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Business Continuity Professionals are Turning to Metrics: Part One

March 26, 2015 | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Organizations across a variety of industries are turning to metrics to determine whether their programs work and if they are getting a return on their investment.  Business continuity professionals are no exception.  More and more, BC pros are turning to metrics to determine how effective their programs are and convey that to senior management.

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What Attendees Have said About the Continuity Insights Management Conference

March 26, 2015 12:03 pm | by CI Staff | Comments

What have past attendees said about the Continuity Insights Management Conference?  Click here to see the results of our survey of past conference attendees as we prepare for CIMC 2015 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona April 20-22. 

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Vendor Management Critical to Supply Chain Continuity

March 24, 2015 12:08 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Maintaining supply chain operations, especially across state and international borders, can be a major challenge for organizations.  Part of what makes supply chain continuity such a challenge is the reliance on and management of vendors.

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Companies Turn to Automation to Prevent Down Time

March 19, 2015 10:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Managing critical equipment and avoiding unplanned down time is key for any organization to remain profitable and conduct business effectively.  Some larger companies, like GE, are turning to data based solutions to help keep their own infrastructure, as well as that of their customers, running smoothly.

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Call for Presentations for CINY 2015 Now Open

March 17, 2015 10:23 am | by CI Staff | Comments

The call for presentations for the 2015 Continuity Insights New York Conference is now open.  This year's conference will tak place Oct. 20-21 and will once again be held at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.  Those who would like to submit a presentation for consideration on our program can do so here. 

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CPE Meeting Focuses on Storm Resilience

March 12, 2015 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

The New York Chapter of the Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE) hosted its half day quarterly event, which featured presentations and a panel discussion focusing on storm and flood resilience in New York City, on Wednesday, March 11 at Credit Suisse.

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Keeping Supply Chain Operations Running Critical for Any Business

March 5, 2015 10:43 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Global organizations rely on their supply chains to deliver products and services to their customers in a timely and efficient manner.  While these complex chains are critical to day-to-day operations, their complexity leaves them open to a wide range of problems, which can result in serious down time.  

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"Super Bug" Worth Watching for Business Continuity Professionals

March 3, 2015 11:43 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

The death of two patients at the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles has renewed focus on the “super bug” known as CRE, or Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), CRE are difficult to treat because of their resistance to antibiotics.  

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Speaker's Soapbox: Nadav Davidai of Control Risks and Emily Lord of RX Response

February 26, 2015 9:49 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Nadav Davidai of Control Risks and Emily Lord of RX Response will present "Including Your Supply Chain Partners in Large-Scale Exercise Simulations."  Their presentation will focus on working with multiple partners to organize exercise that align with the objectives of everyone involved.

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Al-Shabab Video Calling for Mall Attacks Raises Major Concerns

February 24, 2015 12:11 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

In a video released Monday by Al-Qaeda backed Somali rebel group Al-Shabab, a member of the organization called on Muslims in the west to carry out attacks on shopping malls.  Although U.S. authorities said they have no credible evidence that any sort of organized attack is in the works, the video named specific targets, including the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.  

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Employee Safety, Data Breaches Were Key Topics at MADRA Meeting

February 24, 2015 12:04 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

The Mid-Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association (MADRA) hosted an open forum discussion, which focused on several key aspects of business continuity, on Thursday, Feb. 19.  The event focused on several critical business continuity topics.

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BC Pros Should be Aware of Emerging Issues

February 18, 2015 3:41 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference will feature several presentations from companies representing various industries that will focus on emerging issues.  Presenters will cover a wide range of topics that many BC pros will likely be faced with soon if they haven’t been working on them already.

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Getting Hacked Could Have Legal Repercussions

February 17, 2015 11:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Whether data is hosted on private servers or in a public cloud, every organization faces a litany of legal liability if they are ever victims of a breach.Experienced business continuity professionals understand that recovering from a data breach is expensive and can cause massive down time. They need to work with their organization's IT/DR staff to prevent them.

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Cloud Risk – Chance of Showers

February 10, 2015 11:41 am | by Pete O'Dell | Comments

Cloud computing is an increasingly important IT option for organizations of all sizes.  There are many different ways of sizing, configuring and implementing cloud based solutions and new security methods are continually evolving. Like every legitimate IT option, there are trade-offs and risks associated with the deployment and continued used of a cloud architecture

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Persuasive Presentations Critical for Continuity Pros

February 3, 2015 11:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Whether presenting to clients, supervisors, team members or total strangers, it is important for business continuity professionals to be as persuasive as possible.  A good presentation can be the difference between success and failure when it comes to garnering program support and employee trust.

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Inaccurate Predictions a Challenge When Preparing for Storms

January 29, 2015 11:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Forecasts for Winter Storm Juno missed the mark in New York and New Jersey, prompting an outcry against what many believe was a major overreaction.  Some forecasters predicted Juno would drop significant.  While this prediction proved to be true in much of New England, it brought only a few inches to New York and New Jersey.

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