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Severe Storms Cover the Globe, Bringing Flooding, Devastation, and Death

June 15, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The U.S. and Canada dealt with four separate severe weather outbreaks through May, including wind, hail, and flash floods, while heavy seasonal rains poured over parts of Asia and Africa, according to the latest recap of global weather catastrophes. The severe storms in the U.S. mostly damaged the eastern 2/3 of the country, from the […]

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Cybersecurity Concerns Come to the World Cup

June 14, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

For major sporting events, the focus on preparedness is usually on whether the venues are safe and the crowds are protected. But the biggest potential safety issue – cybersecurity – is one that keeps getting overlooked, and it’s no different for the World Cup. 11 Russian cities are hosting the World Cup this year, and […]

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UNISDR Strategic Approach Document Released Online

June 12, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released the Strategic Approach to Capacity Development for Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction – A Vision of Risk-Informed Sustainable Development by 2030. DRI International is a featured contributor to this document. The Strategic Approach is designed to be a living document […]

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DRI Speaking Engagements: June 10, 2018

June 11, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

We speak at numerous industry events around the globe and engage with our community in a variety of ways. Find out where you can meet DRI at these upcoming events. BCMAP Business Continuity Summit 06/21/2018 Manila, Philippines The Business Continuity Managers Association of the Philippines (BCMAP), in partnership with DRI and ARISE Philippines invites you […]

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Report: Fuego Volcano Eruption in Guatemala

June 6, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

On Sunday, June 3, Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano erupted, killing at least 75 people at the time of this post. Despite the persistence of emergency responders hoping to find survivors, the efforts seemed to be in vain in the face of the magnitude of the disaster. Furthermore, there was an additional landslide in the volcano’s hillside […]

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Budget Now for DRI2019 in Las Vegas Feb. 17-20!

June 1, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Start planning for DRI2019 – coming to Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 17-20, 2019! Now is the time to make sure there’s money in the budget for you and your team to attend the premier annual event for the resilience profession. Each year DRI International, hosts an event designed for our community, by our community, addressing the topics […]

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Pandemic Simulation Exposes Massive Preparedness and Response Gaps

June 1, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

A mock pandemic exercise run by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security was intended to test current preparedness levels. The end result of the simulation: 150 million dead worldwide. The exercise, which mixed details of past disasters (and inspired in part by the response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic) with fictional aspects, was designed to […]

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DRI Presents the Future of Resilience at BANG Symposium in London

May 31, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Each year, the BANG (Business And National Government) Business Continuity and Resource Group hosts the BANG Resilience Symposium, and DRI was on hand on May 16 to present on the future vision of resilience as part of this year’s theme, “Resilient Cities.” DRI Director of Global Operations Kelsey Rose and Future Vision Committee Chair Lyndon […]

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DRI Canada Regional Conference Focuses on Organizational Resilience

May 30, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Natural disasters, data breaches, and other threats that can affect an organization were center stage at DRI’s latest one-day regional conference, May 17, 2018, at NorQuest College in Edmonton, Alberta. This was DRI Canada’s second one-day conference. DRI Certified Professionals, practitioners, and students in related fields attended to meet, network, and learn from thought leaders […]

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What’s Keeping Healthcare IT From the Cloud? Security and HIPAA Compliance

May 29, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

CIOs for healthcare facilities have to juggle a lot of concerns in their efforts to protect their patient data and maintain continuity – which is why security tops the list of worries when it comes to cloud migration. In a recent survey of hospital CIOs, 18% said their organizations have more than 50% of their […]

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DRI Speaking Engagements: May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

7th GRC International + 6th edition #DRIDAY Latin America This annual presentation will take place on May 28th and 29th, in SÃo Paulo. This year’s event on governance, risk, compliance, business continuity and infosec in Latin America will be held in the innovative Habitat, located on the outskirts of Avenida Paulista. CRT International Business Continuity […]

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GDPR From a BC Perspective

May 25, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Lyndon Bird, Chair of DRI’s Future Vision Committee Today sees the launch of the European Union (EU) flagship legislation – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The consequences of GDPR and data privacy in general are discussed in the DRI Trends and Predictions Reports for 2018. Copies can be downloaded here. Why is GDPR different? GDPR […]

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The Real Problem with GDPR and Data Breach Reporting

May 25, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Al Berman, President, DRI Foundation While much has been written about the protection of privacy and data provided for by GDPR, both from controller and provider perspectives, the reality is that the real threat — the one that keeps cyber experts up at night — is what happens after all our preventive efforts fail and […]

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DRI India to Host BCM Knowledge Sharing Conference

May 23, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Disaster Recovery Institute India is proud to host its Knowledge Sharing Conference for Business Continuity Professionals, on Tuesday, 5 Jun 2018, in Bangaluru (Bangalore), India. This conference is a powerful networking forum for BCM professionals to communicate with, learn from and share with one another. To facilitate this, there will be discussions on key topics of concern, presentations by […]

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April Thunderstorms and Flooding Created Billions in Damages

May 18, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

All around the world, severe storms caused devastation in April, according to the most recent Global Catastrophe Recap. At least five separate storm systems created severe thunderstorm conditions in the U.S., causing massive damage in the central and eastern regions. During the second week of April, nearly 70 tornadoes touched down, while baseball-sized hail rained […]

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Where is the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals?

May 16, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Every day there’s a new story about a data breach, ransomware, IoT hack, or some other cybersecurity headache, which means there’s no shortage of job opportunities. But though millennials are probably the most tech-savvy generation yet, that doesn’t mean they’re ready to jump on board. In a recent survey of 524 millennials, only 9% said […]

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Upcoming DRI Speaking Engagements – May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

BANG Annual Resilience Symposium 05/16/2018 – 05/16/2018 London, United Kingdom DRI’s Future Vision of Resilience – Kelsey Rose & Lyndon Bird will cover their extensive research on the latest initiatives that you can use to help strengthen your own resilience programme, and you will also be briefed on the most recent report from the their […]

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2018 Wildfire Season: Be Prepared for Bigger Fire Damage

May 4, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The 2017 wildfire season was devastating for the western United States and Canada, and a recent study says to expect bigger fires and more damage in 2018 and beyond. But when it comes to weather risks like these, too many organizations aren’t taking preparation seriously enough. University of Arizona researchers say to expect significant growth […]

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DRI Leadership Perspectives: Chloe Demrovsky at the Caribbean-Central American Action Workshop

May 2, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

By Chloe Demrovsky President and CEO, DRI International We all know how hard the 2017 hurricane season hit the Caribbean. We will not soon forget the devastation caused by a series of storms that just would not quit. And while it is hard to believe — and harder still to face — the 2018 hurricane […]

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DRI Leadership Perspectives: Al Berman on Caribbean/Central American Policy

May 1, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

On March 15, 2018, DRI Foundation President Al Berman and other members of the Caribbean Central American Action organization met with members of the Vice President’s office to discuss issues that affected policy for Caribbean/Central American countries. The discussions centered on how countries in the region were vital to US interests in terms of maintaining […]

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Upcoming DRI Speaking Engagements

April 30, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

2018 Great Lakes Homeland Secuity Training Conference & Expo 05/08/2018 – 05/10/2018 Grand Rapids, MI United States 19th Annual Great Lakes Homeland Security Training Conference and Expo hosted by the Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Detroit Division, brings over 1,200 stakeholders together for […]

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DRI Kenya Announces Its First Business Continuity Courses in Nairobi

April 27, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

We are very pleased to announce that DRI Kenya, which has worked tirelessly to bring resilience education and training to the central and east Africa regions, will be providing its first Business Continuity courses held in Kenya this July! The courses: Business Continuity (BCLE 2000) Nairobi, Kenya July 9-13, 2018 Business Continuity Review (BCP 501) […]

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Breakout Forums for Women in BCM at DRI2018

April 26, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

“About 50% of the business continuity industry is made up of women. Why aren’t we in top roles?” – Mitzi Harlor, WBCM Panel Session This year at DRI2018, women in the business continuity field was the subject of two events that received an overwhelming response, with nearly 100 attendees at each event. The breakout session […]

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Bridging the BC Knowledge Gap: Register for the June 11 Online Course on Professional Practice

April 25, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

What do you need to know about BCM and the updates to the DRI Professional Practices? Register now for the June 11 online course on bridging the knowledge gaps and learning about new additions covering risk management, regulations, and more. DRI Certified Professionals will earn 4 CEAPs for completing the course. Register Now…

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DRI Presents at Caribbean Central American Action Event

April 24, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

DRI is at the 2018 Disaster Management Workshop Series (DMWS)! In the wake of the extraordinary destruction experienced in parts of the Caribbean during the 2017 hurricane season, this year’s workshops take on added urgency as the region moves towards the 2018 season and the very real concern that we may be entering a period […]

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Brexit Transition Creates Supply Chain and Continuity Woes

April 13, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

As Brexit transition planning continues, many UK and European businesses find themselves having to prepare for added supply chain and other business continuity headaches including rising costs and staffing issues. Here are a few of the ongoing concerns: Because of Brexit uncertainty, some businesses are passing on the increase in supply chain costs onto customers. […]

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Here We Go Again: Expect an Active 2018 Hurricane Season

April 13, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Early predictions are already in for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins June 1. It’s going to be hard to top last year, but 2018 is still expected to be one to brace for. The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season forecast released from Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project says to expect another busy season with […]

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Free DRI Webinar May 16 – Hear First-Hand Lessons in Public-Private Partnerships During a Disaster

April 13, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Register now for DRI’s next free webinar “Real Recovery Lessons and a Partnership that Passed the Test,” coming May 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET! When a sudden devastating flood put a public-private partnership to the test, results were remarkable! Join Ryan Miller, CBCP, CBCLA, Director of Emergency Management for Howard County, MD, and Larry Twele, […]

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Devastating Ransomware Attack Hobbles Atlanta

April 6, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Days after hackers released ransomware on Atlanta’s municipal computer network, sending employees back to the days of pen and paper, the city has struggled to return to normalcy. The hacking group SamSam demanded a ransom of $51,000 paid in bitcoin to unlock the system. The group locks up its victims’ files with encryption, temporarily changes […]

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Corporate Hack Roundup: Panera Bread, Boeing, and More

April 6, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

A slew of cybersecurity news have made the rounds in the past week, illuminating just how vulnerable companies — and consequently, their customers — are to online threats. Some of the most notable cases: Panera Bread: A security flaw in the restaurant chain’s website left millions of customers’ information exposed, including username, first and last name, […]

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DRI Japan Joins New Consortium on Risk, Resilience, and More

March 29, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

DRI Japan has announced it has joined with Tsukuba University and 11 other organizations in a new consortium that balances research and development of risk, resilience, and human resource development. The consortium will hold seminars, lectures, research meetings, symposiums, etc. in the field of risk and resilience. It expects to give feedback on each research, including […]

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Register Now for DRI Training in Hawaii – Space is Limited!

March 26, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Make your plans now for business continuity training Dec. 3-7 on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii! BCLE 2000 includes new and expanded coverage of cloud computing, cyber threats, supply chain, risk transfer, insurance considerations, legal and regulatory requirements, and manufacturing processes, as well as more traditional topics such as evaluating risks, gaining leadership buy in, […]

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Businesses Still Slow to Recover in Post-Maria Puerto Rico

March 23, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Six months after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican businesses of all sizes are still struggling to return to normalcy, as power, money, and staffing issues continue to prevent full recovery. According to the United Retailers Association, 5,000 to 7,000 of the approximately 45,000 small businesses in Puerto Rico remain shuttered. And among those […]

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Report: Healthcare Resilience Strengthened by Community Coalitions

March 23, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The U.S. healthcare sector – while ready for small mass injury/illness events – is still unprepared for major disasters, according to a new report by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. But connecting community efforts could change all that. The report, A Framework for Healthcare Disaster Resilience: A View to the Future, released at […]

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DRI Consults on UNISDR Draft of Global Capacity Development Strategy to Support Sendai Framework

March 23, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

On March 14-15 in Geneva, Switzerland, DRI International participated in the global expert consultation on the zero draft of the Global Capacity Development Strategy to Support Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This meeting was part of DRI’s work with the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). “This document will […]

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After a Cyber Attack, Should You Change Your Security Strategy?

March 9, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

One thing every company should be able to do after a cyber attack is learn from the experience and adapt for the future – but according to a recent report, about 46% of IT security professionals rarely change their security strategies after an attack! The survey, conducted across seven countries, found a “security inertia” creeping […]

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Late Winter Storms Bring Record Frigid Temps and Business Disruption to Europe

March 9, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Winter storms and a blast of arctic air in late February brought record cold temperatures to Europe and the United States, while earthquakes brought destruction in Papua New Guinea and Taiwan, according to the latest Global Catastrophe Recap. Unusually heavy snow and freezing rains from Winter Storm Emma led to thousands of flights canceled and […]

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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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