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Tabletop Exercises, Lessons Learned the Topic of ACP Meeting

June 23, 2015 11:53 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners discussed tabletop exercises and lessons learned after a test at Rabobank on Thursday, June 18.  Joe Woulfe, Vice President of Business Continuity Management for Rabobank, and Richard Cooper, Founder and CEO of Arbor Continuity, presented on an exercise they ran with the Netherlands-based bank.  They discussed the scenario the presented as well as their findings.

Internal Benchmarking and Best Practices

June 16, 2015 11:44 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Mike Janko, Director of Global Business Continuity for Goodyear, discusses internal benchmarking...

Disaster Planning a Continuing Focus for BC Pros

June 16, 2015 11:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Recent disasters, like the earthquakes in Nepal and floods in Texas and Oklahoma, have once...

Oil Spill Shows Value of Continuity Planning

June 11, 2015 10:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to about 1,200 pages of records, provided by Texas-Based Plains All-American Pipeline...

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TSA Nominee Shares Lawmakers' Concern about Airport Security

June 10, 2015 4:04 pm | by Alicia Caldwell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coast Guard admiral picked by President Barack Obama to lead the Transportation Security Administration is as concerned about reports of rampant security gaps at airports as lawmakers, he said during a confirmation hearing.  Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee he will fully identify those gaps and close them if he is confirmed by the Senate.

Talking the Talk with Emergency Preparedness

June 9, 2015 11:30 am | by John Linstrom, Community Engagement Manager, AtHoc, Inc. | Articles | Comments

John Linstrom, Community Engagement Manager, AtHoc, Inc., discusses the importance of effective disaster planning and how it can prevent damage and loss of life.  He talks about some of the best practices for planning, including communication and executive support.

Video: Standards and Operational Resilience

June 4, 2015 11:27 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Lynnda Nelson, President of The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (The ICOR) discusses operational resilience and how BC professionals can use ISO and other standards to achieve high levels of continuity in their organizations. 

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Video: Quantifying the Value of Continuity

May 14, 2015 11:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

David Lindstedt, Founder of Readiness Analytics, discusses metrics, their importance to business continuity professionals and how they can be used to answer the question "is it working?"  This will be part one of a two part video, check back next week for more.

Texas Attack Highlights Potential for Terrorist Action

May 7, 2015 11:35 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is claiming responsibility for an attack in Garland, Texas in which two gunmen opened fire on an event where attendees were asked to draw the prophet Muhammad.  Attacks like this should be a point of focus for business continuity professionals.

Keeping an NFL Stadium Secure: ACP Visits Home of Giants, Jets

May 5, 2015 11:33 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

On Friday, May 1, members of the Association of Contingency Planners’ Garden State Chapter were given an opportunity to tour MetLife Stadium, home of both the New York Giants and New York Jets, and learn about the ins and outs of how its security team manages the daunting task of keeping tens of thousands safe.

Troubled Forecasters Seek Way to Improve Tornado Warnings

May 5, 2015 10:53 am | by Kelly Kissel, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Forecasters troubled by the high death count from twisters in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, four years ago say they must put away their "nerd-speak" and find better ways to communicate if the public is going to react appropriately when bad weather approaches.

Power Outages Create Serious Continuity Problems

April 14, 2015 11:12 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

With new cyber threats and complex supply chain resilience on the minds of business continuity professionals more than ever, it can be hard to focus on the disruptions that they have been dealing with for years.  Some of the simplest issues can cause the biggest problems and few things cause headaches for BC pros like power outages.

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Creative Problem Solving Tools Can Help in Business Continuity Planning

April 9, 2015 11:47 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Business continuity professionals face a host of unique problems every day.  Those who have extensive experience in resilience know that no two situations are the same and preparing for future events can be extremely difficult.  Dick Donovan of M&T Bank said his organization has turned to creative problem solving (CPS) as a way to boost their resilience and get more people involved in the business continuity program.

Business Continuity Professionals are Turning to Metrics: Part Three

April 2, 2015 11:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Organizations across a variety of industries are turning to metrics to determine whether their programs work and if they are getting a return on their investment.  Business continuity professionals are no exception.  More and more, BC pros are turning to metrics to determine how effective their programs are and convey that to senior management.

Business Continuity Professionals are Turning to Metrics: Part Two

March 30, 2015 2:33 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Organizations across a variety of industries are turning to metrics to determine whether their programs work and if they are getting a return on their investment.  Business continuity professionals are no exception.  More and more, BC pros are turning to metrics to determine how effective their programs are and convey that to senior management.

Business Continuity Professionals are Turning to Metrics: Part One

March 26, 2015 11:53 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Organizations across a variety of industries are turning to metrics to determine whether their programs work and if they are getting a return on their investment.  Business continuity professionals are no exception.  More and more, BC pros are turning to metrics to determine how effective their programs are and convey that to senior management.

Could 'Common Sense' be the Solution to Railroad Safety?

March 25, 2015 3:50 pm | by Martha Waggoner, Associated Press | News | Comments

 America's railroads want five more years to stop train wrecks using a high-tech system costing more than $9 billion.  But experts tell The Associated Press that it won't keep trains and trucks from crashing together unless both industries use a common-sense solution available right away.

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Vendor Management Critical to Supply Chain Continuity

March 24, 2015 12:08 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Maintaining supply chain operations, especially across state and international borders, can be a major challenge for organizations.  Part of what makes supply chain continuity such a challenge is the reliance on and management of vendors.

Companies Turn to Automation to Prevent Down Time

March 19, 2015 10:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Managing critical equipment and avoiding unplanned down time is key for any organization to remain profitable and conduct business effectively.  Some larger companies, like GE, are turning to data based solutions to help keep their own infrastructure, as well as that of their customers, running smoothly.

Top Five: Reasons to Check out the BCI's Business Continuity Awareness Week

March 17, 2015 9:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has declared the week of March 16 Business Continuity Awareness Week.  The theme this year will be “testing and exercising business continuity plans.”  The BCI has gathered webinars, blogs, materials and other information in an effort to help both experienced business continuity professionals and those new to the industry.

Soy Sauce Maker Endures After Tsunami

March 12, 2015 11:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

When the tsunami warning sounded, workers at the two-centuries-old soy sauce maker in northeastern Japan ran up a nearby hill to a shrine for safety, and watched in disbelief as towering waters swallowed their factory.  They all believed the business and its precious fungal cultures that give soy sauce its unique taste were lost forever. Everyone except for Michihiro Kono, the ninth-generation son of the founding family.

Threat Assessment Experts Offer Training, Knowledge and Insights at Spring Conference

March 10, 2015 10:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), a nationwide non-profit organization focused on reducing the risk of targeted violence, will provide informational sessions, training, networking and experts’ insights at its Spring Regional Conference, March 30-31 in New York City.

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 Your Supply Chain Partners in Large-Scale Exercise Simulations."  Their presentation will focus on working with multiple partners to organize exercise that align with the objectives of everyone involved.

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.  

'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.

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.  

Speaker's Soapbox: Roland Johnson of ClearView Continuity

January 16, 2015 11:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Roland Johnson of ClearView Continuity will present "Why Don't People Follow the Plan During an Incident?"  He will discuss why people often disregard business continuity plans in the event of disasters and how BC managers can prevent them from doing so.

In Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attack, Don't Forget about Workplace Violence

January 9, 2015 11:21 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Workplace violence is a very real issue and something BC professionals should be aware of.  It will likely never be as extreme as the Charlie Hebdo attack and it may not be an act of international terrorism, but the possibility of an act of violence must be considered.

Experts to Test Early Warning Trackers at Seahawks Game

January 9, 2015 8:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Earthquake trackers are adding instruments at CenturyLink Field in Seattle to record expected vibrations from jumping and stomping Seahawks fans.  Scientists are using the stadium monitors to look for problems they might encounter with a real earthquake. They're also testing technology that could provide an early warning of underground shaking.

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