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Informational Update For February 8, 2012

In case of disaster...Go to the nearest cloud

Virtualizing disaster recovery using cloud computing

Disaster recovery has become a necessary component of organizations' IT plans, but that flat IT budget makes it harder and harder to protect critical business applications. Read this white paper to learn how cloud-based business resilience can provide cost-effective alternatives to traditional disaster recovery.

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The Disaster Recovery Hour with Chris Plunkett

The radio show about Disaster Before and After: Preparedness and Recovery

The Disaster Recovery Hour with Chris Plunkett is a weekly radio show covering disaster (and other unexpected interruptions) that effect normal operations for homeowners, neighborhoods, businesses and governments. Topics covered include lessons learned from past events, current disasters and potential interruptions that can significantly affect our lives. Chris explains procedures to achieve preparedness, recovery and restoration in plain language, citing examples from actual events.

Listen Live or Download The Podcast!




Upcoming Webinars

Critical Roundtable Webinar: Experts Discuss Issues Impacting Health Plan and Hospital Business Continuity Professionals

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST (REGISTER NOW!)

Health plan and hospital business continuity professionals face a myriad of unique challenges in their profession. Join us for a look into the most pressing issues facing healthcare BCP pros today.

An expert panel will discuss the most pressing issues in this industry and answer your questions. Topics will include the challenges of balancing numerous healthcare compliance bodies, aligning your BCP strategy to anticipate and tackle the sweeping changes of health care reform, balancing the life-saving mission of healthcare professionals with the requirement to continue business operations, and more.

Informational Update For February 7, 2012

Your Emergency Notification System Will Fail You When Disaster Strikes

Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Tornadoes. The number of natural disasters is exponentially increasing, affecting hundreds of millions of people every year. Traditional emergency notification providers rely on finite infrastructure models based on predicted normal usage. In a catastrophe, these systems will fail under the sheer volume of notifications.

Elastic infrastructure - the Next Generation Platform
The only reliable way to ensure your notification system will be there when you need it is to make sure your vendor has an elastic infrastructure model. By leveraging both dedicated capacity and dynamically scaling capacity that expands and contracts as needed, an elastic infrastructure provides the near-infinite scale you need to communicate under any circumstance.

Elastic Infrastructure Technology Brief
The Elastic Infrastructure Technology Brief will discuss:

  • What is an elastic infrastructure

  • How the technology works

  • Why it matters for your organization

Don't wait for disaster to take your system offline! Learn more by downloading this free Elastic Infrastructure Technology Brief.


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Upcoming Webinars

Critical Roundtable Webinar: Experts Discuss Issues Impacting Health Plan and Hospital Business Continuity Professionals

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST (REGISTER NOW!)

Health plan and hospital business continuity professionals face a myriad of unique challenges in their profession. Join us for a look into the most pressing issues facing healthcare BCP pros today.

An expert panel will discuss the most pressing issues in this industry and answer your questions. Topics will include the challenges of balancing numerous healthcare compliance bodies, aligning your BCP strategy to anticipate and tackle the sweeping changes of health care reform, balancing the life-saving mission of healthcare professionals with the requirement to continue business operations, and more.

Informational Update For January 31, 2012

Can Your Workforce Weather Any Business Disruption?

Natural disasters, storms, fires, utility outages, even the seasonal flu: These are just some of the disruptions that can have an impact on business. With desktop virtualization from Citrix, your organization can maintain operational continuity by keeping your workforce connected, from any location, on any device. Connect your workforce to secure virtual desktops and provide on-demand access to the business applications and data they need to weather any kind of storm.


That's the power of workshifting.


How can you ensure seamless business continuity? Read the Citrix white paper, Achieve Workforce Continuity and Keep Your Business Running—No Matter What, to learn more.

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Upcoming Webinars

Reducing Corporate Risk in Remote/Branch Offices

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST (REGISTER NOW!)

The risk of losing critical data is daunting-and dangerous-for banks, credit unions, insurance companies, health care providers, retailers, and other businesses with remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations.

Yet decentralization can wreak havoc on a data protection plan.

Remote locations are one of your competitive differentiators, but they are also uniquely vulnerable when faced by system failure or employee malfeasance.

Critical Roundtable Webinar: Experts Discuss Issues Impacting Health Plan and Hospital Business Continuity Professionals

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST (REGISTER NOW!)

Health plan and hospital business continuity professionals face a myriad of unique challenges in their profession. Join us for a look into the most pressing issues facing healthcare BCP pros today.

An expert panel will discuss the most pressing issues in this industry and answer your questions. Topics will include the challenges of balancing numerous healthcare compliance bodies, aligning your BCP strategy to anticipate and tackle the sweeping changes of health care reform, balancing the life-saving mission of healthcare professionals with the requirement to continue business operations, and more.


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BCI Awards

The BCI will be hosting the first annual BCI Awards - North America exclusively at DRJ Spring World 2012.

Open to all BCM professionals and companies regardless of professional membership and/or certification, the BCI Awards – North America will immediately be recognized as the de-facto standard for business continuity professional recognition of achievement.


Call For Papers 2012

Submit your speaking proposal for DRJ's Fall World 2012!


DRJ Seeks Input for Groundbreaking Session

Do You Have A Question or Concern for a CEO, CFO or Other Executive?

DRJ is actively seeking input of questions to be used in our General Session 3, Monday, March 26 at Spring World 2012. This session will feature experts from our Senior Advanced Track in a panel discussion. Attendees of the Senior Advanced Track and those in other tracks will be attending this session together.


Annual Surveys

2012 Consultant Survey and 2012 Emergency Notification Survey Now Available


Spring World 2012

How To Justify Attending A Conference

While attending an industry conference is an excellent training tool and a great return on investment, getting approval to participate can sometimes be difficult. You may need to validate to management your reasons for wan

Informational Update For February 2, 2012

Webinar: A View from the Trenches: A Look at Security and BCM Best Practices

2011, a year which brought the Occupy movement, an unprecedented number of cyber attacks, new security threats, and a record breaking number of natural disasters, tested the resiliency of many organizations. As industry professionals look forward to 2012, we encourage them to think about lessons learned and to review and revise their preparedness plans to reduce vulnerabilities. Learn how a top institution successfully manages security and operational risks and what take aways you should keep in mind when building your security plan.

Join Send Word Now and our featured speaker, Patrick Hawk, Sr. Director of Corporate Security for Discovery Communications, to learn about:

  • Best practices on corporate security and building operations

  • How communication plays an important role in Discovery's risk management, security, and safety protocols

  • Tips on building a successful crisis management program

  • Case studies highlighting past incidents and lessons learned

Register Now!



Online Exclusive

10 Tips on How to Be a More Effective Business Continuity Planner

Written by MIKE MINZES

In business continuity, it is essential to be an effective communicator in order to effectively convey your plans and strategies to others. If you can't get your message across to those who need it, often times your planning efforts will not be taken as seriously as they should be.

To be an effective communicator, you need an approach that will help you be successful in getting the involvement, support and buy-in that you need.

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Informational Update For January 26, 2012

New Interactive Risk Study

Integration, cloud, security and company-wide participation are among key elements of successful business resilience and risk management strategies that deliver business value and competitive advantage as detailed in the new 2011 IBM Global Business Resilience and Risk Study research report.

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Upcoming Webinars

Reducing Corporate Risk in Remote/Branch Offices

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST (REGISTER NOW!)

The risk of losing critical data is daunting-and dangerous-for banks, credit unions, insurance companies, health care providers, retailers, and other businesses with remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations.

Yet decentralization can wreak havoc on a data protection plan.

Remote locations are one of your competitive differentiators, but they are also uniquely vulnerable when faced by system failure or employee malfeasance.

Critical Roundtable Webinar: Experts Discuss Issues Impacting Health Plan and Hospital Business Continuity Professionals

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST (REGISTER NOW!)

Health plan and hospital business continuity professionals face a myriad of unique challenges in their profession. Join us for a look into the most pressing issues facing healthcare BCP pros today.

An expert panel will discuss the most pressing issues in this industry and answer your questions. Topics will include the challenges of balancing numerous healthcare compliance bodies, aligning your BCP strategy to anticipate and tackle the sweeping changes of health care reform, balancing the life-saving mission of healthcare professionals with the requirement to continue business operations, and more.


Quick Links


DRJ Blogs

Beyond the Definitions of BCP and DRP

Posted by: Vicki Thomas

Since you're a visitor to the DRJ blog and website, it is generally understood that you're here to learn more about the business continuity plan (BCP) and disaster recovery plan (DRP). The easiest way to get the basics on these two critical aspects to the longevity of any company or organization is to read the DRJ Glossary.


Call For Papers 2012

Submit your speaking proposal for DRJ's Fall World 2012!


DRJ Seeks Input for Groundbreaking Session

Do You Have A Question or Concern for a CEO, CFO or Other Executive?

DRJ is actively seeking input of questions to be used in our General Session 3, Monday, March 26 at Spring World 2012. This session will feature experts from our Senior Advanced Track in a panel discussion. Attendees of the Senior Advanced Track and those in other tracks will be attending this session together.


Annual Surveys

2012 Consultant Survey and 2012 Emergency Notification Survey Now Available


Spring World 2012

How To Justify Attending A Conference

While attending an industry conference is an excellent training tool and a great return on investment, getting approval to participate can sometimes be difficult. You may need to validate to management your reasons for wanting to attend.