Two New Challenges for BCM Software – Delivering BCMS Management Process and Management System Auditing

The new international business continuity standard ISO 22301 due in 2011 has referenced BS 25999 and other documents, including ISO 31000 on risk, NFPA 1600 on disaster/emergency management, and ANSI/ASIS SPC 1 on organizational resilience. As BCM practices mature, driven by the new ISO standard ISO 22301 due in 2011, many professionals are looking to… Continue reading Two New Challenges for BCM Software – Delivering BCMS Management Process and Management System Auditing

The New DR for IT – What is Converged Infrastructure, and How It’s Helping with CooP

Recovering an operating data center following a disaster is not a trivial task – and involves far more than simply recovering data. It involves re-constituting software, run-time configurations, servers and their configurations, network I/O, network topology, cabling, and server storage connections. Plus, these configurations constantly change – and are unique only to your enterprise. The… Continue reading The New DR for IT – What is Converged Infrastructure, and How It’s Helping with CooP

Understanding High Availability and Disaster Recovery in Your Overall Recovery Strategy

When developing a disaster recovery strategy, customers frequently ask me to clarify the difference between disaster recovery and high availability. And now with the rise of cloud computing, they also ask, “How will cloud make a difference in what I should consider?” The last question first. There are two sides to a cloud; the service… Continue reading Understanding High Availability and Disaster Recovery in Your Overall Recovery Strategy

STATE OF MIND: Exercising Over Testing

It can take a lot of time and effort to establish something to a point where one is happy with the results but does that mean that no more time and effort is required? That’s a question organizations must ask themselves when it comes to validating their business continuity management (BCM) program. An organization can… Continue reading STATE OF MIND: Exercising Over Testing

Buyer Beware – PS-Prep Auditor Training and Organization Certification

It’s happening again, organizations are making claims about “lead auditor” training and certification, as well claims about their ability to certify companies to standards. Unfortunately, there is a long history of various companies and organizations selling products outside the accepted practices of the standards accreditation world. It’s happened with the ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO27001, and ISO28000;… Continue reading Buyer Beware – PS-Prep Auditor Training and Organization Certification

Observing the Survivor Response

Although data is relatively scarce on the process of living through a disaster, we know from what has been published that Survivors often separate themselves from victims by accepting the new reality, having the ability to formulate a plan to escape/survive and possessing a strong desire to survive. I had an opportunity to see this… Continue reading Observing the Survivor Response

Mitigating Wildfire Disaster: Early Detection and Commitment

This article presents a discussion on wildfire and the technical and organizational efforts to mitigate wildfire disasters. Wildfire not only causes loss of life, property, and ecosystems but creates other disasters such as erosion and economic degradation. There is a global awareness of the catastrophic consequences caused by wildfire. Accordingly, there is an ongoing effort… Continue reading Mitigating Wildfire Disaster: Early Detection and Commitment

A Better Way to Recover from Natural Disasters

The potential for disaster is fairly easy to calculate if your data center is in line with Hurricane Alley. During this Hurricane Season and future ones to come, tropical storms and hurricanes will thunder through Florida, barrel up the East Coast or crash onto the shores of the Gulf States, bringing with them floods, power… Continue reading A Better Way to Recover from Natural Disasters

Avoiding Laptop Separation Anxiety At The Airport

Dell, the computer company, released a study in June 2008 titled “Airport Insecurity: The Case of Lost Laptops.” The study was conducted by Ponemon Institute LLC for Dell. The study is telling in many respects, especially in the number of notebook computers that “go missing” and the lack of security in place on these machines.… Continue reading Avoiding Laptop Separation Anxiety At The Airport