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Business Continuity Professionals are Turning to Metrics: Part One

March 26, 2015 11:53 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Organizations across a variety of industries are turning to metrics to determine whether their programs work and if they are getting a return on their investment.  Business continuity professionals are no exception.  More and more, BC pros are turning to metrics to determine how effective their programs are and convey that to senior management.

Continuity and Concrete Sea Walls in Japan

March 26, 2015 11:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In 2011, an earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that struck northern Japan, leaving thousands...

New Cyber Security Bill Could be Coming Soon

March 25, 2015 4:21 pm | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

House intelligence committee leaders unveiled a bipartisan cyber security bill  amid signs of...

Germanwings Co-Pilot May Have Brought Plane Down Intentionally

March 25, 2015 4:17 pm | by David McHugh and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and "intentionally"...

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Nuclear Plant Rests on Fault, Report Says

March 25, 2015 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulation Authority accepted a report that says a reactor at Japan Atomic Power Co.'s Tsuruga nuclear plant on the Sea of Japan coast sits right above an active geological fault, a move that may force the operator to permanently shut down the unit.

Could 'Common Sense' be the Solution to Railroad Safety?

March 25, 2015 3:50 pm | by Martha Waggoner, Associated Press | News | Comments

 America's railroads want five more years to stop train wrecks using a high-tech system costing more than $9 billion.  But experts tell The Associated Press that it won't keep trains and trucks from crashing together unless both industries use a common-sense solution available right away.

Washington Announces Investigation Into Premera Cyber Attack

March 25, 2015 2:51 pm | by Derrick Nunnally, Associated Press | News | Comments

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he plans to work with his counterparts in Alaska and Oregon to look into operations at Premera, which is based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. The investigation will explore the cyber attack disclosed by Premera last week, in which hackers accessed the personal information of 11 million consumers, including 6 million in Washington, between last May and the exploit's Jan. 29 discovery.  

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Ebola Victim May Have Caught Virus from Survivor

March 25, 2015 2:38 pm | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman who tested positive for Ebola in Liberia last week is dating a survivor of the disease, a health official said, offering a possible explanation for how she became the country's first confirmed case in weeks.  The patient is now being treated at the Monrovia Medical Unit, a U.S.-built field hospital.

Twitch Users' Accounts Hacked

March 25, 2015 2:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Amazon.com's video game streaming platform Twitch informed users that their accounts may have been hacked.  Twitch told users that it had taken steps to accelerate the expiration of their passwords and stream keys as a precaution, while disconnecting accounts from Twitter and YouTube.

Products from Areas of Japan Impacted by Nuclear Disaster Recalled

March 25, 2015 2:03 pm | News | Comments

Taiwanese health authorities have ordered a recall of all food products illegally imported from five Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 earthquake and consequent nuclear disaster.  The Food and Drug Administration announced in October last year that it was planning to introduce regulations requiring foods imported from Japan to carry prefecture-specific labels of origin.

Vendor Management Critical to Supply Chain Continuity

March 24, 2015 12:08 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Maintaining supply chain operations, especially across state and international borders, can be a major challenge for organizations.  Part of what makes supply chain continuity such a challenge is the reliance on and management of vendors.

During Cyclone, Vanuatu Residents did More With Less

March 24, 2015 12:04 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, the island nation of Vanuatu was hammered by a massive cyclone that destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the buildings in Port Vila, the nation’s capital.  The challenges of recovering from a catastrophic weather incident of this magnitude in a country like Vanuatu are going to be far more amplified than they would elsewhere.  Still, residents did their best to prepare for the storm. 

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Japan Hopes Sea Wall will Protect Against Tsunamis

March 23, 2015 10:49 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents of the 820 billion yen ($6.8 billion) plan argue that the massive concrete barriers will damage marine ecology and scenery, hinder vital fisheries and actually do little to protect residents who are mostly supposed to relocate to higher ground. Those in favor say the sea walls are a necessary evil, and one that will provide some jobs, at least for a time.

Vanuatu Continues to Rebuild after Cyclone

March 23, 2015 10:30 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

A week after a cyclone tore through the South Pacific archipelago with winds of 168 miles per hour, people are focused on the task of rebuilding.  About 65,000 people across Vanuatu were left homeless by the cyclone, which killed 17 people.

Hacker Must Disclose Assets to Federal Judge

March 23, 2015 10:19 am | by Martha Bellisle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses to steal thousands of credit card numbers has two weeks to provide a list of all of his assets to a federal judge, who will then decide if he has to pay for his federal public defender.

Liberians Volunteering for Ebola Vaccine Trial

March 23, 2015 10:12 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

The gruesome toll of West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 4,200 Liberians of the more than 10,000 who have succumbed to the disease, has intensified efforts to find a vaccine for a disease that previously infected relatively few people in remote areas.

Lack of Snowpack Could Contribute to Continuing California Drought

March 23, 2015 10:00 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spring is arriving with the Pacific Northwest measuring near record-low-snowfall, and much of the rest of the West below average. But what California is experiencing is historically low snowpack — a meager accumulation that has serious implications not only for the state but potentially for the entire West if the drought not just of water, but of snow, persists.

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Testing Delayed After School Computers Were Hacked

March 23, 2015 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Common Core testing for thousands of students had to be delayed after computers were hacked at a Colorado school district, officials said.  School districts in New Jersey and Florida reported similar problems in recent weeks, as the new, computerized assessment tests developed by several states were administered.

Two BNSF Trains Derail Over Weekend

March 23, 2015 9:50 am | News | Comments

 While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.

Companies Turn to Automation to Prevent Down Time

March 19, 2015 10:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Managing critical equipment and avoiding unplanned down time is key for any organization to remain profitable and conduct business effectively.  Some larger companies, like GE, are turning to data based solutions to help keep their own infrastructure, as well as that of their customers, running smoothly.

Residents Find Ways to Avoid Cyclone's Wrath in Vanuatu

March 19, 2015 10:14 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tanna Island in the southern part of the Vanuatu archipelago was one of the hardest hit when Cyclone Pam tore through the South Pacific nation early Saturday.  Among the island's 30,000 residents, however, there were just five confirmed deaths, a testament to their experience in dealing with cyclones as well as some narrow escapes.

Freedom Industries Plant Manager Pleads Guilty to Pollution Charge

March 19, 2015 9:53 am | by John Raby, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A former plant manager at Freedom Industries pleaded guilty to a pollution charge Wednesday in last year's chemical spill in West Virginia that fouled the local tap water supply.  Federal investigators have said holes in a corroded tank's floor and roof likely helped cause the Jan. 9, 2014, spill. Freedom Industries filed for bankruptcy protection eight days later.

Businesses Re-Open as European Economy Recovers Slowly

March 19, 2015 9:24 am | by Barry Hatton, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Valadares factory in Portugal shut down in 2012 amid Europe's financial crisis, its huge debts and outdated business practices dooming it to bankruptcy. Now, on the factory floor, a few dozen former employees are back at their jobs and fighting to rebuild their lives after the business was reopened by private investors.  

Active Volcano Impacts Chile's Tourism Industry

March 19, 2015 9:09 am | by Dave Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Located in Chile's Lake District in the southeast portion of the Province of Cautín, Pucon and the surrounding area is home to Lake Villarrica and the Villarrica volcano. It's about 11 hours (700 kilometers) by bus traveling south from Santiago, Chile's capital.

Search Called for Remaining Crash Victims Called Off

March 19, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

All 162 people aboard Airbus A320-200 died when it went down Dec. 28 while flying from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, to Singapore. So far, 106 bodies have been recovered, with the last three pulled out from the underwater wreckage last week. 

Judge Dismisses Class Action Suit Against Exxon Mobil

March 19, 2015 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation over a 2013 crude oil spill in central Arkansas has been dismissed by a federal judge, who acknowledged in his ruling that his decision seems unfair. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller on dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.

More Reactors Being Decommissioned in Japan

March 19, 2015 8:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kyushu Electric Power Co. and Chugoku Electric Power Co. decided  to decommission aging reactors, following a similar move the previous day by the operators of two nuclear power plants in Fukui Prefecture amid safety concerns in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Could Change in Climate, Environment Impact the Spread of Infectious Diseases?

March 17, 2015 10:05 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Could a changing climate and changing environments have an impact on the spread of infectious diseases?  At least one Zoologist thinks so.  In an article posted in February on Continuity Insights’ sister publications R&D,  Daniel Brooks of University of Nebraska-Lincoln discussed how the spread of infectious diseases like the West Nile Virus and Ebola could be linked to changing climate.

Top Five: Reasons to Check out the BCI's Business Continuity Awareness Week

March 17, 2015 9:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has declared the week of March 16 Business Continuity Awareness Week.  The theme this year will be “testing and exercising business continuity plans.”  The BCI has gathered webinars, blogs, materials and other information in an effort to help both experienced business continuity professionals and those new to the industry.

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