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Pro-Democracy Protesters Clash with Police in Hong Kong

September 30, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Pro-democracy protesters, some wearing surgical masks and holding up umbrellas to protect against tear gas, expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub.

Muscle Weakness and Paralysis May be Caused by Enterovirus 68

September 29, 2014 2:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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Drought Could Have Serious Financial Impact on California Farmers

September 29, 2014 2:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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Active Shooter Incidents Have Spiked in Recent Years

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

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Electricity Meters Could Be Fire Hazards

September 26, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada utility officials said they will turn over all data demanded by state regulators investigating whether smart electricity meters pose a fire danger.  The state fire marshal and local fire chiefs sought the preliminary inquiry after investigators linked the meters to at least nine fires.

Sandwich Chain Believes Customer Data was Stolen from 216 Stores

September 26, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

Jimmy John's sandwich chain said that it believes customers' credit card data was stolen from 216 of its shops between June and September.  The Champaign, Illinois-based chain said in a news release that stores in 37 states across the United States were affected. It did not say how many customers are affected.

One Hurt After Plastics Plant Explosion

September 26, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say the "flash explosion" apparently stemmed from an electrical breaker failure, but it did not cause a full-fledged fire. The victim was burned and was being airlifted to Las Vegas after the blast Wednesday at Primex Plastics Corp.

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Classes in Plane Crash Survival Becoming More Popular

September 26, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

Half-day safety course encourages airplane passengers to be aware of their surroundings and familiarize themselves with what happens in an emergency. Participants learn the best way to brace for a crash, how to open aircraft doors and why to wait until exiting a plane to inflate life vests.

Selling Business Continuity Planning to the Modern C-Suite

September 22, 2014 2:49 pm | by Rentsys Recovery Services | Rentsys Recovery Services | Blogs | Comments

When talking about the benefits of business continuity planning (BCP), industry vendors and planners typically tout one overarching benefit: When affected by a business interruption, having a plan drastically increases your odds of preserving revenue and keeping your doors open. 

American Society of Civil Engineers Calls for New Flood Mitigation Strategies

September 22, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Society of Civil Engineers  is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.  The group is calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to develop a sustainable way to pay for infrastructure maintenance and updates to help manage floods.

Electricity Provider Installing Fences to Fend Off Thieves

September 22, 2014 11:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FirstEnergy will spend $15 million this year installing special security fencing and thermal-imaging cameras at some substations to keep out would-be metal thieves.  Metal thieves caused more than $500,000 in losses at FirstEnergy's facilities in the Akron, Ohio region last year.

Heavy Rains Trigger Landslides, Flash Floods

September 22, 2014 11:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Heavy rains in parts of northeastern India triggered landslides and flash floods, killing at least seven people, officials said Monday.  A senior police official in Meghalaya state said the deaths occurred in the northern part of the state.

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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 yet to leave African soil, a handful of Americans have been infected by the virus.  Organizations need to be conscious of not only Ebola, but any outbreak that could affect their staff and damage their productivity.

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 civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said.

Investigation Finds HealthCare.gov Has 'Significant Security Flaws'

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

HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.  The Government Accountability Office said the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues.

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.

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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.”

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.

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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