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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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.

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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.

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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...

BCP Software

January 3, 2010 7:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

The decision about whether to use business continuity software is a real dilemma. But opting out isn’t as clear-cut as you might think. In this issue, we explore the pros and cons and let you decide if a packaged software solution will work for you.

Enhanced BIA:Blending the Human Factor into Business Impact Analysis

June 30, 2009 8:00 pm | by Steve Crimando Managing Director | Articles | Comments

Concerns about people and their contribution to the corporate bottom line do not fit neatly into recovery plans for operational failure. Still, the landscape of potential hazards has shifted dramatically over the past decade, ushering in a need to plan for novel and complex crisis scenarios wherein a focus on people cannot be avoided. Analyzing such crises as pandemics, dirty bombs, and economic meltdowns, and developing effective contingency plans for them requires new approaches to traditional hazard vulnerability assessment (HVA) and business impact analysis (BIA).

Quanitfying Risk with a BIA

April 28, 2009 8:00 pm | by Dennis Coburn | Articles | Comments

Companies that can leverage technology for business continuity will also reduce incremental spending and ultimately drive down costs. How much time and money a company dedicates to disaster recovery depends on how dependent the business is on s...

Special Report on Software Tools

February 28, 2009 7:00 pm | by CI Staff | Articles | Comments

It's been a few years since Continuity Insights took a look at business continuity software packages. In that time, much has changed. There are new vendors, new functions, and new thought processes, making tool selection more interesting and potentially more confusing, than ever. We spoke with some of the leading software providers and surveyed CI readers to bring you the latest developments and trends in this evolving market.

BCP Lessons Learned and Trends Worth Watching:Shaking Up the Business Impact Analysis

December 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by John Jackson | Articles | Comments

Welcome back to my column of trends and directions in the continuity industry. I'd like to ask you to take a more participatory role in reading this article. Please let me know what you think of my perspectives, good and bad, and offer up some of your own thoughts that I can share in future articles on this topic.

Business Impact Analysis:

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Barry A. Cardoza | Articles | Comments

Some regulations have become more specific about stating what a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) must include. But they still don’t give any clear instruction regarding how to collect or analyze the BIA data. Neither do they describe what the fin...

The Business Impact Dilemma

May 7, 2006 8:00 pm | by Dennis Wenk Advisory Solution Architect | Articles | Comments

Downtime has an economic impact and it no longer takes a catastrophe to experience a severe economic loss. The business impact analysis (BIA) has been promoted as an effective tool for business continuity planners to understand the criticality o...

BCP for Healthcare Organizations:

May 7, 2006 8:00 pm | by Kathy Lee Patterson | Articles | Comments

You have been asked to take over the BCP/DR program at a healthcare provider. You are experienced, but possibly not in the clinical environment. Where do you start? If there is an existing BCP/DR program and plan, how should you begin to evaluat...

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