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7 Steps to Establishing a Sound Business Continuity Strategy 

MHA Consulting

Many organizations struggle with establishing a sound business continuity strategy, a foundational aspect of a strong BC program. Follow these seven steps to implement a BC strategy that can help you swiftly recover your business processes in the event of an outage.

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Recovery From Hurricane Ian Going Poorly in FL

Recovery Diva

From the Wash Post: For some, life after Ian is ‘more tragic than the hurricane itself.’ ’ This is a lengthy and deeply troubling account of the many problems ongoing in the area of FL impacted by Hurricane Ian

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2022 Review: Natural Disasters Caused a $313 Billion Global Economic Loss

DRI Drive

In a look back on the previous year to determine how costly 2023 could get, a new report highlights one of the most costly years on record. The 2023 Weather, Climate and Catastrophe Insight report from Aon plc found that $313 billion was lost in 2022 – 4% above the current average.

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Is 'Run Hide Fight' Still the Answer to Mass Shooter Events?

Disaster Zone blog

Some think events have proven other courses of action are perhaps needed

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Help! My Business Continuity Program is Stuck!

BryghtPath

I’m not known for giving advice with an extra helping of sugar- just ask my family. So when clients come to us for help because their business continuity program is stuck, my answer is usually one of three things.

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FEMA Makes Changes to Individual Assistance Process

Recovery Diva

From HSToday: FEMA Lays Foundation for Strategic Plan: Engages Stakeholders and Initiates Efforts to Instill Equity, Increase Resilience and Readiness Posture FEMA simplified its Individual Assistance application process, leading to over 100,000 survivors receiving assistance who would have previously been ineligible

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Will Emergency Management Programs Get the Axe at Universities?

Disaster Zone blog

Enrollment is down overall at colleges and universities

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SIA New Member Profile: Ai-RGUS

Security Industry Association

New Security Industry Association (SIA) member Ai-RGUS offers artificial intelligence (AI) software to manage security camera systems efficiently.

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New GAO Report on Emergency Relief Funds

Recovery Diva

New GAO Report on Emergency Relief Funds: Significant Improvements Are Needed to Address Fraud and Improper Payments. GAO-23-106556

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FlashBlade 4.1: More Performance, Security, and Flexibility for All FlashBlade Customers

Pure Storage

This month, Pure Storage® is releasing version 4.1 of Purity//FB, our latest software release for our unified fast file and object unstructured data platforms. Version 4.1

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Disaster Zone Podcast: CISA What Is it? What Does It Do?

Disaster Zone blog

What does a CISA Region do as opposed to FEMA Regions

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The Possible Crisis Before Us: How Deepfakes Could Combine With AI, Blockchain, Quantum and Other Threats

Security Industry Association

Patrick J. Simon is president and manager of Beehive Technology Solutions LLC. Note: The top image for this story is a series of deepfake images from ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com.

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Communications Tech Wish List

Recovery Diva

From HSToday: America’s First Responders Give NIST Their Communications Tech Wish Lists Public safety communications technology should be trustworthy, be controllable and reduce user frustration

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Do Application RTOs and RPOs ‘Work’ During a Cyber Incident?

Plan B Consulting

In this week’s bulletin, Charlie covers the important use of RTOs (Recovery Time Objectives) and RPOs (Recovery Point Objectives) in response to a cyber-attack. This week, I have been teaching a Cyber Incident Management course in Frankfurt.

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What Are the Important Papers and Memories You Want to Protect?

Disaster Zone blog

This is a disaster preparedness question for everyone — are you willing to give up sex

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Transportation Worker Identity Credential: Reviving the Qualified Technology List With Simple Self-Certification Approval Process

Security Industry Association

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is a biometric-enabled smart card identity credential that is issued to maritime workers to enable unescorted access into secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels regulated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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International Recovery Forum 2023 – January 27

Recovery Diva

Upcoming Conference: International Recovery Forum 2023: Building Back Better and Long-term Recovery Outcomes: Aspirations for a Resilient, Sustainable Future

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Preparing for Strategic Competition: The Need for Irregular Warfare Professional Military Education

The Rand Blog

The Department of Defense does not provide the irregular warfare professional military education necessary for success in competition and conflict in the 21st century. This is a not a new problem, but it is one that may deserve new attention from Congress and the Pentagon

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Ukraine: Tanks, Tanks and More Tanks

Disaster Zone blog

Really, it is not that big a deal in actual numbers

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Image Classification — Dealing with Imbalance in Datasets

Advancing Analytics

Introduction Image classification is a standard computer vision task and involves training a model to assign a label to a given image, such as a model to classify images of different root vegetables.

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Post-Pandemic Recovery – Conference Report from Oct. 2022

Recovery Diva

From the Johns Hopkins Univ. 2022), conference report titled Post-Pandemic Recovery : [link] This is a very thoughtful and well-written report. I highly recommend it

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Data Protection Officer Job Description

Solutions Review

Data protection is a critical concern for organizations of all sizes, as personal data must be protected from unauthorized access, use, and theft. In today’s digital age, data protection is more important than ever, as organizations collect, store, and use vast amounts of personal data.

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The War in Ukraine, Software Supply Chain Risk, 'Hacking Equity': RAND Weekly Recap

The Rand Blog

This weekly recap focuses on lessons about defense strategy from the war in Ukraine, U.S.-France France cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, software supply chain risk, and more

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Use Of Feedback Forms After Exercises

Plan B Consulting

This week, Charlie discusses the best way of utilising feedback forms after your exercises, and why they should be used in most exercises. This is rather an obscure subject to write about, but I was inspired by our ‘lunch and learn session’.

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Is Data Protection Undergoing a Digital Transformation of Its Own?

Pure Storage

You’ve heard about the benefits of digital transformation: deeper, more targeted insights from data, optimizing data from more sources, and so on. The benefits are real—but so are the hurdles to overcome to get to the good things.

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Basics of Fire Sprinkler Calculations: Selecting the Design Area and the Density/Area Method

National Fire Protection Association

Automatic fire sprinkler systems have consistently demonstrated their ability to reduce the impact of unwanted fires. But when a sprinkler system fails, many times it is due to insufficient water reaching the fire. An NFPA® research report titled “U.S.

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A Tale of Two Wars and the Pitfalls of Success

The Rand Blog

Russia's war in Ukraine once again poses questions about how the United States prepares for conflict—not only which weapons it buys, but also how it envisions great-power wars in the 21st century. If the United States does learn the lessons of this war, then it may secure the U.S.

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Without a Recent Earthquake--Efforts at Mitigation Fade

Disaster Zone blog

We collectively have short memories

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New NAAIA Report Focuses on Next Steps for DEI in the Insurance Industry

Risk Management Monitor

As Black History Month kicks off, February presents a great opportunity to not only celebrate the history and accomplishments of African Americans, but also to meaningfully assess and advance diversity, equity and inclusion measures with the goal of ensuring lasting change rather than lip service.

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Conspiracy Theory Brewing Over Chicken Farm Fires Is False, Experts Say

National Fire Protection Association

First it was fires in food processing facilities.

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Where Is Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service Headed this Year?

Zerto

As we forecast where the industry may lead in the year ahead, it helps to ask experts for insights about what to expect. With the proper guidance, we can better adjust our business plans. In this article, the tech experts at Zerto, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, weigh in.

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The Fight Over Colorado River Water Rights Is Just Beginning

Disaster Zone blog

Watch for states with skin in the game to lawyer up

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Why Backup and Recovery Is Critical for Your Organization

Unitrends

Much has already been written about data and its significance in the current digital economy. Data remains one of the most valuable assets for a business today since losing it can render irreversible damage in terms of productivity, revenue, reputation, and customer loyalty and satisfaction.

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How FlashBlade//S Multi-chassis Systems Solve Customer Challenges

Pure Storage

Unstructured data storage has evolved dramatically, from being about simple storage and retrieval of user data to now much more complicated workflows involving complex, machine-generated data of varying complexity.