What Do I Do If My Business Continuity Program Is Failing?

Most organizations experience a lack of effectiveness in their program execution at one time or another – there’s no shame in this! The important thing is to not point fingers or assign blame, but to assess where program improvements are necessary and implement effective solutions. This article discusses specific actions you can take that will… Continue reading What Do I Do If My Business Continuity Program Is Failing?

Datacenter Energy Regulation: It’s Real, It’s Coming, It’s Expensive

In the energy market, carbon regulation goes by many names— cap and trade, carbon reduction commitments, CO² reduction and more—but they all mean one thing: higher costs for power. More expensive electricity will have an enormous financial impact on companies that are in energy-intensive industries. That includes the datacenter industry, but you wouldn’t know it… Continue reading Datacenter Energy Regulation: It’s Real, It’s Coming, It’s Expensive

Compliance & Disaster Proof Hardware: Fireproof Waterproof Hard Drives for Electronic Medical Record

While healthcare practitioners tend to be competent providers of health-related services, they do struggle with improving operations, serving more patents, and ultimately generating more income. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has complicated this effort, requiring any business that maintains patient records to implement a broad array of patient privacy and disaster recovery… Continue reading Compliance & Disaster Proof Hardware: Fireproof Waterproof Hard Drives for Electronic Medical Record

The Difference a Hurricane Can Make: The Change of Louisiana’s Emergency Preparedness Effort

Thewaves of change in emergency management have been numerous sinceSept. 11, 2001. As direct result from these events, Louisiana’sstate and local governments were asked to assess and make changes totheir emergency preparedness efforts. This study will examine how thecurrent governor is prepared to deal with potential disasters, whathas been done in the areas of threat… Continue reading The Difference a Hurricane Can Make: The Change of Louisiana’s Emergency Preparedness Effort

The Next Generation of Mass Notification Software: How to bring your EN strategy up to date

In the early morning hours of Feb. 27, 2010, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the Republic of Chile. It was the fifth largest earthquake recorded since the beginning of the twentieth century. Over the next few hours, it became clear that an earthquake of such size could set off a tsunami capable of threatening Hawaii,… Continue reading The Next Generation of Mass Notification Software: How to bring your EN strategy up to date

What can your BCM Tool do for you?

How to demonstrate measurable ROI from the implementation of an effective BCM tool. Introduction In the economic landscape of today, it is no news to anyone that we see companies that have been in business for generations closing their doors.  Organizations that remain are forced to have leaner operations, coordinate just-in-time inventory levels and manage… Continue reading What can your BCM Tool do for you?

Business Continuity in Emerging Markets

As emerging markets have taken center stage in the global economy, so too have the associated risks. Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) as well as Africa are seeing more growth while the US economy is lagging behind these emerging economies. Therefore, investors are eager to finance mega deals in these countries, assuming that the… Continue reading Business Continuity in Emerging Markets

Computer based Modeling and Simulation for BC/DR

So far most simulations we’ve encountered in business continuity and disaster recovery planning have been limited to the table top variety conducted at a conference or perhaps coordinated within your organization internally. Such events typically involve groups of people role playing to act out events of a pretend disaster situation. It’s a useful way to… Continue reading Computer based Modeling and Simulation for BC/DR

Fraud: An Overlooked Risk

When we cobble together a risk list for an enterprise risk management (ERM) program, we round up the usual suspects. The major headings are weather, technology, and human. All standard concerns for any business continuity (COOP in fed-speak) plan. Since we are developing a true ERM program, we also look at things often either considered… Continue reading Fraud: An Overlooked Risk

Words Count in Emergency Notification

The benefits of an emergency notification system are easily diminished with the wrong choice of words – whether too many or not enough, imprecise wording can lead to panic and confusion rather than awareness and clarity. The message you send is just as important as having the right system to send it. Emergency communication has… Continue reading Words Count in Emergency Notification