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The Importance of Public/Private Partnerships

July 1, 2015 10:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

John Jackson, Executive Vice President of Fusion Risk Management,  discusses public/private partnerships and their importance in business continuity planning.  He talks about some of the ways business continuity professionals can leverage these partnerships to improve their programs.

Union Sues Feds Over Hack, Says Agency had Ample Warning

July 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit against the federal personnel...

Liberia Quarantines an Area Where New Ebola Case Appeared

July 1, 2015 10:27 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Liberian authorities quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found...

Appeals Court: Former BP Engineer Should Get New Trial

July 1, 2015 9:32 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge stemming...

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USDA: Record Soybean Crop Planted, Progress Slowed by Rain

July 1, 2015 9:10 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, but it's not clear whether they'll all sprout because persistent rain in some Midwestern states has flooded fields and slowed plant development.

Teens storm Georgia Wal-Mart in wild rampage of destruction

July 1, 2015 9:06 am | News | Comments

Authorities in central Georgia say up to 50 teenagers bent on destruction raced into a Wal-Mart in Macon, smashing merchandise and causing an estimated $2,000 in damage.  Sheriff's officials said one of the teens later told a Wal-Mart employee the goal was to see how much damage they could cause.

Heavy Rains in Central China Kill 15, Leave 19 Missing

July 1, 2015 9:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Four days of heavy rain have caused severe flooding in central China, killing at least 15 people and leaving 19 others missing, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said.  Millions of people have been affected by the heavy rains since Friday and tens of thousands were relocated.  

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Critical Skills for Business Continuity Professionals

June 30, 2015 11:55 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Ken Simpson, Principal Consultant for the VR Group, discusses emerging issues and what skills he thinks business continuity professionals need to focus on to improve programs and work more effectively with those in other important industries.

Family of Businessman Killed in Train Crash Sues Amtrak

June 30, 2015 11:49 am | by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a businessman killed when a speeding passenger train derailed near Philadelphia accused Amtrak of negligence and outrageous conduct in a wrongful-death lawsuit.  The May 12 crash killed eight people, including businessman Robert Gildersleeve Jr. of Elkridge, Maryland, and injured more than 200.

Washington Wildfire Destroys Structures, Forces Evacuations

June 30, 2015 11:47 am | by Bob Seavey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A wildfire fueled by high temps and strong winds roared into a central Washington neighborhood, forcing more than a thousand people to flee their homes and destroying a dozen structures, authorities said.  At least a thousand people have left their homes in Wenatchee, about 120 miles east of Seattle.

Two Dead After Man Sets Self on Fire on Japanese Bullet Train

June 30, 2015 11:45 am | by Ken Aragaki and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A man set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train in Japan, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said.  At least 26 other people were injured, three seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation, Odawara Fire Department official Ikutaro Torii said.

Unrelenting Rain Leads to More Flooding in Midwest

June 30, 2015 11:42 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A wet June turned worse after strong weekend storms drenched the Midwest, strengthening worries that already-serious flooding won't go away anytime soon.  It seems to be unrelenting: More rain is forecast for later this week in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, "possibly a lot," National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said.

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Lufthansa to Offer Germanwings Crash Compensation this Week

June 30, 2015 11:31 am | News | Comments

 Lufthansa is preparing to make a compensation offer this week to relatives of those who died in the March 24 Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps.French prosecutors believe the plane, operated by the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings, was intentionally crashed into a mountain 24 by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, killing all 150 people on board.

Feds Shut Down Background Check Database over Flaw

June 30, 2015 11:20 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The federal personnel agency whose records were plundered by hackers linked to China says it has temporarily shut down a massive database used to update and store background investigation records. The agency says a newly discovered flaw left the system vulnerable to hackers.

Cyber Threats Not Stopping Any Time Soon

June 25, 2015 11:23 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It has been an interesting couple of weeks in the realm of cyber security, particularly for government agencies. It’s yet another reminder for business continuity professionals that these attacks aren’t going away and are almost surely going to become more common, more damaging and more difficult to stop.

The Worst Floods of 2015 (So Far)

June 25, 2015 11:17 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Difficult to prepare for and impossible to stop, floods are among the most dangerous disasters that business continuity professionals can face.  A bad flood can shut a business down for days and keep employees out of the office for much, much longer.  Here are the five worst floods of 2015 so far.

US Personnel Office Not the Worst for Weak Cyber Security

June 25, 2015 11:07 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government has for years failed to take basic steps to protect its data from hackers and thieves, putting at risk everything from nuclear secrets to the private tax information of hundreds of millions of Americans, records show.

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Storm Cleanup Begins in PA, NJ; Nearly 400K Without Psower

June 25, 2015 11:04 am | by Shawn Marsh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Powerful storms that thundered through eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut downed trees and power lines, leaving nearly 400,000 customers without electricity and disrupting mass transit service in all three states.  The strong storm system was the same that had spawned tornadoes in the Midwest, including at least nine in northern Illinois.

Agency Chief: Contractor's Credential Used to Breach System

June 25, 2015 11:00 am | by Deb Riechmann and Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the government agency that suffered two massive cyber attacks said a hacker gained access to its records with a credential used by a federal contractor. Despite calls for her ouster, the director of the Office of Personnel Management said if anyone is responsible for the breaches, it's the hackers.

Heat Wave Subsides in Pakistan as Death Toll Reaches 860

June 25, 2015 10:53 am | by Adil Jawad, Associated Press | News | Comments

The devastating heat wave that struck southern Pakistan last weekend is slowly subsiding but the toll was still climbing, to a total of 860 confirmed deaths, a senior health official said.  On Thursday, the temperature dropped to 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit) in Karachi from a high of 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday.

South Korea Cuts Growth Forecast as MERS Saps Spending

June 25, 2015 10:51 am | by Youkyoung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

South Korea's finance ministry said Thursday that economic growth will slow this year as the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome saps spending and tourism.  The ministry cut its forecast for South Korea's growth to 3.1 percent from 3.8 percent. Asia's fourth-largest economy grew 3.3 percent last year.

Flash Floods Kill Seven, Leave Four Missing in Northern Vietnam

June 25, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A disaster official says flash floods triggered by a tropical storm have killed seven people and left four others missing in a northern Vietnamese province.  Vietnam is prone to floods and storms, which kill hundreds of people each year.

Tabletop Exercises, Lessons Learned the Topic of ACP Meeting

June 23, 2015 11:53 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners discussed tabletop exercises and lessons learned after a test at Rabobank on Thursday, June 18.  Joe Woulfe, Vice President of Business Continuity Management for Rabobank, and Richard Cooper, Founder and CEO of Arbor Continuity, presented on an exercise they ran with the Netherlands-based bank.  They discussed the scenario the presented as well as their findings.

Infrastructure, Education Key to Fighting Outbreaks

June 23, 2015 11:51 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Whether serious or not, infectious disease outbreaks always seem to grab headlines.  Even if the threat is minimal, it always seems as though diseases like Ebola instantly become the focus of the media once an outbreak begins.  The recent cases of MERS in South Korea show how critical healthcare and infrastructure are in preventing pandemic situations.

Cyber Theft Adds to US-China Tensions Ahead of Upcoming Talks

June 23, 2015 11:39 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions between the U.S. and China are growing over its island-building in the South China Sea and over suspicions that Beijing was behind a massive hack into a federal government server that resulted in the theft of personnel and security clearance records of 14 million employees and contractors.

With Low Numbers of New Cases, Ebola Vaccine Trials Fight Odds of Success

June 23, 2015 11:34 am | by Helen Branswell, Associated Press | News | Comments

 New Ebola infections in Guinea and Sierra Leone are down to a trickle. That means while there may still be time to prove if experimental Ebola vaccines protect against the dreaded disease, the chances of success are becoming slimmer.  The teams trying to do that critical research know the odds are stacked against most of the trials that are underway.

North Korea Claims it has Cure for MERS, Ebola and AIDS

June 23, 2015 11:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea says it has succeeded where the greatest minds in science have failed.  The authoritarian, impoverished nation better known for pursuing a nuclear program despite global criticism announced it has a drug can prevent and cure MERS, Ebola, SARS and AIDS.

Brand Tarnished, Cardinals Likely to Avoid Economic Damage

June 23, 2015 11:29 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The St. Louis Cardinals have been the toast of their Midwestern city for generations, a source of civic pride as one of baseball's most successful and cherished franchises.  Suddenly, they're an embarrassment, under federal investigation for allegedly hacking into the computer database of an opponent, the Houston Astros, whose general manager, Jeff Luhnow, is a former Cardinals executive.

Egg Shortage Cutting into Restaurant Profits, Menu Items

June 23, 2015 11:26 am | by Margery Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

Those who like to indulge in a good omelet or quiche at the local cafe should prepare to pay a little more — if it's even on the menu.  Restaurants are struggling to deal with higher egg prices and an inability to get enough eggs and egg products in the midst of a shortage brought about by a bird flu virus that wiped out millions of chickens on commercial farms this spring.

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