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Companies Need Resources to Stay Up and Running

April 9, 2015 | 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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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

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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When Communicating Online, Think Before you Send

February 10, 2015 11:20 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram allow for messages to be distributed to massive amounts of people very quickly and can be a valuable tool for business continuity professionals.  However, a single unfortunate message or poorly timed tweet can cause serious damage, especially to an organization or individual’s reputation.

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Can a Business be 'Over Prepared?'

February 5, 2015 11:23 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

It might seem as if one can never be too prepared for a disaster, but being prepared takes time and costs money, something that many business continuity professionals are searching for more, not less of.  BC pros need to plan for a wide range of events, from weather to cyber to workplace violence, but can it be taken too far?

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Thinking About Business Continuity After Super Bowl XLIX

February 3, 2015 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

The game is one of the United States’ most high profile events of the year.  More than 70 thousand people attended the game itself, and millions more watched as home.  It could also make for an interesting business continuity case study, as dozens of BC topics are at play.

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Winter Storms, Working from Home and the BC of CI

January 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Technology has made working from home commonplace and allowed organizations to stay efficient and avoid downtime, particularly during weather events.  The benefits of being able to work without being in the office are clear and are a simple way to show the benefits of business continuity to senior management.

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Be Prepared for Outbreaks of All Sizes

January 22, 2015 10:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

Those fighting Ebola need to stay on their toes and continue to battle the virus until the outbreak is over, just as business continuity professionals must do with any crisis. Most business continuity professionals have not and will not ever be directly affected by Ebola, but it is a good lens through which to examine their programs.

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Case Studies Critical to BC Program Success

January 20, 2015 11:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

For business continuity professionals, case studies can be an important tool in improving their programs.  Having the opportunity to hear a first-hand account of a plan being developed or put into action can go a long way in finding out what works, what doesn’t and what kind of challenges are on the horizon.    

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Could New Cyber Security Regulations be On the Way?

January 13, 2015 11:07 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Comments

In light of breaches at companies like Home Depot and Target, the president is proposing legislation that would require companies to inform their customers whether their data has been compromised within 30 days called the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act.  The act would also make it a crime to sell customers’ identities overseas. 

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