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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. 

Be Safe America Foundation to Kick Off National Preparedness Month Thursday

August 26, 2014 9:44 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | News | Comments

The Be Safe America Foundation will kick off National Preparedness Month, which begins in...

Video: The Value of Social Media in Crisis Communication

August 12, 2014 2:42 pm | Videos | Comments

Suzanne Bernier of SB Crisis Consulting discusses how social media has become an important and...

How to Create and Implement an Emergency Preparedness Assessment

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by Michael Redmond | Articles | Comments

Ms. Michael Redmond, CEO of Redmond Worldwide, discusses the importance of creating  an...

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Case Study:How Reinsurance Group of America Reinstated its Global Business Continuity Program

July 8, 2014 9:46 am | by Mike Keating | Articles | Comments

Mike Keating, Vice President of Business Continuity Management for Reinsurance Group of America, discusses how his company reinstated its global business continuity program despite the challenge of having a thin staff and several teams of employees overseas .

Video:The Importance of Clearly Defined Roles in Exercises

June 23, 2014 9:25 am | Videos | Comments

Chris Wright, Senior Manager of Worldwide Business Continuity and Crisis Management at Amgen, Inc., discusses the value of clearly defined roles and responsibilities and the utilization of tools and supplies during his drills and exercises.  Look for next week's video where Melissa Owings with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, shares how she effectively communicates BCM information with executive management.

Phelps Expresses Importance of Exercises

June 16, 2014 8:49 am | by Joe Shust | Articles | Comments

Regina Phelps, founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, spoke about the importance of business continuity exercises at the Continuity Insights West Conference on Tuesday, June 10 at the South San Francisco Convention Center.

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Video: Successful Engagement with Senior Leaders

June 3, 2014 1:22 pm | Videos | Comments

Successful engagement with senior leaders is a three-step approach, according to Judy Analco with ERM.  Judy shares her thoughts in this week’s video installment, recorded at this year’s Continuity Insights Management Conference.  Next week Bruce Blythe will review his “mental algorithm” for assessing and responding to critical events.

Integrating Simulation Cells into Your Drills and Exercises

May 27, 2014 2:58 pm | Videos | Comments

“Integrating Simulation Cells into Your Drills and Exercises,” is the message shared in this week’s video by John Jackson, Executive Vice President, Fusion Risk Management.  Be sure to watch next week’s episode where Judy Analco with ERM, discusses her passion for, “How to Communicate Complex, Technical, and Abstract Information to Your Target Audience.”

Engaging Senior Management Into Your Exercises

May 19, 2014 8:43 pm | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

The next video in this series features Kathy Lee Patterson, Business Continuity Project Manager with Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia.  Her topic is "Engaging Senior Management Into Your Exercises." Take a quick look at this week's video! 

Video: Holder Urges Approval of $15M for Shooter Training

April 15, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In a video message posted on the Justice Department website Tuesday, the attorney general says training is critical since patrol officers who arrive first on the scene are increasingly being relied on to respond directly to shooters rather than waiting for SWAT teams.

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.

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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. 

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. 

B23: Validating Business Continuity Plans Through Training & Exercising

October 7, 2013 4:35 pm | Events

B23: Wednesday, October 16, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The more familiar staff and mission-critical personnel are with emergency policies and procedures, the more likely they will respond efficiently when a business disruption occurs. Therefore, it is crucial to develop a comprehensive training and exercise plan that validates an organization’s business continuity plans. In this session, the presenter will share lessoned learned from rejuvenating the Red Cross’ training and exercise programs.

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.         

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Virus Tracker Program Lets Scouts Turn Each Other Into 'Zombies'

July 22, 2013 2:09 pm | by JOHN RABY,Associated Press | News | Comments

Pssssst. Hey, Scout. Tag! You're a zombie! Participants at the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree are turning each other into virtual creepy crawlies by the thousands this week.                                                     

Lawsuit In MN's Deadliest Workplace Shooting Can Proceed

July 8, 2013 2:57 pm | by AMY FORLITI,Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of Jacob Beneke, 34, sued Accent Signage and the estate of gunman Andrew Engeldinger in February, alleging the company should have known from Engeldinger's work history that he was potentially dangerous. Engeldinger, 36, pulled a gun at a Sept. 27 meeting in which he was being fired and killed Beneke, four other co-workers and a UPS deliveryman before taking his own life.

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.

Farmers, Firefighters Partner On Hazards Maps

May 24, 2013 2:32 pm | by M.L. JOHNSON,Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama eliminated money for the center and eight similar programs overseen by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in his budget plan. It's unclear what Congress will do, but the centers have been previously threatened with budget cuts and saw the money restored.

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."

Ardent Sentry Preps Northcom, First Responders For Disasters

May 24, 2013 10:37 am | by American Forces Press Service | News | Comments

A perfect storm of simulated disasters is slowly unfolding across the United States, as thousands of military and Defense Department members join their interagency partners in fine-tuning their disaster-response processes just ahead of the upcoming hurricane and wildfire seasons. 

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