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Phone Carriers Aim to Improve Emergency Dispatch

May 19, 2014 8:27 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The four major U.S. wireless phone companies are providing emergency texting 911 service as of this month to any local government that wants it and has the capability to use it, a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of the voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s.

Apperian, AT&T Partner on Emergency Preparedness Apps

April 29, 2014 12:53 pm | by Apperian | News | Comments

Apperian, Inc., the leading platform for securing and managing enterprise mobile apps, announced...

Promise & Peril In An Ultra-Connected World

March 3, 2014 12:26 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Determined hackers seem to constantly find loopholes....

Study Reveals Companies Lack BYOD Security

February 19, 2014 2:43 pm | News | Comments

The findings are part of a joint study conducted by ITIC, a research and consulting firm based...

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Continuity Insights Predictions For 2014

January 8, 2014 10:10 am | Articles | Comments

As we welcome 2014, it’s time to anticipate what the new year will bring to the world of business continuity and disaster recovery. In this year's predictions for 2014, we hear from some of the industry’s most influential leaders. Continuity Insights would like to wish everyone a wonderful new year. 

COOP Special Smart Phone Offer

November 12, 2013 9:59 am | News | Comments

COOP Systems, the developer of the most advanced Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) software in the world, is making a special smart phone offer to new customers. Any new customer signing a contract by December 31st will receive free smart phone service for a year, a value of $10,000.

The Fine Art Of Mobile Security In A Dangerous Age

November 5, 2013 11:02 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Articles | Comments

If you haven't heard, digital security is a big deal, and the security of information on mobile devices is of utmost concern. The bad guys are getting smarter, their attacks more complex and the sensitive data they’re after increasingly resides on that miniature computer you have in your pocket.

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xMatters & Strategic BCP Partner To Deliver Unified Solution To Improve Crisis Management

October 31, 2013 3:29 pm | by xMatters | News | Comments

xMatters, Inc., a global leader in enabling business processes with communications, and Strategic BCPÒ, the market leader in business continuity planning and management solutions, has announced a partnership to improve crisis management for joint customers. The turnkey notification system will integrate xMatters’ On-Demand Relevance Engine technology with Strategic BCP’s ResilienceONE® business continuity planning software.

After Sandy, Many Connected Face-To-Face

October 29, 2013 10:04 am | by JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press | News | Comments

How do you connect to the world if you're in the middle of a disaster? The experience of people who lived through Superstorm Sandy suggests that people stayed in touch with one another using a blend of new and old modes of communication in the hardest-hit parts of New York and New Jersey. But there was greater cooperation among neighbors who used old-style, face-to-face interaction.

Mutare Launches First Truly Secure Mobile Chat App For The Contact Center

October 2, 2013 12:00 pm | by Mutare | News | Comments

Mutare recently introduced Secure Chat, the first of its kind Contact Center application that more than doubles agent efficiency while giving their most important customers the convenience of mobile access to secure chat support right from their smartphones.

Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts For Phones

September 26, 2013 11:05 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter is launching an alerts feature that lets U.S. users receive emergency notices as text messages. Alerts are available from the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal and local groups. If users sign up to receive Twitter alerts from one of these groups, they will get a text message notification whenever the group sends a tweet marked as an alert.

Students Breach School iPads' Security

September 26, 2013 11:03 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

It took just a week for nearly 300 students who got iPads from their Los Angeles high school to figure out how to alter the security settings so they could surf the Web and access social media sites. The actions come as school officials nationwide grapple with security measures for iPads and other devices as they introduce them to tech-savvy students.

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Notification Systems’ Perpetual Progress

September 20, 2013 10:57 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Blogs | Comments

My first real encounter with mass notification happened when my university implemented a campus-wide alert system.  When I look back at this experience — after becoming more familiar with mass notification and crisis communication system options, strategies, and best practices throughout the years — I can’t help but put myself in administration’s shoes.

Continuity Q&A: On The Move

August 27, 2013 9:23 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Cindy Auten, general manager, Mobile Work Exchange, formerly known as Telework Exchange, to learn more about mobility best practices, and how telework and business continuity can work hand-in-hand. 

New Mobile Apps Revolutionize How Organizations Respond To Crises & Operations Issues

August 21, 2013 5:10 pm | by MissionMode | News | Comments

MissionMode Solutions has released three new mobile applications that revolutionize how organizations respond to crises and operations issues. The apps put the power and versatility of MissionMode’s emergency notification and incident management software on a tablet or smartphone. They extend the capabilities of the company’s web-based applications. 

Being Proactive Against The Threat of BYOA

August 12, 2013 10:03 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Articles | Comments

Gartner predicts that 70 percent of mobile professionals will use a personal device for work by 2018. Steve Durbin, a former vice president at Gartner who now serves as global vice president for the Information Security Forum (ISF), has seen the quest for enterprise security move its focus off of devices and toward bigger picture issues.

BC Strategies For The Modern, Mobile Workforce

August 6, 2013 11:10 am | by Abbas Haider Ali, CTO, xMatters | Articles | Comments

In the world of business continuity, mobility seems to be on everyone’s minds. More explicitly, customers and vendors alike are asking how the proliferation of powerful mobile devices can impact and improve IT and business continuity management systems. Fortunately, there are solutions harnessing these devices.

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Don’t Touch That Rotary Dial: Emergency Notification Systems’ Rapid Headway

July 22, 2013 5:20 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Emergency communication strategies have evolved greatly over the last few decades, but the very evolution that has changed notifications for the better has also created some confusion. Information technology capabilities are increasing with regard to bandwidth and throughput.

Digital Lessons Learned From Superstorm Sandy

July 15, 2013 10:04 am | by Todd Jasper, MSCP | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps due to the location of Superstorm Sandy, and the incredibly media-savvy and connected population in New York and New Jersey, social media quickly became the story as images of flooding and damage were immediately publicized. In Sandy’s aftermath, groups discussed some of the lessons learned.  

Brave New World: OTTs Address Security, Privacy Concerns

July 10, 2013 12:17 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Articles | Comments

Participants in the current debate over the NSA's surveillance programs seek a balance between security and privacy. While some argue that the government has overstepped its bounds, others say that the monitoring of communications is an essential tool for keeping the country’s citizens safe. 

Ex-FBI Chief: We Can't Be Complacent About Cyber Terror

July 8, 2013 1:34 pm | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK,Associated Press | News | Comments

Speaking to The Associated Press ahead of the Global Intelligence Forum starting Monday in Ireland, former FBI director Louis Freeh said hackers seeking to take control of, or take down, key pieces of U.S. infrastructure could do more damage than the attackers of 9/11. He said computer systems controlling power plants, the navigation of aircraft and ships, and even the switching of street lights could be hijacked. 

Boston Marathon Bombings Lessons Learned

July 1, 2013 5:10 pm | by Mike Jennings, CBCP | Articles | Comments

The tragic and sad events of April 15, 2013 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon remind us that we are never far away from terrorism. Business continuity planners should be thinking about the effects of a terrorist attack near their places of work and develop plans to address the threat. 

AT&T Network Disaster Recovery Training Exercise

June 26, 2013 11:10 am | by ShareATT | Videos | Comments

Learn how AT&T works to prepare for natural disasters during a network disaster recovery exercise in Hartford, CT. AT&T's disaster recovery team can provide emergency cellular coverage and mobile charging stations in times of disaster.

BYOD Is Dead, Long Live SYOD!

June 26, 2013 10:26 am | by cloudpoweredwork | Videos | Comments

Analyst Aaron Goldberg says that if five years ago you told corporate management of IT that we’d allow end users to bring in any device they owned and that we’d give them access to all of their corporate applications and information on those personally owned devices, you’d have thought it was crazy.

Continuity Q&A: Ron LaPedis On Mobility Management

June 24, 2013 3:23 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

At the 2013 Continuity Insights Chicago conference, Continuity Insights sat down with Ron LaPedis — workforce continuity strategist at SunGard Availability Services, information security and business continuity guru, author and blogger — to learn more about mobility and how it fits into business continuity and disaster recovery before, after and during crises.

NYC To Offer Free Phone-Charging Stations In Parks

June 20, 2013 1:45 pm | by BETHAN MCKERNAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City has teamed up with AT&T to install 25 solar-powered charging stations for public use, available for free in parks and beaches across the five boroughs over the summer. The program launched at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Sprint Deal Could Open Up U.S. Networks To Hacking

May 28, 2013 8:00 am | by PETER SVENSSON,AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sen. Charles Schumer urged regulators to "use extreme caution" when reviewing the proposed acquisition of No. 3 cell carrier Sprint Nextel by Japan's Softbank, saying the Japanese company's use of Chinese networking equipment could open up U.S. networks to snooping and hacking.

Smartphones Increasingly Targeted By Hackers

May 20, 2013 11:48 am | by TONY WINTON,Associated Press | News | Comments

Research involved 20 computer servers that were used to send out more than 100,000 "phishing" emails. About 2,200 of the 3,000 responses the scam artists received came from smartphones. Doug Johnson, vice president of risk management for the American Bankers Association, said he expects those numbers to get worse.

Mutare Vital Link™ Smart Notification Platform Tackles $8 Billion Healthcare Communication Problem

May 20, 2013 10:44 am | News | Comments

Mutare has announced the General Availability of Vital Link 2.0, the game-changing smart notification system that supports 2-way secure communication, mass/group notification and patient engagement messaging in a single closed loop platform.

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