Tiering Applications Is Critical For DR/BC Planning

The approach and solutions surrounding DR are changing quickly and dramatically. What has always been true for online businesses now holds true for traditional businesses as well-being in recovery mode means that business has already stopped. That being said, when it comes to protecting the organization, most companies don’t have the expertise, budget and/or personnel… Continue reading Tiering Applications Is Critical For DR/BC Planning

Exploring the Interrelationship Between Risk Management and Business Continuity: An Interview With David Kaye

On October 18, 2008, Dr. Thomas Phelan and the Elmira College graduate class in Emergency-Disaster Preparedness Management conducted a telephone interview with David Kaye, FCII, FBCI, MIRM, FRSA, co-author (with Julia Graham) of “A Risk Management Approach to Business Continuity: Aligning Business Continuity With Corporate Governance.” Sadly, Mr. Kaye, who was well respected in his… Continue reading Exploring the Interrelationship Between Risk Management and Business Continuity: An Interview With David Kaye

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