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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...

DR vs. BC: Dueling Recovery Plans

Many companies today have created an environment of hostility between disaster recovery planning (DRP) and business continuity planning (BCP). Companies are creating two independently operating groups tasked with planning for a disastrous event. Below is the...

The Incident Preparedness Pyramid

Once upon a time, and not very long ago, disaster recovery was born. As a discipline yet in its infancy, its aims were noble and its efforts sharply focused.Its practitioners were few, but with limited resources they strove to achieve technical redundancy for...

Spring World 2005 Another Great Success

More than 1,100 attendees joined expert speakers and exhibitors for a total of 1,500 people at Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla., for the Disaster Recovery Journal Spring World 2005 conference March 6-9.“We are very pleased once...

Preparing Like Europeans

Businesses are spending big on facilities and plans that will help them recover in the wake of disaster, but are they spending wisely? In today’s world of power crises, cyber hackers, terrorism, and increased climatic threats, businesses are responding with...

Getting Started

The majority of business continuity/disaster recovery articles written for trade journals are directed toward the technical audience. There is an abundance of information available on the steps necessary to implement a business impact analysis or build the disaster...

Regulatory Compliance

Corporate governance is the system by which companies are directed and controlled. It is the way in which the corporate boards and officers set the policies and handle the affairs of corporations. Initially, the focus of corporate governance was to protect...

Earthquakes Rattle Supply Chain

When we think of Niigata prefecture in Japan, we think of exceptionally delicious rice, or perhaps the exceptional sake produced from that delicious rice, but not critical business infrastructure. However, when a series of large earthquakes struck the Chuetsu area...

Top-5 Causes of Replication Failure

With all the miles I log driving the vast Texas highways, sooner or later I know the odds will catch up with me and my car will end up with a flat tire. It may be an inconvenience, but I don’t worry because I always have a spare that will adequately cover my needs...

Emotional Continuity Management

Taking Care of Human Emotions While Protecting Your Business’ Bottom Line Reasonable variations of human emotions are expected at the workplace. People have feelings. Emotions that accumulate, collect force, expand in volume and begin to spin are another matter...

Insurance Company Looks For Silver Lining

For most companies concerned with their ability to recover print-to-mail processes after a business interruption, three hurricanes in six weeks would be reason enough to question their recovery capabilities. However, for a Florida-based insurance company, the added...

Modeling Events To Affect a Recovery

How do you begin planning specific recovery strategies for a disaster event that hasn’t happened? Industry best practices and your own good sense suggest that you use the worst-case scenario to determine the necessary recovery strategy to be used. It follows that if...

What Every CIO Should Know About DR

A number of years ago when I became CIO of a large international company, my operations manager advised me that our disaster recovery hotsite contract was up for renewal and needed enhancement. We were a single IBM mainframe shop supporting a $7 billion business, and...

When You Least Expect It …

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article serves as a follow-up to articles published in the winter 2004 and summer 2004 editions featuring the trials and tribulations of a new BC professional. One never knows when disaster will strike. As every business continuity professional...

Addressing the Data Protection Challenges

Whether it is customer account information, financial records, operations data, or e-mail, the life blood of any business is corporate data. Data protection should not be an afterthought. Studies have shown that businesses that suffer catastrophic irrecoverable data...

BC Analysis Using Computer Simulation

Simulation modeling and analysis has long been a tool used to analyze complex systems and processes. Once known to have staple use in analyzing processes requiring fail-safe operation such as those found in military, aerospace, telecom and nuclear applications,...

Ounce of Prevention Equals Pound of Cure

It’s no secret network managers today must ensure the highest availability of their networks to meet overarching business challenges. This means network managers must ensure they have the tools necessary to aid them in not only managing the network but in also...

A Team Approach To Emergency Management

Whether your perspective is from the national strategic level or the municipal level, the view of homeland security and emergency management has changed for the foreseeable future. The primary responsibilities of any elected or appointed public servant – or leader of...