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Video:Why Moving Business Continuity to Enterprise Risk Management Works

July 22, 2014 8:59 am | Videos | Comments

Blaise D'Ambrosio, Global Continuity Manager at T. Rowe Price, offers two reasons why having business continuity become a part of your organizaton's enterprise risk management program is a good idea and can make your program more effective 

Chinese National Charged in Alleged Conspiracy to Steal Patented Seeds from U.S. Companies

July 21, 2014 4:42 pm | News | Comments

Patented seed allegedly stolen from U.S. seed corn companies ...

After Explosion, No Timetable for Re-Opening of Ethanol Plant

July 21, 2014 4:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur, Iowa. Flint...

Ebola outbreak in West Africa – rising number of calls to International SOS

July 15, 2014 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Internaitional SOS reported a huge increase in requests for information about Ebola Virus after...

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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.  

How to Create and Implement an Emergency Preparedness Assessment

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by Michael Redmond | Articles | Comments

Ms. Michael Redmond, CEO of Redmond Worldwide, discusses the importance of creating  an Emergency Preparedness Plan.  She also talks about implementing the plan and what steps should be taken before and after an emergency situation 

Saltwater Spill Could Lead to Regulations

July 14, 2014 2:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.  The leak involved an estimated 24,000 barrels, or 1 million gallons, of saltwater and condensate, byproducts of oil and gas production.

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Video:The Critical Importance of Cyber Preparedness

July 14, 2014 8:56 am | Videos | Comments

Steve Ross, Executive Principal for Riskmasters Inc., discusses the importance of being prepared for interruptions caused by cyber attacks and why business continuity professionals should put more effort into planning for such attacks   

One Injured, Roads Closed After Chemical Plant Accident

July 8, 2014 11:10 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

An accident at a chemical plant in Dalton injured a worker Monday and briefly caused authorities to close roads and warn residents in nearby apartments to stay inside.  The accident marked a third serious safety incident for MFG Chemical Inc.

Company Gets $11,000 Fine after oil Spill

July 8, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Freedom Industries $7,000 for keeping storage tanks containing crude MCHM behind a diked wall that was not liquid tight. On Jan. 9, roughly 10,000 gallons of MCHM leaked from one of the tanks and through the riverside diked wall and left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.

Case Study:How Reinsurance Group of America Reinstated its Global Business Continuity Program

July 8, 2014 9:46 am | by Mike Keating | Articles | Comments

Mike Keating, Vice President of Business Continuity Management for Reinsurance Group of America, discusses how his company reinstated its global business continuity program despite the challenge of having a thin staff and several teams of employees overseas .

Video:Using Tools and Concepts in Industry Standards to Engage Management

July 8, 2014 9:23 am | Videos | Comments

Brian Zawada, Director of Consulting for Avalution, discusses how to effectively user management system concepts outlined in different business continuity standards to actively engage senior management in your enterprise's continuity program.

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Facing Pressure, Foster Farms Recalls Chicken

July 7, 2014 3:47 pm | by Andrew Dalton, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture said it has found evidence directly linking Foster Farms boneless-skinless chicken breast to a case of Salmonella Heidelberg, an antibiotic-resistant strain of the disease that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months and led to pressure from food safety advocates for federal action against the company.

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.

New Danger Caused by Spike in Crude Oil Shipments

June 30, 2014 10:57 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said.     

Video:Vendors as Partners

June 30, 2014 9:09 am | Videos | Comments

Kurt Spangler, Senior Vice President of Continuity Logic, discusses the importance of working with vendors and how their experience and expertise can add new dimensions to your organization's business continuity plans and practices.    

Video:Communicating With Executive Management

June 30, 2014 8:52 am | Videos | Comments

Melissa Owings, Business Continuity Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield, shares how she effectively communicates business continuity management information with executives.  She discusses the importance of keeping reports concise and informative.

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Webinar Addresses Continuity Insights-KPMG Survey Results

June 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Joe Shust | Kpmg Llp, Continuity Insights | Articles | Comments

Panelists discussed how their organizations have used data from this year’s CI-KPMG Global Business Continuity Management Program Benchmarking Study, which surveyed 434 business continuity professionals throughout more than 22 countries.  

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.

Upcoming Pilgrimage Season Raises MERS Concerns

June 23, 2014 8:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Efforts to prevent the spread of a dangerous virus need to be stepped up ahead of the start of the Muslim pilgrimage season, when millions of people from all over the world will travel to Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization said last week.  The U.N. health agency has recorded 701 confirmed cases and 249 deaths worldwide from the Middle East respiratory syndrome, the vast majority of them in Saudi Arabia.

Fireworks explosion kills one, injures two others

June 23, 2014 8:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 An explosion at a fireworks plant in Washington state fatally injured a 75-year-old man last week and also injured two other employees.  More people could have been hurt and more buildings damaged if the company hadn't been following regulations that require fireworks transfers to happen away from other buildings and other explosives

How Organizations are Effectively Leveraging BCM Benchmarking Data

June 23, 2014 8:41 am | Webinars

In this webinar, a panel of leading practitioners will discuss how the 2013-2014 Continuity Insights and KPMG LLP Global Business Continuity Management (BCM) Program Benchmarking Study can be used to improve BCM programs, understand the steps required to implement these improvements, extract the most compelling data points and make use of lessons learned during the benchmarking process 

Risky Business-Lowering the BAR

June 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Michael Shandrowski | Articles | Comments

Business professionals face the constant challenge to aim high or “raise the bar”.  However, as business continuity professional’s we often view things from a different perspective.  We face the constant challenge to aim low and “lower the bar” when it comes to business availability risk, or BAR.  This article shares concepts and methods for lowering business availability risk and reducing risky business.

Video:Collaborating With Your Financial Institution to Sustain Economic Recovery

June 17, 2014 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

Lissette, Giorgi, VP Risk Manager at Wells Fargo and President of the Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners, discusses the importance of working with your financial institution in recovering from a business disruption.

"Rogue" Employee Costs Greenpeace $5.2 Million

June 16, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Greenpeace has suffered a 3.8 million-euro ($5.2 million) loss on an ill-timed bet in the currency market by a well-intentioned — if reckless — employee in its finance department.  The environmental group, which is based in Amsterdam, said Monday the employee — who had bet the euro would not strengthen against other currencies in 2013, when it did — had acted beyond the limits of his authority.

Target Glitch Not a Data Security Issue

June 16, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Target Corp. said a glitch in its system caused delays at checkout registers at some of its U.S. stores but it wasn't due to a data security issue or a hacker. Customers across the country took to social media to report long check-out lines Sunday night due to registers not working.

Toyota Issues Recalls in U.S., Japan

June 16, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 650,000 vehicles in Japan and repeating a recall for problems with front passenger air bag inflators announced last year, seeking to fix some 2.27 million vehicles.  The recall involves about 20 Toyota models, including some Corolla compacts and Tundra pickups made in 2003-2004 and some 2002-2004 Lexus SC 430 coupes made in the U.S.

Phelps Expresses Importance of Exercises

June 16, 2014 8:49 am | by Joe Shust | Articles | Comments

Regina Phelps, founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, spoke about the importance of business continuity exercises at the Continuity Insights West Conference on Tuesday, June 10 at the South San Francisco Convention Center.

Webinar Focuses on CI, KPMG Benchmarking Study

June 13, 2014 4:13 pm | Kpmg Llp | News | Comments

The study surveyed more than 434 executives across 22 different countries.  The event will feature a panel of leading business continuity practitioners and focuses on how the data from the study can be used to improve business continuity plans.

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