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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Preparing for Pandemics, Epidemics and Outbreaks

June 17, 2015 4:07 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Suzanne Bernier, President of SB Crisis Consulting, discusses the ongoing potential for pandemics, epidemics and outbreaks.  She talks about why planning for these things is important and relevant to business continuity professionals everywhere.

Data Breach About More Than Just Baseball

June 17, 2015 4:01 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s not often that sports are discussed in the business continuity community, especially with so many of its members working with large, multi-national firms.  However, a recent high profile data breach involving two Major League Baseball teams is worth watching.

Fed Agency Blames Giant Hack on 'Neglected' Security System

June 17, 2015 3:43 pm | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The agency that allowed hackers linked to China to steal private information about nearly every federal employee — and detailed personal histories of military and intelligence workers with security clearances — failed for years to take basic steps to secure its computer networks, officials acknowledged to Congress.

Thousands of Indonesians Refuse to Leave Volcano Danger Zone

June 17, 2015 3:37 pm | by Binsar Bakkara and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Thousands of villagers are refusing to leave their homes on the slopes of one of Indonesia's most volatile volcanoes despite warnings that it is poised for a powerful eruption.  Mount Sinabung, one of about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, has been at the highest alert level for nearly two weeks.

Cardinals Stand Accused of Hacking Astros Player Database

June 17, 2015 3:25 pm | by R.B. Fallstrom and Kristie Rieken, AP Sports Writers | News | Comments

Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the Cardinals illegally accessed a computer database of the Houston Astros. The aim was obtaining information from a front office headed by a former top aide who helped transform St. Louis' scouting operation to a sabermetrics-based system, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

N. Korea Says it has Been Hit by Worst Drought in 100 years

June 17, 2015 3:16 pm | by Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea says it has been hit by its worst drought in a century, resulting in extensive damage to agriculture during its main planting season.  The official Korean Central News Agency said the drought has caused about 30 percent of its rice paddies to dry up. Young rice plants normally need to be partially submerged in water during the early summer.

Texas Communities Brace for Another Round of Heavy Rainfall

June 17, 2015 3:13 pm | by David Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

The eastern half of Texas prepared for renewed flooding as Tropical Storm Bill made landfall along the state's Gulf Coast.  According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the storm came ashore with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. 

Internal Benchmarking and Best Practices

June 16, 2015 11:44 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Mike Janko, Director of Global Business Continuity for Goodyear, discusses internal benchmarking and best practices, including relevant metrics and strategies for gaining support and building a stronger business continuity program at your organization.  

Disaster Planning a Continuing Focus for BC Pros

June 16, 2015 11:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Recent disasters, like the earthquakes in Nepal and floods in Texas and Oklahoma, have once again put the focus on businesses staying operational during and recovering from drastic events.  Preparing for these events can be crucial, as disasters can cost businesses financially as well as other ways.  Some businesses never recover from large storms or natural disasters.

Texas Planners Look to Aquifers to Prepare for Next Drought

June 15, 2015 3:56 pm | by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press | News | Comments

The torrential storms of last month essentially ended one of Texas' worst-ever droughts, but much of the excess water has already flowed into the Gulf of Mexico or will evaporate by year's end.  With a wary eye toward the next prolonged dry-streak that inevitably will come, some think expanding the use of underground aquifers may help slake the thirst of Texas' rapidly growing population.

Search on for People, Zoo Animals Missing in Georgia Flood

June 15, 2015 3:32 pm | by Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili | News | Comments

Rescue workers in the Georgian capital are still searching for more than 20 people and an undetermined number of potentially dangerous animals missing after severe flooding ravaged the area around the zoo and left at least 12 people dead.

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