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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.

Speaker's Soapbox: Nadav Davidai of Control Risks and Emily Lord of RX Response

February 26, 2015 9:49 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Nadav Davidai of Control Risks and Emily Lord of RX Response will present "Including...

'Safer' Train Car Design Could Save Lives

February 26, 2015 9:02 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. secretary of transportation stood at the site of a horrendous...

ATAP to Hold Lincoln Center Conference March 30-31

February 24, 2015 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) is holding its annual spring regional...

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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.

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.

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.

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New Agency Would Coordinate U.S. Cyber Threat Intelligence

February 12, 2015 10:28 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House is setting up a new agency designed to coordinate cyber threat intelligence that currently is spread across the U.S. government.  Currently, government expertise in analyzing the various cyber threats resides in a number of agencies, including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

New Mexico, U.S. Energy Department Continue to Spar Over $54 Million in Fines

February 12, 2015 10:12 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

 New Mexico's top environment officials and the U.S. Energy Department are wrangling over more than $54 million in fines levied in the wake of a radiological leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository.  Because negotiations with the federal government are ongoing, officials said the total penalties that could be assessed remains unclear.

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

Chemical Plant Explodes Ukraine

February 9, 2015 4:00 pm | by Peter Leonard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A powerful explosion rocked a chemical plant and set it on fire outside the separatist stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Rebels said the plant was hit by government shelling.  No casualties or damage were immediately reported from the blast, which could be heard in downtown Donetsk. The city lies in the middle of Ukraine's industrial heartland and explosions like this have long been feared.

Can a Business be 'Over Prepared?'

February 5, 2015 11:23 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It might seem as if one can never be too prepared for a disaster, but being prepared takes time and costs money, something that many business continuity professionals are searching for more, not less of.  BC pros need to plan for a wide range of events, from weather to cyber to workplace violence, but can it be taken too far?

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Petrobras CEO, Five Others to Step Down Amid Scandal

February 5, 2015 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Embattled Brazilian oil company Petrobras said the company's chief executive officer and five other top figures stepped down amid a long-running and massive kickback scandal at the firm.  None of the top officials are facing charges of wrongdoing, but prosecutors have said the investigation is still in its early stages.

Growing Airlines in Asia Facing Safety Challenges

February 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Scott Mayerowitz and David Koenig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly crash of a TransAsia plane into a river in Taiwan is again focusing the world's attention on the safety challenges facing fast-growing Asian airlines.  TransAsia and others like it are rushing to keep up with a travel boom driven by the region's growing middle class.

Pompeii Closed to Public After Landslide

February 5, 2015 10:18 am | News | Comments

Heavy rains have provoked landslide at the ancient Italian site of Pompeii, partially collapsing a retaining wall and sending rubble into a garden at the house of Severus.  Italian officials said the affected area falls within the "Great Pompeii" joint EU-Italian restoration project and had been already closed to the public.

Thinking About Business Continuity After Super Bowl XLIX

February 3, 2015 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The game is one of the United States’ most high profile events of the year.  More than 70 thousand people attended the game itself, and millions more watched as home.  It could also make for an interesting business continuity case study, as dozens of BC topics are at play.

European Union, Polish Leaders Discuss Energy Plan

February 3, 2015 11:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union energy commissioner and Polish leaders discussed plans for an EU energy union aimed at greater security at a time of troubled ties with major gas supplier Russia.  Poland, dependent on Russia for some 60 percent of its gas, is urging greater EU energy security through steps like joint gas purchases, sharing of resources and lesser dependence on imports.

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Judge's Decision in BP Trial Still Months Away

February 3, 2015 11:15 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest phase of a trial to determine how much BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill — which could reach $13.7 billion — ended Monday, but a decision from the judge is not expected for months. 

Inaccurate Predictions a Challenge When Preparing for Storms

January 29, 2015 11:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Forecasts for Winter Storm Juno missed the mark in New York and New Jersey, prompting an outcry against what many believe was a major overreaction.  Some forecasters predicted Juno would drop significant.  While this prediction proved to be true in much of New England, it brought only a few inches to New York and New Jersey.

More Snow Could be Coming to New England

January 29, 2015 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Forecasters are watching two weather systems that may bring significant snow in the coming days as New Englanders are just digging out from a historic blizzard.  Forecasters are also monitoring a storm loaded with moisture that's heading into the region over the weekend.

Relevant IT/DR Strategies a Necessity for Today's Business Continuity Pro

January 26, 2015 11:52 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Today’s businesses lean more on technology then they ever have, which has made information technology and disaster recovery an important part of any business continuity plan. Business continuity and IT professionals must work together more than ever to keep their companies online while maintaining critical business functions.  

Armed Man Kills Co-Worker, Turns Gun on Himself

January 26, 2015 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An employee at a Home Depot store in Manhattan argued with a co-worker before fatally shooting him and then killing himself, police said, sending panicked workers and shoppers rushing to get away from the gunfire.  The 31-year-old man  exchanged words with a 38-year-old co-worker in the store's lighting section and then pulled out a gun.

BP Calls Witnesses in Case to Lower Oil Spill Penalty

January 26, 2015 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It will be oil giant BP's turn to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the U.S. government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Last week, Government experts testified about environmental, economic and social damage arising from the spill. BP attorneys disputed much of that testimony, and have argued the recovery of the environment and the Gulf economy has been strong.

China's Slowing Economy Beginning to Impact Others

January 21, 2015 4:13 pm | by Kelvin Chan and Paul Wiseman, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The global economy, slowed by stagnation in Europe and Japan, is being further hampered by China's decelerating growth.  The Chinese economy grew 7.4 percent in 2014, its weakest performance in nearly a quarter-century. And its growth is forecast to slow even more over the next two years.

Collapsed Overpass Shuts Down Major Ohio Highway

January 20, 2015 11:40 am | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

A collapsed overpass covered southbound lanes of Interstate 75 with hundreds of tons of concrete and steel, following a construction accident that killed a worker and injured a truck driver.  The Ohio Department of Transportation said the busy artery through downtown Cincinnati will be closed at least two to three days.

Drinking Water Shipped in After Traces of Oil Detected in Public Supply

January 20, 2015 11:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk.

Koroma Predicts Sierra Leone Will be 'Ebola Free' by May

January 16, 2015 10:41 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as his country registered 19 new Ebola cases over a 24-hour period, Sierra Leone's president is predicting there will be zero new confirmed cases by the end of March.  President Ernest Bai Koroma also predicted that his West African country  would be Ebola-free by World Health Organization standards by May. 

Pennsylvania Man to be Sentenced for Stealing Hundreds of Thousands from Former Employer

January 16, 2015 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A western Pennsylvania man faces sentencing for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former company by submitting invoices from a phony company.  He pleaded guilty in September to mail fraud in the theft of almost $360,000 from Matthews International Corp. The losses have since been calculated at $415,000.

Airlines Will be Required to Collect, Analyze Safety Data

January 9, 2015 9:28 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

New U.S. government rules will require airlines to collect and analyze safety data in an effort to spot troubling trends and help prevent accidents.  The Federal Aviation Administration said the causes of 123 accidents between 2001 and 2010 could have been identified beforehand if airlines had safety management systems in place.

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