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[24 Apr 2013 | Comments Off | 2,223 views]
Guidelines for Securing Business Records in Hurricane Season

Article by Homeland Security News Wire
Published on June 12, 2012
 
A data protection specialist developed best practices guidelines to assist businesses along the Atlantic coastline to assess their business continuity in preparation for the hurricane season

Recall, a data protection specialist, the other day issued records information management (RIM) best practices guidelines. Recall says that as hurricane season begins, the company developed these guidelines to assist businesses along the Atlantic coastline to assess their business continuity in preparation for the hurricane season. Recall has experience in managing business records in more than …

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[1 Mar 2013 | Comments Off | 1,502 views]
Conducting Business Impact Analysis for Business Continuity Planning

By: Ron French, CBCP
March 1, 2013
 
Business Impact Analysis (BIA) Objective

The objective of the BIA for any business continuity plan is to itemize and prioritize a company’s most critical business operations, internal resources, and internal and external support dependencies.  Part of this process is the identification of the recovery time objectives for each of the mission critical functions.
What should be avoided in the BIA is any itemized listing of detailed business processes, work procedures, and resources that are of no consequence to the critical overall enterprise functions.  A clear distinction should …

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[28 Aug 2012 | Comments Off | 735 views]
Testing for Integrated End-to-End Continuity

By Anthony Woods, Continuity Test Manager, Cap Gemini Australia
August 28, 2012
 
Many organisations perform annual disaster recovery exercises, inan attempt to prove their organisation’s (or IT supplier’s) ability to recover the IT infrastructure and/or software systems in the event of a catastrophic loss of data centre. During these exercises, more often than not, the systems recovered undergo only a cursory level of unit testing and rarely (if ever) an integrated end-to-end test with the other continuity plans.
In reality, the most likely plan of the Continuity Management programme to be implemented is …

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[24 Aug 2012 | Comments Off | 1,210 views]
A Note On Business Continuity Management & IT Service Continuity

By: Anthony Woods, Continuity Test Manager, Cap Gemini Australia
August 24, 2012
 
Impact of an IT Service Disruption
During an IT service disruption, one in which the continuity plans are activated, unless regularly reviewed and tested, it is likely that the plans will not be current or contain a sufficient quantity of gaps in processes and procedures to inhibit their usefulness when implemented.
It is for this reason that the Business Continuity Plan, the Business Process Continuity Plans, the IT Service Continuity (Disaster Recovery) Plans and the Recovery Validation Procedures need to be clearly …

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[12 Apr 2012 | Comments Off | 1,217 views]
Awareness: The First Line of Defense

By: John Glenn, MBCI
April 12, 2012
 
Too many practitioners overlook an organization’s most critical risks. We worry about a variety of risks and ways to avoid or mediate them, often at great cost to the organizations.
We promote responder training. Hopefully we also promote both in-place sheltering and evacuation exercises, not forgetting that some folks are less mobile than others.
What we rarely seem to do, however, is train the folks on the ground to be First Alerters.
We need to apply the admonishments we hear at the airports and other transportation hubs to the organization’s …

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[11 Apr 2012 | Comments Off | 1,278 views]
ISO 22301 International Business Continuity Management Standard Gains Final Approval

Article by Continuity Central
Published April 4, 2012
Source: www.continuitycentral.com

TC223, the ISO Technical Committee that has been developing the ISO 22301 international business continuity management standard, has voted to approve the FDIS (Final Draft International Standard). This means that the standard can now be published. It is currently expected that it will be available by the end of the second quarter of 2012. Its official title will be ‘ISO 22301 Societal security — Business continuity management systems.’
ISO 22313, the guidance document that will support ISO 22301, is currently at DIS (Draft International …

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[2 Jan 2012 | Comments Off | 1,521 views]
Reputations at Risk

By Christopher McCraley, PMP, CBCP
January 2, 2012
“Don’t consider your reputation and you can do anything you like” states a Chinese proverb, a most pertinent proverb to describe the multitude of issues facing all variety of businesses in the current business environment. The proverb points out both cause and effect of what’s happened to countless reputations throughout financial services. In essence, it describes reputation risk management: not considering the risk to one’s reputation risks the reputation of the business itself.
For financial service firms, any inattention to any type of …

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[16 Mar 2011 | Comments Off | 1,096 views]

There are three problems with major disasters: small miscalculations of probabilities can have large effects on outcomes when dealing with large events; our reward structures do not encourage spending the time or the money to deal with low-probability disasters; the very complexity of modern life — including our transportation and communication systems, our economy and our social interactions — is directly implicated in the severity of catastrophes; in more complex systems, even small changes or perturbations can have disproportionate and unpredictable effects.
The past decade witnessed the 9/11 attacks, the tsunami …

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[6 Jan 2011 | Comments Off | 2,889 views]

Article Source: www.contingencyplanning.com
Article link:http://contingencyplanning.com/articles/2010/11/12/virtualization-provides-big-opportunities-for-improved-continuity-of-operations.aspx?admgarea=Community

According to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), budgets and cost control are the top management priorities for state information technology (IT) professionals across the country in 2010. As a result, NASCIO lists virtualization as the top technology priority for state government agencies to consider.
Seventy-nine percent of state and local government agencies are implementing server, storage and/or client virtualization, and in many cases, they are reaping big benefits, according to CDW-G’s Government Virtualization Report, released July 13. The report surveyed 300 state and local IT …

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[16 Aug 2010 | 4 Comments | 8,047 views]
Downtime During Hurricane Season Isn’t a Forgone Conclusion

By David Hutchins

Source: contingencyplanning.com
Five years have passed since Hurricane Katrina, one of the most deadly and costly hurricanes on record, devastated the Gulf Coast. While the southeastern coast is still recovering from the damage caused by the 2005 hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center is warning of a 2010 hurricane season eerily similar to 2005. Citing all-time high sea surface temperatures in key areas of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the El Niño cycle, NOAA predicts that the 2010 season will most likely …