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Speaker's Soapbox: Lynnda Nelson of The ICOR

December 19, 2014 10:42 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Lynnda Nelson, President of The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR), will present "Aligning Your BCM Program to ISO 22301."  In her presentation, Nelson will discuss how organizations can incorporate the new ISO 22301 standards into their business continuity programs and how implimenting those standards can help them become more resilient.

Study Says Federal Government Not Fully Prepared to Handle Nuclear Attack, Large Scale Catastrophe

December 19, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The federal government isn't fully prepared...

Officials Calling Sony Hack 'Most Damaging Ever'

December 19, 2014 8:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S....

Army Virologist Found Traces of Ebola in West Africa Long Before Outbreak

December 19, 2014 8:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Army virologist using diagnostic tools found traces...

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Drones Could Help with Storm Research

December 18, 2014 4:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form.  Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can't reach, and they can do it at less cost and with less danger than piloted planes, the scientists say.

Former Chemical Company Employees Indicted in Spill

December 18, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four former chemical company executives and two lower-level employees have been charged in a January spill that contaminated a river and left 300,000 residents around West Virginia's capital without usable water for drinking and bathing for days. 

Prosecutors Charge 14 People Involved in 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 18, 2014 4:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people in what authorities called the largest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine.  The co-founders, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy are accused of using expired ingredients and failing to follow standards for cleanliness at the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham.

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Looking Forward: Business Continuity in 2015

December 16, 2014 10:37 am | by CI Staff | Articles | Comments

What's in store for business continuity in the coming year? How will this continally evolving landscape change and what will be its impact on the state of resiliency and our profession? Read further as we hear from some of the industry's leading executives on how the coming year promises to bring more challenges, innovation, and disruption.

Speaker's Soapbox: Jim Mitchell of eBRP Solutions

December 16, 2014 10:32 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Jim Mitchell, Director at eBRP Soultuions, will present "20 Things You Should Plan For (But Probably Forgot)."  The presentation will focus on twenty small but critical details that could make or break a business continuity plan and result in disaster if they are not accounted for.

Businesses, Individuals Can Take Precautions Against Identity Theft

December 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft.  Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive details safe. But there are steps businesses and individuals can take to protect themselves against the financial, legal and emotional impact of identity theft — and most of them are free.

California Receives Funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

December 16, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California has received funding to help begin an earthquake warning system across the state next year.  Scientists have tried to make the public alert system available but funding has been a problem. But $5 million was allocated for the program in a major spending bill approved by Congress, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Some Sandy Victims Saddled with Huge Loan Payments

December 16, 2014 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the thousands of Sandy victims who jumped at Small Business Administration's offer in the storm's immediate aftermath say they didn't fully understand the potential repercussions of their loans. Now they regret taking them, saying they say ruined their chances for recovery grants and left them with monthly loan payments their neighbors don't have.

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California Begins Cleaning Up Storm Damage

December 16, 2014 8:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Californians cleaned up from a major storm that soaked the drought-stricken state before moving east to drop rain on the Southwest.  Perhaps the biggest job was in Camarillo, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, where a Friday mudslide besieged houses, making 13 uninhabitable. The debris flowed down a hillside burned by wildfire last year.

After E-Mail Leak, What's Next for Pascal?

December 16, 2014 7:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Amy Pascal, one of the most powerful women in the man's world that is Hollywood and the force behind such critical and commercial hits as "The Social Network" and "American Hustle," has had better days.  The co-chairman of the studio and chief of its film division is under fire for racist remarks about President Obama's presumed choice in movies that surfaced in emails made public by the Sony cyberattack.

Death Toll at 56 After More Bodies Recovered in Indonesia Mudslides

December 15, 2014 4:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from a mudslide that flattened much of a village in central Indonesia rose to 51 on Monday before rain forced rescuers to halt their search for dozens of missing people, officials said.  Police rescue coordinator Lt. Col. Wika Hardiyanto said 11 bodies were recovered Monday, raising the confirmed toll to 51.

For Data Breach Victims, Recovery a Difficult Road

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

 The Target hack during last year's Black Friday shopping weekend was just one in a wave of data breaches that have exposed more than 100 million customer records at U.S. retailers, banks and Internet companies.  While cases are difficult to trace, analysts at Javelin Strategy & Research estimate that one in three Americans affected by a data breach ultimately became the victim of fraud last year — up from one in nine in 2010.

Collapse Kills 13 in Ecuador

December 15, 2014 3:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese embassy in Quito confirmed that 10 Ecuadorean and three Chinese workers were killed over the weekend at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant. The Chinese firm Sinohydro is building the $2 billion 1,500-megawatt power plant.

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Senatorial Elections in Liberia Postponed Due to Ebola

December 15, 2014 3:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Officials in Ebola-stricken Liberia have postponed senatorial elections elections until the end of the week, while some urged calling off the vote for fear the results would not be credible.  Ebola has killed nearly 3,200 people this year in Liberia, and many question whether elections can be held at all under such circumstances.

Speaker's Soapbox: Kim Hirsch and Jill Gibbs of Target

December 11, 2014 4:54 pm | Articles | Comments

Kim Hirsch and Jill Gibbs of Target will present "Innovation and the Art of the BIA."  Their presentation will focus on conducting large scale BIAs, what organizations need to look for while conducting a BIA and how to elicit consistent feedback through a multi-stage approach.

IBM, State of Indiana to Settle Dispute in Court

December 11, 2014 4:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM Corp. and the state of Indiana are turning to mediation in hopes of settling their dispute over IBM's failed attempt to privatize Indiana's welfare services.  The two parties said in a court filing with the Indiana Supreme Court that they have agreed to mediation and chosen John R. Van Winkle of Indianapolis-based Van Winkle-Baten Dispute Resolution to hear their differences at a Feb. 25 mediation session.

Nurse Exposed to Ebola Being Monitored For Virus

December 11, 2014 4:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone is being admitted to the National Institutes of Health near Washington, D.C.  The NIH says in a statement that the nurse was expected to be admitted to the Bethesda, Maryland, facility on Thursday. 

FBI Affidavit Says Former Freedom Industries President Lied About Role in Chemical Spill

December 11, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In bankruptcy court hearings and meetings, former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern repeatedly said he had little to do with the company before it was sold a few weeks prior to the January chemical spill. But an FBI affidavit said Southern had overseen day-to-day operations at the chemical storage company, hired employees and executed contracts for several years, according to a complaint.

Sierra Leone's President Urges Traditional Leaders to Stop Unsafe Burials

December 11, 2014 3:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's president implored the country's traditional leaders  to stop cultural practices that have been blamed for spreading Ebola, like burials that involve touching corpses.  Officials have said up to 70 percent of new infections in Sierra Leone are linked to unsafe burials. The bodies of people who have died from Ebola are highly contagious and must be handled carefully.

Railroad Agrees to Pay $625,000 Settlement

December 11, 2014 3:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A railroad has agreed to pay $625,000 to settle allegations that it failed to adequately clean up a 2008 oil spill that damaged the shoreline and aquatic life in the Mississippi River between Iowa and Wisconsin.  The Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad, a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific, would make the payment without admitting wrongdoing to resolve a civil complaint filed  by the state of Iowa and the U.S. government.

Residents to Receive Separate Storm Surge Alerts in 2015

December 11, 2014 2:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see new, separate warnings about storm surge in addition to those about winds, the National Hurricane Center said.  The separate storm-surge warnings will begin with the 2015 hurricane season and should provide emergency managers and the public with better information about tropical weather hazards.

Speaker's Soapbox: Dick Donovan of M&T Bank

December 8, 2014 3:56 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Dick Donovan, Vice President of M&T Bank, will present "Creativity & Continuity: Using Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Tools" on Wednesday, April 22 at 10:15 a.m.  The presentation will focus on various problem solving techniques and provide participants with materials and information that they can begin using in their organization immediately.

'Bad Data' A Serious Problem in the Midst of the Ebola Outbreak

December 8, 2014 3:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As health officials struggle to contain the world's biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data.  Having accurate numbers about an outbreak is essential not only to provide a realistic picture of the epidemic, but to determine effective control strategies.

North Korea Denies Role in Sony Hack

December 8, 2014 3:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea released a statement Sunday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang's supreme leader.  Some cybersecurity experts say they've found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea that targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year.

Typhoon Weakens Into Tropical Storm After Killing at Least 21

December 8, 2014 3:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a tropical storm Monday after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million into shelters, while sparing most of a central Philippine region still reeling from last year's monster Typhoon Haiyan.

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