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BCP Software Selection Guide

Selecting a business continuity planning software tool can be an arduous process. With the vast array of choices available today, it has become increasingly difficult to determine which software solution will fit your business. Today, many providers distract from their lack of essential capabilities by drawing your attention toward only nonessential features.

Our BCP Software Selection Guide will help provide practical insights that arm you during your selection process; simplified into the Five Key Areas to Evaluate. It also exposes those outdated features that are still common in many products.

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Since 2004, Strategic BCP® has helped raise the profile and relevance of business continuity planning and management professionals by providing comprehensive and convenient ways to manage risk, continuity, and resilience. Our introduction of cloud-based ResilienceONE® BCP software—created and supported by real practitioners—was a milestone in using technology to streamline the process of creating and maintaining BC plans that fit the ways user organizations operate.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply for appointment.  The NAC is an advisory council established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management while incorporating the whole community’s input through appointed council members.

The NAC consists of up to 35 members, all of whom are experts and leaders in their respective fields.  The members of the NAC are appointed by the FEMA Administrator and are composed of federal, state, tribal, local, private sector, and non-profit leaders and subject matter experts in a wide range of disciplines.

Appointments are for a three-year term.  The Administrator may appoint additional candidates to serve as a FEMA Administrator Selection.  The NAC will have one position open for applications and nominations in each of the following disciplines: 

  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Response
  • Non-Elected Local Government Officials
  • Elected Tribal Government Officials
  • Non-Elected Tribal Government Officials
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  • Infrastructure Protection *
  • Standards Settings and Accrediting
  • Disabilities

Individuals interested in serving on the NAC are invited to apply for appointment by submitting a Cover Letter and a Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the Office of the National Advisory Council by email, fax, or mail.  The Cover Letter must include, at a minimum: the discipline area(s) being applied for; current position title and organization; mailing address; a current telephone number; and email address.  Letters of recommendation may also be provided, but are not required.  A complete application must be submitted to be considered for appointment; application criteria, submission information, and contact information can be found on the NAC webpage.  Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST. 

The NAC meets in person approximately two times a year.  Members selected for the NAC serve without compensation from the federal government; however, consistent with the charter, members receive travel reimbursement and per diem under applicable federal travel regulations.  Registered lobbyists, current FEMA employees, Reservists, FEMA Contractors, and potential FEMA Contractors will not be considered for NAC Membership.

* Note: Individuals appointed for these positions will serve as a Special Government Employee. For more information on requirements, please visit www.oge.gov/Topics/Selected-Employee-Categories/Advisory-Committee-Members/.

For more information on the NAC visit:  www.fema.gov/national-advisory-council.

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.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

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January 20, 2014

Disaster Resource Guide

A Practical Guide to Cost–Effective DR Planning

Disaster recovery is business-critical for any organization. However, with the two traditional approaches to disaster recovery—workload mirroring and removable-media backups—you must choose between spending 80% of your disaster recovery budgets on only 20% of your server workloads or inexpensive removable media backups with much poorer performance. With NetIQ, you have another choice.

This white paper shows the importance of:

  • Measuring the value of disaster recovery solutions
  • Assessing your risk through regular testing
  • Changing the game through virtualization

Virtualization technology can solve the cost vs. time dilemma that traditional data recovery solutions pose, enabling organizations to quickly and cost-effectively recover all server workloads. To learn more, download your copy of this informative NetIQ paper today.

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Service Outages: Is Your Monitoring Strategy Working?

This free NetIQ flash point paper discusses system and application management and the struggle against service outages.

Download this paper to learn:

  • Questions you should ask yourself about IT service outages
  • How a services-level approach can reduce the potential of impacting events
  • The three steps of implementing a service-level solution
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Five Things You Need to Know Today about DR Planning

In your business environment, providing affordable protection for both your physical and virtual servers is critical.

This free NetIQ Disaster Recovery eBook outlines 5 important topics you need to understand to protect today’s data centers:

  • Multi-Platform Data Center – How to handle more flavors and more confusion.
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing – How they change everything and how to use them.
  • ROI – Yes, there are measurable cost savings… plus a Hidden Secret of Disaster Recovery Planning.

Many of these require new ways of thinking. This free NetIQ guide can help you tackle the new realities of disaster recovery planning, with new approaches to protection that can make your life easier. Download your copy of the guide and learn more.

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Cost-Effective DR Options For Mission-Critical Applications

Over the past several years, we’ve seen business requirements rapidly evolve and technologies continue to advance, yet the way many companies approach disaster recovery hasn’t changed. While tolerance for downtime is at an all-time low, and new technologies have emerged that can help fill gaps in continuity plans—many organizations have been slow to adopt them.

This Forrester Technology Adoption Profile (TAP) shows how:

  • Growth in mission-critical applications is driving disaster recovery initiatives.
  • Enhanced disaster recovery capabilities shorten recovery objectives.
  • The future of disaster recovery rests with advanced continuity tools.

To learn more, download your copy of this informative Forrester TAP today.

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NEW YORK, NY, November 21, 2013 – Send Word Now, the leading worldwide provider of emergency notification and critical communications services, announced today its selection by Par Petroleum Corporation (OTC: PARR) to provide on-demand, multi-modal alerting in support of the Texas-based company’s business resilience plans.

Based in Houston, Par Petroleum Corporation is a diversified energy holding company. The organization manages and maintains interests in a variety of energy-related assets, including natural gas located in the Piceance Basin (CO); a crude oil logistics business focused on moving Canadian crude oil to the Gulf Coast; and an integrated refinery, distribution and marketing business in Hawaii.

For Par Petroleum Corporation, the Send Word Now Alerting Service will provide immediate notification to message recipients using various communication methods, including mobile devices, SMS and email. It will gather all-important feedback for reporting and auditing purposes through the popular Get Word Back feature, and enable people to sign up for alerts and maintain their own emergency contact information through the Send Word Now Self-Registration Portal.

Par Petroleum Corporation will use Send Word Now should natural disasters, fires, plant accidents and other events impact operations and safety.

“We are honored to have been chosen by Par Petroleum Corporation to provide emergency notification services,” said Lorin Bristow, Senior Vice President, Marketing, for Send Word Now. “They now join a long and growing list of oil and gas companies worldwide who depend on us in emergencies, just as people rely on them for essential resources.” 

About Send Word Now (www.sendwordnow.com)

Headquartered in New York City, Send Word Now is the leading provider of on-demand alerting for emergency communications. The company’s easy-to-use, web-based notification solutions and mobile applications are used by businesses, government agencies, universities and non-profit organizations, among others, to ensure fast, effective, two-way communication when it is needed the most.

Send Word Now's enterprise-class alerting service is capable of transmitting tens of thousands of voice and text messages in minutes, while providing a full audit trail for after-action reporting and follow-up. It is designed to reach anyone, anywhere, anytime, with any device, over any type of connection. Send Word Now was recently awarded “2013 Notification System of the Year” by DRI International, and also received the 2013 Small Business Achievement Award from the Department of Homeland Security for its work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Symantec

SLA-Defined Business Continuity Plan

Architect and automate your IT Business Continuity Plan by Service Level Agreements (SLAs) across numerous platforms and operating systems – physical, virtual, and cloud – with Symantec high availability, disaster recovery, and data protection solutions.

Trust Symantec Business Continuity Solutions to help you define your business continuity plan by SLA across your heterogeneous data center.

Seconds to Minutes

To meet your business continuity plan’s strictest of SLAs, Symantec's high availability and wide-area disaster recovery technologies deliver fully automated failover capabilities to make sure risk of downtime is minimized and entire business services can be restored in less than a minute. Learn More

Minutes to Hours

A unique combination of Symantec high availability, replication, and backup solutions lets you better balance cost and risk for less-than-mission-critical services and applications – where the SLAs are still aggressive, but where fully automated wide-area protection may not be obligatory. Learn More

Hours to Days

Symantec solutions help you create a well-balanced business-continuity plan. For less-than-critical SLAs, Symantec backup and recovery technologies are a cost-effective option that provides manual recovery capabilities across heterogeneous environments from a single console. Learn More

Turning Business Continuity Into A Competitive Advantage

Written by Dennis Wenk

The pace of technological change and its complexity is challenging traditional business continuity paradigms. What was once considered a ‘Best Practice’ in Business Continuity (BC) no longer serves the new digital-world, and organizations can’t rely on these outdated processes to reach their future objectives... Continue Reading

Symantec Business Continuity Solutions

Business Continuity On-Demand Webcast Series

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Track 1: Black Swans or Just Wishful Thinking and Misinterpretation?

Speakers:
Geary Sikich, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Author and Business Lecturer
Dennis Wenk, Business Continuity Evangelist

This webcast looks at how the Strategist, Planner and CEO can respond to the challenge of Black Swan events. Learn how to develop strategies that are flexible enough to adapt to unforeseen circumstances while meeting corporate goals and objectives. Walk through the twelve-step process for tempering the impact of Black Swan events.

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Track 2: Should I Delay Declaring a Disaster?

Speaker:
Damian Walch, Director of Technology Risk Services at Deloitte

Disasters (natural, system failure or human error) can disrupt any chance of achieving your business goals and damage your business reputation. This webcast discusses what holds back CIOs from declaring a disaster in the event or possible event of critical business impacting downtime. Learn why building a cost-effective disaster recovery strategy that works will help you be confident and prepared to make the right call.

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Track 3: Best Practices for Business Continuity Risk Management

Speaker:
David Nolan, CEO & Founder, Fusion Risk Management, Inc.

To ensure minimal impact to your fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities during a potential business disruption, it's critical to establish a proven risk management based approach to business continuity for workplace, workforce, supply chain and IT. This webcast covers best practices for transitioning from traditional business continuity planning and IT disaster recovery, to a risk management based approach.

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More On-Demand Webcasts From Symantec

Maintaining Business Continuity in a Complex, Interdependent and Changing World.

Register Now for a discussion on achieving business resilience now and in the future.

Disaster Recovery Journal took over the Hilton San Diego Bayfront this year for Fall World 2013, Sept. 22-25. “We are very excited to move into a new hotel this year,” said DRJ president Bob Arnold. “We heard nothing but positive comments about the Hilton Bayfront. It’s a great facility.” More than 900 practitioners joined hundreds of exhibitors and board members for a total of 1,100 industry professionals at Fall World 2013. The three-day event was packed with more than 50 sessions, a concurrent exhibit hall, and numerous networking events. The new solutions track squeezed one more session into an already packed agenda. “I have to thank all of our attendees, presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors that make the show such a success,” said Bob Arnold, DRJ president. Fall World gold sponsor, Send Word Now hosted the Monday Night Hospitality on the sapphire terrace. The crowds packed the area, enjoying food and drink. “Send Word Now did an

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