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[15 Mar 2010 | One Comment | 2,258 views]
Disaster recovery and business continuity market predicted to reach $39 billion by 2015

–By Megan Kellett, Assistant Site Editor of SearchDisasterRecovery.com–
According to a recent study by New York-based Allied Business Intelligence (ABI) Research, Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery, the global business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) market is predicted to grow from $24.3 billion in 2009 to more than $39 billion in 2015. The study has been observing the market trends for business continuity and disaster recovery since 2004, and covers BC and DR in hardware and software services, as well as trends in both enterprise and small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
Reasons for such …

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[12 Feb 2010 | Comments Off | 1,776 views]

-Ian Grant-
The snow storm that brought London transport to a standstill, stopped one in five from getting to work, and cost upwards of £1bn, was expected.
The Met Office warned a week earlier that it expected heavy snowfalls. No one anticipated the havoc it would cause, even though severe weather is the fifth-biggest risk in the National Risk Register (see box).
As the snow stalled transport, websites for transport firms collapsed under service demands that amounted to a distributed denial of service attack. The National Rail website took six times its normal …

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[14 Jan 2010 | Comments Off | 1,201 views]

-Mike Jacobs, Director at Biscon Planning Ltd-
-Continuity Central-
There seems to be an inevitable trend of business continuity becoming more structured – more technology dependent, more regimented, more compartmentalised.
When talking about ‘people’, BS25999 uses terms like ‘defined responsibilities’, ‘accountability’, ‘authorities’ and ‘competencies’. My concern is that we are forgetting the unpredictable human element of a response to any incident, and starting to think of people as just another resource or dependency. This kind of detached planning – planning in a vacuum – misses a fundamental point: people are highly complex composites, …

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[3 Nov 2009 | Comments Off | 1,545 views]
Most Canadian small businesses ignore business continuity

–continuity central–
The majority of Canadian small business owners are unprepared to deal with common disruptions that can impact their ability to do business, according to the latest American Express Small Business Monitor. Almost half of small business owners are unfamiliar with the practice of business continuity planning.
The quarterly monitor demonstrates the importance of business continuity planning, as two out of every five respondents have already experienced a ‘significant’ disruption to their business. Nonetheless, small business owners find it difficult to address the threat: 80 percent of respondents said preparing for …

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[22 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | 1,328 views]
The top 10 strategic technologies for 2010

–continuity central–
Gartner highlights emerging technologies that business continuity managers need to be aware of.
Gartner, Inc. analysts have highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2010. The analysts presented their findings during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo.
Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being …

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[16 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | 15,322 views]
DHS consults on business continuity standards

–continuity central–
US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced that three business continuity standards have been proposed for adoption by PS-Prep.
PS-Prep is the 9/11 Commission-recommended program aimed at helping the private sector to improve preparedness for disasters and emergencies. Under the program private entities — including businesses, non-profit organizations and universities — will be able to receive emergency preparedness certification from a DHS accreditation system created in coordination with the private sector.
“Preparedness is a shared responsibility and everyone—including businesses, universities and non-profit organizations—has a role to play,” said …

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[16 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | 2,300 views]
More about Resiliency – Avoiding Single Points of Failure

–by Harvey Betan–
As we continue along the Business Continuity spectrum, from Disaster Recovery (technology) to Business Continuity (staff and functionality), we proceed to look at vendor resiliency. I humbly ask if you feel that is a sufficient stopping point?  It may be if all you want is to ensure that you can manufacture product, but I submit there is something missing.  To actually get product out the door, you must look to your customers and clients.  Put another way, one has reviewed and ensured availability of internal operation, looked to suppliers …

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[25 Sep 2009 | One Comment | 3,367 views]

–continuity insights–
–by John Orlando–
An important step in professionalizing a field of practice is the formation of codes of ethics that outline a practitioner’s responsibilities.
New professions tend to grow along predictable trajectories. Growth begins when practitioners form associations to share information. The associations establish professional standards, followed by certifications. Eventually, higher education programs emerge that both provide a broad and deep understanding of the profession, and validate the profession to the outside world. One important step in professionalizing process is the formation of codes of ethics that outline a practitioner’s responsibilities. …

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[21 Sep 2009 | One Comment | 2,494 views]
The Role of Safety in Business Continuity

–continuity planning and management–
By Dr. Shawn Adams, C.P.C.U., A.R.M., PHR, CHCM September 9, 2009
Over the past few years, disasters and emergencies have garnered much attention in American society. From the disaster that did not occur, Y2K, to the attacks on the World Trade Center, the blackouts in 2003, the multiple hurricanes making landfall during 2004 in Florida, Katrina in 2005, and the droughts and subsequent wildfires as well as the flooding and mudslides in the Northwest in 2006, it seems like a steady drumbeat of bad headlines have caught America’s …