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BC Pros Should be Aware of Emerging Issues

February 18, 2015 3:41 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference will feature several presentations from companies representing various industries that will focus on emerging issues.  Presenters will cover a wide range of topics that many BC pros will likely be faced with soon if they haven’t been working on them already.

Growing Airlines in Asia Facing Safety Challenges

February 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Scott Mayerowitz and David Koenig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly crash of a...

Inaccurate Predictions a Challenge When Preparing for Storms

January 29, 2015 11:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Forecasts for Winter...

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...

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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.    

Speaker's Soapbox: Lori Cunningham of Aetna

January 2, 2015 11:28 am | by Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Lori Cunningham, Lead IT Service Management Specialist for Aetna, will present "From Checking-the-Box to Truly Resilient: Case Studies in Disaster Recovery."  She will focus on public and private sector case studies that show why having a strong disaster recovery program is important for any organization. 

Sony Expanding 'Interview' Availability

January 2, 2015 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Pictures Entertainment says it is expanding the digital availability of "The Interview" to top cable, satellite and telecom services, beginning Wednesday and increasing through the weekend.  Starting Thursday, the movie will also be available on PlayStation Network.

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Business Continuity and the Sony Data Breach: Part 2

December 30, 2014 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

A massive data breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which experts believe was targeted by North Korea as retaliation for a film depicting the assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un, has led to an international incident that has gained the attention of business continuity professionals.

Speaker's Soapbox: Barry Cardoza of Barry Cardoza, LLC.

December 23, 2014 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Barry Cardoza of Barry Cardoza, LLC, will present "Making BIA Data a High Value Strategic Advantage for Your Organization."  The presentation will cover how to use a BIA effectively to generate meaningful data for business continuity programs.  It will also cover how that data can be used to improve organizational resilience.

Speaker's Soapbox: Kim Hirsch and Jill Gibbs of Target

December 11, 2014 4:54 pm | Articles | Comments

Kim Hirsch and Jill Gibbs of Target will present "Innovation and the Art of the BIA."  Their presentation will focus on conducting large scale BIAs, what organizations need to look for while conducting a BIA and how to elicit consistent feedback through a multi-stage approach.

Speaker's Soapbox: William Marotz of Schneider National, Inc.

November 25, 2014 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

William Marotz,  Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Coordinator for logistics company Schneider National, Inc., will give a presentation called "Orange Trucks and Wild Tornadoes - A Case Study."  His presentation will be a case study of an April, 2012 tornado that struck Schneider's operating center in Dallas, Texas focusing on the company's actions before and after the disaster.

Can a Hospital be 'Ebola Proof?'

November 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 What does it take to Ebola-proof a hospital?  Over the past few months, U.S. medical centers have spent millions of dollars putting together a plan to treat patients with the scary, but extremely rare disease.  To a large extent, it has been an exercise in improvisation.

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Sept. 11, 2001 Attacks Changed Business Continuity, Taught Valuable Lessons

September 9, 2014 12:48 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the most tragic events in American History, the September 11th attacks changed a lot for the American people.  It also changed the business continuity industry, causing professionals to plan differently, prepare for new kinds of disasters and become more resilient.

Case Study:How Reinsurance Group of America Reinstated its Global Business Continuity Program

July 8, 2014 9:46 am | by Mike Keating | Articles | Comments

Mike Keating, Vice President of Business Continuity Management for Reinsurance Group of America, discusses how his company reinstated its global business continuity program despite the challenge of having a thin staff and several teams of employees overseas .

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. 

The 2014 Atlanta Snow Jam: A Practitioner’s Perspective

March 4, 2014 9:42 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 2.6 inches of snow caused an unprecedented traffic jam in Atlanta, GA. While the ideal situation would have been for the disarray to be avoided altogether, there are some unique lessons that can be gleaned by examining how the day unfolded. Chris Summerrow, CBCP and Director of Business Continuity Management, Corporate Security at UPS, works in Atlanta and witnessed the day’s events first-hand. 

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.

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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. 

Speakers’ Soapbox: Harvey Betan On Avoiding Red Herrings & Lessons Learned From The Boston Marathon Bombing

August 27, 2013 9:45 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the Continuity Insights New York Conference, October 15-16, 2013 at the AMA Executive Conference Center in the heart of Times Square, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, critical business continuity skills and hypothetical Central Park statues. This week, Harvey Betan, Associate Principal, Risk Masters Inc., discusses how to focus on the big picture. 

A: Case Study Track — 2013 Continuity Insights Management Conference

April 11, 2013 12:18 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Events

A listing of Case Study educational sessions at the 2013 Continuity Insights Management Conference and links to download presentation slides.

Hurricane Planning Put Into Action As Goodyear Responds To Sandy

October 30, 2012 1:52 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | News | Comments

With its corporate ofices in Akron, OH -- within reach of Sandy as it moved inland -- and facilities scattered throughout the Northeast, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. on Monday put its business continuity plans into action. Mike Janko, Manager of Global Business Continuity at Goodyear, provides a snapshot of the company's efforts before, during and after the storm hit.

The Effects Of 9/11 & Katrina On Hospital Preparedness

August 28, 2012 5:29 pm | by Catherine Hartwell, Disaster Responder, American Red Cross | Articles | Comments

Before 9/11 hospitals lacked structured disaster plans and were inadequately prepared to properly respond to large-scale events. They were unable to both handle the surge of patients after a mass casualty event and continue operations after losing powe. In 2005, the catastrophic events of Hurricane Katrina exposed hospital’s insufficient preparations for coordinating with outside agencies.

Boeing Lauds Tornado Recovery By Key Supplier

June 19, 2012 11:05 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirit AeroSystems never missed a shipping date to Boeing after the Spirit plant in Wichita was hit by a tornado April 14.

A: Case Study Track — 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference

April 4, 2012 4:28 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Events

A listing of Case Study 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.

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.

Objectively Evaluate (and Potentially Overhaul) Your Program

July 27, 2010 7:19 am | by Mark Armour | Articles | Comments

Chances are you have some kind of program in place, but does it just need tweaking, or does it require a serious overhaul? How do you build support for a program that was previously viewed as sub-par by clients and peers? Countrywide Financial C...

Medtronic’s Practical Approach to Creating a Resilient Organization

July 27, 2010 6:52 am | by Tanya Raso | Articles | Comments

The term “resiliency” has become the buzz word in the business continuity profession, but what does it really mean? Is it just another fancy new term to describe the same tried and true process of developing response plans or does it suggest so...

Hurricane Katrina Update

April 16, 2010 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the reminders of a continuing recovery are clearly evident throughout the city. As president Obama noted in a recent visit, “It's clear how far we have to go before we can call this recovery a success.”

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