In the leadup to the 12th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, April 28-30, 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics and key business continuity skills. This week we sat down with Kenneth Otis, Director, Business Continuity Management, Liberty Mutual.
On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 2.6 inches of snow caused an unprecedented traffic...
First of all, you must understand your company’s vision and...
New Risk Survey Finds Regulatory Change Tops List Of Risk Concerns For Companies Across Multiple IndustriesFebruary 11, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments
Changes in the regulatory environment and heightened scrutiny by regulators rank at or near the...
Speakers' Soapbox: Kimberly Hirsch Discusses Lessons Learned From A Large-Scale Business Continuity ActivationFebruary 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 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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 includes three compensation assessments to accommodate all BCM professionals. Only study participants will receive a complimentary copy of the world-renowned BCM Compensation Report.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 SoftwareNovember 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.
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 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.
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.
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: 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.
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 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.
Weary Colorado evacuees have begun returning home after days of rain and flooding, but Monday's clearing skies and receding waters revealed only more heartbreak: toppled houses, upended vehicles and a stinking layer of muck covering everything.
According to the newly released 2013 RIMS Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Survey, ERM has gained “critical mass” acceptance with 63 percent of the respondents having either fully or partially integrated an ERM program to address their organization’s strategic and operational risks.
Everyone knows they should be working toward preparedness, but small businesses and nonprofits sometimes have a hard time getting to the resources they need. So the target was to help businesses, schools and organizations get better prepared for emergencies — and Ready Rating was born out of that goal. We try to make it easier to implement business continuity.
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