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The K.I.S.S. Method to BRP

The first thing you need prior to development of a detailed Business Resumption plan is to obtain senior management commitment in verbal and financial forms. Without management sign-off, you will be wasting a lot of time documenting a plan that most probably will only...

GAP to the Rescue

Everyone in the business world seems to be having to do more with fewer human resources on a smaller budget. We no longer have the luxury of hiring additional staff or consultants to implement or improve upon our business continuity/disaster recovery programs. The...

Is Your Recovery in Your Hands?

One of the 10 Professional Practices for Business Continuity Professionals that organizations often overlook is “coordination with external agencies,” most notably government officials. Often as business continuity planners, we think we have our plans and we are too...

Business Continuity Planning for the Rest of Us

BIG, it’s always BIG! Every contingency planning book you read assumes that your company is BIG. Let’s see now’.you should have a team conducting a Risk Analysis (RA), followed by a team conducting a Business Impact Analysis (BIA), followed by a team...

Implementing an Enterprise-Wide Security Program

Abstract The process of identifying threats and the risks they pose within your organization is a cost-effective way to eliminate the risk, or reduce its impact and frequency. For these reasons, the importance of performing this type of critical analysis cannot be...

Risk Analysis – An Overview

Risk Analysis–the foundation for a good Disaster Recovery plan! It is also a phase that means different things to different people. For some, it means an analysis of the hazards or exposures that a computer room is subject to and the impact of such hazards on...

Impact: How Great Would It Be?

What would be the impact to your business in the event of a disaster affecting computer processing capabilities? Considering today’s telecommunication requirements, how long could it realistically take to recover? Days? Weeks? or even longer? Possibly some critical...

Some Techniques for Business Impact Analysis

This article describes methodology and techniques for performing a comprehensive business impact analysis (BIA). This version of a BIA provides the foundation for the entire business continuity planning effort. Based on the various considerations addressed during the...

Creating Usable Disaster Recovery Documentation

Is your VCR programmed properly? Not sure? Maybe you couldn’t understand the directions in the manual. VCR programming directions, camera manuals, tricycle assembly sheets — all are standing jokes in the technical writing community. One can reread these directions...

Organizing a Contingency Plan For Success

Developing a Contingency/Disaster Recovery Plan requires developing questionnaires and conducting interviews with virtually all departments in the organization to gather information. The result of this effort is stacks and stacks of information. One of the main...

Manage the Recovery Planning Project Part 1 & 2

Great Expectations  All too often, Recovery Planning projects begin with great expectations but end in disillusionment. Cost overruns, missed deadlines, staffing problems, and a plan that is outdated even before the ink is dry, are just a few of the pitfalls that can...

DR/BC Planning and Employee Awareness

Once upon a time in the very distant past, disaster recovery planning was not something that you worried about. That is, if you thought about it, or even heard the terminology. Things were basically taken for granted, (that) someone was looking after...

Training Your BC Teams

The need for training business continuity teams is well recognized by the business continuity industry. Certification courses, seminars, professional practice standards, and other authoritative bodies explicitly state requirements for training business continuity...

Putting the Plan in Motion: A Checklist

Your organization’s contingency plan documents have been assembled and distributed. The important parts of the business have been identified and contracts established for alternate sites or services. Now, if some natural or man caused event interrupts business, how do...

The Test That Wasn’t a Test

In the evening of Wednesday, January 15, 1992, Bluebonnet Savings Bank (BSB) in Dallas, Texas, got to demonstrate first-hand a key DR maxim: a “disaster” should not be thought of only as an external event that strikes computer operations. Rather, a disaster is...

Testing Your Plan

You’re sitting at your desk reviewing a copy of your Disaster Recovery Plan when the phone rings, “Hey Joe, did you test your plan with a mock disaster yet?” You shrug your shoulders a little and answer, “Not yet Frank, my people have been pulled off the disaster...

Full Scale Business DR Testing

Business recovery planners agree: plan testing is essential to the planning process. Unfortunately, many companies limit business recovery plan (BRP) testing to their mainframe, LAN, and telecommunications systems. At CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, Wisconsin, we...

Which Remote Site Strategy is Best For You?

Over the years, I have been asked many questions regarding the best option or recommended option to use for a company’s recovery site. As we are all aware, selecting the best site for a recovery center is difficult. Budgets cannot always afford the most secure ones,...

Vital Records Protection Issues

Because your business survival may depend on the availability of time-sensitive business information – how thoroughly do you pre-qualify your off-site storage vendor, alternate storage location or in-house vault or backup location? What technical standards...