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Job Description: 300 Word MaxReports to the Senior Manager of Business Continuity and Crisis Management (BCCM)

The BCCM Team helps to prepare employees for unplanned events. It is comprised of the Crisis Command (CCT) and Business Continuity Management (BCM) Teams

The CCT consists of senior level executives who are responsible for the overall safety and welfare of staff members and our organizational assets

The BCM Team works with employees to develop contingency plans, training initiatives, rehearsals and awareness campaigns to ensure that HBO’s business can continue to operate once an unforeseen event has been mitigated.

How to Apply:

https://careers.timewarner.com

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AlertMedia, the fastest-growing emergency notification system provider in the world, is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the 2017 Small Business category by the Austin Business Journal.

The honorary award recognizes companies in four categories according to size. The awards are based on confidential feedback from employees and measure the following dimensions: communication and resources, individual needs, manager effectiveness, personal engagement, team dynamics, and trust in leadership. AlertMedia was ranked the 5th best workplace within its category.

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https://www.alertmedia.com/alertmedia-named-one-of-2017s-best-places-to-work-by-austin-business-journal/

For twelve years, Avalution has been laser focused on business continuity.  We’ve become the leading provider of business continuity software and consulting in the US.  We work with 10% of the Fortune 100, including the largest organization in 7 different industries.

We’ve become well known for delivering business continuity services that are connected to the strategy of the business, pragmatic, and reliably delivered.

Today, we are expanding into Information Security Management. 

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http://perspectives.avalution.com/2017/introducing-our-information-security-practice/

A Primer on the New Global Privacy Law

For most organizations, the next year will be a critical time for their data protection regimes as they determine the applicability of the GDPR and the controls and capabilities they will need to manage their compliance and risk obligations. The GDPR has the potential to serve as a healthy, scalable, exportable regime that could become an international benchmark, but because of the effort required to report data breaches, it is absolutely essential that organizations prepare in advance.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) officially goes into effect in May of 2018 and will have an international reach, affecting any organization that handles the personal data of European Union (EU) residents, regardless of where it is processed. The GDPR adds another layer of complexity – not to mention potential cost and associated resources – to the issue of critical information asset management that so many organizations are struggling to come to terms with.

At the Information Security Forum (ISF), we consider this to be the biggest shake-up of global privacy law in decades, as it redefines the scope of EU data protection legislation, forcing organizations worldwide to comply with its requirements. This most certainly includes U.S.-based organizations. The GDPR aims to establish the same data protection levels for all EU residents and will have a solid focus on how organizations handle personal data. Businesses face several challenges in preparing for the reform, including an absence of awareness among major inner stakeholders. The benefits of the GDPR will create several compliance requirements, from which few organizations will completely escape.

However, organizations will benefit from the uniformity introduced by the reform and will evade having to circumnavigate the current array of often-contradictory national data protection laws. There will also be worldwide benefits as countries in other regions are dedicating more attention to the defense of mission-critical assets. The GDPR has the potential to serve as a healthy, scalable and exportable regime that could become an international benchmark.

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http://www.corporatecomplianceinsights.com/gdpr-means-organization/

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What the GDPR Means for Your Organization

In the last ten years, the workplace has transitioned from stationary to mobile. As technology has advanced it’s changed the way we work, where we work, and when we work. In fact, this report by Global Workplace Analytics discovered that employees are not at their desks as much as 50-60% of the time. Many employees change locations multiple times a day, and others frequently travel or do offsite work. With the rise of staff on the go, there is an increase in external risks in addition to those that occur in the office. So how do you keep your people safe? You need a system that can adapt to people’s changing location and the changing landscape around us.

Having access to your employees’ location data can improve your ability to respond to disaster in many ways.  Location improves your emergency plan by allowing the message to get to the right people in the affected area. A robust emergency notification system should quickly find the appropriate audience based on location, only reach the people who need the message, have geofencing capabilities, and give you extended map functionalities to see the proximity of emergencies to your users and notify them of the situation immediately.

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https://www.alertmedia.com/4-ways-location-improves-your-emergency-communication-plan/

The Business Continuity Institute

The electric grid is one of the most critical infrastructure systems for modern life, but it is also one of the most vulnerable, yet recent graduates of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) supported by Swiss Re have released a study that examines how extreme weather and other natural disasters are evolving in the Pacific Northwest, and the implications for electric infrastructure and potential economic disruption.

Lights Out: The Risks of Climate and Natural Disaster Related Disruption to the Electric Grid,” finds that climate change, expanding populations, and insufficiently diversified energy sources make the future of energy more unpredictable. The US insurance industry has already identified a $20–$55 billion annual financial loss from power outages caused by flooding, hurricanes, and extreme temperatures.

The group focused on the Pacific Northwest as an illustrative case study in climate and natural disaster related electric grid disruption. The region is prone to high-frequency, low-intensity natural disasters such as droughts and flooding, as well as being at risk of catastrophes like the Cascadian Subduction Zone (CSZ) event - an earthquake-tsunami combination that is expected to devastate the coastline from northern California to southern British Columbia. As climate change alters the seasonality of water runoffs in the Pacific Northwest, electricity generation, as well as the operation and maintenance of hydroelectric dams, face additional challenges.

“The cost of disasters has increased fourfold over the last 30 years. The total loss of $55 billion a year from unplanned electric outages in the US is more than the US government spends on all federal highways,” said Alex Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Global Partnership at Swiss Re. “We have to think not only about the physical destruction of these assets and the cost to replace them, but also the impact of the extreme weather and how it destroys economic productivity over the longer period of time.”

Adverse weather, one type of event that can lead to the disruptions outlined within this report, is the fifth greatest concern for business continuity professionals have, as identified in the Business Continuity Institute's latest Horizon Scan Report, with more than half (51%) of respondents to a global survey expressing concern about the potential of a disruption caused by such an event. Earthquakes and tsunamis were much further down in 18th place, with 25% expressing concern, although these types of event are much more region specific.

“Natural disasters and climate-related, severe weather events pose real risks to vulnerable communities and are currently costing billions in damages globally,” said Celeste Connors, a former White House official on climate change and Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty advisor. “Local governments are taking the lead in reducing this risk by investing forward in resilient infrastructure systems. New and innovative financing mechanisms and partnerships can play a key role in helping governments manage their risk.”