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Infrastructure, Education Key to Fighting Outbreaks

June 23, 2015 | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Whether serious or not, infectious disease outbreaks always seem to grab headlines.  Even if the threat is minimal, it always seems as though diseases like Ebola instantly become the focus of the media once an outbreak begins.  The recent cases of MERS in South Korea show how critical healthcare and infrastructure are in preventing pandemic situations.


Data Breach About More Than Just Baseball

June 17, 2015 4:01 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

It’s not often that sports are discussed in the business continuity community, especially with so many of its members working with large, multi-national firms.  However, a recent high profile data breach involving two Major League Baseball teams is worth watching.


Are Robots the Future of Emergency Response?

June 9, 2015 11:38 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

As the technology to build them continues to become more advanced, robots are quickly becoming more and more common in everyday life.  But how do these robots impact the business continuity community?  What about emergency management?  Last weekend’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge could hold some clues.


Staying Vigilant Critical for Infectious Disease Control

June 4, 2015 11:19 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, better known as MERS, has found itself back in the news as the first two deaths from the virus have been reported in South Korea.  These MERS cases in South Korea demonstrate why it is important to continue to stay vigilant when it comes to dangerous infectious diseases.


IRS Hack Puts Renewed Focus on Cyber Security

May 28, 2015 11:28 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Authorities are still investigating a hack that led to the theft of personal information from more than 100,000 taxpayers at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  This isn’t the first time the IRS, or any government institution, has been hacked, but each time it happens it seems to renew the discussion on the importance of cyber security.


Severe Storms a Reminder of the Danger of Catastrophic Weather

May 26, 2015 10:56 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Severe storms and flash flooding in Texas and Oklahoma have left eight dead and others missing.  Tornadoes that struck just across the border in Mexico have added to the chaos as the impact of record rainfall is still being felt.  These latest storms are a reminder of just how damaging weather events can be and how difficult to plan for they are.


Takeaways on Cyber Security from CIMC 2015

May 21, 2015 10:12 am | by Jenny Chen, Senior Certified Expert IT Consultant, IBM | Comments

Jenny Chen, Senior Certified Expert IT Consultant for IBM, discusses her experience at the 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference, including her takeaways about the state of cyber security and the good, bad and ugly ways in which BC pros deal with it.


The Nepal Quakes, The Recovery Process and the Human Side of Resilience

May 12, 2015 10:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Less than one month after a massive earthquake killed more than 8.150 and flattened buildings in Nepal, the small South Asian nation has been struck again.  Another earthquake, this time a magnitude 7.3 quake, hit north of the country’s capital of Kathmandu.  Early reports put the death toll at 37 with at least 1,117 injured.  


It's All About Restoration, Not Backup! … Or is it?

May 7, 2015 11:28 am | by Joe Starzyk, Senior Business Development Executive, IBM Resiliency Services | Comments

Joe Starzyk, Senior Business Development Executive for IBM Resiliency Services, discusses the importance of focusing on data backup, different ways organizations should back their data up and how it can and will lead to faster recovery times in the long run.


Could Growing Cyber Focus be a Boon for Business Continuity?

May 5, 2015 11:20 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

A new program, co-funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Security Agency (NSA), is looking to create an interest in cyber security for the next generation. Called GenCyber, the program establishes camps and courses for teenagers that provide instruction about various tech and cyber security topics.  The program is relatively new and sparsely funded at this point, but increasing demand may change that very soon. 


A Good Lesson in Continuous Availability

April 30, 2015 11:11 am | by Michael Puldy, IBM | Comments

Michael Puldy, Service and Solution Executive for IBM Resiliency Services North America, discusses continuous availability, cyber resilience, protecting your reputation and the importance of effective social media messaging for businesses.


Quake Demonstrates Need for Emergency Management Professionals

April 28, 2015 11:05 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the nation of Nepal on Saturday, April 25, leveling buildings and killing more than 4,400 people in the small, impoverished Asian nation.  Such a tragic disaster reaffirms the need for emergency management professionals and reinforces the importance of being prepared for a disaster of any scale. 


Companies Need Resources to Stay Up and Running

April 9, 2015 11:44 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Resource management is something that businesses of all shapes and sizes must deal with on some level almost every day.  Regardless of industry, access to resources is among the most critical things in keeping your business running.  While it may fall to other areas of the organization, BC pros should still have a hand in, or at least be informed about, how their company manages resources.


Business Continuity Pros Focus on More than Just Outside Threats

April 7, 2015 12:02 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Not all threats to an organization come from outside.  Continuity Insights has discussed data breaches, leaks and other issues that began internally and cost companies time and money.  Whether they come from a disgruntled employee or an honest mistake, they can be just as dangerous as being targeted by outsiders.


In Tragic Plane Crash, Lessons to be Learned for BC Pros

April 2, 2015 11:30 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

The Germanwings flight 9525 plane crash on March 24, 2015, will likely be remembered as one of history’s most tragic aviation disasters.  It can be difficult to dissect a recent, tragic case like this, especially when it is still near the top of news pages everywhere and is far from closed, but it is something business continuity professionals should keep an eye on.


Continuity and Concrete Sea Walls in Japan

March 26, 2015 11:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

In 2011, an earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that struck northern Japan, leaving thousands dead and causing billions of dollars in damage.  It also resulted in nuclear meltdowns, including the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant.  Now, the government is considering something drastic: building a 250 mile chain of cement sea walls more than five stories tall.



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