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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....

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...