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Hong Kong Faces Resistance with Beijing-Backed Election Plan

April 22, 2015 5:46 pm | by Kelvin Chan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hong Kong's government unveiled election reform proposals, setting the stage for another round of confrontation with pro-democracy activists and lawmakers opposed to Beijing-mandated restrictions on candidates for the city's top job.  The long-expected reform package made some tweaks but gave little ground to pro-democracy leaders.

Chinese Officials Blame Chemical Plant Bosses for Explosion

April 22, 2015 5:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's work safety watchdog blamed an explosion at a chemical plant in southeast China this...

Exxon Mobil firms to Pay Nearly $5 Million for Arkansas Oil Spill

April 22, 2015 5:26 pm | by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil must pay almost $5 million in penalties for state and federal...

O'Dell Discusses Cyber Security to Kick Off CIMC 2015

April 21, 2015 1:15 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference got underway Monday, April 20 as Pete O’Dell...

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California Measles Outbreak Over

April 21, 2015 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Positive Communication Increasing Resilience at Kaiser Permanente

April 16, 2015 11:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Communication is a critical part of any business.  Poor communication, whether it is between managers and subordinates or peers, can negatively impact a business and result in lost time and money.  By promoting positive communications throughout the organization, companies can engage their workforce and create an efficient work environment.

Expert: Tale of Worker Asleep in Cargo Hold is a Warning

April 16, 2015 11:35 am | by Manuel Valdes and David Koenig, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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NIST Framework Can Help Business Continuity Professionals Prepare for Cyber Attacks

April 14, 2015 11:37 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Serious, targeted cyber attacks are a relatively new threat that have become more and more dangerous as organizations rely more on technology to store their data and operate their business on a day-to-day basis. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework contains a set of guidelines and best practices to help prevent and defend against cyber attacks.

Can Metrics Measure Recoverability?

April 14, 2015 11:30 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Power Outages Create Serious Continuity Problems

April 14, 2015 11:12 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

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.

Firms Push High-Tech Solutions to Fortify Airport Perimeters

April 14, 2015 11:05 am | by Martha Mendoza and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Millions Facing Higher Premium Rates for Flood Insurance

April 14, 2015 10:52 am | by Frank Eltman, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Understanding and Implementing ISO 22301

April 9, 2015 11:53 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

While it has not been universally adopted quite yet, ISO 22301 continues to pique the interest of resilience and business continuity professionals.  Many have begun implementing the new standard and aligning the goals of their programs with it.  Lynnda Nelson of the International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (The ICOR) thinks ISO 22301 can help BC pros communicate better and provide a sense of uniformity.

Creative Problem Solving Tools Can Help in Business Continuity Planning

April 9, 2015 11:47 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Business continuity professionals face a host of unique problems every day.  Those who have extensive experience in resilience know that no two situations are the same and preparing for future events can be extremely difficult.  Dick Donovan of M&T Bank said his organization has turned to creative problem solving (CPS) as a way to boost their resilience and get more people involved in the business continuity program.

Companies Need Resources to Stay Up and Running

April 9, 2015 11:44 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

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.

Five years after BP spill, industry touts ability to respond

April 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press | News | Comments

 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.

Californians celebrate rain, snow from rare spring storm

April 9, 2015 11:25 am | by Robert Jablon and Kristin Bender, Associated Press | News | Comments

The storm that had doused Northern California arrived in Southern California on Tuesday night, bringing mostly light but necessary rainfall across much of the region.  Thousands were without power for several hours because of the storm.  

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Talking Turkey: How Bird Flu Outbreaks are Playing Out

April 9, 2015 11:22 am | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. H5N2 is a highly contagious virus that kills commercial poultry quickly once it gets into a barn, but risk to the public is considered low.

Business Continuity Pros Focus on More than Just Outside Threats

April 7, 2015 12:02 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

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.

Could Water Scarcity Impact Business Continuity Professionals?

April 7, 2015 11:58 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Australia Judge Disclosing Alleged Internet Pirates' Details

April 7, 2015 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Crash Pilot's Profile Prompts Questions, Deep Unease

April 7, 2015 10:51 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Jerry Brown Defends Drought Order that Doesn't Limit Farmers

April 7, 2015 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As California endures a fourth year of drought, Brown's order this week requires towns and cities statewide to draw down water use by 25 percent compared with 2013 levels. While past reductions were voluntary, Brown said he is using his emergency powers to make the cuts mandatory.

Business Continuity Professionals are Turning to Metrics: Part Three

April 2, 2015 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

In Tragic Plane Crash, Lessons to be Learned for BC Pros

April 2, 2015 11:30 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

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.

Hurricane Sandy Funds Went Toward Shoddy Work

April 1, 2015 2:06 pm | by Mike Balsamo, Associated Press | News | Comments

A program that was supposed to rebuild homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy paid $6.8 million to contractors for work that was "flawed or incomplete," the city's comptroller said in an audit.  The audit examined whether the city properly ensured benefits to storm victims from June 2013 through August 2014.

Typhoon Weakens as it Heads for the Philippines

April 1, 2015 1:35 pm | by Grace Garces Bordallo, Associated Press | News | Comments

A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has moved into the open sea and is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines later this weekend.  Typhoon Maysak packed winds of 160 kilometers per hour (100 mph) when it passed north of the Yap State atolls of Ulithi and Fais in the Federated States of Micronesia.

BP Case Will be Heard by Jury

April 1, 2015 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Business Continuity Professionals are Turning to Metrics: Part Two

March 30, 2015 2:33 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

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