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Al-Shabab Video Calling for Mall Attacks Raises Major Concerns

February 24, 2015 12:11 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

In a video released Monday by Al-Qaeda backed Somali rebel group Al-Shabab, a member of the organization called on Muslims in the west to carry out attacks on shopping malls.  Although U.S. authorities said they have no credible evidence that any sort of organized attack is in the works, the video named specific targets, including the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

 

Executive, Employee Support Help BC Programs Reach Full Potential

February 12, 2015 10:37 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s no secret that business continuity professionals are always trying to improve their...

Persuasive Presentations Critical for Continuity Pros

February 3, 2015 11:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Whether presenting...

Winter Storms, Working from Home and the BC of CI

January 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technology has made working from home commonplace and allowed organizations to stay efficient...

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Relevant IT/DR Strategies a Necessity for Today's Business Continuity Pro

January 26, 2015 11:52 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Today’s businesses lean more on technology then they ever have, which has made information technology and disaster recovery an important part of any business continuity plan. Business continuity and IT professionals must work together more than ever to keep their companies online while maintaining critical business functions.  

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.    

Could New Cyber Security Regulations be On the Way?

January 13, 2015 11:07 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In light of breaches at companies like Home Depot and Target, the president is proposing legislation that would require companies to inform their customers whether their data has been compromised within 30 days called the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act.  The act would also make it a crime to sell customers’ identities overseas. 

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New Legislation Could Require Companies to Inform Customers of Hack Within 30 Days

January 13, 2015 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus.

Owner, Managers Sentenced for Factory Fire that Killed Seven

January 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Italian court convicted a Chinese garment manufacturer and two Chinese managers of manslaughter in a 2013 factory fire that killed seven people in the Tuscan city of Prato.  The stiffest sentence, eight years and eight months, went to Lin You Lan, the owner of the Teresa Moda factory, which churned out cheap clothes in the largely Chinese manufacturing district in Tuscany.

All Boards Should Heed the Sony Hack

January 6, 2015 11:29 am | by Pete O'Dell | Articles | Comments

Pete O'Dell discusses how lessons from the Sony hack attack that might motivate boards of directors to start taking proactive measures against attacks that could potentially have much broader scope than having customer data compromised and e-mails leaked.  

Making a 'Continuity Resolution' for the New Year

January 6, 2015 10:45 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The book is closed on 2014 and with a new year comes a new set of resolutions.  To help grow your business continuity program, consider making a 'continuity resolution,' to build support from executives and change the way they look at resilience.

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.

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Speaker's Soapbox: Geno Pandolfi of U.S. Bank and Peter Laz of Forsythe Solutions

December 30, 2014 11:28 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Geno Pandolfi of U.S. Bank and Peter Laz of Forsythe Solutions will present "Five Characteristics of Successful Enterprise Resiliency and Five Core Concepts for Partnership Success."  They will focus on the importance of enterprise-wide resiliency and how to build partnerships throughout an organization. 

Speaker's Soapbox: Daniel Olbur of VW Credit, Inc.

December 5, 2014 10:56 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Daniel Olbur, Business Continuity Analyst for VW Credit, Inc., will host a session called "Creating a BC Playbook: Business Continuity Planning for Sports Fans."  His presentation will focus on preparing laying the foundation for an effective BC plan and preparing like a sports team for a big game through practice, repitition, exercise and muscle memory.  

Video: Price Speaks at CINY 2014 - Part 2

October 21, 2014 11:03 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Howard Price, Director of Business Continuity at ABC Television, gave the keynote presentation at Continuity Insights New York 2014 on Wednesday, Oct. 8.  He discussed management metrics and the importance of keeping your BC plan simple.  This is part two of his presentation.

Video: Price Speaks at CINY 2014 - Part 1

October 17, 2014 10:14 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Howard Price, Director of Business Continuity at ABC Television, gave the keynote presentation at Continuity Insights New York 2014 on Wednesday, Oct. 8.  He discussed management metrics and the importance of keeping your BC plan simple.  This is part one of his presentation. 

Preparation Key in Dealing with Senior Leadership

October 14, 2014 10:39 am | Articles | Comments

Erika Voss, Business Continuity Manager at Microsoft, discusses communication with senior management and explains why it is important to be prepared when discussing emergency situations.  She provides examples from her own career of events where she needed to interact with senior executives.

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Price to CINY 2014 Attendees: "Keep it Simple"

October 10, 2014 9:49 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Keynote presenter Howard Price, Director of Business Continuity for ABC Television, spoke about the importance of measuring business continuity program effectiveness, simplifying the BC process and communicating with senior management on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Continuity Insights New York 2014.

Social Media Can Be An Effective Business Continuity Tool

September 23, 2014 11:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Social media has taken the world by storm, allowing mass communication over large distances in ways that just a few years ago would have been impossible.  While outlets like Facebook and Twitter are commonly used for personal communication, they can be valuable tools for business continuity professionals.

Selling Business Continuity Planning to the Modern C-Suite

September 22, 2014 2:49 pm | by Rentsys Recovery Services | Rentsys Recovery Services | Blogs | Comments

When talking about the benefits of business continuity planning (BCP), industry vendors and planners typically tout one overarching benefit: When affected by a business interruption, having a plan drastically increases your odds of preserving revenue and keeping your doors open. 

Management Metrics Critical for Business Continuity Program Success

September 16, 2014 11:06 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Metrics can be an important part of any business continuity program, but business continuity professionals are often unsure of how to use those metrics or even which to use to improve their program.  At Continuity Insights New York 2014 on Oct. 7-8, Director of Business Continuity for ABC Howard Price will discuss using management metrics to incentivize resilience.

Video: Gaining Support from Management

September 16, 2014 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

Lyndon Byrd, Technical Director of the Business Continuity Institute, discusses the importance to top level commitment and gaining the support of executives and management.  He says business continuity programs that get executives on board are often the most successful.

The Importance of the Cyber Supply Chain in Business Continuity

September 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Ken Simpson, MBCI, CORP | Articles | Comments

Ken Simpson discusses the importance of the "cyber supply chain" in preparing for cyber threats and how business continuity and logistics can go hand-in-hand for organizations looking to prevent such threats.  He also discusses sharing the critical cyber threats with senior management. 

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 

Video: Key Messages for Executives on BC/DR and Operational Resiliency

August 5, 2014 8:46 am | Videos | Comments

Howard Mannella of Alternative Resiliency Services Corp discusses the five key messages business continuity practitioners should communicate to executive management, including how business continuity and insurance are different and why having a business continuity program is important

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

Video:Using Tools and Concepts in Industry Standards to Engage Management

July 8, 2014 9:23 am | Videos | Comments

Brian Zawada, Director of Consulting for Avalution, discusses how to effectively user management system concepts outlined in different business continuity standards to actively engage senior management in your enterprise's continuity program.

Learning to “Speak the Language” a Key for Executive Support

June 30, 2014 2:17 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Avalution Consulting | Articles | Comments

Throughout the business continuity industry, practitioners are constantly looking for ways to engage – and stay engaged with – senior management, with the objective of gaining and keeping their support.  Practitioners should understand how executives think before trying to get their support.

Video:Communicating With Executive Management

June 30, 2014 8:52 am | Videos | Comments

Melissa Owings, Business Continuity Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield, shares how she effectively communicates business continuity management information with executives.  She discusses the importance of keeping reports concise and informative.

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