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Site Engineer to Face Criminal Charges in Thai Building Collapse

August 19, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from the collapse of a six-story building under construction on the outskirts of Thailand's capital has risen to 14, as rescue teams ended their search Friday, four days after the cave-in.  Police were investigating the cause of the collapse and have arrested four people, including the site engineer, who will face criminal charges.

Account Numbers, Expiration Dates Compromised in Grocery Store Data Breach

August 19, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The grocery chain Supervalu said Friday that it may have suffered a data breach at stores in as...

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...

Explosion in Auto Parts Factory Kills 75, Blamed on Poor Safety Measures

August 5, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators...

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Mass Notification a Critical Part of the Incident Management Lifecycle

August 5, 2014 9:02 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | MissionMode Solutions | Articles | Comments

Robert Edson, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Mission Mode Solutions, talked with Continuity Insights about mass notification and why it is so important.  Topics include its place in the incident management lifecycle, social media as a communications tool and executive integration 

Risk Management Integration Key Topic at Inaugural Bay Area Emergency Managers Conference

August 5, 2014 8:55 am | by By Erica Agiewich | Articles | Comments

More than 100 emergency managers and business continuity professionals gathered on Aug. 1 at Genentech for the Inaugural Bay Area Emergency Managers (BAEM) conference.  The conference focused on integrating all aspects of risk management for more effective emergency response.

Video:Business Continuity Management Risk Index

July 29, 2014 9:13 am | Videos | Comments

Mike Kadar of MK Continuity & Availability LLC discusses his business continuity management risk index and how it can be used to gain support from executives and express business continuity related data in a concise and effective manner

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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 business continuity become a part of your organizaton's enterprise risk management program is a good idea and can make your program more effective 

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 Emergency Preparedness Plan.  She also talks about implementing the plan and what steps should be taken before and after an emergency situation 

Saltwater Spill Could Lead to Regulations

July 14, 2014 2:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.  The leak involved an estimated 24,000 barrels, or 1 million gallons, of saltwater and condensate, byproducts of oil and gas production.

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 for interruptions caused by cyber attacks and why business continuity professionals should put more effort into planning for such attacks   

Coal Industry Lawsuits Could Have National Impact

July 7, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.  In civil cases unfolding in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana, the group WildEarth Guardians asserts coal companies benefited from lax oversight by federal regulators.

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Risky Business-Lowering the BAR

June 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Michael Shandrowski | Articles | Comments

Business professionals face the constant challenge to aim high or “raise the bar”.  However, as business continuity professional’s we often view things from a different perspective.  We face the constant challenge to aim low and “lower the bar” when it comes to business availability risk, or BAR.  This article shares concepts and methods for lowering business availability risk and reducing risky business.

"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.

Toyota Issues Recalls in U.S., Japan

June 16, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 650,000 vehicles in Japan and repeating a recall for problems with front passenger air bag inflators announced last year, seeking to fix some 2.27 million vehicles.  The recall involves about 20 Toyota models, including some Corolla compacts and Tundra pickups made in 2003-2004 and some 2002-2004 Lexus SC 430 coupes made in the U.S.

Continuity Q&A:The Cloud

June 16, 2014 9:10 am | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights spoke with Mark Carroll, Senior Vice President and Business Risk Officer at Income Research + Management, to discuss the cloud, its various business applications and some of the risk factors it brings for business continuity professionals.

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Oil Spill Safeguard Still an Issue

June 6, 2014 4:14 pm | by Seth Borenstein | News | Comments

The key last-ditch safety device that failed to prevent the 2010 BP oil spill remains a potentially catastrophic problem today for some offshore drilling, according to a U.S. U.S. safety board investigation.  The U.S. Chemical Safety Board details the multiple failures and improper testing of the blowout preventer and blames bad management and operations for the breakdown.

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Video: Successful Engagement with Senior Leaders

June 3, 2014 1:22 pm | Videos | Comments

Successful engagement with senior leaders is a three-step approach, according to Judy Analco with ERM.  Judy shares her thoughts in this week’s video installment, recorded at this year’s Continuity Insights Management Conference.  Next week Bruce Blythe will review his “mental algorithm” for assessing and responding to critical events.

Integrating Simulation Cells into Your Drills and Exercises

May 27, 2014 2:58 pm | Videos | Comments

“Integrating Simulation Cells into Your Drills and Exercises,” is the message shared in this week’s video by John Jackson, Executive Vice President, Fusion Risk Management.  Be sure to watch next week’s episode where Judy Analco with ERM, discusses her passion for, “How to Communicate Complex, Technical, and Abstract Information to Your Target Audience.”

Security Risks Present in "Healthcare Navigator" Services

May 27, 2014 12:46 pm | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers in several states have passed legislation to address concerns about potential security risks involving workers hired to help people apply for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act. There's no sign, however, that the enrollment assistants, even those with criminal records, have misused consumers' personal information.

Hacker Who Helped Feds To Be Freed From Prison

May 27, 2014 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An admitted computer hacker who helped the FBI thwart hundreds of cyberattacks on government and corporate computer systems will be freed from prison. Hector Xavier Monsegur (HAH'-vee-ehr MAHN'-see-gur) was sentenced Tuesday in Manhattan to the time he already served — seven months.

US Charges Chinese Officials in Cyberspying Case

May 19, 2014 8:34 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The hackers targeted big-name makers of nuclear and solar technology, stealing confidential business information, sensitive trade secrets and internal communications for competitive advantage, according to a grand jury indictment. "Success in the international marketplace should be based solely on a company's...

White House Tackles Climate Change with Solar Panels

May 13, 2014 10:24 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technicians have finished installing solar panels on the White House roof, capping a project that President Barack Obama hopes will send a signal that renewable energy is feasible and environmentally shrewd. Obama said in 2010 that he would retrofit his family's new home with solar panels starting in 2011...

Despite Progress, Survey Reveals Common Obstacles for IT Leaders Remain

May 6, 2014 10:52 am | by Red Hat | News | Comments

The survey, commissioned by Red Hat through CIO Strategic Marketing Services /IDG Research Services polled 100 respondents at the IT director level and above at organizations with 1,000 or more employees about the current and future roles of CIOs. 

Target's CEO Out in Wake of Security Breach

May 6, 2014 10:41 am | by Anne D'innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Gregg Steinhafel, who was also president and chairman, stepped down nearly five months after Target disclosed a huge pre-Christmas breach in which hackers stole millions of customers' credit- and debit-card records. The theft badly damaged the store chain's reputation and profits.

Continuity Insights and KPMG LLP Survey: Oversight of Business Continuity Management Increasing; More Oversight Still Required

April 28, 2014 10:06 am | by Continuity Insights and KPMG | News | Comments

 According to a new survey report released today by Continuity Insights and sponsored by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, there are varied levels of business continuity management (BCM) program maturity across organizations as well as significant opportunities....

BNET Partners with Regional Catastrophic Planning to Expand CEAS Program

April 21, 2014 1:32 pm | by BNET | News | Comments

Today BNET announced a regional expansion initiative sponsored by the Regional Catastrophic Planning Team ("RCPT") of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.  The project will assist BNET to develop and implement a regional solution to expand the successful Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS).

Health Care Site Flagged in Heartbleed Review

April 21, 2014 12:32 pm | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

The Quarterback’s Dilemma

April 9, 2014 10:13 am | by Allan Cytryn, Principal, Risk Masters, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Quality Risk Management enhances the ability of the Business Continuity Management team to effectively deal with uncertainties by providing a framework, skills and experience for more effectively managing risks and uncertainties.      

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