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Jul 29
2014

Travel Risk Is High Right Now

Posted by Annie Searle in Advice From A Risk Detective

Annie Searle

It's not just that airplanes have been disappearing, or shot down, or that the infectious disease Ebola is out of control in parts of Africa, or that Tel Aviv travel was suspended by major airlines when shelling came too close to the airport . Travel risk has always been an issue for corporations whose employees are spread round the globe.  In this morning's New York Times article, Joe Sharkey goes inside a gathering of corporate travel managers to better understand their concerns, including legal and ethical risks, given the last week or so of travel events.

 

Jul 28
2014

DRJ Fall World: Learning and Networking

Posted by Vicki Thomas in Fall World

Vicki Thomas

Some conferences are known for the learning component. Others have a reputation as being great for networking. What sets DRJ Fall World (and Spring World) apart from these conferences, is that our conferences are widely recognized for both the learning and networking aspects.

We've designed our conference schedule to ensure that you can maximize your learning opportunities with sessions run by leaders in the industry who are recognized for their knowledge and their ability to teach and share information. To extend this learning and to foster strong networking we've arranged for ample opportunities for you to meet with industry experts, your peers and industry service providers to discuss issues/trends/themes within business continuity and disaster recovery. 

Jul 24
2014

DRJ Fall World: Register and Save!

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Fall World

Vicki Thomas

We don't really want to keep pointing out the date... but, July is almost over and August will be here very soon. To be more specific, August 7 will be here soon and if you want to save $100 on your DRJ Fall World registration, you need to register before August 7.

For those of you who have already registered and those of you who do register before August 7, your names will be entered in a draw to win a Kindle Fire HD. That's right, not only do you save on your conference registration and first choice at the sessions, but you also get the chance to win a prize! 

Jul 17
2014

Fall World 2014: The Countdown Is On!

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Fall World

Vicki Thomas

It might only be July, but you know how the summer is - the days seem to pass by very quickly and before you know it - it's September. This is why now is the time to download the DRJ Fall World Agenda and to take advantage of our registration savings. 

Our 51st conference will be held from September 7 - 10 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. We received such excellent feedback on this new venue that we've decided to return for a second year. This stunning hotel and conference center has all the amenities you need for a successful learning and networking experience at DRJ Fall World. Along with outstanding rooms, you'll discover the nearby restaurants, the salt water pool, and the perks of being close to the San Diego Embarcadero. We have arranged for a special room rate for conference attendees, so we recommend you book your room sooner than later to take advantage of this special pricing

Jul 10
2014

Seven deadly sins of business continuity plans

Posted by Lorna Leslie in Untagged 

Lorna Leslie

This week Charlie gives you some of the key things to avoid when writing your plans.

Last week I helped plan and deliver a workshop for the Scottish Continuity Group. The theme of the day was to give the delegates ideas of ways to improve their plans. Presentations were given on a number of aspects of planning - including short plans, using business continuity software, the army way of planning and different ways to set out your plans. I gave a talk at the beginning of the workshop to set the scene. It was entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins of Business Continuity Plans” and I thought I would share the main points with you.

Jul 01
2014

Hints and tips for ISO22301

Posted by Lorna Leslie in Untagged 

Lorna Leslie

Charlie giving some key hints and tips for ISO22301 certification.

 

Jun 24
2014

Commitments: The Foundation of Business Continuity

Posted by Christy Smith in Untagged 

Christy Smith

This post was originally published on the RES-Q™ Services Blog.

Jun 23
2014

More Advice From A Risk Detective

Posted by Annie Searle in Untagged 

Annie Searle

 I finished a new article on insider threats a couple of weeks ago.  You can find it on our website (www.anniesearle.com) in the Research section, under "Articles by Annie."

I am on my to New York City via Boston tomorrow morning.  I'll be participating again this year in the Global Risk Forum hosted at New York University.  The theme of the forum is regional resilience, against a variety of growing threats that even highly prepared organizations now have to monitor.  I've been asked to contribute remarks around how even resilient firms can up their game at this time.

Jun 18
2014

Assessing Your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Strategy

Posted by Alex Belyarchik in Business Continuity , BRP , BIA , BCP , BCM Professionals , Awareness , Advice From A Risk Detective

Alex Belyarchik
  • Identifying business processes
    • How critical are they to the business? 
    • What are the RTO's for them? 
    • What is the supply RTO for them from IT? 
    • Are they relying on the applications, or could be done manually in case of disaster? 
    • If there are gaps within Supply / Demand RTO --> negotiate with the Sr. Mgmt to either implement the changes or sign off on accepting the risk
  • Assess the potential external / internal risks for the company
    • What are the disruptions to the business? (i.e. natural disasters, flu pandemic, building not available, e.t.c.)
    • What are the internal risks? (i.e. access privilege violation, information theft, e.t.c.)
    • Create "Criticality Matrix" to assess the probability of each of the risks happening to an organization. This could be on a High/Medium/Low basis
  • Review all DR/BCP Plans
    • Start off with the Tier 1's critical applications and go down the list
      • Conduct plan review called "Tabletop" with plan builder to review and update the document
      • Then conduct "Walkthru" with the plan builder presenting the plan in front of all stakeholders. You can also invite internal/external audit to assess the process
      • Conduct a functional test 
  • Vendor management
    • How often were the vendors reviewed? 
    • How often are the vendors visited? Top 10 critical vendors must be visited on an annual basis. This could be merged with the Security Assessment. 
    • Obtain information on data center locations, disaster recovery tests, contact persons, as well as dates and times of the past and future tests
    • Record information within plans and ensure that each plan requiring vendor application to be available possesses this vendor information
  • Functional Testing
    • How often are the critical applications tested? 
    • Is the testing methodology aligned with the corporate goals? Are you getting service disruptions during the tests? 
    • How often are Tier 2,3,4 applications tested? 
    • Were multiple concurrent tests conducted at once? (e.x. testing 20 applications as a bundle in datacenter failover test). 
    • Review the Test Certifications to ensure they possess critical information, such as: test times, applications tested, hardware tested, issues are logged, resolutions are found, physical signatures of the testers are obtained, Sr. Mgmt approvals
Jun 12
2014

Business Continuity of your cloud based services

Posted by John DiMaria in Untagged 

John DiMaria

I read a lot of articles on the key benefits of the cloud, and how cloud computing can be used help to ensure business continuity and speed disaster recovery and in some cases the cloud services themselves can become a major component of the disaster recovery plan for on-site systems and services, but cloud services are not perfect, and while they sometimes offer redundancy and data protection, they can also lead to problems caused by updates or network failures.

Remember last year when a disruption at Amazon shut down Instagram, Vine, Airbnb And IFTTT?