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7 Reasons Your Recovery Plan Needs an Update

7 Reasons Your Recovery Plan Needs an Update

Have you ever had to bail out of an airplane?… Me neither, fortunately. But imagine if you did, and your parachute was too moth-eaten and tangled to support you because you hadn’t maintained it properly. Fun, right? I see the same thing all the time with...
Using Notifications for Travelers’ Safety

Using Notifications for Travelers’ Safety

Do you remember when the first cell phones were commercially available? One of the highest advertised benefits of mobile devices was the ability for travelers to contact help in the case of a roadside emergency. Today, cell phones have evolved into smartphones,...
GDPR: The End of Gated Content?

GDPR: The End of Gated Content?

As the GDPR comes into effect, many marketers are scrambling to align their online marketing strategies to the regulation. Unfortunately, like most regulations, there are many requirements that are confusing or ambiguous; one of those is the treatment when requiring...
Proper Use of IPAWS During Hurricane Season

Proper Use of IPAWS During Hurricane Season

Today’s emergency alert systems need to be reliable and accurate. In the wake of the terrifying January 2018 false alert to Hawaii residents, the public expects its emergency alert systems to operate consistently and properly. The crux of general public...
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS FOR BUSINESSES

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS FOR BUSINESSES

Researchers predict we’re in store for another rough hurricane season. If previous years have taught us anything, it’s that these storms can quickly evolve in ways we can’t anticipate. You may not be able to control when or where a storm hits,...
The Impact Of GDPR On Channel Partners

The Impact Of GDPR On Channel Partners

In just a few days, on May 25, the clock will expire on the two-year transition period for companies to reach compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This not only impacts organizations operating in the European Union (EU), but also affects...
The Importance of Professional Cleaning

The Importance of Professional Cleaning

The founder and President of Safety Projects International Inc. has a mission – to help clean up the U.S., Canada, and several other countries. However, rather than doing it himself, Dr. Bill Pomfret aka Dr Clean is getting the workers themselves to do it...
Business Continuity You Can Bank On

Business Continuity You Can Bank On

Community bank strengthens enterprise-wide business continuity program and vendor risk management capabilities With 53 branches, multiple ATMs, and banking seven days a week at two locations, TBK Bank strives to do the right thing to make customers’ lives better...
Data Tech Cafe Case Study

Data Tech Cafe Case Study

Seann Moreno, Chief Operating Officer Helping to grow the efficiency and productivity of IT technology for small to medium size businesses, Data Tech Cafe needed a reliable and affordable way to keep their customers connected in the cloud. Introduction to the client...
Bracing for another hurricane season

Bracing for another hurricane season

Interstate Restoration renews partnership with CSU forecast group FORT WORTH, Texas – In the wake of last years’ historic hurricane season, Interstate Restoration has renewed its partnership with the atmospheric experts at Colorado State University to help...
The 9 Hallmarks of Quality BCM Service

The 9 Hallmarks of Quality BCM Service

There must be something special about the number nine. When we talk about looking our best, we speak of dressing to the nines. When we’re happy, we talk about being on cloud nine. And when we talk about doing something thoroughly, we speak of going the whole...
Threats, Impacts, BCPs

Threats, Impacts, BCPs

Within Business Continuity circles there is ongoing debate about the relevance and role of Risk Assessment in developing a BCM program. Having been in the industry for more than 20 years, I understand the issue from both the sides. Traditional, formalized Risk...
Active Shooter: 4 Tabletop Exercise Tips

Active Shooter: 4 Tabletop Exercise Tips

Active shooter incidents are on the rise in US, and your organization is most definitely at risk. Quoting FBI statistics, the National Fire Protection Association reports that “an average of 6.4 active shooter events occurred annually in the U.S. from...
Be The Calming Influence

Be The Calming Influence

When someone asks what a resilience professional does, I tell them, “You’re the calming influence.” Primarily, business continuity management (BCM) and emergency management (EM) professionals have to have that effect on people, their organizations,...
Corporate Mobile Worker Safety

Corporate Mobile Worker Safety

Assumptions, Insights, and Expectations Businesses must have a comprehensive strategy in place to protect their employees – wherever they happen to be working. Research firm IDC forecasted that 72 percent of the U.S. workforce would be made up of mobile workers...
Reimagining Business Resiliency

Reimagining Business Resiliency

Business is constantly changing so the way we respond to crises and disasters should evolve, too. As we become faster and are able to work more with less, our connectivity makes us more accessible but also more vulnerable. So how do we keep ahead of the problems and...
Putting Out Fires

Putting Out Fires

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is known for his statement, “The only constant is change.”  Personally, I embrace change.  After all, if things did not change we would get bored with the mundane.  Along those lines, I recently decided it...
Data Storage, AI, and IO Patterns

Data Storage, AI, and IO Patterns

AI is one of the hot new topics in computing and with good reason. New techniques in Deep Learning (DL) involving Neural Networks (NN), has the ability to create NN’s that achieve better than human accuracy on some problems. Image recognition is an...
Cisco Completes Acquisition of Accompany

Cisco Completes Acquisition of Accompany

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) announced today it has completed the acquisition of Accompany, a privately held company based in Los Altos, Calif. The company provides an AI-driven relationship intelligence platform for finding new prospects,...
CMT 101: Crisis Management Team Roles

CMT 101: Crisis Management Team Roles

In last week’s blog, we shared our “8 Tips for Building a Good Crisis Management Team.” This week we’re going to take a closer look at Crisis Management Team roles. Generally speaking, crisis management teams have a specific function and some...
Object Storage vs Block Storage

Object Storage vs Block Storage

Clearly, there is keen interest in the object storage vs. block storage debate, for a variety of reasons. Object storage is in the limelight, thanks to the spectacular growth of cloud computing along with the advent of object-based storage solutions from vendors....
Baron Releases Hurricanes eBook

Baron Releases Hurricanes eBook

Online document details best tropical severe weather procedures HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Baron, the worldwide provider of critical weather intelligence, announces a severe weather eBook, titled “Hurricanes: What you need to know to plan, predict &...
NAS vs. SAN: Differences and Use Cases

NAS vs. SAN: Differences and Use Cases

NAS “versus” SAN doesn’t tell the whole story in comparing these two popular storage architectures. NAS and SAN are as complementary as they are competitive and fill different needs and usage cases in the organization. Many larger organizations own...
The BCM Challenge: Executive Buy-In

The BCM Challenge: Executive Buy-In

By Ramesh Warrier As a Business Continuity Management (BCM) solution provider the first question I ask potential clients is – What are your major BCM program challenges? Responses include: We do not have a seat at the executive table where major decisions...
A Guide to Block Storage

A Guide to Block Storage

Block-level storage is a foundational data storage technology. In the enterprise, it helps makes today’s large-scale databases and business applications possible. Here’s what you should know about block-level storage and how it has shaped the enterprise...
New IObit Malware Fighter 6

New IObit Malware Fighter 6

Armed with Safe Box and Anti-Cryptocurrency Mining against Cyber Attacks SAN FRANCISCO – IObit, world’s top system utility and security software provider since 2004, has recently announced a significant release of its anti-malware software...
You’re Doing It Wrong: Residual Risk

You’re Doing It Wrong: Residual Risk

[This is the second post in our occasional series “You’re Doing It Wrong.” The first post was on BCM Metrics.] I realize that the title of this post is probably incorrect. It’s probably not right to say that you are using residual risk...
SSD vs. HDD: Performance and Reliability

SSD vs. HDD: Performance and Reliability

Should you buy that new storage system with SSD, HDD, or both? The answer depends on understanding the balance of cost, performance, capacity, and reliability between these two storage technologies. And the ultimate goal is most cases is to create...
DR Plans – The What, When & Who

DR Plans – The What, When & Who

As a Business Continuity practitioner with more than 20 years of experience, I have had the opportunity to see, review and create many continuity and disaster recovery plans. I have seen them in various shapes and sizes, from the meager 35 row spreadsheet to 1,000...
Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Accompany

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Accompany

Accompany Founder and CEO Amy Chang to Lead Cisco’s Collaboration Business SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) announced today its intent to acquire Accompany, a privately held company based in Los Altos, Calif. The company provides an AI-driven...