Counting the cost is the theme for BC Awareness Week this year. How do you do it?
Do you think there are benefits, or is BC just a cost centre?
Do you have an opinion on the subject?...
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Originally posted on Rentsys Recovery Services' blog.
Every year the William Mills Agency releases a Bankers As Buyers report containing essential information and statistics about the technology trends that are popular in the U.S. financial services industry.
In this year's report, we found three key takeaways that your firm should keep in mind as you update your 2014 disaster recovery (DR) plan.
We've been writing a lot lately about DRJ Spring World and it's easy to lose track of the details about our leading business continuity conference. So in this week's post, we're highlighting some of the DRJ Spring World features that we're pretty excited about.
Be sure to click on the links to get the full details on DRJ Spring World - we look forward to seeing you in a little over a month!
I love skiing. It’s right up there on my list of top ten favourite things (I’ll keep the other nine and their relative positions to myself for now, on the grounds that divulging them may incriminate me).
Are you looking to maximize your travel and learning budget? Are you trying to find extra ways to get some extra knowledge and advice from industry experts? Then look no further than the pre- and post-conference courses offered at DRJ Spring World 2014.
A couple of weeks ago we highlighted the BCI post-conference courses and in this post we'll take a closer look at our other additional learning opportunities. (Hint: you may want to send your colleagues and boss the link to this blog post so they can read about the great learning opportunities available...)
I was disappointed that there was only a passing mention to cybersecurity at the recent State of the Union Address. As a matter of fact if you took a bite of your popcorn at the wrong time you missed it.
I realize the president's address was focused mainly on the economy, but the biggest threat to our economy today is the lack of preparedness to identify, mitigate, detect and ward off a major cybersecurity attack.
Whether you’re new to business continuity, a seasoned expert or someone looking to increase their knowledge - you can definitely benefit from the DRJ Spring World pre- and post-conference courses.
These courses are taught by industry experts from the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and are designed to offer additional learning opportunities that build on what you will learn or have learned at DRJ Spring World....
In data recovery, why you need a plan “B” and to think of employees as family
Throughout the past week, I’ve spent a lot of time reading Disaster Recovery Journal. I’ve come to the conclusion that there is an entire culture centralized on recovering data in the case of emergency. There seems to be one very important thing missing in this culture…you.
Let’s say you are responsible for setting up the recovery plan for your company, and it’s your job to plan for the worse. You have a STORServer Backup Appliance protecting your environment, so you’re confident your data is safe and stored offsite in a vault....
Another big storm is bearing down on the East Coast -- so I thought I would post a link to FEMA's winter weather tips.
The building blocks of the tips for winter weather apply to those of us in other parts of the country as well.
If you keep a stash of extra batteries on hand, you're also likely to have created a family emergency plan and even perhaps to have 5-7 days of emergency food, medicine and other supplies on hand. If you haven't found the time to take care of those items yet, pick a day this next week and get after it! Once you've established the basics, it's a simple matter to check out the supplies once a year, replace anything that might have expired, and perhaps add a few more items to your stash labeled for emergencies.
Meanwhile, our thoughts go out to those on the East Coast, who've already gone through this once this month.
By Greg Marbais, Avalution Consulting
Originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Blog
Many organizations struggle to define the best method to meet business expectations regarding information technology (IT) recovery. ISO 27031 provides guidance to business continuity and IT disaster recovery professionals on how to plan for IT continuity and recovery as part of a more comprehensive business continuity management system (BCMS). The standard helps IT personnel identify the requirements for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and implement strategies to reduce the risk of disruption, as well as recognize, respond to and recover from a disruption to ICT.
ISO 27031 introduces a management systems approach to address ICT in support of a broader business continuity management system, as described in ISO 22301. ISO 27031 describes a management system for ICT readiness for business continuity (IRBC). An IRBC is a management system focused on IT disaster recovery. IRBC uses the same Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model as the business continuity management system described in ISO 22301. The objective of IRBC is to implement strategies that will reduce the risk of disruption to ICT services as well as respond to and recover from a disruption. Business continuity and IT professionals will find the use of the PDCA model very familiar but with necessary changes to support recoverability of ICT based on business requirements and expectations....
Our son was home from The University at Albany for two weeks in December to celebrate the holidays with us.
Now he's back in school experiencing this kind of weather.
|Albany, N.Y. snow shoveler|
And it's bitterly cold, with the wind expected to come up as well. For him and for others on the East Coast, I thought I would repeat some old advice on how to handle cold weather.
1. Stay indoors if possible.
2. If you do go out, expect delays with all forms of transportation -- assuming there is transportation available.
3. Dress with extra layers if you are outdoors -- here's where a winter hat and gloves, along with your boots come in quite handy.
4. Double check your emergency kit to be sure it has everything you need if the power goes out.
5. Keep all your electronic devices charged.
6. Set alerts to local emergency management officials so you have the most up to date information on conditions and when the weather will change. You'll also be able to find locations of warming centers or emergency shelters if you need them.
7. Especially if kids are out of school, ensure that you've a supply of board games and books, for children as well as adults.
8. Finally, "the best way out is always through." I believe it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said that many years ago, probably in the midst of a howling snowstorm, so cheer up. The end will soon be in sight, and you'll be even more determined to be prepared the next time Mother Nature has her way with you.
Yes, it's true, we're in the third week of January... As usual time is racing along and this means that it won't be long until the best in the industry are meeting at DRJ Spring World in Orlando, Florida. Maybe you've been thinking about attending DRJ Spring World or you just need to give your boss an extra nudge to get the approval - well, this post should help (actually there a lot of posts about DRJ Spring World that will help!).
In this week's post we take a closer look at the break-out tracks offered on Monday and Tuesday and at the Solutions Track offered on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday Solutions Track...
Happy New Year! We're only a few days into 2014 but so far it has been a very interesting year - particularly when it comes to the weather.... If you're in Canada or on the East Coast, you're likely bundled up under layers of blankets and are driving rather cautiously. The winter weather hits us every year, and it seems like each year we're all a bit shocked with the volume of snow and the freezer-like temperatures...
So what does this cold weather talk have to do with DRJ Spring World? Well, perhaps spending some time planning what you'll be doing from March 30-April 2 will make the shovelling a bit easier to take... Forget about the cold weather and think about how nice it will be to be networking with colleagues in the warm weather of Orlando, Florida...
Exactly, DRJ Spring World 2014 is your break from the cold and the routine. Our 50th conference is a chance for you to meet with industry experts, to learn from the best in the DR/BC field and to develop your professional expertise....
By Andy Osborne, Consultancy Director at Acumen
Once upon a time there was a senior manager called Rudolph who, on top of his other responsibilities, was put in charge of the business continuity project. Rudolph was a busy chap with a lot on his plate – he didn’t have time for detail. And anyway, disasters never happen do they? Well, only to other people.
So rather than doing any proper analysis he leapt straight into writing a plan. In fairness, he also thought about the business continuity strategy - for about five minutes. Then he took out the cheapest contract he could find for some ship-in IT equipment and wrote some lovely looking plans based on a number of un-validated (and, as it happens, invalid) assumptions. It didn’t take him long at all really....
If you’re interested in business continuity, here’s a new book that might attract your attention: Becoming Resilient: The Definitive Guide to ISO 22301 Implementation. So, if you are looking for some tips on how to implement this standard, here’s a brief overview of my book.
Main focus of the book
My main goal for this book was to provide practical step-by-step guidelines for implementing ISO 22301 – on one hand, I knew I needed to cover all the in-depth details of such complex implementation, but on the other hand I wanted to avoid using specialized language that no one understands....
By Stacy Gardner, Avalution Consulting
Originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Blog
Most organizations that have experienced a crisis would likely agree that advance planning is critical to enabling an effective response. When a disaster impacts several sites simultaneously, it makes coordination even more chaotic, so the importance of a defined structure increases. Organizations with multiple facilities or sites, especially those within “at-risk” regions, should take proactive steps to prepare their organization for events that require a widespread and coordinated response. Specifically, these preparedness steps include enabling coordination, communication, and adherence to organizational policies in advance of a disaster to ensure all sites implement appropriate response procedures. This article summarizes best practices that help enable sites to work together and execute common, approved response strategies to minimize impact and reduce confusion.
Define Authorities and Expectations
In organizations with centralized policies effective across several sites or facilities, it is important to define specific response authorities and performance expectations within human resources or business continuity policies. Specific policy changes include defining which individuals have authority to close a site as well as closure critieria, such as a public authority emergency declaration. Organizations should define criteria by which individual site leaders can act independently, such as in situations where employees are at risk for an immediate threat, and when additional approval and oversight is necessary from an executive leadership team, such as in advance-warning events.
Effectively convincing senior management of the need for detailed, programmatic business continuity, even in this day and age, continues to be a major headache for too many BC professionals. Even in organizations where a dedicated position – or not as good but often sufficient part-time position – has been designated for the purpose, communicating the need for a detailed, rehearsed and constantly improving disaster backup plan is often difficult at best.
So here’s an easy way: tell them to give up their car insurance.
None of us needs car insurance. Not really. Leaving aside varying state requirements that drivers maintain liability insurance, if you’re reading this the chances are that you don’t really need auto insurance. At least not to replace your car. Think about it. If, on the way to lunch tomorrow, you had a wreck and your car was totaled, even if you didn’t have auto insurance the chances are excellent that you’d have a new car by tomorrow night. Sure, it would be a hassle and you might not be able to get the exact car you want but the fact is that you could get a new car without insurance and probably very quickly if you needed to. And even if you couldn’t, there are a number of readily available transportation options that you could easily and immediately adapt to....
On this snowy day (in most parts of Canada and the United States), it is helpful to look forward to spring and warmer less snowy days... In particular, lets take a closer look at DRJ Spring World taking place in Orlando, Florida from March 30-April 2.
As you likely know, networking is an integral part of business and there is no better place to do it than at DRJ Spring World. Our upcoming conference provides lots of opportunities for you to meet experts in disaster recovery and business continuity and to connect with those who can help you get ahead:
Along with networking, learning from your peers and industry experts is vital in staying up-to-date with latest trends, standards and approaches to disaster recovery and business continuity. We've got a full conference agenda for you that works for all experience levels and areas of interest....
Thanksgiving is the day we celebrate the day when Native Americans sat down with Pilgrims and ate together. For some of us, it's a better holiday than all the others combined because we reflect upon just how much we have to be thankful for.
|Team Rubicon in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti|
But there's no reason we can't recognize and celebrate unselfish work every day. Or any day. Those of you who read me on Facebook may know how much I admire the veterans' volunteer organization called Team Rubicon and the work that these volunteers do during disasters. They were early into both Haiti (above) and into both the Philippines (below) and into the devastation in Washington, Illinois.
Team Rubicon also sent teams to help with Hurricane Sandy's aftereffects. If you'd like to learn more about their efforts or support their work, here's their story....