Branch Office Data Consolidation Adds Streamlined Recovery

Companies with branch offices must maintain continuous access to information to expand their business and maximize their competitive edge. However, these organizations are faced with a dilemma: how can they cost-effectively manage the process of protecting branch data while also keeping it available to support business operations? There are inherent risks and costs associated with… Continue reading Branch Office Data Consolidation Adds Streamlined Recovery

Winds of Change: Hurricanes Devastate Florida Businesses

Four hurricanes within six weeks have wreaked havoc on businesses across the state of Florida. From the panhandle to the southern tip, the state has been battered by four violent storms – leaving thousands of businesses damaged and owners scrambling to recover. Hurricane Charley hit on Aug. 13 on the western coast; Hurricane Frances came… Continue reading Winds of Change: Hurricanes Devastate Florida Businesses

Forecasting Charley’s Path of Destruction

America’s disaster recovery and insurance industries have a unique and vital role to play in the wake of major natural disasters. A catastrophe the magnitude of Hurricane Charley taxes the government and private sector’s ability to respond, especially when the storm intensifies rapidly and doesn’t strike where authorities initially anticipated. This article is focused on… Continue reading Forecasting Charley’s Path of Destruction

Emergency Notification Technology Improves Severe Weather Response

In August of this year, Hurricane Charley’s 145 mph winds ripped through Florida, killing several people, forcing 1.5 million to evacuate and causing an estimated $14 billion in damages. Charley was only one of an anticipated 10 tropical storms that develop annually over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico, according to the… Continue reading Emergency Notification Technology Improves Severe Weather Response

A False Sense of Security

Since the events of Sept. 11, 2001, many customers are now proposing a program of carrier diversity for their telecommunications services, especially their long distance services. This diversity program essentially splits their network between two or more carriers. The premise of this program is an assumption that their mission critical circuits, or their entire network,… Continue reading A False Sense of Security

Test First, Then Plan: A Unique Approach to Build and Gauge BCP Awareness

The emergency evacuation drill is something familiar to everyone. It has been embedded in our routines since grade school when we followed the teacher outside and lined up on the playground. In the adult world, most organizations conduct at least one emergency evacuation drill per year, but in today’s environment it is no longer considered… Continue reading Test First, Then Plan: A Unique Approach to Build and Gauge BCP Awareness

Lessons Learned

January 2004: Two students in Louisiana are arrested after planning to shoot students and teachers in an effort to copy the 1999 Columbine High School killing spree in Colorado. October 2003: A gun-wielding teen takes an administrator hostage in a Sacramento, Calif. alternative school. Both are wounded in a confrontation with local police. September 2001:… Continue reading Lessons Learned

Remote Data Recovery Provides Fast Solution

Losing data is an extremely stressful situation. Not only do you have to be concerned about the actual data that is missing, but you also have to deal with the consequences of downtime. Since losing access to data can often bring productivity to a halt, speed of recovery is more important than ever. The normal… Continue reading Remote Data Recovery Provides Fast Solution

Preventing Information Theft While Maintaining the Ability to Collaborate

Information theft presents one of the greatest threats to organizations and individuals today. It can result in a loss of competitive advantage or strategy while bidding on lucrative contracts, as was recently seen in a high-profile case involving two defense contractors bidding on a $1.88 billion satellite-launching contract. It may also endanger an organization’s customers,… Continue reading Preventing Information Theft While Maintaining the Ability to Collaborate

Attacks in Spain Impact U.S. Trains

Terrorist attacks in Madrid on March 11, 2004, were both spectacular and devastating. Two hundred passengers were killed and more than 1,500 injured on simultaneous explosions on downtown commuter trains. Elections held only three days after the tragedy, were heavily impacted by the attack. Some 77 percent of Spain’s eligible population turned out to create… Continue reading Attacks in Spain Impact U.S. Trains