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In Business Continuity Planning, Little Things are Key

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

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

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

Nadav Davidai of Control Risks and Emily Lord of RX Response will present "Including...

Avalanches in Northeastern Afghanistan Kill at Least 165

February 26, 2015 9:27 am | by Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan...

More Harsh Winter Weather in South, Record Snow in Boston

February 26, 2015 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

States of emergency were declared and schools were closed ahead of wintry weather mix that hit ...

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'Safer' Train Car Design Could Save Lives

February 26, 2015 9:02 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. secretary of transportation stood at the site of a horrendous commuter train crash near downtown Los Angeles and called for the adoption of a new train car design that testing showed could blunt the tremendous force of a head-on collision.

U.S. Government Contracts with Quebec Biotech Company to Make Anti-Ebola Drug

February 26, 2015 8:57 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A Quebec City biotech company has been awarded a contract to make a ZMapp-like product to fight Ebola.  The U.S. government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority issued a contract to make monoclonal Ebola antibodies to Medicago.

Political Battle Slowing New York's Subways

February 26, 2015 8:49 am | News | Comments

 It's an ominous refrain, repeated endlessly in the same automated monotone: "Ladies and gentlemen, we are delayed because of train traffic ahead of us."  What commuters don't realize is that those delays are tied to a political fight playing out over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year capital budget plan, which will fund critical improvements and repairs to the city's sprawling transit system.

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WHO Urges Europeans to Step Up Measles Vaccinations

February 26, 2015 8:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as countries report thousands of cases of the disease.  WHO's regional office said cases in Europe and Central Asia fell by half from 2013 to 2014 but its goal of eliminating measles there this year is threatened.

Al-Shabab Video Calling for Mall Attacks Raises Major Concerns

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

Employee Safety, Data Breaches Were Key Topics at MADRA Meeting

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

ATAP to Hold Lincoln Center Conference March 30-31

February 24, 2015 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) is holding its annual spring regional conference in the northeast. The ATAP conference will be held at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City on March 30-31. 

Retired Doctor Discusses Experience With Measles

February 23, 2015 4:26 pm | by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Dr. Frank Jagdis knows measles. As a medical student in the pre-vaccination 1960s and later as a practicing pediatrician in Victoria, he saw the toll that measles took on children who came down with the viral infection.

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Chicago Area Police Department Pays Hacker $500 Ransom

February 23, 2015 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A suburban Chicago police department paid a hacker a $500 ransom to restore access to data on a police computer that the hacker had disabled through the use of an increasingly popular type of virus.  Midlothian Police Chief Harold Kaufman confirmed the department had been hacked, but declined further comment.

Federal Study Reveals Grim Projections on Train Derailments

February 23, 2015 4:12 pm | by Matthew Brown and Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S. 

Connecticut Taxpayers May Have to Wait on Refunds While State Weeds Out Fraudulent Returns

February 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Stephen Singer, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Some Connecticut taxpayers might receive income tax refunds a few weeks later than expected as state revenue officials verify that fraudulent returns are not being submitted.  Federal and state tax officials blame breaches, identity theft, phishing and other forms of cybercrime for attempts to fraudulently claim refunds.

Investigation Into Derailment Begins as Cleanup Continues

February 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Pat Ramsey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A full-scale federal investigation of an oil train derailment in southern West Virginia has begun as work continues to remove the overturned tank cars from the site, federal officials said.  A fire sparked by the Feb. 16 derailment in Mount Carbon prevented investigators from gaining full access to the crash scene until this weekend.

North Korea Bans Foreigners from Marathon Over Ebola Concerns

February 23, 2015 3:19 pm | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

Further restricting travel to the already isolated country, North Korea barred foreigners from one of its most popular tourist events — the annual Pyongyang marathon — because of concerns over the Ebola virus, travel agencies said.  North Korean media have suggested Ebola was created by the U.S. military as a biological weapon.

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Reactor to be Inspected After Construction Damage

February 23, 2015 3:12 pm | by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A special inspection is underway after damage to a nuclear reactor under construction in South Carolina, federal regulators said.  The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said its representatives are launching a special inspection this week at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest of Columbia.

BC Pros Should be Aware of Emerging Issues

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

Residents Throughout U.S. Coping with Winter Weather

February 18, 2015 2:53 pm | by Jonathan Drew and Meredith Somers, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the South, the storm that dumped a foot of snow in some places was only the beginning. Low temperatures gripped the region Wednesday, freezing and refreezing the snow and ice and making the roads as hazardous as they were during the height of the storm. In many areas, the cold was expected to stay for days. The refreeze has already played out over and over in New England, where mountains of snow are piled high.

Drinkman Pleads Not Guilty in Computer Hacking Scheme

February 18, 2015 2:35 pm | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A Russian citizen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an 11-count indictment charging him and four others with running what authorities have called the largest criminal computer hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.  Vladimir Drinkman pleaded not guilty to computer hacking conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, several counts of unauthorized computer access and three counts of wire fraud.

Attacks Make Vaccination in Pakistan Difficult

February 18, 2015 2:27 pm | by Rebecca Santana, Associated Press | News | Comments

While vaccine distrust has sparked debates amid a measles outbreak in the United States, Pakistan is in a deadly battle to wipe out polio.  Long eradicated in the West, polio remains endemic in Pakistan after the Taliban banned vaccinations, attacks targeted medical staffers and suspicions lingered about the inoculations.

'Higher Safety Standards' for Tank Cars May Not be Enough

February 18, 2015 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be costly.

Missouri Governor Wanted Police, Not National Guard, on Ferguson's Front Lines

February 18, 2015 2:06 pm | by David Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

 St. Louis area authorities planning for a grand jury announcement had proposed stationing Missouri National Guard troops and armored Humvees in a Ferguson neighborhood where Michael Brown had been shot by a policeman, according to records detailing the state's preparations.

New Restrictions Considered as Drought Continues in California

February 18, 2015 1:54 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials are considering new water restrictions as California's drought drags on, possibly forcing residents to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels.  The State Water Resources Control Board floated the ideas at an informational hearing Tuesday as it considers extending and expanding mandatory water-use rules.

Washington State Re-Considering Vaccine Exemptions

February 18, 2015 1:48 pm | by Rachel La Corte, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Personal or philosophical opposition to vaccines would not be an authorized exemption for the parents of school-age children under a measure that received a public hearing before a House committee, drawing at least two dozen opponents to the proposed change.

Snow Causing Massachusetts Roofs to Collapse

February 18, 2015 1:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Roofs across eastern Massachusetts are collapsing or buckling under the weight of several feet of snow, but no major injuries have been reported.  The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says it has received 74 reports of roof collapses since Feb. 9.

Getting Hacked Could Have Legal Repercussions

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

Security Experts Urge Caution as Cyber Bank Thefts Become More Common

February 17, 2015 11:47 am | by Josh Boak, Associated Press | News | Comments

A hacker gang that looted as much as $1 billion worldwide from banks was unusual: It stole directly from the banks, instead of ripping off their customers.  Security experts say consumers still need to keep a close eye on their checking and savings, as epic computer breaches such as this theft — documented in a report issued Monday — are becoming all too common.

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