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PORTLAND, Ore. – Alpha Media USA is supporting the American Red Cross in its relief efforts for victims of the Louisiana Floods. Alpha Media stations across the United States are asking listeners to donate to the Red Cross to provide relief to those affected by the recent flooding.
The Red Cross continues to help thousands of people impacted by the flooding in Louisiana where the situation remains dire. More rain is possible and flood waters are moving downriver, which could cause damage in new areas. The Red Cross is closely monitoring the situation, and will be ready to mount an additional response if necessary.
Alpha Media Portland Operations Manager and former Baton Rouge resident Bruce Collins commented on the announcement, “We are honored and privileged as a media company to participate in helping the thousands of people in the Baton Rouge area who suffered from this catastrophic flooding event. A very sincere, special thank you to all of our listeners who are helping those who have lost so much.”
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The Business Continuity Institute - Aug 22, 2016 16:46 BST
Recently SunGard Availability Solutions released their availability trends report. One of the more significant stats shows a marked decline in the number of invocations - during 2015 there were just seven across in the UK (that's at Sungard sites, of course). In fact, over a 10 year period the number of invocations has gone down by 90%. But like most statistics, it raises more questions than answers, such as:
Question 1: is business continuity overhyped? Bear in mind this is taken from an overall population of several hundred if not thousands of customers in the UK, so seven is a tiny proportion. So do we have to ask ourselves is all this fuss about business continuity 'over the top'?
Question 2: is it because we are getting better at business continuity? Another explanation of the downward trend in invocations could be is that we are getting better at business continuity - that's why we are having less failures. Remember Year 2000? When it went off with hardly an incident there was a general outcry that it was all a damp squib and that the risk had been completely exaggerated. But maybe all the testing and systems upgrades that had gone on before mitigated the risks. So, in this context, we are invoking less because we are doing better at business continuity. (Unfortunately surveys on the state of organizations' business continuity plans don't reflect this - there is still significant inertia in this area).
So, as regards the statistics in the Sungard report, is there a signal in the noise or is the signal just noise?
IMHO, here's what I think is happening:
We are becoming more resilient without knowing it. Cloud, virtualization and remote working technologies, investments in national infrastructure and a trend towards 'stuff as a service' are creating a level of resilience that was not there before. In other words, industry development and strategic choices in the way we run IT and communications on a business as usual basis are making individual organisations more resilient as a result.
So where does this leave business continuity people - should they be looking for new pastures? Will the BCM function become irrelevant? I think the answer is 'no' although adaptation is inevitable because the landscape is changing. I believe we will shift our focus from following the traditional process based approach of creating BIAs, Dependencies, Departmental 'plans' to an approach of developing and assuring overarching strategies for maintaining operational resilience and protecting the 'customer experience'.
The real message coming out of SunGard's report is that things are changing and we need to respond to that.
While secondary data center markets don’t often garner headlines, they certainly must be profitable.
Since 2000, Charlotte-based Peak 10 has evolved with its customers to provide infrastructure, cloud, and managed services. The company has national partner alliances and continues to expand service and support offices. However, Peak 10 remains focused on serving small and medium-sized enterprise with 27 data centers located in 10 secondary markets.
In 2014, the company was sold to GI Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in companies that lead in “fragmented or overlooked markets” and can grow via acquisition. In other words, strong consolidators in secondary markets.
Though rebounding job numbers are no doubt a positive development for the nation and economy, they actually pose a mixed blessing for corporations and business enterprises.
Why? When employees succeed in finding a new job someplace else, their job performance and commitment often lag after they’ve given notice. In a sense, it’s human nature to take your foot off the gas and your eyes off the road when you’ve a new destination in mind. Furthermore, it’s likely that the professional leaving no longer considers the brand and reputation of the organization his/her priority. And, like a distracted or disinterested driver, that lack of attention and care may result in some serious damage — to their duties and to the reputation and brand of their employer.
That’s why I believe focusing on “conduct risk,” or “culture risk,” should be placed near the top of a business’ priority list. In my experience leading a division focused on corporate risk-sensing and reputation management, I’ve observed a “90/10” rule: that 90 percent of the hazardous workplace and professional behaviors arise or are magnified when an employee has set their sights on a new job and their focus dips.
Forgive me for overusing the term “convergence” but when the shoe fits, I say “wear it.” If you are managing corporate risks and responsible for securing export licenses, ensuring that you are complying with OFAC sanctions requirements, interacting with customs and immigration officials around the globe, and conducting third party due diligence to onboard a new agent or distributor, , there is no question that there should be “convergence” among the various functions responsible for managing these risks.
Unfortunately, companies do not necessarily organize around efficiencies when creating procedures, and very often you will see a department responsible for export and sanctions compliance functions separate from the anti-corruption function. By ignoring some practical benefits, companies may be losing administrative efficiencies.
I am not suggesting that there is a substantive overlap but it appears to me that some of the information collection and analysis for compliance in these areas does overlap.
(TNS) - At first, it seemed like nothing more than a good late-summer rain.
But hard rain kept falling late Friday night, and soon the calls started coming in to Butler County, Kan., Emergency Management.
“They were saying, ‘Hey, we’ve got water over here and water over here,’ and I was, like, ‘We’ve never had water there before,’ ” said Jim Schmidt, Butler County Emergency Management director.
Rain gauges near Rose Hill indicated more than 9 inches of rain fell in the area over the span of a couple of hours, spawning flash flooding that swept vehicles off rural roads in the black of night.
Cyberattacks have become so common that they tend to fade from view. But for head-in-the-sand executives who believe they have better ways of spending their time and money, here’s a wake-up call.
The attacks keep coming. They’re getting more sophisticated. And in spite of all the advancements the cybersecurity technology community is making, the bad guys continue to have the edge.
Here are just a few of the more notable cybersecurity dangers to hit the news in just the last week. Ignore them – and all the others – at your peril.
(TNS) - At least five people, including two local residents and three tourists, have contracted Zika virus from mosquitoes in Miami Beach, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday as he identified a 1.5-square-mile zone of active transmission in the heart of the region’s tourism engine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quickly followed up with a new travel advisory for pregnant women, telling them to consider avoiding “all non-essential travel” to all of Miami-Dade County due to evidence of widespread transmission of Zika, which can cause birth defects.
“If you’re concerned about Zika,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said, “you may consider postponing all non-essential travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County.”