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2018 Prediction Webinar: Bonus Q+A

January 26, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

DRI’s first webinar of the year, “Trends and Predictions from DRI’s Future Vision Committee: How to Prepare for 2018,” generated a series of interesting questions from attendees, which Future Vision Committee Chair Lyndon Bird, along with DRI Healthcare Commitee Chair Mike Mastrangelo were pleased to answer in this special Q&A post. Q: Of larger manufacturing […]

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DRI Presents at 11th Corporate Governance Summit in Istanbul

January 26, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

DRI recently presented at the 11th Corporate Governance Summit, held in Istanbul, Turkey, this January by Turkey’s Corporate Governance Association (TKYD). There were 500+ attendees, including the CEOs and Board Directors, for the largest Turkish companies and local subsidiaries of global companies. The organization promotes strong corporate governance and transparency. This year’s summit theme was […]

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Finance Execs Admit to Underpreparing for 2017 Hurricanes

January 26, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Financial corporations with operations in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico learned some harsh lessons in the wake of the 2017 hurricane season, as many executives had to admit that they were underprepared to deal with the devastating effects. In a recent survey of companies with more than $1 billion USD in revenue 64% said the […]

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Hospital Patient Data Ransomed for $50,000

January 26, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Another recent ransomware attack on a hospital proves once again how important it is for healthcare systems to prioritize cybersecurity to keep its patient information safe. Hancock Health in Greenfield, IN, was the target of a SamSam ransomware attack, which accessed its computers through an outside vendor’s account. It infected the system, locking out data and […]

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2018 DRI Awards of Excellence Finalists Announced

January 4, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

DRI International is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 DRI International Awards of Excellence. These coveted awards recognize individuals and organizations who have achieved a level of excellence in the fields of continuity management, technology recovery, and crisis management. Winners in the following awards categories will be announced at the DRI2018 Gala Ceremony […]

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Atlanta Airport Shutdown Raises New Infrastructure Worries

December 28, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Many have praised Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for coming back online relatively soon after a catastrophic power failure. But it’s also drawing attention to potential problems for other facilities reliant on increasingly old backup infrastructure. After a fire that broke out under the airport on Dec. 17 took out both the main power supply and […]

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Survey: Businesses Still Not Ready For Climate Change

December 28, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

First the good news: according to a recent survey, nearly all companies know about climate change hazards that could impact their businesses. The bad news? Only about a quarter are taking any action against them. The survey – involving more than 1,200 resilience professionals worldwide – saw businesses everywhere are underestimating the impacts of climate […]

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What Will 2018 Hold for BC Professionals? Join DRI’s Next Webinar to Find Out

December 15, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Register now for “Trends and Predictions from DRI’s Future Vision Committee: How to Prepare for 2018” on Jan. 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST! Join Lyndon Bird, Chairman of DRI International’s Future Vision Committee, and Chloe Demrovsky, DRI President and CEO as they discuss the findings of the Third Annual Global Risk and Resilience Trends […]

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Commemorate Giant Robots, UFOs, and Other Unnatural Disasters This Holiday Season

December 15, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Decorating your Christmas tree but feel like there’s nothing there to capture the spirit of the resilience profession? Calamityware has you covered with a new collection of ornaments lovingly illustrating some out-there emergencies you (hopefully) won’t have to prepare for. Graphic Designer Don Moyer is currently selling a set of four porcelain ornaments for your […]

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Cast Your Ballot: Voting is Now Open for the 2018 DRI Awards of Excellence!

December 13, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The polls are now open — here is your chance to vote in the 2018 DRI Awards of Excellence! DRI Certified Professionals in good standing are invited to cast their votes for two awards: Product/Service Provider of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Don’t delay — voting is open until Jan. 2, 2018! To […]

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Global Risk and Resilience Report: Top 10 Risks (Infographic)

December 7, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Click here to log into and download the report from the DRI Resource Library.

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Regulations Webinar Q&A: The Cloud, Penalties, Global Perspectives, and More

December 1, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Thanks to all who attended DRI’s recent webinar, “Beyond Compliance: Getting Real About Regulations.” We received some great questions from attendees who wanted to hear more — here are the responses from speakers Bobby Williams and Al Berman. Q: Is the approach changing for compliance adherence with the coming of cloud based infrastructure – where […]

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Regulations Webinar Q&A: Healthcare Edition

December 1, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Thanks to all who attended DRI’s recent webinar, “Beyond Compliance: Getting Real About Regulations.” We received some great questions from attendees who wanted to hear more — here are the responses on some healthcare-focused questions via Mike Mastrangelo, CHPCP, Program Director for Institutional Preparedness, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Q: Does the Kaiser […]

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Was the 2017 Hurricane Season the Worst On Record?

November 30, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has officially closed on Nov. 30, leaving behind an estimated $206 billion in economic impact — possibly the costliest season in U.S. history. The final tally won’t be available until early 2018, but as a season that included Harvey, Irma, and Maria, it is likely to top even 2005, which featured […]

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Register Now for Master’s Case Study Review Online

November 30, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

If you’re a DRI Certified Professional, there’s still time for you to take your credentials to the top — register today for the web-based Master’s Case Study Review course to be held Dec. 11-12! Challenging and highly interactive, the course employs a workshop format to present you with a hypothetical company scenario and walk you […]

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MBCP: Real Benefits for Accomplished Continuity Professionals

November 30, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

In a profession full of acronyms, MBCP needs no explanation. These four letters instantly convey that the holder of this world-renowned certification is a Master Business Continuity Professional with proven knowledge and experience. The benefits of being an MBCP are real, and the process to become an MBCP is clear and straightforward. If you have […]

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A Tale of Two Hacks: The National Security Agency and the Department of Defense

November 16, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) found itself the victim of a thorough and compromising hack by an anonymous group that has taken to mocking the famously secretive agency. It may have learned some lessons from the Department of Defense, which recently invited hackers to do their worst. According to a New York Times story, […]

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Coastal U.S. Gets Failing Report Card on Extreme Weather Prep

November 16, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

U.S. states and territories most impacted by extreme weather are still severely underprepared when it comes to protecting the nation’s beaches from coastal erosion, sea level rise, and other serious issues, according to a recent report. About 40% of the country residing along coastlines, but beaches are disappearing at an alarming rate – coastal erosion […]

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2017’s Deadliest Earthquake Strikes Iran-Iraq Border Region

November 16, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

On Sunday, Nov. 12, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake caused untold destruction in the border region between Iran and Iraq, killing between 530 and 580 and injuring a reported 9,400. It is the deadliest earthquake in 2017 to date. An estimated 70,000 people are also in need of shelter following the destruction. Rescue efforts have been […]

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DRI Italy Hosts Societal Resilience Conference

November 7, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Congratulations to DRI Italy on hosting a well-received conference in Milan, Italy, on Oct. 26! Titled “Societal Resilience,” the conference by DRI and BCManager, the Italian Association of BC Managers, was attended by more than 80 professionals belonging to Italian enterprises. The conference was designed to update European business continuity and risk management professionals on […]

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DRI Position Statement: Workplace Violence

November 3, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The DRI International Board of Directors has released the first of its position statements on the major issues affecting resilience professionals today. You can download the first position statement – “Workplace Violence: Active Shooter, Terrorism, and Other Acts of Violence in the Workplace” – from the DRI Resource Library. Click here to log into your […]

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BadRabbit: The Ghost of NotPetya Ransomware Strikes Europe

November 3, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Just when you thought it was safe to put NotPetya (aka Petya) in the rear view, a new variation on the ransomware has returned to attack hundreds of computers in Russia and elsewhere. The security community began tracking the new ransomware strain, called BadRabbit, as it infected computers in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Germany. […]

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Hurricane Harvey Report: $74 million in Flood Infrastructure Damages

November 2, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

As the costs of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey are being tallied, it looks like some of the worst damage areas could put Harris County, TX, in jeopardy for future flooding. The Harris County Flood Control District says Harvey cost more than $74 million in damages to the county’s flood control infrastructure – identifying more […]

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A Ghoulishly Good Time at the DRI Young Leaders in Resilience October Networking Event

November 2, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

DRI’s Young Leaders in Resilience group enjoyed a festive networking happy hour on Oct. 26 at the B Bar and Grill in New York City, which was decked out for Halloween. As an activity, attendees played a variation on Bingo, where they were given cards with questions and told to seek out answers from one […]

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DRI Future Vision Committee: Third Annual Trends and Predictions Reports

November 2, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

What are the top three issues that worry resilience professionals? Do financial services have an edge over other sectors in understanding and managing risk? Are the concerns of U.S. and European governments and businesses starting to diverge? Do resilience professionals struggle to make their case on issues that are not directly technology related? Are international […]

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Exec Survey: 24% ‘Don’t Know’ How to Prep for Incoming EU Cyber Regulations

October 20, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

For many organizations in the world doing business in Europe, cyber risk has jumped to the top of the agenda, as companies prep for the European Union’s upcoming data regulations. But nearly a quarter of these organizations don’t know what their next step should be. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), going into effect […]

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Hurricane-Force Gusts Damage Ireland as Ophelia Makes Landfall in UK

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Storm Ophelia, a post-tropical cyclone that started as a hurricane in the Atlantic, blasted Ireland and other parts of the United Kingdom with winds as high as 97mph – possibly the worst storm to hit the British Isles in 50 years. Around 120,000 homes and buildings were left without power as the country went into lockdown […]

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CA Wildfires Create Resource and Information Sharing Networks in Wine Country

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The wildfires that tore through northern California have caused damage and loss of life that are still being calculated as firefighters continue working to contain the blaze. Many area businesses are trying to assess their losses and plan their recovery – particularly the Napa Valley wine industry. Between 30 and 60 wineries were destroyed or […]

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DRI China Hosts Successful DRI-BJ2017 Event

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Congratulations to DRI China for the success of its recent event, DRI-BJ2017! The conference, held in Beijing on Sept. 21-22, brought together business continuity and resilience professionals throughout Asia for education, discussion, and recognition. This year’s conference theme, “Focusing on innovation and business continuity management during economic transformation,” brought discussion of the implementation of China’s […]

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Tropical Storm Nate: Its Passage Through Central America

October 12, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

By Karol Cordero, CBCP Marketing Director for Latin America, DRI International First Harvey, followed by Irma and Maria, and now we meet Nate … the planet is talking to us and we must listen. What began as a tropical depression affected Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the rest of Central American countries as a tropical storm […]

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Puerto Rico: Shortage of Power, Critical Medical Supplies Post-Hurricane Maria

October 6, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

3.4 million Puerto Rico residents are still struggling to access fuel and power two weeks after Hurricane Maria, while another crisis brews regarding access to critical medical devices and supplies. Currently, Puerto Rico expects 500,000 barrels of diesel and nearly one million barrels of gasoline to arrive to help with the lack of power for […]

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That Biggest-Ever Yahoo Hack Was Even Bigger Than You Heard

October 6, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Remember the 2013 Yahoo hack, where the company claimed a billion user accounts had been breached? A new disclosure shows they were way off – it was actually all three billion accounts. This is certainly bad news for Yahoo and its users, but it’s potentially even worse for Verizon, the company’s new parent. Yahoo is […]

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Supply Chains Face Logistic ‘Perfect Storm’ in Hurricane Irma

October 6, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Are you truly ready to face down a severe weather event? Even facilities that have coped with storms in the past and prepared for the future have found themselves fighting an uphill battle, as shown by Florida-based stores’ dealings with Hurricane Irma. Regional grocery chain Publix, which had added generators to 98% of its stores […]

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DRI Italy to Host Conference in Milan Oct. 26

October 6, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Resilience professionals in Europe, mark your calendars for Oct. 26, when DRI Italy will host a free conference in Milan, Italy. Titled “Societal Resilience,” the conference is aimed to update business continuity professionals on emerging trends and innovations, including Factory 4.0 and IoT. The impact of the new EU privacy regulation will also be discussed. […]

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Mexico City Earthquake: Rescue and Recovery Underway

September 22, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

On Tuesday, a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck southeast of Mexico City, causing heavy and prolonged shaking across central Mexico on the anniversary of a similarly powerful quake in 1985. At least 217 people have died, while untold others have been trapped in the 44 severely damaged or destroyed buildings. Rescue teams including 3,400 soldiers, […]

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DRI’s Al Berman on Equifax Breach ‘Ineptitude’

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The facts: Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency that collects and aggregates information on over 800 million individual consumers and more than 88 million businesses worldwide, was breached which may involve up to 143 million customer accounts. Additionally, credit card numbers for about 209,000 people were exposed, as was “personal identifying information” on roughly 182,000 […]

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Congratulations to the DRI CANADA 2017 Awards of Excellence Recipients!

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The DRI CANADA Awards of Excellence honour individuals who are leaders and innovators in the fields of Business Continuity and Technology Recovery (BC/DR).  DRI CANADA believes that it is our duty to recognize and celebrate excellence and we have committed to continuing the Awards of Excellence program to achieve this strategic goal. The 2017 Award […]

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Crisis Management: Dangerous Risk Triggers

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Guest post by Merleen Yap, CBCP Member of GRC Committee, SID How management and staff handles and responds to stakeholders determines the make or break of the organisation’s brand. It is their call of duty to respond in the best interest that the brand of the organization does not get damaged too greatly. Federal Emergency […]

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Post-Harvey and Irma: Assessing the Damage

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Now that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have passed, the affected region is in the midst of assessing the damages, and the impacts to its businesses and economy in the short and long term. Returning to Power In the immediate aftermath of Irma, millions were left without power. While some large facilities – such as hospitals […]

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Hurricanes and Hospitals: A First-Hand Report on Preparedness

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Previous large-scale events like Katrina and Sandy have taught us to look to healthcare facilities for lessons in preparing for the worst and responding to the overwhelming force of a natural disaster when it arrives. In responding to Hurricane Harvey, about 16 hospitals had closed by Aug. 31 due to flooding, and nearly 1,000 patients […]

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#FuerzaMéxico Following the September 7 Earthquake

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

At 11:49 p.m. (Mexico City time) on Thursday, September 7, an earthquake of 8.1 magnitude was registered in Mexico. The epicenter of the quake was located at the southern part of the country (111 kilometers from Chiapas). In Mexico City, there was no significant damage, despite the fact that the level surpassed the devastating earthquake of 1985. […]

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Online Workshop: Learn About Updates to the DRI Professional Practices

September 13, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Get the inside track on the updates to DRI’s Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management in a new online workshop! The Professional Practices are the most utilized standard and the cornerstone of continuity programs worldwide. As such, it is critical for continuity professionals to understand recent changes to the Professional Practices and the profession as a whole. […]

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Hurricane Harvey Aftermath: Tracking Its Impact

September 8, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

As the Houston area begins the slow process of recovery following the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, and the southeastern U.S. braces for Irma, here is a look at some of the most immediate effects of the storm and their repercussions for the region and beyond. Business Response DRI President and CEO Chloe Demrovsky […]

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Mac Users Beware: Malware is Finally Coming For You

September 8, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

For years, a point of pride for Apple users was the Mac’s resistance to malware, but sadly, those days are over. According to recent data, there has been a 220% increase in Mac malware over the last year! Historically, Windows has been the easier operating system to infect with malware, but in recent years, Apple […]

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Cybersecurity Becoming a Top Business Priority in Healthcare

September 8, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The healthcare sector may be turning a corner on how it views cybersecurity, according to new research. Here’s how it’s prioritizing data protection — and which areas still have it worried. A new report from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) says more and more hospitals are taking cybersecurity as a significant necessity for […]

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New DRI White Paper: Women in Business Continuity Management

September 7, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

DRI International has released a new white paper on Women in the Business Continuity Management field, free to download in the DRI Resource Library! Based on the results of some 1,000 respondents to a survey conducted by the Women in Business Continuity Management Committee, the white paper examines the experiences of women in the BCM […]

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A Message to Harvey Responders from DRI’s President

August 30, 2017 Leave a comment DRI Admin

As we hear more and more about the devastation in Texas, we’re also hearing from our DRI Certified Professionals in the field who are responding to this crisis. We are grateful that so many of you have taken the time during this acute phase of the response to check in with us. From notes that […]

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DRI International Maps Professional Practices to U.N. Disaster Risk Reduction Sendai Framework

August 24, 2017 Leave a comment dridrive

White Paper Provides Roadmap for Organizations to Implement Sendai Framework New York, NY, August 24 – DRI International, the world’s foremost business continuity certification and education organization, has released its latest white paper – developed as part of its work as the head of the Education and Training Theme for the United Nations Office for […]

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July Weather: Asia Flooding While North America and Europe Catch Fire

August 24, 2017 Leave a comment dridrive

Seasonal flooding that started in June caused more havoc throughout Asia, while extreme heat and drought conditions created wildfires throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, according to the most recent Global Catastrophe Recap. Rainfall in China prolonged flooding, causing damage to hundreds of thousands of homes and leading to 200 people missing or dead. […]

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September is National Preparedness Month!

August 24, 2017 Leave a comment dridrive

September is a great time to promote and educate on preparedness in your organization — it’s National Preparedness Month, part of the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to develop safer, more effective communities ready to respond in the event of an emergency. This year’s theme is “Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.” Each week promotes […]

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DRI’s Cyber Risk and IoT Webinar Now Online

August 24, 2017 Leave a comment dridrive

If you missed DRI’s most recent webinar on Cyber Risk and the Internet of Things (IoT) – or you want to share it with a colleague – the entire presentation is now available online! We all know that the risk is real — everyday objects are increasingly able to send and receive data. But do […]

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DRI International Renews Partnership with DRI Canada

February 22, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Business continuity practitioners in Canada will have continued access to world-class DRI courses and certifications — DRI International and DRI Canada have renewed their International Affiliate Operating Agreement (IAOA)! “We at DRI International are very pleased to renew our agreement with DRI Canada as our local representative to serve this important market,” said DRI President […]

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DRI International Announces 2018 Awards of Excellence Winners

February 14, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

DRI International (‘DRI’), the world’s leading business continuity and disaster recovery training organization, is pleased to recognize the outstanding organizations and individuals listed below as the winners of the 2018 DRI Awards of Excellence for their achievements in the business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management fields. “We could not be more proud of this […]

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