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The Importance of Public/Private Partnerships

July 1, 2015 10:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

John Jackson, Executive Vice President of Fusion Risk Management,  discusses public/private partnerships and their importance in business continuity planning.  He talks about some of the ways business continuity professionals can leverage these partnerships to improve their programs.

Appeals Court: Former BP Engineer Should Get New Trial

July 1, 2015 9:32 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge stemming...

USDA: Record Soybean Crop Planted, Progress Slowed by Rain

July 1, 2015 9:10 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground, the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Family of Businessman Killed in Train Crash Sues Amtrak

June 30, 2015 11:49 am | by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a businessman killed when a speeding passenger train derailed near Philadelphia...

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Unrelenting Rain Leads to More Flooding in Midwest

June 30, 2015 11:42 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A wet June turned worse after strong weekend storms drenched the Midwest, strengthening worries that already-serious flooding won't go away anytime soon.  It seems to be unrelenting: More rain is forecast for later this week in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, "possibly a lot," National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said.

Lufthansa to Offer Germanwings Crash Compensation this Week

June 30, 2015 11:31 am | News | Comments

 Lufthansa is preparing to make a compensation offer this week to relatives of those who died in the March 24 Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps.French prosecutors believe the plane, operated by the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings, was intentionally crashed into a mountain 24 by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, killing all 150 people on board.

Feds Shut Down Background Check Database over Flaw

June 30, 2015 11:20 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The federal personnel agency whose records were plundered by hackers linked to China says it has temporarily shut down a massive database used to update and store background investigation records. The agency says a newly discovered flaw left the system vulnerable to hackers.

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Cyber Threats Not Stopping Any Time Soon

June 25, 2015 11:23 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It has been an interesting couple of weeks in the realm of cyber security, particularly for government agencies. It’s yet another reminder for business continuity professionals that these attacks aren’t going away and are almost surely going to become more common, more damaging and more difficult to stop.

The Worst Floods of 2015 (So Far)

June 25, 2015 11:17 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Difficult to prepare for and impossible to stop, floods are among the most dangerous disasters that business continuity professionals can face.  A bad flood can shut a business down for days and keep employees out of the office for much, much longer.  Here are the five worst floods of 2015 so far.

US Personnel Office Not the Worst for Weak Cyber Security

June 25, 2015 11:07 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government has for years failed to take basic steps to protect its data from hackers and thieves, putting at risk everything from nuclear secrets to the private tax information of hundreds of millions of Americans, records show.

South Korea Cuts Growth Forecast as MERS Saps Spending

June 25, 2015 10:51 am | by Youkyoung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

South Korea's finance ministry said Thursday that economic growth will slow this year as the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome saps spending and tourism.  The ministry cut its forecast for South Korea's growth to 3.1 percent from 3.8 percent. Asia's fourth-largest economy grew 3.3 percent last year.

Tabletop Exercises, Lessons Learned the Topic of ACP Meeting

June 23, 2015 11:53 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners discussed tabletop exercises and lessons learned after a test at Rabobank on Thursday, June 18.  Joe Woulfe, Vice President of Business Continuity Management for Rabobank, and Richard Cooper, Founder and CEO of Arbor Continuity, presented on an exercise they ran with the Netherlands-based bank.  They discussed the scenario the presented as well as their findings.

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Infrastructure, Education Key to Fighting Outbreaks

June 23, 2015 11:51 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Whether serious or not, infectious disease outbreaks always seem to grab headlines.  Even if the threat is minimal, it always seems as though diseases like Ebola instantly become the focus of the media once an outbreak begins.  The recent cases of MERS in South Korea show how critical healthcare and infrastructure are in preventing pandemic situations.

With Low Numbers of New Cases, Ebola Vaccine Trials Fight Odds of Success

June 23, 2015 11:34 am | by Helen Branswell, Associated Press | News | Comments

 New Ebola infections in Guinea and Sierra Leone are down to a trickle. That means while there may still be time to prove if experimental Ebola vaccines protect against the dreaded disease, the chances of success are becoming slimmer.  The teams trying to do that critical research know the odds are stacked against most of the trials that are underway.

Polish Airline Cancels Flights After Hacker Attack

June 23, 2015 11:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Poland's LOT airline has been forced to cancel around 10 foreign and domestic flights after hackers attacked its computers.  Airline spokesman Adrian Kubicki said the hacker attack temporarily paralyzed LOT's computers at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin airport on Sunday, disrupting the processing of passengers for the flights.

Fed Agency Blames Giant Hack on 'Neglected' Security System

June 17, 2015 3:43 pm | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The agency that allowed hackers linked to China to steal private information about nearly every federal employee — and detailed personal histories of military and intelligence workers with security clearances — failed for years to take basic steps to secure its computer networks, officials acknowledged to Congress.

Cardinals Stand Accused of Hacking Astros Player Database

June 17, 2015 3:25 pm | by R.B. Fallstrom and Kristie Rieken, AP Sports Writers | News | Comments

Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the Cardinals illegally accessed a computer database of the Houston Astros. The aim was obtaining information from a front office headed by a former top aide who helped transform St. Louis' scouting operation to a sabermetrics-based system, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

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Texas Communities Brace for Another Round of Heavy Rainfall

June 17, 2015 3:13 pm | by David Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

The eastern half of Texas prepared for renewed flooding as Tropical Storm Bill made landfall along the state's Gulf Coast.  According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the storm came ashore with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. 

Internal Benchmarking and Best Practices

June 16, 2015 11:44 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Mike Janko, Director of Global Business Continuity for Goodyear, discusses internal benchmarking and best practices, including relevant metrics and strategies for gaining support and building a stronger business continuity program at your organization.  

Disaster Planning a Continuing Focus for BC Pros

June 16, 2015 11:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Recent disasters, like the earthquakes in Nepal and floods in Texas and Oklahoma, have once again put the focus on businesses staying operational during and recovering from drastic events.  Preparing for these events can be crucial, as disasters can cost businesses financially as well as other ways.  Some businesses never recover from large storms or natural disasters.

Texas Planners Look to Aquifers to Prepare for Next Drought

June 15, 2015 3:56 pm | by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press | News | Comments

The torrential storms of last month essentially ended one of Texas' worst-ever droughts, but much of the excess water has already flowed into the Gulf of Mexico or will evaporate by year's end.  With a wary eye toward the next prolonged dry-streak that inevitably will come, some think expanding the use of underground aquifers may help slake the thirst of Texas' rapidly growing population.

WHO: MERS not Spreading Outside South Korea Hospitals

June 15, 2015 3:36 pm | by Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

The MERS virus in South Korea, which has killed 14 people and infected nearly 140 in the largest outbreak outside the Middle East, hasn't spread outside hospitals among the wider community or become easier to transmit between humans, the World Health Organization said.

Continuing to Operate After a Breach

June 11, 2015 10:45 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Pete O'Dell, Founder of Swan Island Networks, discusses how companies can continue to operate after a data breach and why it is critical for continuity and eventual recovery from cyber attacks.  This is the second in a two part series of videos.

Oil Spill Shows Value of Continuity Planning

June 11, 2015 10:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to about 1,200 pages of records, provided by Texas-Based Plains All-American Pipeline, the recent pipeline breach in California was unlikely to happen and any issues could be detected by its systems, which may not have worked properly in the hours leading to the spill.  All of this shows how important business continuity, resilience and effective planning are.

TSA Nominee Shares Lawmakers' Concern about Airport Security

June 10, 2015 4:04 pm | by Alicia Caldwell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coast Guard admiral picked by President Barack Obama to lead the Transportation Security Administration is as concerned about reports of rampant security gaps at airports as lawmakers, he said during a confirmation hearing.  Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee he will fully identify those gaps and close them if he is confirmed by the Senate.

South Korea Says its Deadly MERS Outbreak May Have Peaked

June 10, 2015 3:55 pm | by Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea believes its MERS virus outbreak may have peaked, and experts say the next several days will be critical to determining whether the government's belated efforts have successfully stymied a disease that has killed nine people and infected more than 100 in the country.

Sinclair Lawsuit Blames 2013 Refinery Fire on Faulty Valve

June 10, 2015 3:38 pm | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A lawsuit filed by the owner of a Wyoming refinery alleges six companies played roles in the installation of a valve that failed, causing a fire and $135 million in damage to the plant.   Salt Lake City-based Sinclair alleges the cause was a hydrogen gas control valve that failed in the refinery's hydrotreater.

Request by Exxon to Haul Oil After Pipeline Break Denied

June 10, 2015 3:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Officials denied a request by Exxon Mobil to temporarily use tanker trucks to transport crude oil from offshore wells through Santa Barbara County after a recent pipeline break that has become the state's largest coastal oil spill in 25 years.

Are Robots the Future of Emergency Response?

June 9, 2015 11:38 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

As the technology to build them continues to become more advanced, robots are quickly becoming more and more common in everyday life.  But how do these robots impact the business continuity community?  What about emergency management?  Last weekend’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge could hold some clues.

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