Without The Wires: Establishing Business Continuity With Your Local Telecom Infrastructure

On Sept. 10, 2001, contingency planning, business continuity processes, and disaster recovery procedures were, in one way, shape, or form a part of many companies’ overall business strategy. On Sept. 11, 2001, those plans, processes, and procedures reached a level of priority and urgency never seen before. As the life-blood of most firms, maintaining connectivity… Continue reading Without The Wires: Establishing Business Continuity With Your Local Telecom Infrastructure

Three Biggest Challenges Facing Our Industry

For many years now, corporate contingency planners have been agonizing over the questions, “How can I get the attention of senior management?” and “Why are our (pick one) disaster recovery/business continuity/emergency planning/crisis management initiatives always at the bottom of the budget allocation list?” Virtually every industry conference has at least one speaker confidently instructing attendees… Continue reading Three Biggest Challenges Facing Our Industry

How Much Is Enough?

In an ideal world, IT managers would have unlimited budgets to ensure that employees, customers, and suppliers always had access to business systems and important information. Indeed, many organizations allocate significant portions of IT spending each year to build up operational resilience. However, organizations that have never been victims of a natural disaster, security threat,… Continue reading How Much Is Enough?

Do Your Homework Before Building Backup Data Center

Your company has decided to build a backup data center and it is your responsibility to lead the project team. Now, there is pressure to get the project under way. Your first inclination might be to consider possible locations. Stop! Planning will save you a lot of time and stress. Before we talk about the… Continue reading Do Your Homework Before Building Backup Data Center

Don’t Get Sick Over Toxic Mold

Toxic mold is becoming “the next asbestos.” It can grow where there is high humidity or dampness. From an innocent toilet leak to a small basement flood, water damage that isn’t properly attended to makes matters worse once this toxic mold begins to grow. This nightmare, combined with the increasing chance of mold-related lawsuits, is… Continue reading Don’t Get Sick Over Toxic Mold

DR Planning For Teleworking Environments

Teleworking has become an integral component of cost-cutting, quality, and employee satisfaction initiatives for many mid-sized to very large companies. Studies show teleworking can save productivity lost to commute delays or absenteeism, and can minimize overhead costs of an office facility by reducing or eliminating the need for a central work site. In addition, with… Continue reading DR Planning For Teleworking Environments

The Key To Protecting Your Vital Assets On The Road

Employees are organizations’ most vital assets, so when these same employees travel abroad carrying laptops and carry-ons brimming with corporate information, a company is risking the two core foundations of its competitive advantage. Also, organizations carry a fiduciary responsibility to protect their employees and internal information. This article will address general guidelines for companies when… Continue reading The Key To Protecting Your Vital Assets On The Road

Protecting Documents Shouldn’t Stop At Server

There are two types of companies. Those that have already experienced a serious data loss and those that one day will. Unfortunately, most companies think their existing data storage plans will protect them from massive data loss. Too often these companies are caught unprepared and disaster is often only a short step away. Data protection… Continue reading Protecting Documents Shouldn’t Stop At Server

Getting Beyond Just An Emergency Response Plan

Almost without exception, all federal, state, and local governments, water districts, and educational districts/institutions are trained and ready to respond to an emergency. This has not come about by accident. Through the years each has developed and extensively documented their procedures into an emergency operations type plan. Furthermore, those plans have been tested time and… Continue reading Getting Beyond Just An Emergency Response Plan