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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...

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....

Experts to Test Early Warning Trackers at Seahawks Game

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

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Speaker's Soapbox: Geno Pandolfi of U.S. Bank and Peter Laz of Forsythe Solutions

December 30, 2014 11:28 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Geno Pandolfi of U.S. Bank and Peter Laz of Forsythe Solutions will present "Five Characteristics of Successful Enterprise Resiliency and Five Core Concepts for Partnership Success."  They will focus on the importance of enterprise-wide resiliency and how to build partnerships throughout an organization. 

Speaker's Soapbox: Stephen Myers of Paradigm Solutions International

December 26, 2014 10:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Stephen Myers of Paradigm Solutions International will Present "Conducting an Effective Tabletop Exercise: A Step-by-Step Approach."  His interactive presentation will focus on embeding effective tabletop exercises into a business continuity program and how to counduct an impactfula and relevant exercise.

Speaker's Soapbox: Kim Hirsch and Jill Gibbs of Target

December 11, 2014 4:54 pm | Articles | Comments

Kim Hirsch and Jill Gibbs of Target will present "Innovation and the Art of the BIA."  Their presentation will focus on conducting large scale BIAs, what organizations need to look for while conducting a BIA and how to elicit consistent feedback through a multi-stage approach.

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Speaker's Soapbox: Dick Donovan of M&T Bank

December 8, 2014 3:56 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Dick Donovan, Vice President of M&T Bank, will present "Creativity & Continuity: Using Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Tools" on Wednesday, April 22 at 10:15 a.m.  The presentation will focus on various problem solving techniques and provide participants with materials and information that they can begin using in their organization immediately.

Speaker's Soapbox: David Lindstedt of Readiness Analytics

December 2, 2014 10:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

David Lindstedt of Readiness Analytics will host an interactive session called "Measuring Preparedness and Predicting Recoverability: A Hands-on Workshop."  This session will introduce attendees to a proven measurement and metrics model and allow them to try it out right away.  The model focuses on measuring resources, procedures and competencies to determine how prepared your organization is. 

Supply Chain-wide Exercises are Key to Business Continuity

November 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Emily Lord, RX Response | Blogs | Comments

Emily Lord, Director of Operations for RX Response discusses supply chain resilience, the importance of staging exercises for organizations and the results and lessons learned from a nationwide digital exercise the group ran earlier this year.

Four Core Elements of an Effective Employee Personal Preparedness Program

October 21, 2014 10:43 am | by Jeff Hamilton | Blogs | Comments

Jeff Hamilton, President and COO of Nexis Preparedness Systems, discusses the importance for being prepared for an emergency, including having proper supplies, creating an emergency plan, being aware of potential disasters and practicing for them.

Arbor Continuity and Ripcord Solutions Form Strategic Alliance

October 14, 2014 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Arbor Continuity, a business continuity solutions provider, has announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Ripcord Solutions, provider of customized e-learning courses that vastly simplify training a company’s workforce to maintain and implement its business continuity program.

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Red Cross, Italian Military Participate in Ebola Evacuation Drills

September 26, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian authorities and medical experts insist that the risk of Ebola spreading from Africa to Europe is small, given that the virus only spreads by direct contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids. While the risk of the disease coming to Europe is low, the EU must improve coordination and prevention measures to better diagnose, transport and treat suspected cases.

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.

SIFMA Statement On Pandemic Accord Tabletop Exercise

February 4, 2014 10:11 am | by SIFMA | News | Comments

SIFMA issued the following statement in response to the Summary of Key Findings of the 2013 Pandemic Accord tabletop exercise that was sponsored by FEMA Region II, DHHS Region II, Federal Executive Board New York City, Federal Executive Board Northern New Jersey, Clearing House Association and SIFMA. Read the Pandemic Accord 2013: Continuity of Operations Pandemic Tabletop Exercise — Summary of Findings: 

Educate & Train Your Staff Through Exercise

December 10, 2013 11:50 am | by Harvey Betan | Articles | Comments

Business Continuity Management (BCM) exercises allow participants to learn and understand the processes and procedures they must perform if a specific situation arises. To that end, here are a number of exercises, along with information about how they can be transformed into training tools for your organization’s staff.

Continuity Q&A: Vendors’ Perspectives On Mobile

October 25, 2013 9:43 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights interviewed leading mobile work-area recovery vendors to get their perspectives on mobile recovery. We asked them to share their top tips in regards to needs assessment, justifying ROI, the RFP process and the training phase. They also shared their thoughts on the primary advantages of mobile recovery, as well as the trends and opportunities they foresee for the future mobile recovery. 

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A Practitioner’s View: Choosing, Testing & Utilizing Mobile Work-Area Recovery

October 25, 2013 9:41 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Tim Mathews, executive director, enterprise resiliency at ETS, an organization that develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at 9,000+ locations worldwide, to learn more about Mathews’ views on mobile solutions, his best-practice mobile recovery testing tips, and how mobile recovery helped ETS after a real-life disaster. 

Ready Rating: Assessing Preparedness & Simplifying Resilience

September 17, 2013 10:39 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Everyone knows they should be working toward preparedness, but small businesses and nonprofits sometimes have a hard time getting to the resources they need. So the target was to help businesses, schools and organizations get better prepared for emergencies — and Ready Rating was born out of that goal. We try to make it easier to implement business continuity. 

Should Recovery Tests Be Graded As Pass/Fail?

July 29, 2013 5:49 pm | by Richard Coglianese | Articles | Comments

It’s been said that an organization can’t manage what it can’t measure. Applying this principle to business resilience might read that an organization can’t count on what it hasn’t tested. It would be imprudent to assume that plans and solutions in place adequately address the risks an organization has defined.         

Boston Marathon Bombings Lessons Learned

July 1, 2013 5:10 pm | by Mike Jennings, CBCP | Articles | Comments

The tragic and sad events of April 15, 2013 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon remind us that we are never far away from terrorism. Business continuity planners should be thinking about the effects of a terrorist attack near their places of work and develop plans to address the threat. 

AT&T Network Disaster Recovery Training Exercise

June 26, 2013 11:10 am | by ShareATT | Videos | Comments

Learn how AT&T works to prepare for natural disasters during a network disaster recovery exercise in Hartford, CT. AT&T's disaster recovery team can provide emergency cellular coverage and mobile charging stations in times of disaster.

Mine Safety Lab Creates Disasters To Train

June 19, 2013 9:11 am | by VICKI SMITH,Associated Press | News | Comments

Orange flames lick at the roof of the coal mine, heat building and visibility dropping as smoke begins to fill the underground passageway. Then, with the push of a few buttons on a hand-held remote, the flames flicker out, the smoke dissipates and the lights come on. The roar of fire is replaced by the trickle of nearby water. 

DRP Consultores Mexico & ICOR Form Training Partnership

June 16, 2013 6:15 pm | News | Comments

The international Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR), an international non-profit professional development and credentialing organization has partnered with DRP Consultores, a consulting firm that helps companies to develop Business Continuity Plans (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP).

Staying On Track When Trains Derail

June 3, 2013 10:26 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Records show that rail safety is steadily improving, but the month of May unfortunately highlighted the vulnerabilities of America’s railways. These recent derailments highlight the importance of planning for anything and everything. 

Hurricane Season Facts & Advice From Agility Recovery

May 31, 2013 9:04 am | by Agility Recovery | News | Comments

June 1 is the official start to the Northeast’s Hurricane Season and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), predict a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms for 2013, of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes, including 3 to 6 major hurricanes.

FEMA & Partners Release 2013 National Preparedness Report

May 30, 2013 11:59 am | by FEMA | News | Comments

FEMA and its partners have released the 2013 National Preparedness Report (NPR). The NPR is an annual status report on the nation's progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. The report also identified areas for national improvement in enhancing the resilience of infrastructure systems and maturing the role of public private partnerships.

AER & HSB To Develop Tech Tool To Forecast Blackouts

May 29, 2013 11:19 am | News | Comments

Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) and The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB) announced a strategic alliance that will provide a technology and services solution to comprehensively understand and assess blackout risk in the United States. The technology will be used by insurers and reinsurers, commercial and industrial firms, and other businesses.

Continuity Q&A: Walt Thomasson On Balanced Testing Exercises

May 24, 2013 12:31 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Walt Thomasson, Managing Director at Rentsys Recovery Services to find out more about the best testing strategies and current industry trends. "We see a large gap in the market right now when it comes to  creating a well-balanced exercise program."

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