eGUIDE brought to you every Wednesday by the Disaster Resource Guide - April 8th, 2009

Manage IT Risks During Cost-Cutting Periods. Complimentary Gartner Research Note! Sponsored by the Gartner Risk Management & Compliance Summit, April 29 - May 1, Chicago. Visit gartner.com for details and save $300 off standard fee with Priority Code 300OFF. Click HERE>>

Simplifying Testing BCP efforts are made or broken by the testing program implemented on them. However, numerous surveys conducted demonstrate plans are not tested in a meaningful way. To analyze this, interviews with planners have posited these insights. Jon Toigo writes. Click HERE>>
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Public-Private Partnerships Essential in Cybersecurity, Expert Says
Emergency managers know that public-private partnerships are critical. But according to one expert, those partnerships are just as essential for cybersecurity. Click HERE>>

Emergency Workers Share Insight in Va. Tech Shooting Response
The second anniversary of the shooting at Virginia Tech is approaching, and the state's emergency managers are trying to ensure they learn the lessons of that tragedy. Click HERE>>

Electrical 'Smart Grid' Not Yet Smart Enough to Block Hackers
Security experts are worried the government's plan to develop an electrical "smart grid" could leave the nation's power supply dangerously vulnerable. Click HERE>>

Coast Guard Softens TWIC Rules at Ports
The DHS has softened the rules of its new identification card for five of the nation's ports. What will the interim measures mean? Click HERE>>

Crisis Communications Inevitable for Most Organizations, Expert Says
Is crisis communications unavoidable, much like death and taxes? One industry expert says it is, and most organizations had better get ready. Click HERE>>

Cries of Protest, Censorship Greet News of Cybersecurity Bill
Last week, the Senate passed a cybersecurity bill that would give the president power to disconnect the Internet, and a number of groups are up in arms. Click HERE>>

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AAE Systems, Inc. Commemorates 25th Anniversary
Sunnyvale, CA - AAE Systems, Inc. has reached a major milestone as it celebrates 25 years of delivering comprehensive satellite-based communications solutions to its international, multi-industry customer base. To commemorate its anniversary, it will release its lightweight mobile communications trailer (LMCT) system. The trailer showcases AAE's Eclipse satellite networking product line and the company's expertise as a systems integrator. Click HERE>>

Contingency Planners of Ohio 2009 Business Survival & Recovery Conference
Dublin, OH - October 26-27 - Contingency Planners of OHIO provides a vehicle for networking, plus opportunities for learning and career advancement for professionals and planners in both the public and private sectors who are dedicated to educational and shared experiences in contingency planning. Attendees will be able to experience excellent break-out sessions, general sessions, relevant topics, best practices and industry professionals as presenters. Click HERE>>

Resiliency Solutions Joins LightEdge Consulting Services
Des Moines, IA - LightEdge, a hosted services partner dedicated to communications and IT needs for small and medium-sized businesses, announces that the members of Resiliency Solutions, a renowned Business Continuity and Resiliency Planning consulting service have joined LCS (LightEdge Consulting Services). The combination of skills will allow the company to offer its business customers additional insight and "best practices" regarding risk mitigation, continuity planning, IT reliability, and redundancy. Click HERE>>


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