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3-2-1 rule

3-2-1 rule

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

No not BLAST OFF!! Backup! Many of you have heard of the phrase before, when it comes to business continuity regarding your Oracle database. But I think it is one of those topics that is so important it needs another mention. Something that IT organizations should review every so often. The “3-2-1 rule” phrase is really quite simple.

3 Keep three copies of your data

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Big or Small? They are all disasters

Big or Small? They are all disasters

Big Disasters

When you think of disasters what do you think of?  Flood, massive power outage, fire, and pandemic are probably at the top of your list.  That’s ok, big disasters always grab the headlines.  In addition, there are all events that we can’t really control; the hurricanes are going to happen, the power does go out, fires happen sometimes due to human error, and health crises are still one of the large mysteries of life.  So for these events that may or may not happen, you understand the need to have a business continuity plan (BCP).  Since you’re reading this blog post, I assume you have such a BCP in place to keep your business working efficiently when “disaster” strikes.

Small Disasters

But what about small disasters?  Are they a lower risk to business’?  One that comes to mind and is in the news again – disrupted travel plans.  The impact from the April 13 eruption of a volcano on Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier was felt worldwide.  We all know someone, perhaps even you, who had to shuffle travel plans.  Or worse, were stranded in an airport with no chance of making it home or to that all-important business meeting.  For the first few days of airport closures, people were taking things in stride, you adjusted your meetings pushing them ahead a few days, convinced that you’d be on your way soon enough.

Then the delays continued.  Airports throughout Europe remain closed.  You or your business partners are trapped.  Slowly but surely, things are getting more stressful.  Meetings are canceled.  Potential business deals fall through.  There is only so much business you can conduct over Skype and with your laptop in an airport!

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Hurricane Season Is Here. Is Your Organization Ready?

Hurricane Season Is Here. Is Your Organization Ready?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Hurricane preparedness expert Joe Trainor joins Danielle Ricci, Sr. Director of Marketing for AlertFind, to discuss why organizations need to move beyond the typical advice and ask themselves a series of key questions when creating their hurricane preparedness plan.

In our upcoming webinar, he’ll discuss the role that organizations play in reviving their communities and the ways they can better support their employees during a major storm.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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How Communication Systems are Key to Hurricane Preparedness

How Communication Systems are Key to Hurricane Preparedness

Originally published on the AlertMedia blog.

 

Hurricanes are fast, furious and can last for days. Are you prepared to effectively and efficiently communicate with your employees before, during, and after one hits? The average life of a hurricane is nine days and it is most destructive during its first 12 hours onshore. As you think about preparing your business for a hurricane, you want to keep organizational communication top of mind to help mitigate losses and improve safety outcomes for your people

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Emergency Notification Systems For Healthcare Organizations: Emergency Alerting Tips

Emergency Notification Systems For Healthcare Organizations: Emergency Alerting Tips

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

As part of the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule, healthcare organizations need to be able to communicate with their personnel during an emergency. As part of their overall plan, many providers use an emergency notification system.

But just having an ENS isn’t enough. With a little time and some planning, healthcare organizations can improve their preparedness by creating prewritten alerts and using their ENS to target their communications to specific roles within their organization.

Why Is Communication So Important To The Emergency Preparedness Process?

Communication is one of the four pillars (along with assessing threats, setting policies and procedures and implementing training and exercises) of the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule.

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Suzi's Sticky Notes

Suzi's Sticky Notes

In my long career as a Business Continuity and Risk Management professional, I’ve had opportunities to learn the hard way that the smallest things can stop the forward progress of recovery.   While I have numerous examples, today’s article is about sticky notes, specifically Suzi’s.

The background of this lesson is: I held a recovery planning meeting with one of the teams from a global organization where we documented their checklist of options for responding to the building being unavailable with relocation required.   It was a straight forward conversation with their team leaders and one or two key staff.   We collected items they wanted stored offsite.   It was an accounting team, so they had extra check stock, backup signature stamp and a few forms needed if systems were down.   Nothing out of the ordinary. They assured me if we had something come up now, they would be ready to move and could get along well until systems were online. I was happy thinking they were prepared.

At a subsequent DR test for the accounting systems, we took the opportunity to have this team activate their business recovery plan for a day by working at a hot site.   It was scheduled ahead, communicated clearly and everything was moving along smoothly early in the day of the test. They set up their work areas, team members were briefed on what they needed to test as the system came back online and instructed they then needed to begin working from this location for the remainder of the day.   They tested their recovered data, finding all as it should’ve been, then started to process normal daily business.  

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How To Keep Your Cryptocurrency Wallets Safe

How To Keep Your Cryptocurrency Wallets Safe

There are many obstacles that first-timers to the cryptocurrency world face, and security is usually first on their list. Security of digital funds is one of the most serious fears in cryptocurrency markets.

Because of the decentralized nature of cryptocurrency, no entity can guarantee the protection of your funds, nor offer you compensation for any wrong handling or losses suffered by inadequate security measures.

It is important that cryptocurrency investors know the basic concept behind blockchain security and the correct handling of their funds. To help with this, IBA Group blockchain accountants have come up with some basic methods of blockchain security and the best way to protect yourself as well as your digital assets.

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Backups vs DisasterRecovery

Backups vs DisasterRecovery

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.

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 has a great blog about RMAN and its many uses.

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Beat Hurricane Season with Emergency Notification Templates

Beat Hurricane Season with Emergency Notification Templates

Originally published on the AlertMedia blog.

NOAA recently released their 2018 hurricane predictions and the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are expected to have a near- or above-normal season. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said, “The devastating hurricane season of 2017 demonstrated the necessity for prompt and accurate hurricane forecasts.” The same could be said about communications.

As businesses and organizations craft their hurricane preparedness plans, it is vital to business continuity and employee safety that hurricane communications are relevant and can be sent rapidly as conditions change. The fastest way to ensure every employee receives the right message at the right time is to utilize hurricane notification templates. Modern emergency communications solutions will provide templates that companies can send across all communication channels, including email, text, push notifications and phone calls.

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

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.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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How To Prepare Your Business For Hurricane Season

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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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