SDMI unveils Industry Emergency Management Orientation
Animals in Disaster Advisory Group (ADAG) works to prevent the suffering of animals involved in disasters
SDMI & Continuity Insights partner to host small business continuity workshops on April 30th in conjunction with the 2014 Continuity Insights Management Conference

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News & Highlights

Cyber Security: A New Bug is Threatening Popular Websites. Are You at Risk?

April 16, 2014

An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is one of of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. This bug has affected many popular websites and services (such as Gmail and Facebook) and could have already compromised and exposed your sensitive account information.

What is Heartbleed?

Heartbleed affects encryption technology designed to protect online accounts for email, websites, instant messaging and e-commerce. Websites running certain versions of the OpenSSL software were affected. The vulnerability in the software could allow someone to see your user name and PIN/Password.

Why is Heartbleed a big concern?

Many companies use this technology to conduct business with you over the Internet.

Since it has not been clear which sites have been affected, Mashable.com reached out to some of the most popular social, email, banking and commerce sites on the web for their answers and published their responses on the Heartbleed bug. Some of the companies that were vulnerable to the bug have already updated their servers with a security patch to fix the issue, but this doesn’t mean users don’t need to take action. Companies are advising customers to change their passwords as a precautionary measure.

To read the complete story and get all the information you need to protect your sensitive online information and data, visit: http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/

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Animals in Disaster Advisory Group (ADAG) Holds Quarterly Meeting

April 4, 2014

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The Animals in Disaster Advisory Group (ADAG) held its quarterly meeting at LSU’s Business Education Complex on Friday, April 4th. Members of ADAG gathered to discuss solutions and form working groups to tackle the various needs of pets and other animals that arise as a result of disasters and other emergencies, including: recovery policies, pet evacuations and sheltering, pet decontamination, pet evacuation mobile shelters and a pet identification plan.

Also included in the meeting was a presentation by Bruce Davis, Ph.D., Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security. Davis introduced a mobile image analysis tool, currently in development, which utilizes the functionality of currently available mobile tablets and smartphones and allows disaster responders to access pre and post disaster images as an intelligent map. The mobile tool permits search and rescue responders to gather photos and information of affected areas and animals and quickly update the system with the most current information in the shared system from their mobile devices.

Members of ADAG will also be participating in the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness’ (GOHSEP) full scale exercise on April 5th to test the disaster response capabilities of local, state and federal agencies. The Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are active in the drill with a focus on animal rescue during disaster response.

The Animals in Disaster Advisory Group (ADAG) was formed by SDMI and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) to address these issues and lead a coalition of involved and interested organizations to reduce the harm to animals as a result of disasters. ADAG is made up of individuals representing local, state, and the federal government, academia, and private institutions, with expertise in emergency animal preparedness, response, and recovery matters. … Read the rest

SDMI Participates in “A Day Without Business” Symposium

April 3, 2014

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The 2014 A Day Without Business Symposium kicked off April 3rd in Tulsa Oklahoma with representatives from SDMI attending the event to participate in a  business continuity and disaster preparedness panel. Attendees of the symposium hear from those who have experienced and survived  disasters first-hand and learn from experts in the fields of continuity planning, information technology, insurance, finance, disaster recovery, and more.

SDMI has participated in A Day Without Business in previous years and was asked to return for the 2014 symposium to share knowledge and resources with participants.  A Day Without Business is presented by Tulsa Parters, Inc., a non-profit organization with a vision to create disaster-resistant and sustainable communities.

To learn more about the symposium and Tulsa Partners, visit: www.tulsapartners.org

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