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Oct 15
2013

Welcome to the revolution: Data protection the easy way!

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in data protection disaster recovery , Data Protection

Jarrett F Potts

When did data protection get to be such a pain? We all know that data is growing quickly and that the types of data are constantly changing, but that doesn’t change the basics of storage management. The old rules still apply, leaving some IT professionals wondering what really has changed and how those changes affect their shop.

Oct 14
2013

Planning for Every Scenario is “for the Birds”

Posted by Courtney Bowers in Business Continuity , Avalution Blogs

Courtney Bowers

By Stacy Gardner, Avalution Consulting
Originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Blog

Why “Chicken Little” and “Black Swan” Planning is NOT the Way to Respond to Recent Catastrophic Events

Oct 11
2013

Earthquake planning

Posted by Annie Searle in Advice From A Risk Detective

Annie Searle

In yesterday's operational risk seminar that I teach at the University of Washington, our guest speaker was UW seismologist and information scientist Bill Steele.  In the first hour of class, he used a presentation he had recently made to state government on the development of an alert system that could mitigate certain types of public safety issues during an earthquake.  I've seen parts of the presentation before, and was struck again by the message that is driven home: disaster preparedness reduces costs over the long run.  And it may also reduce business interruption costs by as much as 20%.  Despite these facts, we are a long way from having an effective earthquake alert system in this state that could provide up to 3 minutes of warning before we felt the shock; and that could also be used to stop trains and elevators, and alert schools so that children could drop, cover and hold.

In our seminar the previous week,  I had talked about neuroscientist Tali Sharot's book, The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain.  For those of you who might be curious, I've included a link to her TED talk.

Oct 11
2013

12 Things NOT to Include in Your BCM / DR Plan

Posted by Alex Fullick in dr planning , DR Plan , Documentation , BCP , BCM

Alex Fullick

When disaster – or a crises – strikes, organizations must be able to refer to a plan to help guide them through the tasks they need to consider executing to respond, restore and recover, systems and operations. All to often when a BCM / DR plan is pulled off the shelf or printed from a file, one ends up with a document that is huge in nature and breadth though rather slim and small in usable content.

This is because many organization put everything they can think of into their BCM/DR plans, which more times that naught, overshadows the actual content needed to be followed; the stuff that provides the detail on what to do. A BCM / DR plan should be action oriented not full of irrelevant information; irrelevant at the time of disaster, not irrelevant to the overall program.

Oct 08
2013

8 TIPS for COMMUNICATING DURING A CRISIS

Posted by Alex Fullick in Tips , Responsibility , Leadership , Disaster Response , Crisis Management , Business Continuity Management

Alex Fullick

To most people a crisis is bad and for the most part, they’d probably be right. However, an organization can do good things when they are hit with a crisis; some may even say there is an opportunity. The situation itself might be bad enough but it it’s not being managed correctly or communications aren’t approached in a positive way, the crisis can be compounded because the media and the public will think there are more things being hidden by the organization.

If it seems that an organization isn’t prepared – through its communications and response actions – the media and public may start to go ‘hunting’ for more information and uncover other details of the organization that the organization may not want released. Not that they are bad examples on their own but compounded with the existing crisis they will seem larger and could create another crisis or even escalate the existing one. The organization will then be fighting more than one crisis on its hands.

Below are some tips for how to communicate during a crisis; some do’s and don’ts and tips for ensuring good communications when speaking to the media and the general public.

1. Lawyers Aren’t the Face of the Organization – This is one of the biggest mistakes organizations make when communicating with the media and public; they let their lawyers do the talking. Lawyers are good at what they do don’t get me wrong, they just aren’t the ‘face’ of the organization. Often they will speak in terms that the public either don’t understand or don’t want to hear. The public wants to hear what the situation is and what the organization is going to do about the crisis, not the legalities it’s taking to find blame (which is what the lawyers will be trying to do to wither minimize or remove the burden off the shoulders of the organization).



Oct 07
2013

50th DRJ Conference

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Spring World

Vicki Thomas

It's time to celebrate - in 2014 at DRJ Spring World we're celebrating our 50th conference!! DRJ Spring World 2014 promises to be our best yet and you can be confident that we're looking forward to learning, growing and celebrating with you.

While it might seem early to start thinking about your 2014 conference plans - we couldn't disagree more. Now is the best time to get started with mapping out and deciding on your education, networking and learning opportunities for 2014.

Oct 04
2013

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." -- Frederich Nietzsche

Posted by Annie Searle in Advice From A Risk Detective

Annie Searle

We might argue with any number of Nietzsche's philosophical tenants, but this statement seems to define not only the human condition but also the quality of resilience that we aspire to in the plans and programs we build around business continuity and disaster recovery.

Americans are not the only people tested sorely in the past several years by hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms, wildfires, floods, extreme heat or earthquakes.  Nor have we had to bear the triple scenario that included a magnitude 9 earthquake, a tsunami, and the failure of major nuclear power plants in Japan in 2011.  Debris from those events is still washing up on the coast of the State of Washington, where I live.  That series of events in Japan should lead all of us in business continuity and emergency management to reconsider the fundamental assumptions on which we make our plans, and ask "What really is the worst case, now that conditions on the Earth have changed so significantly from climate change?"  For there's no doubt that things have changed, even though our plans have probably not been dusted off more than once a year for a drill or exercise, rather than an actual fail-over for the technology components.

Sep 30
2013

Emergency Preparedness In Action

Posted by Vicki Thomas in Emergency Preparedness

Vicki Thomas

Nearly two weeks ago at 8:48 a.m. an OC Transpo bus collided with a Via Rail Train in the city of Ottawa, Ontario. Six people were killed and over thirty people were injured. These are the basic facts of this terrible collision. It will take months for Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigators to understand (as best they can) what might have caused the collision.

I live in Ottawa. This accident occurred a mere 1 mile from my house. I used to take a bus to work that crossed that very same level train crossing. It is so very hard to understand what happened and how this could have occurred. As can be expected, there was lots of speculation on what could have caused the crash - but the reality is we won't know anything for a very long time. 

Sep 17
2013

6 ways to secure your backup and archive data

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Security , Encryption

Jarrett F Potts

Data protection is important in today’s world, but at times people forget the simple steps that need to be taken to secure access to that data. As an afterthought, securing your data should be taken seriously. Below you will find six ways to secure your data and data protection solution.

Restrict access to clients

It may seem elementary, but securing the clients with a username and password is the first line of defense against hackers or people accessing your data who should not be. Adding a password to each laptop, server and workstation is not only important, but is also paramount when trying to secure your environment. There are different levels of passwords, and now systems even let you use patterns to secure access to clients.

Sep 16
2013

It's Almost DRJ Fall World Time!

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Fall World

Vicki Thomas

Time flies when you're  having fun and most of all - extremely busy!! Yes, it is that time - DRJ Fall World time. In less than a week, we'll be at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront getting ready to host and welcome you to DRJ Fall World.

To help you get the latest information on DRJ Fall World and to make sure you don't miss out on all the great sessions and activities planned for you in San Diego, take a look at these links: