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Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.” Organizations, government, and private sector try to control this chaos through plans and training. No...
Lessons from Tianjin

Lessons from Tianjin

Perhaps no industrial accident in recent memory has had such an impact on public awareness of chemical safety as the explosions at the Port of Tianjin that killed more than 170 people last year. The largest of the blasts was the equivalent of more than 21 tons of TNT...
Ensure Resiliency

Ensure Resiliency

Plan for the future. Act today for tomorrow. Be ready for what comes next. These phrases flash on our screens and in magazines more than we realize. In general, these messages are trying to get people to think about their futures (and sell something). But, for you and...
Change is Good

Change is Good

We truly live in an era of innovation and information. It seems like every week there is a new “must have” app or a better faster way of doing something. Research, discoveries, and information-sharing are ongoing in these fast changing times. From my perspective at...
Company Spotlight RockDove

Company Spotlight RockDove

    Product Overview:   In Case of Crisis developed by RockDove Solutions, is an award winning, fully customizable, enterprise-class mobile solution. Leveraging mobile technology, the In Case of Crisis app helps organizations make their emergency,...
It’s What You Do

It’s What You Do

How do you explain what it is you do? Do you use words like continuity, recovery, planning, contingencies, and resiliency? Are you sometimes confused over what term you should be using these days? You’re not alone – the growth and boom in our industry has resulted in...
Resilience

Resilience

Disasters seem all around us nowadays. Not a day goes by without some sort of disaster or terrorist attack occurring somewhere in the world filling the news. The New York Times on July 21, 2015, ran an article on a study from the Norwegian Refugee Council. The Refugee...
Automats of Readiness

Automats of Readiness

Automats – those fast-food vending machines – were before my time. I wasn’t born in Gotham. I wasn’t raised in the Windy City. I grew up hopelessly suburban and automats were mostly out of vogue before I showed up. Still, whether seeing an automat in an old film,...
Company Spotlight: RSA White Papers

Company Spotlight: RSA White Papers

Magic Quadrant for IT Vendor Risk Management The market for IT VRM software exists to enable the assessment, monitoring and remediation of risks arising from the use of IT vendors and IT service providers. Gartner’s first Magic Quadrant on this small but growing...
The Active Shooter

The Active Shooter

Although this topic makes people uncomfortable when discussed, it does need to be discussed. While you have a higher chance of being hit by lightning than being involved in an active shooter incident (or “active slaughter incident” as Lt. Col. Dave Grossman calls it),...
Change Change Change

Change Change Change

Gen. Eric Shinseki, retired chief of staff of the US Army and former secretary of veteran affairs said once, “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” Government leaders have wrestled with that paradox. Environmental circumstances demand...
Company Spotlight: EMC/RSA White Papers

Company Spotlight: EMC/RSA White Papers

Practical Guidance for Evaluating and Simplifying your Business Continuity Program Requirements This white paper offers practical guidance to help organizations navigate among a maze of regulations, guidelines and maturity models and simplify business continuity and...

Exhibitor Guide

Exhibitors Guide Download the Spring World Exhibit Hall Floorplan (PDF) Agility Recovery Solutions – 810, 812 Allstate Office Interiors/Swift Space – 502 American Military University – 815 Association of Contingency Planners – 808 Avalution...

Glossary Committee

Purpose: The Glossary Committee is responsible for maintaining the BCI DRJ Glossary of Business Continuity Terms. Composition: The committee includes members of the editorial advisory board, and other industry professionals who are interested in contributing to the...

Web Committee

Purpose: The Web Committee reviews the DRJ website and related publications and communications, on an ongoing basis, and identifies potential enhancements/corrections for review by the DRJ staff. Composition: The Web Committee consists of both Editorial Advisory Board...

Career Development Committee

Mission Statement The Career Development Committee promotes education, opportunity, inclusion, and excellence surrounding the exploration and evolution of career paths in all aspects of Business Continuity and Risk Management.  Key elements of our mission include...
The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

Stay in our profession for any length of time and you’ll soon get a feel for the various mindsets that often prevail throughout the populations and organizations we try so hard to serve. In some ways it’s understandable. No one wants to believe they have a need for...
Company Spotlight: IBM White Papers

Company Spotlight: IBM White Papers

The Seven Essential Practices for Effective BC Management This white paper describes a tested approach for successfully evolving business continuity into an organization-wide, integrated program. The seven essential practices described in the paper provide a roadmap...
Small businesses failing to plan ahead

Small businesses failing to plan ahead

Only half of UK organizations have a business continuity plan and this figure is significantly lower when it comes to small businesses with only 30 percent having a plan in place compared to 54 percent of medium sized businesses and 73 percent of large businesses....
Water, Water Everywhere

Water, Water Everywhere

Toledo, Ohio, July 2014 A green algae bloom, moved westward from normal wind patterns, hovered directly over the water intake to the Toledo drinking water intakes. The toxins from the algae are not removed by normal treatment processes, and otherwise normal...
Don’t Fly Too  Close To The Sun

Don’t Fly Too Close To The Sun

You would be worried if you did not have fire safety and evacuation plans in your office, so why would you not put the same risk assessment strategy in place for your data? Too many businesses do not have a disaster recovery (DR) plan, so my advice is to sit down and...
Step Away from the Infrastructure

Step Away from the Infrastructure

Data protection includes a broad array of activities from archiving and backups, through replication and disaster recovery; all of these activities require increasingly staggering budgets to build, maintain, and manage the infrastructure that supports them. The...
Emergency Management Training

Emergency Management Training

The skies darken and warning sirens wail in the distance. People scramble to their shelters. Several of the curious are standing at their windows or doorways hoping to catch a glimpse of the incoming cone of devastation or thinking they may be able to film it and post...
An EAB Committee Needs You

An EAB Committee Needs You

Are you interested in learning more about Disaster Recovery Journal Editorial Advisory Board (EAB)? The EAB consists of both practitioners and vendors who provide strategic direction to DRJ staff regarding the focus, format, and content of the magazine, Website, and...

Preparing For The Inevitable Disasters

Fires. Floods. Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Unfortunately these types of natural disasters are happening all over the world, but it seems with very little attention. Perhaps this is because we’re becoming more used to natural disasters or maybe it’s because most people...
The Role of Data Centers in Business Continuity

The Role of Data Centers in Business Continuity

Can your business afford downtime? While the obvious, likely answer is “no,” the more important question is, “Has your business clearly defined the true cost of significant downtime?” We are not just talking about an hour without Internet access or a half-day without...
Enabling Master Data Management Capability

Enabling Master Data Management Capability

Master data is the information underpinning enterprise-wide operations and can include supplier information, software applications, employees, locations, and resources. Creating a master data management (MDM) capability has many challenges, however, including...

Justification Kit

  Justification Kit Providing Justification for Attending A ConferenceAttending an industry conference is an excellent training tool, but getting approval to travel to and participate can sometimes be difficult. How can you justify the time off work and travel...

Exhibitors Guide

EXHIBITOR’S GUIDE Download the Fall World Exhibit Hall Floorplan (PDF) Abtech Technologies – 600 Acronis – 112/114 Agility Recovery Solutions – 117 Airbus DS Communications – 100 Assoc of Contingency Planners – 609 Avalution...
Responding to ‘Maybe’

Responding to ‘Maybe’

For most business continuity programs, the response to an actual event is pretty straightforward: evaluate the impact and, if warranted, activate the related plan. What can be less straightforward is the response to an anticipated event. These are situations in which...
It’s Time to Give Back

It’s Time to Give Back

You, the readers of Disaster Recovery Journal, represent a broad range of disciplines – not only business continuity planning, but also the related areas of risk management, disaster recovery, emergency management, business resilience, audit, strategic planning,...

Days of Summer

I don’t know about you, but I kind of miss summer. The long relaxing days, the quieter days at the office, the long weekends and vacations. There is something to be said for the time to sit back and appreciate how lucky we are professionally and personally. It’s also...

Securing Storage Networks

Storage networking has come a long way in a very short time. Until recently, storage area networks (SANs) were limited to single corporate sites, but, today, SAN extension is hot. Perhaps as many as 70 percent of the world’s Fortune 1000 companies rely on...

Living On the Edge

Data located in remote sites, home offices and laptops sits outside the central network. So called “edge data” comprises more than 60 percent of critical business data. A study by the Strategic Research Corporation estimates that 75 percent of this data is...

Inventing the Future

Most organizations take time every so often to look at who they are, where they are, who they want to be, where they want to be, and how they are going to get there. Inventing the future through corporate business planning has received significant attention at DRI...

Infrastructure Maintenance

One of the most pressing challenges for IT managers today is maintenance. How do you maintain and manage your UPSs, power distribution units, air conditioning, gen-sets, and other critical infrastructure systems? How much maintenance is enough maintenance? One of the...

Ice, Gas & Money

In this article, I draw on some of the lessons my bank learned from last year and offer some recovery tips for other financial institutions. My advice is meant to apply not only to hurricanes, but for any type of natural disaster – such as tornadoes, floods,...

2005 BCM/DR Survey Results

In October, 2005, Gartner partnered with Disaster Recovery Journal to conduct a survey on the topic of business continuity management and disaster recovery. 2005 BCM/DR Survey Results From Gartner, DRJ By ROBERTA J. WITTY, CISSP In October, 2005, Gartner conducted a...

Small Business Case

Can small businesses recover from significant disasters? The answer depends on a number of variables such as the size of the business, its location, its financial strength, and the direct and indirect effects of the event. Did you know there were approximately 22.9...

Say What?

I was coming home from the gym when I heard a news report on the radio. It was a typical report about tornados that had touched down earlier that day. The reporter was giving the lead in to the story before the broadcast of a statement from a weather “expert.” I was...

Point of No Return

At the DRJ Fall World 2005 conference a group met to review the Generally Accepted Practices (GAP) document relating to “Developing Business Continuity Strategies.” This was shortly after Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes in history....

Planning for the Bird Flu

Current information suggests the Avian flu H5N1 could in all likelihood mutate into a communicable virus among humans. Rather than the limited geographical targets of a natural disaster or terrorism, where the majority of the damage would be to infrastructure and...

Lessons from Katrina

As gulf coast businesses evaluate the effectiveness of their disaster recovery plans after Hurricane Katrina, a major area of focus will no doubt be data protection. As most know, a solid and secure data back-up procedure is a necessary part of any disaster recovery...

Is it Hype or Real?

If you work in business continuity long enough, you will see new threats appear and become the focus of this year’s conferences, sales pitches, and marketing. Some of this is justified and a correct reaction to a new threat. Others are hype and in an industry led by...

Avian Flu: Special Report

Concerns over a possible pandemic continue to capture the attention of almost every segment of society. In recent months, experts have warned that the world is overdue for a pandemic occurrence. The last severe one struck the United States in 1918, with milder...

General Session 3 Questions or Concerns

Do You Have A Question or Concern for a CEO, CFO or Other Executive? DRJ is actively seeking input of questions to be used in our General Session 3, Monday, March 31 at Spring World 2014. This session will feature experts from our Senior Advanced Track in a panel...
NetIQ Whitepapers

NetIQ Whitepapers

A Practical Guide to Cost–Effective Disaster Recovery Planning Organizations across the globe are finding disaster recovery increasingly important for a number of reasons. With the two traditional approaches to disaster recovery— workload mirroring and removable-media...
Skycasters

Skycasters

Communications How Does it Work? Mobile Recovery Solutions Bandwidth you Need Planning Communications — A Necessity in an Environment Our entire national infrastructure relies on communications in one form or another to survive. We use e–mail, phone, fax, and cellular...

DRJ Services Questionnaire

Disaster Recovery Services Questionnaire This questionnaire will be used in a survey of vendors who provide services other than those published in previous Disaster Recovery Journal surveys. This Disaster Recovery Services survey covers every service, except...
MIR3

MIR3

Mass Notification for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Intelligent Notification It is an important part of business continuity and disaster recovery planning and can keep your teams in touch when operations are threatened or interrupted. Business continuity...