Disaster Recovery Journal: Your session at Spring World 2013 is titled “Delivering IT Service Resiliency without Breaking the Bank.” Why is this session important to today’s business continuity professionals?
Jackson: Business continuity and disaster recovery are capabilities that protect a businesses’ critical assets, yet are often overlooked or de-prioritized due to financial constraints. In this session, Cisco will show how it is leveraging a capacity repurpose strategy to help change the financial conversation.
Disaster Recovery Journal: Your session covers resiliency strategies that ensure critical business services are always ‘on’ and have failover capability. What will attendees take away from this session and how can they implement it into their organization?
Jackson: 1) Business Continuity requires a financial investment. To ensure proper use of that investment, implement Business Continuity for those services most critical to your business. Cisco will share its Resiliency Strategy, a framework for identifying business criticality.
2) Disaster Recovery can be delivered efficiently by repurposing capacity from application development environments.
Disaster Recovery Journal: What are the benefits of having face-to-face training at a conference?
Jackson: The benefit of a face to face conference is networking. Typically the problems and challenges you are experiencing at your company are common to other companies. Being able to share those challenges and how you overcome them is where you see value at a conference.
Disaster Recovery Journal: How do disasters such as Hurricane Sandy affect the need for training for business continuity professionals?
Jackson: As a resident of North Carolina, I go into "hurricane preparedness" at least once and sometimes multiple times each hurricane season. So, I am very aware of the need for proper planning to prepare for a disaster. My personal business continuity planning has evolved each year based on actual experience from "hurricane alley". With each natural disaster, the limelight shines brighter on the need for BC training. Influencing organizations to keep the focus on that training is key.
Disaster Recovery Journal: What are some of the most challenging issues business continuity planners face and how can Spring World 2013 help with these?
Jackson: Lack of continuous commitment to BC from a corporation is the biggest challenge BC planners face. Unfortunately Mother Nature helps more than anything, with each natural disaster. Conferences such as Spring World 2013 are a great reminder of the value of BC planning and preparedness.