Spring World 2015

Conference & Exhibit

Attend The #1 BC/DR Event!

Summer Journal

Volume 27, Issue 3

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Jon Seals


On the 5th and 6th November, the Business Continuity Institute will be hosting its annual BCI World Conference and Exhibition at the Olympia in London, UK. Join us in our 20th year by participating in this annual event that brings together the global business continuity community.

This is a unique networking and learning experience for anyone working or interested in business continuity, risk management, emergency management, crisis and incident management, security, disaster recovery... anyone with an interest in building organisational resilience.

The programme has now been released and it is packed with an abundance of fascinating speakers and topics. Keynote speeches will be given by world famous author and psychologist to the stars Professor Steve Peters who explains how your inner chimp may be holding you back; Martin Fenlon MBCI, from the Houses of Parliament, who will tell us how they prepare for the 5th November and the British Standards Institute will announce the new standard BS 65000.

The conference is split into three streams. In the Listen Stream you can hear practitioners share lessons learned, in the Learn Stream you will experience world class training based on the Good Practice Guidelines and in the Lead Stream there is an interactive thought leadership discussion and debate.

In addition to all of this, the BCI World Conference and Exhibition includes: 

  • Pre-conference training with expert instructors
  • AGM – the must attend event for all BCI members
  • Welcome networking event – join us for a night of live music, nibbles and drinks
  • Live fully interactive game show
  • Exhibition with a variety of attractions including demonstrations and product showcasing
  • Guided tour with an experienced practitioner around the event for newcomers
  • BCI clinic – visit the BCI stand with your BC related questions
  • Exhibition Floor Complimentary Seminar Programme and Vendor Showcasing
  • Gala dinner and global awards at the landmark Science Museum in London

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn and network with your colleagues from across the world. Book your place today by clicking here.

Actions that property owning organizations can take to better protect facilities, tenants and employees from civil unrest

Article provided by Preparis.


The recent killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, sparked a national response so powerful that frequent protests ignited throughout the United States bringing greater awareness to injustices that are still prevalent in our modern society. These protests and demonstrations, when performed peacefully, can bring together a community in ways that few other actions can; however, as can be seen with the happenings surrounding Ferguson, protests have a way of spiraling out of control, causing catastrophic damage and loss of life.

From a property management perspective, it is important for the safety of your tenants and the protection of your properties to understand the cultural dynamics within the communities adjacent to your business locations, stay abreast of the events involving political discord that could permeate those business locations, prepare for the worst scenario—civil disturbances involving your properties—and properly respond to instances of civil unrest. This article offers a guide to help you begin the process of achieving these goals in the event that other instances of civil unrest hit closer to home.



Christian Toon makes the case for a blended approach to backup and storage plans.

Data backup and storage is the IT equivalent of tidying up at the end of the day. Putting all your information away neatly so you know it is accounted for, secure and easy to find again. An unlikely topic, you would imagine, for strong opinions and lively debate. Yet that is exactly what it has become and for good reason.

Every day more data is handled by more employees who are spread across multiple locations and use a variety of devices. This increases the vulnerability of information. The solution for many organizations is to implement a centrally controlled data back-up and storage plan from the range of options available. And this is where the debate can become heated. In the red corner are the cloud converts, those who are quick to point out that ultimately all hardware-based back-ups will fail, and that nothing offers the same storage capacity, flexibility and ease of access. Over in the blue corner, we find those who approach the cloud with more caution. They can point to a growing evidence base such as the recent Symantec study [1] that shows 68 percent of companies have been unable to recover data stored in the cloud and to the fact that Forrester urges companies to back-up all cloud-stored data [2].

The reality of the workplace is complex. IT departments need to prioritise limited budgets and work with legacy IT infrastructure as they build confidence in the security and benefits of an established cloud provider. In many cases this leads to a hybrid data back-up and storage system that include onsite servers for the most active, business critical or confidential information, and securely stored offsite tape and disc as well as the cloud for less essential or dormant data. The result is tidy, cost-effectively managed and protected information and an IT team released to add more value elsewhere. At least, that is, until employees start asking for data they have lost or can’t access. The effort required to meet these requests has caught many IT professionals off-guard.



After many years with the aim of ‘promoting the art and science of business continuity’ around the world, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has now stated that its purpose is ‘to promote a more resilient world.’

This change of focus is supported by a new vision statement. Previously the BCI’s vision statement was: “To be the Institute of choice for business continuity professionals.” This has now been changed to: “To be the Professional Body of choice for resilience professionals.”

To support the above aims the Institute has set out three clear goals:

  • To deliver a consistent “BCI experience” for members to develop and enhance their qualifications and expertise;
  • To strengthen BCI’s role as “the global thought leader” for continuity and resilience;
  • To increase BCI’s global influence within both mature and emerging markets which will be reflected by a growth in membership.


US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro has launched a $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. He was joined by Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, in announcing that eligible states and localities can now begin applying for funds. Representatives from eligible communities will have the opportunity to attend Rockefeller-supported Resilience Academies across the country to strengthen their funding proposals.

"The National Disaster Resilience Competition is going to help communities that have been devastated by natural disasters build back stronger and better prepared for the future," said Secretary Julián Castro. "This competition will help spur innovation, creatively distribute limited federal resources, and help communities across the country cope with the reality of severe weather that is being made worse by climate change."

"The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to spurring innovation in resilience planning and design so that communities can build better, more resilient futures, particularly for their most vulnerable citizens" said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. "Building resilience will minimize the impact of the next shock, while also improving life in communities day-to-day, allowing them to yield a resilience dividend. Everyone wins."

The National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. Funding for the competition is from the Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) appropriation provided by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2).

All successful applicants will need to tie their proposals to the eligible disaster from which they are recovering.

Given the complexity of the challenge HUD will partner with The Rockefeller Foundation to help communities better understand the innovation, broad commitment, and multi-faceted approach that is required to build toward a more resilient future. As they did in HUD's Rebuild by Design competition, The Rockefeller Foundation will provide targeted technical assistance to eligible communities and support a stakeholder-driven process, informed by the best available data, to identify recovery needs and innovative solutions.

There are 67 eligible applicants for the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012 or 2013 are eligible to submit applications that address unmet needs as well as vulnerabilities to future extreme events, stresses, threats, hazards, or other shocks in areas that were most impacted and distressed as a result of the effects of the Qualified Disaster. This includes 48 of 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. In addition, 17 local governments that have received funding under PL 113-2 are also eligible.

Read more on the National Disaster Resilience Competition (PDF).

Whether you already have one or are contemplating acquiring one, having a Standby Power Generator is not a ‘set it and forget it’ responsibility.

As a Business Continuity professional you should not rely on that generator to mitigate electrical disruption risks unless you ask – and get satisfactory answers to – four questions about the most important aspects of owning and using a backup generator:



The Weather Company, best known for The Weather Channel and weather.com, is getting into the emergency alert business — a natural fit given the company's focus and market saturation.

Using its large-scale distribution and weather expertise, the company is, in partnership with local officials, building a localized alerting platform for state, local and private authorities to manage and distribute emergency alerts via The Weather Channel properties and existing local distribution points. 

“The U.S. offers its citizens some of the best emergency alerting capabilities in the world,” said Bryson Koehler, executive vice president and CIO of The Weather Company, noting that the National Weather Service and FEMA ensure national coverage through alerts and the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) system. "But most communities currently do not have a local alerting system to integrate with IPAWS. As a result, many alerts cover large areas or do not provide the types of local details that can best serve the public.”



Are concerns about personal data a sign of privilege?

Daniel Castro argues that they are, especially as the Internet of Things (IoT) comes online and data constantly streams from high-tech, high-cost gadgets.

Poor people don’t own Fitbits. Rather inconveniently for data, they also are born, grow up and live in low-tech environments. In our data-driven society, the end effect is that these people disappear from data, writes Castro in his paper, “The Rise of Data Poverty in America.” Castro is the director for the Center of Data Innovation, a data innovation think-tank that published the paper. He’s also a senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation — qualifications that show in his thought-provoking, well-researched paper.



More than 500 Red Cross volunteers are helping people affected by Hurricane Odile in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The volunteers—120 of which are paramedics—are providing basic medical check-ups and delivering food to people housed in shelters. The Red Cross has sent 2,000 food parcels to the city of Los Cabos. In addition, volunteers are carrying out damage assessments in Baja California Sur in order to determine the most urgent needs.

The storm has left roughly 82% of the population in Los Cabos and La Paz without electrical power, damaged roadways, and caused ports to close. People affected by the storm have evacuated to 164 shelters in Baja California Sur.

Mexican Red Cross volunteers participating in the response are specialists in collapsed structures, damage evaluations, pre-hospital care, and logistics support in shelters & collection centres. The Mexican Red Cross is working closely with federal authorities, Civil Protection, the Governors Secretariat, the Mexican Marines and Army, to deliver the aid to the people affected as quickly as possible.

Another storm—Hurricane Polo—is threatening the Mexican state of Guerrero, where at least 120 Mexican Red Cross volunteers are prepositioned to act if needed.


(MCT) — Among the many things the Bay Area learned from the recent shaker near Napa is that the University of California, Berkeley’s earthquake warning system does indeed work for the handful of people who receive its messages, but most folks find out about a tremor only after it knocks them out of bed.

Silicon Valley has made apps that tell people when their Uber ride is approaching, their air conditioning has broken or a thunderstorm is brewing. Yet despite being home to the most devastating earthquakes in the country, the region does not have a high-tech earthquake alert system for the public.

But since last month’s temblor, more tech companies are trying to solve that problem. A handful of startups are developing apps that would quickly broadcast warnings of upcoming quakes to users on their smartphones, tablets or other gadgets. Already, the much-joked-about messaging app Yo has rolled out “Earthquake Yo” to hundreds of users.



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