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Death Toll in Ebola Outbreak Rises to 121

April 15, 2014 11:09 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people, according to the latest World Health Organization count. There is no vaccine and no cure for the deadly virus, and its appearance in West Africa, far from its usual sites in Central and East Africa, has caused some panic.

Cyber Crime & Terror Risk Are Under-Rated By Captive Directors

January 20, 2014 4:05 pm | by Aon Global Risk Consulting | News | Comments

Aon Global Risk Consulting has conducted further research to understand more about...

The Need For A Records Information Management Plan, Part 2

December 2, 2013 11:19 am | by Larry McDonnell II, Norwich University, Master of Science in Business Continuity | Articles | Comments

Though various people have suggested guidelines for records information management, they have...

RIMS: Total Cost of Risk Jumps 5 Percent In 2012

July 16, 2013 8:21 am | by RIMS | News | Comments

According to the newly released 2013 RIMS Benchmark Survey™, the average Total Cost of Risk (...

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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. 

UN: Private Sector Must Engage In Disaster Risk Reduction To Avoid Economic Losses

May 22, 2013 9:23 am | by The United Nations | News | Comments

A report highlights how the transformation of the global economy over the last 40 years has led to rapid increases in disaster risk in low-, medium- and high-income countries, with the search for lower costs and higher productivity driving business into hazard-prone locations with little or no consideration of the consequences on global supply chains.

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Speakers’ Soapbox: Tracy Stourac On BC Scorecards & President Kennedy

January 21, 2013 11:31 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the 11th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, Tracy Stourac, Business Continuity Manager at TransUnion, discusses BC scorecards, the importance of personal preparation and why President Kennedy would have made a good business continuity professional.

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Wal-Mart's Risk Assesments Highlight Safety Issues At Bangladesh Factories

November 27, 2012 10:19 am | by FARID HOSSAIN & JULHAS ALAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The garment factory where up to 124 people were killed in a fire Saturday was given an orange or "high risk" assessment after a May 2011 inspection and a yellow or "medium risk" report after an inspection in August 2011. In its 2012 Global Responsibility report, Wal-Mart said it ceased working with 49 factories in Bangladesh in 2011 because of fire safety issues.

Japan Utility Agrees Nuclear Crisis Was Avoidable

October 12, 2012 11:39 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said in a statement that it had known safety improvements were needed before last year's tsunami triggered three meltdowns, but it had feared the political, economic and legal consequences of implementing them.

Speakers' Soapbox: David Nolan On The Evolution Of BC & Michael Andretti

October 12, 2012 10:12 am | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to Continuity Insights New York, October 29-30, 2012 at The Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, David Nolan, CEO of Fusion Risk Management, discusses the concept of continuity risk management, game changing technology and Michael Andretti's measured risks.

Avalution Announces New Features For Catalyst Business Continuity Software

October 8, 2012 5:07 pm | News | Comments

Catalyst combines a simple user interface and on-screen guides with Avalution’s industry-leading methodology to make continuity planning easy and repeatable for every organization, regardless of size. New features include risk assesssment and corrective actions.

Utility: Nuclear Plant Would Be Safe In Flood

September 28, 2012 10:40 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Omaha Public Power District is in the midst of reanalyzing flood threats as part of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's larger review of unlikely safety threats in the wake Japan's nuclear crisis last year after an earthquake and tsunami.

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Speakers’ Soapbox: Mike Errity On Reputation, Leadership & Bruce Springsteen

September 13, 2012 3:37 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | News | Comments

In the leadup to Continuity Insights New York, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, critical business continuity skills, how prepared we can be, and which famous person would have made a good business continuity professional. This week Mike Errity, Director, IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services, discusses the need for strong leadership skills and reputational risks.

The Effects Of 9/11 & Katrina On Hospital Preparedness

August 28, 2012 5:29 pm | by Catherine Hartwell, Disaster Responder, American Red Cross | Articles | Comments

Before 9/11 hospitals lacked structured disaster plans and were inadequately prepared to properly respond to large-scale events. They were unable to both handle the surge of patients after a mass casualty event and continue operations after losing powe. In 2005, the catastrophic events of Hurricane Katrina exposed hospital’s insufficient preparations for coordinating with outside agencies.

Speakers’ Soapbox: Doug Weldon On Effective BIAs & Eisenhower

August 20, 2012 3:53 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to Continuity Insights New York, Doug Weldon, President of the BCI USA Chapter, discusses executive support, the need to have a total understanding of the business and its processes, and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s deep understanding of planning and incident response.

Panel: Chemical Industry Needs Risk Guidance

May 11, 2012 4:08 pm | News | Comments

Use of inherently safer process strategies would reduce the number of vulnerable areas around a company's facilities, which would decrease the scope of emergency preparedness programs.

E. Program Development, Methodology & Measurement Track — 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference

April 4, 2012 12:09 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Events | Comments

A listing of Program Development, Methodology & Measurement educational sessions at the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference and links to download presentation slides.

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Solar Storms, Volcanoes Join Flu, Floods & Terrorism On UK Risk List

March 20, 2012 12:14 pm | by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Last month, the UK Parliament's defense committee called on the government to prepare for disruptions to electrical supplies and satellites from electromagnetic pulses — whether caused by the sun or by a nuclear weapon exploded in space.

Survey: Boards Raise Focus On Risk; Senior Execs Demand Convergence With Governance, Compliance

February 13, 2012 1:14 pm | News | Comments

As governance, risk and compliance (GRC) issues continue to make substantial progress moving up the corporate Boardroom agenda, executive management wants assurances that all three components are being integrated effectively and efficiently, according to research by KPMG International.

BIA Best Practices: How To Compensate For Exaggerated Business Unit Valuations

January 23, 2012 1:39 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

When the total of all financial impacts from an outage exceeds the annual revenue of the organization, you know it’s time to modify your approach. Five members of Continuity Insights’ editorial advisory board discuss the techniques they use to compensate for business unit managers that overemphasize their own or their unit’s value during the business impact analysis (BIA) process. Among the recommendations are peer reviews, senior leader engagement and validation, steering committee reconciliation and, believe it or not, sarcasm.

Nuclear Plant Inspection Reveals Flood Risk

January 2, 2012 6:06 pm | by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press | News | Comments

NRC inspectors determined that a room housing fuel oil tanks serving the Brunswick nuclear plant's emergency diesel generators could have flooded in a hurricane.

ISO 22301 Business Continuity Standard On Track Despite ISO 22323 Compatibility Issues Raised At Beijing Meeting

November 14, 2011 9:34 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | News | Comments

Brian Zawada, member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 223, discusses the apparent compatibility issues between the proposed business continuity standard and ISO 22323, the proposed organizational resilience standard.

Continuity Risk Management: The New 'Big Dog'

October 14, 2011 10:47 am | by By David Nolan, CEO, Fusion Risk Management, Inc. | Articles | Comments

There are compelling signals that clearly indicate continuity risk management is now front and center, with traditional continuity programs falling in line as part of a bigger risk management agenda.

Four Airports To Try Risk-Based Security Screening

October 4, 2011 9:14 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The "PreCheck" program is the first big attempt by President Barack Obama's administration to move away from a one-size-fits-all security approach.

The Risk Assessment Executives Are Begging For

May 7, 2006 8:00 pm | by Brian Zawada | Articles | Comments

More and more business continuity professionals are demoting the risk assessment to a “Tier 2” activity, whereas a growing body of executive managers views the risk assessment as a strategic enabler. Why the disparity? Business continuity profes...

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