Despite the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy and other recent natural disasters, small businesses aren’t getting the message. A new survey finds 70 percent don’t expect to experience a similar disaster and nearly half have no plan to ensure business continuity.
The survey of 200 small businesses, sponsored by FedEx and the American Red Cross, found that Superstorm Sandy inspired only 10 percent of respondents to take new steps to prepare for disasters, according to a press release on MarketWatch.com.
“Developing an emergency preparedness plan is one of the most important strategic decisions a small business owner will make,” says Tom Heneghan, manager of preparedness for the Red Cross. And yet SMBs are more likely to rely on the bare minimum of disaster planning, hoping they’ll never have to use it. “People know they should do it, but it’s not always at the top of the list,” Heneghan says.
CIO — The Big Data market is heating up, and unlike some overhyped trends (social media), it's pretty easy to pinpoint ROI with these tools.
When we put out calls for nominees through the Story Source Newsletter, HARO, Twitter, and other channels, we received more than 100 recommendations. Usually, when we get that many, a good chunk of them can be dismissed out of hand. Some are clearly science projects; others have zero funding, no management pedigree and a dubious value proposition, while a few are clearly the product of malarial hallucinations.
Not so this time. Very few of the startups we looked at were whacky long shots. Most were decent ideas, backed by real VC money and seasoned management teams.
An email just dropped into my electronic in-box with the subject “Should You Archive Email to the Cloud?”
I suppose it’s a good question and I can think of many reasons to keep my emails “closer to home.”
But the query did trigger an off-the-wall thought, my forte’ it seems.
What about vendor security – all vendors, not just in the cloud.
When a person or organization signs up with a vendor, the vendor asks for, usually justifiably, a great deal of information. Granted, most of the information can be acquired from public resources, public records. But maybe not all, and some of the “not all” should be, at a minimum, “confidential.”
Areas from Chicago to Washington, D.C. Should Prepare Now and Monitor Conditions
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency urges residents to follow the direction of state, local and tribal officials ahead of severe weather forecast to affect the upper Midwest and Ohio Valley, eastward to the Mid-Atlantic states, tonight and tomorrow. FEMA, through its National Watch Center in Washington, D.C and its regional offices in Chicago, Kansas City, and Philadelphia, is closely monitoring the storm system.
FEMA has been in touch with its emergency management counterparts, and also is in close contact with federal partners at the National Weather Service. The severe weather is forecast to include the threat of widespread damaging winds, along with the possibility of isolated tornadoes, through the evening and overnight hours from extreme eastern Iowa, across northern and central Illinois and Indiana, and including southwest Michigan and western Ohio. The severe weather threat will shift east on Thursday and a moderate risk for severe thunderstorms is forecast for the Mid-Atlantic region from southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey and southward into southern Virginia. The area of risk includes the eastern third of the United States from Florida to New England.
Individuals in the risk areas are encouraged to monitor weather conditions and follow the guidance provided by state, local or tribal officials. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are available on many cell phones on participating wireless carriers' networks. Tune to local news media for further emergency details in your area, and take immediate action to keep safe. WEAs sent by public safety officials, such as the National Weather Service, are designed to provide brief, critical instructions to warn about imminent threats like severe weather or flash flooding. More information is available about the WEA program is available at www.fema.gov/wireless-emergency-alerts. You can also tune to local news media for further emergency details in your area, and take immediate action to keep safe.
Everyone should become familiar with the terms used to identify a severe weather hazard and discuss with your family what to do if a watch or warning is issued. Some of the more common terms used to describe severe weather and tornado hazards include the following:
• - Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.
• - Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.
• - Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.
• - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.
Now is the time for residents to prepare their emergency supplies and plan for a possible loss of electrical power that could result from downed trees and debris. For detailed information about how to prepare for severe weather, including a list of items you will want to have in your emergency kit tonight, please visit www.Ready.gov.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
LOMBARD, Ill. – The international Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR), an international non-profit professional development and credentialing organization has partnered with DRP Consultores, a consulting firm that helps companies to develop Business Continuity Plans (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP).
"ICOR is honored to be able to provide education and training in organizational resilience to the people of México," said James Nelson, Chairperson of ICOR. "ICOR´s mission to enable organizations to embed the cultures and systems the need to provide their goods and services in all conditions and situations. ICOR´s courses in business continuity, crisis management & communications, critical environments, organization resilience, social resilience, and risk management in the supply chain, support our mission of building resilient organizations."
"DRP Consultores is honored to have an alliance with ICOR, because it is one of the best organizations worldwide that offers specialized training in exclusive courses around the world. In our case, the partnership with ICOR consolidates our strategy to offer an important and attractive Business Continuity Maturity Model course to the Mexican market as well as other courses in the future. This program will help and support professionals and companies in our country, where there is not much information on the subject. We are certain that having this course in our portfolio will make this year a very productive one for DRP Consultores." said Lourdes Cordero, DRP Consultores President.
BCM 4050: Business Continuity Maturity Model® Assessor's Training
The BCMM® is an assessment tool which provides a standard approach to measure an organization's Business Continuity Program maturity and to provide direction for creating and maintaining a BC program as a sustainable process. The BCMM® also collects meaningful benchmark data that can be used to compare how your organization matches up with similar organizations. Download the brochure.
The Maturity Model is aligned to ISO 22301 as well as other national business continuity standards. In addition, BCM 4050 is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and all students who pass the exam will receive an ANSI accredited certificate as a BCMM-Assessor.
Attend the Class
To launch the partnership, BCM 4050: The Business Continuity Maturity Model® Assessor's Training is scheduled for July 24-25, 2013 in Mexico City. To register for the course contact
About ICOR - - Embedding culture and systems of organizational resilience
ICOR (www.theICOR.org) headquartered in Lombard, IL USA, is an international non-profit professional development and credentialing organization that provides professional development, certification, thought-leadership, and the latest in research and industry trends in the disciplines that support resiliency. ICOR addresses the evolving needs of business, government, non-governmental agencies, and society to improve their resiliency and viability as individual organization and within the larger community.
About DRP Consultores
DRP Consultores (www.drpconsultores.com) is a Mexican company with more than 17 years in consulting business, dedicated to develop, implement and manage Business Continuity Plans (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP), well as distributors of a tool for managing continuity plans "Moebius". DRP Consultores also provides training service in collaboration with the Iberoamericana University, for the First Diploma in Mexico of "Business Continuity Management."
For more information, contact:
Lourdes Cordero, DRP Consultores
Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena N° 500
Centro de Ciudad Santa Fe
Mexico, DF, C.P. 01210
Phone: +52 55 52925848
Lynnda Nelson, ICOR
PO Box 1171
Lombard, IL, 60148 USA
Tel: +1 630-750-0910
Newark, Calif. – Tegile Systems today announced today that School District 27J in Brighton, Colo. has implemented two Zebi hybrid storage arrays as part of its virtual desktop infrastructure, serving as a replacement for a failed HP Enterprise Virtual Array that could not handle the load placed upon it when the district’s teachers began to log into the system on the first day of school. School District 27J provides educational services to around 16,000 students, ensuring that they have the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for present and future competence and success. As part of this commitment, the district sought to create an online computing environment leveraging VDI that would provide teachers with 24/7 access to district resources to allow them to fully support their students both inside and outside the classroom. After a year of planning, the district launched its VDI environment with a 100-desktop pilot program scaling to 800. As the system went live the first day of the school year, the resulting boot storm from teachers logging into the system crashed the backend of the infrastructure. With the HP SAN being deemed undersized and unable to perform as expected, the district began to look at other storage options that could quickly overcome the hardware failure they had experienced. One option was to try for more IOPS by inserting a tray of solid-state drives into the EVA but that was going to take HP 30 days to deliver and the district needed help sooner than later. The district also looked at products from Dell and Nexsan before taking a “leap of faith” and trusting a solution from Tegile to overcome the issues it was facing. “We had all these teachers who needed to do their jobs and we were basically dying,” said Jeremy Heide, CIO of School District 27J. “Tegile came out and looked at what we had, assessed our needs in the timeframe we had and implemented a solution in the middle of an outage. They worked with the VMware engineer that was helping us to design a storage system that would address our unique challenges and were able to deliver the Zebi solution within a week of us placing the order.” Tegile Zebi arrays leverage the performance of SSD and low cost per TB of high capacity disk drives to deliver up to seven times the performance and up to 75 percent less capacity required than legacy arrays. Zebi hybrid arrays combine Tegile’s patented MASS technology with high performance DRAM, solid state flash, Intel Xeon processors and high speed Ethernet or Fibre Channel, resulting in higher capacity and significantly higher performance. Maximizing capacity, on-the-fly de-duplication and data compression enable more hosted virtual desktops for a lower investment in storage and network infrastructure. School District 27J currently is utilizing two Zebi units for two pools to support 866 virtual desktops. Desktop delivery times that were initially measured in hours on the HP system now only take 14 seconds with Tegile. With its built-in compression and deduplication features, the school district was able to reduce the 25 TB of storage written to their Zebi array by 90% to only 2.5 TB. And the units’ performance enhancements have convinced staff that they can successfully accelerate their 3-year plan for offering VDI from teachers to libraries to students. “Tegile data storage and management solutions address the needs of today’s education IT infrastructure,” said Rob Commins, vice president of marketing, Tegile Systems. “While ours may be a different approach to the traditional storage architecture that many organizations are accustomed to, those, like Brighton School District 27J, that trust in us to provide them with the optimization they need to meet their needs will be justly rewarded. New generation Tegile Zebi hybrid storage arrays are designed to make the management of VDI easier, faster, more reliable, more scalable and less expensive to better deliver what students need while helping educational entities overcome the financial challenges they face in today’s world of budget constraints.” About Tegile Systems Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s Zebi line of hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that is significantly faster than all hard disk-based arrays and significantly less expensive than all solid-state disk-based arrays. Tegile’s MASS technology accelerates the Zebi’s performance and enables on-the-fly de-duplication and compression of data so each Zebi has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning technology solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of server virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant, and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in auto-snapshot, auto-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and virtualization management features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.
We regularly ask heads of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) what stops them from having an impact on strategic decisions in their organization. The most common response we get is “we do not have a seat at the table.” In our recently conducted State of ERM survey, we asked heads of ERM about their team’s involvement and effectiveness in the strategic planning process. While 50% of ERM teams were involved in some capacity, only 20% thought they were highly effective. So, if it’s not about a seat at the table, what is at the root of the problem? Why are ERM teams not able to effectively partner in the planning process? Moreover, are you completely sure how your ERM team can add value if you had a seat at the table?
The EF-5 tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, left 24 fatalities, nine of them children. An estimated 12,000 homes and many businesses were destroyed or damaged along the estimated 17-mile-long, 1.3-mile-wide tornado path. It’s hard to get your head around that kind of devastation.
While the immediate concern is response and recovery, the residents of Moore will soon have to turn to the task of rebuilding. But among the first steps toward emotionally healing from the storm is removing the debris—that is, the physical vestiges of the storm. And that step needs to be taken quickly.
The longer it takes to rebuild and reopen businesses, the less likely it is that communities will fully recover. Social scientists have been studying what has helped or hindered community recovery in the hopes that future communities—like Moore—can recover more rapidly and comprehensively.
According to IBM, 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years. From social media, mobile devices and digital sensors to e-mails, images and videos, these vast sources of data create a potential goldmine of valuable information about people and their activities.
Whilst the promise of actionable insight from data is not new — business intelligence and other analysis capabilities have long been present in many organizations — what is new is the rate at which the data is growing, the way the data is changing and the demands being placed upon it.
After 10 years of managing an IT audit function for an international energy company, I had the opportunity to head up their IT Strategy group that was charged with creating Organizational IT Security and Risk profiles and plans.
The charge of this function was to annually evaluate organization-wide internal and external risk as it relates to IT, and to communicate this information back to the CISO, CIO and CFO. To carry out the evaluation of organizational IT risk required not just working with IT personnel, but also business personnel all the way up the C-level business unit leaders.
The information gleaned from these annual assessments drove plans to improve and bolster our overall security posture based upon where we were at a point in time and where we anticipated being in the next several years. Ultimately this was a dynamic view of risk versus a point in time tactical view.