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Standardized and Efficient: Emergency Management for an Entire Healthcare System
Standardized and Efficient: Emergency Management for an Entire Healthcare System

Hartford HealthCare System uses Veoci to digitize Emergency Operations Plans (EOP), and make sure they meet Joint Commission, CMS, and OSHA standards.

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The Safety Management System (SMS) of Tomorrow
The Safety Management System (SMS) of Tomorrow

The safety management system is built on hazard reporting and risk assessment. But what will tomorrow's safety management sytem look like?

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GDPR: Why We’re Thinking About Crisis Management & Business Continuity
GDPR: Why We’re Thinking About Crisis Management & Business Continuity

Six years ago, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was first proposed to the EU. Two years ago, the EU passed the new regulation. And in 3 months, GDPR will take effect. GDPR has a broad scope.

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How to Make a Personal Emergency Preparedness Kit
How to Make a Personal Emergency Preparedness Kit

One of the ways we can lessen the effect of these events is by being prepared. Disasters cut access to our critical and daily necessities, so securing them during these times is a top priority. But there’s a lot there—what do you need to prioritize? How do you make a personal emergency preparedness kit?

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Getting the Most Out of Real-World Exercises
Getting the Most Out of Real-World Exercises

Exercising a BCP is rarely as simple as the online guides suggest. A business continuity manager has to jump through a lot of hoops to get that final, show-ready polish on a BCP. They’re often chasing buy-in from each corner of the organization and bugging business unit leads and department managers to test BCPs and record the outcomes. What can a business continuity manager do to encourage the heads in their organizations to actively participate and do their part in preparing for disruptions?

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How IT Outages Affect Businesses: Recognizing and Preventing Outages
How IT Outages Affect Businesses: Recognizing and Preventing Outages

How much damage can a business system outage cause? As is pretty clear these days, they happen often, and can have serious impact. Take, for example, Visa’s payment network outage. On June 1st, 2018, Visa’s payment system in Europe went down for nearly ten hours, halting many personal and bank transactions. The massive, complex nature of the system made it difficult to pinpoint the root cause of the outage, adding hours of downtime and many degrees of frustration for the company’s customers. After performing their root cause analysis, the company identified a “very rare partial failure” of a switch in one of their data centers as the cause of the outage.

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How Much Damage Do Disasters Cause?
How Much Damage Do Disasters Cause?

Hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes each leave distinct impacts on the regions they affect. This leaves one question: What are the most destructive natural disasters (of these types) in history? How much damage does each type of disaster cause, and what contributes to their destructive potential?

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Top 5 Takeaways from DRI 2019
Top 5 Takeaways from DRI 2019

If there was one very clear theme to this year’s DRI conference in Las Vegas, it was the importance of having a diverse community in the world of business continuity management (BCM). From the sessions to the talking points in the exhibit hall, it’s clear that the future of BCM depends on having a strong and diverse community of practitioners and leaders. Here’s our top 5 takeaways from DRI 2019.

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HKIA Annual Exercise:  Hong Kong Express Excels with Veoci
HKIA Annual Exercise: Hong Kong Express Excels with Veoci

Responding to major business disruptions are a company-wide effort. Every team gets involved during the response and recovery. But despite how great having help from every angle is, it can be disruptive and throw the cart of the rails quickly. How do you keep a steady course through these difficult crisis management challenges?

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Social Engineering: Preventing Today’s Biggest Threat
Social Engineering: Preventing Today’s Biggest Threat

Just after lunch one day, you receive this email: “Can you send me the password for our network? I just can’t seem to remember it right now. Thanks.” At first, this seems a bit weird to you. No one in your office asks for passwords over email. But you also remember that some of your colleagues from another office are visiting for the next couple of days, so now this seems somewhat plausible.

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The Disaster Recovery Reform Act: Is Mitigation the Key to Disaster Response?
The Disaster Recovery Reform Act: Is Mitigation the Key to Disaster Response?

In early October 2018, the president signed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) in tandem with the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018. After extreme wildfire and hurricane seasons in 2017, FEMA and Congress worked hard to reform how US communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. The result of that is this bill.

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Ups and Downs: Learning the Impact of Drones
Ups and Downs: Learning the Impact of Drones

On December 12th, 2017, user Primpwatcher at phantompilots.com posted a video of their latest drone outing on a message board. When you watch the video, see if you notice what they saw when they watched the flight footage back.

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Strengthening Communities, Part 1: The City of New Haven’s Youth Stat Program
Strengthening Communities, Part 1: The City of New Haven’s Youth Stat Program

A strong social services program can make a big difference in a community. It’s why some of New Haven’s own residents run the city’s Youth Stat program, a school-based intervention program seeking to reduce justice involvement and improve health and wellness outcomes in students from elementary and postsecondary education.

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Modernizing EOC Rounds:  Going Digital With Altru Health System
Modernizing EOC Rounds: Going Digital With Altru Health System

There’s a lot of paper, email chains, work, and time involved for every facility running EOC Rounds. But it doesn’t need to this strenuous.

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School Reunification Drill: How ISU's Digital System Made It Simple
School Reunification Drill: How ISU's Digital System Made It Simple

In April 2018, Hodges and Friel organized a reunification drill on campus. The drill mimicked what would happen during a real evacuation.

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The Merrimack Valley Natural Gas Fires: A Lesson for Mass Notification
The Merrimack Valley Natural Gas Fires: A Lesson for Mass Notification

Those who did receive notifications via text weren’t given the total picture, however. The text notification was incomplete.

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Utility Companies Gather for Cyber / Physical Attack Exercise - GridSecCon 2018 & GridEx IV
Utility Companies Gather for Cyber / Physical Attack Exercise - GridSecCon 2018 & GridEx IV

Last November, GridEx IV kicked off with 6500 participants from 450 different organizations. This exercise saw a large rise in participation over GridEx III

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Unintended Disclosure: Are You Educating Your Weakest Link?
Unintended Disclosure: Are You Educating Your Weakest Link?

Human error and unintended disclosure cause the majority of data breaches. Educating your employees should be a top priority when it comes to cybersecurity.

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