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Winter Storms, Working from Home and the BC of CI

January 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technology has made working from home commonplace and allowed organizations to stay efficient and avoid downtime, particularly during weather events.  The benefits of being able to work without being in the office are clear and are a simple way to show the benefits of business continuity to senior management.

Register for CIMC2015 to Win Free Roundtrip Tickets from Southwest

January 27, 2015 10:00 am | by CI Staff | Articles | Comments

CI is giving away 10 tickets, two each month, to any Southwest location for anyone who signs up...

Relevant IT/DR Strategies a Necessity for Today's Business Continuity Pro

January 26, 2015 11:52 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Today’s businesses lean...

Hackers Target Malaysia Airlines, Threaten to Release Customer Information

January 26, 2015 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines and threatened to dump stolen information...

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World Health Organization Eyes Reform After Slow Ebola Response

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.  WHO's chief, Dr. Margaret Chan, acknowledged Sunday that WHO was too slow to grasp the significance of the Ebola outbreak, which is estimated to have killed more than 8,600 people.

A Year After Explosion, Biofuel Plant Could Reopen Soon

January 26, 2015 10:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen.  The explosion and fire on Jan. 22, 2013, all but leveled the plant, which converted chicken fat into biodiesel. Nobody was hurt.  The estimated damage to property and contents was $3.5 million.

BP Calls Witnesses in Case to Lower Oil Spill Penalty

January 26, 2015 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It will be oil giant BP's turn to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the U.S. government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Last week, Government experts testified about environmental, economic and social damage arising from the spill. BP attorneys disputed much of that testimony, and have argued the recovery of the environment and the Gulf economy has been strong.

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Be Prepared for Outbreaks of All Sizes

January 22, 2015 10:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those fighting Ebola need to stay on their toes and continue to battle the virus until the outbreak is over, just as business continuity professionals must do with any crisis. Most business continuity professionals have not and will not ever be directly affected by Ebola, but it is a good lens through which to examine their programs.

Measles Outbreak at Disneyland Infects 70

January 22, 2015 10:39 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Seventy people have been infected in a measles outbreak that led California public health officials to urge those who haven't been vaccinated against the disease, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disney parks where the spread originated. 

Reputation Management Critical for Organizations

January 21, 2015 4:21 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Reputation management is one of the most, if not the most, important aspects to a successful business continuity program.  Regardless of size, scope or industry, no one wants to do business with an organization that they perceive to be unethical, incompetent or unreliable.  That includes not only customers, but potential business partners or investors as well.      

Ebola Fight Not Over Yet, U.N. Mission Chief Cautions

January 21, 2015 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Close to 1,000 new cases of Ebola were recorded in the last three weeks despite progress in combatting the deadly disease and "the fight is far from won," the U.N. mIssion chief in West Africa said.  Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the U.N. General Assembly that "Ebola continues to be a global threat."

Cancer-Causing Agent Found in Water Samples from Montana Town

January 21, 2015 4:09 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill.  Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural community of Glendive, near North Dakota.

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Dunes May Have Prevented Severe Damage from Sandy

January 21, 2015 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coastal Research Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey studied the state's beaches just before and after Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. It found beaches with higher, wider dunes protected better against the storm than beaches without them.

Kenya Could Send Hackers Back to China

January 21, 2015 3:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A Kenyan official says the government is considering a request by the Chinese government to repatriate some of the 76 Chinese nationals arrested in Kenya for hacking.  Police arrested the 76 Chinese nationals and one Taiwanese early December with sophisticated equipment in houses in plush neighborhoods of the city.

Case Studies Critical to BC Program Success

January 20, 2015 11:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

For business continuity professionals, case studies can be an important tool in improving their programs.  Having the opportunity to hear a first-hand account of a plan being developed or put into action can go a long way in finding out what works, what doesn’t and what kind of challenges are on the horizon.    

Collapsed Overpass Shuts Down Major Ohio Highway

January 20, 2015 11:40 am | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

A collapsed overpass covered southbound lanes of Interstate 75 with hundreds of tons of concrete and steel, following a construction accident that killed a worker and injured a truck driver.  The Ohio Department of Transportation said the busy artery through downtown Cincinnati will be closed at least two to three days.

Two Workers Die in Accidents at Fukushima Plant

January 20, 2015 11:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Two workers died in separate accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and the nearby Daini complex, despite Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s continued pledge to improve working conditions at the site of the catastrophic nuclear disaster.

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Dutch Navy Finds Three Stowaways After Delivering Ebola Aid

January 20, 2015 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch navy says it has discovered three stowaways on board a ship that delivered aid to Ebola-hit nations in West Africa.  According to the navy, the men were immediately given medical checks and showed no symptoms of Ebola or any other acute illness.

Speaker's Soapbox: Roland Johnson of ClearView Continuity

January 16, 2015 11:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Roland Johnson of ClearView Continuity will present "Why Don't People Follow the Plan During an Incident?"  He will discuss why people often disregard business continuity plans in the event of disasters and how BC managers can prevent them from doing so.

FEMA's PrepareAthon Discussed at ACP Meeting

January 16, 2015 11:18 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners hosted its first meeting of 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 15 at Metropolitan College of New York.  The event featured a presentation by FEMA’s Eric Goldman, who discussed America’s PrepareAthon, an initiative that invites individuals, businesses and community organizations to participate in disaster planning and drills.  

Some of Obama's Cyber Threat Plans are Similar to Previous Legislation

January 16, 2015 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President, Obama laid out his plans this week as part of a push for new cybersecurity legislation that increases government information-sharing and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats.  Yet the president's proposals are similar to congressional legislation that has been languishing on Capitol Hill, in part over privacy concerns. 

Hong Kong Protests Hurting Burberry's Bottom Line

January 16, 2015 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Luxury goods maker Burberry is reporting falling sales in Asia because pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong disrupted trade during China's crucial "Golden Week" national holiday.  Comparable sales were up 8 percent overall but in the Asia-Pacific region, the company delivered low single-digit percentage growth.

Employees at Pesticide Plant May Have Been Exposed to Dangerous Fumes

January 16, 2015 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years.  As much as 600 parts per million of the gas an hour could have filled a poorly ventilated room, but federal guidelines say workers shouldn't be exposed to more than an average of 10 ppm per day of the gas.

Pennsylvania Man to be Sentenced for Stealing Hundreds of Thousands from Former Employer

January 16, 2015 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A western Pennsylvania man faces sentencing for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former company by submitting invoices from a phony company.  He pleaded guilty in September to mail fraud in the theft of almost $360,000 from Matthews International Corp. The losses have since been calculated at $415,000.

Could New Cyber Security Regulations be On the Way?

January 13, 2015 11:07 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In light of breaches at companies like Home Depot and Target, the president is proposing legislation that would require companies to inform their customers whether their data has been compromised within 30 days called the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act.  The act would also make it a crime to sell customers’ identities overseas. 

Both Black Boxes Recovered from Doomed AirAsia Flight

January 13, 2015 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Divers retrieved one black box and located the other from the AirAsia plane that crashed more than two weeks ago, key developments that should help investigators unravel what caused the aircraft to plummet into the Java Sea.  The flight data recorder was pulled from beneath a piece of the aircraft's wing and brought to the sea's surface, and the cockpit voice recorder was found hours later.

Poisoned Beer Leads to 69 Deaths in Mozambique

January 13, 2015 9:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

When a crocodile is killed, the bile must be immediately removed and buried in front of witnesses to prove that it has not fallen into the wrong hands, to be used as poison, according to  African traditions.  The deadly greenish-brown liquid is now believed to have been put into traditional beer that killed 69 people who drank it at a funeral in Mozambique's northeast Tete province, health authorities said.

Owner, Managers Sentenced for Factory Fire that Killed Seven

January 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Italian court convicted a Chinese garment manufacturer and two Chinese managers of manslaughter in a 2013 factory fire that killed seven people in the Tuscan city of Prato.  The stiffest sentence, eight years and eight months, went to Lin You Lan, the owner of the Teresa Moda factory, which churned out cheap clothes in the largely Chinese manufacturing district in Tuscany.

Stolen Usernames, Passwords Used to Break into Airline Accounts

January 13, 2015 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thieves with stolen usernames and passwords have broken into customer accounts at American and United airlines and in some cases booked free trips or upgrades.  The airlines say the incidents happened in late December. American began notifying affected customers by email, a spokeswoman said.

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