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Are Cyber Threats And Emergencies Separate Parts Of Your Alerting Strategy? Why You Need A Centralized Crisis Management Center

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Emergency preparedness and IT alerting expert Jeff Trask joins Danielle Ricci, Sr. Director of Marketing for AlertFind, to discuss the benefits of creating a unified alerting center for both emergency and IT notifications.

In our upcoming webinar, he’ll discuss how companies can use this approach to protect their business critical operations, decreasing their response time and ensuring they can immediately every employee.

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How To Prepare Your Business For Hurricane Season

Originally published as on the AlertMedia blog.

Researchers predict we’re in store for another rough hurricane season. If previous years have taught us anything, it’s that these storms can quickly evolve in ways we can’t anticipate. You may not be able to control when or where a storm hits, but you can ensure your business is ready when it happens.

We put together a quick guide to help you prepare your business for hurricane season, particularly if you work along coastal areas. Effective hurricane preparation keeps your people safe, your business running, and limits the danger to and losses for your entire organization.

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Are Your Healthcare Organization’s Emergency Communications Compliant With The CMS Rule?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Meg Nash, MPH, emergency preparedness expert and FEMA trainer, joins Danielle Ricci, Sr. Director of Marketing for AlertFind, to discuss what healthcare organizations need to know about the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule and how they can get the most from their emergency communications planning.

In our upcoming webinar,she’ll discuss how hospitals and other healthcare organizations can work together to create emergency preparedness plans to share resources and provide continuity of care for patients during an emergency.

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AlertMedia Recognized as One of Ten IoT Start-Ups to Watch

Originally posted on the AlertMedia blog.

We’re proud to announce that AlertMedia was recently named as one of the top 10 Internet-of-Things (IoT) start-ups to watch by Network World. The term “Internet-of-Things” refers to the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data.

Communication is the glue that ties all of the “things” together in the Internet-of-Things, so we have a very unique role to play. Many start-ups in this category might help these “things” communicate with each other, but AlertMedia takes the next step to help these things communicate with decision-makers and response teams.

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Backups vs. Disaster Recovery

Backups vs. Disaster Recovery

As Dbvisitors, we talk to a lot of people about Disaster Recovery.  At conferences, Oracle events, partner meetings and in day to day life, we end up talking about DR all the time. You might call it the world we live in. We often get asked about backups and people inquire if backups are ‘enough’. So let’s talk about it.

Backups! First I have to say that I love RMAN. I remember making scripts to do hot backups, cold backups, full backups, partial backups and having to work around schedules to get this all done. Then Oracle introduced Recovery Manager (RMAN), and each version kept getting better and better. It really simplified the job of the DBA, allowing us to concentrate on thinking about the big picture of backups vs the tedious task of backups. My colleague, Anton Els hasa great blog about RMAN and its many uses.

I recently learned of a great new feature in the Oracle Cloud,the Database Backup Service. You don’t have to learn anything! You just take the RMAN knowledge that you already have and with the Database Backup Service, the backups now point to the Oracle Cloud! This is a great way for you to keep multiple backups all in one area, safe and secure in another location and you can start your journey exploring the Oracle Cloud offerings.

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What Is a Standby Database?

What Is a Standby Database?

NOTE TO READER: This post is a post from guest blogger Chris Lawless, VP of Product Management at Dbvisit.

What Is a Standby Database?

I was recently asked that question on a call. I was taken back a bit because I thought surely ‘everybody knows that’. But it was a good reminder that we should not take ‘common knowledge’ for granted. Some people might be new to Oracle databases, others might know standby’s as a different term. I know that our Founder and Chairman, Arjen Visser, had a blog on this over five years ago. So I figured it is maybe time for a quick refresher.

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Why You Should (Still) Be Thinking About Disaster Recovery Right Now!

Why You Should (Still) Be Thinking About Disaster Recovery Right Now!

Let’s face it, DR – the business of disaster recovery planning – is not the most glamorous of topics in the I.T “universe”, and is often times treated as a poor cousin. But its reticence in speaking up for itself doesn’t make it any less important! There are forces at work ‘out there’ that threaten to jeopardize the carefully crafted structure and order of your business. So we need to be cognizant of this threat.

When thinking about disasters (if we think about them at all) we usually don’t imagine they will happen to us. These events happen to other people, in other countries. We naively expect that everything will be fine, and on this thread of hope carry on with business as if it will be.

Hope is not a strategy.

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What Can We Learn From This Year’s Severe Flu Season?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

The 2017-18 flu season was one of the most severe in recent years. There were nearly 152,000 reported cases of the flu recorded this season. More than 28,500 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported between Oct. 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. Additionally, the highest rate of hospitalization was among adults over the age of 65, followed by adults 50-64 years old.

This year, 160 deaths of children due to flu were reported, according to the CDC.

With all this information available, it’s critical for businesses to learn from the recent flu season. By defining and implementing best practices amid a pandemic like the flu, emergency preparedness managers can protect employees and maintain their companies’ resiliency.

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4 Benefits of Disaster Recovery in Cloud Computing

4 Benefits of Disaster Recovery in Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is taking the planet by storm. Many businesses are taking advantage of this low cost and easy-to-access option. However, the IT cost cuts and easy scalability is far from being the most important benefits of working in the cloud. The highly advantageous option is top-notch disaster recovery. Cloud computing is making the disaster recovery process easier, faster, and more cost-effective.

Using the cloud allows companies and individual users to create disaster recovery plans for their IT matters in just a fraction of the time it would take them otherwise. Disaster recovery in cloud computing has revolutionized the way we approach our data. Knowing that you have a fast and efficient disaster recovery plan behind your back, can help you make bolder and better profit-boosting decisions.

 

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Are changes needed in how we measure resiliency?

Cyber activity is on the rise, with more frequent and invasive attacks with serious implications coming at increasingly alarming rates. This influx of a new set of risks has created a significant challenge as to how we respond to an adverse event in a structured, managed, and measured way with respect to a company’s overall resiliency strategy.


The primary differences between a standard disaster recovery response and a cyber event can be categorized by how the incident is identified, how the data is protected, and how the response is handled. While the success of each is critical to maintaining business continuity, how each step is managed and delivered will ultimately be determined by the type of event and overall impact.

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Is Your Organization’s Social Media Creating - Or Solving - A Crisis? Expert Tips To Incorporate Social Media Into Your Emergency Communications

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Bob Clark, emergency preparedness expert and author, joins Danielle Ricci, Sr. Director of Marketing for AlertFind, to lead a discussion about the best strategies for incorporating social media into crisis communications.

In our upcoming webinar, he uses a variety of real-world examples to demonstrate how to use social media to address any number of crises – from plane crashes to operational issues. He shares the best practices to get the most from using social media in your organization’s overall emergency communications plan.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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How Does Blockchain Prevent Double Spending

How Does Blockchain Prevent Double Spending

 

Since bitcoin was created by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, many other digital currencies have been developed on the blockchain network. What Satoshi did was to critically address the problem of double spending when it came to bitcoin. In line with IBC Group, an industry leader in blockchain, more organizations and countries globally are embracing cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology in a big way.

Double spending explained

Whenever you buy groceries, using fiat money at the store, you have to give up a certain amount of money in exchange for the groceries. In short, you no longer have that money you used to buy your groceries. As such, you cannot spend it anywhere else in a different store to buy an item. This is how double spending is tackled when it comes to fiat money. In the case of digital currency, it works in a totally different way. There is no physical exchange of cash and services or goods which means double spending can become a problem. Luckily, Satoshi figured it out with bitcoin, with the help of the blockchain technology.

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Millennials and Business Continuity: Risks and Opportunities

Originally posted on Rentsys Recovery Services' blog.

Back in 2015, Pew Research found that millennials had surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. By next year, millennials are expected to meet a new milestone: the nation’s largest living generation in terms of population.

With that being the case, it’s time to think about how the rise of millennials in the workforce affects your business continuity strategy. Below we’ll explore the risks and opportunities this generation presents.

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crisis management

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(Un)Realistic Expectations

(Un)Realistic Expectations

I was having lunch on Friday with a friend who works at RIM (BlackBerry) and he made an interesting comment that I thought captures a lot of what the business world has become.  He said, “Everyone expects their email to work all the time. Even if they are a summer student, if their BlackBerry doesn’t work for 5 seconds… they freak out!”  I thought this was interesting on a couple levels.  First, I realize RIM makes the BlackBerry, but why does every summer student “need” a BlackBerry?  And second, has everyone’s expectations of systems/services gone up that much?

Let’s sit back and think about the above statement when it comes to your business.  Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning is based on getting critical services/systems back online as soon as possible to ensure the business suffers the least impact possible.  Increasingly we are seeing email/blackberry as part of this critical systems bucket.  Are you willing to make getting email back to your summer/intern employees a priority?  Or are you going to focus on more important business functions?

Understanding what is a critical system, who uses this critical system and how it “really” impacts your business is a must when developing a realistic plan.  The ability to triage your workload is the key to success when it comes to actually performing the recovery.

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Data Protection: Where does mirroring end and backup begin?

Data mirroring, snapshots and backup are technologies geared for data protection and data loss prevention. The purpose is the same, therefore the question whether we need all of them is completely justified.

It is true that data mirroring, snapshots and backups have the same purpose but they are not the same thing. This article attempts to draw a differentiating line between these technologies and explain their integral role in an efficient and reliable data protection strategy.

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Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery & Phoenix

Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery & Phoenix

NOTE TO READER: KingsBridge and Dbvisit have entered into a partnership with guest posts going to each others blog.  This post is from Chris Lawless, VP of Product Management.

I arrived in Phoenix in a bit of a haze having just come from India. I was here for the DRJ Fall conference. This was my first time at this conference and I was really interested to find out what it was like. It was a different kind of conference than what we normally attend. Dbvisit typically attends conferences that are largely Oracle focused or focused on integration, Big Data or similar. This one was all about Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Both of these topics are very important to business and the IT world, and to Dbvisit.

The event took place at the JW Marriott Desert Springs. There were three keynote speakers on Monday morning. Each of them were great in their own right. Paul Osincup lead off the morning talking about disaster recovery and burnout and how to cope with being told ‘no’ a lot. He had quite a lot of humor and anecdotes throughout his presentation. David Nolan from Fusion gave a great talk about not just having ‘a plan’ in the event of a disaster but being in control of your plan and program. He spoke about how to establish ‘Command and Control’ during a disaster and how you can be ready for disaster when it strikes.

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What Do Businesses Need To Do After An Active Shooter Event?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Once an active shooter event is resolved and the threat has been removed, your emergency response isn’t over. You need to consider the impact to both your organization and your employees.

While continuing business operations is a key concern, it’s about more than the bottom line. You need to make sure that you are addressing the post-event stressors that your employees will undoubtedly experience. This may impair their ability to return to work at the same mental, emotional and physical capacity they had before the event. That’s why employers need to build counseling into their preparedness plans.

Continuing Business Operations

It’s important to remember that your office has become a crime scene. Bullets were fired, people were injured and/or killed and even for those not directly involved, a negative and chaotic environment was created. This will certainly have a business impact and cause interruption – internally and externally. Depending on your business, you may have to allow extended time off and/or allow employees to work remotely, until you can find an alternate location or until your office can be repaired and reopened.

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Australian Investment Education

Australian Investment Education
https://australianinvestmenteducation.com.au/how-to-invest-in-shares/

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Active Shooters In 2018: Key Stats And Facts

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

In 2017, there were 29 active shooter events in the United States.

Such incidents can occur anywhere and at any time, which is why knowing some key active shooter statistics will help you better prepare your organization.

Active Shooters Vs. Mass Shooters

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined or populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.

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