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iso27001standard.com – A new book called Becoming Resilient: The Definitive Guide to ISO 22301 Implementation was published and it describes the process of implementing business continuity according to ISO 22301, an international standard for business continuity management. Its author, Dejan Kosutic, wanted to provide an easy-to-read, practical handbook for business continuity implementation that will be helpful not just for the beginners in this area, but also for experienced business continuity professionals.

Becoming Resilient ISO 22301 is a relatively new standard; however, it has already become a leading international standard for business continuity management. The biggest problem with its implementation is that it is rather complex and there are not many people with enough experience to handle such projects. So Kosutic’s main idea was to create a step-by-step handbook that can be used by people who are in charge of implementation of this standard.

Dejan Kosutic Picture “In this book I wanted to cover all the in-depth details of such complex implementation, but on the other hand I wanted to avoid using specialized language that no one understands,” says Kosutic. He added, “This book gives a complete methodology for ISO 22301 implementation, seen from a consultant perspective: I tried to pass along my own knowledge collected throughout my consulting career.”

The book is written primarily for beginners in business continuity – the people who are just entering this area, and have very little knowledge about it. All the steps, from the very beginning all the way to the ISO 22301 certification are explained, including many practical examples. However, the book might also be interesting for business continuity professionals – e.g., for ISO 22301 consultants – especially the part where implementation options are explained. Finally, the book might be interesting for experienced business continuity practitioners because it systematically summarizes all the key business continuity elements in the ISO 22301 framework – as Kosutic says, “I was actually inspired by my experience delivering courses about the basics of ISO 22301: most of the attendees are beginners, but sometimes the experienced business continuity professionals also attend such courses – typically, their comment is, ‘I already knew most of the stuff from ISO 22301, but having all these things put together was definitely worth it.’ And this is exactly how the book is structured.”

The book covers all the core business continuity elements: business impact analysis, risk assessment and mitigation, business continuity strategy, business continuity planning, incident response, crisis management, recovery, exercising and testing, etc. However, it also focuses on other important requirements of ISO 22301 – the role of top management, objectives, measurement, document control, internal audit, and corrective actions. Finally, the book covers all the steps that come before and after the implementation – the crucial step of how to convince your top management to fund this kind of a project, how to structure the project team, and also how to prepare for the certification and how to speak to the certification auditor.

Kosutic tried to make this book as practical as possible – each section that describes different business continuity elements covers the following aspects:

  • Purpose – the purpose of each business continuity element, how it fits with other elements, and how to deal with it with optimum effort
  • Inputs – which inputs you need to take into account when making decisions about the implementation
  • Options – which options exist for implementing particular elements of business continuity
  • Decisions – which decisions need to be made when starting the implementation
  • Documentation – which documents need to be written, and how to structure them

Click here to visit the official Becoming Resilient website.

About Dejan Kosutic

Dejan Kosutic is the author of numerous articles, video tutorials, documentation templates, webinars and courses about business continuity and information security management. He is the author of the leading ISO 27001 & ISO 22301 Blog, and has helped various organizations including financial institutions, government agencies, and IT companies implement business continuity management according to these standards.

Avalution Consulting is the first organization in the United States to achieve organizational certification to ISO 22301 Societal Security – Business continuity management systems – Requirements.

Cleveland, OH – May 31, 2013 – Avalution Consulting – a leading provider of business continuity consulting and software solutions – announced today the achievement of organizational certification to ISO 22301, the international business continuity standard. Avalution is the first organization in the United Stated to receive this certification. Avalution was assessed and registered by BSI Group America Inc. (BSI), a leading global Certification Body.

ISO 22301 Societal security – Business continuity management systems – Requirements was released in May 2012 and is the first international standard focused exclusively on business continuity.

“The entire Avalution team is thrilled to be recognized as the first organization in the United States to achieve ISO 22301 certification,” explains Brian Zawada, Director of Consulting for Avalution.  “This certification serves as a commitment to our clients that we take business continuity planning seriously, and demonstrates that we understand what it takes to prepare for ISO 22301 conformance.”  

Avalution’s team has been a strong supporter of the standard from the beginning and played an active role in the standard’s development. Brian Zawada, Avalution’s Director of Consulting, serves as Chairman and Head of US Delegation to ISO TC 223 – the group charged with authoring ISO 22301. In February 2013 Avalution released a white paper, Implementing ISO 22301: The Business Continuity Management System Standard, which breaks the standard down section by section, explaining what each clause means, the value it provides, and recommended approaches for implementation.

“By earning ISO 22301 certification, Avalution is further demonstrating its commitment to making its company more resilient and leading by example,” said Todd VanderVen, President of BSI Group America Inc. “By formalizing their Business Continuity Management System and using ISO 22301 as a check-and-balance process, Avalution has taken steps to reassure its customers that they are prepared for the unexpected and remain at the cutting edge of their industry.”

Avalution supports organizations large and small in their efforts to prepare for disruptive incidents, and if a business case exists, ISO 22301 certification. Organizations looking to align to the standard or pursue ISO 22301 certification are encouraged to contact Avalution to discuss their specific needs or download the white paper.

About Avalution Consulting

Avalution – the 2012 BCI North America Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Company of the Year – is a leading provider of business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting and software solutions for organizations in both the public and private sectors. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio (USA), Avalution is an ISO 22301 certified firm and maintains a contract on GSA Schedule 70.

Avalution also offers two unique, web-based business continuity software solutions. Catalyst combines a simple user interface and on-screen guides with Avalution’s consulting methodology to make continuity planning easy and repeatable for every organization. No long-term contracts are required, and a 30-day free trial is available via the website. The Planning Portal, built on Microsoft SharePoint, delivers highly customizable tools and processes to assist organizations in managing and executing their business continuity and IT disaster recovery programs. Demonstrations are available upon request.

866.533.0575 | avalution.com | theplanningportal.com | bccatalyst.com

Media Contact: Courtney Bowers | 866.533.0575

About BSI Group America Inc.

BSI is not just another certification body. By packaging assessment, training, and our management system software tool –EntropyTM Software, BSI provides a solutions toolkit that combines it all in a comprehensive service offering and allows us to provide your organization with an integrated approach to meet your needs and embed excellence across your business. We present a one-stop value proposition from the decision to improve systems through to registration and continual improvement. From start to finish, the BSI Solutions Package helps turn complexity into simplicity. To learn more about BSI, please visit bsiamerica.com.

Media Contact: Shereen Abuzobaa  |  703.437.9000

Columbus, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of
Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the global leader in maximizing availability,
capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure/,/ today announced
the availability of a white paper entitled “NFPA 70E 2012 Rolls Out New
Electrical Safety Requirements Affecting Major Power Users.”

The white paper provides an overview of how the safety and maintenance
changes required by NFPA 70E most impact major power users, discusses
the challenges of implementing electrical safety programs, and shares
best practices for creating an effective program for electrical power

“Electrical hazards are a serious workplace issue and are the fourth
leading cause of traumatic occupational fatalities,” said Tom Nation,
vice president and general manager, Emerson Network Power’s Electrical
Reliability Services business. “The NFPA has made big strides to help
protect workers and promote electrical safety with the NFPA 70E Standard
for Electrical Safety; however, some of the regulatory requirements are
complex and at times hard to understand. This white paper clarifies the
most recent changes to NFPA 70E. It gives facility managers and
operators the opportunity to digest the requirements, and more
importantly, implement best practices for keeping their workplaces safe
and compliant.”

The 2012 edition of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the
Workplace^® became effective Aug. 31, 2011, and requires facility
managers to take action in regards to safety-related work practices.
Issues addressed by the updated guidelines and covered in the white
paper include safety training, proper use of equipment, arc flash and
electrical system labeling, new maintenance practices and more.

To download “NFPA 70E 2012 Rolls Out New Electrical Safety Requirements
Affecting Major Power Users,” visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com

*About Emerson Network Power***

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), delivers
software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and
efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A
trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson
Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management
solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and
deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity
demands.  Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network
Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power
products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com

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San Jose, CA – April 17, 2013 -- InMage, the trusted software for backup and replication of physical and virtual servers, Windows,  Linux and Unix assuring near zero RTO at the data center level, today announced Scout version 7. 


Based on true continuous data protection (CDP) technology, InMage Scout is a single, easy to use solution to protect, monitor and recover a broad range of platforms today’s enterprises use. With this latest release, InMage introduces key features that will enhance operational efficiency including:


  • InMage platform now extends DR protection for high availability clustered and mission critical apps and databases such as Oracle, Oracle RAC and DB2 that are the foundation for SAP and other ERP in Windows, Linux, Solaris and now AIX.  


  • InMage’s Scout 7 eliminates a serious functional gap with recovery capabilities for multi-hypervisors and physical servers through Scout’s P2V, V2V and V2P support for failover and failback, now available to the broadest physical and virtual environments including Linux servers.


  • Comprehensive protection for Windows 2012 and Hyper-V 2012, including hypervisor based replication for Hyper-V.


  • InMage delivers real near Zero RTO – measured at the data center and key multi-tier application level not just a single server. 


  • With InMage’s robust software tools, IT staff have expanded and flexible methods for DR testing without disruption to primary servers or pausing replication.


“InMage’s new enterprise worthy features with Scout V7 will greatly enhance a customer's capabilities for recovery.  The new AIX support follows the successful Continuous Data Protection (CDP) architecture that InMage has developed for other UNIX, Linux and Windows platforms,” said Ben Woo, Analyst, Neuralytix. “The ability to leverage a single solution for both backup and replication reduces administration time and overall costs, and can also scale easily and cost-effectively as needed, no matter what types of storage or platforms are added to an IT environment.”

InMage is the tested and trusted provider of Backup and DR software that can meet the most demanding environments, encompassing both virtual and physical servers, from the Desktop-to the Data Center – to any Cloud selection.  InMage makes it possible to switch between on premise to Cloud strategies, migrate to new devices and keep the DR operations autonomous from selection of Storage, Servers, Hypervisors or Cloud type.   

“Version 7 enhances the strength of Scout 6 by delivering a comprehensive solution with advanced management capabilities for backup and recovery. InMage offers our channel partners a tremendous advantage over competing products by providing true heterogeneous storage support in any environment and that in turn greatly benefits end users,” said Kumar Malavalli, CEO,  InMage Systems.

Availability & Pricing:

InMage Scout 7 is now available. For more information, visit: www.inmage.com for a reseller in your area or contact your Value Added Reseller. 

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Sparks & Associates for InMage Systems


Atlanta, Georgia -- ADVA Optical Networking
<http://www.advaoptical.com> announced today that the company is
presenting at the 2013 Telcordia NIST-ATIS Workshop on Synchronization
in Telecommunication Systems (NIST/WSTS), on April 18, in San Jose,
California.  Sponsored by NIST, Telcordia and ATIS-COAST, WSTS'13
provides a forum for high-level discussion and knowledge sharing among
synchronization experts.

Gil Biran, Senior Vice President Corporate Development and Strategy,
ADVA Optical Networking, will discuss the importance of SLA-based timing
distribution and assurance in mobile backhaul networks
<http://www.advaoptical.com/en/solutions/mobile-backhaul.aspx> for LTE
and LTE-A. This presentation includes updates on the latest sync probe
technology and details why performance-assured synchronization has
developed to be a central element in high-performance mobile networks.

  “The quality of timing and synchronization that you deliver over your
packet backhaul network has a significant impact on the quality of
experience of mobile services,” says Biran. “Whether it’s SyncE or IEEE
1588v2 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) – timing delivery is only one part
of the equation. End-to-end accuracy assurance with real-time
monitoring, alarming and advanced trouble shooting is the real key to
enable stable operation of the Radio Access Network (RAN). Without that
assurance, operators will find it difficult to capitalize on today’s
booming mobile broadband environment.”

The industry agrees that phase synchronization over packet networks
is difficult to achieve with the tight constraints imposed by LTE-A.
Since superior user experience became a key differentiator in many
saturated markets, mobile operators are increasingly worried about the
performance of their synchronization solution. The targeted 500ns phase
accuracy requires both, the mobile network operator and the backhaul
service provider, to actively contribute to timing distribution. On-path
support and in-service monitoring are key elements for a reliable and
scalable end-to-end synchronization architecture.

“Phase synchronization is the lifeline of the future RAN,” continues
Biran, “and progress on the engineering front has been phenomenal:
Today, timing can be distributed and assured throughout a network over
existing packet infrastructure. With next-generation demarcation,
aggregation and probe devices
<http://www.advaoptical.com/en/products/carrier-ethernet/fsp-150sp.aspx>, timing
performance can be continuously monitored in-service and alarmed if
needed. This synchronization management solution empowers operators to
ensure accurate timing distribution at lowest cost of ownership.”

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*About ADVA Optical Networking*

ADVA Optical Networking is a global provider of intelligent
telecommunications infrastructure solutions. With software-automated
Optical+Ethernet transmission technology, the Company builds the
foundation for high-speed, next-generation networks. The Company’s FSP
product family adds scalability and intelligence to customers’ networks
while removing complexity and cost. With a flexible and fast-moving
organization, ADVA Optical Networking forges close partnerships with its
customers to meet the growing demand for data, storage, voice and video
services. Thanks to reliable performance for more than 15 years, the
Company has become a trusted partner for more than 250 carriers and
10,000 enterprises across the globe. For more information, please visit
us at www.advaoptical.com <http://www.advaoptical.com>.