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Veeam expands DRaaS chops with new features in upcoming Availability Suite enhancements

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Companies of all sizes are becoming dependent on IT for nearly every facet of their business, making disaster-recovery/business-continuity capabilities a critical need in protecting their future. Veeam’s Availability Platform is all about data and workload protection, as well as ensuring the availability of mission-critical services. The new features announced for this year combine even greater functionality with added orchestration and automation capabilities that will benefit both direct customers and service provider partners across the board. Not all the new features discussed at VeeamON are immediately available, but are expected to be released later this year.

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The BCM Professional's Playbook: Make Active Shooter Preparedness Part of Your BC Program

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Tragically, active shooter events are now 18 times more likely than workplace fires. This makes them a recognized hazard per OSHA. As your legal obligation to provide an environment safe against workplace violence continues to evolve, so should your best practices. By incorporating active shooter training into your existing Business Continuity program under the umbrella of life safety; you can guard against this growing threat with minimal disruption, fear, or employee angst. This playbook addresses regulatory concerns and legal obligations; know when to run, hide, or fight; how to build an effective active-shooter program; choosing the right trainer; and how to manage emergency communications effectively.

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Are You Prepared for an Active Shooter Incident?

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Active shooter incidents are increasing. Many organizations, including schools, businesses and events, have begun including protocols for the possibility of an active shooter situation. The statistics are disturbing. The FBI released a paper “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013” with the following metrics.

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Accounting for People 2.0

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With the advent of mobile technology and social media platforms, accounting for people has changed significantly in recent years. What was primarily a function of herding people to specific time zones in a parking lot or safe area has been transformed into a complex procedure providing detailed information in real time on employee/visitor locations, as well as their health and safety status. There are clear advantages to modern accounting for people practices; however, not all organizations are aware of the new methods and tools that can determine who is safe or not in a crisis situation.

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A Two-Pronged Approach to Locking Down IT Security

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Preventive measures are key to securing your organization's systems. But failure to establish a restorative strategy is a missed opportunity. A single security breach can cause shareholders to scurry, IT teams to scramble, and systerms to crash. But no greater is the disruption than to customer trust.

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Making DRaaS Work for You

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Disaster recovery (DR) planning has a reputation for being difficult and time consuming. Setting up alternate processing sites, procuring hardware, establishing data replication, and failover testing have been incredibly expensive undertakings. To top it all off, the need for 24.7.365 business application availability threatens to make disaster recovery planning an exercise in futility.

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Organizational Resilience: 7 Phases That Move You From Crisis Through Recovery

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In analyzing numerous crises over 30 years we have found that while each event is unique, typically all exhibit 7 common phases. This constitutes an essential roadmap for organizations in assessing their preparedness and determining necessary steps to effectively and expediently respond should a large-scale event affect their operations. In this white paper, we will walk you through a detailed account of each phase and provide areas to address in responding to the needs of human assets, such as employees, families and visitors, within an organization.

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The Challenges of Managing Vendor Risk Contingency Plans

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Organizations increasingly rely on critical, “Tier 1” vendors for essential products and services. This reliance increases their exposure to various types of risk, including regulatory risk, reputational risk, information security risk, and financial risk. Vendor Risk Management intersects with Business Continuity Management (BCM) and Operational Risk Management (ORM) where third-party vendors provide critical products, services, or have access to critical company information. This playbook explores how &ndash using established risk management and BCM/DR principles &ndash we can define a practice to manage vendor risk while addressing contingency and recovery capabilities.

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Evaluating and Applying Relevant BCM Standards

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Discover a better way to address key business continuity standards and guidelines that are so important for compliance and better continuity plans. Harness the power of the original BCP Genome™ to strengthen your own planning and compliance practices—whether you adopt its framework as is, or adapt its logic to create your own framework. Also, compare eight leading industry standards—ISO22301, FFIEC, NFPA, NIST, HIPAA, and more—to identify their strengths and gaps relative to program organization, management, training, and audit vs. emergency facilities or business and IT recovery.

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The BCM Professional's Playbook: Convergence of Business Continuity & Risk Management

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The demands placed upon Business Continuity, Risk Management, and Disaster Recovery professionals increase every day. As a result, organizations need to reassess their approach Business Continuity Management. If they don't, they'll get left behind, affected by continued adherence to outdated methods. The convergence of these disciplines is ongoing. Emerging regulations, frameworks, and standards place greater emphasis on risk management. As decision makers accept this evolution, Business Continuity increasingly becomes a subset of Risk Management. How the process is implemented—the value it brings a risk-based model—determines whether or not the process is a sound.

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Best Practices for Doing Enterprise Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery Right

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In the technology business for 30 years including a decade in cloud backup and disaster recovery, we’ve learned a few things along the way. Here are best practices to follow – and land mines to avoid.

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Crisis Communications: Seven Lessons Learned from Disaster Response Experiences

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When an organization experiences a disaster, whether man-made or natural, it can expect to receive hundreds, if not thousands of telephone inquiries. Having responded to large-scale, mass-casualty disasters, we have found that the only common thread between these events was that all affected individuals and the public in general want information about what happened, as well as frequent updates, and they want it quickly. Responding to “stakeholders”—people who have some connection with the organization—lies at the heart of effective crisis communications after a large-scale incident. Anguished family members and friends call to learn about loved ones who were involved in the incident, the media calls looking for a story, regulators seek the facts of the crisis, business partners ask about recovery times, etc. Managing information in the aftermath of a disaster is a challenge and we have compiled seven important “lessons learned” that can mitigate the Crisis Communications: Seven Lessons Learned from Disaster Response Experiences challenge and assist affected organizations with business recovery, reputation management, and brand protection.

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Why Crisis Response and Business Continuity Plans Fail: 10 Lessons Learned from Real-World Experience

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Many organizations invest considerable time, money and effort in developing Crisis Response and Business Continuity (CRBC) plans, only to have them fail at a critical time, usually during a disaster response. To learn about failed plans, I interviewed a number of risk and crisis managers as well as business continuity professionals. While not the result of scientifically based research, this anecdotal information provides valuable lessons learned from real-world experience.

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Natural Disasters and the Workplace: Eight Steps Employers Should Take to Prepare Their Workplace for a Natural Disaster

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We may think, “Natural disasters can’t happen here,” or “That couldn’t happen to us,” but they can and it does, so we need to be prepared. In the wake of numerous large scale man-made and natural disasters, many organizations have vastly improved their disaster recovery and readiness plans. However, recent high impact incidents have provided additional valuable lessons for risk management professionals. We recommend updating your current plans in the following areas accordingly.

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DRaaS Bridges Executive and IT Practitioner Gap in DR Practices

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There is a noticeable disconnect between those calling for an IT disaster recovery (DR) strategy and those actually implementing it. According the IDG survey referenced in this whitepaper, top executives expressed confidence in their firm’s ability to leverage DR practices, while IT implementers felt significantly less confident in doing so. This whitepaper explores the disconnects between IT leadership and their staff, as well as the motivations behind adopting Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) to protect data assets and empower business objectives.

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Ultimate Guide to DRaaS

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Disaster recovery is not easy. It’s critical to protecting your organization’s most precious assets, though typically under-funded and under-appreciated. Now that always-on business is the new normal, any form of downtime can be detrimental to the livelihood of your organization. Having a strategic plan in place is paramount. Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service is changing the way many businesses are tackling the complexities of disaster recovery. This quick, action-oriented guide will help you assess your organization’s needs and develop an effective Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) strategy. This guide will help you make important decisions and recover data quickly and effectively, with confidence.

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5 Reasons CIOs are Rethinking IT Disaster Recovery

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The pressure on IT teams to deliver service uptime and availability is being met with major advancements in DR capabilities. Now is the time to rethink IT disaster recovery. Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) is poised to quickly take over the way businesses recover and protect their applications due to its ability to enable IT systems availability. Take the next step on your DR journey with this guide as it shows you the top five reasons that CIOs are rethinking their IT disaster recovery strategies today.

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Best Practices in Using a Notification System

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When a crisis strikes, you need to alert your stakeholders. And if you want to control your message, you need to get that information out as fast as, or faster, than anyone else. With the growth of social media, that’s not always easy. By preparing your message and using your notification system more effectively, your organization will stand the best chance of surviving a crisis. Regardless of how you use notification today, this paper will show you how get more from the system you already have.

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Is Business Continuity Certification Right For your Organization?

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This white paper analyzes the business case for pursuing organizational business continuity certification, including what it takes to complete the certification process and how best to begin preparing.

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Designing a Business Continuity Training Program to Maximize Value & Minimize Cost

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Business continuity is a key component of an organization's risk management program. However, employees (ranging from executives to the general employee population), partners and customers are often unaware of the existence of the program or their role within the business continuity effort. Can management rely on a business continuity program if key stakeholders are unaware of their response and recovery responsibilities? No. And, as a result, the time and resources invested in the planning effort are often wasted.

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