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Why You Need A Scenario-Based Business Continuity Strategy

Why You Need A Scenario-Based Business Continuity Strategy

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

For businesses, it can be easy to get a kind of tunnel vision – focusing on specific risks instead of creating a broader, more scenario-based approach.

For many businesses, they may know their top two or three risks. It could be hurricanes or wildfires, or even cyber threats or active shooters. But just like markets change, so do a company’s risks.

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How To Conduct A Fire Drill at Work

How To Conduct A Fire Drill at Work

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

No one expects to have a fire or other disaster at work, but they happen every day in office buildings across the country. We like to think of our workplaces as predictable outposts full of copiers, Keurig machines, and maybe a few too many meetings. But the truth is that when a fire breaks out, employees’ lives can be on the line. You and your company's leaders need to be familiar with how to conduct a fire drill at work. By scheduling regular fire drills, your company can plan for a potential fire and prepare employees to exit the building safely.

Why fire drills at work are important

The National Fire Protection Association reports that there were an average of 3,340 fires per year in U.S. office properties from 2007-2011. Armed with stats like this, your company would be wise to plan regular fire drills. In fact, many landlords and office management companies require this in their leases.

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Consolidation In The Emergency Notification System Market

Consolidation In The Emergency Notification System Market

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

In recent years, we’ve seen a large increase in the number of threats facing organizations around the world. Active shooter events are on the rise, hurricanes are causing more and more damage, and we are at a greater risk for experiencing a large-scale pandemic than ever before.

This increase in threats led to a wide-scale emphasis on emergency preparedness. Companies of all sizes started taking major steps to ensure their organization was prepared for any crisis, and their people were protected from any threat. As emergency notification systems (ENS) are a crucial component of any emergency preparedness plan, the ENS market experienced substantial growth. Eventually, the market supported over 50 mass notification system vendors.

Many emergency notification system vendors found themselves to be offering similar products, of similar quality, at similar price points. The competition began to drag down profit and many smaller vendors struggled to stay visible, so they started to consolidate.

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5 Steps To The Best Emergency Notification Software Implementation

5 Steps To The Best Emergency Notification Software Implementation

Originally published on the AlertMedia blog. 

The Key to Finding The Right Mass Notification Software Solution

Purchasing new enterprise software involves multiple steps including a needs assessment, budget allocation, vetting, contract negotiations, and finally, the purchase. However, determining if a potential solution is the right fit goes beyond requirements and budget. You may have the best emergency notification software but without proper implementation you might as well be using tin cans and string. One of the biggest indicators of viability is how easy the software is to implement. No matter how sleek the solution, if it’s difficult to implement, it will impact adoption and ROI.

When choosing the best emergency notification software for your organization, a smooth implementation will ensure your investment is usable within days, if not hours. Follow these simple steps to gain peace of mind that the notification software you select will deliver its intended value.

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3 Post-Hurricane Safety Precautions for Facility Managers

3 Post-Hurricane Safety Precautions for Facility Managers

Originally published on the AlertMedia blog

When a hurricane strikes and everyone else is moving to higher ground, facilities managers are headed the other way—planning when they can return and assess the damage. Once the storm moves offshore or loses steam, they will likely be the first ones back to the office. No matter how well you've prepared your business for a hurricane, things will be chaotic. If you’re a facility manager, you need to be taking the correct post-hurricane safety precautions to ensure the property is ready for a safe re-entry so everyone can get back to work.

According to the American Meteorological Society, the U.S. faces more extreme weather events than any other country on the planet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) predicted that there will be 9-13 Atlantic named storms in 2018. That’s a lot of wind, water, and debris possibly headed straight to your facilities.

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Can Your Business Continuity Plan Survive Today’s New Threats?

Can Your Business Continuity Plan Survive Today’s New Threats?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Business continuity expert Bob Clark joins Danielle Ricci, Vice President of Marketing for AlertFind, to talk about how evolving threats – pandemics, cyber attacks and terrorism – are affecting today’s organizations.

In our upcoming webinar, he’ll discuss what companies need to know about these threats and how to adapt to a more agile approach to risk assessment.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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Business Continuity Risks: Trends in 2018

Business Continuity Risks: Trends in 2018

Business continuity threats vary depending on the circumstances that affect an organization. However, there are sevenemerging trends that pose continuity risks to businesses globally and across industries. According to business broker Cress V. Diglio, it is essential for business leaders to stay abreast and watch out for these corporate threats to avert possible disruptions in operations, losses, or, in the worst case scenario, business closure.

 

Below we list down seven emerging trends that businesses around the world should prepare for.

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The 7 Step Guide to Creating A Fire Evacuation Plan For Your Business

The 7 Step Guide to Creating A Fire Evacuation Plan For Your Business

This article first appeared on the AlertMedia blog

When a fire threatens your employees and business, chaos and confusion can reign.

Construction fires often move so quickly that workers are forced to do what they can to survive. When an office tower in Sydney, Australia caught fire earlier this year, construction workers on scaffolding had to scramble to safety when the exterior of the building was transformed into a wall of flames.

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Workplace Violence Statistics 2018: A Growing Problem

Workplace Violence Statistics 2018: A Growing Problem

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Workplace violence is one of the major causes of deathin the corporate world, second only to transportation. This growing issue can have very damaging effects on morale, reputation and revenue; making it something business have to address now.

Workplace violence is defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the worksite.

Violence has had a major impact on the workplace, accounting for about 9 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The National Safety Council reports that in 2016, 17% of workplace deaths were the result of violence.

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The True Impact of Wildfires on Business

The True Impact of Wildfires on Business

This article first appeared on the AlertMedia blog

Wildfire season is here and businesses have a lot at stake. The far-reaching impact of wildfires on business is astounding, but there are proactive steps a company can take.

The Devastation of Wildfires

In the hot, dry summer months, people have more to worry about than a sunburn. Wildfires can break out at any moment, putting homes and businesses at risk. Whether from a lightning strike, a fallen electrical pole, a cigarette, or a campfire; a single spark can quickly turn into a massive wildfire that can cause irreparable damage.

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CLIP: The Key to Cutting the Cost of a Crisis

CLIP: The Key to Cutting the Cost of a Crisis

Originally posted on Rentsys Recovery Services' blog.

 

Science fiction writer H.G. Wells said, The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow. Its true — think about how political cartoonists pounce on breaches and corporate scandals. If youre responsible for crisis management at your organization, however, the cost of a crisis is anything but funny. For example, if you experience a data breach, youre looking at an average total cost of $3.86 million, or $148 per stolen record. Whether youre facing a breach or a public relations fiasco, the key to reducing the cost of a crisis is CLIP:

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In an incident, put your best face forward!

In an incident, put your best face forward!

This post is a "Flashback Friday" post we did a little while ago.  The lessons are still valid, so we thought we'd share.  Enjoy!

 

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill is a horrible natural disaster that the area might never recover from.  This much is known.  Many people have asked why we haven’t written anything on our blog about it.  So why we aren’t using it when it comes to business interruptions?  The answer is simple; it is such a massive incident that most people can’t wrap their heads around it.  They think “we aren’t a petroleum company, so it doesn’t apply.”  While that is true, I was reading an article about how BP share prices have dropped for the second day in a row.  Half way down this article, there is a perfect Business Continuity piece that ties back to handling the media (for more info, see the articles here and here).  The following helps tie it all together:

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Selling Business Continuity Planning to the Modern C-Suite

Selling Business Continuity Planning to the Modern C-Suite

Originally posted on Rentsys Recovery Services' blog.

 

When talking about the benefits of business continuity planning, industry vendors and business continuity planners typically tout one overarching benefit: When affected by a business interruption, having a plan drastically increases your odds of preserving revenue and keeping your doors open.

We’ve talked before about how to get buy-in by presenting business continuity as a tool for business growth. However, it’s also important to get support from each individual member of the C-suite by speaking their language. Keep in mind, though, that each member of today’s C-suite has different priorities than they did a decade ago. To make a compelling case for the diverse benefits of business continuity, emphasize how it helps each executive meet their specific goals and alleviates their pain points.

Below you’ll learn about the major concerns each member of the C-suite is facing, as well as how you can position business continuity in a way that resonates with them.

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How Leading Companies Prepare for and Recover from Hurricanes

How Leading Companies Prepare for and Recover from Hurricanes

Originally published as on the AlertMedia blog.

 

In a typical year, the U.S. experiences 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. “Typical,” however, doesn’t describe our last season. In 2017, there were 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and six major hurricanes. The NOAA attributes the irregularity on “the lack of El Niño conditions in the equatorial Pacific, with La Niña conditions developing near the end of the season.” Experts don't expect the 2018 season to fare much better.

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Become An Emergency Preparedness Advocate For Your Organization

Become An Emergency Preparedness Advocate For Your Organization

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Emergency preparedness expert Daniella Miller joins Danielle Ricci, VP of Marketing for AlertFind, to discuss how she created a grassroots campaign to educate and promote personal preparedness at a Fortune 500 company.

In our upcoming webinar, she’ll discuss how she used Yammer to reach out to employees on every level of the company and the metrics she used to measure success as an emergency preparedness advocate.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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Inter Cloud Disaster Recovery

Inter Cloud Disaster Recovery

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

More and more IT organizations are looking at the cloud. There are a variety of reasons why organizations would move their Oracle databases to the cloud. Discover our team’s instructions here. One fear that I hear from many people when talking about the cloud is that they would be ‘locked in’. Vendor lock in is a real fear when talking about hardware, database software and applications. Each of these important pieces have their own challenges regarding ‘lock in’. But being locked into a cloud vendor seems to loom even larger. Many think of it as the Roach motel. You can check in but you can’t check out. With data being the lifeblood of the organization, this is a fear hard to overcome.

Let’s look at a few reasons why organizations fear vendor lock in within a cloud environment. The first reason that may come to mind is pricing. Companies may have been enticed to the cloud with the promise of lower prices. If you don’t sign a long-term contract, you may be hit with rising prices. Or you may not have achieved a significant cost saving in the cloud. If prices go up and you have no contingency plans, you may be stuck paying.img src="https://www.kingsbridgebcp.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/full-cloud-based-solution-300x144.png" srcset="https://www.kingsbridgebcp.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/full-cloud-based-solution-300x144.png 300w, /https://www.kingsbridgebcp.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/full-cloud-based-solution.png 497w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" style="box-sizing: border-box; vertical-align: middle; max-width: 100%; float: right; margin: 5px 0px 20px 20px; height: auto !important;">

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Securing Nutanix Infrastructure with Cloud Backup

Securing Nutanix Infrastructure with Cloud Backup

Nutanix delivers hyper-converged infrastructure which can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. The infrastructures facilitates the deployment of Virtual Machines (VMs) using Hyper-V, VMware or Acropolis hypervisors. The solution is pretty good for enterprise storage requirements but it does not protect enterprise workloads from data loss. Without a reliable backup strategy, organizations risk their important data despite having setup enterprise-level infrastructures. That’s why enterprises should deploy cloud backup to make their workloads data loss-proof.

Deploying Cloud Backup for Nutanix Hyper-converged Infrastructure

Nutanix hyper-converged infrastructure comes in two basic forms: on-premises infrastructure and cloud based infrastructure. Depending on the vendor, businesses can setup cloud backups for both kinds of infrastructures.

For the virtualization layer, Nutanix infrastructure can be setup with Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware or Acropolis hypervisors.

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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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