"In the film “Pulp Fiction,” Harvey Keitel plays the Wolf, a fast-talking and meticulous man who is called in to deal with the aftermath of an accidental shooting."
"2011 has been an exciting year for the cloud. Companies are starting to accept the idea of using internet-based services instead of servers they control themselves. That in turn has driven a push to make the technologies more mature — and the tech companies making those technologies are growing up too."
"The city of Seattle is leading a multijurisdictional effort to build a new wireless public safety network in Washington state made possible by a public-private partnership."
"Members of the loose-knit movement "Anonymous" claimed on Sunday to have stolen a raft of emails and credit-card data from U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor, promising it was just the start of a weeklong, Christmas-inspired assault on a long list of targets. "
"In this paper Robert Hall looks at attitudes to risk within businesses and explains why the balance may be too far on the side of risk avoidance. Business continuity managers may have played a role in creating this imbalance."
"Hackers from China have reportedly been able to break into the systems at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, stealing an unspecified amount of data and possibly gaining undetected access to the network for over a year."
"For the first time ever, a government advisory board is asking scientific journals not to publish details of certain biomedical experiments, for fear that the information could be used by terrorists to create deadly viruses and touch off epidemics."
"On Feb. 7, 2011, at 7:45 p.m., smoke detectors were tripped at Pitney Bowes’ largest mail services presort facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, as a fire that started in another company’s nearby facility rapidly spread. "
"Cryptzone’s predictions for the top security trends for the coming year:"
"The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) on Wednesday, October 26, released the reults of its annual survey of state CIOs that aims to pinpoint their top priorities in both strategy and technology."
"With cloud computing, technology has advanced more quickly than the law's ability to effectively address its implications."
"Though Walid Shoebat’s message to about 300 South Dakota police officers that all Islamic organizations in America are the enemy and that Islam and terrorism are inseparable may be an extreme case, there is growing concern about the antiterrorism training being delivered to law enforcement and other first responders around the country."
"As we close this year, I claim an editor’s privilege to explain ASA’s commitment – and my own – to research and publication."
"Cloud computing provides organizations with an alternative way of obtaining IT services and offers many benefits including increased flexibility as well as cost reduction. However many organizations are reluctant to adopt the cloud because of concerns over information security and a loss of control over the way IT service is delivered."
"Mystery solved. A reported cyberattack on a water district in central Illinois turned out to be a false alarm set off when an American contractor logged onto the system remotely while vacationing in Russia."
"A security vulnerability in Facebook Inc.'s social-networking site exposed by some users sent the company scrambling for a fix after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg's private photos were published online."
"MF Global Holdings Ltd.'s executive in charge of controlling risks raised serious concerns several times last year to directors at the securities firm about the growing bet on European bonds by his boss, Jon S. Corzine, people familiar with the matter said."
"The argument goes like this. Business continuity is not about the little disturbances and the day-to-day interruptions. "
"You’ve spent months fixing the red items on an internal audit report and just passed a regulatory exam."
"The designers and engineers who build Facebook are anything but complacent about their success."
"Everyone is talking about the “cloud,” but is there anything new here? How is the “cloud” different from “internet” or “web?” "
"Dire warnings preceded Hurricane Irene and although some areas “dodged the bullet,” severe rains hammered parts of the East Coast, hitting areas unaccustomed to such storm activity."
In her first book, Searle translates her operational risk expertise into stories, tips and checklists that the general public can use to make themselves safer.
"Over the past couple of weeks I have taken part in three separate discussions with high profile business continuity professionals about organizational resilience and resiliency."
"All disasters are local was the theme of FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino’s keynote speech at the International Association of Emergency Managers Annual Conference on Monday, Nov. 14, in Las Vegas."
"With face-to-face interactions on the decline and online and mobile banking on the rise, banks are increasingly turning to social media to enhance the customer experience."
"Climate change will make the drought and flooding events that have battered the United States and other countries in 2011 more frequent in years to come, forcing nations to rethink the way they cope with disasters. according to a new report the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued Friday."
"Many Facebook users were surprised to find graphic pornographic and violent images in their news feeds this week, following a widespread spam attack. The company said that it now has the issue under control."
"The Pentagon is prepared to launch cyberattacks in response to hostile actions that threaten the government, military or U.S. economy, according to a new policy document submitted to Congress this week."
"Recent events have provided poignant reminders of the myriad and persistent homeland security challenges faced by United States and similar societies around the world."
"According to a recent Forrester Research survey nearly half of the declared disasters reported over a one-year period were due to power failures."
"A storm of historic intensity continues to pound the west coast of Alaska today. Twice the size of Texas, the storm is as deep as a category 3 hurricane."
"Every new technology brings with it the capacity to screw things up in an entirely new way. With social media, it's now become possible to turn what was once a verbal gaffe behind closed doors into a public peccadillo."
"For the past two years, officials in cooperation with the FCC and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have worked to make a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) a reality."
"In the neck-deep floodwaters of an industrial zone here, workers are using Jet Skis and wooden skiffs to transport stacks of computer components out of waterlogged factories."
"Online industrial spying presents a growing threat to the U.S. economy and national security, American intelligence agencies warned Thursday in a report to Congress that publicly accused China and Russia of responsibility for cyber-espionage. "
"Ten years ago, Logicalis, a systems integrator, would have needed a wiretap to overhear the grumblings of a competitor's dissatisfied customer or prospect. But when a Logicalis sales representative stumbled across a LinkedIn status update revealing an individual's frustration with a rival company's cloud service, he knew just what to do."
"First came the heavy snow in February that crushed the hangar and destroyed the vintage Piper J-5A airplane he housed in Dutchess County, N.Y."
"Mark Weatherford, California’s former chief information security officer, will lead cybersecurity efforts for the federal government. "
"A few days after 9/11, a retired Air Force colonel named Randall Larsen entered the northwest gate of the White House, crossed a courtyard to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, stepped through the front door and stopped dead in his tracks."
"Fraud is an increasing enterprise risk but many organizations don't notice the early warning signs that a problem exists. A new checklist provides some help..."
"The emergency notification system for Tucson, AZ has been deactivated due to budget cuts according to several media sources."
"CIOs know all about change management—from jettisoning legacy apps, to prodding line of business VPs to share virtualized resources."
"The Obama administration is wrestling with the thorny question of whether scientists should inject healthy children with the anthrax vaccine to see whether the shots would safely protect them against a bioterrorism attack."
"Fully 65% of adult internet users now say they use a social networking site like MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn, up from 61% one year ago."
"Smoke poured into the airplane cabin and activity came to a screeching halt. As the captain yelled "Evacuate! Evacuate!" passengers did what comes naturally: They froze."
"I was reminded of this question today by a PIO for a fire and rescue department. It comes up in all the plans I work on. The problem is this: how do you know when to pull the trigger? When to say full frog alert, all hands on deck?"
"The world is fast moving to a time where instead of using the internet we will be living within in it, as part of many interconnected networks designed to perform certain processes based upon certain events occurring or not: humans and devices (things) working together seamlessly to operate their car safely, the devices taking over when human actions are missing, such as applying the brakes when an approaching the car ahead that has stopped or slowed and the human has not acted; or devices working together in a network to keep, for example, a steady convoy of traffic moving on a highway without human action."
"William Jenkins, director of Homeland Security and Justice for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, provided insight into the office’s role with emergency management and recommendations for emergency managers seeking to establish measurements for their agencies during a question-and-answer session with Emergency Management magazine."
"With Facebook's constant stream of changes, keeping up with your privacy settings can be daunting. Here's a rundown of the newest features, what the changes mean to your privacy and how to update your settings."
"‘Eurozone at tipping point’, ‘Greece may be forced to default’, ‘Is the euro doomed?’ The headlines alone make you want to pull the covers over your head."
"Greg Taffet, the CIO of U.S. Gas & Electric Inc. in North Miami Beach, Fla., brought on four new staffers in the past six months and is looking to add 11 more to his current team of 20."
"It has been clear to me for quite some time that social media has an immense value in supporting the missions of emergency management before, during and after a disaster."
"More than 60 years ago, in his “Foundation” series, the science fiction novelist Isaac Asimov invented a new science — psychohistory — that combined mathematics and psychology to predict the future."
"A new report examines the role that social media, crowdsourcing and crisis mapping played before, during and after Hurricane Irene."
"The White House plans to issue an executive order on Friday to replace a flawed patchwork of computer security safeguards exposed by the disclosure of hundreds of thousands of classified government documents to WikiLeaks last year."
"At a recent Cloud Security event, the president of the UK & Ireland chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA UK & Ireland) said that the perception of security as a concept is out-dated."
"Spend enough time in the tech industry, and you'll eventually find yourself in IT hell -- one not unlike the underworld described by Dante in his "Divine Comedy." "
"Like all professions, emergency management has evolved throughout the years to become what it is today — a defined field of work that’s paving a career path for future employees."
"We've heard of private clouds, hybrid clouds, turnkey clouds -- now get ready for industry-specific clouds."
"Smartphones are spreading throughout the business world. Their use is growing across organizations and at all levels within them."
"The statistics from this spring’s tornado damage are staggering: 535 deaths — the most since the National Weather Service began compiling official records in 1950 — and 1,588 tornadoes throughout June."
"Working with some large public utilities has made me very sensitive to the issues of communication during large scale power outages."
"Packing for business in China? Bring your passport and business cards, but maybe not that laptop loaded with contacts and corporate memos."
"The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), an agency created by Congress to examine the functionality of America’s banks, must do more to safeguard the confidentiality, integrity and availability of internal financial systems and information, according to a government audit."
"The final version of the US National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) has been published by FEMA.
According to FEMA the NDRF ‘is a conceptual guide designed to ensure coordination and recovery planning at all levels of government before a disaster’, and it defines how FEMA will work with local and tribal governments and communities and individuals in the area of disaster recovery."
"A powerful typhoon hit Japan’s main island on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of more than 1.2 million from the area and causing the deaths or disappearance of at least 13 people as it began its slow path toward the northeastern part of the country."
"Congress once again found itself embroiled on Tuesday in a display of brinksmanship and the threat of a government shutdown, despite the public's recoiling against such maneuvering earlier this year."
"When part of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) crashed on April 21, government agencies in the midst of moving to the cloud received a grim reminder of the need to secure critical databases and files."
"A destructive attack from cyberspace "is coming, in my opinion. It is a question of time. What we don't know is how far out it is," and whether it will target commercial infrastructure, government networks or mobile platforms Army Gen. Keith Alexander told attendees of the "Maneuvering in Cyberspace" symposium this week."
"Google defused a confrontation with European privacy regulators by announcing on Tuesday that it would give the owners of Wi-Fi routers worldwide the option of removing their devices from a registry Google uses to locate cellphone users."
"The evolution of a new H5N1 avian influenza virus does not increase risks to public health. This is the clear message from the World Health Organization as it attempts to play down media hype following the highlighting of the emergence of the variant by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations."
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"ABSTRACT: This paper describes research which investigated the impacts of September 11, 2001, on information security and looks at how effective disaster recovery and business continuity prepared to protect information systems were."
"Nature is pummeling the United States this year with extremes.
Unprecedented triple-digit heat and devastating drought. Deadly tornadoes leveling towns. Massive rivers overflowing. A billion-dollar blizzard. And now, unusual hurricane-caused flooding in Vermont."
"The year so far in the U.S. has been disaster-filled: tornadoes wreaked havoc in the spring; an earthquake struck the Eastern Seaboard in late August; and Hurricane Irene left 38 dead, numerous eastern states dealing with flooding and more than 3 million people without power."
"Since Sept. 11, 2001, the nation has spent a reported $635.9 billion on homeland security."
"For more than ten years business continuity management (BCM) has been on the priority list of senior managers because of events such as Y2K, the implementation of the Euro, terrorist attacks, natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and tsunamis, and pandemic outbreaks such as SARS, H1N1 and Mexican Flu. Additionally, in some sensitive industries such as the financial sector, regulators increasingly require banks to have effective BCM measures in place. "
"I was speaking to a colleague the other day about how she runs her business continuity tests. She stated that she often starts her tests by asking: "What do you fear the most?" This struck me as a very direct way of approaching the subject. One that all of us business continuity planners have used at one time or another. But the more I thought about it, the more I felt that it was a negative way to do things."
"Hurricane Irene will most likely prove to be one of the 10 costliest catastrophes in the nation’s history, and analysts said that much of the damage might not be covered by insurance because it was caused not by winds but by flooding, which is excluded from many standard policies."
"Now that the big hurricane is behind us — three days for Irene and six years for Katrina — the Federal Emergency Management Agency is running out of money and finds itself operating in a new political and fiscal climate that may be as treacherous as some of the disasters to which it must respond."
"The earthquake that struck Virginia on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and was felt from New York City to the Carolinas, was followed by cellular network congestion — thus spurring officials to call for a national broadband network dedicated to public safety."
"One item that millions will have with them in almost any situation is their smartphone. As Hurricane Irene approaches, that's important because a smartphone or tablet computer can come in handy during the storm - if you've made some advance preparations."
" Steven P. Jobs, whose insistent vision that he knew what consumers wanted made Apple one of the world’s most valuable and influential companies, is stepping down as chief executive, the company announced late Wednesday."
"When the skies dumped 20.2 inches of snow on Chicago in February 2011 — the third-largest storm in the city’s history — emergency managers rushed to their computers."
"Before cost-cutting became fashionable in Washington, Vivek Kundra, the White House’s chief information officer, was working to shrink the federal government’s enormous budget for information technology."
"How resilient is my organization? Have our processes made us more resilient? Members of the CERT Resilient Enterprise Management (REM) team are conducting research to address these and other related questions."
"Major websites such as MSN.com and Hulu.com have been tracking people's online activities using powerful new methods that are almost impossible for computer users to detect, new research shows."
"Now that last week’s troubles seem to have died down, the government has started the process of rebuilding public confidence, whilst those directly affected have begun to rebuild their lives. Few could have imagined the events that have taken place; lives lost, buildings in flames, shops looted, businesses closed and reputations in ruins."
"It's all in the perspective, isn't it? Social media was widely discussed as a major tool in assisting the pro-democracy forces in Tunisia, Eqypt, Jordan, Syria and other Arab countries to rise up and fight for freedom."
"For many Internet users, online privacy policies are long and difficult to read. Transfer those same policies to a mobile device, where users can find themselves clicking through multiple screens often with tiny type, and the policies can become almost useless to the average consumer."
"Internet search leader Google Inc. is bringing a little more gamesmanship to its duel with Facebook.
Just like they have been doing for years on Facebook’s website, Web surfers will now be able to play games with their friends and family on Google’s blossoming social networking service. "
"When Jessica H. Lawrence left her job with the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council in Redlands, Calif., to pursue a new life in New York City, she arrived in late January without a job, an apartment or someone to keep her warm through the winter nights."
"All 90 people wanted information deleted from the Web."
"With only a year to go until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games, PwC has surveyed over 500 UK businesses on their attitudes towards the Games and the expected impact that it will have upon their operations."
"The expediency of knowledge is found in successful emergency preparedness. But extrapolating the most relevant information to obtain knowledge and create intelligence is an insurmountable task in today’s information-saturated world."
"According to the April 2011 SunGard Availability Services Business Continuity Software International User Group Forum Survey conducted by SunGard Availability Services, 74 percent of respondents selected ‘protection of reputation and brand’ as one of the main reasons for having a business continuity plan."
"These mobile tools will help you stay at the top of your game, no matter where you find yourself. "
"Local communities around the country are best suited to take on the challenge of combatting the kind of violent extremism that inspires people to kill, the Obama administration concludes in a new national plan to fight the threat of al-Qaida and other violent radicals at home. "
"Many emergency managers are avoiding using social media for all the wrong reasons."
"The two to six hours college students spend inside classrooms creates a sizeable gap in mass notification system coverage for most colleges and universities."
"The ninth annual D: All Things Digital Conference was packed with insight, innovation and, most of all, optimism and excitement."
"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is not afraid of the public cloud."
"For all concerned with disaster resiliency, economic sustainability and public safety, the first half of 2011 was momentous."
"We share the grief and pain of Norwegians and mourn the 76 people killed in Anders Behring Breivik’s rampage."
"Whilst the range and variety of IT security defences for portable computers - that's netbooks and laptops to most people - is excellent, and able to cater for all budgets and types of user, it should be apparent to any security observer that the same cannot be said for smartphones and tablet computers."
"When disasters, downtime, and other major disruptions regularly find their way into an enterprise, business as usual can become simply unusual."
"A majority of the five-member Nuclear Regulatory Commission is signaling that it wants to move slowly on at least some new recommendations from its staff on how to reduce the chance of a Fukushima-type accident at an American reactor despite calls by its chairman for swift action."
"In the most visible law enforcement response to a recent spate of online attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday announced the arrests of 16 people across the country in connection with strikes carried out by a loose, secretive federation of hackers called Anonymous."
"Quoting from an email sent by Kate Long, Earthquake and Tsunami Program Deputy at California Emergency Management Agency,
"As part of the Community Resiliency Track at the UASI conference last month, Chris Nance of the California Earthquake Authority, Kristin Hogan of the City/County of San Francisco and I presented new research on the use of “Value-Based Messaging” to encourage public behavior change around earthquake preparedness and mitigation. Although this research specifically targeted earthquake, it is germane to public uptake of any disaster preparedness actions.""
"Technical standards may seem arcane, but they are often powerful tools of economic development and social welfare. They can be essential building blocks for innovation and new industries. The basic software standards for the Web are striking proof."
"“Help make us recoverable.” “We need to be compliant to standards.” “Develop a program.” These are just a few of the familiar requests when starting to build a program."
"Public safety agencies are using more technology and more technological devices today than ever before."
"The recent hacking spree by LulzSec has helped make hacktivism a household term. Although hacktivism is nothing new, it has undergone a rapid evolution that is driven and inspired by criminal, for-profit hacking."
"After deadly tornadoes and storms hit multiple states in late April, governments activated digital billboards to communicate with the public."
"The Japanese government will launch a two-stage safety review of the nation's nuclear plants in an attempt to end the confusion that ensued after Prime Minister Naoto Kan said last week that he would order "stress tests" before allowing currently idled plants to restart."
"Americans who illegally download songs and movies may soon be in for a surprise: They will be warned to stop, and if they don’t, they could find their Internet access slowing to a crawl."
"Apple Inc. said Thursday it is working to resolve a security hole in its iPhone and other mobile products that German authorities warned could allow cyber criminals to access confidential information or intercept phone conversations. "
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A new pilot program in the federal government would allow the departments of Defense and Homeland Security to share classified information with defense contractors and Internet service providers to strengthen private-sector security capabilities.
"Recently Continuity Central highlighted a report from the Australian National Audit Office which found that over 25 percent of 26 critical Australian government agencies did not test business continuity plans as part of normal business practice."