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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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Disaster Recovery vs. Backup: What You Need to Know

Disaster Recovery vs. Backup: What You Need to Know

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

We often hear about the importance of disaster recovery and backup to the success of our businesses. Often lumped together under the umbrella "BDR", backup and disaster recovery are mentioned so much in the IT industry that they seem to be more like buzz words than actual business solutions. For this reason, backup and DR have become heavily associated terms, sometimes used interchangeably.

In the midst of all of this jargon and confusion, the crucial thing to understand is that backup and DR are NOT one in the same, but two separate concepts. These two concepts are, however, both important to include in your business strategy. For the purpose of creating two plans (one for backup and one for DR) you will first need to understand the difference between the two.

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How to Implement an Effective Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution in 10 Steps

How to Implement an Effective Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution in 10 Steps

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Disaster Recovery is one of the most important solutions that businesses deploy. Not only does DR help to protect your data, it keeps your business operational in the event of an attack. Traditionally, DR solutions have been costly and time consuming to implement. However, with the emergence of cloud-based DR servicesor disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), companies can deploy solutions fast.

But let's take a step back here. Before you begin implementing a disaster recovery solution, cloud-based or otherwise, your company should undertake an immense planning and consideration process, in which you evaluate your current IT environment. During this process, It is important to understand what your DR goals are and what sort of solution will help you to achieve them. Let us explore the steps of the DR planning process that lead to implementation, and the steps that come after. 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Cloud-Based DR

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Cloud-Based DR

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Selecting the right disaster recovery solution for your business can be a trying task. With data security and recovery such an important part of your business's continuity, DR is not something to take lightly. This decision involves many factors. When we consider the most important factors of DR - recovery, security and redundancy- it is not difficult to understand why many companies are making the shift to the cloud. In addition to the numerous benefits of deploying a cloud-based solution, cloud DR (disaster recovery as a Service or DRaaS) offers users specific advantages over alternative solutions. 

1. Legacy DR doesn't cut it

Legacy BDR solutions are often complex andassembled from a variety of vendors, making them slow and difficult to manage. Cloud solutions, on the other hand, work tosimplify the backup and DR process with set it and forget it backup methods. You no longer need to manage multiple vendors and multiple backup cycles. 

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Top 5 Reasons a Disaster Recovery Plan Should Be an IT Priority

Top 5 Reasons a Disaster Recovery Plan Should Be an IT Priority

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Your IT department has plenty of things to accomplish every day that help keep your business running effectively. There are issues to troubleshoot, users to help, and equipment to install. In many cases, creating an effective disaster recovery plan is pushed to the bottom of your priority list. If you've been putting off preparing your disaster recovery plan; however, there are several reasons it should be made a top priority. 

1. Your disaster recovery plan lets you get back to doing business faster in the event of a natural disaster, data breach, or other disasters. Your employees lose as much as 78% of their productivity during an outage--not to mention all the business you're losing. By creating an effective disaster recovery plan, on the other hand, you'll get your business up and running again faster, which means less money lost. 

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Is Your Business Ready For Flu Season?

Is Your Business Ready For Flu Season?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Public health expert Meg Nash joins Danielle Ricci, Vice President of Marketing for AlertFind, to talk about how businesses can proactively prepare their businesses for flu season.

In our upcoming webinar, she’ll discuss what businesses can learn from last year’s severe flu season, what to expect this year and the best strategies that organizations can use to protect their employees and their operations.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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The 10 Key Benefits of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for Your Business

The 10 Key Benefits of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for Your Business

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

According to a recent study from Security Week, the loss of data for enterprise businesses has increased by more than 400% in just the past 2 years.  That same study indicated that business data loss through unanticipated disasters, both natural and man-made, is accelerating.  Unfortunately, many small and medium-size businesses incorrectly assume that their companies are not at risk, and that is potentially a big problem.

Many Businesses Are Unprepared

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Disaster Preparedness Checklist

Disaster Preparedness Checklist

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

It used to be that keeping your company safe and secure during a weather emergency or natural disaster was pretty straightforward. Knowing what to do in cases of an emergency like a fire or an earthquake, or a severe weather warning meant not much more than having an emergency evacuation plan in place. Nowadays, a different kind of security and safety protocol is what we're faced with, especially in the business sector. Issues surrounding cyber security and data breaches online, and a growing number of national disasters occurring throughout the world, have left businesses and companies facing new challenges and risks. Many find themselves unprepared or struggle to implement adequate system securities and safety protections.

Whether facing damage from a natural disaster or preparing for an unforeseen emergency like a sudden or prolonged power outage, having an effective plan in place can limit or prevent the impact of these types of occurrences. Yet, many companies still haven't implemented effective disaster recovery plans (DRPs) or find that many of the traditional solutions for these types of security concerns are too complicated and time-consuming, not to mention expensive to use.

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Disaster Recovery Planning: 5 Benefits for Your Business

Disaster Recovery Planning: 5 Benefits for Your Business

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

What would happen if your office burned down? If there was a flood? If your data was compromised by ransomware? Would your data survive? Could your company recover? Do you have a plan? CIOs are asked these questions every day and, often, these questions keep them up at night. Knowing that your company is protected in the event of a disaster is priceless. Especially when we know that a majority of companies that do not have disaster recovery plans will be put out of business when disaster strikes. Other than the obvious benefits of peace of mind and business continuity, having a disaster recovery plan in place will help your business immensely. Here are 5 ways that DR planning can benefit your business:

5. Employee Responsibility and Task Allocation

A DR plan is only as strong as the people executing it. For this reason, encouraging your employees to take part in the DR planning process will give them more investment in the company and the plan as a whole. It's good to know that if disaster strikes, employees will be on the same page and take the proper steps to handle it. Additionally, outlining specific roles and tasks for employees to undertake in a disaster situation helps to ensure a fast and effective recovery. Thus your business will incur less downtime and face less loss with an organized employee response.

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Terrorism: Understanding Its Business Impact

Terrorism: Understanding Its Business Impact

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Terrorism is one of three emerging risks that every organization needs to be prepared for. Although we often think of terrorism as a global threat, it also affects businesses. In order to be prepared for this threat, companies need to understand how it could affect their operation and make plans to mitigate that risk.

Organizations need to build their knowledge of terrorism to understand the risks they may face. The FBI defines terrorism as the “unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”

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The ROI of a Cloud-Based Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution

The ROI of a Cloud-Based Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

With the rise in ransomware, there's been a lot of chatter about the need for a disaster recovery plan. In some cases, cloud-based backup (BaaS) and disaster recovery (DRaaS) options seem like an expensive tool that may never have to be used. The reality, however, is that there is a high ROI for cloud-based backup and disaster recovery. While it can be difficult to calculate an exact number for the return on your investment, a basic understanding of the potential gains will help you determine whether or not a cloud backup option is the right choice for your organization.

Step 1: Evaluate the Current Cost of Your Data Backup Plan

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Top 10 Reasons to Move your Backup and Disaster Recovery to the Cloud

Top 10 Reasons to Move your Backup and Disaster Recovery to the Cloud

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

More and more enterprises have been making the shift to cloud technology for the breadth of benefits it offers. However, many companies are still struggling with developing a cloud strategy and identifying workloads to move to the cloud. One of the easiest cloud investments to make is backup and disaster recovery.

A low-cost investment and often easy to deploy, cloud-based backup and DR have a lot to offer companies of all sizes. Here are the top 10 reasons that you should move your BDR (Backup and Disaster Recovery) solutions to the cloud:

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[Infographic] Which States Have The Most Active Shooter Events?

[Infographic] Which States Have The Most Active Shooter Events?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

The number of active shooter events are on the rise, creating an epidemic in the United States. But not all states have the same incidence of attacks.

In our new infographic, you can see which states have had the most – and least – active shooter events over the past 10 years. You can also see where some of the most serious attacks have occurred, with the total number of fatalities and victims for each year.

Learning how your state has been affected by active shooter events is a key step to assessing your company’s potential risk. But even if your state has only had a few attacks, it doesn’t mean that it is immune from future threats.

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Common Issues with Legacy Backup and Disaster Recovery Strategies

Common Issues with Legacy Backup and Disaster Recovery Strategies

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Data is the lifeblood of every business. Companies are constantly utilizing data analytics to make decisions about product lines, operations improvements, and other crucial business choices. With data playing such a central role in day to day operations, it is no wonder that the protection of that data is a topic at the forefront of many CIOs minds. 

Traditionally, companies have taken a "universal" approach to data protection by applying one fail-safe solution to all of the company's data. However, the quantity of data that most companies store is growing at an alarming rate. With this exponential growth legacy data backup and disaster recovery solutions are no longer cutting it for data protection. 

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Devastating Man-Made Disasters the Require Recovery Planning

Devastating Man-Made Disasters the Require Recovery Planning

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

When it comes to disaster recovery planning, it is important to distinguish between natural disasters and man-made disasters. Though both types of disasters are unpredictable, man-made disasters (disasters due to human error or technological malfunctions) are avoidable. Identifying the types of man-made disasters that could impact your business takes superb critical thinking skills and foresight. To start, taking the time to identify areas of risk can be an advantage when implementing backup and disaster recovery.

City-wide Disasters

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Are We Near the Boiling Point?

Are We Near the Boiling Point?

Orginally posted online by Rainy Day Resilience.

Can crisis management and resilience disciplines help us better understand our contentious environment?

No matter what your political views are, the current news headlines can be depressing and overwhelming. The list of headwinds facing our nation seems to get longer and longer every day: 

mail bombs, hurricanes, opioid overdoses, wild fires, a failing public infrastructure, state and national deficits, student debt, fake news, homelessness, tariffs, mass shootings, income inequality, torrential rains, voter fraud, nationalism, nuclear weapons, aging population, decreased life expectancy, China, campaign financing, police shootings, healthcare costs, Brexit, human rights violations, cyber-attacks, sexual abuse scandals, Russia, immigration, antibiotic resistance, unrest in the Middle East, political tribalism, political extremists (on both sides), are just a few off the top of my head. 

"Cascade of crises"?

According to Judith Rodin, author of the Resilience Dividend, our world is being disrupted by three modern phenomena: urbanization, climate change, and globalization (1). Because these factors are so intertwined, we are now living in a complex system of systems. A disruption of one system often triggers another one, which then exacerbates the effects of the first. Thus, the original crisis becomes a cascade of crises. And, because we are using simple cause-and-effect logic for reacting to each crisis, we are treating symptoms and not actual root causes. This is highlighted by my list above, which are all symptoms and not root causes. 

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Leveraging Cloud storage for Backup and Disaster Recovery

Leveraging Cloud storage for Backup and Disaster Recovery

Cloud storage is made for backup and disaster recovery. Disaster recovery with the cloud can be done anywhere. It is location-independent because you can access disaster recovery data in the cloud from any site with an internet connection and a StoneFly cloud integrated storage appliance. Customers don't have to spend money on a recovery facility because cloud storageis the recovery facility and there is no need to provision special networks forreplication because a cloud connection is all you need.

Full backup and disaster recovery in the cloud

The problem with a full disaster recovery from the cloud is thenetwork performance of cloud storage. If you use cloud storage as a virtual tape device it will probably take you a lot longer than you thought to download the virtual tapes. If you're thinking it could take days you might need to check that again, it could take weeks. StoneFly has a cloud restoretechnology. You can leave the cold data in thecloud and only restore the data you need, in other words the working set data.

This is a huge time saver when you want tosave time. With StoneFly Hybrid enterprise cloud storage, cloud storage is a tier which means data is not downloaded and then restored it is simply accessed and added to the working set of your storage system. Recovery time objectives (RTO) are amazingly short.

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