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It’s a fact of business life that customers, markets, and industry commentators only see your brand, and not the suppliers who provide the materials, components, or products behind it.

Naturally, that’s what many enterprises want, so that they can build their brand image and reap the benefits of more revenues and bigger margins.

The flip side is that if a material, component, or brand is bad or if a vendor exposes your confidential business information, then people still only see your brand.

They then consider your enterprise alone to be the culprit, putting your business continuity in danger. Companies can check up on their vendors to make sure they have preventative procedures in place.



(TNS) — With the annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill coming on Thursday, now’s a good time to ask yourself: “How’s that whole emergency preparedness thing going?”

Are you feeling twinges of guilt because you still haven’t stashed away any food, water or spare batteries? Maybe you were patting yourself on the back for your family’s three-day supply of provisions and gear — until last year’s Cascadia Rising drill made it clear that folks in Western Washington may have to survive on their own for up to two weeks after a megaquake and tsunami.

From hurricanes in Houston and Puerto Rico to deadly earthquakes in Mexico, recent disasters show how long it can take for assistance to arrive and for power, water and transportation to be restored. Victims are left to fend for themselves and help each other in the chaotic aftermath.



Don’t worry, this isn’t another one of those articles that says, “multi-cloud is coming!” We all know multi-cloud is already here, right? In fact, in its “2017 State of the Cloud” report, Rightscale found that approximately 85 percent of organizations have a multi-cloud strategy. Further, companies in the cloud are utilizing, on average, 1.8 public clouds and 2.3 private clouds.

We also know the reasons why companies have been moving to the multi-cloud model. Making use of many cloud platforms helps you avoid vendor lock-in and choose the right cloud for each app and it’s data.

One thing many companies can’t quite explain, however, is why their multi-cloud projects aren’t staying within budget. One of the major reasons to move to the cloud is the cost savings it promises, so this problem is particularly frustrating for IT departments – and budget makers.



In today’s high-pressure and limited-resource environment, it’s easy for a BCM practitioner to be overrun with just managing the program and addressing external influences. Audit requests and questionnaires can pull you in all directions and before you know it, you’ve had to push back everything you planned to do that day, week or even month.

How do you address this state of things? How do you prioritize your task list?

We’ve put together a 6-step process for taking control of, organizing, and simplifying your BCM program workflow; effectively streamlining your BCM program without creating any gaps.



(TNS) - The morning after Hurricane Harvey struck Victoria, Texas, Councilman Jeff Bauknight started getting calls from residents. But there was a problem.

"A lot of citizens were calling," said Bauknight. "And I had no idea - I absolutely had no idea of what to tell them."

Like some Victoria residents, Bauknight was having trouble getting information after electricity and the internet crashed. After the storm, the city largely relied on Facebook to push out updates, but that became a problem for residents who didn't use social media.



WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to participate in this year’s Great ShakeOut earthquake drills, which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 10:19 a.m. local time. The drill is designed to promote awareness and increase earthquake preparedness nationwide.

The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are regionally organized campaigns linked together as a worldwide preparedness movement spanning more than 70 countries, focusing on  earthquake safety activities that remind participants to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” as the recommended safety action immediately when an earthquake occurs.

“Practicing what to do during an earthquake could save your life,” FEMA Administrator Brock Long noted. “Building a true culture of preparedness requires an understanding of the hazards each community may face, and the proper actions to take. Preparing now and knowing what actions you can take is the first step in protecting yourself and loved ones in case of emergency.”

For this year’s Great ShakeOut it is expected that more than 18.5 million people in the United States and its territories will participate in the October 19 drill, with another nearly 15 million participating worldwide. Registration is ongoing and these numbers will increase; check www.ShakeOut.org for current totals.

FEMA recommends that everyone learn how to protect themselves during earthquakes. To register involvement and participate for free visit www.shakeout.org.

FEMA supports the Great ShakeOut as part of Prepareathon, a community-based campaign that asks everyone to take an action—such as participating in a disaster drill or group discussion—to increase their preparedness. Additional information on disaster preparedness is available at www.ready.gov.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blogwww.twitter.com/femawww.twitter.com/femaspoxwww.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Accumulation risk, where a single event triggers losses under multiple policies in one or more lines of insurance, is emerging in new and unforeseen ways in today’s interconnected world, says a post at Swiss Re Open Minds blog.

From Ruta Mikiskaite, casualty treaty underwriter, and Catriona Barker, claims expert UK&International Claims at Swiss Re:

“Accumulation scenarios have always been familiar in property insurance but for casualty lines of business, they have been perhaps less of an issue. However, large losses in recent years show how traditional physical perils should not be underestimated for their casualty clash potential.”

For example, Kilmore East-Kinglake bushfire, the most severe of a series of deadly wildfires in the Australian state of Victoria on Black Saturday, 7 February 2009, led to a settlement of A$500 million—the biggest class action settlement in Australian legal history.



It's no secret that passwords can be stolen.

In order to maximize the security of your passwords, however, you should understand how password attacks actually occur.

Before we begin, we should note that stealing or "cracking" passwords is not the only way that attackers can gain unauthorized access to sensitive data.