The Great Blackout of 2003: Aug. 14 Power Outage Largest in U.S. History

Continuity planners received a wake up call when a massive power outage struck parts of the United States and Canada on Aug. 14, 2003. Thousands of manufacturing plants, offices and retail shops were forced to close. Restaurants shuttered their doors and airlines cancelled flights in record numbers. In the midst of it all were contingency… Continue reading The Great Blackout of 2003: Aug. 14 Power Outage Largest in U.S. History

Vendors Provide Inside Look at Blackout

When a disaster occurs that has wide-spread affect on a large number of businesses such as the recent blackout, one way to judge the impact is to view the number of declarations industry service providers received. In the following articles, three service providers (in alphabetical order) give an inside look at the impact the blackout… Continue reading Vendors Provide Inside Look at Blackout

Key Considerations For Proactive Planning: How to Mitigate the Effects of Disaster Prior to an Event

The recent power outage in the Northeast and Canada brought it home once again; disaster recovery and business continuity planning are basic realities that businesses, large and small, need to address in order to maintain operations before, during, and after a catastrophic event. Since 9/11, companies have improved their efforts to develop and implement workable… Continue reading Key Considerations For Proactive Planning: How to Mitigate the Effects of Disaster Prior to an Event

The Iceberg Theorem

Some years back, while in the defense industry, I met a fellow who mentioned that he once worked with a Hughes reliability engineer named Murphy, the very man responsible for “Murphy’s Law.” Reliability engineers are principally involved in analyzing why systems fail tests so they can determine changes to the materials, components and/or processes that… Continue reading The Iceberg Theorem

The Internet: Information That’s To Die For

At this very moment, the largest organization in the free world may be unknowingly and unwittingly providing every computer-literate terrorist group with highly sensitive intelligence critical to homeland safety and national security. Coincidently, that same organization is also hunting those same terrorist groups. The organization is the U.S. government. And when it comes to revealing… Continue reading The Internet: Information That’s To Die For

The Linchpin to Successful Business Continuity Planning

It is 3 a.m. Saturday and the CEO of a large corporation gets a call. The voice on the other end of the phone says, “The downtown headquarters building is on fire. It looks like a total loss.” After assembling the senior staff, the CEO tries to navigate a path to getting the organization productive… Continue reading The Linchpin to Successful Business Continuity Planning

Diversity in a Business Continuity World

Webster defines diversity as, “to differ from one another, to vary.” The word diversity is often used in different contexts. It is commonly used in the financial world regarding stock portfolios, 401ks and more. It is also used in the human resource world. Diversification in my way of thinking should also be synonymous with business… Continue reading Diversity in a Business Continuity World

The Age of Smart Disasters Begins: The Changing Face of IT Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery plan, disaster readiness, contingency planning, continuity planning, continuous processing plan. These terms are extremely confusing and, although there are subtle differences in the meaning, they are often used interchangeably when referencing the planning process for mitigating the impact of catastrophic events. It’s like the terms statistical process control and statistical quality control. I… Continue reading The Age of Smart Disasters Begins: The Changing Face of IT Disaster Recovery

Targeting Preparedness

By now, IT executives all over the world know that having a plan in place for recovery from unexpected outages, either natural or man-made, is vital to the health of their business. The volume of information continues to increase as a result of e-commerce and other business critical enterprise applications, along with businesses and consumers… Continue reading Targeting Preparedness