Business Disruption Risks Increase in Hong Kong

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Over the last three months, nearly 20 percent of countries have seen an increase in business disruption, and Hong Kong led the pack with the largest increase over the last quarter according to the Civil Unrest Index (CUI), a quarterly survey of 197 companies conducted by the risk analytics company Maplecroft. Risk management professionals should monitor and plan for the potential complications that these events may pose to their businesses. Unrest in Hong Kong Hong Kong is now classified as high risk according to the index. If the last few...
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Emergency Preparedness: U.S. and an Ebola Outbreak

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The estimated economic impact of an Ebola outbreak that extends beyond the borders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is calculated by the World Bank to be $32.6 billion by the end of 2015, which obviously doesn’t account for the human pain and suffering endured by victims and their loved ones from the deadly disease. Now that Americans face the threat of Ebola on U.S. soil and other countries are at risk, this estimate will likely spiral upward. So, how ready is America for an Ebola outbreak? According to a...
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Gartner Hype Cycle Report: Crisis and Incident Management Software

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When the world’s business leaders seek out information technology insight, they turn to the research and recommendations of the leading technology analyst, Gartner. Gartner analyzes and interprets topics of interest for IT, business and government agency leaders. Recently, Gartner explored crisis and incident management software in a Business Continuity Management and IT Disaster Recovery Management Gartner Hype Cycle. They observed that while these tools are still in the mid-stage of adoption (approximately 20% of businesses using incident management software) they can be highly useful across a wide number of industries....
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MissionMode’s Readiness Survey: Assess Your Organization’s Crisis Preparedness

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As part of our continued commitment to help organizations improve overall crisis preparedness, we unveiled our MissionMode Readiness Survey to attendees at the Disaster Recovery Journal’s Fall World event in San Diego, CA this month. After taking the Readiness Survey, your organization will have a solid indicator—Your Readiness Number—on where it stands in terms of overall preparedness as well as some tips on how to improve your score. “We created the Readiness Survey to provide a quick and easy way to help organizations identify opportunities for improved preparedness whether they are...
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FBI Issues Data Breach Warning to Healthcare Companies

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Hackers have found a new and very lucrative target: healthcare industry companies. The data breach issue is so troubling that the FBI just issued a federal law enforcement bulletin to healthcare industry companies warning of “malicious actors targeting healthcare-related systems”. Pervasive Problem Last year, the healthcare industry accounted for 44 percent of all breaches according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, making it the first time the healthcare industry surpassed all other industries in this measure. In contrast, the financial services industry represented just 3.7 percent of the total in...
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Mass Notification Systems Critical in the Incident Management Lifecycle

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Robert Edson, Global Vice President Sales and Marketing for MissionMode, was recently interviewed by Continuity Insights on the importance of mass notification systems in the incident management lifecycle.  According to Mr. Edson, there’s building acceptance of mass notification systems as a must-have component for any businesses’ incident management strategy. A welcome side effect that companies with these systems are seeing is an improvement in communication and cooperation across all levels of the organization as well as gains in efficiency. Mass Notification Systems – Crucial in the Incident Management Lifecycle After...
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Emergency Notification Case Study: Argo Group

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As is the case with many businesses around the world, the Argo Group was motivated to enhance its emergency notification system after facing an incident that impacted day-to-day operations. After Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012, the Argo Group, an international specialty underwriter based in Bermuda, realized in the event of an emergency they needed a better system to communicate with the firm’s more than 1,300 employees who reside in 10 countries. Eye-Opening Storm When Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast of the United States, the Argo Group needed to account for...
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Incident Management Solution Provider Launches Readiness Survey

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — MissionMode, a leader in end-to-end incident management solutions for communication and project management of unplanned business events, today unveiled their new Readiness Survey at the Disaster Recovery Journal’s Fall World Event in San Diego, California. Billed as the #1 conference dedicated to business continuity, Fall World provides training, networking, and best-practices sharing for business continuity professionals from across the country.  MissionMode will help hundreds of attendees better understand their level of crisis preparedness by having them complete the new Readiness Survey. Industry data shows...
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Business Continuity Planning: How Resilient Is your Supply Chain?

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Financial and resource priorities are constantly jockeying to get management’s attention in today’s corporate world, and oftentimes a comprehensive business continuity plan (BCP) gets neglected in favor of more immediate, pressing considerations. According to a recent study from the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute, supply chain resiliency, a critical element to any well-developed business continuity plan, is being ignored by 90 percent of firms surveyed. Vulnerabilities to Comprehensive Planning While 68% of businesses have some level of business continuity planning in place, supply chain resiliency seems to fall...
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Safeguard Data Centers against Physical Security Threats

Data Center Physical Security

To some extent, every person with a digital persona—the majority of first-world inhabitants—has been threatened or dealt with the fallout of a data breach. When news reports blast out information on the latest hacker attack, users rush to change passwords and secure accounts while organizations debate the best way to safeguard digital assets in any way they can. It’s most often the physical security of the data center—the heart of any modern organization—that gets overlooked by high-profile attention to cyber security, but, if compromised, it quickly becomes a major issue...
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