5 Keys to Limiting Risk Exposures with IT Service Management

Managing business operational and availability risk should begin early in any application or business process lifecycle. Engage ITIL’s (information technology infrastructure library) service model to ensure that disaster recovery (DR) risks are considered from service design to retirement. When designed properly, DR relies heavily on established IT service level management (SLM) and availability management capabilities.… Continue reading 5 Keys to Limiting Risk Exposures with IT Service Management

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 change be made in policy or procedures. However, change doesn’t come easy in large… Continue reading Change Change Change

Climate Change: A Risk Businesses Cannot Ignore

Are businesses prepared for skyrocketing energy costs to combat extreme heat? Can Midwestern farmers handle average crop losses of up to 73 percent in the coming decades? Should businesses invest in oceanfront property that is virtually guaranteed to flood? Because of climate change, these are just a sample of the crucial questions that the U.S.… Continue reading Climate Change: A Risk Businesses Cannot Ignore

Critical Steps to Protect Data on Mobile Devices

A study conducted by Osterman Research found that 43 percent of employees have accessed sensitive corporate data on their personal mobile devices while on an unsecured network at places such as airports or restaurants. Even if your organization has a secure digital network on the premises – with firewalls and password-protected data – you need… Continue reading Critical Steps to Protect Data on Mobile Devices

From the President’s Desk: Change Is Good

Change. Change is a good thing. But sometimes it can be a challenge to keep up with the latest changes, trends, ideas, practices and technologies in our industry. Ours is a very fluid and dynamic industry – there are always new ideas, practices, tools and studies available that suggest how we should be communicating, planning,… Continue reading From the President’s Desk: Change Is Good

Get the Most out of Your DRJ Attendance

As I step down as chairperson of the Disaster Recovery Journal’s Editorial Advisory Board (EAB), I have been thinking about what I could share that would benefit new conference attendees and professionals growing their business continuity knowledge base. If you are planning to attend the DRJ Spring or Fall World conferences, know the topics your… Continue reading Get the Most out of Your DRJ Attendance

How DRaaS is Changing the Data Protection Game for the SME

We live in the era of instant access – always on. If a website takes too long to load, we instantly move on. If an ATM doesn’t dispense cash, it’s unacceptable. Not only have our expectations risen to astronomical heights, but so has our dependence on technology. If electronic medical records are unavailable, then lives… Continue reading How DRaaS is Changing the Data Protection Game for the SME

How to Create a Disaster Plan that Accommodates the Latest Headline Crises

Ebola, one of the latest crisis making headlines, has become a common household word these past few years. It also sent hospitals, airports, college campuses, and other public places scrambling to put together disaster plans. Today, it’s Ebola, and tomorrow it will be something else. No matter what the headline reads, the planning and preparation… Continue reading How to Create a Disaster Plan that Accommodates the Latest Headline Crises

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), as business continuity professionals, we need to take such an incident… Continue reading The Active Shooter