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For New Professionals, Business Continuity is a Challenging, But Rewarding, Industry

September 30, 2014 12:01 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Bc Management | Articles | Comments

As the business continuity field continues to grow, demand is growing for new professionals who are able to keep up with increasing demand.  Although it is growing, many people who are interested in business continuity aren’t sure how to break into the industry or what to expect once they get there.

Japan's Mount Ontake Erupts, Killing Several

September 30, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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With Ebola Still Rampant, No Place to Go for Africa's Sick

September 30, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Six months after...

Banks Preparing to Re-Issue Debit, Credit Cards to Home Depot Breach Victims

September 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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Active Shooter Incidents Have Spiked in Recent Years

September 26, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of shootings in which a gunman wounds or kills multiple people has increased dramatically in recent years, with the majority of attacks in the last decade occurring at a business or a school, according to an FBI report released. 

Department of Homeland Security Offers Advice on Preventing Data Breaches

September 22, 2014 2:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.  The Department of Homeland Security Department warned last month that more than 1,000 retailers could have malware in their cash-register computers and offered ways for consumers to protect themselves.

American Society of Civil Engineers Calls for New Flood Mitigation Strategies

September 22, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Society of Civil Engineers  is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.  The group is calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to develop a sustainable way to pay for infrastructure maintenance and updates to help manage floods.

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Electricity Provider Installing Fences to Fend Off Thieves

September 22, 2014 11:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FirstEnergy will spend $15 million this year installing special security fencing and thermal-imaging cameras at some substations to keep out would-be metal thieves.  Metal thieves caused more than $500,000 in losses at FirstEnergy's facilities in the Akron, Ohio region last year.

Amid Controversy, Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority Commissioner Promises Safety

September 19, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New commissioner of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority  vows to proceed with safety screenings of nuclear facilities with independence, brushing off criticism he has close ties with nuclear power companies.  He has come under fire for receiving payments and donations in the past from bodies including one linked to Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Fires Force Hundreds to Evacuate their Homes

September 15, 2014 4:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes. The blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near a foothill community south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park in central California, prompted authorities to evacuate about 1,000 residents out of about 400 homes

Sierra Leone Officials Upset with World Health Organization After Doctor Succumbs to Ebola

September 15, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care.  Dr. Olivet Buck died Saturday, hours after the U.N. health agency said it could not help evacuate her to Germany.

Security Clearance Company to Lose Government Contract After Data Breach

September 10, 2014 2:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials say. The computer network intrusion compromised the personal files of as many as 25,000 government workers.

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Massive Power Outage Takes Egypt Off Line for Several Hours

September 5, 2014 10:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Egypt suffered a massive power outage that halted parts of the Cairo subway, took TV stations off the air and ground much of the country to a halt for several hours Thursday, as officials offered no clear explanation for how the country suddenly lost 50 percent of its power generation.

Resilient Technology Collaborative Aims to Identify Solutions to Tech Challenges

August 26, 2014 8:51 am | by Fred Bowne | Articles | Comments

The Resilient Technology Collaborative aims to bring business continuity professionals together to find solutions to shared technology challenges throughout the industry.  The organization will host a panel discussion at Continuity Insights New York on Oct. 7-8.

Video: The Value of Social Media in Crisis Communication

August 12, 2014 2:42 pm | Videos | Comments

Suzanne Bernier of SB Crisis Consulting discusses how social media has become an important and effective vehicle to share critical information.  As a complement to traditional media, many organizations and first responders have embraced social media for timely crisis communication.

Webinar Addresses Continuity Insights-KPMG Survey Results

June 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Joe Shust | Kpmg Llp, Continuity Insights | Articles | Comments

Panelists discussed how their organizations have used data from this year’s CI-KPMG Global Business Continuity Management Program Benchmarking Study, which surveyed 434 business continuity professionals throughout more than 22 countries.  

How Organizations are Effectively Leveraging BCM Benchmarking Data

June 23, 2014 8:41 am | Webinars

In this webinar, a panel of leading practitioners will discuss how the 2013-2014 Continuity Insights and KPMG LLP Global Business Continuity Management (BCM) Program Benchmarking Study can be used to improve BCM programs, understand the steps required to implement these improvements, extract the most compelling data points and make use of lessons learned during the benchmarking process 

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Target Glitch Not a Data Security Issue

June 16, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Target Corp. said a glitch in its system caused delays at checkout registers at some of its U.S. stores but it wasn't due to a data security issue or a hacker. Customers across the country took to social media to report long check-out lines Sunday night due to registers not working.

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.

Federal Report: Warming Disrupts Americans' Lives

May 6, 2014 11:02 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Climate change's assorted harms "are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond," the National Climate Assessment concluded Tuesday. The report emphasizes how warming and its all-too-wild weather are changing daily lives, even using the phrase "climate disruption" as another way of saying global warming.

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.

Risk Shrink: The Human Element Risk

February 3, 2014 5:34 pm | by Sean Murphy, CEO & President, Lootok | Articles | Comments

There is a certain beauty in working with numbers. In business continuity, we rely on numbers to determine the likelihood of an event occurring, and how best to offset it. By increasing our knowledge about what drives fear and behavior, we can improve communication and training to gain a greater sense of control over our risk environment. 

Cyber Crime & Terror Risk Are Under-Rated By Captive Directors

January 20, 2014 4:05 pm | by Aon Global Risk Consulting | News | Comments

Aon Global Risk Consulting has conducted further research to understand more about organizations’ attitudes to the top threats they face in today’s hyper connected world. Aon wanted to explore further some of the results of its biennial Global Risk Management Survey, published in 2013, so it asked captive directors for their opinions on the rankings of the top 50 risks identified.

BCM Software Acquisition

November 12, 2013 9:33 am | by Michael Keating, Vice President, Business Continuity Management, Reinsurance Group of America | Articles | Comments

Almost two years ago, our company started the process to select and deploy a new enterprise business continuity management (BCM) software tool. The intent of this article is to share some of the things we learned in our process and in talking with others who have walked the same path.

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. 

Continuity Q&A: David Johnson On Leveraging Crisis Communications For Reputation Resilience

October 8, 2013 9:39 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

The first 72 hours of a crisis are critical for any company or organization because the media narrative is set in those first 72 hours, and as a result, so is public opinion. Many companies are just responding to the crisis when media interest is moving on and the public narrative has been set. That is why it is essential to have a crisis communications plan in place.

From Chaos To Life-Saving Solutions: New Book Released

September 5, 2013 9:46 am | News | Comments

Driven by memories of 9/11, Jim Burtles pours 10+ years of international research into lifesaving solutions for any facility of any size under extreme conditions. From a review of building materials, floor plans, and architectural conditions, to a precise “how-to” for testing and training the people in charge of an actual evacuation, Burtles leads you step-by-step through the kind of planning that saves lives.

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