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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.

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...

Senate Investigators Accuse Chinese Military of Spying

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

China's military hacked into computer networks of...

Investigation Finds HealthCare.gov Has 'Significant Security Flaws'

September 19, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving...

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Seattle Officials: Emergency Planners Must Do More To Lower Train Accident Risk

September 19, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With increasing numbers of volatile crude oil trains moving through Seattle's "antiquated" downtown rail tunnel, city emergency planners say more must be done to lower the risk of an oil train accident and improve the city's ability to respond.

Results of Unitrends Data Governance Survey are In

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Results of the Unitrends and Continuity Insights Data Governance Survey show that resilience professionals are in agreement on why they have programs and what they are attempting to achieve through business continuity plans.  Topics covered include mertrics, standards and the Cloud. 

Doctoral Candidate Conducting Organizational Resilience Survey

September 16, 2014 8:53 am | Articles | Comments

Bernard Jones, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Professional Security Studies at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, is seeking participants for a study to be used in his dissertation, “Benchmarking Organizational Resilience: A Cross-Sectional Comparative Study.”

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Justice Department Seeking Ways to Combat Credit Card Fraud Overseas

September 16, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Justice Department officials are seeking a tougher law to combat overseas credit card trafficking, an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries.  Authorities say the current statute is too weak because it allows people in other countries to avoid prosecution if they stay outside the United States when buying and selling the data and don't pass their illicit business through the U.S.

Four Injured After Explosion at Nestle Plant

September 15, 2014 4:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Flames from welding equipment touched off a grain-dust explosion at a Nestlé Purina plant in Flagstaff Sunday, burning two workers severely and leaving two others with less serious burns.  The four contractors were welding about 5 p.m. on the fifth floor of the complex's seven-story grain elevator when their torches sparked grain dust and set off the blast.

Damage From Sinkholes Serious, Difficult and Expensive to Repair.

September 15, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sinkholes open when soil collapses into large holes, caused by flowing water in underground limestone. Their toll can be dramatic, swallowing homes, trees or anything else on the collapsing ground.  For every sinkhole that causes property damage, scores open in fields and other obscure places.

Sept. 11, 2001 Attacks Changed Business Continuity, Taught Valuable Lessons

September 9, 2014 12:48 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the most tragic events in American History, the September 11th attacks changed a lot for the American people.  It also changed the business continuity industry, causing professionals to plan differently, prepare for new kinds of disasters and become more resilient.

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.

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Massive Power Outage Takes Egypt Off Line for Several Hours

September 5, 2014 10:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Egypt suffered a massive power outage that halted parts of the Cairo subway, took TV stations off the air and ground much of the country to a halt for several hours Thursday, as officials offered no clear explanation for how the country suddenly lost 50 percent of its power generation.

In Re-Routing of Plane, Lines Blurred Between Digital World and Reality

September 4, 2014 2:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The boundary between the online and physical worlds got blurry last week when Sony's PlayStation Network was disabled by an online attack, while simultaneously an American Airlines passenger jet carrying a Sony executive was diverted due to a bomb threat on Twitter.  Experts say that's a wakeup call for a world still coming to grips with cybersecurity: What goes down online can be equally if not more disruptive in the real world.

Hurricane Norbert Could be Headed for Pacific Coast

September 4, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hurricane Norbert is churning in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.  The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Norbert was packing top sustained winds of 80 mph and is centered about 165 miles south of the Baja peninsula.

Business Interruption Insurance Can Help Offset BC Program Costs

September 2, 2014 9:17 am | by Rick Biondi | Articles | Comments

Rick Biondi, a risk management integration consultant for Skipton & Associates, discusses business interruption insurance and how it can help offset some costs in the event of a disaster.  He also discusses what businesses should look for when searching for an effective policy.

The Importance of the Cyber Supply Chain in Business Continuity

September 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Ken Simpson, MBCI, CORP | Articles | Comments

Ken Simpson discusses the importance of the "cyber supply chain" in preparing for cyber threats and how business continuity and logistics can go hand-in-hand for organizations looking to prevent such threats.  He also discusses sharing the critical cyber threats with senior management. 

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Eight Killed After Gas Leak Caused Explosion

September 2, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to eight after emergency crews pulled the bodies of a man and a woman from the rubble.  A gas leak is believed to be the cause of the explosion. 

Hurricane Cristobal Gaining Strength as it Passes Through Caribbean

August 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Hurricane Cristobal was gradually gaining strength Tuesday as it headed over the Atlantic Ocean toward Bermuda after drenching parts of the Caribbean and causing at least five deaths.  The storm was centered about 590 miles (950 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda and had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) as it approached the British island territory, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Civil Unrest a Challenge for Business Continuity Professionals

August 26, 2014 9:09 am | by Steven Crimando | Articles | Comments

In the wake of recent civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Continuity Insights New York Presenter Steven Crimando discusses the threat of collective violence, the challenges it poses from a business continuity prespective and steps to take in the event of a large crowd gathering.

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

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

Fertilizer Companies Say Towns to Blame for Unprepared First Responders

July 28, 2014 5:05 pm | News | Comments

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the April 2013 blast.  

Chinese National Charged in Alleged Conspiracy to Steal Patented Seeds from U.S. Companies

July 21, 2014 4:42 pm | News | Comments

Patented seed allegedly stolen from U.S. seed corn companies as part of what prosecutors say was a conspiracy involving seven employees of a Chinese agriculture biotechnology company to steal trade secrets could be worth as much as $500 million, federal prosecutors said last week.

Ebola outbreak in West Africa – rising number of calls to International SOS

July 15, 2014 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Internaitional SOS reported a huge increase in requests for information about Ebola Virus after the outbreak, but said the risk is low for business travelers to become infected is low if they follow proper procedures and exercise caution  

Saltwater Spill Could Lead to Regulations

July 14, 2014 2:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.  The leak involved an estimated 24,000 barrels, or 1 million gallons, of saltwater and condensate, byproducts of oil and gas production.

New Danger Caused by Spike in Crude Oil Shipments

June 30, 2014 10:57 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said.     

Risky Business-Lowering the BAR

June 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Michael Shandrowski | Articles | Comments

Business professionals face the constant challenge to aim high or “raise the bar”.  However, as business continuity professional’s we often view things from a different perspective.  We face the constant challenge to aim low and “lower the bar” when it comes to business availability risk, or BAR.  This article shares concepts and methods for lowering business availability risk and reducing risky business.

Oil Spill

Oil Spill Safeguard Still an Issue

June 6, 2014 4:14 pm | by Seth Borenstein | News | Comments

The key last-ditch safety device that failed to prevent the 2010 BP oil spill remains a potentially catastrophic problem today for some offshore drilling, according to a U.S. U.S. safety board investigation.  The U.S. Chemical Safety Board details the multiple failures and improper testing of the blowout preventer and blames bad management and operations for the breakdown.

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