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Two Years Later, Is Northeast Prepared for Another Storm Like Sandy?

October 28, 2014 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After Superstorm Sandy, officials in New York and New Jersey vowed to make sure the unprecedented destruction wouldn't happen again.  Two years later, would it?  There are some concrete signs of tougher protections, but many planned projects are still years off.

For New Professionals, Business Continuity is a Challenging, But Rewarding, Industry

September 30, 2014 12:01 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

As the business...

Down Time Could Have a Serious Impact on Your Company's Reputation

August 19, 2014 10:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Jacqueline Rupert, Managing Consultant for Avalution, spoke with Continuity Insights about down...

Video: The BIA as the Basis for your Operational Risk Program

August 19, 2014 9:16 am | Videos | Comments

Annie Searle, Principal at ASA Risk Consultants, discusses how Business Impact Analysis can and...

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Regardless of Industry, Down Time Can Have Dramatic Effects on a Business

August 5, 2014 10:59 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Mark Carroll, Senior Vice President of Income Research + Management, sat down with Continuity Insights to discuss down time, its impact on finances, processes and reputation an why business continuity practitioners are just beginning to discover its true impact.

Risk Management Integration Key Topic at Inaugural Bay Area Emergency Managers Conference

August 5, 2014 8:55 am | by By Erica Agiewich | Articles | Comments

More than 100 emergency managers and business continuity professionals gathered on Aug. 1 at Genentech for the Inaugural Bay Area Emergency Managers (BAEM) conference.  The conference focused on integrating all aspects of risk management for more effective emergency response.

Incident Command System, Working With Children During Disasters Discussed at ACP Meeting

July 15, 2014 9:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) hosted its monthly meeting with an online audience, which featured presentations on Incident Command System integration and children in disasters, on Tuesday, July 8.  

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Learning to “Speak the Language” a Key for Executive Support

June 30, 2014 2:17 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Avalution Consulting | Articles | Comments

Throughout the business continuity industry, practitioners are constantly looking for ways to engage – and stay engaged with – senior management, with the objective of gaining and keeping their support.  Practitioners should understand how executives think before trying to get their support.

Conforming to ISO 22301: How to Establish an Early Warning System

June 23, 2014 3:05 pm | by Brian Zawada, | Avalution Consulting | Blogs | Comments

A key element of any business continuity professional’s job description is helping the organization execute its business continuity arrangements, or as ISO 22301 calls it in Clause 8.4.3, “detecting an incident” and then activating the response.  Taken one step further, ISO 22301 calls out a number of specific response-related requirements related to early warning or incident detection that organizations must consider

Video:The Importance of Clearly Defined Roles in Exercises

June 23, 2014 9:25 am | Videos | Comments

Chris Wright, Senior Manager of Worldwide Business Continuity and Crisis Management at Amgen, Inc., discusses the value of clearly defined roles and responsibilities and the utilization of tools and supplies during his drills and exercises.  Look for next week's video where Melissa Owings with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, shares how she effectively communicates BCM information with executive management.

The ABC's of BCM

June 6, 2014 10:27 am | by Richard Coglianese | Articles | Comments

As more organizations face the need to provide their services regardless of operating conditions there is the realization that the related discipline of business continuity has it’s own lexicon: BCM, BCP, DR, BIA, RTO, RPO. Just what we all need, more acronyms.

The Quarterback’s Dilemma

April 9, 2014 10:13 am | by Allan Cytryn, Principal, Risk Masters, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Quality Risk Management enhances the ability of the Business Continuity Management team to effectively deal with uncertainties by providing a framework, skills and experience for more effectively managing risks and uncertainties.      

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Some Services Restored After Quake In Chile

April 8, 2014 10:58 am | by LUIS ANDRES HENAO & LUIS HIDALGO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chilean officials said Friday that water, fuel, electricity and other essential services were being re-established, three days after a powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake. The government also issued a three-month health alert for the quake-hit regions.   

H2O: Lessons From The Elk River Spill

April 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

After a chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River disrupted “business as usual,” Continuity Insights spoke with Larry McDonnell II,  Mike Jennings, and C.W. Sigman, who shared their first-hand accounts of the aftermath, insights into what went right (and what went wrong) along the way, and analysis of how businesses can better prepare for unexpected interruptions.

No National System To Track Landslide Hazards

April 1, 2014 9:54 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA & PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

People living in the path of a deadly Washington state landslide had virtually no warning before a wall of mud, trees and other debris thundered down the mountain. Some of the homeowners didn't even know the hillside could give way at any time.  

Victimized Twice By Sandy, NJ Bar Closes Again

April 1, 2014 9:28 am | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A business that once was a symbol of hope and recovery has now become a symbol of despair, illustrative of the hard time many New Jersey and New York residents and business are still having in getting back to normal a year and a half after Sandy.

Avalution Adds Automatic Business Continuity Metrics To Catalyst Business Continuity Software

March 31, 2014 2:45 pm | by Avalution | News | Comments

Catalyst Insights provides automatic business continuity metrics that enable business continuity and IT disaster recovery program managers to quickly identify and address preparedness gaps and report on their organization's true level of preparedness. 

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Counting The Cost Of Ineffective Business Continuity

March 19, 2014 9:14 am | News | Comments

The Business Continuity Institute has published a report to highlight the cost of common threats to organizations, threats such as IT and telecommunications outage, data breach, cyber attacks and adverse weather conditions.     

Counting The Costs & Benefits For Business Continuity From The Perspective Of A Veteran Deployment Housing Warrior

March 18, 2014 10:17 am | by Michelle Lowther, Continuity Housing | Blogs | Comments

Who knew it could cost $1,000 per person per day just to house critical personnel near their backup site in the event of a Category 2 hurricane? But that’s exactly what happened to one of the largest banks in the U.S. when they had to deploy their Gulf Coast personnel. 

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2014

March 18, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

Business Continuity Awareness Week began yesterday and runs until Friday, March 21. The annual event is organized by the Business Continuity Institute. This year's theme is 'Counting The Cost,' which according to the BCI is "a theme designed to demonstrate the potential cost of not having an effective business continuity management system." 

Speakers’ Soapbox: Sadia Azmat On Business Continuity & Revenue Generating

March 18, 2014 9:31 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the 12th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, key business continuity skills and hypothetical band names. This week we sat down with Sadia Azmat to learn more about her upcoming presentation, “Business Continuity: Revenue Generating.”

UK Holds Cyberwar Game In Churchill's WW2 Bunker

March 17, 2014 1:25 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Under London's streets in Winston Churchill's World War II bunker, young techies are fighting a new kind of war. Dozens of amateur cyber security experts spent Friday racing to understand why Britain's banking network suddenly seemed to have gone offline. 

Cold Snap Knocks Electric Generators Offline

March 13, 2014 3:04 pm | by CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

January's polar vortex knocked several important coal-fired electricity plants in Texas offline, and the Sierra Club said the loss of power shows the state needs more wind turbines and energy conservation programs to avoid possible rolling blackouts.   

More Than 3,500 Police Planned For Boston Marathon

March 11, 2014 11:19 am | by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

"In this world, you never eliminate risk, you never bring it down to zero ... but we are working very hard at reducing that risk level and managing it to the best of our collective abilities," Col. Timothy Alben said.     

More Than 3,500 Police Planned For Boston Marathon

March 11, 2014 11:19 am | by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

"In this world, you never eliminate risk, you never bring it down to zero ... but we are working very hard at reducing that risk level and managing it to the best of our collective abilities," Col. Timothy Alben said.     

Speakers' Soapbox: Kenneth Otis On Updating A Mature BC Program

March 11, 2014 10:11 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the 12th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, April 28-30, 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics and key business continuity skills. This week we sat down with Kenneth Otis, Director, Business Continuity Management, Liberty Mutual. 

Why Severe Weather Made Little Mark On U.S. Hiring

March 10, 2014 1:56 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Last month's harsh winter weather cut across the U.S. economy, closing factories, canceling flights and keeping shoppers home. So why didn't the weather put job growth in a deep freeze?                                            

BAE Report: Ukraine Has Faced Cyberattacks

March 10, 2014 1:50 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spies used "Snake" malware that allowed them to gain control of the computer systems of large organizations and steal information. Snake's design "suggests that attackers possess an arsenal of infiltration tools and bears all the hallmarks of a highly sophisticated cyber operation."

MasterCard, Visa Plan Group Focused On Security

March 10, 2014 11:13 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Visa and MasterCard, which run the networks that carry the payments, said Friday the new group will include banks, retailers, the makers of credit card readers, and others with an interest in credit card security.                                           

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