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Feb 20
2014

Ski boots and celery

Posted by Andy Osborne in Business Continuity Plans , Business Continuity Planning , Awareness

Andy Osborne

By Andy Osborne, Acumen.  
Originally posted on Oz's Business Continuity Blog.

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).

Feb 10
2014

DRJ Spring World Pre-/Post-Conference Courses

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Spring World

Vicki Thomas

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...)

Jan 29
2014

Cybersecurity absent during the State of the Union Address

Posted by John DiMaria in Untagged 

John DiMaria

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.

Jan 27
2014

DRJ Spring World and The BCI

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Spring World , Business Continuity Institute

Vicki Thomas

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.

 

Jan 23
2014

In data recovery, why you need a plan “B” and to think of employees as family

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

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.

Jan 21
2014

Winter Weather Tips from FEMA

Posted by Annie Searle in Advice From A Risk Detective

Annie Searle

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.

Jan 08
2014

Using ISO 27031 to Guide IT Disaster Recovery Alignment with ISO 22301

Posted by Courtney Bowers in ISO 22301 , Disaster Recovery , Business Continuity , Avalution Blogs

Courtney Bowers

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.

Jan 07
2014

Mother Nature Shows Us Once Again Who Is In Charge

Posted by Annie Searle in Advice From A Risk Detective

Annie Searle

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.

Jan 06
2014

DRJ Spring World Up Close

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Spring World

Vicki Thomas

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.

Jan 03
2014

A Look At DRJ Spring World

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Spring World

Vicki Thomas

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...