Singapore Computer Society launches Certification in IT Business Continuity Management


Andrew Stern Appointed Chief Executive Officer of SunGard Availability Services


SunGard announced that Andrew Stern has been appointed chief executive officer of SunGard Availability Services.

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Dealing with Mentally Unstable Managers


Many of us have had to deal with mentally unstable people at different times and  at different levels of the corporate world, including those at executive levels tasked with making significant decisions for their organizations.

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MSc degree program launched in how to take command in a major emergency


A distance-learning MSc in health incident command at ­Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) is the first degree-level course specifically for those in the health services who will necessarily during their career find themselves in ultimate charge of decisions that affect how many people live and how many die

Though there is basic training for all emergency services staff in how to deal with the initial stages of a disaster on the ground, the subsequent hours of decision-making in the strategic and tactical management of catastrophes that erupt, by definition, out of nowhere, can make an enormous difference to the scale of the tragedy that ensues.

The course has been designed so academic rigor is informed by students’ personal experience. “We’re looking to tease out the reasoning behind people’s decision-making, both in preparing for a major incident and when one hits,” says Dave Whitmore, tutor on this new program.

Decisions made at the scene can greatly affect the scale of a tragedy. Photograph: Jaime Turner /Rex

See MSc launched in how to take command in a major emergency, by Louise Tickle for The Guardian.

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SunGard Availability Services CEO Berg Resigns


SunGard announced that Eric Berg has resigned as chief executive officer of SunGard Availability Services, a position he held since October 2007.

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Disaster recovery career strategies: Advice for DR and business continuity professionals


Disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) professionals looking for work face many challenges right now.

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Special Offer on Education Program: Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG)


Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG) 5 Session Audio CD Class, by Redmond Worldwide NOW HALF PRICE!

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Is the BCM profession a dead-end?


What’s the future career path for today’s Business Continuity Management professional? Singapore’s Nathaniel Forbes has plodded along a BCM career path for 14 years, and doesn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. All he sees is more tunnel.

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Why CISA certification is worthwhile for business continuity professionals


One of the interesting aspects of business continuity management is that it is a key component of two major professional accreditations: CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) and CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional).

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Best Careers: Emergency Management


The effects of the September 11 attacks still reverberate through both public- and private-sector organizations. As a result, they have been more willing to spend more on emergency management. (In some cases, they have been forced to.) The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment to grow by 2,800, or 22 percent, between 2008 and 2018.

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Survey Shows Corporations’ Emphasis on Risk Management Initiatives, Expressed Need for Clarity Among Stakeholders


Ninety percent of risk management experts surveyed have implemented or plan to implement an enterprise-wide risk management approach, according to a new survey from the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and its partners. As corporations work to gain a foothold following the global financial crisis, businesses are taking a closer look at risk management implementation and the role of the Chief Risk Officer (CRO), as noted in the survey. Other top factors in the decision to implement ERM are ratings agencies and risk events affecting the firm.

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