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Risk Analysis – An Overview

Risk Analysis–the foundation for a good Disaster Recovery plan! It is also a phase that means different things to different people. For some, it means an analysis of the hazards or exposures that a computer room is subject to and the impact of such hazards on...

Impact: How Great Would It Be?

What would be the impact to your business in the event of a disaster affecting computer processing capabilities? Considering today’s telecommunication requirements, how long could it realistically take to recover? Days? Weeks? or even longer? Possibly some critical...

Budgeting for Disaster Recovery

One area of great importance to disaster recovery planners that has received very little attention is the question of how much to spend on the disaster recovery planning (DRP) effort. Through application of a “worst case” risk analysis process corporate...

Scenario-Based Risk Analysis

Crucial to the effective management of response to accidental loss is the ability to recognize risk. Colloquially, we use the term risk to refer to the possibility of any loss, regardless of its size. For example, I might casually comment to a friend over dinner that...

Is Your Business Ready For Disaster?

California businesses have numerous disasters every day. With Earthquakes, Flooding, Hazardous Material Accidents, High Winds, Power Outages, and the occasional Structural Collapse due to metal fatigue. Who knows when such an incident will happen in YOUR VICINITY?...

Quantitative Risk Assessment

The enlightened businessman prepares plans to deal with emergencies. He knows that being ready to deal with disasters–both natural and human-made–can make the critical difference to the bottom line should disaster strike. Detailed emergency planning is...

Risk Analysis Techniques

The risk analysis process provides the foundation for the entire recovery planning effortThere may be some terminology and definition differences related to risk analysis, risk assessment and business impact analysis. Although several definitions are possible and can...

How to Conduct a Business Impact Analysis

You have just been selected as a member of a team chartered with conducting an enterprise-wide Business Impact Analysis (or BIA, as it is more commonly called), as the first step in developing a new business contingency plan. What does this assignment mean to your...

Some Techniques for Business Impact Analysis

This article describes methodology and techniques for performing a comprehensive business impact analysis (BIA). This version of a BIA provides the foundation for the entire business continuity planning effort. Based on the various considerations addressed during the...

What are the Chances?

No one knows when and where the next disaster will strike. Catastrophes are, by their very nature, unpredictable. The best we can do is assign some estimate of long-run relative frequency, or probability, to the occurrence of these untoward events. A knowledge of the...

Auditing Business Recovery Plans

Will your Business Recovery Plan stand up to a thorough, well structured audit? Most corporations have a Corporate Audit Department which is charged with also auditing these plans. But most such audits tend to consist of a request to see the hard copy of the...

Disaster Recovery

This article is intended to depict the various stages of 'Disaster Recovery' activity that I felt necessary for us, at AMD, to follow. I will also cover some of the misconceptions, false senses of security, vulnerabilities, etc., involved with this subject.We...

Whatever Can Go Wrong Will Go Wrong

Except in the case of hurricanes, disasters are usually a complete surprise. Most of us have auto insurance, wear seat belts and (always) drive defensively, but we don't really believe we're going to have an accident. The same mind set exists in most of us...

The First 24 Hours Post-Disaster

Despite all reasonable precautions, a disaster has occurred. It could be a flood, lightning strike, fire or act of sabotage such as orange juice in the computer. The actions you and your insured take in the following 24 hours are critical in preventing irreparable...

Saving the Books

The same disaster can, and does, strike a business office, a museum, an architect's office from time to time. The lowest level collects the water and suddenly comes the realization that you have 50 or 100 file cabinets loaded with important records and legal...

Do Not Forget Industry Specific Needs

The past few years have seen many companies addressing disaster recovery and contingency planning. The recent rash of natural disasters and the bombing of the World Trade Center highlighted the need for such planning, and has gotten the attention of CEOs and corporate...

The Impact of Recent Disaster

In recent months, the world has witnessed a flurry of powerful disasters. Articles in this issue examine these disasters, but together they are changing the disaster recovery industry. They have focused the general public and the business world on disaster recovery...

Recovering from the Memphis Tornado

When a powerful tornado touched down last November in Germantown, a suburb of Memphis, it struck a deadly blow, killing three area residents. In terms of property loss, the twister damaged a total of 400 homes and destroyed 22 throughout Memphis, ultimately causing an...

We Cannot Afford Not To

Law enforcement must train for disaster response, or the bills may not be paid!There are two questions you must ask of yourself and your agency. One, is your agency aware of a new mandate for emergency management that requires a standardized management system be used...

Corrosion Control

Corrosion can be a major factor in a loss situation and if not controlled, it can result in a substantial increase in the dollar amount of the loss. Corrosion can be controlled if certain actions are taken immediately after the loss and specialist companies are called...

Small Leak Teaches BIG LESSON

At 12:52 a.m., a flood alarm was triggered on the third floor of the Minneapolis Fed as water poured from the ceiling and onto the bank’s mainframe computer. Within seconds of the third-floor downpour, four employees began covering the mainframe computer and...

Getting Your Ground Down to Earth

There it was…the “perfect” pay station location, at a gas station on the corner of a busy intersection, but off on the corner of the property so people could drive up to it and make their calls. It was so accessible and visible it should have...

Rain Drops Kept Falling on Our Heads

During the last two weeks of January 1997, the Columbus Operations Center for The Huntington National Bank operated under emergency conditions due to a shattered roof membrane and uncooperative weather. Critical work groups including Wire Transfer, ACH, Incoming and...

When Will Disaster Strike?

With what seems to be an ever increasing number of tragic events taking place each and every day, it is no longer a question of “What if a disaster strikes?,” but rather one of “When?” And it is through the common occurrence of such emergencies...

Proactive Crisis Communications

Most companies, even though they have a comprehensive crisis preparedness plan, do not take a proactive stance. As a result, the first time they implement any part of their plan is during a disaster. But a good crisis communications plan is not a...

Media Relations in a Disaster

What could be worse than experiencing a disaster that destroys your business? The answer is recovering successfully from that disaster only to have your customers and competitors have the perception that you are out of business!This is not as ludicrous as it may...

Communicating in Crisis: Are You Ready?

The crisis you never expected suddenly strikes. Five hungry reporters are outside your door, demanding answers. Another dozen have phoned in the past 15 minutes wanting to know what happened and why? How will your organization react, and who will do what?That, in a...

We Were Spared! Hurricane Bob

Hurricane Bob sent us threatening signals, but Mother Nature spared the Virginia and North Carolina coast from major damage.As veterans of “hurricane havoc” as recently as two years ago with the onslaught of Hurricane Hugo, everyone initiated prudent...

Nations Costliest Disaster

By almost any traditional measure, Hurricane Andrew was the worst natural disasters in disaster recovery history. In addition to the staggering human cost, the valuation of destroyed property was the largest in United States history. At the time of this special...

Hurricane Preparation for Businesses

10 STEPS THAT BUSINESSES SHOULD TAKE BEFORE THE WIND BLOWS"I know but…I never thought that my business would be impacted by a hurricane.”Unfortunately, this statement made by a business owner impacted by Hurricane Andrew in 1993, is indicative of the...

MIS Damages From Hurricane Unfolding

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Shattering the lives and homes of residents of the Carolinas, Hurricane Hugo also blasted data centers with floods, wind and the cessation of the blood of computers – electric power. Although some larger enterprises had emergency power...

Buildings Protected By Clear Mylar Film

Important factors to consider when developing a disaster plan for violent weather are high winds and most of all the wind born debris. Most window systems are rated by wind speed alone, but this does not address the affects of wind born debris.Until recently there...

Hurricane Damage in Virgin Islands

Hurricane forecasters had predicted fewer storms during1996, but it was deja vu for businesses and residents on St. Thomas, in the Virgin Islands, as Hurricane Bertha roared through the Caribbean in July. The storm was a reminder of the devastation caused less than a...

Wax Attacks

There are many common predators that can ravage your hard drive and endanger the crucial data it contains: power surges, head crashes, hardware malfunctions, candle wax. Wait a minute. . . candle wax?Yes, candle wax.The destructive powers of candle wax were witnessed...

The Value of Planning

On October 17 I happened to be on a business trip in Florida for my California-based company. After a hectic day, I sat down to relax and watch Game Three of the World Series when the earthquake struck. Although I was obviously unable to assist during the disaster, my...

Auditors Can Help Sell Your Plan

Recently, I was involved in helping my company, the Board of Public Utilities in Kansas City, Kansas, to develop a disaster recovery plan. The BPU is owned by the city and is Kansas’ largest utility district. It serves approximately 75,000 electric and 57,000...

Contingency Planning Strategy

A bank’s contingency planning effort has one main goal: to get back to “business as usual” as quickly as possible, ideally within two days after a disaster. Quick recovery of processing capability may now be more difficult and take longer than when...

The Contingency Planner

The Contingency Planner, a title that varies throughout the business world (Disaster Recovery Coordinator, Contingency Coordinator, etc.), is one of the newest positions in both the Corporate and IS organizational structures. Emergency Planners have been around for a...

Is Your Recovery Plan Done?

The Plan is done. All significant functional areas have been addressed and each team has a complete plan of their own, fully documented. Ah h h h…now you can sit back and relax, right? Wrong! You have only just begun, as the song says. Your business recovery...

Business Contingency Planning Is…

Business Contingency Planning continually confronts the unlikelihood of a disaster. An interruption could be something related to a winter storm, the loss of electricity to the general area, or the complete and inaccessibility of a facility for an extended period of...

Justifying the Contingency Plan

Disaster recovery planning can be expensive. For the most basic data center recovery plan, monies must be allocated for personnel (full or part time), alternate sites, network recovery and offsite storage. Further increasing the cost of recovery is the fact that the...

The Kiss of Death

This article is dedicated to all those unappreciated contingency planners in the corporate world! It seems to me that no matter how many disasters occur, there are always skeptical managers that will continue to risk it all by not having or supporting business...

How Prepared Are You?

In May of 1990 the New York Contingency Planners Exchange Group distributed a survey on data systems security and contingency planning to several organizations at their quarterly meeting. The following are the results of the 21 organizations who participated.1....

Creating Usable Disaster Recovery Documentation

Is your VCR programmed properly? Not sure? Maybe you couldn’t understand the directions in the manual. VCR programming directions, camera manuals, tricycle assembly sheets — all are standing jokes in the technical writing community. One can reread these directions...

Organizing a Contingency Plan For Success

Developing a Contingency/Disaster Recovery Plan requires developing questionnaires and conducting interviews with virtually all departments in the organization to gather information. The result of this effort is stacks and stacks of information. One of the main...

Recovery In the Real World

The disaster recovery planning field is maturing. The basics of prevention and recovery are well treated in the workaday literature and are understood and implemented by risk-averse companies. Industry standards are in place that define such things as recovery-site...

Tough Problem, Simple Solution

I am a disaster planner, who, like most all other disaster planners, has a tough time getting management committed to performing the tasks necessary to adequately address disaster planning within my organization.Why is it, that all these managers who attend my...

Business Recovery Lesson Plan

Too often it has been my experience when requesting a consultant/trainer's lesson plans for disaster recovery, I have received little more than an agenda and hardcopy of the overhead transparencies. I don't know if this is a sign of insecurity or lack of...

Manage the Recovery Planning Project Part 1 & 2

Great Expectations All too often, Recovery Planning projects begin with great expectations but end in disillusionment. Cost overruns, missed deadlines, staffing problems, and a plan that is outdated even before the ink is dry, are just a few of the pitfalls that can...

Terrorism Coverage Elsewhere

Northern IrelandTerrorism coverage has been excluded in Northern Ireland for a number of years. In 1977, the British Insurance Association announced a standard form of exclusion relating to terrorism losses in Northern Ireland. This led the Irish government to...

Terrorism Coverage Elsewhere

Northern IrelandTerrorism coverage has been excluded in Northern Ireland for a number of years. In 1977, the British Insurance Association announced a standard form of exclusion relating to terrorism losses in Northern Ireland. This led the Irish government to...

Terrorism Coverage in the United Kingdom

Bombs blast through buildings, leaving destruction and rubble in their wake. Booby traps, planted with evil intent, rocks through cars, killing their intended targets and damaging surrounding structures.Mortar rockets, screaming through the air, strike buildings,...

Terrorism Coverage in the United Kingdom

Bombs blast through buildings, leaving destruction and rubble in their wake. Booby traps, planted with evil intent, rocks through cars, killing their intended targets and damaging surrounding structures.Mortar rockets, screaming through the air, strike buildings,...

Oklahoma City Bombing

On Wednesday April 19, BMS CAT dispatched their advance command team to Oklahoma City. A BMS CAT Operations Manager and Team Leader assessed damage to four of the major buildings peripheral to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building, and met with government officials at...

Oklahoma City Bombing

On Wednesday April 19, BMS CAT dispatched their advance command team to Oklahoma City. A BMS CAT Operations Manager and Team Leader assessed damage to four of the major buildings peripheral to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building, and met with government officials at...

Special Report: Oklahoma City

Wednesday April 19, 1995 started like any other day for the residents of Oklahoma City. People were just beginning their daily routine when suddenly, the unimaginable happened. At 9:04 a.m. CT a bomb was detonated in front of the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal...

Special Report: Oklahoma City

Wednesday April 19, 1995 started like any other day for the residents of Oklahoma City. People were just beginning their daily routine when suddenly, the unimaginable happened. At 9:04 a.m. CT a bomb was detonated in front of the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal...

The New Face of Terrorism

When United States’ companies first decided to develop contingency plans for extended unplanned outages in the mid 1970s, the compelling reasons were natural disasters and the resulting power outages that usually accompanied them. The basis of their concern and...

The New Face of Terrorism

When United States’ companies first decided to develop contingency plans for extended unplanned outages in the mid 1970s, the compelling reasons were natural disasters and the resulting power outages that usually accompanied them. The basis of their concern and...

Waging the War on Terrorism

Ostensibly, the crisis in the Gulf was terminated with the unconditional cease-fire of Iraq in late February. While the American-led Coalition did achieve its goal when Iraq succumbed to all of the terms set out by the U.N., a new, and perhaps more subversive threat...

Waging the War on Terrorism

Ostensibly, the crisis in the Gulf was terminated with the unconditional cease-fire of Iraq in late February. While the American-led Coalition did achieve its goal when Iraq succumbed to all of the terms set out by the U.N., a new, and perhaps more subversive threat...

Disasters Can Happen To Anyone

Comdisco Disaster Recovery Services (CDRS) has always been proud of its industry leadership position. In that role, we continually strive to raise corporate awareness of the potential for catastrophic events to occur.We have learned that these situations, usually...

River Pours Through the Levee

On the morning of July 30, 1993, at approximately 7:00 a.m., employees of the Chesterfield Bank were getting ready to go into work as usual. Little did they know this wasn’t going to be a typical Friday at the bank. Bank officials had already been contacted by...

Crisis Management: Planning Pays Off

The underground flooding that paralyzed the Chicago downtown business district in mid-April was little more than a drop in the bucket for organizations with tested business resumption plans in place.While many companies were unprepared for such a disaster, quite a few...

The Drying of Chicago

The now “infamous” tunnel system found under the heart of Chicago’s business center—the Loop—was first planned in 1899 as a four foot bore to carry telephone cables and protect them from interruptions in service caused by downed telephone...

The Worst Disaster in Recent History

Trends may start on the east and west coasts (i.e. Hurricane Hugo and the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989) in our country, but when it comes to doing it bigger and better, don't count out the midwest. On Monday, April 13, 1992 began what has become the biggest...

Chicago Businesses Forced to Declare a Disaster

At 5:57 a.m. on Monday, April 13, 1992 a building engineer at the Chicago Merchandise Mart found water flooding the third sub-basement of the building. Little did he, or numerous Chicago Fire Department and City workers on-site by 6:10 a.m. know, that a hole the size...

Reacting to the Flood

In 1899 the city of Chicago started work on a series of interconnecting tunnels located approximately forty feet beneath street level. This series of tunnels ran below the Chicago River and underneath the Chicago business district, simply known as The Loop. The...

We Knew What We Needed To Do….

Disaster Recovery has become an essential part of our business. The ability to recover our mechanized systems and computing environments is vital to our customers and share holders.Rehearsing disaster recovery plans in advance really paid off during a recent disaster...

Flooding Leads to Large-Scale Power Outage

The flood began at 5:57 a.m. on Monday, April 13. At that time, an engineer at the Merchandise Mart called the Chicago Fire Department to report that water was inexplicably pouring into a subbasement of the building at 222 Merchandise Plaza. At 8 a.m., a whirlpool was...

Houston Flooding Challenges City Disaster Team

When, on Monday, October 17, the first drops of rain fell on the city of Houston, little did its citizens suspect they were in for a five-day-long siege of nonstop downpours, the likes of which they had not experienced in years. A storm that dumped a record total of...

The California Floods

California was devastated by the worst seven days of rain and flooding to hit the region in almost a century. Rains and strong winds whipped most of the state from March 12 to March 19 causing damages estimated at $2 billion. This exceeded the first deluge of rains...

The River Came Too Close To Monsanto

This summer we didn’t have to wait for weekends to go “down by the riverside” — the Mississippi came to us !!!Early in July, Monsanto’s Carondelet Plant received the warning of potential flooding from the River Des Peres. On July 9 the...

When It Rains, It Pours

1993 is only half over and already two major disasters have hit the United States. It's unusual that The Disaster Recovery Journal would run two Special Reports in the same year. In our second quarter issue (Volume 6, Number 2) we covered the World Trade Center...

DISASTER 101: A Hands-On Recovery Lesson

Thanks to a commitment to safety and preparedness, and a lot of luck, American Republic Insurance came through the recent Midwest flood ordeal much wiser and better prepared to face a future catastrophe.Disaster survival is the hard way to test your contingency and...

97 Midwest Floods

On April 7 rushing flood waters forced the evacuation of most of a Minnesota city for the first time in 1997. Residents of Ada, MN, fled after two normally shallow rivers overran their banks and poured into homes. Approximately 1250 people were evacuated or left Ada...

Red River Rising

The City of Winnipeg, capital of Manitoba, with a population of about 650,000, is at the geographical centre of North America. Located about 829 miles north of Kansas City, Winnipeg is at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers.The Red River Valley has a long...

This is Not a Test

River Oaks Bank Fire Forces Implementation of Untested Disaster Recvovery PlanThursday, June 6, 1991, was a normal banking day at the River Oaks Bank in Houston, Texas, until 7:30 that evening when fire alarms sounded.The shrieking alarms forced employees from the...

Planning Speeds Banks Recovery From Fire

As fire ripped through the heart of Bank of the Sierra early Oct. 2, bank officials enacted a disaster plan to keep the five-branch independent up and running. The 1 a.m. blaze gutted the bank’s corporate offices, destroying its mainframe computer and central...

The First Interstate Bank Fire

At 10:30 p.m. the night of May 4, 1988, Los Angeles’ worst high-rise fire swept through the 62 story downtown headquarters of First Interstate Bank destroying floors 12 through 16. In addition to this severe damage that destroyed five floors, smoke and water...

Testing Pays Off For Penn Mutual

The basic premise of disaster recovery is that a tested plan is the only way to recover. Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company recovered from the fire because, one, they had tested their plan many times prior to the fire, and two, they executed their disaster recovery...

When The Smoke Clears

February 1, 1988, a relatively quiet Monday morning, marked the beginning of the second semester of classes at Ferguson Middle School. Overcast skies and cool temperatures surrounded the three campus buildings known as the West Building, East Building, and the Annex....

Between East and West

Fire. It can happen anywhere at anytime, but when it breaks out in a 275-year-old library, there is a special sense of urgency. That feeling was dramatically heightened when fire broke out in the USSR Academy of Sciences Library in Leningrad in February of 1988. The...

The History of the Automatic Sprinkler

The forerunner of the automatic sprinkler first appears in the United States when New England mill owners develop crude, perforated pipe systems to protect their facilities. Although the pipes increase fire protection, they distribute water everywhere (not just on the...

Choosing the Right Automatic Sprinkler

Automatic sprinklers are a building’s first line of defense against fire. A sprinkler system not only detects a fire, it also automatically transmits an alarm to the local fire department or central station. In the few minutes it takes for the fire department to...

A look at the Oakland Fire

California’s biggest fire in 85 years came when most citizens and some fire officials figured the fire season was over for the year.On Oct. 20, 1991, the urban section of East Bay Hills of Oakland, Calif., just across the bay from San Francisco, was engulfed in...

Fire Can’t Foil Atlanta’s Fox Theatre

TEC Recovery Experts Learn Why 'There's No Business Like Show Business!'Atlanta's Fox Theatre, dubbed 'The Fabulous Fox' by the city's fanatic patrons, has been described by reviewers as a 'beautifully outlandish, opulent and grandiose...

The Use of ICS in Calabas-Malibu Fire

The Calabasas – Malibu Fire was a testimonial for the use of the Incident Command System (ICS). On Monday, October 21, 1996, a 'red flag watch' was declared due to the dry Santa Ana winds in Southern California. This alert called for the Los Angeles...

Avoid Information Disasters

Company executives are charged with the efficient and cogent management of their company’s resources. However, they often overlook the most important element of business – the creation of information – even though they expect that information to be...

“Banking” For Better Service

Why Customer Service professionals are turning to third-party warehouse and delivery companies to help manage cost without compromising service standards.It is sometimes astonishing how technical improvements in a high-tech product can change the underlying economics...

Small Business -Big Risk

As corporate America continues down-sizing, the proliferation of small and mid-size firms increases proportionately. If corporations remain the primary target of contingency planning professionals, whole segments of the evolving business world could be left vulnerable...

Earthquake Preparedness Planning

Minor earthquakes occur frequently in the New Madrid Zone, and it is only a matter of time before a damaging earthquake occurs. Interest and awareness has increased in St. Louis and the Southeastern Missouri area since Iben Browning announced the possible occurrence...

Earthquake Devastates Philippines

On July 16, 1990 at 4:26 p.m. local time, a severe earthquake registering 7.7 on the Richter scale struck the northern Philippines. The earthquake caused damage over a region of about 7700 square miles, extending northwest from Manila through the densely populated...

Velcro Given High Marks in San Francisco

Last January, DRJ published a product profile on VELCRO (R)’s new specialty fastener, tagged Quake/Grip TM, which was rapidly becoming visible in corporate and government offices. Developed in prototype by Pacific Bell, Quake/Grip is a high-strength, flexible...

Schwabs Success Story

SAN FRANCISCO—Still basking in the success of his firm’s complete recovery from the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, Jeffery Lyons, Disaster Recovery Planner for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., recently agreed to an interview with DISASTER RECOVERY JOURNAL....

Preparing For Earthquakes

Earthquakes. We have been hearing a lot about them recently and we will undoubtedly hear more. Geologists warn that we are in a period of increased seismic activity and that significant earthquakes are likely to occur throughout the United States before the turn of...

The San Francisco Earthquake

At 7:00 P.M. October 18, 1989, I sat down to watch the World Series, as many others did, when suddenly the channel went off the air. Soon thereafter came a message stating that San Francisco just had an earthquake. As time went on, they announced that the quake...

Special Report: The Kobe Quake

At 5:46 am on January 17, 1995, western Japan was rocked by the most destructive earthquake to hit the region. The devastation was the worst in the port city of Kobe, where the 7.2 magnitude quake toppled roadways, wrecked docks, severed communication lines and kept...

Measuring an Earthquake

The “size” of earthquakes is commonly expressed in two ways – magnitude and intensity. Magnitude is a measure of the total energy released during an earthquake. It is determined from a seismogram, which plots the ground motion produced by seismic...

About Earthquakes

There are two kinds of hazards during an earthquake – natural and man-made. In the Midwest, natural hazards include ground- shaking; cracks and uplifts; liquefaction, which is a process of firm soil becoming a viscous semi-liquid that resembles quicksand or...

The Great Hanshin Earthquake

Much like the year prior, a major earthquake has changed the lives of tens of thousands of people and impacted literally hundreds of businesses within a heavily populated area. Unlike Northridge, the great Hanshin earthquake represents a disaster that has caused major...

Special Report: The Quake of 1994

Monday, January 17, I woke to find that a major earthquake jolted southern California. While watching television, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC, the announcers explained. "At 4:31 A.M. PST January 17, 1994, the San Fernando Valley was hit by a huge earthquake."...

A Profile of Velcros New Fastener

We received a letter from a subscriber, wanting information on Velcro fasteners. The following is what we found, and might be of interest to most of you. When asked, we will attempt to locate information on products for you.Machine and equipment fasteners can be an...

Earthquake Protection for Data Systems

Evidence from U.S and foreign earthquakes clearly shows that data processing facilities and systems are exposed to many types of damage. This includes the loss of power, cooling, and other services, overturning of equipment, failure of raised floors, spillage of...

DR/BC Planning and Employee Awareness

Once upon a time in the very distant past, disaster recovery planning was not something that you worried about. That is, if you thought about it, or even heard the terminology. Things were basically taken for granted, (that) someone was looking after...

Training Your BC Teams

The need for training business continuity teams is well recognized by the business continuity industry. Certification courses, seminars, professional practice standards, and other authoritative bodies explicitly state requirements for training business continuity...

Putting the Plan in Motion: A Checklist

Your organization’s contingency plan documents have been assembled and distributed. The important parts of the business have been identified and contracts established for alternate sites or services. Now, if some natural or man caused event interrupts business, how do...

The Test That Wasn’t a Test

In the evening of Wednesday, January 15, 1992, Bluebonnet Savings Bank (BSB) in Dallas, Texas, got to demonstrate first-hand a key DR maxim: a “disaster” should not be thought of only as an external event that strikes computer operations. Rather, a disaster is...

Testing Disaster Recovery Plans

With the relatively recent onslaught of such natural disasters as Hurricane Hugo and the Loma Prieta earthquake, many businesses are realizing just how crucial it is to develop and update their disaster recovery plans. While this is a good first step, it is by no...

Test the Pulse of Your Disaster Plan

The destruction caused by natural disasters across the country such as earthquakes in California, hurricanes on the Texas coast and tornadoes in the Midwest have made disaster recovery planning a major topic of discussion within many companies.Dependency on...

And Change the Oil Every …

Are you comfortable with the idea of purchasing a new car, and never changing the oil or washing the exterior? Amazingly, this is precisely the attitude taken by management in many companies who have formulated Disaster Recovery Plans. The maintenance of Disaster...

Testing Your Plan

You’re sitting at your desk reviewing a copy of your Disaster Recovery Plan when the phone rings, “Hey Joe, did you test your plan with a mock disaster yet?” You shrug your shoulders a little and answer, “Not yet Frank, my people have been pulled off the disaster...

Murphy’s Day at DR Drill

A compilation of actual events from many tests, drills, exercises and real life disasters make up this scenario. There are countless other possible problems not included here. A review of most Disaster Recovery Plans may reveal the possibility, or even probability,...

Test Last? Maybe Not

Much has been written over the past 10 years or so by many knowledgeable authors about how to develop a plan, and their thesis has generally been to gather the appropriate people together; garner their support; conduct a full business impact analysis including risk...

Staging Your DR Plan

One way to implement a Disaster Recovery Plan would include two stages toward completion. With a commitment to completing these stages, your operation will be protected from the definite consequences of any disaster that may occur.STAGE I Step One should consist of...

Full Scale Business DR Testing

Business recovery planners agree: plan testing is essential to the planning process. Unfortunately, many companies limit business recovery plan (BRP) testing to their mainframe, LAN, and telecommunications systems. At CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, Wisconsin, we...

Real-Time Electronic Vaulting

Despite a fully functional alternate data center standing ready half a continent away from its Chicago Operations Center, despite regular backup transmissions at hourly intervals throughout the day, and despite a full disaster recovery scenario prepared and ready to...

An Ounce of Prevention…

Law Firm Implements Multiple Security Layers To Protect Enterprise-Wide Distributed NetworkBacking up data on a distributed, enterprise-wide network presents a number of challenges which must be surmounted in order to provide end-users with a secure work...

A Data Survival Guide

A customer wrote me last week to thank me. He had experienced a loss of data that jeopardized the future of his company. Valuable engineering designs stored on his computer hard drive had become corrupted, and his tape backup system (which had been used faithfully but...

Are Your PCs Protected?

PC PROLIFERATION IN THE WORKPLACE BRINGS NEW PROBLEMS: PROTECTION OF LARGE AMOUNTS OF CORPORATE DATAToday’s “personal” computers in the workplace have little in common with the limited use of PCs just eight years ago. In most cases, corporate...

Shuffle The Tapes And Rack

The situation was tense. Twenty-four tape drives – all wanting to be fed while each of us stood with 10 tape cartridges under each arm unable to answer the call…This describes the situation in which we found ourselves during a recent recovery exercise....

Back Up Your LAN!

Does the phrase, “Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs,” by any chance describe the manager in your company who includes among his responsibilities a Local Area Network? Let’s take a look at some of the issues involved here...

Effective Data Backup

Over a number of years we have spoken at great length about the need for disaster recovery or contingency planning; the need to have it, and the need to practice it. There is, however, one factor without which all this effort is rendered useless, and that is effective...

Wishing You a Speedy Recovery

The relationship between business and computers has been a long one. While this relationship traditionally focused on increasing efficiency, computers each day become more ingrained in every aspect of business operation. Computers now play a growing role in both how...

Data Center Downtime Quiz

With the increasing reliance on today's computer systems and networks for the day to day running of businesses, there is an imminent threat to business continuity. Computer systems can be affected by a variety of sources, power outages, water leaks, systems...

AT&T Communications

Introduces a Disaster Plan for Data and Voice, Providing End to End Disaster Recovery ServiceThe Growing dependence of companies on their data processing applications increases their vulnerability to unforseen disasters. A company’s survival can be threatened as...

A Failure to Communicate

The most prominent feature of the Information Age has been the marriage of computers and telecommunications. This is a positive union that supports revolutionary innovations in information technology, office automation, and business practices.Not all the effects have...

Making The Connection

For many businesses, from airline reservation centers to stockbrokers, the telephone is their lifeline. But businesses are quickly discovering just how fragile that lifeline can be.The dependence of the nation’s businesses on reliable telecommunications is...

For The Want of a Nail…

You probably have heard the story told by the old poem, but let me retell it as accurately as I can recall it. It goes like this:For the want of a nail, a shoe was lost.For the want of a shoe, the horse was lost.For the want of a horse, the rider was lost.For the want...

Another Day, Another Crash

Ever notice how famous celebrities frequently pass away in threes? If we agree on that statement, then we can say that AT&T’s network has indeed achieved star status. It recently died for the third time in just under two years. Amazing how such a vast,...

AT&Ts Failure Raises Questions

On Tuesday, September 17, a broken rectifier in an AT&T switching station generator in Manhattan shut down New York City’s long-distance phone service for six hours.Because the failure took place at 4:50 p.m., most businesses, including the stock markets,...

Communications Recovery and AT&T

Have you ever considered how a disaster might affect your communications? Is your communications sufficiently recoverable or is it like most companies. There is an alarming amount of corporations without functional communications backup, even though they have a plan...

Closer To Point of Failure

Until recently, companies have been caught in a risky Catch-22 in safeguarding their data. A large bank, for example, requires a high level of protection for its massive volumes of data, meaning it has to move gigabytes of data to storage every day. But getting the...

Notification System Internal or External

When faced with an emergency or disaster, what is your notification system? If you are a tenant in a building, what is the building notification system? Do you and your staff understand it?If you control your building, do you have a public address system that reaches...

Lessons Learned

Observations by a Disaster Recovery Planning Consultant:  Some organizations overlook the obvious as they build  and operate their information systems.From the consultant's perspective, the ultimate objective of a disaster recovery planning engagement is...

In the Shadow of the Internet

Imagine: Your company's riding high on the success of the new Java applications you installed last year. With Internet access to your legacy applications, you've been able to hold your sales support staff constant while experiencing a 50% increase in sales....

No Plan, No Site, No Business

American business is ill-prepared for major disruptions to its computer-aided work areas. Last September, Comdisco Disaster Recovery Services commissioned a study whereby 300 U.S. businesses evaluated their level of vulnerability on a scale of 0 to 100, 100 being most...

IBM Is Helping 30 Customers

IBM is currently assisting 30 customers that normally operate out of the World Trade Center. These customers, which choose not to be identified at this time because of lingering security concerns, are primarily engaged in the financial services, insurance and...

The Siege of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles riots proved to be a terrible disaster both to residents and local businesses. Rioting began Thursday, April 30, and continued through the following weekend. There were 54 deaths and over 2,500 injuries. Looting and fires seriously damaged some 5,200...

Disaster Strikes in Different Forms

For some time now, natural disasters have demanded the attention of corporate leaders and contingency planners alike–and with good reason. Both Hurricane Hugo and the Loma Prieta Quake dealt perhaps unprecedented damage to the corporate world. As a result of...

Guadalajara Gas Explosion Disaster

On Wednesday, April 22, 1992, the 461-year old city of Guadalajara, Mexico, experienced a series of ten massive explosions occurring in the heart of the downtown Reforma district.The explosions began at 10:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. EDT) and continued for two hours. Five...

Media Planning for a Disaster

Many companies possess thoroughly documented and tested data processing contingency plans to follow in the event of a disaster, but how many of them are prepared to face the media when tragedy strikes? Who will face the press and what will they say? Or, perhaps more...

World Trade Center Bombing

Shortly after 12:00 noon on February 26, 1993, over 900 businesses in the World Trade Center were victims of a Terrorist bombing. The explosion shook all 110 floors of the building, killed six people, injured over 1,000 others and forced the immediate evacuation of...

Continuous Availability Services

Business Continuity is the underlying objective of all Contingency Plans; however, the requirements for Business Continuity vary by application within an organization, as well as from company to company.Solutions employing electronic technology range from immediate...

Evaluating Hot-Sites and Contracts

The evaluation of hot-site backup processing locations, processing and contract terms and conditions is perhaps one of the most crucial aspects of completing a Disaster Recovery plan. Hot-site evaluation and selection often suffers the lowest priority of any of the...

Which Remote Site Strategy is Best For You?

Over the years, I have been asked many questions regarding the best option or recommended option to use for a company’s recovery site. As we are all aware, selecting the best site for a recovery center is difficult. Budgets cannot always afford the most secure ones,...

Solving Storage Management Issues

Solving Storage Management Issues for Today's Open, Networked  Computing Environment: Security Standards Top the List The 90's data explosion and open systems revolution have spread mission critical data across the enterprise in a heterogeneous, networked...

Marquette Medical Systems

Marquette Medical Systems Relies on Storage Management System To Protect Its Customers Through Lengthy Product LifecycleWhile storage management is critical for any business, when people's lives depend on a company's software and information resources, there...

Vital Records Protection Issues

Because your business survival may depend on the availability of time-sensitive business information – how thoroughly do you pre-qualify your off-site storage vendor, alternate storage location or in-house vault or backup location? What technical standards...

A Question of Distance and Apples

As consideration is given to the process of recovery from various disasters, many corporate, government and institutional managers have developed, or copied from others, various storage site evaluation and comparison criteria.Armed with a supposedly suitable...

The San Francisco Earthquake

A SPECIAL REPORT FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF by Richard L. Arnold, CDRP At 7:00 P.M. October 18, 1989, I sat down to watch the World Series, as many others did, when suddenly the channel went off the air. Soon thereafter came a message stating that San Francisco just had...

The Great Flood of 1993

WHEN IT RAINS; IT POURS by Richard L. Arnold, CDRP Editor-In-Chief, Disaster Recovery Journal 1993 is only half over and already two major disasters have hit the United States. It’s unusual that The Disaster Recovery Journal would run two Special Reports in the...

The Kobe Quake

At 5:46 am on January 17, 1995, western Japan was rocked by the most destructive earthquake to hit the region. The devastation was the worst in the port city of Kobe, where the 7.2 magnitude quake toppled roadways, wrecked docks, severed communication lines and kept...

The Quake of ’94

THE QUAKE OF '94by Richard L. Arnold, CDRP Editor-In-Chief, Disaster Recovery JournalMonday, January 17, I woke to find that a major earthquake jolted southern California. While watching television, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC, the announcers explained. "At 4:31...
Enterprise, Know Thyself!

Enterprise, Know Thyself!

The day-to-day pressure on business and IT leaders to optimize and secure their IT for performance and profit is enormous. Add to this the complication of meeting compliance regulations. In the face of these needs, getting an organization to focus on and fund business...

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