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Career Spotlight – Susan Brown

Career Spotlight – Susan Brown

EDITOR’S NOTE: The DRJ Career Development Committee is supporting this series of articles featuring the career paths of industry professionals. Throughout this series of candid interviews, we hope to provide career advice to our readers by highlighting lessons...
Leadership in Times of Crisis

Leadership in Times of Crisis

Serious preparation is required to successfully manage in a crisis. Being prepared requires two things from each and every responder: Be in a constant state of readiness. Since you won’t know the precise nature of the crisis in advance (timing, location, or specifics...
Ransomware: Will You Be A Victim or Survivor?

Ransomware: Will You Be A Victim or Survivor?

Are you prepared for a ransomware attack? Rarely a day goes by that I’m not asked about ransomware or end up in a conversation about ransomware. Questions range from “What is ransomware?” to “How can ransomware be avoided?” and everything in between. Depending on...
Making the Most of Your Career Opportunities

Making the Most of Your Career Opportunities

After faith and family, what is more important than your career? Are you regularly investing in your career? Many people do not. They go to work, work non-stop all day, then go home to do it all again the next day. Disaster Recovery Journal recognizes our careers not...
Metrics That Executives Love

Metrics That Executives Love

Have you ever been to a meeting where the presenter displays a slide packed with percentiles, bar charts, and awkwardly colored stoplight diagrams? Did the confusing, overly complex, and poorly designed metrics distract you from the intent of the meeting? Did the...
On the Road Again

On the Road Again

Corporate risk managers take note. According to research conducted by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a global business travel management organization, 47 percent – nearly half – of business travelers from the U.S. said they would choose points over personal safety. “The...

Avoiding a Supply Chain Disaster: What You Need to Know

This blog post first appeared on Sungard Availability Services’ website. When it comes to avoiding the potential profit losses and pitfalls associated with natural disasters, power outages, cyberattacks, or other unforeseen disturbances, you cannot afford to be...

Career Spotlight – Gwen White

EDITOR’S NOTE: The DRJ Career Development Committee is supporting this series of articles featuring the career paths of industry professionals. Throughout this series of candid interviews, we hope to provide career advice to our readers by highlighting lessons...

Young Professional Spotlight – Stephanie Strazisar

Stephanie Strazisar’s interest in business continuity started during her graduate school studies at the University of Maryland University College. While pursuing a master’s degree in emergency management, she learned the interdependence among infrastructure sectors...

FIRE! NEW ISO STANDARD WILL TAKE ITS BREATH AWAY

This article first appeared on ISO.org. One of the most effective ways of preventing fires in buildings is to reduce the level of oxygen in the air. The world’s first International Standard for oxygen reduction systems has just been published. Prevention is...

Interstate Restoration Supports First Responders

$7,500 donated for Denver-area firefighters, police DENVER, Colo. – A pair of fundraising events sponsored by Interstate Restoration will infuse some first-responder organizations in the Denver metro area with at least $7,500. Interstate was a primary sponsor of...

Atlanta, GA – Business Continuity Director

Job Description The Director Business Continuity – Comcast Business will play a leading role in managing the Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) activities of Comcast Business (policy, planning, implementation and operation, performance assessment,...

High Voltage Maintenance Corporation Honored for Safety

HVM achieved perfect safety record in 2018 COLUMBUS, Ohio – High Voltage Maintenance Corporation (HVM), a subsidiary of Vertiv, recently received two industry safety awards for 2018, after a year without a single reportable safety incident and no lost time...

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire CloudCherry

Enhancing the Contact Center to Improve Customer Experiences in Real-Time with the Power of Cloud Data Analytics News Summary: Cisco intends to acquire CloudCherry* to enhance Contact Center portfolio. CloudCherry provides predictive analytics, rich customer journey...
Seven Cloud Migration Pitfalls

Seven Cloud Migration Pitfalls

Many enterprises are attracted to the benefits cloud presents. A few obvious advantages include convenience, scalability, and flexibility, packed with the ability to modernize existing IT assets and prepare for future needs. However, getting to this place of improved...

Highland, CA – Business Continuity Specialist

Job DescriptionBusiness Continuity Management (BCM) provides a broad range of assessment; design and implementation services that help the organization identify and respond to risks that can disrupt operations. Services include: performing Business Interruption...

Young Professional Spotlight – Natalie Edwards

Natalie Edwards got her start in the business continuity industry in 2015. She is the business continuity program coordinator for Navy Federal Credit Union and currently responsible for coordinating the overall administration of their BC...

Axcient Announces Industry-Leading TCO for MSPs

DENVER, Colo. – Axcient, a leader in business availability and cloud migration solutions for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), today announced technology enhancements to help lower the total cost of ownership (TCO), including unlimited storage for its...

Career Spotlight – Michelle Herrle

EDITOR’S NOTE: The DRJ Career Development Committee is supporting this series of articles featuring the career paths of industry professionals. Throughout this series of candid interviews, we hope to provide career advice to our readers by highlighting lessons...

Update on 2019 National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM), is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters    2019 Weekly Themes...

Data literacy matters. Do we have to spell it out?!

In the words of Thomas Edison, the value of an idea lies in the using of it. Yeah, I’ve used that quote a lot to talk about the value of data. Data isn’t inherently valuable. But when you use it to better understand customers or to identify bottlenecks in...

The rise of tech freelancers in developing economies

The digital economy is breaking down barriers to employment by empowering tech-savvy professionals to work remotely The gig economy is showing no sign of slowing down. Solutions like Fiverr and Upwork make it easier than ever to find the right person to swoop in and...

International Standard for Safety Signs Updated

Safety signs are essential for preventing accidents and injury. Symbols that are internationally agreed and globally used in safety signs ensure clarity and consistency, regardless of language, culture or setting. The ISO standard that is a reference for safety signs...
Career Spotlight – Nate Bridges

Career Spotlight – Nate Bridges

EDITOR’S NOTE: The DRJ Career Development Committee is supporting this series of articles featuring the career paths of industry professionals. Throughout this series of candid interviews, we hope to provide career advice to our readers by highlighting lessons...
Career Spotlight – Roger Stearns

Career Spotlight – Roger Stearns

EDITOR’S NOTE: The DRJ Career Development Committee is supporting this series of articles featuring the career paths of industry professionals. Throughout this series of candid interviews, we hope to provide career advice to our readers by highlighting lessons...
Career Spotlight – Mark Kern

Career Spotlight – Mark Kern

EDITOR’S NOTE: The DRJ Career Development Committee is supporting this series of articles featuring the career paths of industry professionals. Throughout this series of candid interviews, we hope to provide career advice to our readers by highlighting lessons...
Career Spotlight – Darren Nichols

Career Spotlight – Darren Nichols

EDITOR’S NOTE: The DRJ Career Development Committee is supporting this series of articles featuring the career paths of industry professionals. Throughout this series of candid interviews, we hope to provide career advice to our readers by highlighting lessons...
Career Spotlight – Vicky McKim

Career Spotlight – Vicky McKim

EDITOR’S NOTE: The DRJ Career Development Committee is supporting this series of articles featuring the career paths of industry professionals. Throughout this series of candid interviews, we hope to provide career advice to our readers by highlighting lessons...
Young Professional Spotlight: Naomi Hill

Young Professional Spotlight: Naomi Hill

As a young professional, Naomi Hill already sees herself as becoming a lifelong business continuity professional. In fact, she can’t imagine doing anything else. She says this particular field allows her to put some of her strongest skills into practice. “I enjoy the...
Young Professional Spotlight: Luis Tapia

Young Professional Spotlight: Luis Tapia

After the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina occurred while he was pursuing his bachelor’s degree, Luis Tapia wanted to help the communities recover and heal. He focused on his studies on hazards and disasters. At that time he worked at the American...
Young Professional Spotlight: Hila Haidari

Young Professional Spotlight: Hila Haidari

Hila Haidari is a risk analyst for the FHLB Office of Finance. She has been working for her current employer for one year. She began her career in the compliance department and later transitioned to business continuity after her contract ended. Haidari hopes to...
Young Professional Spotlight: Selma Coutinho

Young Professional Spotlight: Selma Coutinho

Selma Coutinho is a young professional from Brazil who recently relocated to Plano, Texas. Coutinho is head of business continuity management CoE Americas at Ericsson. She has been working in the business continuity and disaster recovery field for the last 12 years,...
Young Professional Spotlight: Amanda B. Nolan

Young Professional Spotlight: Amanda B. Nolan

As a young professional, Amanda B. Nolan, who is a management consultant with The Kavi Group, is still taking advice and learning from others. She credits her mentor, Chris Green, who introduced her to the business continuity profession and provided her with...
Young Professional Spotlight: Masse Adjetey

Young Professional Spotlight: Masse Adjetey

“Business continuity is not about checking a box. It Is about people and community resiliency, business resumption, crisis communication, evacuation procedures, exercise, drills, simulations, BC/DR techniques and activities that can be applied to our day-to-day...
Young Professional Spotlight: Ashley Martin

Young Professional Spotlight: Ashley Martin

What could go wrong? It’s this question that gets Ashley Martin, a senior consultant with Avalution Consulting, hungry for knowledge and opportunities. It’s also the one key question Martin says she and other young professionals should always be asking. When creating...
Young Professional Spotlight: Jimmie Jones

Young Professional Spotlight: Jimmie Jones

“Ask a lot of questions.” “Take risks to challenge the status quo.” “This field is ever-changing. Dare to affect change.” This is just a sampling of the advice Jimmie Jones, a BCDR analyst with Zendesk, Inc. would give fellow young BC professionals. With five years of...
Young Professional Spotlight: Bogdana Sardak

Young Professional Spotlight: Bogdana Sardak

There is nothing better than meeting young professionals who are truly excited about and committed to a career in business continuity. It’s this level of passion and zest for learning that keeps the business continuity industry growing and thriving. One such young...
Young Professional Spotlight: Ryan Hietpas

Young Professional Spotlight: Ryan Hietpas

As the saying goes, it’s not just what you know but who you know. Having access to the right people with the right experience at the right time has been a career-definer for Ryan Hietpas. Hietpas is a business continuity analyst with Great Lakes Higher Education, and...
Young Professional Spotlight: Crystal Witt

Young Professional Spotlight: Crystal Witt

“In my early 20’s, I was working in a security command center and jumped at every opportunity to manage incidents when they came through the hotline. One day after all stakeholders dropped from the incident call, and it was just me and the BC director left, I gathered...
Young Professional Spotlight: Katie Fischer

Young Professional Spotlight: Katie Fischer

Not every career provides continual opportunities for learning, growth, specialization, and frankly excitement. It is this and more that gets Katie Fischer fired up about her career in business continuity. Having worked in the field for 13 years, Fischer, a business...
Young Professional Spotlight: Kendra Wackt

Young Professional Spotlight: Kendra Wackt

Often it’s the lucky discoveries that lead us on the most exciting career paths. This is just what happened to Kendra Wackt, a business continuity analyst with Country Financial. As Wackt tells us, “It was pure luck! I started working as an administrator in the...
Young Professional Spotlight: Eugenia DeLoatch

Young Professional Spotlight: Eugenia DeLoatch

We all know that the field of business continuity is very broad. The range of careers and roles that these careers entail in incredibly deep – a good thing but also an obstacle. For young professionals starting their career in business continuity, it can be...
Young Professional Spotlight: Darshika Dixit

Young Professional Spotlight: Darshika Dixit

“It’s like being a superhero who swoops in during bad situations, well-prepared, and saves the day with help of a trusting team.” This is what Darshika Dixit would jokingly tell people who are curious about a career in business continuity. As a technology consultant...
Young Professional Spotlight: James Heath

Young Professional Spotlight: James Heath

Nearing the end of his junior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, James Heath was looking for an internship in risk management. Even though he had never heard of business continuity he recognized the parallels with his risk management and finance major and...
Young Professional Spotlight: Brian Knox

Young Professional Spotlight: Brian Knox

When Brian Knox took a class on risk assessment and business continuity at the University of Washington, he didn’t know it would lead to a career in the field. “The instructor of the class mentioned an internship that was available,” said Knox. “I expressed interest,...

The Future Of Work Is An Adaptive Workforce

To Build An Adaptive Enterprise, Build An Adaptive Workforce The future of work isn’t something that happens to you — it’s something you create for your company and your own career. Unfortunately, C-level technology and business...

FEMA and FCC Conduct Nationwide EAS Test

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. The nationwide test will be sent to radio and television stations beginning at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test is...

Baron Launches New API Website for Public Safety

Customizable development platform enables easy integration of exclusive weather data HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Baron, the worldwide provider of critical weather intelligence, announces the launch of the new Baron Weather API for Public Safety website, now optimized for...

The Value of a BC Program

By OSCAR MUNOZ When a business faces technological disruptions or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, fires and tornadoes, no one anticipates it. These types of events occur when least expected and can result in either a...

Atera Unveils Community Features Board

Enables MSPs to Provide Real-Time Requests for Product Features and Enhancements NEW YORK – Atera, developer of the big data-based IT automation platform that combines Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM), Professional Services Automation (PSA),...

Effective Business Continuity: Program vs Plan

Many organizations think that effective business continuity planning is synonymous with great plan documentation. It’s not. Yes, plan documentation is extremely important. BUT… many organizations fail to recognize that effective business continuity plans...

Overcoming the Dangers of Virtual Private Networks

By Don Boxley Jr / July 11, 2019 Most consumers regard Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) as a credible means of securing their data transmissions and overall privacy. Few realize VPNs were initially designed to provide these benefits for on-premise settings, offering...

SIOS Technology Responds to Growing Demand for High Availability Clustering Solutions in Cloud and Hybrid Environments by Bolstering Executive Team with Appointment of SVP of Sales and VP of Marketing

Industry veterans, Jim Caro and Frank Jablonski, Join as SVP of Sales and VP of Marketing to drive global growth SAN MATEO, Calif. – SIOS Technology Corp., the industry pioneer in providing IT Resilience through intelligent application availability, today...

Formulus Black Welcomes New CEO Mark D. Iwanowski

JERSEY CITY, NJ – July 22, 2019 – Venture-backed startup Formulus Black today announced it has appointed Mark D. Iwanowski as its new CEO. Iwanowski is both an experienced senior executive of international technology companies, and a veteran of VC in IT,...

Tune Into Your BC Plans

Drummer, singer, and guitarist extraordinaire Dave Grohl has been a part of several prolific rock bands such as Nirvana and the Foo Fighters. He recently brought up an interesting view on playing guitar. Grohl’s view on playing music relates much closer to...

Cyber Risk Continues to Plague Financial Services

The eventuality of a cyber attack is cause for concern for all kinds of organizations, but lately the financial services industry has been especially afflicted. Drawbridge Partners’ Martin Passante explores the growing cybersecurity threat in financial services...

Recent Quakes Have Helped Scientists Hone ShakeAlert

(TNS) — U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Sarah Minson was in the thick of efforts to develop an earthquake warning system in California when a series of major temblors struck the sparsely populated community of Ridgecrest in the Mojave Desert this summer. The...

The 6 Tasks Every Emergency Plan Should Address

Most organizations do a good job when it comes to developing plans to protect their staff in the event of an emergency. However, there are several other key tasks that often go overlooked. In today’s post we’ll look at the six tasks that every organization...

The Security Snapshot: Forrester Time Machine

At Forrester, it is our goal to be ahead of the market trends so we can advise clients on what is to come and how they should prepare. Each year, we publish a series of predictions reports about what may be of primary concern for various roles over the...

SwiftStack Joins NVIDIA Partner Network

Autonomous Vehicles, Healthcare and Telecom Use Cases Span Large-scale Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Data Pipelines from Edge to Core to Cloud SAN FRANCISCO – SwiftStack, the leader in multi-cloud data storage and management, today announced...

Flexible working and cybersecurity

As flexible working becomes the new normal, how can risk directors feel confident company data is secure? The era of digital transformation is well underway. As new technologies – such as artificial intelligence...

New ISO standard for urban resilience in development

Urbanization is increasing, placing pressure on resources and infrastructure like never before. There’s no stemming the tide, so city leaders need to build resilience in order to cope. Work on a new International Standard for urban resilience, led by the United...

DRaaS Providers Come of Age

Originally appeared on the DCIG blog.   By Jerome M. Wendt As more organizations embrace a cloud-first model, everything in their IT infrastructure comes under scrutiny, to include backup and recovery. A critical examination of this component of their...

5 Ways to Bolster Cyber Safety and Minimize Risk

Cyber threats are simply a business reality in the modern age, but with the right knowledge and tools, we can protect our businesses, employees and customers. Davis Malm’s Robert Munnelly outlines five actions companies can take to maximize long-term cyber...

Meta-leadership: Re-defining Emergency Management

At the professional level, the critical tasks leading to, during and following a disaster involve coordinating multiorganizational, intergovernmental and intersectoral response and recovery operations. In the early 70’s wildfires in California brought the...

How 100-Year-Old Firms Stay Relevant

As we’ve reported prior, the majority of legacy Fortune 500 firms are no longer market leaders because their focus remains on protecting their traditional business in this era of digital transformation. In last month’s midwestern US...

Coast Guard Warns Shipping Firms of Maritime Cyberattacks

A commercial vessel suffered a significant malware attack in February, prompting the US Coast Guard to issues an advisory to all shipping companies: Here be malware.   In February 2019, a large ship bound for New York City radioed the US Coast Guard warning that...

Cloud Security and Risk Mitigation

Just because your data isn’t on-premises doesn’t mean you’re not responsible for security   The cloud certainly offers advantages, but as with any large-scale deployment, the cloud can also offer unforeseen challenges. The concept of the cloud...

Tachyum Closes $25 Million Series A Round

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Tachyum Inc. announced today that it has finalized a Series-A funding round led by private equity investor IPM Group, with participation of the Slovak Government, that will be used to continue the advancement of the company’s...

Cisco Intends to Acquire Acacia Communications

SAN JOSE, Calif. and MAYNARD, Mass. /PRNewswire/ – Acacia’s coherent optics technology empowers webscale companies, service providers, and data center operators to meet the fast-growing consumer demands for data Acacia is headquartered in Maynard,...

Human Concerns in Disaster Recovery – Part 3

This three-part blog addresses some of the human concerns of recovery: Part 1 What: What are Human Concerns Part 2 So What: The Risks  Part 3 Now What: The Applications  Now What: Applications for Meaning and Resiliency Resiliency doesn’t mean you...

Disarming Employee Weaponization

Human vulnerability presents a real threat for organizations. But it’s also a remarkable opportunity to turn employees into our strongest cyber warriors.   Employee awareness has become a critical necessity for modern organizational security. While the...

TA505 Group Launches New Targeted Attacks

Russian-speaking group has sent thousands of emails containing new malware to individuals working at financial institutions in the US, United Arab Emirates, and Singapore. Russian-speaking threat group TA505 has begun targeting individuals working at financial...

New MacOS Malware Discovered

A wave of new MacOS malware over the past month includes a zero-day exploit and other attack code. A wave of malware targeting MacOS over the past month has raised the profile of the operating system once advertised as much safer than Windows. The newest attack...

4 Essential Cyber Security Tabletop Exercise Tips

When is the last time your organization conducted a cyber security tabletop exercise? Cyber security teams are busy monitoring and responding to attacks against your organization’s information technology infrastructure. Should you still be conducting tabletop...

Understanding Risk with New International Standard

When the only certainty is uncertainty, the IEC and ISO ‘risk management toolbox’ helps organizations to keep ahead of threats that could be detrimental to their success.  All businesses face threats on an ongoing basis, ranging from unpredictable...

4 Takeaways from the First PwC Global Crisis Survey

The first-ever PwC’s Global Crisis Survey was released this year with insights into over 4,000 crises that occurred at 2,000 companies. The survey comes at an ideal time as crisis management conversations abound and techniques for mitigation evolve....

How to Develop a Contingent HR Policy for Disasters

Late on the evening of May 4, 1988, the First Interstate Bancorp building in California caught fire. Luckily, the fire was put out quickly and only two of the employees working at the time were hurt, and their injuries were minor. Looking back, things could have been...

Tackling Commuter Congestion

Could the world’s most congested cities ease commuters’ woes with flexible working? 40% of people cite their commute as the worst part of their day. On public transport, travellers often experience crowded conditions, stress, discomfort, disruption,...

Table Top Exercise Revelations

https://www.virtual-corp.com/business-continuity/table-top-exercise-revelations/   By Bob Farkas, PMP, AMBCI, SCRA One of the most useful, insightful, and entertaining business continuity activities is table top exercises. These are generally well known to...

Fire Technology: Public Safety Drone Update

In 2019, drones have definitely become an integral part of the public safety landscape and to some, drones are now considered mission critical. Flashing back to 2015, drones had shown some progress but were still mired in strict Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)...

New York, NY – Business Continuity Planning Manager

Job Description The Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Manager assists with the development and implementation of Healthfirst Management Services (HFMS) emergency management policy under the direction of the Business Continuity Director. The incumbent ensures the...

HAVE A DISASTER PLAN FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

Owning a small business has many rewards, like freedom, independence and the chance to financially benefit from your own hard work.  But there are also major challenges, like long hours, hungry competitors, and cash-flow problems. One of the challenges that lands...

With Redefined Risks, GCs Must Redefine Their Role

New global research from Morrison & Foerster reveals that GCs want to be evaluated on how effectively they protect their companies from risk and reputational damage. As Paul Friedman explains, they’ll have plenty of opportunity to prove themselves.  As...

Challenges Facing Emergency Managers Today

By its very definition, emergency management is a field that deals constantly with challenges. Back in 2005, we co-authored an article that examined some specific “critical obstacles” facing emergency managers at the time, including: an imbalance of focus...

What is IT Disaster Recovery?

Disaster recovery is an important process within business continuity management (BCM) that focuses on developing a plan of action to recover from a potential internal or external business threat. In other words, disaster recovery is about ensuring that the business...

How Can You Mitigate Risk On Your Phone?

Do we understand how to avoid the risk of our devices being compromised? For most of us, our mobile phones are an extension of ourselves. Our daily routine, interests, personality and vital information are all stored on devices that we take with us on-the-go to assist...

It’s Time for Your (BCIC) Digital Transformation

What does “Digital Transformation” really mean for companies in 2019? Since the dawn of the computer age, organizations have been asking themselves how they can keep up with the times. From an innovation point of view, Digital Transformation at its core is...

3 Ways to Increase Corporate Confidence in Cloud Security

Many corporate leaders are hesitant to move to the cloud because of security concerns. netlogx’s Clayton Calvert explains that while data breaches are continuing apace, cloud security is entirely possible and manageable. Cloud adoption has continued to grow in...

INSURANCE PROTECTION FOR A RAINY DAY

June weather in New York City can be fickle. As the I.I.I.’s own Brent Carris reported, this fickleness can lead to chaos for the city’s outdoor music festivals, like the recent fiasco at this year’s Gov Ball. Carris noted that event organizers...

No Elevators

“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”  ~ Bit of wisdom on stairway outside a high-intensity gym Life ain’t easy. Neither is a job. That’s why they call it work. It’s true of every aspect of personal life and...

GIGA Data Centers Expands Executive Team

Former BASELAYER and IO Data Centers Executive David Shepard Joins GIGA Data Centers as Chief Revenue Officer   ATLANTA, Ga. — GIGA Data Centers is pleased to announce the appointment of David Shepard as Chief Revenue Officer. David is responsible...

New ISO Standard Puts Humans at the Centre of Business

Gone are the days when the workplace was built around a fairly straightforward structure, consisting of employer, employee, customer. The winds of technological change may be sweeping away traditional models, but ISO 27501 is helping managers build a more...

Forrester’s Guide To Paying Ransomware

Paying Ransom Can Be A Valid Recovery Option Based On Business Need And Circumstances Why Read This Report Conventional wisdom says that when your company suffers a ransomware attack, you should never pay the ransom. But hardline conversations about whether to...

Better Cybersecurity Research Requires More Data Sharing

Researchers at the Workshop on the Economics of Information Security highlight the cost savings of sharing cybersecurity data and push for greater access to information on breaches, attacks, and incidents.   Good data on attacker tactics, security incidents, and...

The Employee Experience is Broken, But IT Can Fix It

New research identifies simplified access to technology as missing piece of puzzle; companies that put it in place can drive greater engagement, productivity and business results   FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It used to be that competitive...

Seven Basic Questions to Screen Cloud Storage Offerings

Using cloud storage often represents the first way that most companies adopt the cloud. They leverage cloud storage to archive their data, as a backup target, share files, or for long term data retention. These approaches offer a low risk means for companies to get...

Cyberattack Hits Aircraft Parts Manufacturer

Belgium’s Asco has shut down manufacturing around the world, including the US, in response to a major cybersecurity event, but what happened isn’t clear.   A cyberattack has shut down international production at Asco, a company in Zaventem, Belgium,...

The CISO’s Drive to Consolidation

Cutting back on the number of security tools you’re using can save money and leave you safer. Here’s how to get started.   Industry reports vary, but experts estimate that the modern CISO uses somewhere between 55 and 75 discrete security products....

Everbridge Achieves German C5 Compliance Standard

Everbridge is only U.S.-based emergency notification provider to obtain C5 accreditation for cloud operations   BURLINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG), the global leader in critical event management and enterprise...

Tomorrow’s Cybersecurity Analyst Is Not Who You Think

Organizations can’t just rely on diverse and cutting-edge technologies to fight adversaries. They will also need people with diverse expertise and backgrounds.   A number of converging factors are changing enterprise cybersecurity, and as a result, we must...

Earth Networks Announces Launch of Sferic Connect

New situational awareness and alerting app helps organizations initiate and comply with weather safety policies   GERMANTOWN, Md. – (BUSINESS WIRE) Weather safety leader Earth Networks today announced the launch of Sferic Connect, a new...

Electric Grid Security Unites Public and Private Sectors

When it comes to protecting the electrical grid from sophisticated and constantly evolving cyber and physical attacks, the government and private sector are converging to protect the grid from emerging threats. The effort to secure critical infrastructure has been...

Predicting Vulnerability Weaponization

Advances in data science are making it possible to shift vulnerability management from a reactive to a proactive discipline   Keeping pace with the endless deluge of security vulnerabilities has become one of the truly Sisyphean tasks for enterprise IT...

FBI Warns of Dangers in ‘Safe’ Websites

Criminals are using TLS certificates to convince users that fraudulent sites are worthy of their trust   One of the most common mechanisms used to secure web browser sessions — and to assure consumers that their transactions are secure — is also being...

Introducing Concierge Cyber™ Services

Cyber Special Ops, LLC Revolutionizes Delivery of Pre- and Post-Breach Support   ATLANTA – Cyber Special Ops, LLC, an innovative provider of cyber risk management services, has announced a revolutionary new delivery model for cyber services called Concierge...

Design Thinking Can Deliver An ROI of 85% Or Greater

The Benefits Of Design Thinking Are Quantifiable, And They’re Compelling By Ryan Hart (principal analyst, CX) and Benjamin Brown (senior consultant, Total Economic Impact) Design thinking has historically enjoyed “blind support” among executive...

What is an IT Disaster Recovery, RPO and RTO?

Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) are essential to the success of any business continuity program. With a wide range of potential business interruptions, RTO and RPO are two of the most critical factors of a disaster recovery or data...

Cognitive Bias Can Hamper Security Decisions

A new report sheds light on how human cognitive biases affect cybersecurity decisions and business outcomes.   It’s a scenario commonly seen in today’s businesses: executives read headlines of major breaches by foreign adversaries out to pilfer...

One Year In, How Has GDPR Improved Data Privacy?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in effect for more than a year now, and it has already yielded significant returns, but there are still key issues that need work. Fortinet’s Jonathan Nguyen-Duy discusses. Abuse of individuals’...

Federal Photos Filched in Contractor Breach

Data should never have been on subcontractor’s servers, says Customs and Border Protection.   Photos used by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in an effort to protect travelers have been taken in an attack against a federal subcontractor. Officials...

ISO: The new dawn of disease control

In our evermore complex, interconnected world, with health systems undergoing new challenges and stresses, risk management in the healthcare industry has never been more important. Three ISO standards play a significant role in matching clinical quality with...

Schroders Reimagines Work with Citrix

Company creates superior digital experience that empowers employees, fuels innovation and results   FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – (BUSINESS WIRE) Work is more mobile than ever. Many of us start our days by scanning news on tablets and continue checking...

Cisco Unleashes the Capabilities of the New Network

Bringing software skills and software practices to networking and IT with Cisco Certifications and DevNet   SAN DIEGO – News Summary: – Evolution of Cisco’s professional certification program embraces both the network professional and...

Cyber Talent Gap? Don’t Think Like Tinder!

If your company truly is a great place to work, make sure your help-wanted ads steer clear of these common job-listing cliches.    If you’ve ever bought a house or participated in online dating, you may be familiar with the creative ways...

Agility Recovery: Severe Summer Weather Threats

The summer season doesn’t always promise nonchalant days filled with sunny afternoons and fun outdoor festivities. It’s easy to forget about triple-digit temperatures, whipping thunderstorms, and wildfires. During summer months, Mother Nature can...

CISOs & CIOs: Better Together

An overview of three common organizational structures illustrates how NOT to pit chief security and IT execs against each other.   For certain critical IT deliverables, CIOs and CISOs embody the inherent tension between cybersecurity and operational requirements....

Cisco Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced that earlier today its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.35 per common share to be paid on July 24, 2019 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 5, 2019....

Groupdolists Unveils Incident Response 3.0

Revolutionary New Model Defining Optimal Readiness for Security Leaders in the Digital Age   NEW YORK – (Newswire.com) ​​​​​​Groupdolists, creator of the most advanced incident response platform for synchronizing and directing readiness and...

Tornadoes Destroy More Than 600 Homes in One Ohio County

(TNS) — Three of the twisters that ripped through the region on Memorial Day night left 631 homes in Montgomery County communities unlivable, according to a preliminary Ohio Emergency Management Agency assessment released today. Tornadoes destroyed 211 homes and...

What Cyber Skills Shortage?

Employers can solve the skills gap by first recognizing that there isn’t an archetypal "cybersecurity job" in the same way that there isn’t an archetypal "automotive job." Here’s how.   It feels like every day,...

The Supplies You Should Have in Your Hurricane Kit

(TNS) — You bought batteries, found the flashlights and stockpiled sandbags. You’re not ready yet, though. The region’s top emergency preparedness experts shared their tips, tricks and a few of the more unusual items on their shopping lists this year...

Optiv Security Doubles Down On Client Success with New Services Approach, Business and Engagement Model; Further Advances Ability to Help Global Clients Optimize, Integrate and Operationalize Cybersecurity

DENVER – (BUSINESS WIRE) While industries are being completely reinvented at an ever-accelerating pace, the overall approach to cybersecurity has not similarly evolved to address the new security challenges presented by rapid digital transformation. Talent...

How to get the most from your team

Any business serious about building a successful future needs to meet its employees’ demands for flexibility   The fact that the work landscape is evolving at a rate of knots won’t have escaped your notice. The very idea that we should work 9 to 6,...
Not Your Average DR

Not Your Average DR

Recent tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and tsunamis have refocused attention on disaster recovery among business leaders and IT managers. While the broader scale of disaster recovery planning includes facilities, power, cooling, communications and people,...

Let DRJ Help You

The new year is in full swing. With this first issue of Disaster Recovery Journal for 2019, I want to share a few things that are currently at the top of my priority list. Cyber Criminals Hacking, malware, social engineering, credential compromising, web attacks....
Know Yourself

Know Yourself

Developing a high-performance BCM program for your organization starts with you. As the BCM leader, you are the person responsible for the fate and direction of your program. The program’s success depends on your ability to strategically and tactically guide...
DRJ Fall 2018 Q&A

DRJ Fall 2018 Q&A

  1. Can you provide real world examples of ransomware policies? What recommendations can you offer companies to develop an effective policy? [ZEESHAN KAZMI] Have a very solid backup policy and make it part of your BC requirements right after life safety and...
Outages Happen

Outages Happen

In late October of 1980, the precursor to the modern internet (ARPAnet) failed for an agonizing four hours. Considered to be the first major network outage, engineers scrutinized the failure in hopes of preventing future shutdowns. A lot has evolved since then. The...

Unlocking Resilience

  How resilient is your organization? Current and past incidents teach us that business disruptions, crises, and disasters occur far more frequently than previously imagined. Last year’s massive winter storm on the East Coast, widespread flooding in the...

2017 Cyber Threats

In today’s age of having everything online, not only can your consumers or employees face passive threats in just about every social platform imaginable, but institutions are prone to actively exposing confidential data. Compliance Complications Draft EU Data...

IT During A Merger

At Greater Risk for an IT Disaster? According to the Harvard Business Review, 60 percent of all mergers and acquisitions (M&A) end up destroying shareholder value. While much of this failure is caused by a strategic mismatch between the two organizations, smooth...

Protecting Your Data

Among DR/BC customers many plan to rely only on near real time replication and frequent snapshots as an appropriate (and only) solution for protecting data. And, while the near-real-time replication and frequent snapshots are essential to any disaster recovery and...

A Time For Renewal

This time of the year is often a time of renewal for many. We’ve made it through the winter, recovered from the holidays, and we have our eyes firmly set on the rest of the year. At DRJ, 2017 has already been a truly outstanding year. We’ve been through a...

Active Shooter Fallout

Hesston, Kansas, is the picturesque Midwestern town. Hesston is located 36 miles north of Wichita. It is very much a town like the stereotypical American small towns Norman Rockwell painted years ago. According to the 2010 census it has a population of 3,709 people....

Exercise is a Must

What is in your plan? Who developed your plan? How did you exercise your plan? Have you updated your plan? Why do you even have a plan? Have you ever used your plan? Does your plan work? These are just a few questions you and your colleagues should be asking one...

No Place Like DRJ.com

Most everyone knows that Disaster Recovery Journal publishes a world-class quarterly magazine with articles that chronicle readiness, risk mitigation, resilience, and high availability. DRJ is also recognized as the preeminent source of conferences that encourage...
Thanks For Your Help

Thanks For Your Help

I know you! Not personally, of course, but take my word for it. You don’t know me but I know you, and you’d be surprised (shocked, really) by just how well I know you. We’ve never met and yet I know your name, your home address, where you work and how long you’ve...

Make A Connection

It’s not what you know but who you know. This business mantra has been around since the mid-1900s. Yes, way back before conferences, social media, e-mail, professional organizations, LinkedIn, instant messaging, and “friending” – savvy folks...

Situational Awareness

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.” Organizations, government, and private sector try to control this chaos through plans and training. No...

Lessons from Tianjin

Perhaps no industrial accident in recent memory has had such an impact on public awareness of chemical safety as the explosions at the Port of Tianjin that killed more than 170 people last year. The largest of the blasts was the equivalent of more than 21 tons of TNT...

Ensure Resiliency

Plan for the future. Act today for tomorrow. Be ready for what comes next. These phrases flash on our screens and in magazines more than we realize. In general, these messages are trying to get people to think about their futures (and sell something). But, for you and...
Lessons from Flint

Lessons from Flint

Ah, there is nothing better than an ice cold glass of water. Turning on the tap and seeing the clear, crisp, and clean water fill your glass is a feeling we take for granted. We take for granted that we have daily access to clean water for cooking, drinking, bathing,...
The Zika Virus

The Zika Virus

A few weeks ago, the Zika virus made the news, but it was largely overshadowed with other issues. But now, the Zika virus is front and center. Initially thought to be isolated to a small geographic area, we’re now learning that the Zika virus is a pressing and growing...
Winter Storm Jonas

Winter Storm Jonas

A severe weather alert has been announced for Eastern United States. This weather alert is in effect until late Sunday. The predicted snowfall of 12 inches in New York and 30 inches in Washington is combined with extremely high winds, thunder snow, rain and sleet. All...

Change is Good

We truly live in an era of innovation and information. It seems like every week there is a new “must have” app or a better faster way of doing something. Research, discoveries, and information-sharing are ongoing in these fast changing times. From my perspective at...

What’s in a Name?

Business continuity, business resumption, contingency planning, disaster recovery, continuity of operations – why so many terms? Is there any difference? Does it really matter? Are they interchangeable? If not, which one is appropriate and when? Doesn’t everyone know...
Thinking About Paris

Thinking About Paris

The Eiffel Tower. Champs Élysées. Arc de Triomphe. Le Louvre. La Seine. Montmartre. Luxembourg Gardens. Crepes. Tour de France. City of Love. When I used to think of Paris, France, these are the words that came to mind. Memories from my two visits to this beautiful...

It’s What You Do

How do you explain what it is you do? Do you use words like continuity, recovery, planning, contingencies, and resiliency? Are you sometimes confused over what term you should be using these days? You’re not alone – the growth and boom in our industry has resulted in...

Resilience

Disasters seem all around us nowadays. Not a day goes by without some sort of disaster or terrorist attack occurring somewhere in the world filling the news. The New York Times on July 21, 2015, ran an article on a study from the Norwegian Refugee Council. The Refugee...

Automats of Readiness

Automats – those fast-food vending machines – were before my time. I wasn’t born in Gotham. I wasn’t raised in the Windy City. I grew up hopelessly suburban and automats were mostly out of vogue before I showed up. Still, whether seeing an automat in an old film,...
Communication Lessons

Communication Lessons

Typically in this column we point our business continuity binoculars at a recent news event, taking a critical look at the news coverage, the decisions made (and not made) by those involved in the event, and offer up some thoughts/ suggestions/criticisms of the entire...
Do SANs Need Defragmentation?

Do SANs Need Defragmentation?

I was recently forwarded an e-mail from an IT director who asked, “There is such a quandary about disk defragmentation in the virtualization world. One says defrag and another says never. Who is right?” Before I turn this into the end-all, be-all article on SAN...
Is IT Running Your Business?

Is IT Running Your Business?

When you ask your IT person if he or she is confident the business continuity, backup, and disaster recovery plans they have in place are sufficient, do they often reply with, “Everything is okay?” Does this response give you confidence? Do you take their word for it?...
The Nepal Earthquake

The Nepal Earthquake

On April 25 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal, killing over 7,000 people and leaving many more people homeless, injured, sick, and stranded with nothing. The images that we’re seeing on television and online are shocking and heart-wrenching. People –...

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),...

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...
Laugh at the Cold!

Laugh at the Cold!

It was quite a winter in much of the US. A record number of storms rolled across the south and pumped up though New England. Boston had no place to put all the snow. We have had our share of cold and snow in the northern part of New York. I’m going to tell you about...
Sample Plans

Sample Plans

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning Templates The fully editable and customizable templates provided below offer sample content and procedures to help jumpstart your business continuity and disaster recovery planning effort. Remember, templates are just...

The Usual Suspects

Stay in our profession for any length of time and you’ll soon get a feel for the various mindsets that often prevail throughout the populations and organizations we try so hard to serve. In some ways it’s understandable. No one wants to believe they have a need for...
Controlling the Virus

Controlling the Virus

Written By: Vicki Thomas This past Sunday, a CBC radio program called The Sunday Edition featured an interview with Dr. Julie Jacobson, a doctor with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The topic of this interview was neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Dr....

Days of Summer

I don’t know about you, but I kind of miss summer. The long relaxing days, the quieter days at the office, the long weekends and vacations. There is something to be said for the time to sit back and appreciate how lucky we are professionally and personally. It’s also...
Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect

I used to do the Telegraph crossword years ago, after my mother-in-law got me into it (one of the two things for which she is to be applauded – the other being her daughter, obviously). Whilst I wouldn’t claim to be an expert, I did go from not having the faintest...

Living On the Edge

Data located in remote sites, home offices and laptops sits outside the central network. So called “edge data” comprises more than 60 percent of critical business data. A study by the Strategic Research Corporation estimates that 75 percent of this data is...

Inventing the Future

Most organizations take time every so often to look at who they are, where they are, who they want to be, where they want to be, and how they are going to get there. Inventing the future through corporate business planning has received significant attention at DRI...

Ice, Gas & Money

In this article, I draw on some of the lessons my bank learned from last year and offer some recovery tips for other financial institutions. My advice is meant to apply not only to hurricanes, but for any type of natural disaster – such as tornadoes, floods,...

Small Business Case

Can small businesses recover from significant disasters? The answer depends on a number of variables such as the size of the business, its location, its financial strength, and the direct and indirect effects of the event. Did you know there were approximately 22.9...

Say What?

I was coming home from the gym when I heard a news report on the radio. It was a typical report about tornados that had touched down earlier that day. The reporter was giving the lead in to the story before the broadcast of a statement from a weather “expert.” I was...

Point of No Return

At the DRJ Fall World 2005 conference a group met to review the Generally Accepted Practices (GAP) document relating to “Developing Business Continuity Strategies.” This was shortly after Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes in history....

Lessons from Katrina

As gulf coast businesses evaluate the effectiveness of their disaster recovery plans after Hurricane Katrina, a major area of focus will no doubt be data protection. As most know, a solid and secure data back-up procedure is a necessary part of any disaster recovery...

Is it Hype or Real?

If you work in business continuity long enough, you will see new threats appear and become the focus of this year’s conferences, sales pitches, and marketing. Some of this is justified and a correct reaction to a new threat. Others are hype and in an industry led by...