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Quantum survey looks at disaster recovery strategies
Resuming normal operations after a data disaster takes 10.5 hours, on average.

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•Date: 22nd Dec 2010 • Region: N.America/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Comprehensive guide to hospital emergency preparedness exercises
A Department of Health and Human Services funded initiative led by Weill Cornell Medical College's Dr. Nathaniel Hupert through Cornell University's Institute for Disease and Disaster Preparedness has resulted in the publication of a new guide to hospital emergency preparedness exercises. Electronic versions are available at www.ahrq.gov/prep/hospex.htm
•Date: 22nd Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Ongoing Operations acquires Teneros
Ongoing Operations, a provider of business continuity and disaster recovery services to hundreds of financial institutions, has acquired Teneros, the provider of a high availability and disaster recovery solution for Microsoft Exchange. Clients currently using the Teneros solution can continue to utilize the existing 1-88-Teneros-1 support line or contact Ongoing Operations directly with their support needs. http://www.ongoingoperations.com/
•Date: 22nd Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

ASIS International and BSI release joint business continuity management ANSI standard
Business Continuity Management Systems: Requirements with Guidance for Use (ANSI/ASIS/BSI BCM.1-2010).

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•Date: 17th Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Canada financial sector business continuity test scheduled
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada will lead a sector test on September 10, 2011.

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•Date: 17th Dec 2010 • Region: Canada •Type: Article •Topic: BC testing

New patent “holds the key to enterprise class business continuity and disaster recovery”
According to Obsidian Strategics.

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•Date: 17th Dec 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

D2D2D is practical, possible and in all likelihood more affordable than D2D2T
Says Jerome M. Wendt.
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•Date: 15th Dec 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

CA Technologies study measures North America downtime impacts
North American businesses average 10 hours of IT downtime a year.

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•Date: 10th Dec 2010 • Region: N.America •Type: Article •Topic: BC statistics

US Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council signs cybersecurity research agreement with NIST, DHS
Will explore the benefits of new cybersecurity technologies and develop new processes that benefit critical financial services functions.

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•Date: 10th Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

eBRP and Everbridge agree partnership
Everbridge has announced that eBRP has become an official Everbridge Technology Partner. This relationship enables eBRP to resell Everbridge's notification solutions as part of an integrated enterprise risk management offering for Fortune 500 clients. www.everbridge.com www.ebrp.net
•Date: 10th Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC companies

Senate committee expresses disappointment over some aspects of PS-Prep
More thought needed on how to educate US small businesses about business continuity.

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•Date: 9th Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Report captures pandemic preparedness lessons from major US universities
Universities found that pandemic preparedness paid off.

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•Date: 9th Dec 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Pandemic planning US

New ISACA guide highlights strategies for minimizing virtualization risks
With the many benefits of virtualization come considerable risks and a new white paper from ISACA examines these.

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•Date: 8th Dec 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Start preparing for 2011 hurricane season now
The Institute for Business & Home Safety says that the best time to add hurricane resistant features to facilities is winter and spring.

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•Date: 8th Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

December is Critical Infrastructure Protection Month in the US
President Barack Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation naming the month of December as national Critical Infrastructure Protection Month in the United States.

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•Date: 7th Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Terrorism

Continuity Centers achieves SAS70 compliance for its disaster recovery services and data center
Continuity Centers has successfully completed a comprehensive Type II SAS70 audit of all their disaster recovery services as well as their data center in Woodbury, NY. SAS70 (Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70), Service Organizations, is a widely recognized auditing standard developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). A service auditor's examination performed in accordance with SAS70 represents that a service organization has been through an in-depth audit of their control objectives and activities, in areas such as physical security, environmental security, information security, data communications, data replication, backup and the recovery process. www.ContinuityCenters.com
•Date: 7th Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC companies

US companies could save $6 billion annually in file restore costs by adopting deduplication
According to Quantum survey.

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•Date: 3rd Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

NOAA sums up 2010 hurricane season
In the Atlantic Basin a total of 19 named storms formed – tied with 1887 and 1995 for the third highest on record.

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• Last update: 1st Dec 2010 • Region: Various •Topic: 2010 Hurricane Season

Compellent expands partnership with VMware to deliver disaster-ready cloud solutions for data centers
Compellent Technologies has announced an expansion of its partnership with VMware with the availability of Compellent Storage Center systems bundled with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager. The new disaster recovery solution enables organizations to create a ‘disaster ready’ cloud environment by automating the process of moving, protecting and recovering their data from virtually any disaster “with minimal cost and effort”. Read press release.
•Date: 1st Dec 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Measuring operational resilience
According to CERT operational resilience comprises the disciplines of security, business continuity and aspects of IT operations. It has published a Technical Note to start a dialog on the topic of meaningful operational resilience measurement.

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•Date: 30th Nov 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Public and private sectors must partner on cyber security to prevent a “cyber 9/11”
Stuxnet a warning that must be acted upon, says US Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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•Date: 19th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

Unisys security predictions for 2011
Business continuity planning investment will grow as a defense/defence against cyber attacks.

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•Date: 19th Nov 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

ANSI-HSSP releases final report on emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities and special needs
Outlines recommendations for the development of standards to support emergency preparedness for people with disabilities and special needs.

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•Date: 19th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

Deepwater Horizon interim report
The numerous technical and operational breakdowns that contributed to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and spill from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico suggest the lack of a suitable approach for managing the inherent risks, uncertainties, and dangers associated with deepwater drilling operations and a failure to learn from previous ‘near misses,’ says an interim report of preliminary findings from a committee of the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council.
Read the report at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13047

•Date: 19th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Cybersecurity best practices and policy issues discussed at November ANSI Caucus
Continued public-private sector cooperation is critical to developing a reliable, resilient, and trusted digital infrastructure.

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•Date: 18th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

Measuring operational resilience
According to CERT operational resilience comprises the disciplines of security, business continuity and aspects of IT operations. It has published a Technical Note to start a dialog on the topic of meaningful operational resilience measurement.

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•Date: 30th Nov 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Public and private sectors must partner on cyber security to prevent a “cyber 9/11”
Stuxnet a warning that must be acted upon, says US Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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•Date: 19th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

Unisys security predictions for 2011
Business continuity planning investment will grow as a defense/defence against cyber attacks.

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•Date: 19th Nov 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

ANSI-HSSP releases final report on emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities and special needs
Outlines recommendations for the development of standards to support emergency preparedness for people with disabilities and special needs.

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•Date: 19th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

Deepwater Horizon interim report
The numerous technical and operational breakdowns that contributed to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and spill from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico suggest the lack of a suitable approach for managing the inherent risks, uncertainties, and dangers associated with deepwater drilling operations and a failure to learn from previous ‘near misses,’ says an interim report of preliminary findings from a committee of the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council.
Read the report at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13047

•Date: 19th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Cybersecurity best practices and policy issues discussed at November ANSI Caucus
Continued public-private sector cooperation is critical to developing a reliable, resilient, and trusted digital infrastructure.

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•Date: 18th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

2011 predictions for cloud computing, virtualization and identity federation
Quest Software, Inc. has unveiled 11 technology predictions for 2011 based on the results of a survey.

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•Date: 17th Nov 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

2011 SunGard Business Continuity Software International User Group Forum
April 17-19, 2011 in San Diego, California.

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•Date: 17th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Events

eBRP and MIR3 partner to add notification to business continuity management solutions
MIR3 has announced that eBRP has become a referral partner, promoting inEnterprise Intelligent Notification technology as part of the eBRP Suite's BCM software solution. The addition of MIR3's notification capabilities to the feature-rich BCM solution from eBRP will simplify the adoption and integration of eBRP Suite for prospects and customers, giving them all the benefits of inEnterprise from within their existing business continuity solution. It will also strengthen eBRP's position as a single-solution vendor delivering a complete suite of BCM tools in a single, integrated package. www.mir3.com www.ebrp.net
•Date: 17th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

Top ten security trends for 2011
Imperva has provided its predictions for the top ten security trends for 2011.
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•Date: 16th Nov 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

First payment acceptance disaster recovery technology for merchants launched
US Digital Transactions Corporation has announced the release of XSettleDR, claimed to be the first disaster recovery solution designed specifically for ecommerce / online merchants.

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•Date: 12th Nov 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Retail BC

SunGard Availability Services launches blog series
SunGard Availability Services has recently launched a blog series aimed at advancing industry conversations on how to improve business and IT availability.

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•Date: 12th Nov 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC markets

Continuity Commander launched by ContingenZ
New business continuity software package aimed at small and medium sized businesses.

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•Date: 12th Nov 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC software

H. Edward Hicks takes office as IAEM-USA president
Eddie Hicks, CEM, director, Morgan County Emergency Management Agency, in Decatur, Ala., has taken office as 2010-2011 president of the USA Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM-USA). Outgoing IAEM-USA President Pamela L’Heureux, CEM, passed the gavel to Hicks on Nov. 3, during the IAEM-USA Presidential Banquet, at the IAEM 58th Annual Conference & EMEX 2010, in San Antonio, Texas. Also sworn in at the banquet were IAEM-USA First Vice President Hui-Shan Walker, MPA, CEM, VaPEM, and IAEM-USA Second Vice President Jeff Walker, CEM, MEP. www.iaem.com
•Date: 12th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

New NIST guidance on managing WiMAX network risks
Special Publication 800-127.

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•Date: 10th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

‘Preparedness and Response to a Mass Casualty Event’
A new CDC document provides interim planning guidance for preparedness and response to a mass casualty event resulting from terrorist use of explosives (TUE).

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•Date: 9th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

DHS publishes new edition of Risk Lexicon
This is the second edition of the DHS Risk Lexicon and includes fifty new terms and definitions.

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•Date: 4th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

FEMA issues new guidance to support people with disabilities during disasters
FEMA has announced new guidelines on emergency sheltering to help state planners and non-profit organizations ensure that people with access and functional needs receive lawful and equitable assistance in the aftermath of a disaster. The Functional Needs Support Services Guidance, or FNSS, gives state governments recommendations to help them provide emergency sheltering services that meet the needs of their communities and are in compliance with existing federal laws designed to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability. More details.
•Date: 4th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for South Dakota
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for South Dakota to supplement State, local and Tribal recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of September 22-23, 2010. Mark A. Neveau was named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=13492
•Date: 4th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Buyer beware: PS-Prep auditor training and organization certification
Make sure any supplier can provide verification for the credentials that they are claiming, says John A. DiMaria.
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•Date: 2nd Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

FEMA publishes business continuity exercises for private sector organizations
A series of tabletop exercises are available free of charge.
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•Date: 29th Oct 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC exercises

SunGard announces third quarter 2010 results
SunGard has reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010. For the quarter, revenue was $1.24 billion, down 7 percent year over year. Adjusted EBITDA was $338 million, down 10 percent, and adjusted income from operations was $251 million, down 16 percent. Availability Services revenue decreased 5 percent to $366 million in the third quarter. More details.
•Date: 29th Oct 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

Iron Mountain reports third quarter 2010 results
Iron Mountain has reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010. The company announced revenue growth of 2 percent compared to the third quarter of 2009. The Company reported an operating loss of $84 million for the quarter. More details.
•Date: 29th Oct 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

8-bit ISA cards, 11 year old computer systems and other hazards of server virtualization
Thoughts from a VMware User Group meeting.
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•Date: 28th Oct 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Government of Canada launches National Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction
The establishment of Canada’s National Platform further strengthens existing coordination of domestic disaster risk reduction initiatives developed by Public Safety Canada.
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•Date: 27th Oct 2010 • Region: Canada •Type: Article •Topic: Disaster recovery

National Level Exercise 2011 private sector participation
NLE 2011 will be an operations-based exercise centered on the scenario of a catastrophic earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, encompassing four FEMA Regions (IV, V, VI and VII) and eight Central US Earthquake States. NLE 2011 will exercise initial incident response and recovery capabilities, to test and validate existing plans, policies and procedures to include the New Madrid Catastrophic Plan (currently under development). NLE 2011 will be conducted in May 2011. More details from Private.SectorNLE@dhs.gov
•Date: 27th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC testing

Agility and Florida Business Continuity Center agree partnership
The Florida Business Continuity Center and Agility Recovery Solutions have announced a partnership to deliver a turnkey, comprehensive business continuity solution to customers across North America. “Our partnership with Agility benefits FBCC’s users by providing additional workspace seats as needed,” commented Carl J. Strang III, president of FBCC owner, 6/10 Corporation. “Our technology park’s configuration allows for convenient location of Agility’s ReadySuite mobile units contiguously with FBCC.”www.fbccdr.com
•Date: 27th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets & companies

Major disaster declared for The Commonwealth Of Puerto Rico
FEMA has announced that federal aid is available to supplement the recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslides associated with Tropical Storm Otto during the period of October 4-8, 2010.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=53114

•Date: 27th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: Disaster recovery

FEMA and American Red Cross partnership will strengthen mass care during a disaster
FEMA and the American Red Cross have signed a MOA that sets the framework for the Red Cross and FEMA to jointly lead the planning and coordination of mass care services post-disaster.
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•Date: 26th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

NOAA forecasts ‘another Winter of extremes’ for the US
A moderate to strong La Niña will be the dominant climate factor influencing weather across most of the US this winter.
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•Date: 22nd Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Plan for the ‘Maximum of Maximums’ Fugate tells State emergency managers
“What we really need to be doing is planning for disasters that go beyond our capabilities,” says FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.
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•Date: 22nd Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

US major disaster declarations
Nebraska
Federal funding is available to state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, tornado, and straight-line winds in the counties of Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, and Saunders.
Wisconsin
Federal funding is available to state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Buffalo, Clark, Jackson, Juneau, Marathon, Portage, Taylor, Trempealeau, and Wood.

•Date: 22nd Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

‘Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock Since 9/11’
The Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Preparedness Task Force has published a report which it presented recently to the US Congress.
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•Date: 20th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

Cyberwars : a real and present danger
Businesses at risk from collateral and intentional damage.
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•Date: 15th Oct 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

RES-Q expands disaster recovery services across Atlanta Metro Area
Local firm expands presence with new disaster recovery testing options.
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•Date: 15th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC markets

US major disaster declarations
Minnesota
Federal aid is available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on September 22, 2010 and continuing.
North Carolina
Federal aid is available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and straight-line winds associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole during the period of September 27 to October 1, 2010.

•Date: 15th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

PS-Prep Certification Bodies announced
Five certification bodies have indicated their intent to become accredited by ANAB to offer certification for PS-Prep standards. These are:
* British Standards Institution
* Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc.
* National Quality Assurance, USA
* Orion Registrar, Inc.
* SRI Quality System Registrar.

•Date: 15th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

A new way to manage disasters
US Town of Davie introduces visionary plan for emergency management.
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•Date: 12th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

Social media a vital tool in crisis communications: survey
There is a large gap between social media's importance in crisis communication and how well organizations are using it.
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•Date: 7th Oct 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Crisis communications

FEMA Independence Act of 2009 given deadline extension
House Committee on Homeland Security Granted an extension to December 3rd, 2010.
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•Date: 7th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

Terenine Technology Solutions becomes the First Tier III Design Certified Data Center in Tennessee
Terenine Technology Solutions, a Chattanooga-based company, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Tier III Design Certification’ from the Uptime Institute for the Terevault data center located at the Riverside Drive campus. This is the first data center in Tennessee to achieve this certification. "Our clients entrust their entire business to our data centers and it is mission critical that they operate undisrupted around the clock. That's why we chose to become Tier III certified by the Uptime Institute. Their certification program is the international standard for evaluating data center infrastructure performance," said John Shelley, Vice President of Managed Services. www.terenine.com
•Date: 6th October 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

Major disaster declared for Arizona
FEMA has announced that federal aid is available to the state of Arizona to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 20 to August 7, 2010.FEMA named Sandy Coachman as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=52913

•Date: 6th October 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

DHS moves forward in efforts to aid small business preparedness planning
DHS soliciting public comment on a private sector readiness certification program specifically tailored to the needs of small businesses.
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•Date: 5th October 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Cyber Storm III completed
Participants from the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom have taken part in a comprehensive cyber-incident exercise.
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•Date: 1st October 2010 • Region: Various •Type: Article •Topic: BC testing

Marsh highlights unusual business continuity threat: bedbugs
A resurgence of bedbug infestations across the US has become a growing concern for commercial businesses, especially retailers.
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•Date: 1st October 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC in retailing

FEMA announces adoption of new standard for emergency alerts
FEMA has adopted a new digital message format for the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the US's next generation emergency alert and warning network. The goal of IPAWS is to expand upon the traditional Emergency Alert System by allowing emergency management officials to reach as many people as possible over as many communications devices as possible, such as radio, television, mobile phones, personal computers and other communications devices. The new digital message format being adopted by FEMA is the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) v1.2 Standard. This open standard will enable alert messages to be easily composed by emergency management officials for communication with citizens using a much broader set of devices to reach as many people as possible. More details.
•Date: 1st October 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Wisconsin Hospitals will implement Send Word Now alert service for emergency preparedness
Send Word Now has announced that The Wisconsin Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program will make Send Word Now’s Alert Service available to all hospitals in Wisconsin. “We were looking for a notification system that could meet our communications needs, and specifically for a system that is easy to use.” explained Bob Ritger, operations officer for the Emergency Preparedness Program. He added, “Having one system throughout the state will allow us to implement our messaging strategies more easily and consistently throughout Wisconsin hospitals. We look forward to working with Send Word Now on this project over the long-term.” The Wisconsin Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program supports hospital emergency preparedness planning and response to mass casualty incidents or pandemic events. http://www.sendwordnow.com
•Date: 1st October 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

SunGard Availability Services expands data center facilities at Carlstadt campus
Increasing customer demand for colocation and managed services.
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•Date: 30th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Research looks into the impact of virtualization on data protection strategies
Reveals that it still takes nearly 5 hours to recover a machine; recovery failures are common.
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•Date: 29th Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

New model predicts disaster impacts on cities
Model is a potential tool to help reduce the severity of impacts and harden infrastructure against future disasters.
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•Date: 29th Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

New business continuity service for transaction printers launched in US
InfoPrint Solutions Company, a Ricoh company, has announced the launch of its Business Continuity Services for transaction printers, an extension of its Automated Document Factory workflow offerings and professional services. Facing unique continuity requirements, transaction printers in the financial, healthcare, insurance, utility, telco and government markets can now enable robust disaster recovery options in compliance with their business requirements. Read press release.
•Date: 29th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

Avalution wins HISPI training contract
The Holistic Information Security Practitioner Institute (HISPI), has named Avalution Consulting as the exclusive trainer to deliver its two and five-day BCI Good Practices Guidelines introduction and certification preparatory training. Read press release.

•Date: 29th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

US major disaster declarations:
US Virgin Islands
Federal aid is available to supplement the territory recovery efforts in the area struck by Hurricane Earl during the period of August 29- 31, 2010.
South Dakota
Federal aid is available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 21-30, 2010.
•Date: 29th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Businesses over-confident about IT network resilience
According to the CDW ‘Business Continuity Straw Poll’.
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•Date: 28th Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Increased ROI from emergency communications systems
Aligning emergency communications investment with organizational strategy. By Berkly Trumbo.
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•Date: 24th Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Crisis communications

ANAB announces PS-Prep accreditation guidance
The US ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has announced that it is inviting certification bodies to submit applications for accreditation for the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Certification (PS-Prep) program.
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•Date: 24th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

US Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee assesses terrorism threat
Three trends are emerging.
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•Date: 24th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Terrorism

TAMP Systems updates business continuity software offering
Introduces a new Recovery and Response module.
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•Date: 22nd Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC software

New research improves ability to detect malware in cloud computing systems
North Carolina State University software addresses one of cloud computing's weak links: hypervisor integrity.
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•Date: 22nd Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

The real end game of virtualization is automated IT operations
From backup to recovery to testing; the future is automatic. By Jerome M. Wendt.
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•Date: 21st Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Volcanic ash cloud impacts in retrospect
86 percent of US organizations say that the ash cloud crisis has affected their ongoing business continuity planning: survey.
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•Date: 21st Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC statistics

Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 502: FEMA
‘Considerations for Fusion Center and Emergency Operations Center Coordination.’
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•Date: 21st Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

US warned of looming national crisis in water quality and supply
Businesses, farmers, environmental not-for-profits and government agencies have jointly issued a landmark call to action aimed at heading off a national crisis in water quality and supply.
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•Date: 17th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

US major disaster declarations
Tennessee
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to Tennessee to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of August 17-21, 2010.
New Mexico
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to New Mexico to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 25 to August 9, 2010.

•Date: 17th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

NIST data release aims to help inform the technical-basis for evacuation planning of high-rise buildings
Data sets track the movement of people on stairs during high-rise building evacuation drills.
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•Date: 16th Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC facilities & buildings

Avalution Consulting and Recovery Point announce partnership
Avalution Consulting has announced a strategic partnership with Recovery Point. Through this partnership, Avalution will provide business continuity consulting and software solutions to Recovery Point clients to help reduce the likelihood of an event, or limit the impact should an event occur. In turn, Avalution's clients will have direct access to Recovery Point's experts for the implementation of their organization's recovery services, including hot site, cold site and work area recovery; off-site data storage and transportation; electronic data vaulting, and secure hosting. Together, clients of both firms will be provided with solutions that address all aspects of business continuity: prevention and response. www.avalution.com www.recoverypoint.com
•Date: 14th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

‘Assessing the Terrorist Threat’
A new report by members of the BPC's National Security Preparedness Group details how the US terrorist threat has evolved since the attacks in 2001, including the development of homegrown networks and the increasingly diverse and decentralized nature of terrorism. Read the report (PDF).
•Date: 14th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: Terrorism

New light shed on PTSD
PTSD can affect anyone and business continuity managers need to be aware of the issue from both a personal point of view and because of its potential impacts on crisis team members and employees in the wider organization.
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•Date: 10th Sept 2010 • Region: N.America •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

COOP Systems announces new features for myCOOP
Several advanced enhancements to be highlighted at DRJ Fall World.
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•Date: 10th Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC software

FEMA publishes public-private partnership resources
New web resources aim to enable state and local officials and their private sector partners to share practices and ideas.
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•Date: 9th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

Watching Igor
Tropical Storm Igor has the potential to develop into a major hurricane.
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•Date: 9th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: 2010 Hurricane Season

ASIS International moves forward with organizational resilience maturity model
Announces committee formation; effort will help organizations tailor implementation of the ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard to their specific business needs.
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•Date: 8th Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Continuity Centers launches MobileVault cloud backup services
Continuity Centers has announced the addition of MobileVault data protection services to its Secure Private Cloud Backup offerings. The new service “extends efficient, cost-effective and transformational cloud backup and recovery solutions beyond business walls to mobile computing devices outside the corporate LAN”. Read the press release.

•Date: 8th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: IT continuity

Virginia computing nightmare continues
InformationWeek has reported that Virginia may lose data from a SAN outage that started in July. Apparently IT operations in Virginia are ‘more or less back to normal’, but Virginia is still working ‘around the clock’ to recover data. Read the story.
•Date: 8th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: IT continuity

NIST finalizes initial Smart Grid Cyber Security Guidelines
Includes information for businesses and organizations to use as they craft strategies to protect the modernizing power grid from attacks, malicious code, cascading errors, and other threats.
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•Date: 3rd Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Power management

Institute for Southern Studies report says that Katrina disaster response lessons have still not been learned
According to a new report many of the problems exposed in the federal response to Katrina have yet to be addressed in Washington.
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•Date: 1st Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

Get ready for Earl
UPDATED As Hurricane Earl approaches, FEMA urges east coast businesses to be prepared.
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•Date: 1st Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: 2010 hurricane season

Five years later – how New Orleans flood risk has changed since Hurricane Katrina
Significant investments have been made in levees over the last five years; however, flood threat continues to rise as the city sinks and sea levels rise.
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•Date: 31st August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

Atlantic Hurricane Season steps up a gear
Forecasters tracking Hurricane Danielle; and second hurricane likely to follow in its wake.
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•Date: 25th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: 2010 hurricane season

US public health agencies get disaster preparedness funding
Almost $700 million available for all-hazards state and local public health preparedness and response.
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•Date: 24th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

Five years after Hurricane Katrina and Gulf Coast building codes are still inadequate
According to an IBHS special report.
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•Date: 20th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC facilities

One of the main topics at the Ninth ANSI-HSSP Plenary will be crisis management
November 9-10, 2010, in Arlington, VA.
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•Date: 20th August 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Events

New PAETEC Data Center supports critical IT assets
PAETEC has officially opened an expansive, high-tech data center in Andover, MA, approximately 24 miles north of Boston. This new flagship center will help customers maintain their critical data, server operating applications, network, and communications assets. It also represents a major step forward for the company towards supporting cloud computing. The center not only serves companies in New England, but those nationwide with a need for geographic redundancy or a presence on the East Coast for reduced latency. The two-story, 92,700 square feet facility includes nearly an acre of raised floor space available for customers to collocate their servers, routers, and other communication equipment. More details.

•Date: 20th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: IT continuity

Classic business continuity mistake at Central Michigan University
Central Michigan University’s main computer system went down on August 16 after heavy rain flooding the basement in which the IBM mainframe computer is housed. A university spokesman said that technicians powered down the mainframe, removed damaged components and replaced them, then tried to restore the operations: but the system wouldn’t respond. An IBM expert was on the scene August 18, trying to diagnose and solve the problem. Read the full story.
•Date: 20th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: IT continuity

US major disaster declarations
Illinois
Federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of Illinois to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 22 to August 7, 2010. Gregory W. Eaton has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

Missouri
Federal disaster aid has been made available for Missouri and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes during the period of June 12 to July 31, 2010. Joseph M. Girot was named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

•Date: 20th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

DSM wins State of Florida IT disaster recovery contract
The State of Florida has announced that it has awarded DSM Technology Consultants the state contract for disaster recovery services. DSM will provide state, county and local agencies/entities with a broader, more flexible and cost effective range of disaster recovery services. DSM has one of the largest and safest data center networks in the state of Florida as well as a network of in-state business continuity facilities (500+ seats). www.dsm.net
•Date: 20th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC companies

GAO report finds that US public-private cybersecurity coordination is still lacking
‘Critical Infrastructure Protection: Key Private and Public Cyber Expectations Need to Be Consistently Addressed.’
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•Date: 18th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

Backup complexity seen as top challenge in managing enterprise data storage: survey
40 percent of respondents acknowledged that their organizations had no satisfactory disaster recovery solution in place.
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•Date: 18th August 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

‘Who Wants To Be A Business Continuity Planner?’
NEDRIX Annual Conference will include a quiz based on the Who Wants to be a Millionaire? format. Teams and individuals are invited to enter.
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•Date: 18th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Events

Social media usage during disasters surveyed
Red Cross finds that many people are turning to Facebook and Twitter for immediate disaster information and help.
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•Date: 17th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

Atlantic Hurricane Season: no room for complacency
NOAA still expects active Hurricane Season; La Niña develops.
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•Date: 6th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

ASIS International invites applications to participate in Organizational Resilience Maturity Model development committee
Model will help organizations tailor implementation of the ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard to specific business needs.
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•Date: 6th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

‘Piloting Supply Chain Risk Management for Federal Information Systems’
New NIST report released for public comment.
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•Date: 6th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

SunGard announces second quarter 2010 results
SunGard has reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010. For the quarter, revenue was $1.30 billion, down 5 percent year over year, and income from operations was $126 million. Adjusted EBITDA was $354 million, down 1 percent year over year, and adjusted income from operations was $269 million, down 3 percent year over year. Availability Services revenue decreased 3 percent year over year to $365 million in the second quarter. Read the full results announcement.

•Date: 6th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC companies

President declares major disaster for Texas
FEMA has announced that federal aid has been made available for Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by Hurricane Alex beginning on June 30, 2010, and continuing.
Bradley M. Harris was named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=52303

•Date: 4th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Post-flood safety and recovery tips
Useful checklist from the Institute for Business & Home Safety.
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•Date: 30th July 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Salvage / restoration

US major disaster declarations

•Date: 30th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Sign up for 2010 National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month in the US and FEMA is urging organizations to pledge their support.
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•Date: 29th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Cloud computing attitudes
51 percent of IT departments now use cloud-based applications, with users reporting better security and lower costs.
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•Date: 23rd July 2010 • Region: US/UK •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

IBHS releases hurricane roof performance research study
The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has released its latest research study, ‘Surviving Nature’s Fury: Performance of Asphalt Shingle Roofs in the Real World,’ which investigated damage from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008. Roof cover damage continues to be the most frequent source of hurricane-related insurance claims not related to storm surge. The multi-variant IBHS findings offer compelling evidence of how well asphalt shingle roofs would perform during a hurricane. The full version of the study is available here (PDF).
•Date: 23rd July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC facilities & buildings

NIST publishes draft cloud computing and virtualization security guidance
Comment period runs until August 13th.
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•Date: 22nd July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

Twelve Chicago southland education institutions sign mutual aid agreement
Agreement aims to enhance business continuity and crisis management.
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•Date: 22nd July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Future US water supply risks examined
14 states face an extreme or high risk to water sustainability.
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•Date: 22nd July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

DHS’s long range strategic plans criticised
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman says that DHS plans are too broad and unspecific.
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•Date: 22nd July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

Hurricane season 2100
Fewer, but marginally stronger, hurricanes expected in the future.
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•Date: 21st July 2010 • Region: Various •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

Award for Butler County Disaster Recovery Coalition
The Rebuild Iowa Award for Service has been presented to the Butler County Disaster Recovery Coalition. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond the call of duty in Iowa’s 2008 disaster recovery efforts. The Butler County Disaster Recovery Coalition was created by concerned citizens, business leaders, government officials and clergy to meet long-term recovery needs following the 2008 floods and tornadoes. Although the Coalition’s work on the 2008 disasters is winding down, the Coalition will continue, with members meeting on a regular basis so they are ready for the next disaster.
•Date: 21st July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

IBM and the Texas Department of Information Resources in dispute over backup & recovery, security and disaster recovery, amongst other areas
The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has issued a ‘Notice to Cure’ in response to a series of alleged contractual failures by IBM, the primary vendor for the state’s data center services program. The Notice to Cure asserts that IBM is in breach of its seven year service contract signed with the state in 2006 for $863 million dollars. The notice highlights ‘material breaches’ of the data center services contract in the areas of consolidation, backup and recovery, security, disaster recovery, service level attainment, and staffing, and multiple other breaches that ‘collectively constitute an additional material breach’. Read the Notice to Cure and DIR press release.
•Date: 21st July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

CFTC issues proposed business continuity and disaster recovery regulation for DCMs and DCOs
Requires same-day recovery time objectives for trading and clearing as well as geographic dispersal of infrastructure
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•Date: 16th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Financial sector BC

Winners of US National Cybersecurity Awareness Challenge announced
The Challenge, announced in March, received more than 80 proposals.
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•Date: 16th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

Napolitano announces more than $1.8 billion in fiscal year 2010 preparedness grants
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced more than $1.8 billion in Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) preparedness grants designed to help states, urban areas, tribal governments and non-profit organizations enhance their protection, prevention, response and recovery capabilities for risks associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards. Read press release.
•Date: 16th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for Nebraska
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Nebraska to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes beginning on June 1, 2010, and continuing. Stephen R. Thompson has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=52148
•Date: 16th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

RMS reviews US terrorism trends
The success of terrorist plots in US is directly correlated with the number of operatives involved in the planning; larger groups are more likely to be caught.
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•Date: 14th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Terrorism

PIA urges House to pass 5-year flood insurance extension bill
The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader John Boehner urging that the House quickly pass H.R. 5114, the Flood Insurance Reform and Priorities Act of 2010. The bill by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), which would reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and extend it for a full five years, is expected to be considered on the House floor this Thursday, July 15. More details.
•Date: 14th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for Montana
FEMA has announced today that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of Montana to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on June 15, 2010, and continuing. Steven S. Ward has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=52107
•Date: 14th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Researchers focus on cloud computing availability
New research helps providers spot cloud computing problems before they start.
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•Date: 13th July 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Practitioners’ ethics
John Glenn, MBCI, gives his reactions to a recent webinar.
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•Date: 9th July 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

In-crisis decision making: five steps to wow!
The final instalment of Dennis Hamilton’s series about crisis management.
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•Date: 9th July 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Crisis management

CAPS Shelton CT data center and work recovery facility successfully completes SAS 70 Type II 2010 audit
Computer Alternative Processing Sites (CAPS), Inc., has announced the successful completion of its 2010 service auditor’s review, commonly known as a SAS 70 audit, of its general controls supporting the remote backup and recovery hosting solutions. The 2010 SAS 70 Type II audit is part of an ongoing audit agreement, begun in 2009 with its service auditor, guaranteeing that CAPS secure Shelton, Connecticut facility will undergo an annual Type II audit. The CAPS Shelton CT SAS 70 Type II data center serves the northeast states forming the Boston-New York metro business corridor. CAPS supports clients, from SMB to large enterprises, with colocation, managed services, data backup, workstation facilities, failover and notification communication systems, mobile disaster recovery and DR / BC services. www.capsbrs.com
•Date: 9th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC companies

New US Federal web portal launched to provide Deepwater Horizon oil spill response and recovery information and resources
Designed to serve as a one-stop repository for news, data and operational updates.
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•Date: 8th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

Updated computer security NIST guidelines focus on security assessment plans
Revised Guide for Assessing Security Controls in Federal Information Systems and Organizations.
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•Date: 8th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

Compushare enhances Critical Systems Recovery solution
New Chicago data center will allow Compushare to offer a highly available redundant computing environment.
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•Date: 8th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC markets & companies

‘Impact of New Madrid Seismic Zone Earthquakes on the Central USA’
The impacts of a destructive earthquake in the New Madrid seismic zone are greater than previous worst-case scenarios have predicted, according to a study released in June by the University of Illinois. The study, ‘Impact of New Madrid Seismic Zone Earthquakes on the Central USA’, commissioned by FEMA, found that a 7.7 magnitude earthquake could leave at least seven million people temporarily homeless. Particularly hard hit would be St. Louis and Memphis — the two largest cities near the fault.
https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/14810

•Date: 7th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US major disaster declarations
- Minnesota
- Maine
•Date: 7th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

International operational sustainability standard for data center operations published by Uptime Institute
Addresses the management behaviors and risks that affect long-term data center uptime.
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•Date: 2nd July 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

US National Flood Insurance Program reinstated through to September 30, 2010
The US Congress has reinstated the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), ending a period of hiatus. The bill is retroactive to June 1, the day the program was halted, and is now set to expire on September 30, 2010. Source: Marsh
•Date: 2nd July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Double-Take Software named 2010 Support Department of the Year by The American Business Awards
Double-Take Software has received the 8th Annual American Business Awards' Stevie Award as the 2010 Support Department of the Year. The Stevie Award was presented on June 21, 2010 and recognizes the company's dedication to providing its customers with outstanding support and customer service. More than 200 executives across the country participated in the judging process to determine the finalists and Stevie Award winners. www.doubletake.com
•Date: 2nd July 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants reauthorization passes Senate
The US Senate has passed legislation to renew a grant program to help prevent disaster-related damage before it happens.
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•Date: 1st July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Public sector

Government of Canada assists Alberta with damage caused by rainstorm
Jim Prentice, minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Southern Alberta, has announced federal support for the Province of Alberta under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) program for response and recovery costs incurred following a severe rainstorm in May 2008. The Government of Alberta has indicated that the initial estimate of damage caused by the rainstorm is approximately $9.4 million. The federal share will be determined in accordance with the DFAA Guidelines, which list eligible expenses and include the cost sharing formula. www.gov.ab.ca
•Date: 30th June 2010 • Region: Canada •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

2010 Hurricane Season resource page
This page will be updated through the 2010 Hurricane Season with news, information and useful resources related to hurricane preparedness and response.

Latest updates:
- President declares emergency for Texas

- UK Met Office: 2010 could be one of the most active tropical storm seasons on record
- iJET outlines heightened risk factors and areas of impact for a unique 2010 Hurricane Season
• Last update: 30th June 2010 • Region: Various •Topic: 2010 Hurricane Season

I've changed my mind about tape...
Jerome M. Wendt explains why he is no longer a ‘tape hater’.

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•Date: 25th June 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

New blast resistance standards published in US
Specialists at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have helped create two new standards designed to increase safety in public spaces.
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•Date: 25th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Terrorism

New AHRQ guides offer us hospitals advice on emergency evacuation, assessment and recovery
Two new guides are now available to help hospital planners and administrators make important decisions about how to protect patients and health care workers and assess the physical components of a hospital when a natural or manmade disaster, terrorist attack, or other catastrophic event threatens the soundness of a facility. The Hospital Evacuation Decision Guide and the Hospital Assessment and Recovery Guide are intended to supplement hospital emergency plans, augment guidance on determining how long a decision to evacuate may be safely deferred and provide guidance on how to organize an initial assessment of a hospital to determine when it is safe to return after an evacuation.
•Date: 25th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for the State Of West Virginia
A major disaster exists in the State of West Virginia in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslides beginning on June 12, 2010, and continuing. FEMA has named Donald L. Keldsen as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=51965
•Date: 25th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

New satellite-based emergency communications service provides US companies with additional telecoms continuity options
Includes 'pay-as-you-use' service plan options.
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•Date: 24th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Telecoms continuity

AT&T wins Frost & Sullivan 2010 Product Leadership of the Year Award for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Services North America
Award is based on Frost & Sullivan's recent research of CSP BC/DR strategies and portfolios.
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•Date: 24th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC markets & companies

US small businesses ignoring business continuity
Nearly half of small businesses are operating without a business continuity plan : survey.
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•Date: 22nd June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC statistics

DHS adopts three business continuity standards
Adoption is a major milestone in PS-Prep program.

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•Date: 18th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Report identifies future mega-earthquake hotspots
Aon Benfield has published a new report ‘When The Earth Moves: Mega-Earthquakes To Come?’

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•Date: 18th June 2010 • Region: Various •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

Enterprise risk management lessons from the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe
Every large organization can learn from the ongoing Deepwater Horizon disaster says Geary W. Sikich.

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•Date: 17th June 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Operational risk

ChicagoFIRST conducts telecommuting test
Encourages member companies to exercise work-at-home capabilities.

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•Date: 15th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC testing

New Cybersecurity Bill introduced in US
Will build a public/private partnership to increase the preparedness and resiliency of private critical infrastructure cyber networks.

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•Date: 15th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

In-crisis decision making: participate or fail
The penultimate article in Dennis Hamilton’s ongoing series about crisis management looks at how to get maximum attendance at training events and exercises.

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•Date: 11th June 2010 • Region: US / World •Type: Article •Topic: Crisis management

Zero data loss disaster recovery: inhibitors
A new survey has looked into the issues that are preventing many companies from implementing zero data loss disaster recovery solutions.

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•Date: 11th June 2010 • Region: UK/US •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Companies with strong physical risk management deliver more stable earnings
According to new research from FM Global.

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•Date: 11th June 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC facilities

NIST WTC recommendations are basis for new set of building and fire codes
Revisions will ensure faster and more efficient emergency evacuations from buildings - especially tall structures.

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•Date: 11th June 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC facilities

ColoHouse Miami Data Center gets new ‘Business Continuity Wing’
Offers customers additional options including workforce recovery office space.

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•Date: 11th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Recovery facilities

The disaster recovery practices of leading IT organizations
‘Disaster Avoidance and Disaster Recovery: Making Your Datacenter Disaster Resilient’: a new report by the Aberdeen Group.

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•Date: 10th June 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

New CEO for SunGard Availability Services
Andrew Stern appointed as chief executive officer.

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•Date: 10th June 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC markets

PS-PREP: expedite, do it right, and create awareness
Brian Zawada, MBCP, reacts to a recent letter about PS-Prep sent to the DHS Secretary by the chairmen of the Senate and House Homeland Security Committees.

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•Date: 9th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Atlantic Hurricane Season expected to be worse than initially forecasted: Colorado State University
Colorado State University has changed its initial prediction; now says it will be a very active 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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•Date: 8th June 2010 • Region: Various •Type: Article •Topic: 2010 Hurricane Season

Twitter and business continuity
Many organizations are trying to understand how social media fits into their business continuity capability. Christopher Burton discusses the subject.

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•Date: 4th June 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Crisis comms

Speed things up...
Chairmen of Senate and House Homeland Security committees urge the DHS to ‘step up its implementation’ of PS-Prep.

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•Date: 4th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Aon publishes Terrorism Threat Map
New fronts in war on terror identified, domestic terrorism on the rise.

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•Date: 3rd June 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Terrorism

The Survivability Analysis Framework
CERT has released a paper which describes a framework that can be used
to examine the elements of an operational process and evaluate the survivability of an organization.

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•Date: 3rd June 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

2010 Hurricane Season resource page
This page will be updated through the 2010 Hurricane Season with news, information and useful resources related to hurricane preparedness and response.

Latest updates:
- Tips for 2010 Hurricane Season planning from SunGard Availability Services
• Last update: 3rd June 2010 • Region: Various •Topic: 2010 Hurricane Season

US National Flood Insurance Program expires
The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) expired on May 31, after a brief extension in April.

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•Date: 3rd June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

Business Emergency Planning Professional Excellence Awards recognize four NE Ohio organizations
The BEP Institute has recognized several Cleveland-area organizations with their Business Emergency Planning Professional Excellence (BEPPE) award. The awards recognizes Northeast Ohio organizations that have successfully mitigated a business disruption or avoided a potential disaster with effective business continuity planning. The 2010 BEPPE winners were:
• The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Akron, for planning around Hurricane Ike, 2008
• Invacare Corp., Elyria, for maintaining operations during large-scale installation of new equipment, May 2009
• Nesco Resource, Cleveland, for recovery after fire destroyed branch office, December 2009
• Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, for long-term planning and ultimate mitigation of potential campus-wide H1N1 flu outbreak, 2009
• Cuyahoga County Board of Health for implementation of countywide H1N1 flu vaccines, 2009.
www.bepinstitute.com

•Date: 3rd June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Digital copiers and information security
Many organizations are unaware of the information security risks associated with copiers, fax machines and large volume printers. By Dr. Jim Kennedy.

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•Date: 2nd June 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

Canadian ministers publish ‘National Strategy and Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure’
Will strengthen readiness to respond and recover from emergencies, attacks and disasters.

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•Date: 2nd June 2010 • Region: Canada •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

When is a black swan not a black swan?
Geary W. Sikich looks at the challenges of outlier events for contingency planners.

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•Date: 28th May 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

2010 Hurricane Season resource page
This page will be updated through the 2010 Hurricane Season with news, information and useful resources related to hurricane preparedness and response.

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•Date: 28th May 2010 • Region: Various •Type: Article •Topic: 2010 Hurricane Season

Connecting DHS to the private sector
The US DHS has announced the launch of a new document which brings together all DHS resources related to the private sector in one place. Check out the Private Sector Resources Catalog here (PDF).
•Date: 28th May 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing

Business continuity planning in the United States
AT&T has published the results of its annual Business Continuity Study.

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•Date: 26th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC statistics

US SBA presents annual disaster recovery awards
This year’s Phoenix Awards have been given during a luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC.

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•Date: 26th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

IBHS provides new business continuity plan development resources for members
The US Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has announced the release of its new Open for Business Online Trainer and Advanced Track Sessions, a web-based business continuity planning tool for small businesses which is available exclusively to IBHS members. Composed of nine short multimedia sessions, the Online Trainer guides users through the Open for Business planning tool to develop a customized property protection and business continuity plan, which is then stored online for future reference and updating. http://www.disastersafety.org/text.asp?id=ofb_online.
•Date: 26th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC software

Major disaster declared for Oklahoma
FEMA has announced that federal aid is available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds during the period of May 10-13, 2010. Gregory W. Eaton has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=51567
•Date: 26th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

New report describes the CERT ‘Resilience Management Model’
Model allows organizations to holistically mature their security, business continuity, and IT operations management capabilities.

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•Date: 25th May 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

New computer security threat warning
Researchers predict new threat for wireless networks: Typhoid adware.

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•Date: 25th May 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

Probability of mega-quake hitting Pacific Northwest coast of the United States assessed
Scientists predict that the odds are 1-in-3 that a huge quake will hit in next 50 years.

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•Date: 25th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

‘Security for Cloud Computing Users’: survey results
US organizations are more likely to deploy business-critical applications in the cloud than their European counterparts.

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•Date: 19th May 2010 • Region: US/Europe •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

Major disaster declared for Mississippi
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of May 1-2, 2010.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=51428
•Date: 19th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Eliminating data center hotspots
New fan-assisted floor tile will help to prevent server failures.

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•Date: 18th May 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Double-Take Software to be acquired by Vision Solutions in $242 million deal
Stockholders to receive $10.55 per share in cash.

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•Date: 18th May 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC markets

Nearly $790 million in new US critical infrastructure and preparedness grants announced
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced the fiscal year 2010 Preparedness Grants for nine federal programs.

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•Date: 14th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

US major disaster declarations

•Date: 14th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

BOWE BELL + HOWELL Business Continuity Production Services achieves SAS 70 certification for all Mail Processing Centers
BOWE BELL + HOWELL (BBH) has announced that it has been awarded SAS 70 Type II Certification. The widely recognized SAS 70 Audit confirms that a service organization has had its control objectives and control activities examined and certified by an independent accounting and auditing firm. The examination conducted at BBH included not only operational process controls, but also security and information technology processes at Business Continuity Production Services facilities in Bethlehem, Pa. and Wheeling, Ill. www.bowebellhowell.com
•Date: 14th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

Cloud security study
IT unaware of all cloud services used in their enterprise; less than half of cloud services are vetted for security.

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•Date: 13th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

AT&T running Detroit business continuity exercise
AT&T, working with local officials and business leaders, is conducting a full-scale disaster recovery simulation in the Metro Detroit area, from May 6 to May 14 near The Dearborn Inn. In advance of the exercise AT&T's 2010 Business Continuity Study found that many local Detroit businesses are well prepared for disasters and several are investing in additional technology. Eighty-six percent of Detroit companies have business continuity plans and 77 percent are planning to invest in new business continuity related technologies this year. www.att.com/ndr
•Date: 12th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US major disaster declarations

•Date: 12th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Total cost of US fires up 86 percent from 1980
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released a new report, ‘Total Cost of Fire in the United States’, which finds that in 2007, after adjusting for inflation, the core total cost of fire has increased by 86 percent since 1980. The complete total cost of fire for 2007 is estimated at $347 billion, making up approximately 2.5 percent of the US gross domestic product (GDP).
Other key findings from the report:
* Although the core total cost of fire increased, the economic loss due to fire decreased by 13 percent since 1980, totaling at $18.6 billion.
* The total cost of direct property damages, reported or unreported, totaled at $16.6 billion. This figure represents 90 percent of the economic loss. The other 10 percent represents indirect losses, such as business interruption.
* Human losses are estimated at $42.5 billion.
www.nfpa.org/research

•Date: 12th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Backup and disaster recovery still a difficult area for many businesses
More than 90 percent of US and UK businesses cite backup recovery time, reliability and cost as causes for concern.

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•Date: 11th May 2010 • Region: UK/US •Type: Article •Topic: ITC news

In-crisis decision making: practice makes perfect
Dennis C. Hamilton continues his series on crisis management, looking at how to conduct effective exercises.

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•Date: 7th May 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Crisis management

Recovery Point upgrades private fiber network to optical
Recovery Point claims that its carrier-neutral, DWDM private cloud network is unique among US hosting and disaster recovery providers.

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•Date: 7th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Recovery facilities

IBHS publishes new guidelines aimed at reducing wildfire risks to property
Three versions of the guidelines are available: providing information for general businesses; farms and ranches, and homes.

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•Date: 7th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

SunGard announces first quarter 2010 results
SunGard has reported that revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 was $1.25 billion, down 6 percent from 2009. Adjusted EBITDA was $297 million, down 9 percent from 2009. Adjusted income from operations was $217 million, down 10 percent from 2009. Excluding the results of one of its trading systems businesses revenue was up 3 percent and adjusted income from operations was down 3 percent. Income from operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 was $74 million, down 26 percent from 2009. Availability Services' revenue decreased $1 million to $369 million for the quarter. Organic revenue decreased 3 percent in the quarter. Read the results.
•Date: 7th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

New workforce continuity facility opens in Washington
New SunGard Availability Services recovery facility on Federal Way.

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•Date: 6th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Recovery facilities

Terror trends examined
A new report from the University of Maryland-based National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

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•Date: 6th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Terrorism

Policies and procedures during disaster recovery
John Glenn highlights the importance of considering the well-being of those involved in helping organizations recovery from disasters.

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•Date: 5th May 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Recovery facilities

SunGard Availability Services showcases new Sacramento Data Center
There will be an open house on Thursday, May 20, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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•Date: 5th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Equinix completes $683.4m acquisition of Switch and Data
Equinix, Inc., has announced completion of its acquisition of Switch and Data Facilities Company, Inc. in a transaction valued at $683.4 million and comprised of a cash payment of approximately $134.0 million and the issuance of approximately 5.5 million shares of Equinix common stock valued at $549.4 million based on the closing price of Equinix common stock as of April 30, 2010. The transaction strengthens Equinix’s position in the global data center / centre services market by extending the company’s presence to 16 new metropolitan areas across North America and by expanding the company’s regional data centre footprint from six to 22 metropolitan areas, providing expansion opportunities for Equinix’s growing global base of customers. www.equinix.com
•Date: 5th May 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

US major disaster declarations
* Tennessee
* Alabama
* Massachusetts
* North Dakota
•Date: 5th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman comments on the attempted Times Square terrorist attack
Bill to strengthen the Office of Bombing Prevention within the Department of Homeland Security will be brought forward again.

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•Date: 4th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Terrorism

FEMA launches new mobile website
FEMA has launched m.fema.gov, a new mobile website which will help people quickly get the information they need when disaster strikes. The new site is laid out in a user friendly, question and answer format, walking users through the important issues they face when dealing with disasters.
•Date: 30th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Military develops new multipurpose decontaminants for terrorist attack sites
Chemists with the United States military have developed a set of ultra-strength cleaners that could be used in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. The new formulas are tough enough to get rid of nerve gas, mustard gas, radioactive isotopes, and anthrax. But they are also non-toxic, based on ingredients found in foods, cosmetics, and other consumer products. Read more in this article: ‘All-Weather Hydrogen Peroxide-Based Decontamination of CBRN Contaminants.’
•Date: 30th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: Terrorism

US major disaster declaration for State Of Mississippi
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Mississippi to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of April 23-24, 2010.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=51151

•Date: 30th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general


US and Australia sign emergency management coordination agreement
Information and human resource exchanges will strengthen response to major disasters of all kinds.

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•Date: 29th April 2010 • Region: Australia/US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency plan

North Carolina State University research offers ‘key to resolving virtualization and cloud computing hypervisor security issues’
New ‘HyperSafe’ solution, leverages existing hardware features to secure hypervisors.

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•Date: 28th April 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

BÖWE BELL + HOWELL awarded patent for disaster recovery solutions
BÖWE BELL + HOWELL has announced that it has been awarded a patent for using electronic means for delivering billing and statement information in the event that a disaster affects a mailer’s traditional mail delivery capabilities. The patent also includes notifying customers via one or many options including phone, e-mail and company websites of the availability of secure electronic information. www.bowebellhowell.com
•Date: 28th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

Senators Lieberman, Collins introduce pre-disaster mitigation grants reauthorization
US Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Me., have introduced legislation ‘to renew a highly effective, competitive grant program to help prevent disaster-related damage before it happens’. The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) reauthorization bill provides grants to state and local governments for projects to mitigate the risk of hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters. The bill codifies the PDM program as a competitive grant program in an effort to provide the program with stability. Without the authorization, the program would expire.
•Date: 28th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US major disaster declarations
State Of Connecticut
FEMA has announced a major disaster exists in the State of Connecticut and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on March 12, 2010, and continuing.

West Virginia
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for West Virginia and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms and snowstorms during the period of February 5-11, 2010.
•Date: 28th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

‘The Financial Management of Cyber Risk: An Implementation Framework for CFOs'
New guidance from the Internet Security Alliance and the American National Standards Institute.

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•Date: 27th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

The macroawareness challenge
Macroawareness of risk – is this really a reasonable expectation of executive leadership and the board? By Joe Long.

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•Date: 23rd April 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Operational risk

Cloud Communications Alliance to bring voice communications to the cloud
Newly created alliance to drive first US-wide hosted-IP high-definition enterprise voice and data network.

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•Date: 23rd April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Telecoms continuity

Federal partnership will address wildfire threats
US Secretaries of Agriculture, Interior and Homeland Security announce partnership to develop comprehensive wildfire management strategy.

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•Date: 22nd April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

A glimpse of the future of resilient computing?
‘Bizarre matter’ could find use in fault-tolerant quantum computers.

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•Date: 22nd April 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

US major disaster declarations
- Nebraska
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for Nebraska and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, ice jams, and flooding during the period of March 6 to April 3, 2010.
- North Dakota
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the state of North Dakota and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm during the period of April 1-3, 2010.

•Date: 22nd April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

IIROC postpones business continuity test again
Test which was rescheduled from 2009 to 2010 now postponed until September 2011.

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•Date: 20th April 2010 • Region: Canada •Type: Article •Topic: Testing & Exercising

US needs new national strategy in era of cyberaggression
According to a new University of Cincinnati paper.

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•Date: 20th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Terrorism

US National Flood Insurance Program extended
The US Congress has passed an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program through May, 31, 2010

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•Date: 20th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

Stratus4Uptime contest winner's server is 17 years running... and still counting
To help mark its upcoming 30th anniversary, Stratus Technologies conducted the Stratus4Uptime contest to find the Stratus servers with the records for longest in production and longest without unplanned downtime. Customers from around the world submitted nominations. The winning companies were Double Eagle Steel Coating Company, a Dearborn, Michigan, manufacturing plant, which has been running critical applications on the same Stratus server for 17 years; and Pittsburgh-based Highmark, Inc. whose server has operated with no unplanned downtime since February 2001: in fact, it hasn't been rebooted for more than four years. www.stratus.com
•Date: 20th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US major disaster declarations
- FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of New York. The assistance will supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of March 13-15, 2010.
http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12629

- FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for Minnesota and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by flooding beginning on March 1, 2010, and continuing.
http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12648
•Date: 20th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

In-crisis decision making: majority rules decision making
Part five of Dennis Hamilton’s series on effective crisis management.

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•Date: 16th April 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Crisis management

Enterprise risk management surveyed
Survey of actuaries indicates focus on systemic risks and importance of corporate culture when adopting enterprise risk management.

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•Date: 16th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Operational risk

New Business Continuity Alliance to continue work of MSU CIP Program
The Security Executive Council and Michigan State University have partnered to continue and expand the work of the MSU Critical Incident Protocol program, which lost its federal funding last spring.

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•Date: 15th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Physical Security Criteria for Federal Facilities: new US standard
Establishes baseline physical security measures for all federal buildings and facilities.

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•Date: 13th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC facilities

ASIS CSO Roundtable publishes white paper on enterprise security risk management
‘Enterprise Security Risk Management: How Great Risks Lead to Great Deeds’.

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•Date: 9th April 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Operational risk

‘Growing sophistication of cyber attacks pose greatest risk to US infrastructure’: Clarus Research Group survey
Federal IT personnel believe that the possibility is ‘high’ for a cyber attack by a foreign nation in the next year.

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•Date: 9th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

Above average 2010 hurricane season expected
Colorado State University forecast team predicts 15 named storms to form in the Atlantic basin between June 1 and Nov. 30 with eight expected to be hurricanes and four developing into major hurricanes.

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•Date: 9th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Warnings

Shadows In The Cloud: Investigating Cyber Espionage 2.0’
A joint report by The Information Warfare Monitor and the Shadowserver Foundation has highlighted how the public cloud is being utilised by advanced hackers.

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•Date: 7th April 2010 • Region: N.America/World •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

Rentsys Recovery relocates a portion of its Mobile Recovery Center fleet to California Bay Area
The MRC units are located on the premises of Herakles, a data center company, as part of a new partnership agreement.

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•Date: 7th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Recovery facilities

NōtiFind for hospitals
NōtiFind for Hospitals has been introduced by SunGard Availability Services to enable hospital management and administrators to locate, inform and coordinate responses with doctors, nurses, support staff and public safety officials in addressing disasters, and other facility and security incidents. SunGard’s NōtiFind for Hospitals, powered by the Varolii Corporation, is specifically designed to provide hospitals with pre-configured emergency notifications, based on business continuity planning and healthcare industry best practices. The notification content helps hospitals stay compliant with regulatory guidelines such as the Joint Commission and Hospital Incident Command System (HICS). The solution also helps hospitals manage the unpredictable nature of rotating and remotely located personnel, helping hospitals quickly assemble available staff. www.availability.sungard.com
•Date: 7th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Everbridge selected by CityCenter for emergency notification
Everbridge has announced that CityCenter, an 18-million-square foot, $8.5 billion gaming, entertainment, retail, hotel, and resort destination that opened in December 2009, has implemented the Everbridge Aware emergency notification system to ensure critical communications during unforeseen business disruptions. CityCenter uses the Everbridge system to communicate with operations and security personnel and keep them informed during unexpected incidents, including network interruptions, power outages and other facilities-related events. http://www.everbridge.com/
•Date: 7th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

OSHA advice on sandbag use floods
OSHA has provided manual handling guidance for when employees are filling, moving and placing sandbags during flooding disasters. Read
•Date: 7th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Major disaster declared for New Jersey
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on March 12, 2010, and continuing. William L. Vogel has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12609
•Date: 7th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Private Cloud-Based Managed Data Protection Solution launched by Verizon and IBM
New Backup-as-a-Service offering.

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•Date: 1st April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

US major disaster declarations
- Delaware
•Date:1st April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Every contact point counts
Why multi-modality is essential to emergency notification. By Tony Schmitz.

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•Date: 31st Mar 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Crisis communications

US Congress allows National Flood Insurance Program to lapse
Issue highlighted by Marsh.

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•Date: 31st March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

COOP Systems adds new features to myCOOP
COOP Systems, the developer of myCOOP, an advanced business continuity management software package, has added three new capabilities to it.

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•Date: 31st March 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC software

US major disaster declarations
- Massachusetts
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
- West Virginia

•Date: 31st March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Web Planner Express business continuity planning tool enhanced
Web Planner Express, an easily affordable business continuity planning tool, has been significantly enhanced with support for BIA and risk metric management, expanded database lists, and planning template upgrades. http://www.waypointadvisory.com/
•Date: 31st March 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC software

The Business Continuity Institute announces that it will accept other associations’ credentials as part of an ‘Alternative Route to Membership Program
MBCP, CBCP or ABCP holders will no longer have to take the BCI’s official exam.

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•Date: 30th March 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

The Business Continuity Institute announces that it will accept other associations’ credentials as part of an ‘Alternative Route to Membership Program
MBCP, CBCP or ABCP holders will no longer have to take the BCI’s official exam.

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•Date: 30th March 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Key US sector leaders meet to discuss community resiliency in a large-scale crisis
Session chaired by Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery.

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•Date: 26th March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

US major disaster declarations
President Declares Major Disaster For Maine
President Declares Major Disaster For District Of Columbia

•Date: 26th March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Study looks into US business continuity planning trends
The results of the ‘2009-2010 Preparedness, Security and Crisis Communications’ survey.

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•Date: 24th March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC statistics

SunGard Availability Services adds vendor and work force assessment capabilities to Continuity Management Solution
Helps identify potential vulnerabilities and manage policies.

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•Date: 24th March 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC software

Florida Business Continuity Center opens
The Florida Business Continuity Center has been officially opened, offering increased capacity to meet the disaster recovery and business continuity needs of public and private organizations throughout Florida. Located in Winter Haven, Florida, within the Inland Fiber & Data Technology Park, the 250 workstation, 14,000 square foot Florida Business Continuity Center was established to provide full service alternate workspace recovery facilities and services. www.fbccdr.com
•Date: 24th March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: Recovery facilities

Major disaster declared for New Jersey
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for New Jersey to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of February 5-6, 2010. William L. Vogel has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12528
•Date: 24th March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Everbridge sees record growth in 2009
Everbridge, the leader in incident notification systems, has announced that it continued to drive technology innovation, customer acquisition and communications expertise in 2009, solidifying the company’s leadership position within the sector. In addition, the company achieved an average annual growth rate of 130 percent over the last three years, a figure considerably higher than the industry average, which Gartner calculated at 29 percent for 2009. More details.
•Date: 24th March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

NFPA releases new edition of NFPA 1600
Latest version of the US Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs is now available.

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•Date: 22nd March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness's 2010 Business Continuity Award
Do you know someone in Canada that exemplifies leadership in the business continuity profession? If so, consider nominating them for the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness's 2010 Business Continuity Award. Nominations close April 30th, 2010. http://www.ccep.ca/awards.html
•Date: 22nd March 2010 • Region: Canada •Type: Briefing

Government of Canada publishes latest Federal Emergency Response Plan
The Honourable Vic Toews, Canadian Government Minister of Public Safety, accompanied by Daniel Petit, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, have announced the release of the Canadian Federal Emergency Response Plan (FERP). This has been developed by Public Safety Canada in consultation with other federal departments. It has been formally approved by the Government of Canada along with the Federal Policy for Emergency Management, which outlines Canada’s emergency management policy and provides a framework for emergency management at the federal level.
•Date: 22nd March 2010 • Region: Canada •Type: Briefing

2010 Hurricane Season will be more active than 2010: AccuWeather.com
AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center meteorologists have released their early hurricane season forecast for the Atlantic Basin for 2010. The forecast is calling for a much more active 2010 season with above-normal threats on the US coastline. AccuWeather.com is forecasting seven landfalls. Five will be hurricanes, and two or three of the hurricanes will be major landfalls for the US. Read the story.
•Date: 22nd March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: Warnings

Major disaster declared for Arizona
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Arizona to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas struck by severe winter storms and flooding during the period of January 18-22, 2010. Mark A. Neveau has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=50630
•Date: 22nd March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

SunGard’s 2009 results
SunGard has reported that revenue for the full-year 2009 was $5.51 billion, down 2 percent from 2008. Adjusted EBITDA was $1.50 billion, down 7 percent from 2008. SunGard reported a loss from operations of $576 million for the full-year 2009, compared to income from operations of $470 million for the full-year 2008. The reported loss from operations in 2009 includes a noncash write-down of goodwill in SunGard’s Availability Services business of $1.13 billion. Read the full results.
•Date: 22nd March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

In-crisis decision making: ‘let them do their job’
Part four of Dennis Hamilton’s series on effective crisis management.

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•Date: 12th March 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Crisis management

US major disaster declarations
Federal disaster aid has been made available for South Dakota to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm during the period of January 20-26, 2010.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=50603

Federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Kansas to supplement recovery efforts in the areas struck by severe winter storms and snowstorm during the period of December 22, 2009, to January 8, 2010.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=50598

Major disaster declared for California
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for California to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows during the period of January 17 to February 6, 2010. Michael H. Smith has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12448
•Date: 10th March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

EU and US discuss critical infrastructure protection
The European Commission and the EU Presidency took part in the first EU-US expert meeting on critical infrastructure protection in Madrid on 4-5 March.

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•Date: 9th March 2010 • Region: Various •Type: Article •Topic: Terrorism

In-crisis decision making: Communicate or expect the worse
The third in a series of articles on crisis management critical success factors, by Dennis C. Hamilton.

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•Date: 5th March 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Crisis management

Iron Mountain appoints Hasbro chairman to its board
Iron Mountain has announced that Alfred J. Verrecchia, chairman of the board of Hasbro Inc., has joined its board of directors. Verrecchia became Iron Mountain’s 11th director at the company’s regular March meeting. www.ironmountain.com
•Date: 5th Mar 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

Major disaster declared for West Virginia
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for West Virginia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of December 18-20, 2009. Regis Leo Phelan has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12389
•Date: 5th Mar 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

NIST releases ‘Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems: A Security Life Cycle Approach’
Final version now available.

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•Date: 4th March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

Accenture opens cyber security threat analysis center
Accenture has opened a threat analysis center in San Antonio, Texas. The center enhances cyber security services that Accenture has long provided to help government and commercial clients reduce the risk of cyber disruptions, protect against threats of data theft or manipulation, and address requirements for trusted software applications. The company also plans to use the center to provide clients with assistance in areas such as technology infrastructure, identity management, malware analysis, cyber forensics, mission resilience, business continuity, and Federal Desktop Core Configuration compliance. www.accenture.com
•Date: 3rd March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US disaster declarations
Major disaster declared for Iowa
Major disaster declared for North Dakota

•Date: 3rd March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

US Senators criticise FEMA’s proposed disaster recovery plan
Plan “still has significant gaps”.

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•Date: 2nd March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

FEMA and European disaster management agencies meet to discuss large scale disaster preparedness
FEMA leadership meets with NOAA National Weather Service and European partners; geomagnetic events high on the agenda.

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•Date: 26th Feb 2010 • Region: US/Europe •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

VoiceNation survey looks into US demand for voice continuity
VoiceNation has published the results of a survey of US small to medium sized companies regarding their business continuity plan for voice communication. This found that while 100 percent of respondents agreed that there was a critical need for some sort of emergency plan if they lost their voice communication platform; only 38 percent actually had some sort of plan in place. www.voicenation.com
•Date: 26th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: Telecoms continuity

US disaster declarations
Major disaster declared for Nebraska
Major disaster declared for Iowa
Major disaster declared for Oklahoma

•Date: 26th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Iron Mountain announces $150 million share repurchase program
Iron Mountain’s board of directors has approved a new share repurchase program authorizing up to $150 million in repurchases of the company's common stock. This represents approximately 3 percent of the outstanding common stock based on the closing price on February 19, 2010. In addition, the company announced that its board of directors adopted a new dividend policy under which the company intends to pay quarterly cash dividends on Iron Mountain common stock. The first quarterly dividend of $0.0625 per share, representing a planned annual dividend payout of $0.25 per share, will be payable on April 15, 2010 to shareholders of record on March 25, 2010. The cash dividend is the first in the Company's history. Iron Mountain has also released its fourth quarter 2009 financial results this week, which show strong Adjusted OIBDA growth of 14 percent.
•Date: 26th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets and companies

Survey looks at homeland security management across the various US states
The results of the 6th Annual State Homeland Security Advisors Survey.

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•Date: 25th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Public sector


Double-Take Software launches Double-Take Cloud
Cloud-based disaster recovery offering leverages Amazon Web Services.

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•Date: 23rd Feb 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

COOP Systems and MIR3 announce strategic reseller relationship
COOP Systems has announced a new reseller agreement with MIR3, to integrate MIR3's inEnterprise Intelligent Notification and Response platform into COOP Systems' myCOOP business continuity management software. This integration will allow the companies' mutual customers to access the MIR3's inEnterprise intelligent notification and response software and initiate any necessary communication without ever leaving the myCOOP system. Read press release.
•Date: 23rd Feb 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

Iron Mountain acquires Mimosa Systems
Iron Mountain has announced that it has acquired Santa Clara, Calif.-based Mimosa Systems, Inc., a leader in enterprise-class content archiving solutions, for approximately $112 million in cash, subject to closing adjustments. The deal provides Iron Mountain with an integrated archive for email, SharePoint data and files, and gives the company an on-premises archiving option to complement its existing cloud-based archives. Read press release.
•Date: 23rd Feb 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

RecoveryPlanner receives US Department of Commerce Export Achievement Award
RecoveryPlanner has announced its acceptance of the US Department of Commerce Export Achievement Award. This award is presented to companies that have successfully entered the international marketplace. The RecoveryPlanner RPX product is built as a web-based application delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS) or offered as a site license. The product has been designed from concept to easily accommodate international languages. International customers with web access simply access a secure website, log in and utilize the RPX product. Utilizing a network of partnerships that include resellers and consultants, RecoveryPlanner provides its global customers with knowledge of regulatory guidelines as well as direct technical support. RecoveryPlanner partners help adapt the offering to needs of its international customers while providing world-class product support. www.recoveryplanner.com

•Date: 23rd Feb 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets

SunGard Availability Services expands colocation and managed services centers in Atlanta
SunGard Availability Services is expanding its data centers in Midtown Atlanta and Smyrna, Ga. to meet increasing customer demand for colocation and managed services. The SunGard Midtown Atlanta facility is undergoing a large-scale power upgrade designed to support an additional 350 cabinets of IT space for customers. The upgrade includes adding 2.5 megawatts in utility power, doubling facility capacity. The infrastructure will also gain an additional two megawatt generator, one megawatt in UPS power and 300 tons of cooling capacity. The plan for the Smyrna facility is to add 25,000 square feet of raised floor for colocation and managed services with 16,000 square feet delivered in phase one. The upgrade also includes adding six megawatts of utility power, 2 N utility power redundancy (accessing power from separate utility substations), UPS power with N+1 redundancy and 700 tons of cooling capacity. www.sungard.com
•Date: 23rd Feb 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing •Topic: IT continuity

US major disaster declarations
- President declares major disaster for Maryland
- President declares major disaster for Virginia

•Date: 23rd Feb 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Cyber ShockWave exercise finds that the US has many lessons to learn when it comes to cyber-attack response
Last week, the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted Cyber ShockWave, a simulated cyber attack on the United States.

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•Date: 22nd Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Terrorism

Emergency power: danger in complacency
Poorly maintained emergency generators can result in real business continuity problems. Dr. Jim Kennedy highlights the issue and provides a useful maintenance checklist.

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•Date: 12th Feb 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Power management

In-crisis decision making: the authority to act
The second in a series of articles on crisis management critical success factors, by Dennis C. Hamilton.

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•Date: 12th Feb 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Crisis management

SunGard Availability Services' CEO resigns
Eric Berg leaves SunGard.

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•Date: 10th Feb 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC markets

Draft FEMA National Disaster Recovery Framework open for comment
Comment period will close on February 26, 2010.

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•Date: 10th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

IBHS provides property protection strategies for severe winter weather
As the Mid-Atlantic region of the US begins to dig out from under one blizzard and faces another serious snowstorm, the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has offered guidance on how businesses can protect their property from winter weather-related perils, such as roof collapse due to heavy snow loads. Go to the advice index.
•Date: 10th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for the state of New Jersey
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of New Jersey to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a snowstorm during the period of December 19-20, 2009.
Stephen M. DeBlasio Sr. has been named the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12289

•Date: 10th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Juggling information security, business continuity and overall preparedness
Should business continuity and information security be a single role? Christopher Burton discusses.

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•Date: 9th Feb 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

In-crisis decision making: ‘resolving the dilemma’
The first in a series of articles on crisis decision making by Dennis C. Hamilton, Hon FBCI.

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•Date: 5th Feb 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Crisis management

Cloud Computing Adoption: survey results
Study finds that security and integration concerns are not preventing enterprises’ adopting cloud computing.

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•Date: 5th Feb 2010 • Region: N.America •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

 

Major disaster declared for Arkansas
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Arkansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of December 23, 2009, to January 2, 2010. Kevin L. Hannes has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=50362
•Date: 5th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

Warning issued for Iowa Spring flooding
Officials from the US National Weather Service have warned that Iowa is at risk for significant flooding this spring after winter storms produced excessive snowfall just before Christmas of 2009 and a January 2010 ice storm. In the wake of the National Weather Service announcement, FEMA is encouraging Iowa businesses to purchase flood insurance now to protect their property from flood damage. www.floodsmart.gov
•Date: 5th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: Warnings

NIST issues expanded draft of Smart Grid Cyber Security Strategy
Draft for public review and comment; includes more detailed technical inputs.

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•Date: 4th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: ISM news

US Department of Homeland Security publishes Quadrennial Homeland Security Review
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has now delivered the final Quadrennial Homeland Security Review report to Congress.

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•Date: 4th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

Major disaster declared for North Carolina
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the state of North Carolina. The assistance will supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms and flooding during the period of December 18-25, 2009. Michael Bolch has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12268

•Date: 4th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general

NFPA 1600 2010 Edition: What You Need to Know
Avalution has published an article which highlights the way that NFPA 1600 has matured and what changes have been made for the 2010 edition.
Read the article.

•Date: 3rd Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

DHS details Fiscal Year 2011 budget request
Janet Napolitano has unveiled the DHS’s $56.3 billion fiscal year 2011 budget request.

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•Date: 2nd Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Emergency planning

Managed emergency communications systems
Functional requirements for next generation MNS.

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•Date: 29th Jan 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Crisis communications

Maximum tolerable period of disruption (MTPOD) and external vendors
A two-team approach.

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•Date: 29th Jan 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

A forensic analysis of Hurricane Katrina's impact: methods and findings
A recent special edition of the Elsevier journal Ocean Engineering provides an analysis of the impact of Hurricane Katrina and an overview of the lessons learned in the aftermath of the disaster. It presents key findings from research and engineering works conducted by scientific and engineering communities worldwide. The Special Issue of Ocean Engineering, Volume 37, Issue 1: A Forensic Analysis of Hurricane Katrina's Impact: Methods and Findings (Guest Editors: Z. Demirbilek, D.T. Resio and R.G. Dean) will be freely accessible online for 12 months here.
•Date: 29th Jan 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing

Federal Communications Commission to hold public forum on proposal to create an emergency response interoperability center for public safety broadband communications
The Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has announced that it will hold a public forum to discuss the creation of an emergency response interoperability center for public safety broadband communications. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The forum will be open to the public; admittance however will be limited to the seating available. People who are interested in attending the forum may pre-register on-line. http://www.fcc.gov/pshs/event-registration.html
•Date: 29th Jan 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing

US government failing on bioterrorism response planning
Congressional oversight of homeland security and intelligence and national security workforce recruitment also given an ‘F’ by bipartisan Congress commission.

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•Date: 27th Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Terrorism

New Northern California data center for SunGard Availability Services
69,000 square foot facility will support managed IT services, disaster recovery and business continuity services.

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•Date: 27th Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

MarquisNet and Colo5 in disaster-recovery services joint-operating agreement
Las Vegas-based MarquisNet LLC, a provider of next-generation co-location and disaster-recovery services in Nevada and California, has announced a joint-operating agreement with Colo5, one of Florida's largest independent data center operators. Enterprise clients of the two companies can now enjoy protection and peace of mind by having the option of redundant data and business continuity centers in three major US metropolitan locations coast-to-coast. Under the agreement, MarquisNet and Colo5 will jointly support clients of both companies that want to protect and secure their mission-critical equipment in more than one data center. Together, the two companies have state-of-the-art co-location centers in Las Vegas, Southern California, and Jacksonville, Fla. Colo5 clients now can access MarquisNet's end-user disaster recovery solutions, which include co-location hot and warm sites, voice and data connectivity, and professional services to aid with disaster recovery. MarquisNet's customers can receive the same services and support in Colo5's state-of-the-art Florida data center. www.marquisnet.com
•Date: 27th Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: BC markets & companies

Microsoft calls for cloud computing legislation
Proposes US Cloud Computing Advancement Act to strengthen privacy and security protections, deter cybercrime and enhance transparency.

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•Date: 21st Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

US Department of Labor's OSHA announces 'OSHA Listens' to solicit comments and suggestions from stakeholders
The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a public meeting, ‘OSHA Listens,’ to solicit comments and suggestions from OSHA stakeholders on key issues facing the agency. The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST in Washington, D.C. Those unable to attend may send written comments. For more information on the scope of the meeting, attending the meeting or providing written comments, refer to the Federal Register notice.
•Date: 21st Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Corporate data loss is a widespread problem which most organizations respond to inadequately: Kroll Ontrack survey
Only 48 percent of companies reviewed their disaster recovery and business continuity plans in the last 12 months.

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•Date: 20th Jan 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

ASIS Foundation releases CRISP report on preventing burglary in commercial and institutional settings
Burglary can be a real threat to business continuity.

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•Date: 19th Jan 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: BC facilities

Organizations place renewed emphasis on protection of enterprise PC data: IDC
Most organizations no longer leave employees in control of PC backups.

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•Date: 19th Jan 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

University Hospitals implements new emergency notification system
Everbridge has announced that University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, has implemented Everbridge Aware into its emergency operations plan to facilitate critical communications throughout its nationally recognized healthcare system.  With an integrated network of hospitals, outpatient centers and primary care physicians throughout Northeast Ohio, University Hospitals selected Everbridge to streamline and automate communications during emergencies and disasters. The user-friendly emergency notification system enables quick communication of critical information to multiple care-givers and hospital administrators through a variety of communications devices, including mobile phones, landlines, smartphones, email, text messaging, instant messaging, pagers, and more. www.everbridge.com
•Date: 19th Jan 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing

Proposed ASTM Homeland Security Standard to aid in development of emergency operations centers
Will provide advice and information on existing best business practices; aimed at emergency and business continuity managers.

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•Date: 14th Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

Survey finds widespread supply chain risk management failures
Fortune 1000 companies are managing risk for less than 20 percent of suppliers.

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•Date: 13th Jan 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: Operational risk

The Symantec 2010 State of the Data Center Study
Data center complexity, numerous applications, and disaster recovery planning issues are top concerns.

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•Date: 12th Jan 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity

ChicagoFIRST sums up recent cyber attack exercises
Cyber attack preparation increasingly important for business continuity.

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•Date: 12th Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC exercising

US gears up for cyber-attack exercise
February 9th – 11th exercise will simulate cyber attacks against payment processes.
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•Date: 8th Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: BC testing and exercising

Short-term school closures may worsen flu pandemics, University of Pittsburgh study finds
Closing schools for less than two weeks during a flu pandemic may actually increase infection rates.
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•Date: 4th Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article •Topic: Pandemic planning

Recent US disaster declarations:

•Date: 4th Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing •Topic: DR general


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