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Should you Automate your Business Continuity Plan?

July 29, 2014 10:17 am | by Hector Miguel Opazo Santis | Articles | Comments

Hector Miguel Opazo Santis, Consulting Manager for Resilience Technologies of Chile, discusses business continuity plan automation, what to consider before choosing business continuity management software and why automation is worth considering.

Video:Why Moving Business Continuity to Enterprise Risk Management Works

July 22, 2014 8:59 am | Videos | Comments

Blaise D'Ambrosio, Global Continuity Manager at T. Rowe Price, offers two reasons why having...

How to Create and Implement an Emergency Preparedness Assessment

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by Michael Redmond | Articles | Comments

Ms. Michael Redmond, CEO of Redmond Worldwide, discusses the importance of creating  an...

Video:The Critical Importance of Cyber Preparedness

July 14, 2014 8:56 am | Videos | Comments

Steve Ross, Executive Principal for Riskmasters Inc., discusses the importance of being prepared...

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Video:Vendors as Partners

June 30, 2014 9:09 am | Videos | Comments

Kurt Spangler, Senior Vice President of Continuity Logic, discusses the importance of working with vendors and how their experience and expertise can add new dimensions to your organization's business continuity plans and practices.    

Fireworks explosion kills one, injures two others

June 23, 2014 8:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 An explosion at a fireworks plant in Washington state fatally injured a 75-year-old man last week and also injured two other employees.  More people could have been hurt and more buildings damaged if the company hadn't been following regulations that require fireworks transfers to happen away from other buildings and other explosives

Video:Collaborating With Your Financial Institution to Sustain Economic Recovery

June 17, 2014 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

Lissette, Giorgi, VP Risk Manager at Wells Fargo and President of the Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners, discusses the importance of working with your financial institution in recovering from a business disruption.

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"Rogue" Employee Costs Greenpeace $5.2 Million

June 16, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Greenpeace has suffered a 3.8 million-euro ($5.2 million) loss on an ill-timed bet in the currency market by a well-intentioned — if reckless — employee in its finance department.  The environmental group, which is based in Amsterdam, said Monday the employee — who had bet the euro would not strengthen against other currencies in 2013, when it did — had acted beyond the limits of his authority.

Phelps Expresses Importance of Exercises

June 16, 2014 8:49 am | by Joe Shust | Articles | Comments

Regina Phelps, founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, spoke about the importance of business continuity exercises at the Continuity Insights West Conference on Tuesday, June 10 at the South San Francisco Convention Center.

Webinar Focuses on CI, KPMG Benchmarking Study

June 13, 2014 4:13 pm | Kpmg Llp | News | Comments

The study surveyed more than 434 executives across 22 different countries.  The event will feature a panel of leading business continuity practitioners and focuses on how the data from the study can be used to improve business continuity plans.

The ABC's of BCM

June 6, 2014 10:27 am | by Richard Coglianese | Articles | Comments

As more organizations face the need to provide their services regardless of operating conditions there is the realization that the related discipline of business continuity has it’s own lexicon: BCM, BCP, DR, BIA, RTO, RPO. Just what we all need, more acronyms.

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. 

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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 plan, and then identify any conflicts or gaps with your BCM program vision and plan. It’s important to understand that you will be speaking with people with less knowledge, background and interest in BCM and resiliency. It’s important to them too, they just may not know it yet! 

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, 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 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 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. 

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. 

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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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