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The Fallout After Landfall: Hurricane Impact on Non-Coastal Businesses

The Fallout After Landfall: Hurricane Impact on Non-Coastal Businesses

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

Most people are familiar with the brightly colored cone of a hurricane’s projected track on a radar map. Weather experts are able to pinpoint a storm’s trajectory with increasing accuracy as it approaches land. But it’s easy to forget that the damage a major hurricane unleashes can reach far beyond its initial point of impact.

Businesses and residents far inland feel the impact of major hurricanes, directly through wind damage and flooding or indirectly as the result of a disruption to shipping routes, commerce, and unforeseen issues. When evaluating potential hurricane damage to your business or residence, the narrow scope of a storm’s path can be misleading.

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Hurricane Preparation [Webinar Recap]

Hurricane Preparation [Webinar Recap]

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

On May 30, AlertMedia hosted a webinar on hurricane preparation and the importance of employee communication. The conversation was led by Paul Yura, a Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the National Weather Service, and Peter Steinfeld, AlertMedia’s VP of Sales.

Paul and Peter provided useful insight on communication best practices that can be utilized as we approach hurricane season in order to ensure employee safety and improve business preparation. If you missed the webinar, you can access the recording here.

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When Lone Workers Should Flee Danger

When Lone Workers Should Flee Danger

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

Some professions are filled with unsung heroes, women and men who are on the front lines and in the trenches day in and day out. These roles often demand that workers venture out on their own into dangerous neighborhoods and environments.

Employers are essentially asking their people to confront the possibility of harm with bravery and resolve. But there comes a time when a lone worker has to prioritize their own safety over the demands of the job.

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Three Steps to Integrating Cybersecurity With Business Continuity

Three Steps to Integrating Cybersecurity With Business Continuity

Originally published on Agility Recovery’s blog.

With cyber threats like ransomware routinely interrupting business operations around the globe, cybersecurity is not just an IT problem — it’s a business risk that needs to be accounted for in the business continuity plan.

But how do you go about doing that?

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Five Ways to Thwart a Cybersecurity Nightmare

Five Ways to Thwart a Cybersecurity Nightmare

Originally published on Agility Recovery’s blog.

Employees of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center received a nasty surprise on February 5 when they discovered that a hacker had infiltrated the network and taken the computer systems hostage using ransomware. In exchange for the decryption key, the hacker demanded 40 bitcoins, which is approximately $17,000. In the interest of restoring the network quickly, the CEO decided to pay the ransom.

The hospital reported that patient care wasn’t compromised, but the incident is yet another example of the sobering prevalence and potential impact of cybersecurity threats.

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Eye of the Storm: How to Keep Your Employees Calm During a Hurricane

Eye of the Storm: How to Keep Your Employees Calm During a Hurricane

Image credit: Andy Baron

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

A major storm system swirls together in the Atlantic. Over 48 hours, it rapidly intensifies into a Category 4 beast with sustained wind speeds of 130 mph. Forecasters warn that the hurricane will unleash catastrophic damage. It’s moving due west and your state is directly in its path.

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How Automated Notifications Can Ease the Stress of Emergency Communication

How Automated Notifications Can Ease the Stress of Emergency Communication

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog

 

It’s hard to escape the debate about automation nowadays. We hear about a new case almost every day. McDonald’s is replacing their cashiers with kiosks; Amazon plans to man their warehouses with robots; self-driving cars are just around the corner. With equal frequency come the arguments for or against automation. We aren’t prepared for the fallout. It’s actually not a threat at all. It is a threat, but an exaggerated one.

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How A Lone Worker Safety Program Can Benefit Your Organization

How A Lone Worker Safety Program Can Benefit Your Organization

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog

 

Employee safety is a top concern for any organizationEmployers have a duty of care obligation to keep their people safe, and employees need peace of mind that their organization is not going to put them in harm’s way.

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Hurricane Response and Recovery: The Role Businesses Play

Hurricane Response and Recovery: The Role Businesses Play

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog

 

All too often, lives are shattered unnecessarily because of poor working conditions and inadequate safety systems. Let me encourage everyone to join in promoting safety and health at work. It is not only sound economic policy, it is a basic human right.

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How Hurricane Categories Can Help Businesses Prepare for Damage

How Hurricane Categories Can Help Businesses Prepare for Damage

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog


With hurricane season right around the corner, it’s never too early for businesses to start preparing for potential impact. The first line of defense in protecting your people and assets is understanding how a hurricane’s category level can help your business prepare for the worst.

But first, a quick history lesson:

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4 Must-Have Emergency Notification Message Templates

4 Must-Have Emergency Notification Message Templates

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.


The definition of emergency is “a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.” The key word here is “unexpected.” You can’t predict emergencies–but you can still plan for them if you understand your most likely threats. One crucial part of this planning process is creating emergency notification message templates. After all, even if you don’t know the exact nature or time of the next threat, you can be sure that you will be communicating with your employees. Having emergency notification message templates saves you precious time and bandwidth which you can allocate to more pressing needs.

The same goes for any emergency response strategy. Not every situation is predictable, but it’s wise to assess your current risks and make plans on how you would respond. That plan starts with message templates. In this post we will talk about the four most important types of emergency notification message templates–and even give you access to a few templates that we have built.

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Boeing 737MAX Issues Illuminate the Costs of Ill-Considered Risk

Boeing 737MAX Issues Illuminate the Costs of Ill-Considered Risk

We can see the importance of the role of the free press in this country and around the world when multiple publications are focused on the same topic, especially when the reporting is investigative in nature. Stories come and go in the news lifecycle – but a second crash of a Boeing 737MAX in less than five months, with a cumulative loss of 346 lives – have made this story unforgettable. Boeing’s story, as most Washington State residents know, is the story of aviation, from the firm’s beginnings in its William E. Boeing Red Barn, which is incorporated today as part of the The Museum of Flight, “the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world.” The museum shows and tells the story of where the planes we fly on today have come from.

I live in the city where Boeing is at once a source of economic fuel and community pride, a global competitor for a very expensive and well-made manufacturing product.   Boeing sells its fleets of airplanes designed by its own engineers to airlines around the world, but also to governments, including our own. Over the years, as both costs and competition has increased, the company has become methodical in making decisions that cut costs yet maintain quality. Though it has moved its corporate headquarters to Chicago and opened other manufacturing plants, its major engineering and production facilities are directly north and south of Seattle, supported by strong engineering and machinists’ unions as well as third party contractors.

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Double or Nothing: Replication Versus Backups

Double or Nothing: Replication Versus Backups

Originally posted by Navisite

The backup strategy used by most businesses has grown organically. In the early days, the systems administrator would manually copy key files to removable media. Initially a stack of floppy disks would have been adequate. Over time, corporate storage capacity grew and the removable media followed – floppies were replaced by high capacity tapes and hard drives.

Back When Point-in-Time Backups Were Adequate

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Disaster Recovery: what happens when it all goes down

Disaster Recovery: what happens when it all goes down

Originally posted by Navisite

The beauty of a well-designed disaster recovery plan and designated solution(s) is that initiation of failover and recovery should be largely automated. By reducing the need for human intervention, the data recovery protocol takes care of failover, freeing your in-house IT team to troubleshoot and repair the root cause of the outage.

But what actually happens between the detection of a disaster and the resumption of normal service? The exact details - including timelines - will differ from business to business for infrastructure reasons, but the basic workflow looks like this:

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The best tools for the job: Replication

The best tools for the job: Replication

Originally posted by Navisite

If traditional backup methods have taught us anything, it is the importance of resilience and redundancy. Reducing the points of potential failure during backup and recovery are essential to preventing data loss and ensuring business continuity – which led to the introduction of grandfather-father-son media rotation.

As information has become even more important to operations, data replication has taken availability to the next level. Maintaining geographically disparate live systems further reduces potential points of failure – and downtime in an event.

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11 Reasons Your Organisation Needs a Data Replication Solution

11 Reasons Your Organisation Needs a Data Replication Solution

Originally posted by Navisite

Some businesses assume that a robust backup regimen is enough to keep their business running in the event of a disaster. These same organisations often believe that data replication systems are too complex, expensive or simply beyond their requirements.

Fortunately, all three of these beliefs are wrong – here are 11 reasons why every business needs a data replication solution:

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Making the Connection between Business and Business Continuity

Making the Connection between Business and Business Continuity

Broadly speaking, “culture” refers to the attitudes and behaviors of a group of people. It is the way people habitually conduct themselves on a day-to-day basis. Moving from the general to the specific, a business continuity management culture can be defined as people’s all-in commitment to develop and continue to improve business processes and strategies in ways that are aligned with the reality of continuity risk. In such an environment, everybody in the company is pulling together to achieve a common end: the resilience – and therefore the success – of the organization.

If you want to create a business continuity culture that engages every person, you have to put it terms that people can identify and align with. The most effective method is to connect business continuity to what your firm is selling. To do so, spend time answering the following questions:

  • What are the characteristics of the industry you are part of? E.g., manufacturing, retail, energy, healthcare, software, services, finance, government.
  • What are you selling? Is it a product or service? Does it require a large or small monetary investment by the client? Does it represent a short- or a long-term commitment by the client?
  • Who are you selling to? What are the demographic characteristics of your target market? What are their pain points? What motivates them?
  • What is the sales model? Do you rely on advertising? Networking? Online or brick-and-mortar sales? What are the various steps in the sales cycle?
  • What retains clients? What generates a great customer experience? What keeps clients coming back for more?

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Resiliency in a Hybrid Platform, Multi-Cloud World

Resiliency in a Hybrid Platform, Multi-Cloud World

Companies today have already or are considering incorporating Cloud capabilities into their current enterprise architectures. Starting with an existing on-premise design that utilizes traditional processing methods and cross platform technologies, many firms are expanding these footprints to include local private and remote public cloud services. This presents a challenge when considering how to adequately implement an end to end resiliency strategy to ensure continuous protection while retaining high levels of availability to achieve business expectations.

Key to addressing this challenge is determining how the actual Hybrid Platform, Multi-Cloud design will be delivered, and what impact it will have on existing resiliency programs (Hybrid Platform, Multi-Cloud being defined as a Hybrid IT design leveraging numerous platforms that can be combined with Multiple Cloud infrastructures for additional capacity and scalability). Areas of focus that need to be taken into consideration and closely coordinated include technology implications, application level recovery, multi-site network connectivity options, and the use of a single orchestration engine to continuously monitor, manage, and deliver the execution and maintenance of the program.

The evolving landscape for a Hybrid Platform, Multi-Cloud design most often starts with a view of the existing technology and infrastructure being used to deliver IT and Business services. For most Enterprise clients this begins with somewhat of a closed ecosystem, whereby processing is contained to a single site or campus using more traditional technologies such as mainframe and/or midrange computing platforms that communicate locally with INTEL based server capacities in a physical or virtual state.

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5 Benefits of Cloud DR Solutions

5 Benefits of Cloud DR Solutions

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Cloud DR (disaster recovery), also known as DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) puts a twist on traditional DR practices so that organizations can achieve greater cost savings while also achieving more security and reliability in the wake of disaster. Traditional site-to-site data replication has inherent expenses that cloud DR solutions bypass, including the upfront costs of building out a geographically redundantdata repository some 500 miles away. 

Keeping your business online in the wake of disaster, whether that be a human-caused, natural, or cyber disaster, is crucial to avoiding costly downtime. And while disaster recovery should be a comprehensive plan that accounts for people just as much as data, cloud-based DR alleviates the stress associated with the data and network side of your DR plan.  

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The Best Disaster Recovery Solution for Small Businesses

The Best Disaster Recovery Solution for Small Businesses

There is more to a disaster recovery plan than justhaving some backup software and runninga backup. Your best solution is going toinclude a local backup device orappliance. This is completelyseparate from just a hard drive to store backup data on.

The backup and disaster recovery solution is going to take a complete backup of youryour server on defined schedule. This happen automatically without you having to do anything to make surethat backup happens on a daily basis.

The backup and recovery solution is going to maintain complete backups for X number of days at your local office separate from your server. The X number means whatever number of days your industry recommends or you're comfortable with or your IT guy is comfortable with. It is going to report to you the success or failure of the backup job by email or to your office manager or to your IT guy.

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