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This position is within the Global Security Organization, Converged Security Services, Business Resiliency Office, responsible for the global protection of ADP's business assets through the development of a global Business Resiliency Program that establishes a single framework for how ADP manages and controls risks associated with the recovery from business interruptions and disaster events. The Director of Global Business Resiliency is responsible for Incident Management and Corporate Crisis Management for local, regional or global events that impact ADP. It is responsible for the development, management, and coordination of strategy, standards, training, action plans, and reporting based on ADP's global Business Resiliency platform. Up to approximately 25-30% of travel required.

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Facing a future where extreme weather events are more common, cities on the East Coast are building up their resiliency to power outages. 

At-risk cities,  especially those on the East Coast that haven’t historically had to prepare for hurricane-induced problems, are trying to improve their infrastructure and emergency plans to prevent power outages.

A recent analysis from Johns Hopkins University ranked Philadelphia as the second most likely city in the United States to experience more power outages.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/How-At-Risk-Cities-Preparing-More-Power-Outages.html

Whenever a project is being planned, risk management has to be part of the equation – things rarely go smoothly or completely as expected, and there will always be areas that present more risks than others. Whether they affect the projected timeframes, budgets or outcomes, it is the job of the project manager to identify them and ensure that provisions are in place to limit their impact should they occur.

However, failures are made in risk management every day – they helped to trigger the economic crisis in 2008, demonstrating that even the world’s biggest banks, which take financial and logistical risks every day, are not immune to risk mismanagement. With this in mind, it’s understandable that smaller projects and processes might suffer from errors made in risk management.

Why aren’t we performing risk management well, then? With project management an ever-growing sector and more and more jobs being created every day, the next generation of risk managers needs to be able to identify issues in order to rectify them.

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/why-arent-we-performing-risk-management-well/

It may seem a bit incongruous to talk about solar energy when nearly half the country is covered in snow, but the data center is still the energy hog of today’s economy and is constantly ratcheting up its consumption with every new hyperscale facility.

But even as Apple, Facebook and other top firms embrace solar power and other renewables, the question remains whether this is a viable option for the broader enterprise community. And if not, will the pressure to shed local data infrastructure still come from environmental corners anxious to foster greater dependence on cleaner, utility-style computing?

The key test of a technology like solar power is not in its ability to generate electricity, but in its ability to do so reliably. In a recent report, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) said that the influx of renewables into the bulk energy grid of the U.S. and Canada and the closing of aging coal-fired facilities is lowering energy reliability in the region. This could cause rates to increase as utilities up their reserve fuel stores to maintain adequate load. The report is disputed by many, to be sure, but it does point up the uncertainties that accompany changes to such fundamental infrastructure as the energy grid.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/solar-gains-popularity-in-the-data-center-but-reliability-questions-remain.html

By Joe Schreiber

Once you’ve come to terms with the harsh reality of the world, you come to understand that sooner or later, you will be the victim of a security breach. Chances are that it may not be this month, or even this year, but as the insightful Tyler Durden so shrewdly observed, “On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.”

Getting breached doesn’t establish whether or not you have a decent security program in place: but how you respond to a security breach does.

If you come to accept Murphy’s Law; that everything that can go wrong will do so – and usually with the worst possible timing, there are several steps that can be taken today to help soften any future blows. These motions that you can set in place give you the ‘freedom’ to expect the unexpected.

Try to rid yourself of any notion that the work you do in network security is ‘protecting’ the company’s assets. Your mission is to look into and analyze how the network can be attacked, with the anticipation that you can control the battlefield smoothly enough to be able to respond to all attacks satisfactorily. So, think strategically about what can be done today and what can be delayed for later. The following are six key actions you can take to make sure you and your organization are more than prepared.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/feature1289.html

As conflict continues in Ukraine, and fears of an expansionist Russia throw a shadow of war over Europe, the Cambridge Risk Centre for Risk Studies has urged businesses to incorporate geopolitical conflict scenarios into their business continuity planning.

Interstate conflict was the number one concern of nearly 900 businesses and academics who responded to the Global Risks 2015 Report published in January by the World Economic Forum.

"These risks are continuing to grow in this new era of political uncertainty," said Dr Andrew Coburn, director of the Centre for Risk Studies Advisory Board at Cambridge Judge Business School. "Businesses should reappraise their readiness to manage possible disruption to their activities from armed conflicts in different parts of the globe," he said at the Centre's risk briefing held recently in the City of London.

The Centre for Risk Studies and its research partner, Cytora, has identified more than 100 potential country-to-country conflicts based on recent antagonist statements towards each other, antithetical values and historical enmity. All have the potential to cause severe disruption to business activities.

Cytora's risk map of potential future conflicts highlights a number of regional hot-spots, including the obvious Middle East, Central and Eastern Africa; the Eastern European margins; the Indian subcontinent, parts of Latin America and the emerging Southeast Asian powers.

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Friday, 06 March 2015 00:00

Hybrid Cloud: Why Data Should Come First

Toby Owen of Peer 1 Hosting identifies four drivers for the hybrid cloud:

  1. Federation
  2. Interoperability
  3. Big Data
  4. The Internet of Things

But covering data issues changes your perspective on these things, because when you boil it down, most technology is about sharing, securing or using data and information. Since information is just unstructured data — it really all boils down to data. So I look at that list and see only two drivers:

  1. Shared services (supported by federation and interoperability)
  2. Data. Just data.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/hybrid-cloud-why-data-should-come-first.html

Establishing relationships with potential clients and partners is absolutely necessary for succeeding in business. One of the most effective ways to build such connections is to hold a lunch-and-learn event. That is, it’s effective when done right.

When done wrong, you’ll end up giving a presentation to a near-empty room in some dingy hotel conference space. Or even if you have a full house at a nice venue, it might as well be empty because your message is so unclear, cliché-ridden, and poorly delivered that it convinces no one to use your services.  

It’s easy to avoid these ugly scenarios if you know what you’re doing. I spoke with David Russell, CEO of MANAGEtoWIN, who has over 41 years of experience in business, and has held too many lunch-and-learn events to count. Recently we held a webinar together to share what it takes to hold a successful lunch and learn. Here are the main tips we shared:

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http://mspmentor.net/sales/030515/3-keys-successful-lunch-learn-preparation-communication-and-execution

(TNS) — A study funded by a $10,000 grant will look at whether post-Sandy Long Islanders are better prepared when the streets are blocked, phones die and the water or snow turns into life-threatening challenges.

Sustainable Long Island, a nonprofit organization that promotes economic development, social equity and the environment, said a State Farm insurance grant awarded last month will develop and launch a Disaster Preparedness Program.

Under the three-prong plan, the group will conduct surveys to assess whether Long Islanders have strategies and supplies ready; teach high school and college students on how to let their peers know about the effectiveness of social media in helping residents during disasters; and work with Long Beach to create a pilot program that would educate the public about disaster preparedness.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Are-Long-Islanders-Prepared-Next-Disaster.html