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Amid Controversy, Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority Commissioner Promises Safety

September 19, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New commissioner of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority  vows to proceed with safety screenings of nuclear facilities with independence, brushing off criticism he has close ties with nuclear power companies.  He has come under fire for receiving payments and donations in the past from bodies including one linked to Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant.

RX Response Aims to Form Government Partnerships

September 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Emily Lord | Blogs | Comments

RX Response Director of Operations Emily Lord discusses the organization's roots in the...

After Work Stoppage Leads to Loss of Millions, Supermarket Chain on the Road to Recovery

September 8, 2014 3:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After a six-week protest that cost Market Basket...

Business Interruption Insurance Can Help Offset BC Program Costs

September 2, 2014 9:17 am | by Rick Biondi | Articles | Comments

Rick Biondi, a risk management integration consultant for Skipton & Associates, discusses...

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Radiation Cleanup, Compensation for Residents Increasing Cost of Fukushima Disaster

August 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident will amount to an estimated 11.08 trillion yen, almost double the government projection made at the end of 2011, a recent study by shows.  The figure includes 4.91 trillion yen to pay compensation to affected residents and 2.48 trillion yen for radiation cleanup work.

Planning for Resilience-Best Practices for Developing Reliable Disaster Recovery Plans

August 19, 2014 10:04 am | by Michael Redmond and Sonal Sinha | Articles | Comments

Ms. Michael Redomond, CEO of Redmond Worldwide and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President of Industry Solutions for MetricStream, discuss creating a more effective disaster recovery plan, addressing gaps in your recovery plan and integrating new technology into emergency preparedness

Video: The BIA as the Basis for your Operational Risk Program

August 19, 2014 9:16 am | Videos | Comments

Annie Searle, Principal at ASA Risk Consultants, discusses how Business Impact Analysis can and should be used as a basis of a strong operational risk program because it helps businesses understand what the critical processes and why they are so important.

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Regardless of Industry, Down Time Can Have Dramatic Effects on a Business

August 5, 2014 10:59 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Mark Carroll, Senior Vice President of Income Research + Management, sat down with Continuity Insights to discuss down time, its impact on finances, processes and reputation an why business continuity practitioners are just beginning to discover its true impact.

Massive Work Stoppage at Local Chain After CEO Ousted

July 29, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A workers' revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain has led to empty shelves, angry customers and support for a boycott from more than 100 state legislators and mayors.  Workers are demanding the reinstatement of a beloved former CEO, who was credit with keeping prices low, treating employees well and guiding the company's success.

After Explosion, No Timetable for Re-Opening of Ethanol Plant

July 21, 2014 4:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur, Iowa. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer. It is unknown when the plant, which employs about 50 people and operates 24 hours a day, will re-open.

Company Gets $11,000 Fine after oil Spill

July 8, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Freedom Industries $7,000 for keeping storage tanks containing crude MCHM behind a diked wall that was not liquid tight. On Jan. 9, roughly 10,000 gallons of MCHM leaked from one of the tanks and through the riverside diked wall and left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.

Facing Pressure, Foster Farms Recalls Chicken

July 7, 2014 3:47 pm | by Andrew Dalton, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture said it has found evidence directly linking Foster Farms boneless-skinless chicken breast to a case of Salmonella Heidelberg, an antibiotic-resistant strain of the disease that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months and led to pressure from food safety advocates for federal action against the company.

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Clifford Chance: Board-Level Concern About Reputation and Legal Risk Driving Changes In Companies' Focus, Behavior

May 27, 2014 1:00 pm | by Clifford Chance | News | Comments

The study, conducted for Clifford Chance by The Economist Intelligence Unit, is the result of more than 300 interviews with board members and C-level executives of companies with more than a half-billion dollars in annual revenues. Nearly a quarter of the 320 executives responding to the global survey (71) were from the US.

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. 

Tips For Scoring Risk & Performing The Risk Assessment

March 2, 2013 2:18 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Videos | Comments

At the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, business continuity experts discuss ways to develop a balanced scorecard, the benefits of using a standards-based approach (ISO 31000) and a common pitfall: analysis paralysis.

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Speakers’ Soapbox: Tracy Stourac On BC Scorecards & President Kennedy

January 21, 2013 11:31 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the 11th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, Tracy Stourac, Business Continuity Manager at TransUnion, discusses BC scorecards, the importance of personal preparation and why President Kennedy would have made a good business continuity professional.

Bring On The Winter Weather

December 10, 2012 1:17 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Blogs | Comments

I recently developed a personal winter weather plan for situations where a blizzard or winter storm results in a power outage. It’s been an interesting experience applying some of the same business continuity concepts I read and write about here at Continuity Insights to my personal life, such as identifying critical systems (heating, cooking) and implementing backup systems.

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Speakers' Soapbox: David Nolan On The Evolution Of BC & Michael Andretti

October 12, 2012 10:12 am | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to Continuity Insights New York, October 29-30, 2012 at The Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, David Nolan, CEO of Fusion Risk Management, discusses the concept of continuity risk management, game changing technology and Michael Andretti's measured risks.

Speakers' Soapbox: Mark Haimowitz On Large-Scale Disasters, Staying Relevant & Paul McCartney

September 21, 2012 11:17 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights speaks with Mark Haimowitz, Director of Business Continuity Planning at Disney ABC Television Network, about how technology affects BC plans, event-agnostic disaster planning and what business continuity professionals can learn from Paul McCartney.

Speakers’ Soapbox: Doug Weldon On Effective BIAs & Eisenhower

August 20, 2012 3:53 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to Continuity Insights New York, Doug Weldon, President of the BCI USA Chapter, discusses executive support, the need to have a total understanding of the business and its processes, and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s deep understanding of planning and incident response.

Virginia Stouffer, MBCP, MBCI, Launches Aforethought Consulting, LLC

May 11, 2012 3:31 pm | News | Comments

The company’s approach to business continuity consulting is “prudent preparation results in practical planning.” Stouffer has an extensive IT background and over 17 years experience in providing continuity services.

E. Program Development, Methodology & Measurement Track — 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference

April 4, 2012 12:09 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Events

A listing of Program Development, Methodology & Measurement educational sessions at the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference and links to download presentation slides.

G. Ask The Experts Track — 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference

April 4, 2012 11:39 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Events

A listing of Ask The Experts educational sessions at the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference and links to download presentation slides.

BIA Best Practices: How To Compensate For Exaggerated Business Unit Valuations

January 23, 2012 1:39 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

When the total of all financial impacts from an outage exceeds the annual revenue of the organization, you know it’s time to modify your approach. Five members of Continuity Insights’ editorial advisory board discuss the techniques they use to compensate for business unit managers that overemphasize their own or their unit’s value during the business impact analysis (BIA) process. Among the recommendations are peer reviews, senior leader engagement and validation, steering committee reconciliation and, believe it or not, sarcasm.

Continuity Risk Management: The New 'Big Dog'

October 14, 2011 10:47 am | by By David Nolan, CEO, Fusion Risk Management, Inc. | Articles | Comments

There are compelling signals that clearly indicate continuity risk management is now front and center, with traditional continuity programs falling in line as part of a bigger risk management agenda.

BCP Software: Use it or Lose it (Part II)

February 21, 2011 5:59 am | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

In our last issue, the cover story discussed the value of business continuity software and posed the question: Should you be using it?  We spoke with experts who had lots of opinions, positive and negative, about such tools.

BCP Software: Use It or Lose It?

February 18, 2011 9:13 am | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

In our last issue, the cover story discussed the value of business continuity software and posed the question: Should you be using it?  We spoke with experts who had lots of opinions, positive and negative, about such tools. But we didn’t speak to vendors…until now.

The BCP Software Sales Pitch

September 12, 2010 8:00 pm | by Wayne Stadnik | Articles | Comments

BCP software vendors really do want to help you safeguard your company, but no matter how altruistic their intentions, it’s still a business. Here’s one buyer’s take on a few marketing techniques and sale pitches that are sure to be thrown your way.

Conducting a Comprehensive Business Impact Analysis

April 11, 2010 8:00 pm | by Doug Sievers | Articles | Comments

It is not uncommon for a business continuity planner to be asked to perform a business impact analysis (BIA). Indeed, the BIA constitutes the first step in developing a sound continuity planning program. Without knowing how your organization mig...

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