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Anatomy of a DDoS Attack Part 1: Botnets

October 24, 2014 10:49 am | by Dr. Bill Highleyman, Availability Digest | Blogs | Comments

Dr. Bill Highleyman, Managing Editor of Availability Digest, discusses Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, including botnets, various attack strategies and how they can impact an organization.  This is part one of a two part series on DDoS attacks.

Dozens Quarantined for Ebola Monitoring Threaten to Break Out

October 24, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break...

Cleanup Plan in Place for Alaska Refinery

October 24, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A cleanup plan for a...

Storm Could Complicate FairPoint Strike

October 24, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nor'easter could deliver the first major test for replacement workers hired by FairPoint...

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Federal Inspectors Say Mine Operators Improperly Detonated Explosives, Failed to Properly Vent Gasses

October 24, 2014 8:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mine Safety and Health Administration administrator Joe Main said Tuesday managers of the mine near Ouray improperly detonated deteriorated explosives in a mine shaft in an attempt to dispose of them, filling the area with toxic gas. Regulators say mine operators failed to seal off the area or ventilate it, and they ignored complaints from miners.

Gas Pipe Explosion Kills One in Germany

October 24, 2014 8:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one person was killed and 11 were injured in an explosion after a gas pipe was damaged during construction work in a western German city.  Gas transport company Gascade said it wasn't clear why the gas pipe, part of a 57-kilometer (35-mile) pipeline that leads southward to the city of Karlsruhe, was damaged during work that it commissioned.

Video: Price Speaks at CINY 2014 - Part 2

October 21, 2014 11:03 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Howard Price, Director of Business Continuity at ABC Television, gave the keynote presentation at Continuity Insights New York 2014 on Wednesday, Oct. 8.  He discussed management metrics and the importance of keeping your BC plan simple.  This is part two of his presentation.

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Obama Announces Security Measures for Government Issued Cards

October 21, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.   

Top Five: Most Important Ebola Facts

October 21, 2014 10:52 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

With the outbreak in West Africa and cases now in Europe and the United States, Ebola has been all over the news. While many of the facts about the virus have become common knowledge in the past few months, others have not. Here are five facts about Ebola that every business continuity professional should know.

Four Core Elements of an Effective Employee Personal Preparedness Program

October 21, 2014 10:43 am | by Jeff Hamilton | Blogs | Comments

Jeff Hamilton, President and COO of Nexis Preparedness Systems, discusses the importance for being prepared for an emergency, including having proper supplies, creating an emergency plan, being aware of potential disasters and practicing for them.

'Years of War' Made West African Nations Vulnerable to Ebola Outbreak

October 21, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill," noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war.  The total death toll has risen to more than 4,500 

Q&A: The Future and Potential Aftermath of the Hong Kong Protests

October 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Three weeks ago, students at a rally stormed a fenced-off courtyard outside Hong Kong's government headquarters, triggering unprecedented mass protests for greater democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese city.  Since then, the movement has spiraled into a volatile and dangerous crisis with no clear endgame.

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Illegal Factory Fire in 2013 Shows Cost of Ignoring Safety Regulations

October 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Five people now face homicide charges including two Italians who owned the building. Prosecutors contend they failed to meet basic safeguards such as fire alarms and adequate fire extinguishers. Defense lawyers say their clients are not guilty.

Fireworks Factory Blaze Kills 13 in India

October 21, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A blaze engulfed a fireworks factory in southern India on Monday, killing at least 13 workers and seriously burning seven others, police said.  The fire department was still trying to control the fire by early evening and the bodies could not immediately be retrieved.

Video: Price Speaks at CINY 2014 - Part 1

October 17, 2014 10:14 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Howard Price, Director of Business Continuity at ABC Television, gave the keynote presentation at Continuity Insights New York 2014 on Wednesday, Oct. 8.  He discussed management metrics and the importance of keeping your BC plan simple.  This is part one of his presentation. 

Lowther Addresses Guaranteed Housing During Disasters

October 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Michelle Lowther, Principal in Continuity Housing, discussed securing hotel rooms for critical personnel during disasters at an Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) meeting at the Metropolitan College of New York on Thursday, Oct. 16.  

Collaborative Influence in Government and Business

October 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Tim Bonno, RGA Reinsurance Group | Blogs | Comments

Tim Bonno, Business Continuity Program Manager at RGA Reinsurance Company, discusses collaboration between government agencies and businesses during disasters and how the growing number of collaborations are effecting business continuity. 

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Doctors in Guinea Come Out Of Retirement to Fight Ebola

October 17, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Guinea's president issued a call for retired doctors to return to work to help the impoverished country's overstretched health system fight the deadly Ebola outbreak.  President Alpha Conde's appeal has already prompted some doctors to volunteer, however many health workers in the country have fled in fear of the disease, complaining of the lack of equipment to fight it.

Widespread Data Breaches Could Cost South Korea Billions

October 17, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea's national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID numbers to every citizen over 17 at a possible cost of billions of dollars.

Hong Kong Police Officers Caught on Camera Kicking Handcuffed Protester

October 17, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hong Kong's police force said Wednesday it will investigate after officers were caught on camera kicking a handcuffed protester amid the most violent clashes since street demonstrations for greater democracy began more than two weeks ago.

Despite Negative Effects, Businesses can Capitalize on Winter Weather

October 17, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After last year's rough winter and with forecasts of another snowy season, small business owners want to ensure they can operate through whatever's ahead and, in some cases, capitalize from it.  Companies who have contingency plans for winter weather can use ice and snow to their advantage.

Category 4 Storm Gonzalo Approaching Bermuda

October 15, 2014 4:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hurricane Gonzalo barreled toward Bermuda as a powerful Category four storm Wednesday, threatening the tiny archipelago as residents were still repairing homes and clearing trees and power lines knocked down days earlier by a tropical storm. 

Pilot Killed After Air Tanker Crashes Into Canyon Wall While Battling Blaze

October 15, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A California firefighting aircraft that crashed into a canyon wall in Yosemite National Park last week, killing the pilot, might have struck a tree as it approached a wildfire, tearing off a wing, federal investigators said.  The twin-engine S-2T air tanker was destroyed when it hit the ground.

Protesters in Ferguson Commit Various Acts of Civil Disobedience in Surrounding Area

October 15, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pounding rain and tornado watches didn't deter hundreds of protesters Monday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost four hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown's body was left in a street after he was fatally shot by police.  Organizers of the four-day Ferguson October protests committed acts of civil disobedience across the St. Louis region.

Fracking Could be to Blame for Small, Unnoticeable Earthquakes

October 15, 2014 3:50 pm | News | Comments

 A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique.  The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013.

Gulf Coast States May Begin Applying for Grant Money Soon

October 15, 2014 3:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast state and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund fed with civil penalties arising from the 2010 BP oil spill.

Preparation Key in Dealing with Senior Leadership

October 14, 2014 10:39 am | Articles | Comments

Erika Voss, Business Continuity Manager at Microsoft, discusses communication with senior management and explains why it is important to be prepared when discussing emergency situations.  She provides examples from her own career of events where she needed to interact with senior executives.

Arbor Continuity and Ripcord Solutions Form Strategic Alliance

October 14, 2014 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Arbor Continuity, a business continuity solutions provider, has announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Ripcord Solutions, provider of customized e-learning courses that vastly simplify training a company’s workforce to maintain and implement its business continuity program.

Video: Joe Daniels Presents at CINY2014

October 14, 2014 10:02 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, delivered the keynote presentation at Continuity Insights New York on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.  Here is just a small excerpt from his talk.

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