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Severe Storms a Reminder of the Danger of Catastrophic Weather

May 26, 2015 | 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.

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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

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.

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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.  

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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During Cyclone, Vanuatu Residents did More With Less

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

Last week, the island nation of Vanuatu was hammered by a massive cyclone that destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the buildings in Port Vila, the nation’s capital.  The challenges of recovering from a catastrophic weather incident of this magnitude in a country like Vanuatu are going to be far more amplified than they would elsewhere.  Still, residents did their best to prepare for the storm. 

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Top Five: Reasons to Check out the BCI's Business Continuity Awareness Week

March 17, 2015 9:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has declared the week of March 16 Business Continuity Awareness Week.  The theme this year will be “testing and exercising business continuity plans.”  The BCI has gathered webinars, blogs, materials and other information in an effort to help both experienced business continuity professionals and those new to the industry.

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The Importance of Infectious Disease Planning: A Personal Experience

March 10, 2015 11:12 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Infectious diseases are certainly not a new topic on here at Continuity Insights.  Ebola, Measles and MERS have all been in the news cycle in the last year and have been covered extensively on the website and in the CI Bulletin.   I am beginning to understand why experienced BC pros are concerned about and plan for infectious diseases even if the odds of getting them are unlikely.

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In Business Continuity Planning, Little Things are Key

February 26, 2015 10:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

With so many threats out there, it can be easy to focus on the big, catastrophic event that everyone hears about on the news.  The small stuff gets pushed aside and in some cases, completely forgotten about.  Taking care of these issues is critical for BC pros.

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Can You Trust Your Public Cloud?

February 12, 2015 11:11 am | by Bill Highleyman, Managing Editor, Availability Digest | Comments

Bill Highleyman Managing Editor of Availability Digest, discusses placing trust in the public cloud and how specific examples of cloud failures, some by large and well respected companies, demonstrate that the technology still has a long way to go,

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