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UK Power Supply Crisis

UK Power Supply Crisis

Charlie discusses how the UK power supply crisis could affect your organisation. A couple of weeks ago one of the lead stories in the news was the fire at Didcot B Power Station, a gas power station in the South of England. The station, which within the last couple of...

We need better checklists.

The Dallas hospital treating the Ebola patient has just announced that the patient died. The Liberian public health and airport security personnel in Liberia did their jobs, and checked outgoing passengers at three distinct checkpoints.  But airport personnel can...
Ebola – The Classic Creeping Crisis

Ebola – The Classic Creeping Crisis

This week Charlie discusses how the Ebola crisis is creeping up on all of us.      The situation in West Africa, with the ongoing spread of Ebola, bears all the classic symptoms of a ‘creeping’ or ‘rising tide’ crisis....

DRJ Fall World: Thanks to our Sponsors

DRJ Fall World is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to turn our attention to the companies who help us ensure we can provide you with a top-notch learning and networking experience. Gold Sponsor: Send Word Now: Headquartered in New York City, and...

DRJ Fall World: What You Need to Know

As a reader of the DRJ blog, you know that we’re busy getting ready for DRJ Fall World. Our 51st conference is happening very soon so we thought it would be useful to remind you of the information you need to have a successful conference experience. When:...

DRJ Fall World: Pre-Conference Courses

Don’t know if you’ve heard the news but DRJ Fall World is just around the corner – September 7 – 10 in San Diego. We’ve fine-tuned our agenda, have a got a great line-up of industry experts to lead the numerous sessions, and we’re...

Cloud Compliance: What Auditors Are Looking For

Originally posted on Rentsys Recovery Services’ blog. In today’s world, many, if not most, companies are either part of a regulated industry or have been identified as a critical vendor in a customer’s supply chain. These organizations are audited by...

DRJ Fall World 2014: A Closer Look

Just like the kids who are anxiously looking at the calendar and counting down the number of summer vacation days left – we’re also counting. The only difference is that we’re excitedly counting the days left until DRJ Fall World 2014.  Our 51st...

Travel Risk Is High Right Now

It’s not just that airplanes have been disappearing, or shot down, or that the infectious disease Ebola is out of control in parts of Africa, or that Tel Aviv travel was suspended by major airlines when shelling came too close to the airport . Travel risk has...

DRJ Fall World: Learning and Networking

Some conferences are known for the learning component. Others have a reputation as being great for networking. What sets DRJ Fall World (and Spring World) apart from these conferences, is that our conferences are widely recognized for both the learning and networking...

DRJ Fall World: Register and Save!

We don’t really want to keep pointing out the date… but, July is almost over and August will be here very soon. To be more specific, August 7 will be here soon and if you want to save $100 on your DRJ Fall World registration, you need to register...

Fall World 2014: The Countdown Is On!

It might only be July, but you know how the summer is – the days seem to pass by very quickly and before you know it – it’s September. This is why now is the time to download the DRJ Fall World Agenda and to take advantage of our registration...

Seven deadly sins of business continuity plans

This week Charlie gives you some of the key things to avoid when writing your plans. Last week I helped plan and deliver a workshop for the Scottish Continuity Group. The theme of the day was to give the delegates ideas of ways to improve their plans. Presentations...

Hints and tips for ISO22301

Charlie giving some key hints and tips for ISO22301 certification.   Early this week I was in Fremont, California supporting a company through their ISO22301 audit. We have been working with them for a year to get them ready for the audit. Monday and Tuesday were...

More Advice From A Risk Detective

 I finished a new article on insider threats a couple of weeks ago.  You can find it on our website (www.anniesearle.com) in the Research section, under “Articles by Annie.” I am on my to New York City via Boston tomorrow morning. ...

Business Continuity of your cloud based services

I read a lot of articles on the key benefits of the cloud, and how cloud computing can be used help to ensure business continuity and speed disaster recovery and in some cases the cloud services themselves can become a major component of the disaster recovery plan for...
Managing incidents across timezones

Managing incidents across timezones

  For the past week I have been working with a company in California and getting them ready for ISO22301 certification. I will speak more on the lessons learned from the certification in next week’s bulletin. In preparation for the audit I have been helping...
3 Steps to Incident Readiness

3 Steps to Incident Readiness

Business Continuity methodologies have been around for decades. Business processes, technology, culture, markets, media and communication have all changed – yet BCM is still virtually the same.It shouldn’t surprise anyone that ‘Selling BCM to the...

4 Elements to Create an Incident Ready Program

The purpose of anIncident Readiness Programis to enhance the ability to respond effectively toanybusiness disruption and restore those assets (Business Processes, facilities, technology, suppliers and people) that are critical to the delivery of that...

Reading and writing

By Andy Osborne, AcumenOriginally posted on Oz’s Business Continuity Blog I like writing. I like reading too, although with everything else vying for my attention, I don’t get nearly enough time to read for pleasure. On the writing front, I blog when I...

Take Off the Blinders

It’s been an extraordinary month, with scenarios that include missing planes; another round of deaths at Fort Hood just as the report on lessons learned in the Washington Shipyard was released; a Supreme Court decision that makes us wonder if the justices...

Disaster Recovery and Change Management

Change Management is often times the most overlooked aspect when it comes to Disaster Recovery. Not only does it not get enough attention, but we often times forget that building a recovery footprint is just as important as maintaining it.  Has your server been...

Improving Transparency of the Supply Chain

After tsunamis, protests, hurricanes and wildfires, it would be expected that very few management teams would be unaware of their company’s vulnerability to disruptions like civil unrest and extreme weather. Unfortunately a survey released by the APQC (American...

Seattle Disasters

    Mudslide     We’ve had two of them in less than a week.  First, the fiery news helicopter crash last week.  Then last Saturday, a horrific mudslide in Snohomish County, where rescue operations have been too dangerous to be fully...

How to Get a Passing Grade on DR Preparedness

Originally posted on Rentsys Recovery Services’ blog.  Earlier this year, the Disaster Recovery Preparedness (DRP) Council released the results of an annual benchmark survey that graded businesses worldwide on their state of DR preparedness using...

Spring World 2014 is Almost Here

In a little over a week we’ll be getting together in Orlando, Florida for our 50th conference! This is pretty amazing and it’s hard to believe how quickly the time has gone. It seems that in no time at all, we went from planning Spring World to now...

How do you count the costs?

Counting the cost is the theme for BC Awareness Week this year. How do you do it? Do you think there are benefits, or is BC just a cost centre? Do you have an opinion on the subject? Then why not share your opinion or your techniques for assessing costs and benefits...

DRJ Spring World News: In Case You Missed It

We’ve been writing a lot lately about DRJ Spring World and it’s easy to lose track of the details about our leading business continuity conference. So in this week’s post, we’re highlighting some of the DRJ Spring World features that...
Ski boots and celery

Ski boots and celery

By Andy Osborne, Acumen.  Originally posted on Oz’s Business Continuity Blog. I love skiing. It’s right up there on my list of top ten favourite things (I’ll keep the other nine and their relative positions to myself for now, on the...

DRJ Spring World Pre-/Post-Conference Courses

Are you looking to maximize your travel and learning budget? Are you trying to find extra ways to get some extra knowledge and advice from industry experts? Then look no further than the pre- and post-conference courses offered at DRJ Spring World 2014. A couple of...

DRJ Spring World and The BCI

Whether you’re new to business continuity, a seasoned expert or someone looking to increase their knowledge – you can definitely benefit from the DRJ Spring World pre- and post-conference courses.   These courses are taught by industry experts from...

Winter Weather Tips from FEMA

Another big storm is bearing down on the East Coast  —  so I thought I would post a link to FEMA’s winter weather tips. The building blocks of the tips for winter weather apply to those of us in other parts of the country as well. If you keep a...

DRJ Spring World Up Close

Yes, it’s true, we’re in the third week of January… As usual time is racing along and this means that it won’t be long until the best in the industry are meeting at DRJ Spring World in Orlando, Florida. Maybe you’ve been thinking about...

A Look At DRJ Spring World

Happy New Year! We’re only a few days into 2014 but so far it has been a very interesting year – particularly when it comes to the weather…. If you’re in Canada or on the East Coast, you’re likely bundled up under layers of blankets and...

Scale up or out?

Scale up or out?         At STORServer, we provide only the best of the best. One thing I’m regularly asked is when is Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) better than CommVault and vice versa? While each has its own advantages,...

Looking At DRJ Spring World

On this snowy day (in most parts of Canada and the United States), it is helpful to look forward to spring and warmer less snowy days… In particular, lets take a closer look at DRJ Spring World taking place in Orlando, Florida from March 30-April 2.  As you...

Give Thanks Any Day

Thanksgiving is the day we celebrate the day when Native Americans sat down with Pilgrims and ate together.  For some of us, it’s a better holiday than all the others combined because we reflect upon just how much we have to be thankful for. Team Rubicon in...

DRJ Spring World: A Closer Look

We’re pretty excited about our 50th conference, so you’ll have to to bear with us as we continue to boast about the top-notch speakers, sessions, and workshops that we’ve got planned for DRJ Spring World. With the theme of “Ensuring Resiliency...

Only the Best of the Best

STORServer takes it to a whole new level What happens when you combine the best hardware in the industry and the industry leading data protection software in the industry?  Simple, you get the best data protection solution in the world.    CommVault has...

Delving into the depths

By Andy Osborne, Acumen.    Originally posted on Oz’s Business Continuity Blog Following the recent departure of number one son to Manchester (see “University challenge”), on Sunday afternoon I decided to address a small issue...

Spotlight on DRJ Spring World 2014

Mark these dates on your calendar: March 30 – April 2, 2014 and make a note that you’ll be in Orlando, Florida for Spring World 2014. It might seem a bit early to start planning your 2014 education, networking and learning opportunities, but we really...

University Challenge

By Andy Osborne, Consultancy Director at Acumen We recently reached a significant milestone in the Oz family history, when we transported number one son (number one as in the sequence in which they arrived, as opposed to any order of preference, I hasten to add) with...

VA TECH Vindicated!

I have said from the start that notifying everyone in a community of a threat due to what appeared to be a domestic dispute is not a leadership or law enforcement responsibility. VA TECH has been vindicated. from the Huffington Post: RICHMOND, Va. — RICHMOND,...

Hurricane Sandy One Year Later

Today, Oct. 29 marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. This was the most devastating storm of 2012 and the second most expensive in the history of the United States.  A quick online search reveals a range of opinions, facts and photography collections...

A great honor

Events near the end of October have a way of forcing me to choose among equally enticing prospects.  Rather than attend this year’s Executive Women’s Forum in Scottsdale, I flew to Reno to help present the 2013 Hall of Fame Awards & Gala for the...

Getting off the Roundabout

This is my first post on the DRJ blog, I appreciate the invitation to contribute and hope the readers derive some value from my contributions. My primary aim will be to promote, or at times provoke, discussion. So I am going to link together an “opinion...

A pair of debriefs

By Andy Osborne, Consultancy Director at Acumen It’s fairly standard practice to hold some form of debrief at the end of an exercise or test, which is a very sensible thing to do. It helps to ensure that any issues and actions arising are captured and it’s...

Earthquake planning

In yesterday’s operational risk seminar that I teach at the University of Washington, our guest speaker was UW seismologist and information scientist Bill Steele.  In the first hour of class, he used a presentation he had recently made to state government...

12 Things NOT to Include in Your BCM / DR Plan

When disaster – or a crises – strikes, organizations must be able to refer to a plan to help guide them through the tasks they need to consider executing to respond, restore and recover, systems and operations. All to often when a BCM / DR plan is pulled...

8 TIPS for COMMUNICATING DURING A CRISIS

To most people a crisis is bad and for the most part, they’d probably be right. However, an organization can do good things when they are hit with a crisis; some may even say there is an opportunity. The situation itself might be bad enough but it it’s not...

50th DRJ Conference

It’s time to celebrate – in 2014 at DRJ Spring World we’re celebrating our 50th conference!! DRJ Spring World 2014 promises to be our best yet and you can be confident that we’re looking forward to learning, growing and celebrating with you....

Emergency Preparedness In Action

Nearly two weeks ago at 8:48 a.m. an OC Transpo bus collided with a Via Rail Train in the city of Ottawa, Ontario. Six people were killed and over thirty people were injured. These are the basic facts of this terrible collision. It will take months for Transportation...

It’s Almost DRJ Fall World Time!

Time flies when you’re  having fun and most of all – extremely busy!! Yes, it is that time – DRJ Fall World time. In less than a week, we’ll be at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront getting ready to host and welcome you to DRJ Fall World. To...

Create a Disaster Recovery Crash Kit

The very nature of Disaster recovery is kind of a morbid but necessary subject to talk about due to the nature of what it is. A crash kit is the box you will use in a true DR and will save your business from possible extinction or at the minimum weeks of lost...

Southern Alberta Flooding Lessons

In 2005, citizens of Southern Alberta were deeply impacted by what Environment Canada named the “top weather event of the year”… And yes, we’re talking about heavy flooding that resulted in 14 municipalities declaring a state of emergency....

Backup quarterbacks and disaster plans

In professional sports today, the coach always has a “plan B.” In the NFL, those are called backup quarterbacks. There is even a backup to the backup. In football, however, they know and understand that a player can get hurt on any play. They might not...

The National Preparedness Month 2013 Toolkit

September is National Preparedness Month! Here are the “official” toolkits provided by FEMA-  (via community.fema.gov) The National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2013 Toolkit includes suggestions for activities and events that state, local,...

Emergency Preparedness, Zombie Style!

From the Centers for Disease Control’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response  (seriously) There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e...

DRJ Fall World – Sunday Solutions Track

Can you believe it is the middle of August? Not only does this time of the year signal the winding down of summer (sorry!) it also means it is time to really start thinking about your September plans.  For us here at DRJ, September is all about DRJ Fall World....

Traumatic Incident Stress: No Good Deed..

..goes unpunished, they say. Nowhere is that more true than with those who respond to disasters- natural or man-made, where death and severe injury is present.  These workers are at risk of experiencing stress from what psychologists refer to as a traumatic...

A Look At DRJ Fall World – Tuesday Workshops

It may be the middle of the summer, but we’ve got our eyes on September and more specifically on DRJ Fall World. This blog post continues our series on highlighting the learning and networking opportunities you’ll have at our September 22-25 conference in...

A Look At DRJ Fall World – Breakout Tracks

In our ongoing blog series on DRJ Fall World, we’ll take a closer look at the Breakout Tracks that are available to you. These Breakout Tracks are focused on giving you that next step in learning – allowing you to focus on the topics and questions that you...

Workplace Disasters: Ready?

When we think of disasters and the workplace, its usually in the context of a natural disater such as tornadoes, hurricanes or earthquakes- depending on where one is located. But these are actually the tip of the iceberg- which is a good analogy in fact. The iceberg...

Video Games & Emergency Preparedness

By Luis Tapia Originally posted on Disaster Junkie’s Blog After playing through a post-apocalyptic themed video game last night, I thought about the recent success of several disaster related genres. Perhaps the most notable would be the zombie craze, which...

A Look At DRJ Fall World – General Sessions

In a previous post, we took a look at the Sunday Workshops available to you at the 2013 DRJ Fall World conference. In this post, we’ll get into the General Sessions so you can get a good understanding of the learning, networking, and training opportunities...

Support for virtualized environments is key

Virtualization technology has helped IT organizations of all sizes reduce costs by improving server utilization and reducing application provisioning times. However, this produces two new problems that most people do not account for when choosing a data protection...

A Look At DRJ Fall World – Sunday Workshops

Ah June, the month when people start thinking about vacation plans, summer camp and getting away from the office for a bit…. Well, for us at DRJ, we’ve got something else on our minds – Fall World 2013. To say that we’re excited and looking...

Effects of the Cloud on HR and Recruitment

If you work within the Human Resources department at your organization, it is highly likely that you have witnessed a transition from traditional web hosting to the cloud over the past few years. Cloud technology provides numerous benefits to a corporation’s HR...

Business Continuity Glossary

As you know the more resources and information you have easily accessible, the easier it is to make smart, educated and informed decisions. Articles, research studies and case studies do go a long way in providing this information but sometimes you just need to see...

Simple and Useful Cloud Security Tips

There was once a time when we could leave our doors unlocked without fear of losing our prized possessions, and there was once a time when we could type credit card numbers into our browser without fear of identity theft. Sadly, this is no longer the case; we must...

Scalability–You grow, it grows!

When keeping pace with growing data, a major concern for IT organizations, in terms of both storage and data protection is how the data protection solution will handle the growth. If your business has grown its capacity by 40-60 percent in each of the past three...

Scalability–You grow, it grows!

When keeping pace with growing data, a major concern for IT organizations, in terms of both storage and data protection is how the data protection solution will handle the growth. If your business has grown its capacity by 40-60 percent in each of the past three...

Required Qualities of Great Cloud Hosting Providers

When looking for someone to hire to add an extra bedroom to your home, you have to perform thorough research to find the perfect individual that will suit your personal needs. So, why wouldn’t you do the same when it comes to searching for a web host?...

Recovery: A Unified Approach

Do you have different products to protect different types of data or different systems? If so, you need to start thinking about standardizing on a single product.  Think of all the time, training and resources you would save. Unified recovery management (URM)...
License correctly and save money! What?

License correctly and save money! What?

Can two of the same things have two different prices? Heck yes! Not only can they have different prices, but they can also be dramatically different.  In the last few years, data protection solution providers have started to offer something besides...

Re: A Bumpy Landing – Quite Timely

Andy Osborne’s blog from last week was truly timely: I’ve just been assigned a new task by my boss: Take a recovery management plan done for one company site, and sinter it down into a suitable “template” for other “small” company...

The 21st Century Data Center

The emergence of the data center began in the 1990s, when companies began installing servers on their premises, replacing clunky and outdated mainframes. As technology improved, these spaces moved to off-site facilities with more dedicated resources. Today’s...

Data Reduction, Not Just Data Deduplication!

It is not all about data deduplication! Many data protection products and providers talk about data deduplication as if it will save the world. In fact, data deduplication is only a small part of the solution. What we need to be talking about is across the board data...

Why People LOVE the Cloud

You may have been researching the process of incorporating a cloud hosting solution into your business practice, or you may just be curious about this relatively new phenomenon. Either way, you will soon see that there is nothing but love for the cloud. Traditionally,...

What to know about private cloud!

Before considering cloud-based data protection, it is important to first understand the basics of cloud, which can sometimes be foggy (at best). With trade magazines and publications defining the “cloud” in a number of different ways, IT managers...

Practical Business Continuity Management

By Andy Osborne, Consultancy Director, Acumen Author of Practical Business Continuity Management I’ve just finished doing one of those straightforward “I’ll knock that off in a day or two” type  jobs. It only took me seven days. Over a...

Let’s have some fun?

So you have planned.  You have a strategy.  You are ready. Are you really? Sure you have done planned testing.  But… people knew it was coming.   You probably made all the plans for your test weeks in advance.  You knew where you...

Industries that Will Gain from Adopting the Cloud

The phenomenon of cloud computing has been a trending topic for the past few years. As the technology improves, companies are increasingly coming to rely on cloud hosting capabilities and the countless benefits it offers. You may just be surprised by the various...

Event Security

The two bombs that exploded during Monday’s Boston Marathon have left many people asking “How could this have happened?” and “What could have been done to prevent such attacks?”. These thoughts and questions are being heard on the radio,...

Hindsight: The Perfect Science

In the wake of the horrific bombing in Boston yesterday, there have been no “claims of responsibility” by a terrorist group, but it is highly likely the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have a few in mind they “like for it.”  So...

Mark Your Calendar For DRJ Fall World

Can you tell that we’re excited about DRJ Fall World 2013? Suppose two blog posts in less than a month is a hint that we’re looking forward to Sept. 22-25 in the fine city of San Diego, California. We’ve got a new website to go along with our new...

What Makes a Great Recovery Plan?

By Glen Bricker, Avalution ConsultingArticle originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Blog The goal of any recovery plan, regardless of the size or nature of the organization, is to protect life, minimize damage from an event, and quickly resume the delivery...

Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2013 are now launched

Monday 18th March saw the official launch of the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2013, the independent body of knowledge for good Business Continuity (BC) practice worldwide.   The launch of GPG 2013 signifies a memorable event for BC professionals all around the...

Choosing a Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution

The most distinct benefit of cloud computing is its inherent cost effectiveness. However, the cloud offers another advantage that is not so pronounced: disaster recovery. Traditional hosting plans offer several options for a variety of disaster recovery needs, but...

Announcing Fall World 2013

Hot on the heels of the success of Spring World 2013, DRJ has announced the dates and location for its industry leading fall conference: Fall World 2013. Fall World 2013 will be in San Diego, California from Sept. 22 – 25 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. This...

How the Cloud is Helping Companies Maximize Profit

The relocation of your company’s technical infrastructure to the cloud may appear to be a frightening one—every aspect of your technology will need to be adjusted to appropriately reflect its new location. However, there is good news: according to a recent...

Questions to Ask When Considering Cloud Storage

  If you are new to the cloud hosting industry, you may be slightly confused by the variety of options available regarding cloud storage. You may keep hearing the term “cloud computing” and not quite understanding what it means. You may not even be...

The Basics of Defending Your Network Security

  Each day on the news, there is a new headline regarding a large corporation that has had its website intruded by anonymous hackers who have released a surprisingly large amount of personal information. The first step to maintaining a large website is to...

The Effects of Cloud Adoption on IT Departments

For both small- and large-scale businesses, there appears to be a growing trend: executives are adopting cloud computing into their everyday activities with little to no aid from their in‐house IT departments.  In fact, the role of the Chief Information Officer...

Alas, Poor Discussion Board, I knew ye well…

I must admit to having strong feelings of loss, having just discovered the DRJ discussion Board, which many of my virtual colleagues and I offered our collective experience and thoughts to new practitioners of our profession, is now gone, quite apparently due to its...

Nemo Impact Lingers

It is the winter and in the winter it snows. But sometimes even the most hardened, aren’t ready for a massive snowfall. A snowfall that resulted in at least 1o deaths. A snowfall that crippled the east coast of the U.S. and Canada. A snowfall that resulted in...

Does the Cloud Reduce Downtime?

  The word “downtime” is one that the customer of any hosting provider dreads to hear. It is used to explain the common occurrence in which a server or website hosted on that server is busy or unavailable as a result of scheduled maintenance or even a...

BC Predictions for 2013 – 7 to 10

This blog brings to an end my review of BCI predictions for 2013 – mainly because as we have now reached February, they are beginning to look more like news comment than forecasts. Predictions 7 through 10 were about business failures, sustainability, increased...

SUPER BOWL AND YOUR BUSINESS

How does watching football on Sunday translate into to-do’s for Monday?  More than 100 million people watched the Super Bowl on Feb 3rd, they were expecting a great game and some good entertainment.  What they got was almost a disaster for CBS. ...

Cloud Computing Forecasts for 2013

When it comes to cloud computing, expectations are high for 2013. Businesses of all sizes—from garage-based startups to multinational corporations—are putting their resources into utilizing cloud computing technologies and services to help them deliver...

BC Predictions for 2013 – Numbers 5 and 6

Today I will look at our predictions 5 and 6, which have some degree of overlap. Firstly we predicted that “ISO 22301 will start to take off, with certificates issued in more than one country”. Hardly a difficult prediction I know, but still an opportunity...

A Few Characteristics of Cloud Hosting

The term “cloud computing” refers to any activity or service that involves the “cloud.” No—not a literal cloud! This metaphorical cloud is a virtual system that is accessible online, where users can perform a wide variety of IT tasks....

New Disaster Recovery Journal App

We are very happy to announce that the Disaster Recovery Journal is now available in a mobile version. Our mobile version is just like the hard-copy print edition that you read and enjoy. Available for Android and Apple devices, Disaster Recovery Journal mobile gives...

Colocation Hosting For Disaster Recovery

While it is impossible to avoid disasters that are out of your control, the affect of such disasters can be minimized with a disaster recovery plan.  Disaster recovery plans are essential for businesses that value resiliency and that understand the importance of...

Out with the Old, In with the New

Well, we are now several weeks into the new year and, as crisis management and business continuity professionals, we are happy to see 2012 in our rear view mirrors. Maybe it is just the relative recentness of Hurricane Sandy, or the fact that she devastated such a...

A Pandemic Planning Update

Well, it is flu season again in the United States and in Corporate America that means it is Pandemic Flu Preparedness Planning Season again. However, please do not confuse the Seasonal Flu with a Pandemic Flu. This website from Flu.gov includes a terrific table at the...

Understanding Enterprise Resiliency

In the Fall 2012 issue of the Disaster Recovery Journal we focussed on enterprise resiliency – researching and writing about this topic from a range of angles and perspectives. We thought it would be useful to pull some highlights from this issue to help you to...

Should I Back Up to the Cloud?

Lately, the cloud has emerged as a popular solution for data backup for small to medium sized businesses.  Data backup has always been a popular subject for the SMB market and with the recent trend in data growth, cloud-based backup solutions, like cloud server...

2012 DRJ Highlights

2012 – the year is almost over. And what a year it has been. For the DRJ community and team, this has been a busy year of planning, development and continual learning. It has been our goal, as always, to provide you with the best resources available –...

DRJ Introduces – DRJ Live Learning Center

Introducing DRJ’s Newest Educational Resource: The DRJ Live Learning Center Missed a session at one of DRJ’s conferences? Is there a session you want to review again for reference? The DRJ Live Learning Center connects you to educational sessions recorded...

Tackling a Few Cloud Computing Concerns

By far, the biggest concerns surrounding cloud computing are issues regarding security and privacy in the cloud.  The notion of giving up total control of important, sensitive data scares people, as it is no longer “safe” behind the corporate wall. A...

Using the Cloud to Ensure Business Continuity

In today’s fast-paced society, companies of all sizes need affordable ways to deliver quality IT services reliably and continuously.  One of the key benefits of cloud computing, one that is also often overlooked, is how cloud computing can help ensure...

How Do Data Centers Support Private Clouds?

A private cloud is infrastructure operated solely for a single organization, whether managed internally or by a third-party and hosted internally or externally.  Put simply, it is a layer of cloud applications running on private, dedicated hardware.  By...

Thinking About Risk

Most organizations and companies want to mitigate risk. Limit risk by making smart business decisions that enable the company to be on the leading-edge of their niche but still not in the “risk” danger zone. A fine line indeed.  What is interesting is...

How many lives does your data have?

By Sameer Sule SANDY- if you live in the northeast you will not forget her name for a long time. Every CEO, business owner and home owner was holding his/her breath as Sandy blew over us. I know I was. My house is surrounded by trees and every time a 50 mph gust came,...

Taking advantage of incidents?

The issue I would like to think about this week is how, as business continuity people, we should approach big disasters and what should our attitude be to them. If we are affected by the incident, then our job is simple, we implement our business continuity plan and...

Learning the Hard Way

Despair. Anger. Frustration. Hopelessness. Sadness. Disappointment. This is just a brief list of the emotions that folks impacted by Hurricane Sandy are feeling. It is impossible to understand what the citizens of the hard-hit areas are feeling. Many have lost...

The Benefits of Conferences

As you likely know, the team at Disaster Recovery Journal holds two conferences each year: DRJ Fall World and DRJ Spring World. DRJ is not alone in hosting, organizing, and managing these learning and networking opportunities. A quick search of the Internet reveals a...

Hurricane Sandy Update

Well, in theory the worst of Hurricane Sandy is now over. But for hundreds of thousands of people, the destruction left behind is a large barrier to getting over the storm’s destruction. With some people trying to get back to normal – battling traffic to...

Trunk or Treat – a story of Resilience

In Schoharie, New York, where over 200 homes were damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011, the community is demonstrating resiliency today, Halloween, in the throes of Hurricane Sandy. With so many homes, streets, sidewalks, and other potential hazards due to flooding, the...

Staying Up-To-Date with Hurricane Sandy

The majority of the east coast of the United States is dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Many folks are without power and worse still, people have died. To help you stay up-to-date with the latest  news and updates regarding Sandy, take a look at the...

5 Tips for Keeping Your Data Safe in the Cloud

Sometimes after you migrate your business data and applications to the cloud via cloud servers, it is easy to forget that data security is something that should be consistently monitored.  There are a few things to consider after your company’s migration to...

A Closer Look At: ISO 22301

I just downloaded the updated Rules and Regulations spreadsheet… To say there is a lot of great content and information in this spreadsheet would be an understatement. This Rules and Regulations spreadsheet was compiled by a team of industry experts (all members...

DR and Crisis Management

Recently, DR/BCP professionals have sent me inquiries about how to handle crisis management or crisis communication, especially during a DR event.  DR/BCP professionals may be highly involved in managing a data or system recovery and unable to devote attention to...

The GAP in DR/BCP/EM Technology

The GAP in DR/BCP/EM Technology Recently I attended a concert at my grandchildren’s school in a small, rural community in Upstate New York.  A small child in the row behind me was using what appeared to me to be a tablet computer. Amazed by the use of technology,...

Disaster Recovery for HIPAA Data & Applications

In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted to help address concerns regarding health care data security and privacy.  As part of the administrative safeguards of this act, health care facilities are responsible for...

The Importance of a Disaster Recovery Plan

It is extremely important for businesses to have a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan in place for situations where downtime or data loss may affect the business’ ability to continue operating smoothly and effectively.  To protect your data, it is essential that...

Returning From San Diego a Little Bit Wiser

I was first given responsibility for disaster recovery planning in 1985 while working at, what was then known as, Bank of Virginia in Richmond, VA. We were a UNISYS shop and had a mainframe recovery subscription with a company whose name I no longer remember that had...

Three Trends in IT Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery is constantly being influenced by trends in the IT industry.  These trends are forcing businesses to reevaluate how they plan, test, and execute their disaster recovery plans.  The following are a few IT trends and how they are affecting...

Advantages of cPanel Cloud Server Hosting

cPanel is a Linux control panel used by many web hosting companies because not only is it one of the most intuitive control panels available, but also it is relatively cheap to use.  cPanel allows you to control and manage every aspect of your website and is...

Insurance for Independent Consultants

Since 2002, my S-Corporation carried “Errors and Omissions” or Professional Insurance coverage. As an independent BCP/DR consultant, are you adequately insured? In 2008, my insurance carrier expanded coverage (known as the Bell endorsement) to include...

For want of a nail

According to a Wall Street Journal article (see Penn State Warned On Accreditation at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444318104577589174048808462.html?mod=ITP_pageone_1 ), “Pennsylvania State University’s accreditation is “in...

California Fire Fee – It’s About Time

  California is assessing homeowners who live in vulnerable, fire-prone areas a fee to cover the cost of fire protection services, including very expensive suppression of wild fires.  It’s about time someone acted to place the cost of protecting vulnerable...

How to Calculate ROI from Cloud Computing

In a business world that is embracing the cloud more and more every day, it is interesting to see that, while the cloud benefits companies in several ways, these companies seldom demonstrate their advantage from the cloud in terms of ROI (return on investment). ...

What Makes a Great Recovery Plan?

By Glen Bricker, Managing Consultant, Avalution ConsultingArticle originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Blog The goal of any recovery plan, regardless of the size or nature of the organization, is to protect life, minimize damage from an event, and quickly...