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Avalution Consulting has announced the release of a new feature, ‘Catalyst Insights’, for its Catalyst business continuity software suite.

Catalyst Insights provides automatic business continuity metrics that enable business continuity and IT disaster recovery managers to quickly identify and address preparedness gaps and report on their organization's level of preparedness.

With Catalyst Insights users can:

  • View granular business continuity dashboards, ratings, relationships, and dependencies for each element of the planning lifecycle by department, location, application, IT infrastructure, products and services, or the program as a whole;
  • Examine individual elements of the organization to understand upstream and downstream dependencies, identify and address gaps, and report on their current level of preparedness;
  • Visually map directional relationship dependencies for individual departments, locations, applications, IT infrastructure, products and services, or across the entire organization.

The Catalyst business continuity software suite can be trialled for 30-days before buying.

www.bccatalyst.com

LOS ANGELES — It has been 20 years since Southern California experienced a major earthquake, a powerful 6.7-magnitude temblor that rolled through Northridge, killing 57 people. But this stretch of seismic calm, though welcome in obvious ways, has undermined efforts to force Los Angeles to deal with what officials describe as potentially lethal deficiencies in earthquake preparation.

That may be changing. Since two back-to-back earthquakes Friday evening — a relatively small one with a magnitude of 3.6, followed by a long and rolling 5.1 quake — Los Angeles has been shaken by nearly 175 smaller aftershocks. It is the first time this area has suffered an earthquake in excess of 5 magnitude since 1997, and it comes two weeks after a 4.4 earthquake jolted residents awake.

None of these quakes caused injuries or widespread damage, other than broken water pipes and some homes that have been declared at least temporarily uninhabitable. But geologists see them as the predictable end of a cycle: a return to what might be an uncomfortable normal in which 5-magnitude earthquakes become routine events.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/us/for-californians-2-quakes-put-preparedness-back-on-the-map.html

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported on Monday, and they warned that the problem was likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.

The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that periodically summarizes climate science, concluded that ice caps are melting, sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing, water supplies are coming under stress, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying, and fish and many other creatures are migrating toward the poles or in some cases going extinct.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/science/earth/climate.html

Risk levels and uncertainty change significantly over time. Competitors make new and sometimes unexpected moves on the board, new regulatory mandates complicate the picture, economies fluctuate, disruptive technologies emerge and nations start new conflicts that can escalate quickly and broadly. Not to mention that, quite simply, stuff happens, meaning tsunamis, hurricanes, floods and other catastrophic events can hit at any time. Indeed, the world is a risky place in which to do business.

Yet like everything else, there is always the other side of the equation. Companies and organizations either grow or face inevitable difficulties in sustaining the business. Value creation is a goal many managers seek, and rightfully so, as no one doubts that successful organizations must take risk to create enterprise value and grow. The question is, how much risk should they take? A balanced approach to value creation means the enterprise accepts only those risks that are prudent to undertake and that it can reasonably expect to manage successfully in pursuing its value creation objectives.

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http://www.corporatecomplianceinsights.com/the-risk-appetite-dialogue/

New Demo Showcases Proactive Detection of Risks That Cause Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) Downtime

 

NEW YORK, NY - Continuity Software™, the world's leading provider of service availability risk management solutions, today released a technical demonstration video that illustrates the company's unique approach for early detection of misconfigurations in Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) environments.

 

"Many of our customers are running critical application workloads on VCS clusters," explained Gil Asherie, Vice President of Sales, Continuity Software.  "Outages and service interruptions are absolutely unacceptable in such scenarios. The new demo shows how our AvailabilityGuard solution is being used in Veritas Cluster Server environments as an early warning system that helps avoid such downtime incidents."

 

"One of the examples featured in the video showcases a two-node, active-passive VCS cluster," continued Asherie.  "The active node is correctly mapped to the shared storage, but the passive node is not. As a result, the affected service group and its resources will not be able to failover successfully. Thus, if the active node goes down, the cluster users will experience a serious outage. In the demo, we see how AvailabilityGuard automatically detected this misconfiguration and helped avoid a major downtime event."

 

AvailabilityGuard's risk-detection engine also checks for a large number of other Veritas Cluster Server misconfigurations and issues including: missing mount points, resource dependency correctness, service group and resource states, I/O fencing and heartbeat best practices, GCO validation (communication, replication agents, storage device groups and more), recommendations for specific VCS resources, campus cluster mirroring guidelines, Storage Foundation best practices, and much more.

 

The newly released demo video is available at: Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) Outage Prevention (http://www.continuitysoftware.com/videos/veritas-cluster-server-vcs-outage-prevention/). 

 

About Continuity Software      

Continuity Software is the world's leading provider of service availability risk management solutions.  Trusted by many of the largest and most successful companies around the world, Continuity Software's award-winning AvailabilityGuard software mitigates downtime and data-loss risks across the entire enterprise IT landscape, including the datacenter's disaster recovery (DR), high availability (HA), and private cloud environments. With Continuity Software solutions, organizations can be confident that service availability, data protection and business continuity goals will be met or exceeded 365 days a year.  For further information, please visitwww.continuitysoftware.com.

                                                

© Continuity Software.  Continuity Software, AvailabilityGuard are trademarks of Continuity Software.  All other brand and product names in this announcement may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

LWG also announces M.I. Isaac Barron Arellano as newest member of Forensic Engineering practice group

 

NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- LWG Consulting is pleased to announce the launch of their new Mexico subsidiary, operating as LWG Consulting Mexico, S.A. de C.V, based in Mexico City.  This location, LWG's 21st global office, will focus on providing property loss investigation, failure analysis/damage assessment and litigation support to insurance carriers, legal professionals, governmental agencies, and corporations throughout Latin America.

 

LWG is also excited to announce the newest member within their Forensic Engineering practice group, M.I. Isaac Barron Arellano.   Mr. Barron holds a Master Degree in Energy, as well as a Bachelor Degree in Electric and Electronics Engineering.  He has extensive experience with power plant design, building automation systems, safety performance programs and electrical system efficiency testing.

 

On the addition of Mr. Barron and expansion into Latin America, Tim Christ, Director General at LWG commented, "Isaac is an excellent addition to our team given the breadth of his electrical and mechanical engineering experience, as well as his background with energy and automation systems design.  As we are already the leading fire investigation firm in Latin America, it is the perfect time to expand our service offering to power and electrical engineering-related failures as well."

 

Bob Wedoff, President & CEO of LWG added, "Our clients desire consistency in claims handling, no matter where in the world they operate.  We are pleased to provide reputable international capabilities paired with highly skilled local engineering expertise. Our mission is to provide "world-class consulting services globally," and the establishment of this office is one more step in that direction.  We're thrilled to have grown our global engineering services so as to meet the needs of our growing client base in Latin America."

 

About LWG Consulting

Since it was founded in 1984, LWG Consulting has supported insurers, independent loss adjusters, corporations, and legal professionals by providing forensic engineering expertise including failure analysis and damage assessment, equipment restoration/decontamination services, and digital forensics investigations. LWG has grown to have 21 worldwide office locations.

 

For more information regarding LWG Consulting, call +1 847 559 3000 or visit our website at http://www.lwgconsulting.com.

WAYNE, Pa. – Sungard Availability Services(Sungard AS), a leading provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, has announced that it is now a standalone company, following its split-off from SunGard Data Systems Inc. The new company, with annual revenues of approximately $1.4 billion and operations in 11 countries, will remain headquartered in Wayne.

As a result of the split-off, Sungard AS now has its own Board of Directors and brand. “Now that we are an independent firm, we have the flexibility to evolve our culture, our industry relationships and our investments to maximize our business and best serve customers,” said CEO Andrew A. Stern.

“Today’s announcement is the next step towards creating a highly-focused IT services business that’s dedicated to providing world-class managed / availability services to our customer base,” Stern noted. “All of us here at Sungard AS are very excited about the prospects to accelerate our growth, and we look forward to continue partnering with our customers to deliver the business outcomes they need.”

Sungard AS today revealed its new brand identity, which includes a new logo. The company, which pioneered the concept of shared IT disaster recovery infrastructure more than 30 years ago, will continue to leverage its “always on, always available” brand positioning. Its new logo represents strength and dynamism. A forward-leaning angle in the logo conveys progression and growth, while a triangle in the logo represents stability and the support that the company will continue to provide its customers.

Sungard AS leverages its scale and global reach to address its approximately 7,000 customers’ cloud, managed hosting and recovery-services needs. “Our company will continue to focus investments in our newer service offerings, which includeEnterprise Managed Services, Enterprise Cloud Services, Recovery as a Service and AssuranceCM, our next-generation business continuity management software offering,” Stern said.

For additional information on Sungard AS, please visit www.sungardas.com

 

About Sungard Availability Services

Sungard Availability Services has more than 30 years of experience providing flexible availability services that help ensure organizations keep applications always on, always available. The company leverages its proven expertise to provide managed IT services, information availability consulting services, business continuity management software and disaster recovery to clients in North America and Europe. Sungard Availability Services helps customers improve the resiliency of their mission critical systems by designing, implementing and managing cost-effective solutions using people, process and technology to address enterprise IT availability needs.

To learn more, visit www.sungardas.com or call 1-800-468-7483. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Trademark Information: Sungard Availability Services is a trademark of SunGard Data Systems or its affiliate, used under license.   The Sungard Availability Services logo by itself is a trademark of Sungard Availability Services Capital, Inc. or its affiliate.

Among a whirlwind of course leadership, business development, teaching, writing, and course validations, I found time to present to Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Windsor Debate on ‘The Changing Face of National Security’. My presentation – Cyber Security: Mission Impossible? – was part of a wider programme of discussions by senior military and industry influencers and analysts about the dynamic changes that affect policy and capability.

The event was held at Windsor Castle, a suitable backdrop for discussions concerning the defence and maintenance of the UK’s values and priorities in the face of historic challenges, and looking forward to an uncertain and unpredictable future. The debate was a fantastic opportunity to contribute to and learn from the knowledge and ideas surrounding our resilience for the future. Delegates discussed everything from international stability to aviation security, and from state intelligence to cyber security. As we at Bucks have these subjects firmly in our portfolio, the debates allowed me to contextualise what we think we know about some of these areas – and of course how much we don’t know.

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http://buckssecurity.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/among-a-whirlwind-of-course-leadership-business-development/

Gavin Butler attended the fourth Future of Cyber Security 2014 conference in London on 20th March 2014 and here’s what he thought about it:

The series of presentations gave a useful overview of the current state of play in cyber security thinking and predictions for the future. Retired Colonel John Doody hosted proceedings and introduced talks from Lord Errol (Merlin) and Chris Gibson from the CERT-UK, IBM, Palo Alto Networks, Barclays Bank, Encode, Allianz and Airwatch. In particular, Chris Gibson’s presentation did provide confidence in that the future of cyber security is indeed in ‘safe hands’ as the CERT-UK seeks to reinforce links with industry and academia and help promote information sharing, such as through CISP, which will enable organisations to take a more ‘resilient’ outlook towards developing their own effective cyber security controls. There is also further scope and recognition for SMEs to adopt concepts from the ‘Cyber Security Strategy’, perhaps as they are now seen as vital to the UK economy and hence ‘critical national infrastructure’?

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http://buckssecurity.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/the-future-of-cyber-security-2014-is-cyber-resilience/

After disasters like the Oso landslide in Washington State, a common question is why people are allowed to live in such dangerous places. On the website of Scientific American, for example, the blogger Dana Hunter wrote, “It infuriates me when officials know an area is unsafe, and allow people to build there anyway.”

But things are rarely simple when government power meets property rights. The government has broad authority to regulate safety in decisions about where and how to build, but it can count on trouble when it tries to restrict the right to build. “Often, it ends up in court,” said Lynn Highland, a geographer with the United States Geological Survey’s landslide program in Golden, Colo.

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Her agency provides scientific information about geologic features and risks, but it has no regulatory authority, and state and local regulations are a patchwork, she said. When disaster strikes, people find that their insurance policies do not cover landslides without special riders that can be ruinously expensive.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/29/us/governments-find-it-hard-to-restrict-building-in-risky-areas.html