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Q&A: The Future and Potential Aftermath of the Hong Kong Protests

October 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Three weeks ago, students at a rally stormed a fenced-off courtyard outside Hong Kong's government headquarters, triggering unprecedented mass protests for greater democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese city.  Since then, the movement has spiraled into a volatile and dangerous crisis with no clear endgame.

Mudslides, Flooding in Mexico Leave Six People Dead

October 21, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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Widespread Data Breaches Could Cost South Korea Billions

October 17, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea's national identity card system has been raided...

Protesters in Ferguson Commit Various Acts of Civil Disobedience in Surrounding Area

October 15, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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Video: Joe Daniels Presents at CINY2014

October 14, 2014 10:02 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, delivered the keynote presentation at Continuity Insights New York on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.  Here is just a small excerpt from his talk.

Commemoration and Resilience: Daniels Opens CINY 2014 with Keynote Presentation

October 7, 2014 10:34 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, delivered the keynote address to officially open Continuity Insights New York 2014 on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.  Daniels talked about the lessons learned in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and how those lessons apply to resilience and the business continuity community.

New York City Officials, Advocates Strike Deal to Help Disabled Residents in Disasters

October 3, 2014 4:52 pm | News | Comments

Advocates and city officials said they've struck a deal to protect nearly 900,000 residents with disabilities during disasters.  The deal resulted from a federal class action lawsuit brought in 2011, a year before Superstorm Sandy left many disabled residents stranded in high-rise buildings and other areas, unsure where to turn for help.

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Drilling Company to Disclose Fracking Chemicals

October 3, 2014 4:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The drilling services company Baker Hughes implemented a policy of disclosing all of the chemicals used in its fracking operations.  Environmental groups and local communities have for years been pushing for full disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique also known as fracking.

Oil, Railroad Industries Want More Time to Upgrade Tank Cars

October 3, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil and railroad industries are urging U.S. regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.

As Kashmir Floods Subside, Locals Still Furious with Indian Government

October 2, 2014 2:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Flooding in Kashmir in early September killed 281 people, destroyed at least 100,000 homes and caused an estimated $17 billion in damage.  Kashmiris' fury over what they view as a woefully inadequate government response is reviving calls for independence, tapping decades of animosity that fueled a 25-year separatist battle and an Indian military crackdown that left tens of thousands dead in the mostly Muslim region.

Banks Preparing to Re-Issue Debit, Credit Cards to Home Depot Breach Victims

September 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some lenders are preparing to reissue credit or debit cards to customers to head off possible losses following the breach of customer data at Home Depot.  Capital One Financial and JPMorgan Chase & Co. said they are preparing to assign new cards to accountholders due to the data theft at the home-improvement retailer.

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.

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Amid Controversy, Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority Commissioner Promises Safety

September 19, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New commissioner of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority  vows to proceed with safety screenings of nuclear facilities with independence, brushing off criticism he has close ties with nuclear power companies.  He has come under fire for receiving payments and donations in the past from bodies including one linked to Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Security Clearance Company to Lose Government Contract After Data Breach

September 10, 2014 2:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials say. The computer network intrusion compromised the personal files of as many as 25,000 government workers.

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.

Video: The Value of Social Media in Crisis Communication

August 5, 2014 10:52 am | Videos | Comments

Suzanne Bernier, President of SB Crisis Consulting, discusses the value of using social media in crisis communications, including how social media can help get information to the necessary channels quickly and accurately and why it is important for crisis managers.

Hackers Target Major League Baseball Squad

July 7, 2014 3:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Houston Astros said Monday that they have been the victims of hackers who accessed their servers and published months of internal trade talks on the Internet.  The team is working with the FBI and Major League Baseball security to try who was responsible for the breach.

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Clifford Chance: Board-Level Concern About Reputation and Legal Risk Driving Changes In Companies' Focus, Behavior

May 27, 2014 1:00 pm | by Clifford Chance | News | Comments

The study, conducted for Clifford Chance by The Economist Intelligence Unit, is the result of more than 300 interviews with board members and C-level executives of companies with more than a half-billion dollars in annual revenues. Nearly a quarter of the 320 executives responding to the global survey (71) were from the US.

Active Shooter Situation At Fort Hood

April 2, 2014 6:44 pm | News | Comments

The Bell's County Sheriff's Office dispatched deputies and troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the nearby post after receiving reports of an "active shooter," sheriff's Lt. Donnie Adams said. FBI spokeswoman Michelle Lee said its agents were also headed to the scene.                                    

U.S. Lawmakers Discuss LAX Shooting

April 1, 2014 10:45 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. lawmakers pressed airport and security officials Friday about problems responding to the Los Angeles International Airport shooting last year and said the incident illuminated similar gaps that needed to be addressed at airports across the nation.    

Cooperation After Marathon Bombings Is Praised

March 25, 2014 9:11 am | by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

In the moments after two bombs exploded near the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, no one dared call it a terrorist attack. But after it became clear that these were not manhole cover explosions, "the word hung heavy in the air."     

Harsh Reactions To Lapses During LAX Attack

March 19, 2014 12:32 pm | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Angeles International Airport is inexcusably lacking in its capacity to deal with a crisis, local and national government officials said, calling the communication lapses described in a report on last year's deadly airport shooting everything from a "failure" to an "embarrassment."   

Phone System Failed In LAX Shooting

March 3, 2014 12:45 pm | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A dispatcher at Los Angeles International Airport couldn't immediately send police to a shooting last year because the emergency phone system didn't provide a location, according to an investigation that also found broken panic buttons that are supposed to quickly call for help.

GA Emergency Chief Under Pressure After Gridlock

February 4, 2014 9:38 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of Georgia's emergency office helped plan for the 1996 Olympics and an international meeting of foreign leaders on the state's coastline. He leads a national association of disaster planners and testified to Congress about the threat of cyberattacks. Yet a simple snowstorm could imperil his career. 

The Nation’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System, Part 1

January 7, 2014 10:24 am | by Salimah LaForce, Research Analyst, Georgia Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Communications Policy, Wireless RERC | Articles | Comments

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is the nation’s solution for effectively communicating emergency alerts and warnings. IPAWS incorporates existing and future technologies in order to provide public safety officials with a broad range of emergency communication options to save lives and protect property.

Gunman Kills Himself, One Other At Reno Hospital

December 18, 2013 11:45 am | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some fled in panic as gunshots echoed through a sprawling Reno hospital complex while others locked themselves in medical offices as dozens of police cars and SWAT teams sealed off a three-block area and heavily armed officers began a nervous room-to-room search.

Harvard Buildings Evacuated Over Explosives Report

December 16, 2013 9:56 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Harvard University says four buildings on its campus outside Boston are being evacuated because of unconfirmed reports of explosives. The school tweeted that there have been no reports of any explosions. Three of the buildings being evacuated in Cambridge border Harvard Yard.

Typhoon Ruined Traditional, High-Tech Livelihoods

November 26, 2013 9:37 am | by TERESA CEROJANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

As Typhoon Haiyan tore across the eastern Philippines, coconut plantations older than the fathers of the men who tend them were smashed like matchsticks and call centers that field customer service gripes from around the world fell silent. The storm that killed thousands also wrecked livelihoods in the worst hit region, a blow that will ripple long after the disaster fades from attention.

Authorities: Suspect In NJ Mall Shooting Is Dead

November 5, 2013 9:54 am | by SAMANTHA HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 20-year-old gunman intent on dying fired multiple shots inside New Jersey's largest shopping mall, trapping hundreds of customers and employees for hours as police scoured stores for the shooter, who was found dead early Tuesday of a self-inflicted wound, authorities said. There were no other injuries.

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