Resilience is key to adapting to ‘new world of digital business’…and more

Despite natural disasters: Disaster management bodies still dormant

Experts say law silent on district bodies’ ability to respond to crisis. PHOTO: REUTERS
Experts say law silent on district bodies’ ability to respond to crisis. PHOTO: REUTERS

The National Disaster Management Commission (NDMC) – a body tasked to chalk out a unified national disaster response plan – and its provincial subsidiaries have been nothing more than a toothless paper tiger since their inception, according to experts. Despite a recent spate of natural disasters that have ravaged parts of the country, provincial governments have failed to establish a functional governance structure for disaster management as required under National Disaster Management Act 2010. While government web portals provide details of Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs), they fail to mention the required governance structure and District Disaster Management…


Global Green and National Grid partner on climate disaster preparedness for NYC

As downtown Manhattan prepares to be stormed by masked revelers in celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the New York City Village Halloween Parade, some New Yorkers recall this same weekend three years ago, when Superstorm Sandy battered the boroughs, leaving many homeless and the city with billions of dollars worth of damage. The storm was the second costliest in US history, causing $65 billion in damages, destroying 305,000 NYC housing units and leaving 117 dead. Residents lost entire homes, automobiles, businesses and possessions in the massive flooding that ensued when the storm…


Resilience is key to adapting to ‘new world of digital business’

Dubai: With digital transformation gaining traction, 50 per cent of the IT spending will be outside of the control of the traditional IT department by 2017, research analysts at Gartner said. Gartner defines digital business as new business that blends the virtual world and the physical worlds, changing how processes and industries work through cloud, mobile computing and Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is defined as the network of devices that are connected to the Internet and can be controlled remotely. Peter Firstbrook, research vice-president at Gartner, said at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit 2015 in Dubai on Monday, that there is a dramatic shift in IT spending power and there is…


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