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Apr 18
2013

Succession Planning in the BCP Arena - How Deep to Drill?

Posted by Gregg Jacobsen in Untagged 

Gregg Jacobsen

When executives talk about succession planning, they mainly limit the discussion to C-level staff (themselves) and who should succeed them if one (or more) of them get hit by the proverbial beer truck.  Real worst case scenarios of the past include almost the entire executive staff of a major company in a car that was hit by a train.  But that kind oif event is truly rare, and some companies still limit how many execs are "allowed" on the same flight itineraries.  But sucession planning limited to such a small group of the enterprise population really belies a failure to understand what the BIA data should be telling them.

In a prior life, I was a Quality Project Manager in the defense industry.  When the Cold War ended, my company was nearing the end of a huge contract, and announced a "golden parachute plan" for staff nearing retirement age.  Among the most motivated takers was an engineer who designed a highly successful system used on Navy warships.  He was also, however, the only person who fully understood the detailed architecture of the system and the antiquated programming language that was still running those systems, more than 20 years old.  And the Navy was buying more of them.  Engineering and Program Management executives realized they need this guy arround, but they couldn't just deny him the retirement package.  So, they made him a lucrative offer to keep him around long enough to capture his genius on paper. 
But that was an anomaly: few comapnies ever take a serious look at epople below their immediate reports.  And that is a serious mistake.  Companies, especially large and growing ones, have people who are running some process or operation that only they know how to run efficiently and/or properly.  They probably don't think of themselves as irreplacable, but then, niether do thier bosses.  That thinking needs to change: go back to the BIA data and see if it includes the names of people wo are deemed "critical."  If not, perhaps it's a good time to scrutinize the BIAs and find those for the most critical processes, especially those that drive the revenue stream, customer satisfaction, and stakeholder and stockholder confidence.  Then start looking at strategies to prtect against their loss, just like they were a mainframe running the financials.

Apr 17
2013

Event Security

Posted by Vicki Thomas in Boston Marathon

Vicki Thomas

The two bombs that exploded during Monday's Boston Marathon have left many people asking "How could this have happened?" and "What could have been done to prevent such attacks?". These thoughts and questions are being heard on the radio, television, websites, and social media - essentially most people are stunned and in shock over the two explosions that killed three people and left countless others injured.

In parellel with these questions of disbelief and shock there is also a large group of people who are not as surprised or shocked. These are people who are involved in event security, event planning, disaster management, and law enforcement. That's right the very planners and organizers of such large events as the Boston Marathon, the Super Bowl, Thanksgiving Day parades - essentially any other outdoor "insecure" event - has thought about, planned for, considered and worried about an attack such as the one that occurred on Monday.

Apr 16
2013

Hindsight: The Perfect Science

Posted by Gregg Jacobsen in Untagged 

Gregg Jacobsen

In the wake of the horrific bombing in Boston yesterday, there have been no "claims of responsibility" by a terrorist group, but it is highly likely the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have a few in mind they "like for it."  So does everyone else, but from the viewpoint of our profession, a so-called "random act of violence," that is, one that's not expected in any way, is not easy to anticipate.  Why the Boston Marathon?  An easy target: open streets filled with potential victims.  But unlike many bombings, there was no "warning shot" - an anonymous caller saying "something bad is going to happen." 
Perhaps the only thing that could have helped was more "feet on the ground" - police and undercover law enforcement - keeping their eyes out for the person carrying a suitcase of backpack who casually sets it down near the sidewalk or curb amid the crowds near the finish line.  That might have helped, but then, that's just hindsight.  But if and when we do learn who the perpetrator(s) was, it still won't undo the mayhem, BUT we may learn more about how we might have been better prepared.  And that's a good thing.

Apr 12
2013

Mark Your Calendar For DRJ Fall World

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Fall World

Vicki Thomas

Can you tell that we're excited about DRJ Fall World 2013? Suppose two blog posts in less than a month is a hint that we're looking forward to Sept. 22-25 in the fine city of San Diego, California.

We've got a new website to go along with our new conference location. All good reasons to visit the DRJ Fall World 2013 website and get a head start on planning your conference sessions and visit to San Diego.

Mar 28
2013

What Makes a Great Recovery Plan?

Posted by Courtney Bowers in Business Continuity , Avalution Blogs

Courtney Bowers

By Glen Bricker, Avalution Consulting
Article originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Blog

The goal of any recovery plan, regardless of the size or nature of the organization, is to protect life, minimize damage from an event, and quickly resume the delivery of critical products and services to meet customer requirements.  How this is accomplished, however, not only depends on the nature of the organization, but also its customers, size and resources, and culture.  The objective is to build plans that are based on realistic requirements, fit within the organization’s culture, and remain cost effective and appropriate.  The remainder of this article will discuss these characteristics and how they are incorporated into recovery plans. 

Mar 27
2013

Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2013 are now launched

Posted by The BCI in Untagged 

The BCI

Monday 18th March saw the official launch of the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2013, the independent body of knowledge for good Business Continuity (BC) practice worldwide.  

The launch of GPG 2013 signifies a memorable event for BC professionals all around the world and marks a key milestone for the Business Continuity Institute (BCI).  Its release has met with great enthusiasm and has been applauded around the globe as a key tool in achieving organizational resilience.

Mar 25
2013

Choosing a Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution

Posted by Adnan Raja in Disaster Recovery , Cloud Server

Adnan Raja

The most distinct benefit of cloud computing is its inherent cost effectiveness. However, the cloud offers another advantage that is not so pronounced: disaster recovery.

Traditional hosting plans offer several options for a variety of disaster recovery needs, but these options still pale in comparison to those offered through cloud hosting. Since the physical servers are located in a very secure data center, information is kept safe—even during natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes.

Mar 22
2013

Announcing Fall World 2013

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Fall World

Vicki Thomas

Hot on the heels of the success of Spring World 2013, DRJ has announced the dates and location for its industry leading fall conference: Fall World 2013.

Fall World 2013 will be in San Diego, California from Sept. 22 - 25 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Mar 22
2013

Cyber Threats and Cyber Security – are they real and can they be managed?

Posted by The BCI in Untagged 

The BCI

My  topic of choice for today’s webinar listen-into was the one on Cyber Threats and Cyber Security by Brendan Byrne from IBM in which Brendan shared both IBM’s and other organizations experiences from the dark world of cyber threat.

According to a recent IBM survey, the biggest threat perceived by Business Continuity professionals is cyber-security.  Some of the challenges faced include BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) which is on the increase; the widespread use of social media with its pros and cons; workforce mobility and the increasing use of cloud-based solutions.

Mar 22
2013

How the Cloud is Helping Companies Maximize Profit

Posted by Adnan Raja in Cloud Server

Adnan Raja

The relocation of your company’s technical infrastructure to the cloud may appear to be a frightening one—every aspect of your technology will need to be adjusted to appropriately reflect its new location. However, there is good news: according to a recent article in CIO, more than half of businesses are moving their capabilities to the cloud, and the majority of these companies are noticing increased profit.

One of the core reasons cloud solutions save customers money is because companies no longer need to utilize resources such as manpower (and the salary to fuel this manpower) to keep their infrastructure running. A cloud server will practically run itself, since there is no complex architecture to maintain.