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"Super Bug" Worth Watching for Business Continuity Professionals

March 3, 2015 11:43 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The death of two patients at the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles has renewed focus on the “super bug” known as CRE, or Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), CRE are difficult to treat because of their resistance to antibiotics.  

More Snow, but Could This be the End?

March 3, 2015 11:34 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It seems like I have written these words dozens of times since the winter started and it looks...

Commuter May Have Exposed 1,500 to Measles

March 2, 2015 4:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say the commuter who may have exposed at least 1,500 Bay Area Rapid Transit riders to...

Boston Inches Away from New Snowfall Record

March 2, 2015 4:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It has topped more than 100 inches of snow this season, but Boston is just short of surpassing...

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Even Southern California Can't Escape Snow

March 2, 2015 3:40 pm | News | Comments

The beach at Southern California's "Surf City" has been turned white by a dumping of hail from a fast-moving storm.  The National Weather Service says at least an inch of icy pellets coated the sand at Huntington Beach after the system roared ashore Monday morning.

In Business Continuity Planning, Little Things are Key

February 26, 2015 10:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

With so many threats out there, it can be easy to focus on the big, catastrophic event that everyone hears about on the news.  The small stuff gets pushed aside and in some cases, completely forgotten about.  Taking care of these issues is critical for BC pros.

More Harsh Winter Weather in South, Record Snow in Boston

February 26, 2015 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

States of emergency were declared and schools were closed ahead of wintry weather mix that hit much of the South on Wednesday.  Heavy rain, snow, and temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below zero were forecast for several states. The wintry mix of precipitation was expected from northern Texas eastward across the Gulf states and into the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service.

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WHO Urges Europeans to Step Up Measles Vaccinations

February 26, 2015 8:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as countries report thousands of cases of the disease.  WHO's regional office said cases in Europe and Central Asia fell by half from 2013 to 2014 but its goal of eliminating measles there this year is threatened.

Al-Shabab Video Calling for Mall Attacks Raises Major Concerns

February 24, 2015 12:11 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

In a video released Monday by Al-Qaeda backed Somali rebel group Al-Shabab, a member of the organization called on Muslims in the west to carry out attacks on shopping malls.  Although U.S. authorities said they have no credible evidence that any sort of organized attack is in the works, the video named specific targets, including the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.  

Retired Doctor Discusses Experience With Measles

February 23, 2015 4:26 pm | by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Dr. Frank Jagdis knows measles. As a medical student in the pre-vaccination 1960s and later as a practicing pediatrician in Victoria, he saw the toll that measles took on children who came down with the viral infection.

Federal Study Reveals Grim Projections on Train Derailments

February 23, 2015 4:12 pm | by Matthew Brown and Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S. 

Connecticut Taxpayers May Have to Wait on Refunds While State Weeds Out Fraudulent Returns

February 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Stephen Singer, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Some Connecticut taxpayers might receive income tax refunds a few weeks later than expected as state revenue officials verify that fraudulent returns are not being submitted.  Federal and state tax officials blame breaches, identity theft, phishing and other forms of cybercrime for attempts to fraudulently claim refunds.

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BC Pros Should be Aware of Emerging Issues

February 18, 2015 3:41 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference will feature several presentations from companies representing various industries that will focus on emerging issues.  Presenters will cover a wide range of topics that many BC pros will likely be faced with soon if they haven’t been working on them already.

Attacks Make Vaccination in Pakistan Difficult

February 18, 2015 2:27 pm | by Rebecca Santana, Associated Press | News | Comments

While vaccine distrust has sparked debates amid a measles outbreak in the United States, Pakistan is in a deadly battle to wipe out polio.  Long eradicated in the West, polio remains endemic in Pakistan after the Taliban banned vaccinations, attacks targeted medical staffers and suspicions lingered about the inoculations.

'Higher Safety Standards' for Tank Cars May Not be Enough

February 18, 2015 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be costly.

Missouri Governor Wanted Police, Not National Guard, on Ferguson's Front Lines

February 18, 2015 2:06 pm | by David Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

 St. Louis area authorities planning for a grand jury announcement had proposed stationing Missouri National Guard troops and armored Humvees in a Ferguson neighborhood where Michael Brown had been shot by a policeman, according to records detailing the state's preparations.

Washington State Re-Considering Vaccine Exemptions

February 18, 2015 1:48 pm | by Rachel La Corte, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Personal or philosophical opposition to vaccines would not be an authorized exemption for the parents of school-age children under a measure that received a public hearing before a House committee, drawing at least two dozen opponents to the proposed change.

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Getting Hacked Could Have Legal Repercussions

February 17, 2015 11:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Whether data is hosted on private servers or in a public cloud, every organization faces a litany of legal liability if they are ever victims of a breach.Experienced business continuity professionals understand that recovering from a data breach is expensive and can cause massive down time. They need to work with their organization's IT/DR staff to prevent them.

Security Experts Urge Caution as Cyber Bank Thefts Become More Common

February 17, 2015 11:47 am | by Josh Boak, Associated Press | News | Comments

A hacker gang that looted as much as $1 billion worldwide from banks was unusual: It stole directly from the banks, instead of ripping off their customers.  Security experts say consumers still need to keep a close eye on their checking and savings, as epic computer breaches such as this theft — documented in a report issued Monday — are becoming all too common.

School Officials are Not Required to Be Vaccinated in Some States

February 17, 2015 11:30 am | by Christine Armario, Associated Press | News | Comments

 While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.

Japanese Earthquakes Trigger Tsunami Warning

February 17, 2015 11:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Earthquakes with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 and 5.7 struck the Pacific off northeastern Japan on Tuesday, with slight tidal waves observed in some coastal areas following the first temblor.  The coastal areas of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were devastated on March 11, 2011, when a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck the Pacific off the northeastern Japan areas, and caused a massive deadly tsunami.

Can You Trust Your Public Cloud?

February 12, 2015 11:11 am | by Bill Highleyman, Managing Editor, Availability Digest | Blogs | Comments

Bill Highleyman Managing Editor of Availability Digest, discusses placing trust in the public cloud and how specific examples of cloud failures, some by large and well respected companies, demonstrate that the technology still has a long way to go,

Two More Infants Have Measles. Bringing Illinois' Total Cases to Ten

February 12, 2015 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Health officials say two more infants from a suburban Chicago day care have measles, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois to 10.  Chicago and Cook County health officials said  that nine of the 10 cases are associated with a KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine

Cloud Risk – Chance of Showers

February 10, 2015 11:41 am | by Pete O'Dell | Articles | Comments

Cloud computing is an increasingly important IT option for organizations of all sizes.  There are many different ways of sizing, configuring and implementing cloud based solutions and new security methods are continually evolving. Like every legitimate IT option, there are trade-offs and risks associated with the deployment and continued used of a cloud architecture

When Communicating Online, Think Before you Send

February 10, 2015 11:20 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram allow for messages to be distributed to massive amounts of people very quickly and can be a valuable tool for business continuity professionals.  However, a single unfortunate message or poorly timed tweet can cause serious damage, especially to an organization or individual’s reputation.

Wireless Technology in Cars Difficult to Protect Against Cyber Threats

February 9, 2015 4:31 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to  Democratic Sen. Edward Markey

Japan may Require Workers to Take Vacation Days

February 9, 2015 4:26 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation that will be submitted during the parliamentary session that began Jan. 26 aims to ensure workers get the rest they need. In a break with past practice, it will become the legal responsibility of employers to ensure workers take their holidays.  Japan has been studying such legislation for years.

Health Care Records a Prime Target for Hackers

February 9, 2015 4:09 pm | by Tom Murphy and Brandon Bailey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands.  Names, birthdates and — more importantly — Social Security numbers can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create false medical records. And health care businesses can lag far behind banks, credit card companies and retailers in protecting such sensitive information. 

Wildfire Forces Evacuation of 250 Residents in California

February 9, 2015 3:02 pm | by Michelle Rindels, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fire crews increased containment of the wind-driven wildfire that ravaged communities along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, but they said that they still didn't know when the roughly 250 residents evacuated from Swall Meadows and nearby Paradise would be able to return home.

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