DRJ Fall 2019

Conference & Exhibit

Attend The #1 BC/DR Event!

Fall Journal

Volume 32, Issue 3

Full Contents Now Available!

DRJ Blogs

DRJ | The premiere resource for business continuity and disaster recovery

How A Lone Worker Safety Program Can Benefit Your Organization

How A Lone Worker Safety Program Can Benefit Your Organization

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog

 

Employee safety is a top concern for any organizationEmployers have a duty of care obligation to keep their people safe, and employees need peace of mind that their organization is not going to put them in harm’s way.

...

Hurricane Response and Recovery: The Role Businesses Play

Hurricane Response and Recovery: The Role Businesses Play

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog

 

All too often, lives are shattered unnecessarily because of poor working conditions and inadequate safety systems. Let me encourage everyone to join in promoting safety and health at work. It is not only sound economic policy, it is a basic human right.

...

How Hurricane Categories Can Help Businesses Prepare for Damage

How Hurricane Categories Can Help Businesses Prepare for Damage

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog


With hurricane season right around the corner, it’s never too early for businesses to start preparing for potential impact. The first line of defense in protecting your people and assets is understanding how a hurricane’s category level can help your business prepare for the worst.

But first, a quick history lesson:

...

4 Must-Have Emergency Notification Message Templates

4 Must-Have Emergency Notification Message Templates

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.


The definition of emergency is “a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.” The key word here is “unexpected.” You can’t predict emergencies–but you can still plan for them if you understand your most likely threats. One crucial part of this planning process is creating emergency notification message templates. After all, even if you don’t know the exact nature or time of the next threat, you can be sure that you will be communicating with your employees. Having emergency notification message templates saves you precious time and bandwidth which you can allocate to more pressing needs.

The same goes for any emergency response strategy. Not every situation is predictable, but it’s wise to assess your current risks and make plans on how you would respond. That plan starts with message templates. In this post we will talk about the four most important types of emergency notification message templates–and even give you access to a few templates that we have built.

...

Boeing 737MAX Issues Illuminate the Costs of Ill-Considered Risk

Boeing 737MAX Issues Illuminate the Costs of Ill-Considered Risk

We can see the importance of the role of the free press in this country and around the world when multiple publications are focused on the same topic, especially when the reporting is investigative in nature. Stories come and go in the news lifecycle – but a second crash of a Boeing 737MAX in less than five months, with a cumulative loss of 346 lives – have made this story unforgettable. Boeing’s story, as most Washington State residents know, is the story of aviation, from the firm’s beginnings in its William E. Boeing Red Barn, which is incorporated today as part of the The Museum of Flight, “the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world.” The museum shows and tells the story of where the planes we fly on today have come from.

I live in the city where Boeing is at once a source of economic fuel and community pride, a global competitor for a very expensive and well-made manufacturing product.   Boeing sells its fleets of airplanes designed by its own engineers to airlines around the world, but also to governments, including our own. Over the years, as both costs and competition has increased, the company has become methodical in making decisions that cut costs yet maintain quality. Though it has moved its corporate headquarters to Chicago and opened other manufacturing plants, its major engineering and production facilities are directly north and south of Seattle, supported by strong engineering and machinists’ unions as well as third party contractors.

...

Double or Nothing: Replication Versus Backups

Double or Nothing: Replication Versus Backups

Originally posted by Navisite

The backup strategy used by most businesses has grown organically. In the early days, the systems administrator would manually copy key files to removable media. Initially a stack of floppy disks would have been adequate. Over time, corporate storage capacity grew and the removable media followed – floppies were replaced by high capacity tapes and hard drives.

Back When Point-in-Time Backups Were Adequate

...

Disaster Recovery: what happens when it all goes down

Disaster Recovery: what happens when it all goes down

Originally posted by Navisite

The beauty of a well-designed disaster recovery plan and designated solution(s) is that initiation of failover and recovery should be largely automated. By reducing the need for human intervention, the data recovery protocol takes care of failover, freeing your in-house IT team to troubleshoot and repair the root cause of the outage.

But what actually happens between the detection of a disaster and the resumption of normal service? The exact details - including timelines - will differ from business to business for infrastructure reasons, but the basic workflow looks like this:

...

The best tools for the job: Replication

The best tools for the job: Replication

Originally posted by Navisite

If traditional backup methods have taught us anything, it is the importance of resilience and redundancy. Reducing the points of potential failure during backup and recovery are essential to preventing data loss and ensuring business continuity – which led to the introduction of grandfather-father-son media rotation.

As information has become even more important to operations, data replication has taken availability to the next level. Maintaining geographically disparate live systems further reduces potential points of failure – and downtime in an event.

...

11 Reasons Your Organisation Needs a Data Replication Solution

11 Reasons Your Organisation Needs a Data Replication Solution

Originally posted by Navisite

Some businesses assume that a robust backup regimen is enough to keep their business running in the event of a disaster. These same organisations often believe that data replication systems are too complex, expensive or simply beyond their requirements.

Fortunately, all three of these beliefs are wrong – here are 11 reasons why every business needs a data replication solution:

...

Making the Connection between Business and Business Continuity

Making the Connection between Business and Business Continuity

Broadly speaking, “culture” refers to the attitudes and behaviors of a group of people. It is the way people habitually conduct themselves on a day-to-day basis. Moving from the general to the specific, a business continuity management culture can be defined as people’s all-in commitment to develop and continue to improve business processes and strategies in ways that are aligned with the reality of continuity risk. In such an environment, everybody in the company is pulling together to achieve a common end: the resilience – and therefore the success – of the organization.

If you want to create a business continuity culture that engages every person, you have to put it terms that people can identify and align with. The most effective method is to connect business continuity to what your firm is selling. To do so, spend time answering the following questions:

  • What are the characteristics of the industry you are part of? E.g., manufacturing, retail, energy, healthcare, software, services, finance, government.
  • What are you selling? Is it a product or service? Does it require a large or small monetary investment by the client? Does it represent a short- or a long-term commitment by the client?
  • Who are you selling to? What are the demographic characteristics of your target market? What are their pain points? What motivates them?
  • What is the sales model? Do you rely on advertising? Networking? Online or brick-and-mortar sales? What are the various steps in the sales cycle?
  • What retains clients? What generates a great customer experience? What keeps clients coming back for more?

...

Resiliency in a Hybrid Platform, Multi-Cloud World

Resiliency in a Hybrid Platform, Multi-Cloud World

Companies today have already or are considering incorporating Cloud capabilities into their current enterprise architectures. Starting with an existing on-premise design that utilizes traditional processing methods and cross platform technologies, many firms are expanding these footprints to include local private and remote public cloud services. This presents a challenge when considering how to adequately implement an end to end resiliency strategy to ensure continuous protection while retaining high levels of availability to achieve business expectations.

Key to addressing this challenge is determining how the actual Hybrid Platform, Multi-Cloud design will be delivered, and what impact it will have on existing resiliency programs (Hybrid Platform, Multi-Cloud being defined as a Hybrid IT design leveraging numerous platforms that can be combined with Multiple Cloud infrastructures for additional capacity and scalability). Areas of focus that need to be taken into consideration and closely coordinated include technology implications, application level recovery, multi-site network connectivity options, and the use of a single orchestration engine to continuously monitor, manage, and deliver the execution and maintenance of the program.

The evolving landscape for a Hybrid Platform, Multi-Cloud design most often starts with a view of the existing technology and infrastructure being used to deliver IT and Business services. For most Enterprise clients this begins with somewhat of a closed ecosystem, whereby processing is contained to a single site or campus using more traditional technologies such as mainframe and/or midrange computing platforms that communicate locally with INTEL based server capacities in a physical or virtual state.

...

5 Benefits of Cloud DR Solutions

5 Benefits of Cloud DR Solutions

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Cloud DR (disaster recovery), also known as DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) puts a twist on traditional DR practices so that organizations can achieve greater cost savings while also achieving more security and reliability in the wake of disaster. Traditional site-to-site data replication has inherent expenses that cloud DR solutions bypass, including the upfront costs of building out a geographically redundantdata repository some 500 miles away. 

Keeping your business online in the wake of disaster, whether that be a human-caused, natural, or cyber disaster, is crucial to avoiding costly downtime. And while disaster recovery should be a comprehensive plan that accounts for people just as much as data, cloud-based DR alleviates the stress associated with the data and network side of your DR plan.  

...

The Best Disaster Recovery Solution for Small Businesses

The Best Disaster Recovery Solution for Small Businesses

There is more to a disaster recovery plan than justhaving some backup software and runninga backup. Your best solution is going toinclude a local backup device orappliance. This is completelyseparate from just a hard drive to store backup data on.

The backup and disaster recovery solution is going to take a complete backup of youryour server on defined schedule. This happen automatically without you having to do anything to make surethat backup happens on a daily basis.

The backup and recovery solution is going to maintain complete backups for X number of days at your local office separate from your server. The X number means whatever number of days your industry recommends or you're comfortable with or your IT guy is comfortable with. It is going to report to you the success or failure of the backup job by email or to your office manager or to your IT guy.

...

Disaster Recovery vs. Backup: What You Need to Know

Disaster Recovery vs. Backup: What You Need to Know

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

We often hear about the importance of disaster recovery and backup to the success of our businesses. Often lumped together under the umbrella "BDR", backup and disaster recovery are mentioned so much in the IT industry that they seem to be more like buzz words than actual business solutions. For this reason, backup and DR have become heavily associated terms, sometimes used interchangeably.

In the midst of all of this jargon and confusion, the crucial thing to understand is that backup and DR are NOT one in the same, but two separate concepts. These two concepts are, however, both important to include in your business strategy. For the purpose of creating two plans (one for backup and one for DR) you will first need to understand the difference between the two.

...

How to Implement an Effective Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution in 10 Steps

How to Implement an Effective Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution in 10 Steps

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Disaster Recovery is one of the most important solutions that businesses deploy. Not only does DR help to protect your data, it keeps your business operational in the event of an attack. Traditionally, DR solutions have been costly and time consuming to implement. However, with the emergence of cloud-based DR servicesor disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), companies can deploy solutions fast.

But let's take a step back here. Before you begin implementing a disaster recovery solution, cloud-based or otherwise, your company should undertake an immense planning and consideration process, in which you evaluate your current IT environment. During this process, It is important to understand what your DR goals are and what sort of solution will help you to achieve them. Let us explore the steps of the DR planning process that lead to implementation, and the steps that come after. 

...

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Cloud-Based DR

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Cloud-Based DR

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Selecting the right disaster recovery solution for your business can be a trying task. With data security and recovery such an important part of your business's continuity, DR is not something to take lightly. This decision involves many factors. When we consider the most important factors of DR - recovery, security and redundancy- it is not difficult to understand why many companies are making the shift to the cloud. In addition to the numerous benefits of deploying a cloud-based solution, cloud DR (disaster recovery as a Service or DRaaS) offers users specific advantages over alternative solutions. 

1. Legacy DR doesn't cut it

Legacy BDR solutions are often complex andassembled from a variety of vendors, making them slow and difficult to manage. Cloud solutions, on the other hand, work tosimplify the backup and DR process with set it and forget it backup methods. You no longer need to manage multiple vendors and multiple backup cycles. 

...

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. 

...

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:

...

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

...

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.

...