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Business Continuity Professionals Faced with Increasing Technology Challenges

September 26, 2014 11:37 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Technology is a critical part of business continuity planning and many of the challenges the BC community faces when it comes to that technology are very similar.  In such a connected world, business continuity professionals need to be aware of any number of technology disruptions, as well as new products to help in planning.  

Oil Producers, North Dakota Government at Odds Over Potential Regulations

September 26, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil producers in North Dakota are objecting to any new...

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,...

Selling Business Continuity Planning to the Modern C-Suite

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

When talking about the benefits of business...

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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.

Businesses Must Be Prepared For All Infectious Diseases, Not Just Pandemics

September 19, 2014 11:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Although the continuing Ebola Virus outbreak has yet to leave African soil, a handful of Americans have been infected by the virus.  Organizations need to be conscious of not only Ebola, but any outbreak that could affect their staff and damage their productivity.

FEMA Seeking to Recover $5.8 Million After Alleged Sandy Overpayments

September 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500 households that it suspects received improper payments after Hurricane Sandy, according to program officials. FEMA had asked around 850 of those aid recipients to return a collective $5.8 million. 

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Virus Hospitalizes Hundreds of Children Across Ten States

September 8, 2014 4:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of children in more than 10 states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.  Nearly 500 children have been treated at one hospital alone.

Video: Guaranteed Housing For Critical Personnel During an Event

September 2, 2014 8:59 am | Videos | Comments

Michelle Lowther, Principal of Continuity Housing, discusses the importance of providing critical personnel a place to stay during a crisis and why it is an important aspect of effectively implementing a business continuity plan.  

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: Managing ADP and Other Client and Vendor Incidents

August 26, 2014 8:19 am | Videos | Comments

Sundari Antinarella, Director of Business Resilience at ADP, discusses how her company handles disruptions, both internally and externally, and why it is important to partner with vendors and clients for the company to achieve resiliency. 

Down Time Could Have a Serious Impact on Your Company's Reputation

August 19, 2014 10:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Avalution Consulting | Articles | Comments

Jacqueline Rupert, Managing Consultant for Avalution, spoke with Continuity Insights about down time and how it can damage more than just your company's finances.  "Going down" can also have a serious impact on reputation and could even adversely effect your company legally.

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Planning for Resilience-Best Practices for Developing Reliable Disaster Recovery Plans

August 19, 2014 10:04 am | by Michael Redmond and Sonal Sinha | Articles | Comments

Ms. Michael Redomond, CEO of Redmond Worldwide and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President of Industry Solutions for MetricStream, discuss creating a more effective disaster recovery plan, addressing gaps in your recovery plan and integrating new technology into emergency preparedness

The Perfect Storm: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

August 5, 2014 11:09 am | by Ed Schlichtenmyer, Business Continuity and Quality Manager at ImpactWeather | Articles | Comments

Ed Schlichtenmyer, Business Continuity and Quality Manager at ImpactWeather, discusses the importance of being prepared for a pandemic or epidemic, common pandemic misconseptions and why it is important for business continuity practitioners in the corporate world to be prepared.

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

Should you Automate your Business Continuity Plan?

July 29, 2014 10:17 am | by Hector Miguel Opazo Santis | Articles | Comments

Hector Miguel Opazo Santis, Consulting Manager for Resilience Technologies of Chile, discusses business continuity plan automation, what to consider before choosing business continuity management software and why automation is worth considering.

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

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Video:Why Moving Business Continuity to Enterprise Risk Management Works

July 22, 2014 8:59 am | Videos | Comments

Blaise D'Ambrosio, Global Continuity Manager at T. Rowe Price, offers two reasons why having business continuity become a part of your organizaton's enterprise risk management program is a good idea and can make your program more effective 

Incident Command System, Working With Children During Disasters Discussed at ACP Meeting

July 15, 2014 9:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) hosted its monthly meeting with an online audience, which featured presentations on Incident Command System integration and children in disasters, on Tuesday, July 8.  

How to Create and Implement an Emergency Preparedness Assessment

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by Michael Redmond | Articles | Comments

Ms. Michael Redmond, CEO of Redmond Worldwide, discusses the importance of creating  an Emergency Preparedness Plan.  She also talks about implementing the plan and what steps should be taken before and after an emergency situation 

Case Study:How Reinsurance Group of America Reinstated its Global Business Continuity Program

July 8, 2014 9:46 am | by Mike Keating | Articles | Comments

Mike Keating, Vice President of Business Continuity Management for Reinsurance Group of America, discusses how his company reinstated its global business continuity program despite the challenge of having a thin staff and several teams of employees overseas .

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.  

Video:The Importance of Clearly Defined Roles in Exercises

June 23, 2014 9:25 am | Videos | Comments

Chris Wright, Senior Manager of Worldwide Business Continuity and Crisis Management at Amgen, Inc., discusses the value of clearly defined roles and responsibilities and the utilization of tools and supplies during his drills and exercises.  Look for next week's video where Melissa Owings with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, shares how she effectively communicates BCM information with executive management.

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 

Video:Collaborating With Your Financial Institution to Sustain Economic Recovery

June 17, 2014 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

Lissette, Giorgi, VP Risk Manager at Wells Fargo and President of the Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners, discusses the importance of working with your financial institution in recovering from a business disruption.

Phelps Expresses Importance of Exercises

June 16, 2014 8:49 am | by Joe Shust | Articles | Comments

Regina Phelps, founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, spoke about the importance of business continuity exercises at the Continuity Insights West Conference on Tuesday, June 10 at the South San Francisco Convention Center.

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. 

Building A Stronger, More Strategic BCM Program

February 18, 2014 11:01 am | by Patrick Potter, GRC Strategist, Business Continuity & Audit, RSA | Articles | Comments

First of all, you must understand your company’s vision and plan, and then identify any conflicts or gaps with your BCM program vision and plan. It’s important to understand that you will be speaking with people with less knowledge, background and interest in BCM and resiliency. It’s important to them too, they just may not know it yet! 

Continuity Q&A: David Lindstedt On Preparedness & Recoverability Metrics

July 9, 2013 10:31 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

At the first-annual Continuity Insights Chicago conference, David Lindstedt, PhD, PMP, CBCP, Director, Program Management: Office of Distance Education and eLearning at The Ohio State University, presented “Preparedness & Recoverability Metrics: Quantifying Confidence & Assessing Intuitions.” Continuity Insights spoke with Dr. Lindstedt in order to learn more about his topic. 

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