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Originally posted on Rentsys Recovery Services’ blog.

According to Accenture's 2013 Global Risk Study, regulatory requirements rank as a top-five risk category for financial, government, insurance and other industries. In fact, 30 percent more companies plan to increase their compliance efficiency.

The rising concern with compliance stems from both changes in legislation (such as Basel III and Dodd-Frank) and tighter corporate governance requirements.

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Business Continuity methodologies have been around for decades. Business processes, technology, culture, markets, media and communication have all changed – yet BCM is still virtually the same.It shouldn’t surprise anyone that ‘Selling BCM to the C-Suite” is a problem of epidemic proportions.

Executives see little – if any – value in current BCM methods and plans.Auditors have progressed beyond accepting BIA compilations and door-stopperBCPs as evidence of BCM compliance.They have a new yardstick: ‘stress-testing’ your ability to respond to disruptions & resume operationsagainst all odds. They are questioning your organization’s ability to continue to deliver critical products & services following any interruption.That’s the new raison d’êtreof BCM programs. And as an industry, we’ve been failing to meet that objective.

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The purpose of anIncident Readiness Programis to enhance the ability to respond effectively toanybusiness disruption and restore those assets (Business Processes, facilities, technology, suppliers and people) that are critical to the delivery of that organization’s Products & Services.

The Planning Phase of the program enables the organization to identify the critical assets at risk, prioritize the resumption of business processes, map dependencies necessary for effective response & recovery, and develop actionable plans. Testing and exercises should be designed to find the gaps in recovering those critical assets – both strategic and operational. The Incident Management component of the program establishes the organizational structures and tools for command, control and communication during a disruptive incident.

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

I like writing. I like reading too, although with everything else vying for my attention, I don’t get nearly enough time to read for pleasure.

On the writing front, I blog when I can, although not as often as I’d like, I write my "Tip of the Month", the odd article here and there and I have a couple of books to my name so far – just in case you didn’t know, and in a blatant and shameless piece of self-promotion, they’re called "Practical Business Continuity Management" and "Risk Management Simplified", available from www.practicalbcm.co.uk and www.rmsimplified.co.uk or from your favourite online bookstore! I also write newsletters, match reports and website content for my hockey club and, of course, there are various reports and the interminable e-mail treadmill that we all have to contend with.

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By Ross Ladley, Avalution Consulting
Originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Business Continuity Blog

Business continuity is an often talked about risk management practice, especially with what appears to be an ever increasing number of serious disasters, including Superstorm Sandy, the California wildfires, and the Japanese Tsunami – and that’s only natural disasters! Disruptive incidents can stem from major events such as these, but they can also originate from events that are far less visible and widespread, including sprinkler malfunctions, power outages, supply shortages, and an IT disruption.

This perspective discusses why organizations make the decision – or should make the decision – to invest in business continuity planning.

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It’s been an extraordinary month, with scenarios that include missing planes; another round of deaths at Fort Hood just as the report on lessons learned in the Washington Shipyard was released; a Supreme Court decision that makes us wonder if the justices believe that free speech is the same as money; and, right in our backyard, a devastating mudslide from which all the bodies still have not been removed.

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Change Management is often times the most overlooked aspect when it comes to Disaster Recovery. Not only does it not get enough attention, but we often times forget that building a recovery footprint is just as important as maintaining it. 

Has your server been operational in sync with the production environment? Have all the new production changes been replicated over to the DR? How can you be assured that your applications are still functioning? 

It is critical for members of the DR/BCP teams to reside on the change control board. This would allow for resiliency teams to screen all changes proposed to go into production for tasks associated with the recovery footprint. If the change must be implemented, usually a DR team member notifies the change management group with the appropriate information. However, with the recent changes in Remedy and ServiceNow, it is made fairly simple. Adding a button to flag the proposed change for DR deployment will not cost a lot for your company. However, the return on investment is a good night's sleep that your footprint is well maintained and ready to go. 

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After tsunamis, protests, hurricanes and wildfires, it would be expected that very few management teams would be unaware of their company’s vulnerability to disruptions like civil unrest and extreme weather.

Unfortunately a survey released by the APQC (American Productivity & Quality Center) last year revealed that may not be the case and past their Tier 1 suppliers, they have very little visibility. It’s a matter of transparency (or lack thereof). Let’s take a closer look at the data and figure out why and how ISO 22301 can increase transparency and help increase awareness leading to better decision making and preparedness. (APQC, 2013)

The overwhelming majority of respondents reported that their organization’s leaders were concerned to extremely concerned about:

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Two months to the day before the start of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season and right on schedule a variety of seasonal outlooks have come out in the last few weeks.  I’m not a meteorologist but I worked in the global corporate meteorology industry for 22 years so I know how much effort, research and dedication goes into the production of a well thought-out seasonal forecast.  And the how much is a LOT.

The primary components of a seasonal forecast are to review the current environmental setup factors and then carefully compare them with similarly behaved seasons over the last 80 to 100 years in order to come up with what are called analog years.  Occasionally a sexy new predictive model comes out and from what I observed the seasonal outlooks are sometimes tweaked or otherwise weighted one way or another depending on how much faith is put into the newer models.  The shorter, less geeky version of this is that loads of passionate devotion go into the outlooks, not to mention lots and lots of discussion and sharing of experience.  There is screaming.  People throw things.

And sometimes, more often than not, the outlooks are fairly accurate.  The skill of meteorologists and the accuracy of the science have increased dramatically in the last 20 years, even in the last 5 years.  But nature is nature and those of us in hurricane country remember last year, which was predicted to be the hairiest, scariest hurricane season in decades.  Do you remember any storm names from last year?  Neither do I.  And I’m a weather geek.

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By Eric Thompson, solutions architect for Rentsys Recovery Services, Inc. Originally posted on Rentsys Recovery Services' blog

Today, almost every newspaper or tech magazine you pick up is either singing the praises of the cloud or pointing out its shortcomings. The challenge is transitioning from talking about cloud to actually implementing a cloud-based solution so you can judge its usefulness for yourself. 

If you're ready to take the cloud plunge, follow these three steps to be best prepared. 

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Originally posted on Rentsys Recovery Services' blog

Earlier this year, the Disaster Recovery Preparedness (DRP) Council released the results of an annual benchmark survey that graded businesses worldwide on their state of DR preparedness using a scale of A (best) to F (worst). The report revealed some disturbing news: 3 in 4 companies are at risk due to incomplete or nonexistent disaster recovery plans. Fortunately, the DRP Council offered this nugget of encouragement: We're starting to identify DR best practices. Specifically, the survey results showed that businesses that scored an A or B had three things in common:

  • They built detailed DR plans.
  • They defined specific DR metrics for RTOs and RPOs.
  • They tested DR plans more frequently. 

The report is very clear that these goals are key to being a good student of DR preparedness. Now let's take a look at what solutions you can use to get a passing grade on your business's DR plan. 

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In a little over a week we'll be getting together in Orlando, Florida for our 50th conference! This is pretty amazing and it's hard to believe how quickly the time has gone. It seems that in no time at all, we went from planning Spring World to now double-checking our to do lists and making some last minute arrangements. 

We're super excited about this conference. Not only is it our 50th conference but we have some excellent speakers and industry experts all coming together to help all of us learn about the latest in the industry.

If you've registered - we're looking forward to seeing you on March 30. Don't forget about our Sunday evening welcome reception. This is a chance to mingle with your  peers and to meet new folks. After your first full-day on Monday, be sure to attend the hospitality night hosted by XMatters - enjoy some refreshments and unwind in a relaxing atmosphere.

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By Michael Bratton, Avalution Consulting
Originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Business Continuity Blog

So you’ve just completed your business impact analysis (BIA) – identifying recovery time objectives for a variety of processes and functions throughout your organization and captured the names of applications and systems that business owners state they just can’t live without. In addition, the IT department heard you were conducting a BIA and mentioned on a few different occasions that they were excited to see what the final results would be to help with their planning. You’ve taken all the applications and their reported recovery time and recovery point objectives and crammed them into a very lengthy spreadsheet, and then the inevitable happens… you realize that everything you have collected is a huge mess.

But, don’t worry, this is a common issue! This perspective will explore the process of taking that seemingly disorganized pile of data and organizing it into something that can be utilized by IT disaster recovery planners to help meet continuity goals. So, let’s get started!

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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.

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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!

Registration Discount

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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).

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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...)

Pre-Conference Courses

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