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Planning for Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases

October 28, 2014 10:50 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Goodyear | Articles | Comments

Mike Janko, Director of Global Business Continuity for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, discusses planning for infectious disease outbreaks and the importance of making your plans scalable.  He also discusses how outbreaks can effect your business regardless of where they occur.

Anatomy of a DDoS Attack Part 2: Attack Strategies

October 28, 2014 10:30 am | by Dr. Bill Highleyman, Availability Digest | Blogs | Comments

Dr. Bill Highleyman, Managing Editor of Availability Digest, discusses Distributed Denial of...

Phone Companies Face $10 Million Fine After Carelessness Leads to Data Breach

October 28, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two phone companies — TerraCom Inc. and YourTel America Inc. — unwittingly posted the Social...

Ebola in Asia Could be Disastrous

October 28, 2014 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected...

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Cleanup Plan in Place for Alaska Refinery

October 24, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A cleanup plan for a chemical spill on ground beneath the shuttered North Pole refinery has been approved by the refinery owner and the state.  The agreement is between Flint Hills Resources, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Attorney General for cleanup of sulfolane, a chemical used in refining.

Video: Price Speaks at CINY 2014 - Part 2

October 21, 2014 11:03 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Howard Price, Director of Business Continuity at ABC Television, gave the keynote presentation at Continuity Insights New York 2014 on Wednesday, Oct. 8.  He discussed management metrics and the importance of keeping your BC plan simple.  This is part two of his presentation.

Illegal Factory Fire in 2013 Shows Cost of Ignoring Safety Regulations

October 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Five people now face homicide charges including two Italians who owned the building. Prosecutors contend they failed to meet basic safeguards such as fire alarms and adequate fire extinguishers. Defense lawyers say their clients are not guilty.

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Video: Price Speaks at CINY 2014 - Part 1

October 17, 2014 10:14 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Howard Price, Director of Business Continuity at ABC Television, gave the keynote presentation at Continuity Insights New York 2014 on Wednesday, Oct. 8.  He discussed management metrics and the importance of keeping your BC plan simple.  This is part one of his presentation. 

Lowther Addresses Guaranteed Housing During Disasters

October 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Michelle Lowther, Principal in Continuity Housing, discussed securing hotel rooms for critical personnel during disasters at an Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) meeting at the Metropolitan College of New York on Thursday, Oct. 16.  

Collaborative Influence in Government and Business

October 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Tim Bonno, RGA Reinsurance Group | Blogs | Comments

Tim Bonno, Business Continuity Program Manager at RGA Reinsurance Company, discusses collaboration between government agencies and businesses during disasters and how the growing number of collaborations are effecting business continuity. 

Doctors in Guinea Come Out Of Retirement to Fight Ebola

October 17, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Guinea's president issued a call for retired doctors to return to work to help the impoverished country's overstretched health system fight the deadly Ebola outbreak.  President Alpha Conde's appeal has already prompted some doctors to volunteer, however many health workers in the country have fled in fear of the disease, complaining of the lack of equipment to fight it.

Price to CINY 2014 Attendees: "Keep it Simple"

October 10, 2014 9:49 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Keynote presenter Howard Price, Director of Business Continuity for ABC Television, spoke about the importance of measuring business continuity program effectiveness, simplifying the BC process and communicating with senior management on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Continuity Insights New York 2014.

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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 state regulations that would require them to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars.  North Dakota's Industrial Commission is considering new rules that would require companies to remove certain liquids and gasses from crude oil train shipments, a process some say would make such transport safer.

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, allowing mass communication over large distances in ways that just a few years ago would have been impossible.  While outlets like Facebook and Twitter are commonly used for personal communication, they can be valuable tools for business continuity professionals.

Selling Business Continuity Planning to the Modern C-Suite

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

When talking about the benefits of business continuity planning (BCP), industry vendors and planners typically tout one overarching benefit: When affected by a business interruption, having a plan drastically increases your odds of preserving revenue and keeping your doors open. 

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.

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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. 

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.

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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