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Posted on September 16, 2014 by

Hurricane Odile Pummels Vacation Paradise

The dangerous weather system made lanfall late Sunday night in the southern Baja California Peninsula making it the strongest hurricane on record in the region. Odile struck tourist attraction Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, bringing with it strong winds and causing copious amounts of damage. At landfall the Category 3 storm was recorded as having up to 125 mph winds. About 30,000 tourists were evacuated and advised to take refuge in one of the 164 shelters set up…

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Posted on September 10, 2014 by

Flooding: Why it Should Be a Part of Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

Historic flooding brought the southwestern region of the United States to a screeching halt on Monday. An area with sporadic rainfall, certain places in the southwest were surprised to have seen more rain in one day than they have in June, July, and August combined. The rare mix of monsoon rains and the leftovers of Hurricane Norbert have left businesses and residents alike stunned at the power of several inches of rain. With states like California, Nevada, Arizona,…

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Posted on September 9, 2014 by

What You Need to Know about Enterovirus D68 to Keep Your Business Running

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is sweeping across the Midwest, already hospitalizing over one thousand children in as many as 10 states. Although this virus has been around since 1962, what is alarming about the current outbreak is the number of cases sending those infected to the hospital. In a press release issued by the CDC, this strain of enterovirus has rarely been reported in the US—only 79 total cases were reported between 2009 and 2013. Given these circumstances, here…

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Posted on September 8, 2014 by

Levenson Comments a Cause for Incident Management

The announcement of the Atlanta Hawks sale over Bruce Levenson’s 2012 email containing derogatory comments proves the importance of an incident management plan. Incident management plans are not only necessary to ensure the safety of employees and continued business operations, they are also helpful in mitigating the potential loss of reputation during any crisis This type of public relations crisis has undoubtedly placed the entire Atlanta Hawks organization under the microscope, but the consequences are wider-reaching than that….

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Posted on September 5, 2014 by Infected with Malware

Federal officials confirmed yesterday that an information security breach of a server occurred late last month. The malware infection intended to launch denial-of-service attacks on other websites. Fortunately, the malware infiltrated a test server that contained no consumer data nor did it appear to target the website specifically. According to Fox News sources, the server was not protected with the typical security measures—firewalls or antivirus software—an oversight the Health and Human Services department promises to correct in…

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Posted on September 2, 2014 by

September is National Preparedness Month 2014: Are You Prepared?

If a disaster struck tomorrow would you be ready? Would your company have a plan of action? If you answered “no” to these questions, then National Preparedness Month is definitely something to pay attention to. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the government has pushed the importance of emergency preparedness no matter the threat. Since its creation, National Preparedness Month has done just that. Sponsored by FEMA, the month is used as a teaching moment for organizations to…

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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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