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Top 5 Reasons a Disaster Recovery Plan Should Be an IT Priority

Top 5 Reasons a Disaster Recovery Plan Should Be an IT Priority

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Your IT department has plenty of things to accomplish every day that help keep your business running effectively. There are issues to troubleshoot, users to help, and equipment to install. In many cases, creating an effective disaster recovery plan is pushed to the bottom of your priority list. If you've been putting off preparing your disaster recovery plan; however, there are several reasons it should be made a top priority. 

1. Your disaster recovery plan lets you get back to doing business faster in the event of a natural disaster, data breach, or other disasters. Your employees lose as much as 78% of their productivity during an outage--not to mention all the business you're losing. By creating an effective disaster recovery plan, on the other hand, you'll get your business up and running again faster, which means less money lost. 

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Is Your Business Ready For Flu Season?

Is Your Business Ready For Flu Season?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Public health expert Meg Nash joins Danielle Ricci, Vice President of Marketing for AlertFind, to talk about how businesses can proactively prepare their businesses for flu season.

In our upcoming webinar, she’ll discuss what businesses can learn from last year’s severe flu season, what to expect this year and the best strategies that organizations can use to protect their employees and their operations.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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The 10 Key Benefits of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for Your Business

The 10 Key Benefits of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for Your Business

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

According to a recent study from Security Week, the loss of data for enterprise businesses has increased by more than 400% in just the past 2 years.  That same study indicated that business data loss through unanticipated disasters, both natural and man-made, is accelerating.  Unfortunately, many small and medium-size businesses incorrectly assume that their companies are not at risk, and that is potentially a big problem.

Many Businesses Are Unprepared

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Disaster Preparedness Checklist

Disaster Preparedness Checklist

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

It used to be that keeping your company safe and secure during a weather emergency or natural disaster was pretty straightforward. Knowing what to do in cases of an emergency like a fire or an earthquake, or a severe weather warning meant not much more than having an emergency evacuation plan in place. Nowadays, a different kind of security and safety protocol is what we're faced with, especially in the business sector. Issues surrounding cyber security and data breaches online, and a growing number of national disasters occurring throughout the world, have left businesses and companies facing new challenges and risks. Many find themselves unprepared or struggle to implement adequate system securities and safety protections.

Whether facing damage from a natural disaster or preparing for an unforeseen emergency like a sudden or prolonged power outage, having an effective plan in place can limit or prevent the impact of these types of occurrences. Yet, many companies still haven't implemented effective disaster recovery plans (DRPs) or find that many of the traditional solutions for these types of security concerns are too complicated and time-consuming, not to mention expensive to use.

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Disaster Recovery Planning: 5 Benefits for Your Business

Disaster Recovery Planning: 5 Benefits for Your Business

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

What would happen if your office burned down? If there was a flood? If your data was compromised by ransomware? Would your data survive? Could your company recover? Do you have a plan? CIOs are asked these questions every day and, often, these questions keep them up at night. Knowing that your company is protected in the event of a disaster is priceless. Especially when we know that a majority of companies that do not have disaster recovery plans will be put out of business when disaster strikes. Other than the obvious benefits of peace of mind and business continuity, having a disaster recovery plan in place will help your business immensely. Here are 5 ways that DR planning can benefit your business:

5. Employee Responsibility and Task Allocation

A DR plan is only as strong as the people executing it. For this reason, encouraging your employees to take part in the DR planning process will give them more investment in the company and the plan as a whole. It's good to know that if disaster strikes, employees will be on the same page and take the proper steps to handle it. Additionally, outlining specific roles and tasks for employees to undertake in a disaster situation helps to ensure a fast and effective recovery. Thus your business will incur less downtime and face less loss with an organized employee response.

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Terrorism: Understanding Its Business Impact

Terrorism: Understanding Its Business Impact

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Terrorism is one of three emerging risks that every organization needs to be prepared for. Although we often think of terrorism as a global threat, it also affects businesses. In order to be prepared for this threat, companies need to understand how it could affect their operation and make plans to mitigate that risk.

Organizations need to build their knowledge of terrorism to understand the risks they may face. The FBI defines terrorism as the “unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”

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The ROI of a Cloud-Based Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution

The ROI of a Cloud-Based Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

With the rise in ransomware, there's been a lot of chatter about the need for a disaster recovery plan. In some cases, cloud-based backup (BaaS) and disaster recovery (DRaaS) options seem like an expensive tool that may never have to be used. The reality, however, is that there is a high ROI for cloud-based backup and disaster recovery. While it can be difficult to calculate an exact number for the return on your investment, a basic understanding of the potential gains will help you determine whether or not a cloud backup option is the right choice for your organization.

Step 1: Evaluate the Current Cost of Your Data Backup Plan

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Top 10 Reasons to Move your Backup and Disaster Recovery to the Cloud

Top 10 Reasons to Move your Backup and Disaster Recovery to the Cloud

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

More and more enterprises have been making the shift to cloud technology for the breadth of benefits it offers. However, many companies are still struggling with developing a cloud strategy and identifying workloads to move to the cloud. One of the easiest cloud investments to make is backup and disaster recovery.

A low-cost investment and often easy to deploy, cloud-based backup and DR have a lot to offer companies of all sizes. Here are the top 10 reasons that you should move your BDR (Backup and Disaster Recovery) solutions to the cloud:

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[Infographic] Which States Have The Most Active Shooter Events?

[Infographic] Which States Have The Most Active Shooter Events?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

The number of active shooter events are on the rise, creating an epidemic in the United States. But not all states have the same incidence of attacks.

In our new infographic, you can see which states have had the most – and least – active shooter events over the past 10 years. You can also see where some of the most serious attacks have occurred, with the total number of fatalities and victims for each year.

Learning how your state has been affected by active shooter events is a key step to assessing your company’s potential risk. But even if your state has only had a few attacks, it doesn’t mean that it is immune from future threats.

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Common Issues with Legacy Backup and Disaster Recovery Strategies

Common Issues with Legacy Backup and Disaster Recovery Strategies

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Data is the lifeblood of every business. Companies are constantly utilizing data analytics to make decisions about product lines, operations improvements, and other crucial business choices. With data playing such a central role in day to day operations, it is no wonder that the protection of that data is a topic at the forefront of many CIOs minds. 

Traditionally, companies have taken a "universal" approach to data protection by applying one fail-safe solution to all of the company's data. However, the quantity of data that most companies store is growing at an alarming rate. With this exponential growth legacy data backup and disaster recovery solutions are no longer cutting it for data protection. 

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Devastating Man-Made Disasters the Require Recovery Planning

Devastating Man-Made Disasters the Require Recovery Planning

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

When it comes to disaster recovery planning, it is important to distinguish between natural disasters and man-made disasters. Though both types of disasters are unpredictable, man-made disasters (disasters due to human error or technological malfunctions) are avoidable. Identifying the types of man-made disasters that could impact your business takes superb critical thinking skills and foresight. To start, taking the time to identify areas of risk can be an advantage when implementing backup and disaster recovery.

City-wide Disasters

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Are We Near the Boiling Point?

Are We Near the Boiling Point?

Orginally posted online by Rainy Day Resilience.

Can crisis management and resilience disciplines help us better understand our contentious environment?

No matter what your political views are, the current news headlines can be depressing and overwhelming. The list of headwinds facing our nation seems to get longer and longer every day: 

mail bombs, hurricanes, opioid overdoses, wild fires, a failing public infrastructure, state and national deficits, student debt, fake news, homelessness, tariffs, mass shootings, income inequality, torrential rains, voter fraud, nationalism, nuclear weapons, aging population, decreased life expectancy, China, campaign financing, police shootings, healthcare costs, Brexit, human rights violations, cyber-attacks, sexual abuse scandals, Russia, immigration, antibiotic resistance, unrest in the Middle East, political tribalism, political extremists (on both sides), are just a few off the top of my head. 

"Cascade of crises"?

According to Judith Rodin, author of the Resilience Dividend, our world is being disrupted by three modern phenomena: urbanization, climate change, and globalization (1). Because these factors are so intertwined, we are now living in a complex system of systems. A disruption of one system often triggers another one, which then exacerbates the effects of the first. Thus, the original crisis becomes a cascade of crises. And, because we are using simple cause-and-effect logic for reacting to each crisis, we are treating symptoms and not actual root causes. This is highlighted by my list above, which are all symptoms and not root causes. 

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Leveraging Cloud storage for Backup and Disaster Recovery

Leveraging Cloud storage for Backup and Disaster Recovery

Cloud storage is made for backup and disaster recovery. Disaster recovery with the cloud can be done anywhere. It is location-independent because you can access disaster recovery data in the cloud from any site with an internet connection and a StoneFly cloud integrated storage appliance. Customers don't have to spend money on a recovery facility because cloud storageis the recovery facility and there is no need to provision special networks forreplication because a cloud connection is all you need.

Full backup and disaster recovery in the cloud

The problem with a full disaster recovery from the cloud is thenetwork performance of cloud storage. If you use cloud storage as a virtual tape device it will probably take you a lot longer than you thought to download the virtual tapes. If you're thinking it could take days you might need to check that again, it could take weeks. StoneFly has a cloud restoretechnology. You can leave the cold data in thecloud and only restore the data you need, in other words the working set data.

This is a huge time saver when you want tosave time. With StoneFly Hybrid enterprise cloud storage, cloud storage is a tier which means data is not downloaded and then restored it is simply accessed and added to the working set of your storage system. Recovery time objectives (RTO) are amazingly short.

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How to Develop a HIPAA-Compliant Disaster Strategy

How to Develop a HIPAA-Compliant Disaster Strategy

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Healthcare is well on the way to transitioning from paper to electronic documentation. It’s no secret. Most patients can now access health records and talk with doctors online. With the transition, strict regulation has also accompanied this increase in electronic storage and transmission of patient information for the healthcare industry. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010 further hastened this transition as electronic storage and documentation of patient records became a legal requirement and was no longer optional.

With so much patient information being stored electronically, it is essential that healthcare facilities have a disaster recovery strategy in the event that their network infrastructure is compromised. In addition to other kinds of disasters, the healthcare industry is a frequent target for ransomware attacks whereby patients' information is encrypted or corrupted This can render crucial patient data inaccessible to healthcare workers. In 2016, 88 percent of all ransomware attacks in the U.S. targeted the healthcare industry; this resulted in the compromise and loss of hundreds of thousands of patient records.

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Enhance Your Company's Disaster Response Strategy Using Hybrid Cloud

Enhance Your Company's Disaster Response Strategy Using Hybrid Cloud

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

A disaster recovery strategy is necessary for ensuring the integrity and availability of a company's data in the event of a disaster. A delay in data recovery after a disaster can lead to severe financial losses for the affected company; studies indicate that companies can lose anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million per hour following a data outage. With potential losses this high, it's essential that a company has a solid disaster recovery plan in place to restore data and minimize downtime after a disaster.

A key component of a good disaster recovery strategy is the establishment of secondary data backup sites. While organizations previously operated multiple data sites at disparate locations as part of their disaster response strategy, the current recommended trend is to use a hybrid cloud. In a study done by IDG, 56% of IT professionals maintained that the hybrid cloud enhanced their disaster recovery strategy.

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3 Questions to Ask Before Accepting Resiliency Responsibilities

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3 Questions to Ask Before Accepting Resiliency Responsibilities

Orginally posted online by Rainy Day Resilience.

Whether you’re applying for a new job or you’ve just been asked to make the company resilient, there are several questions you should consider before accepting resilience responsibilities.

Does Your Risk Assessment Include Pandemics, Cyber Attacks And Terrorism?

Does Your Risk Assessment Include Pandemics, Cyber Attacks And Terrorism?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Enhancements in technology, travel and communication have improved many companies’ efficiency, but have also enabled the spread of threats and malicious actors.

Emergency preparedness and business continuity managers need to ensure that they’re incorporating all existing and emerging risks in their organization’s risk assessments.

When planning, they need to look beyond their established risks and ensure that they’re adapting their business continuity plans to reflect these newly emerging risks – pandemics, cyber attacks and terrorism.

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Why Your Business Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan

Why Your Business Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan

You wouldn't buy a car without buying insurance, so why would you have a business without a disaster recovery plan? Disaster Recovery is crucial part of every company's IT strategy and without it, you open yourself up to the potential for catastrophic data loss. If that isnt enough of a reason to ensure your company has a plan in place, here are a few more:

Threats are Real

Threats to your business's data come in all shapes and sizes. From natural disasters to human error to cyber criminals. Today, Ransomware is a top cyber threat that is wreaking havoc on IT systems. Preventative measures can only go so far when a disaster actually strikes, and companies should have plans in place to get their systems back online quickly. 

The Cost of Downtime

Downtime can happen to any business, at any time, for any reason. For many companies, downtime means lost revenue. But the cost of downtime spans beyond monetary. Downtime can cost your business damage to its reputation and, as a result, loss of customers. In some cases, downtime can be life or death, like when a hospital experienced an extended outage of its Electronic Health Record. The longer you are offline, the more damage your company will experience. Having a disaster recovery plan in place helps businesses to outline parameters for getting back online while reducing the overall impact of downtime. This can include having a failover plan to get up and running through a secondary site. 

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Let Zombies Bring Your Emergency Preparedness Training To Life

Let Zombies Bring Your Emergency Preparedness Training To Life

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Business continuity and training expert Bob Clark joins Danielle Ricci, Vice President of Marketing for AlertFind, to talk about how organizations can overcome resistance and create more engaging emergency preparedness training with a series of zombie scenarios.

In our upcoming webinar, he’ll discuss how to use these scenarios in a variety of formats – walkthrough, tabletop and live events. He’ll help emergency preparedness professionals avoid common training pitfalls and create training that helps employees understand how to better protect themselves in a variety of situations.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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5 Ways to Prevent Human Error Disasters

5 Ways to Prevent Human Error Disasters

Human error isn't a rare occurrence. For example, in 2017 Amazon experienced an outage of its S3 servers due to a typo by an Amazon employee. Also in 2017, a British Airways engineer caused a data center outage resulting in the cancellation of 400+ flights. The Uptime Institute claims that 70% of data center outages are caused by human error. While human error is the most common culprit of data center downtime, it's also the most preventable.

Unfortunately, there is no one simple answer to completely eradicating human error from your business. Humans are bound to make mistakes, however; these mistakes should be accounted for and with the proper preparation, steps can be made to minimize human errors. This can ensure a more speedy recovery if one does occur. Check out these 5 tips for minimizing the occurrence and affects of human error on your business:

1. Train, Train, Train

A business is only as strong as its weakest link and that weak link shouldn't be your employees. Educating and training employees, tailored to their job-specific roles, will help to improve overall workplace competency and reduce the likelihood of human error. This is especially important for employees dealing with mission critical data and technology. In this case, consider developing criteria for employee certification and test employees on their knowledge.

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