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Millennials and Business Continuity: Risks and Opportunities

Originally posted on Rentsys Recovery Services' blog.

Back in 2015, Pew Research found that millennials had surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. By next year, millennials are expected to meet a new milestone: the nation’s largest living generation in terms of population.

With that being the case, it’s time to think about how the rise of millennials in the workforce affects your business continuity strategy. Below we’ll explore the risks and opportunities this generation presents.

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crisis management

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(Un)Realistic Expectations

(Un)Realistic Expectations

I was having lunch on Friday with a friend who works at RIM (BlackBerry) and he made an interesting comment that I thought captures a lot of what the business world has become.  He said, “Everyone expects their email to work all the time. Even if they are a summer student, if their BlackBerry doesn’t work for 5 seconds… they freak out!”  I thought this was interesting on a couple levels.  First, I realize RIM makes the BlackBerry, but why does every summer student “need” a BlackBerry?  And second, has everyone’s expectations of systems/services gone up that much?

Let’s sit back and think about the above statement when it comes to your business.  Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning is based on getting critical services/systems back online as soon as possible to ensure the business suffers the least impact possible.  Increasingly we are seeing email/blackberry as part of this critical systems bucket.  Are you willing to make getting email back to your summer/intern employees a priority?  Or are you going to focus on more important business functions?

Understanding what is a critical system, who uses this critical system and how it “really” impacts your business is a must when developing a realistic plan.  The ability to triage your workload is the key to success when it comes to actually performing the recovery.

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Data Protection: Where does mirroring end and backup begin?

Data mirroring, snapshots and backup are technologies geared for data protection and data loss prevention. The purpose is the same, therefore the question whether we need all of them is completely justified.

It is true that data mirroring, snapshots and backups have the same purpose but they are not the same thing. This article attempts to draw a differentiating line between these technologies and explain their integral role in an efficient and reliable data protection strategy.

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Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery & Phoenix

Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery & Phoenix

NOTE TO READER: KingsBridge and Dbvisit have entered into a partnership with guest posts going to each others blog.  This post is from Chris Lawless, VP of Product Management.

I arrived in Phoenix in a bit of a haze having just come from India. I was here for the DRJ Fall conference. This was my first time at this conference and I was really interested to find out what it was like. It was a different kind of conference than what we normally attend. Dbvisit typically attends conferences that are largely Oracle focused or focused on integration, Big Data or similar. This one was all about Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Both of these topics are very important to business and the IT world, and to Dbvisit.

The event took place at the JW Marriott Desert Springs. There were three keynote speakers on Monday morning. Each of them were great in their own right. Paul Osincup lead off the morning talking about disaster recovery and burnout and how to cope with being told ‘no’ a lot. He had quite a lot of humor and anecdotes throughout his presentation. David Nolan from Fusion gave a great talk about not just having ‘a plan’ in the event of a disaster but being in control of your plan and program. He spoke about how to establish ‘Command and Control’ during a disaster and how you can be ready for disaster when it strikes.

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What Do Businesses Need To Do After An Active Shooter Event?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Once an active shooter event is resolved and the threat has been removed, your emergency response isn’t over. You need to consider the impact to both your organization and your employees.

While continuing business operations is a key concern, it’s about more than the bottom line. You need to make sure that you are addressing the post-event stressors that your employees will undoubtedly experience. This may impair their ability to return to work at the same mental, emotional and physical capacity they had before the event. That’s why employers need to build counseling into their preparedness plans.

Continuing Business Operations

It’s important to remember that your office has become a crime scene. Bullets were fired, people were injured and/or killed and even for those not directly involved, a negative and chaotic environment was created. This will certainly have a business impact and cause interruption – internally and externally. Depending on your business, you may have to allow extended time off and/or allow employees to work remotely, until you can find an alternate location or until your office can be repaired and reopened.

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Australian Investment Education

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Active Shooters In 2018: Key Stats And Facts

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

In 2017, there were 29 active shooter events in the United States.

Such incidents can occur anywhere and at any time, which is why knowing some key active shooter statistics will help you better prepare your organization.

Active Shooters Vs. Mass Shooters

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined or populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.

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Regain EML to PST Converter

I would like to suggest try to use this Regain Windows Live Mail EML to MS Outlook PST Converter software is a proficient program for Windows Live Mail EML to PST conversion. It converts EML files to other formats like PST or MSG format. Outlook PST file cannot be directly imported into Windows Live Mail. You will need to first convert the PST file to a supported format in Windows Live Mail and then import the converted file.

Which can simultaneously perform batch conversion of all the EML files in order to save your valuable time by making the conversion fast and swift. Which is offering the safest and most prominent way to import all mailbox items of EML data into the new output PST data that you can save at desired location.

Manual Steps to Convert Windows Live Mail EML to Outlook PST Files Formats:-

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What Exactly Does An Active Shooter Look Like?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Active shooter events are a fast-growing epidemic in the United States. To date, there have been at least 46 mass shootings in 2018 – that means at least one occurs every other day, and that excludes incidents in which less than four people are shot.

Predicting who the next assailant will be is impossible, because there is no one active shooter profile. But there are ways to spot signs of suspicious activity and for you and your organization to be vigilant about reporting these activities. This vigilance can help prevent an attack.

Recent data confirms that active shooters are primarily (but not exclusively) young men whose ages and races vary. If a woman is involved, she’s likely acting in tandem with a man, said active shooter training expert Jason Bryant in a recent AlertFind webinar.

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Using Analytics to Measure BCP Health

Using Analytics to Measure BCP Health

One of the struggles we see on a regular basis is how to know if your Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is actually in good shape. When was the last time a specific section in your plan was updated? How often are your users logging in to review the content? And is there a summary of all of this information in one place? Wonder no more! KingsBridge has added an Analytics component to our Shield software to help you answer these questions.

Length of Time Since Revision

First, Analytics allows users to see a snapshot of how much content in the plan is out of date. You can choose to review all sections of the plan, or Team Response Only. Information is presented in both pie chart and bar chart format, so you have a nice visual summary of when content was last updated. And, if you want to delve into the specifics, you can click on any of the sections in the chart. A detailed list of all sections in the plan that fall under that category will appear at the bottom of your screen.

 

User Logins

In addition, you can see when user groups last logged in to the plan. By clicking on any particular group, detailed information about each user that has logged in is available below the graph. Administrators can also see how much time users are spending in Shield. The amount of time spent helps determine if the content is being read thoroughly, or if it is being skimmed.

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The 4 Things You Need To Know To Survive An Active Shooter Event

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

One of the most common fears that come up when doing active shooter preparedness trainings is the fear of being confronted and shot by a gunman.

Although it’s a common fear, the good news is that it’s not as serious as many people think. By attending life-saving training and preparedness programs, you can dramatically increase your odds of surviving an active shooter event.

While there is no central registry for fatal gunshot wound information, some experts have estimated that, excluding gunshots to the brain, heart and lungs, “on the whole, the survival rate is 70 to 80%.”

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Active Shooter Lockdown And Barricade Procedures That Can Save Lives

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

From the Oct. 1, 2017, outdoor shooting in Las Vegas that killed 53 and injured at least 1,000 to the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting on Feb. 15 that killed 17 and injured dozens more, active shooter events are dominating the news.

As a result, organizations are realizing that they need to create or update their active shooter preparedness plans. A critical part of these plans includes lockdown procedures, including knowing how and where to shelter-in-place. By planning and training for lockdowns, organizations can provide clear guidance on what to do to save lives.

Understand Your Lockdown Procedures

Simply put, lockdowns are used to protect people inside a facility. A full lockdown means that exits and entrances are sealed and that people must stay where they are and may not exit or enter another room, unit or office. Full lockdown procedures typically dictate that if people are in a hallway, they must go into the nearest room, office or unit and take shelter there.

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Three Steps to Integrating Cybersecurity With Business Continuity

Originally published on Rentsys Recovery Services' 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? That was the prevailing theme of the Q&A session during a webinar we participated in as part of the Disaster Recovery Journal Webinar Series. Here are some takeaways from the presenters, Eric Thompson, information security officer for Rentsys, and Michael Barrack, managing director at Accume Partners.

Gain Executive Support



The tone from the top drives the success of your business continuity and cybersecurity preparedness. If your organization is going to continually strengthen and insulate itself from all of the likely foreseeable — and sometimes even unforeseeable events — you need to get executive support.

It’s also important for executives to support a culture of collaboration. Business continuity owners, infosecurity officers and business units need to be transparent with each other. Sometimes that means admitting that a process under your control has to be improved. If executives support a culture of transparency, people will be more willing to reveal and troubleshoot problem areas in your organization’s processes. Down the road, this could help the organization mitigate a major vulnerability.

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What Will You Do If An Active Shooter Targets Your Business? Life-Saving Training Strategies Every Organization Needs

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Jay Bryant, an active shooter expert and 20-year law enforcement veteran, joins Danielle Ricci, Marketing Team Leader for AlertFind, to discuss the growing epidemic of active shooter incidents. He shares the life-saving strategies business, schools and the general public need to know to protect themselves.

Jay discusses what to do when confronted by an active shooter using the “Avoid, Deny, Defend” strategy. Using anecdotes, stories and images, he details the steps to follow to increase your chances of surviving an active shooter incident.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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Four Common Weaknesses of WFH for Workplace Recovery

Originally published on Rentsys Recovery Services' blog.

“What will we do if our primary facility is inaccessible? Easy. Our employees will work from home.”

We hear this a lot. If your primary facility isn’t available, it makes sense to have employees work from home. Thanks to the cloud, a work-from-home (WFH) alternate workspace strategy is cheaper and more doable than ever before. But what happens when your entire workforce needs to work from home? It sounds extreme, but we’ve seen it happen.

Before writing off alternate facilities, think about how a WFH strategy would work for your entire business (or branch). Here are the top issues to consider.

Business Processes



For WFH to go smoothly, you must design business processes to accommodate remote work. The three principles of a successful WFH strategy are:

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Is Your Emergency Response Too Slow? Shorten It With These Expert Tips

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Catastrophes can take many forms ‒ from an active shooter to a chemical hazard or natural disaster ‒ and businesses must always have emergency response plans ready for those situations.

Authorities will be dispatched to your workplace as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency. Your emergency preparedness plan must be designed to help employees quickly respond in order to save lives and avoid further injury.

Here are how organizations should approach three of the most common emergencies:

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Are your vendors prepared?

Are your vendors prepared?

A solid business continuity plan is a great start to help you recover in the face of a major incident.  But have you considered what happens when there are “No 3rd Party Vendors”?  It’s time to check that they have plans in place.

Why audit your vendors?

A key piece of every business continuity plan is having an up-to-date list of those critical vendors you depend on.  When bad things happen, you may need to call upon them to expedite or suspend services, or provide a whole new service.  If your vendors are not prepared with their own plan, they will not able to respond when you need them most.

Additionally, while operations might be running smoothly for you, disaster striking an unprepared vendor can cause a disaster for you.  That hosted solution you decided to go with is only as reliable as the vendor providing it.  When the vendor has issues, that will create an issue for you too.  We all like to get raw materials for the best price available.  However, if that price means the vendor has not invested in any business continuity efforts, you may be paying a much bigger price in the long run.  No raw materials can result in your manufacturing shut down, unhappy customers, service level agreements breached, penalties paid, and revenue lost.

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Is Your Organization Vulnerable To An Active Shooter?

Active shooter events are occurring more and more frequently. And, according to an FBI study, over 80% of the active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013 occured at work.

It is clear, now more than ever, that all emergency preparedness plans must include active shooter response procedures. It is an area of emergency response that cannot be ignored - no organization is immune.

To ensure you’re taking the right steps to protect your organization, download our free Active Shooter Emergency Preparedness Guide.

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Is Your Office A Soft Target? Harden Your Building With These Expert Tips

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

With active shooter incidents on the rise, businesses must ensure they’re preparing their staff for this potential threat. And preparation needs to extend beyond training your employees. Your physical office space plays a key role in how likely your organization is to become a soft target for an active shooter.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.”

An FBI study showed that commercial businesses were the sites of 95 of the 220 active shooter incidents between 2000-2016 (including malls). The fourth quarter of 2017 saw the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history when 58 fatalities and 500 injuries were reported at an outdoor Las Vegas concert.

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