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Posted on August 29, 2014 by

Radioactive Rice Draws Concern in Singapore

Fukushima-grown rice exports have hit grocery store shelves in Singapore this week. These are the first exports of rice grown in the area since the March 2011 radiation leak at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s nuclear plant. Although Singapore food safety measures are known to be some of the strictest in the world, there is still concern over the consumption of rice and other produce cultivated in Fukushima Prefecture. That concern is not unfounded. According to the most…

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Posted on August 28, 2014 by

Employee Oversight Leads to Malware Infection at JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase and up to four other banks were victims of malicious software cyber-attacks, better known as malware. Malware are programs or applications that disrupt or damage the normal operation of a computer or electronic file system. The intent is to access confidential data or other valuable information for the cyber criminals that created it. Lack of employee training in cybersecurity is one of the main vulnerabilities hackers rely on to gain access to operating systems. That vulnerability…

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Posted on August 27, 2014 by

Access Denied: DDoS Attack Leaves PSN and Others SoL

Lizard Squad or FamedGod? Irrespective of which group is truly behind this past weekend’s distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network and a handful of other gaming sites, the fact remains that another major cyberattack has targeted large corporations, temporarily halting business operations. This recent occurrence swamped networks with repeated requests for information, overwhelming a computer’s ability to respond, thus making it unavailable for legitimate use. Fortunately, this type of attack is not the kind that steals…

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Posted on August 26, 2014 by

When the Earth Shakes, What Can You Do to Keep Your Business Running?

The fallout from Sunday morning’s 6.0 Napa County earthquake has left the San Francisco Bay area in a declared state of emergency. Hundreds of buildings were damaged, fires erupted, water mains broke, and tens of thousands of people were left without power. This kind of devastation may seem like the status quo for any city near the San Andreas Fault; however, over 45 states in the United States are at risk, along with hundreds of locales across the…

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Posted on August 19, 2014 by

Ebola and Business Continuity: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Unexpected

Much of the news coverage of the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak is targeted toward health officials—how to transport patients, how to care for patients, even how to dispose of patients’ bodies—along with some superficial guidance on how to reduce personal exposure to the virus. To date, there has been little discussion on what to do in a business setting should an employee, coworker, tenant, or client be suspected of contracting the disease. Here, we have outlined three…

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Posted on August 12, 2014 by

Cybersecurity for Asset Managers: Don’t Let the Russian Big Data Breach Happen to You!

Yet another information breach has amassed millions of private usernames and passwords from around the world, further demonstrating the need for increased proactive cybersecurity measures. As asset managers, it is imperative that the highest level of protection is implemented to protect the financial interests of your clients. The SEC agrees. On April 15, 2014, the US Securities and Exchange Commission alerted registered firms about cybersecurity preparedness and ways to ensure compliance. Missed the message? We can help! Cybersecurity…

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Posted on April 21, 2014 by

Five Common Workplace Habits That Can Contribute to Cyberattacks

You’ve heeded the headlines of the latest hacker and hoax and may have even changed all of your passwords. Perhaps you experienced the heartburn from the “heart bleed bug” or other notorious nuisances.  Each worldwide threat, virus or breach gets increasingly complicated; but often the source for many contemporary cyberthreats is as simple as someone leaving a cell phone on the lunchroom counter. Since we advise people on matters of business continuity when major cyberattacks occur, we thought…

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Posted on April 15, 2014 by

Webinar – Preparing for Hurricane Season: Forecasts, Planning & Case Studies

Hurricane season can significantly impact the continuity of operations for a range of businesses – from retail to law and financial services firms – across the U.S.  Planning, training and testing your Business Continuity program in advance is key to ensuring your organization can successfully weather the storms. Join Preparis SVP of Business Continuity Doug Langley and guest Mike Smith, Chief Innovation Officer for AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, for an expert discussion on: – The 2014 hurricane forecast models -…

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Posted on March 28, 2014 by

3 Key Business Continuity Program Plans for Financial Services Firms

Most financial services firms have developed business continuity and disaster recovery plans to satisfy the minimum standards required for regulatory compliance and recommendations. However, clients depend on a firm’s ability to keep the business running and deliver services despite any disruptions which is why firms should evolve from simply “checking-the-box” to a implementing full BC programs. Is your firm prepared to quickly assess the impact of a disaster and execute an effectively planned response and recovery based on…

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Posted on February 27, 2014 by

Pandemic Planning for Banks

Banks must not only “check the box” when it comes to a variety of business continuity compliance requirements, but clients depend on a bank’s ability to continue the delivery of services regardless of an interruption – including pandemic events. I had the opportunity to attend the Alabama Bankers Association’s Bank Operations and Management Summit on February 5th to speak with members of the banking industry. A common point of concern for many bankers is pandemic planning. The Federal…

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Business Continuity Resources

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