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
Dr. Robert Chandler, Director of the Nicholson School of Communications at the University of...
An unseasonable storm with heavy rain and hail killed at least 32 people, injured more than a...
China's work safety watchdog blamed an explosion at a chemical plant in southeast China this...
Two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil must pay almost $5 million in penalties for state and federal violations involving the 2013 Mayflower oil spill in central Arkansas, according to a consent decree filed in federal court. Assistant Attorney General John Cruden said the company did not admit liability as part of the agreement.
Before the 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference officially got underway, attendees had the opportunity to give back to the local community through the annual Continuity Cares event. This year, attendees participated in The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s 2015 Earth Day Celebration, which included wetlands planting and cleanup as well as other service activities.
United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked. The researcher, Chris Roberts, attempted to board a United flight from Colorado to San Francisco to speak at a major security conference there this week.
California health authorities declared an end to a large measles outbreak in the U.S. that started at Disneyland and triggered a broader debate about vaccinations. Disease detectives for months raced to contain the highly contagious disease, which surfaced at Disney theme parks in December and spread to a half-dozen U.S. states, Mexico and Canada.
Five years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill, the industry is working on drilling even further into the risky depths beneath the Gulf of Mexico to tap massive deposits once thought unreachable. Opening this new frontier, miles below the bottom of the Gulf, requires engineering feats far beyond those used at BP's much shallower Macondo well.
A court issued an injunction ordering two nuclear reactors in western Japan to stay offline, rejecting regulators' safety approval of the reactors' planned restart later this year, a decision that could further delay the government's restart plans.
With new cyber threats and complex supply chain resilience on the minds of business continuity professionals more than ever, it can be hard to focus on the disruptions that they have been dealing with for years. Some of the simplest issues can cause the biggest problems and few things cause headaches for BC pros like power outages.
Residents of a small northern Illinois farming community that took a direct hit from a half-mile-wide tornado were allowed back into the area to assess damage and salvage what they could. In all, some 70 buildings were destroyed or damaged in Fairdale, authorities said. Another 50 buildings were hit in nearby Rochelle.
A $24 billion sea of red ink has millions of Americans in vulnerable flood zones, including homeowners still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy, facing steep increases in flood insurance premiums. New legislation that went into effect this month — the second time in two years Congress has tweaked the troubled National Flood Insurance Program — allows rate increases of up to 18 percent.
Forty-five managers and employees of a mine in the western Turkish town of Soma, went on trial accused of causing the deaths of 301 miners who perished in a fire last year in Turkey's worst mining disaster. Inspection reports said the coal had been smoldering for days before the May 13 disaster, releasing toxic gases.
Widespread power outages affected the White House, the Capitol, museums, train stations and other sites across Washington and its suburbs Tuesday afternoon — all because of an explosion at a Maryland power station, officials said. Many of the outages were brief, but some were longer and forced evacuations.
California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker said he would ask the commission's staff to study "the culture of safety" and the structure of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which has its gas and electricity operations under a single corporate board and chief executive.
An oil consortium says an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico today can be cleaned up far faster than five years ago when BP's Macondo well blew out off the coast of Louisiana, spawning America's worst offshore oil spill. It took BP and the industry's best containment technology 87 days to contain the deep-water blowout.
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.
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.
Internet providers lost an Australian court battle to keep secret the names of Internet users suspected of illegally downloading Hollywood movie "Dallas Buyers Club" over file-sharing networks. The Federal Court ruling is a landmark win for copyright holders in a country which has a reputation for being among of world's most prolific Internet pirates.
The profile that has emerged of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has become more troubling by the day. In the hours after Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps two weeks ago, Lubitz was regarded as one of 150 victims in an unexplained disaster. Two days later he was the prime suspect of an unfathomable act.
A hospital operator denied allegations of poor training and improper preparation in seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by a nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first U.S. patient to succumb to the deadly disease. Texas Health Resources filed a response to the March 2 lawsuit by nurse Nina Pham,
The Germanwings flight 9525 plane crash on March 24, 2015, will likely be remembered as one of history’s most tragic aviation disasters. It can be difficult to dissect a recent, tragic case like this, especially when it is still near the top of news pages everywhere and is far from closed, but it is something business continuity professionals should keep an eye on.
Lufthansa's chief executive said it will take "a long, long time" to understand what led to a deadly crash in the Alps last week — but refused to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane.
Two former federal agents are accused of using their positions and savvy computer skills to siphon more than $1 million in digital currency from the online black market known as Silk Road while they and their agencies operated an undercover investigation into the website.
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.
A judge says Alabama's Gulf oil-spill-damage claims under the federal Oil Pollution Act can be heard by a jury. BP had moved to block a jury trial for the state, saying that neither the Oil Pollution Act nor admiralty law provides the right to a trial by jury.
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.
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