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Anatomy of a DDoS Attack Part 1: Botnets

October 24, 2014 10:49 am | by Dr. Bill Highleyman, Availability Digest | Blogs | Comments

Dr. Bill Highleyman, Managing Editor of Availability Digest, discusses Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, including botnets, various attack strategies and how they can impact an organization.  This is part one of a two part series on DDoS attacks.

Cleanup Plan in Place for Alaska Refinery

October 24, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A cleanup plan for a...

Video: Price Speaks at CINY 2014 - Part 2

October 21, 2014 11:03 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Howard Price, Director of Business Continuity at ABC Television, gave the keynote presentation...

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Obama Announces Security Measures for Government Issued Cards

October 21, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.   

Top Five: Most Important Ebola Facts

October 21, 2014 10:52 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

With the outbreak in West Africa and cases now in Europe and the United States, Ebola has been all over the news. While many of the facts about the virus have become common knowledge in the past few months, others have not. Here are five facts about Ebola that every business continuity professional should know.

Illegal Factory Fire in 2013 Shows Cost of Ignoring Safety Regulations

October 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Five people now face homicide charges including two Italians who owned the building. Prosecutors contend they failed to meet basic safeguards such as fire alarms and adequate fire extinguishers. Defense lawyers say their clients are not guilty.

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Fireworks Factory Blaze Kills 13 in India

October 21, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A blaze engulfed a fireworks factory in southern India on Monday, killing at least 13 workers and seriously burning seven others, police said.  The fire department was still trying to control the fire by early evening and the bodies could not immediately be retrieved.

Video: Price Speaks at CINY 2014 - Part 1

October 17, 2014 10:14 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Howard Price, Director of Business Continuity at ABC Television, gave the keynote presentation at Continuity Insights New York 2014 on Wednesday, Oct. 8.  He discussed management metrics and the importance of keeping your BC plan simple.  This is part one of his presentation. 

Lowther Addresses Guaranteed Housing During Disasters

October 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Michelle Lowther, Principal in Continuity Housing, discussed securing hotel rooms for critical personnel during disasters at an Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) meeting at the Metropolitan College of New York on Thursday, Oct. 16.  

Collaborative Influence in Government and Business

October 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Tim Bonno, RGA Reinsurance Group | Blogs | Comments

Tim Bonno, Business Continuity Program Manager at RGA Reinsurance Company, discusses collaboration between government agencies and businesses during disasters and how the growing number of collaborations are effecting business continuity. 

Despite Negative Effects, Businesses can Capitalize on Winter Weather

October 17, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After last year's rough winter and with forecasts of another snowy season, small business owners want to ensure they can operate through whatever's ahead and, in some cases, capitalize from it.  Companies who have contingency plans for winter weather can use ice and snow to their advantage.

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Fracking Could be to Blame for Small, Unnoticeable Earthquakes

October 15, 2014 3:50 pm | News | Comments

 A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique.  The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013.

Preparation Key in Dealing with Senior Leadership

October 14, 2014 10:39 am | Articles | Comments

Erika Voss, Business Continuity Manager at Microsoft, discusses communication with senior management and explains why it is important to be prepared when discussing emergency situations.  She provides examples from her own career of events where she needed to interact with senior executives.

Top Five: Top Keynote Speaker Quotes from CINY 2014

October 10, 2014 10:04 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | News | Comments

Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial Museum and Howard Price, Director of Business Continuity at ABC Television, delieverd their share of memorable comments during their Continuity Insights New York 2014 Keynote Presentations.

Price to CINY 2014 Attendees: "Keep it Simple"

October 10, 2014 9:49 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Keynote presenter Howard Price, Director of Business Continuity for ABC Television, spoke about the importance of measuring business continuity program effectiveness, simplifying the BC process and communicating with senior management on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Continuity Insights New York 2014.

Commemoration and Resilience: Daniels Opens CINY 2014 with Keynote Presentation

October 7, 2014 10:34 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, delivered the keynote address to officially open Continuity Insights New York 2014 on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.  Daniels talked about the lessons learned in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and how those lessons apply to resilience and the business continuity community.

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New York City Officials, Advocates Strike Deal to Help Disabled Residents in Disasters

October 3, 2014 4:52 pm | News | Comments

Advocates and city officials said they've struck a deal to protect nearly 900,000 residents with disabilities during disasters.  The deal resulted from a federal class action lawsuit brought in 2011, a year before Superstorm Sandy left many disabled residents stranded in high-rise buildings and other areas, unsure where to turn for help.

Manufacturing Building Burns, Releasing Hazardous Chemicals

October 3, 2014 4:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle, sending a big plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals.  Both companies based in the building are considered  "large-quantity generators of hazardous waste."

Daniels to Kick Off Continuity Insights New York 2014 Tuesday

October 3, 2014 10:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The third annual Continuity Insights New York Conference kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 7, with a keynote presentation by National September 11 Memorial Museum President Joe Daniels called “The National September 11 Memorial & Museum: Commemoration and Education.”

For New Professionals, Business Continuity is a Challenging, But Rewarding, Industry

September 30, 2014 12:01 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Bc Management | Articles | Comments

As the business continuity field continues to grow, demand is growing for new professionals who are able to keep up with increasing demand.  Although it is growing, many people who are interested in business continuity aren’t sure how to break into the industry or what to expect once they get there.

Social Media Can Be An Effective Business Continuity Tool

September 23, 2014 11:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Social media has taken the world by storm, allowing mass communication over large distances in ways that just a few years ago would have been impossible.  While outlets like Facebook and Twitter are commonly used for personal communication, they can be valuable tools for business continuity professionals.

Selling Business Continuity Planning to the Modern C-Suite

September 22, 2014 2:49 pm | by Rentsys Recovery Services | Rentsys Recovery Services | Blogs | Comments

When talking about the benefits of business continuity planning (BCP), industry vendors and planners typically tout one overarching benefit: When affected by a business interruption, having a plan drastically increases your odds of preserving revenue and keeping your doors open. 

Department of Homeland Security Offers Advice on Preventing Data Breaches

September 22, 2014 2:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.  The Department of Homeland Security Department warned last month that more than 1,000 retailers could have malware in their cash-register computers and offered ways for consumers to protect themselves.

Lockdown in Ebola-ridden Sierra Leone Lifted

September 22, 2014 1:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease.  The streets of the capital, Freetown, were again mostly deserted on Sunday in compliance with a government order for the country's six million residents to stay in their homes.

American Society of Civil Engineers Calls for New Flood Mitigation Strategies

September 22, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Society of Civil Engineers  is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.  The group is calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to develop a sustainable way to pay for infrastructure maintenance and updates to help manage floods.

Seattle Officials: Emergency Planners Must Do More To Lower Train Accident Risk

September 19, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With increasing numbers of volatile crude oil trains moving through Seattle's "antiquated" downtown rail tunnel, city emergency planners say more must be done to lower the risk of an oil train accident and improve the city's ability to respond.

Management Metrics Critical for Business Continuity Program Success

September 16, 2014 11:06 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Metrics can be an important part of any business continuity program, but business continuity professionals are often unsure of how to use those metrics or even which to use to improve their program.  At Continuity Insights New York 2014 on Oct. 7-8, Director of Business Continuity for ABC Howard Price will discuss using management metrics to incentivize resilience.

Results of Unitrends Data Governance Survey are In

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Results of the Unitrends and Continuity Insights Data Governance Survey show that resilience professionals are in agreement on why they have programs and what they are attempting to achieve through business continuity plans.  Topics covered include mertrics, standards and the Cloud. 

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