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Speaker's Soapbox: Lynnda Nelson of The ICOR

December 19, 2014 10:42 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Lynnda Nelson, President of The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR), will present "Aligning Your BCM Program to ISO 22301."  In her presentation, Nelson will discuss how organizations can incorporate the new ISO 22301 standards into their business continuity programs and how implimenting those standards can help them become more resilient.

Officials Calling Sony Hack 'Most Damaging Ever'

December 19, 2014 8:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S....

Army Virologist Found Traces of Ebola in West Africa Long Before Outbreak

December 19, 2014 8:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Army virologist using diagnostic tools found traces...

Former Chemical Company Employees Indicted in Spill

December 18, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four former chemical company executives and two lower-...

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Prosecutors Charge 14 People Involved in 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 18, 2014 4:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people in what authorities called the largest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine.  The co-founders, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy are accused of using expired ingredients and failing to follow standards for cleanliness at the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham.

Looking Forward: Business Continuity in 2015

December 16, 2014 10:37 am | by CI Staff | Articles | Comments

What's in store for business continuity in the coming year? How will this continally evolving landscape change and what will be its impact on the state of resiliency and our profession? Read further as we hear from some of the industry's leading executives on how the coming year promises to bring more challenges, innovation, and disruption.

Speaker's Soapbox: Jim Mitchell of eBRP Solutions

December 16, 2014 10:32 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Jim Mitchell, Director at eBRP Soultuions, will present "20 Things You Should Plan For (But Probably Forgot)."  The presentation will focus on twenty small but critical details that could make or break a business continuity plan and result in disaster if they are not accounted for.

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Businesses, Individuals Can Take Precautions Against Identity Theft

December 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft.  Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive details safe. But there are steps businesses and individuals can take to protect themselves against the financial, legal and emotional impact of identity theft — and most of them are free.

Some Sandy Victims Saddled with Huge Loan Payments

December 16, 2014 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the thousands of Sandy victims who jumped at Small Business Administration's offer in the storm's immediate aftermath say they didn't fully understand the potential repercussions of their loans. Now they regret taking them, saying they say ruined their chances for recovery grants and left them with monthly loan payments their neighbors don't have.

After E-Mail Leak, What's Next for Pascal?

December 16, 2014 7:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Amy Pascal, one of the most powerful women in the man's world that is Hollywood and the force behind such critical and commercial hits as "The Social Network" and "American Hustle," has had better days.  The co-chairman of the studio and chief of its film division is under fire for racist remarks about President Obama's presumed choice in movies that surfaced in emails made public by the Sony cyberattack.

Death Toll at 56 After More Bodies Recovered in Indonesia Mudslides

December 15, 2014 4:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from a mudslide that flattened much of a village in central Indonesia rose to 51 on Monday before rain forced rescuers to halt their search for dozens of missing people, officials said.  Police rescue coordinator Lt. Col. Wika Hardiyanto said 11 bodies were recovered Monday, raising the confirmed toll to 51.

For Data Breach Victims, Recovery a Difficult Road

December 15, 2014 3:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The Target hack during last year's Black Friday shopping weekend was just one in a wave of data breaches that have exposed more than 100 million customer records at U.S. retailers, banks and Internet companies.  While cases are difficult to trace, analysts at Javelin Strategy & Research estimate that one in three Americans affected by a data breach ultimately became the victim of fraud last year — up from one in nine in 2010.

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Senatorial Elections in Liberia Postponed Due to Ebola

December 15, 2014 3:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Officials in Ebola-stricken Liberia have postponed senatorial elections elections until the end of the week, while some urged calling off the vote for fear the results would not be credible.  Ebola has killed nearly 3,200 people this year in Liberia, and many question whether elections can be held at all under such circumstances.

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.

Nurse Exposed to Ebola Being Monitored For Virus

December 11, 2014 4:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone is being admitted to the National Institutes of Health near Washington, D.C.  The NIH says in a statement that the nurse was expected to be admitted to the Bethesda, Maryland, facility on Thursday. 

FBI Affidavit Says Former Freedom Industries President Lied About Role in Chemical Spill

December 11, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In bankruptcy court hearings and meetings, former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern repeatedly said he had little to do with the company before it was sold a few weeks prior to the January chemical spill. But an FBI affidavit said Southern had overseen day-to-day operations at the chemical storage company, hired employees and executed contracts for several years, according to a complaint.

Sierra Leone's President Urges Traditional Leaders to Stop Unsafe Burials

December 11, 2014 3:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's president implored the country's traditional leaders  to stop cultural practices that have been blamed for spreading Ebola, like burials that involve touching corpses.  Officials have said up to 70 percent of new infections in Sierra Leone are linked to unsafe burials. The bodies of people who have died from Ebola are highly contagious and must be handled carefully.

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Railroad Agrees to Pay $625,000 Settlement

December 11, 2014 3:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A railroad has agreed to pay $625,000 to settle allegations that it failed to adequately clean up a 2008 oil spill that damaged the shoreline and aquatic life in the Mississippi River between Iowa and Wisconsin.  The Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad, a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific, would make the payment without admitting wrongdoing to resolve a civil complaint filed  by the state of Iowa and the U.S. government.

Residents to Receive Separate Storm Surge Alerts in 2015

December 11, 2014 2:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see new, separate warnings about storm surge in addition to those about winds, the National Hurricane Center said.  The separate storm-surge warnings will begin with the 2015 hurricane season and should provide emergency managers and the public with better information about tropical weather hazards.

Speaker's Soapbox: Dick Donovan of M&T Bank

December 8, 2014 3:56 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Dick Donovan, Vice President of M&T Bank, will present "Creativity & Continuity: Using Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Tools" on Wednesday, April 22 at 10:15 a.m.  The presentation will focus on various problem solving techniques and provide participants with materials and information that they can begin using in their organization immediately.

'Bad Data' A Serious Problem in the Midst of the Ebola Outbreak

December 8, 2014 3:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As health officials struggle to contain the world's biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data.  Having accurate numbers about an outbreak is essential not only to provide a realistic picture of the epidemic, but to determine effective control strategies.

North Korea Denies Role in Sony Hack

December 8, 2014 3:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea released a statement Sunday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang's supreme leader.  Some cybersecurity experts say they've found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea that targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year.

Supreme Court Upholds BP Settlement

December 8, 2014 2:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP on the hook to pay inflated and bogus claims by businesses.

New Mexico Levies More Than $54 Million in Penalties Against Department of Energy

December 8, 2014 2:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Environment Department delivered a pair of compliance orders to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, marking the state's largest penalty ever imposed on the agency. Together, the orders outline more than 30 state-permit violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico and at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Plant Explosion Victims Taking Legal Action

December 8, 2014 2:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several workers are collectively suing Consumers Co-operative Refineries Ltd., as well as associated companies that were involved in the plant's refurbishment. The group is frustrated with the drawn-out legal process.  Since 2011, there have been four fires at the Regina refinery, including an explosion last Christmas Eve.

Video: The Resilient Technology Collaborative

December 5, 2014 11:32 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Fred Bowne, Managing Principal at Aristata and and Director of the Resilient Technology Collaborative, discusses the goals of the RTC and how they hope to help business continuity professionals solve shared tech challenges from across the industry.

Experts Say It is 'Unlikely' That North Korea Perpetrated Sony Hack

December 5, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.  Speculation has been rampant that the hard-line communist state sponsored last week's hack in anger over the new Sony movie "The Interview," in which Seth Rogen and James Franco play television journalists assigned by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Ebola, Quarantines Causing Difficulty for Volunteer Healthcare Workers

December 5, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical missionary organizations have said they are concerned that the mandatory quarantines several states have put in place for medical workers returning from three West African countries will stop some medical workers from volunteering.  

Philippines Braces for Typhoon Hagupit

December 5, 2014 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Villagers in the central Philippines fled coastal homes and sparked panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations as an approaching powerful storm brought back nightmares of last year's deadly onslaught from Typhoon Haiyan.  Government forecasters said Typhoon Hagupit was packing sustained winds of 127 miles per hour and gusts of up to 149 mph over the Pacific.

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