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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, 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. 

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...

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, ...

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...

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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.

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. 

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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. 

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.

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.

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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.

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.

CO Evacuees Return To Find More Heartbreak

September 17, 2013 10:55 am | by JERI CLAUSING & P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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ERM Is Here To Stay: 2013 RIMS Survey

September 17, 2013 10:50 am | by RIMS | News | Comments

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.

Ready Rating: Assessing Preparedness & Simplifying Resilience

September 17, 2013 10:39 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

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. 

Never Too Small To Recover: SDMI Brings Disaster Management To Small Businesses

September 3, 2013 10:15 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Louisiana State University’s (LSU’s) Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) was born after LSU’s own resilience was tested (and proven). SDMI is all about “causing a culture change in recovery.” To this end, the CBP “focuses on making sure that the business community, and in particular the small-business community, is better positioned to endure an interruption, and not just a disaster.”

Eight Years After Katrina, New Orleans On The Rebound

August 29, 2013 10:43 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, the Ferris wheel at the former Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans sits idle. "Closed for Storm" signs are still posted and the abandoned, weed-choked site remains a thorn in the side of officials leading one of the most extensive city-rebuilding projects in U.S. history.

Heads In The Sand: 4 Out Of 5 SMEs Do Not Have Any Provision For Cases Of Business Interruption

August 29, 2013 9:15 am | by Risk Experts Risiko Management GmbH | News | Comments

Arno Gingl, a member of Risk Experts Risiko Management GmbH from Austria, examined the status of business continuity management in small and medium-sized enterprises  (SMEs)  in  Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Between November and February, executives from the service, transport and manufacturing sectors participated in an online survey (54% from Austria, 23% from Germany, 22% from Switzerland).

Protect Your Mission-Critical Assets!

August 28, 2013 9:29 am | Events | Comments

When it comes to determining whether a continuous-availability or high-availability solution is best, many organizations have a lot of questions. Learn the difference between a continuous-availability and a high availability-solution, how to protect mission-critical assets, and much more! Listen to our latest webcast on-demand: http://bit.ly/1c06BR9

Speakers’ Soapbox: Harvey Betan On Avoiding Red Herrings & Lessons Learned From The Boston Marathon Bombing

August 27, 2013 9:45 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the Continuity Insights New York Conference, October 15-16, 2013 at the AMA Executive Conference Center in the heart of Times Square, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, critical business continuity skills and hypothetical Central Park statues. This week, Harvey Betan, Associate Principal, Risk Masters Inc., discusses how to focus on the big picture. 

Virtual Corporation & iDashboards Partner To Provide Real-Time Data Visualization To The Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Space

August 26, 2013 10:20 am | News | Comments

iDashboards, leader in Business Intelligence (BI) dashboard software, has announced a partnership agreement with Virtual Corporation to integrate iDashboards with Sustainable Planner® 3.0, the company’s organizational resilience software application.  Sustainable Planner® 3.0 empowers managers to take control of their plans, data, documents and reports. 

Three Dead, Two Wounded In Truck Company Shootings

August 26, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators in a north Florida town say they're working to determine what led a trucking company employee to go on a shooting spree that left himself, his former boss and a former coworker dead — and two others wounded. Authorities say Hubert Allen Jr., 72, drove to locations Florida's Union County and shot the men Saturday.

Rentsys Recovery Services To Host Second Annual Education Seminar On Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

August 22, 2013 9:20 am | by Rentsys Recovery | News | Comments

Rentsys Recovery Services, a provider of comprehensive disaster recovery solutions for businesses ranging from community banks and credit unions to enterprise organizations, hosts its Second Annual Education Conference and Open House on Thursday, September 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard in Billerica.

Global Citizens Demand Company Involvement In Natural Disaster Relief

August 21, 2013 4:01 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

As communities around the world continue to recover from natural disasters on epic scales, citizens look to companies — not just governments or aid organizations — to provide critical relief assistance. According to the 2013 Cone Communications Disaster Relief Trend Tracker, nearly nine-in-10 (87%) global consumers believe companies must play a role in natural disaster response. 

Why Documentation Is So Much More Than Just Documents

August 20, 2013 9:44 am | by Stacy Gardner, Managing Consultant, Avalution Consulting | Blogs | Comments

While all business continuity standards require documented analysis and plans, ISO 22301 requires that organizations document procedures (to drive repeatable performance) and outcomes of the planning process (to serve as evidence).  While this effort is necessary if an organization chooses to seek certification, there are several benefits organizations can achieve just by conforming to the ISO 22301 standard.

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