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Video: Holder Urges Approval of $15M for Shooter Training

April 15, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In a video message posted on the Justice Department website Tuesday, the attorney general says training is critical since patrol officers who arrive first on the scene are increasingly being relied on to respond directly to shooters rather than waiting for SWAT teams.

Death Toll in Ebola Outbreak Rises to 121

April 15, 2014 11:09 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people,...

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...

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,...

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The 2014 Atlanta Snow Jam: A Practitioner’s Perspective

March 4, 2014 9:42 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 2.6 inches of snow caused an unprecedented traffic jam in Atlanta, GA. While the ideal situation would have been for the disarray to be avoided altogether, there are some unique lessons that can be gleaned by examining how the day unfolded. Chris Summerrow, CBCP and Director of Business Continuity Management, Corporate Security at UPS, works in Atlanta and witnessed the day’s events first-hand. 

Building A Stronger, More Strategic BCM Program

February 18, 2014 11:01 am | by Patrick Potter, GRC Strategist, Business Continuity & Audit, RSA | Articles | Comments

First of all, you must understand your company’s vision and plan, and then identify any conflicts or gaps with your BCM program vision and plan. It’s important to understand that you will be speaking with people with less knowledge, background and interest in BCM and resiliency. It’s important to them too, they just may not know it yet! 

New Risk Survey Finds Regulatory Change Tops List Of Risk Concerns For Companies Across Multiple Industries

February 11, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

Changes in the regulatory environment and heightened scrutiny by regulators rank at or near the top of risk concerns among corporate leaders regardless of industry, according to Executive Perspectives on Top Risks for 2014, a just-released survey report by global consulting firm Protiviti and the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Initiative at North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management. 

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Speakers' Soapbox: Kimberly Hirsch Discusses Lessons Learned From A Large-Scale Business Continuity Activation

February 11, 2014 9:56 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the 2014 Continuity Insights Management Conference, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics and critical business continuity skills. This week we sat down with Kimberly Hirsch from Target to learn more about the importance of real-life case studies and why Harry Connick Jr. would make a good business continuity professional.

Nine First-Responders Die In Fire That Destroyed Bank Archives

February 5, 2014 1:07 pm | by MICHAEL WARREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine first-responders were killed, seven others injured and two were missing as they battled a fire of unknown origin that destroyed an archive of bank documents in Argentina's capital on Wednesday. The fire at the Iron Mountain warehouse took hours to control and the sprawling building appeared to be ruined. 

SIFMA Statement On Pandemic Accord Tabletop Exercise

February 4, 2014 10:11 am | by SIFMA | News | Comments

SIFMA issued the following statement in response to the Summary of Key Findings of the 2013 Pandemic Accord tabletop exercise that was sponsored by FEMA Region II, DHHS Region II, Federal Executive Board New York City, Federal Executive Board Northern New Jersey, Clearing House Association and SIFMA. Read the Pandemic Accord 2013: Continuity of Operations Pandemic Tabletop Exercise — Summary of Findings: 

Risk Shrink: The Human Element Risk

February 3, 2014 5:34 pm | by Sean Murphy, CEO & President, Lootok | Articles | Comments

There is a certain beauty in working with numbers. In business continuity, we rely on numbers to determine the likelihood of an event occurring, and how best to offset it. By increasing our knowledge about what drives fear and behavior, we can improve communication and training to gain a greater sense of control over our risk environment. 

Using Lessons Learned In The Evaluation Of Business Continuity Procedures

January 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Greg Marbais, Senior Consultant, Avalution Consulting | Blogs | Comments

This perspective is the fifth in a series to discuss key elements of the ISO 22301 business continuity management system. Today we’re going to take a look at Clause 9.1.2, the standard’s requirement for evaluation of business continuity procedures.

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Cyber Crime & Terror Risk Are Under-Rated By Captive Directors

January 20, 2014 4:05 pm | by Aon Global Risk Consulting | News | Comments

Aon Global Risk Consulting has conducted further research to understand more about organizations’ attitudes to the top threats they face in today’s hyper connected world. Aon wanted to explore further some of the results of its biennial Global Risk Management Survey, published in 2013, so it asked captive directors for their opinions on the rankings of the top 50 risks identified.

Mass. Gov. To Unveil Climate Change Prep Plan

January 20, 2014 3:38 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Deval Patrick is set to unveil a series of initiatives he says will help prepare Massachusetts for the challenges posed by climate change on public health, energy, transportation and basic infrastructure. The plan includes a $40 million grant program by the Department of Energy Resources. 

Continuity Insights Predictions For 2014

January 8, 2014 10:10 am | Articles | Comments

As we welcome 2014, it’s time to anticipate what the new year will bring to the world of business continuity and disaster recovery. In this year's predictions for 2014, we hear from some of the industry’s most influential leaders. Continuity Insights would like to wish everyone a wonderful new year. 

BC Management’s 12th Annual BCM Compensation Study

January 7, 2014 9:53 am | by BC Management | News | Comments

BC Management’s 12th Annual BCM Compensation Study includes three compensation assessments to accommodate all BCM professionals. Only study participants will receive a complimentary copy of the world-renowned BCM Compensation Report. 

Final Chance! 2013-2014 Continuity Insights & KPMG LLP Global BCM Benchmarking Study

January 6, 2014 3:31 pm | Articles | Comments

All study participants will receive upon request a complimentary copy of the study results. This is your final chance to participate; the survey closes on Friday, February 21, 2014.  If you began the survey but haven't yet finished, please take the time now to complete your responses. 

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Fatalities At Work Rise 28 Percent In Wisconsin

December 12, 2013 10:56 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Wisconsin workers killed on the job increased 28 percent last year, in part because of an increase in workplace shootings. A report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 114 fatal work injuries in 2012 — 25 more than the year before.

Educate & Train Your Staff Through Exercise

December 10, 2013 11:50 am | by Harvey Betan | Articles | Comments

Business Continuity Management (BCM) exercises allow participants to learn and understand the processes and procedures they must perform if a specific situation arises. To that end, here are a number of exercises, along with information about how they can be transformed into training tools for your organization’s staff.

The Need For A Records Information Management Plan, Part 2

December 2, 2013 11:19 am | by Larry McDonnell II, Norwich University, Master of Science in Business Continuity | Articles | Comments

Though various people have suggested guidelines for records information management, they have failed to take into consideration historical documents and multimedia records. Most people can agree that a load balance system is the most effective method for dispersal of backed-up information and suggest that this should be part of the guidelines. 

The Need For A Records Information Management Plan, Part 1

November 26, 2013 10:40 am | by Larry McDonnell II, Norwich University, Master of Science in Business Continuity | Articles | Comments

In a local government setting, a business continuity plan typically includes a section on vital records or essential records for daily functions, such as current agency policy, procedures, personnel files, financial information, employee contact information, vendor contact information and the most current documents being used for daily operations. What is not included is the protection of older records. 

Continuity Logic Positioned In The Leaders Quadrant In Gartner’s Magic Quadrant For Business Continuity Management Planning Software

November 20, 2013 10:34 am | News | Comments

Continuity Logic’s FrontLine Live was positioned in the Leaders quadrant in Gartner’s recently released “Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software.” Of the 18 enterprise-class business continuity software products evaluated, FrontLine Live was one of the five “Leaders” for completeness of vision and ability to execute.

BCM Software Acquisition

November 12, 2013 9:33 am | by Michael Keating, Vice President, Business Continuity Management, Reinsurance Group of America | Articles | Comments

Almost two years ago, our company started the process to select and deploy a new enterprise business continuity management (BCM) software tool. The intent of this article is to share some of the things we learned in our process and in talking with others who have walked the same path.

Continuity Q&A: Vendors’ Perspectives On Mobile

October 25, 2013 9:43 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights interviewed leading mobile work-area recovery vendors to get their perspectives on mobile recovery. We asked them to share their top tips in regards to needs assessment, justifying ROI, the RFP process and the training phase. They also shared their thoughts on the primary advantages of mobile recovery, as well as the trends and opportunities they foresee for the future mobile recovery. 

A Practitioner’s View: Choosing, Testing & Utilizing Mobile Work-Area Recovery

October 25, 2013 9:41 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Tim Mathews, executive director, enterprise resiliency at ETS, an organization that develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at 9,000+ locations worldwide, to learn more about Mathews’ views on mobile solutions, his best-practice mobile recovery testing tips, and how mobile recovery helped ETS after a real-life disaster. 

Continuity Q&A: David Johnson On Leveraging Crisis Communications For Reputation Resilience

October 8, 2013 9:39 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

The first 72 hours of a crisis are critical for any company or organization because the media narrative is set in those first 72 hours, and as a result, so is public opinion. Many companies are just responding to the crisis when media interest is moving on and the public narrative has been set. That is why it is essential to have a crisis communications plan in place.

B23: Validating Business Continuity Plans Through Training & Exercising

October 7, 2013 4:35 pm | Events | Comments

B23: Wednesday, October 16, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The more familiar staff and mission-critical personnel are with emergency policies and procedures, the more likely they will respond efficiently when a business disruption occurs. Therefore, it is crucial to develop a comprehensive training and exercise plan that validates an organization’s business continuity plans. In this session, the presenter will share lessoned learned from rejuvenating the Red Cross’ training and exercise programs.

Civil Servant Blamed For Sandy Train Damage

October 4, 2013 9:18 am | News | Comments

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says a low-level manager — not the state's mass transit chief — was to blame for failing to move trains to higher ground during Superstorm Sandy, causing $120 million in damage. Christie told The Record newspaper's editorial board that the employee deviated from a storm plan at the last minute. 

Continuity Q&A: Mike Eilts On Being Ready For The Storm

October 1, 2013 10:20 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Mike Eilts, president and CEO of Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. (WDT), to learn more about the latest developments in weather prediction and how these developments might affect enterprises. Eilts was one of the presenters of “Developing A Robust Weather Preparedness Program” at the 2013 Continuity Insights Management Conference in San Diego, CA.

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