The 2015 Continuity Insights closed on Wednesday, April 22 with Nathaniel Forbes of Forbes Calamity Prevention discussing the impact of water scarcity and thirst. Forbes discussed potential consequences of water scarcity, including terrorism, supply chain disruption and competitive advantage
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The misadventure of a baggage handler who fell asleep in the cargo hold of a jetliner should be a warning for airlines to improve security procedures, safety experts said. The worker banged on the plane for help shortly after takeoff from Seattle. Pilots heard the noise and quickly returned to the airport. The worker was not injured.
The finding by the Government Accountability Office presents chilling new scenarios for passengers. The report doesn't suggest it would be easy to do, or very likely. But it points out that as airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration attempt to modernize planes and flight tracking with Internet-based technology, attackers have a new vulnerability they could exploit.
As metrics continue to gain popularity amongst business continuity professionals, individual practitioners are beginning to develop their own methods for measuring program effectiveness, recovery and resilience. David Lindstedt, Director of Program Management at the Ohio State University, said he thinks the industry should move its focus away from counting the amount of programs and towards predicting recoverability.
An Associated Press investigation this week documented 268 instances in which people hopped over, crawled under, drove cars through or otherwise breached the fences and gates protecting the perimeters of 31 of the nation's busiest airports from January 2004 through January 2015.
The health care sector has become the hot target for hackers in recent months, according to researchers at Symantec, a leading cyber security company that says it's also seeing big increases in "spear-phishing," ''ransomware" and efforts to exploit newly discovered vulnerabilities in software used by a wide range of industries.
Resource management is something that businesses of all shapes and sizes must deal with on some level almost every day. Regardless of industry, access to resources is among the most critical things in keeping your business running. While it may fall to other areas of the organization, BC pros should still have a hand in, or at least be informed about, how their company manages resources.
Not all threats to an organization come from outside. Continuity Insights has discussed data breaches, leaks and other issues that began internally and cost companies time and money. Whether they come from a disgruntled employee or an honest mistake, they can be just as dangerous as being targeted by outsiders.
Resource management is a critical concept when it comes to resilience. An organization can’t function properly without the things it needs to do so. While resources are important, there are few that are as universally needed as water. Nathaniel Forbes of Forbes Calamity Prevention argues that the impact of restricted access to water is something more business continuity professionals should focus on.
The downing of Germanwings flight A320 has once again brought aviation disasters into the limelight. While still very rare, plane crashes are attention grabbing because of their scope and scale. Last year saw several incidents that dominated news coverage. Here are five of the worst airline crashes of 2014.
Organizations across a variety of industries are turning to metrics to determine whether their programs work and if they are getting a return on their investment. Business continuity professionals are no exception. More and more, BC pros are turning to metrics to determine how effective their programs are and convey that to senior management.
The death toll in a gasoline tanker truck explosion in southeastern Mexico rose to 14 , the result of an attempted theft of fuel in an area that authorities say has a long reputation for roadside thefts. Gasoline theft has been a persistent problem in Mexico, but siphoning directly from pipelines has received the most attention.
Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said. Several analysts said Lufthansa will probably reach settlements with relatives of victims to avoid going to court
Less than a year after signing legislation with new safeguards in response to a 2014 chemical spill that prompted a tap-water ban for 300,000 people, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill to trim away some of those protections against leaky aboveground tanks.
The World Health Organization said last year that bacteria resistant to antibiotics have spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections like strep throat could kill. Antibiotic resistance also threatens animal health, agriculture, and the economy. In an interview with WebMD, President Barack Obama said over-prescribing antibiotics is a serious problem.
The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and "intentionally" rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority accepted a report that says a reactor at Japan Atomic Power Co.'s Tsuruga nuclear plant on the Sea of Japan coast sits right above an active geological fault, a move that may force the operator to permanently shut down the unit.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he plans to work with his counterparts in Alaska and Oregon to look into operations at Premera, which is based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. The investigation will explore the cyber attack disclosed by Premera last week, in which hackers accessed the personal information of 11 million consumers, including 6 million in Washington, between last May and the exploit's Jan. 29 discovery.
Taiwanese health authorities have ordered a recall of all food products illegally imported from five Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 earthquake and consequent nuclear disaster. The Food and Drug Administration announced in October last year that it was planning to introduce regulations requiring foods imported from Japan to carry prefecture-specific labels of origin.
Maintaining supply chain operations, especially across state and international borders, can be a major challenge for organizations. Part of what makes supply chain continuity such a challenge is the reliance on and management of vendors.
Opponents of the 820 billion yen ($6.8 billion) plan argue that the massive concrete barriers will damage marine ecology and scenery, hinder vital fisheries and actually do little to protect residents who are mostly supposed to relocate to higher ground. Those in favor say the sea walls are a necessary evil, and one that will provide some jobs, at least for a time.
Spring is arriving with the Pacific Northwest measuring near record-low-snowfall, and much of the rest of the West below average. But what California is experiencing is historically low snowpack — a meager accumulation that has serious implications not only for the state but potentially for the entire West if the drought not just of water, but of snow, persists.
Managing critical equipment and avoiding unplanned down time is key for any organization to remain profitable and conduct business effectively. Some larger companies, like GE, are turning to data based solutions to help keep their own infrastructure, as well as that of their customers, running smoothly.
A federal class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation over a 2013 crude oil spill in central Arkansas has been dismissed by a federal judge, who acknowledged in his ruling that his decision seems unfair. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller on dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.
Could a changing climate and changing environments have an impact on the spread of infectious diseases? At least one Zoologist thinks so. In an article posted in February on Continuity Insights’ sister publications R&D, Daniel Brooks of University of Nebraska-Lincoln discussed how the spread of infectious diseases like the West Nile Virus and Ebola could be linked to changing climate.
The Ohio River crested at its highest level in two decades, leaving riverside residents relieved but cautious as forecasters warned that flooding problems will linger much of the week ahead. The National Weather Service said the river crested at around 6 a.m. at 57.7 feet, or seven feet below the 1997 level that caused severe, widespread flooding in the Cincinnati area and in Kentucky.
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