Best Practices To Eliminating Unplanned Outages

December 24, 2013 10:04 am | by Peter Panfil, vice president, global power, Emerson Network Power | Comments

An overwhelming majority of survey respondents (91 percent) reported having experienced an unplanned data center outage in the past 24 months. Regarding the frequency of outages, respondents experienced an average of two complete data center outages during the past two years.   

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For Retailers, The Holiday Season Is All About IT Continuity

December 17, 2013 10:11 am | by Afshin Shams, Enterprise Cloud Sales Specialist, SunGard Availability Services. | Comments

Continuity takes on special significance for retailers as the holiday shopping season goes into full swing. IT outages aren’t that uncommon at year-end for retailers. Twenty percent of them recorded at least one outage last year. 

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