Are Working Moms The “Mother” Of BC/DR?

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Working moms spend every waking minute striving to keep their family life and work responsibilities—sometimes simultaneously—up and running. They run their lives based on contingency-plans for the “what-if” scenarios and recovery plans from the inevitable everyday disasters, all with the goal of minimal impact to home and workplace operations. If you’re out there earning the title “working mom” every day like I am, adopting a business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) mindset might help you in your everyday quest to maintain seamless operations at the office and on the home front. Since my recent debut as a working mother when I returned from maternity leave, I haven’t been able to help … Read more

Is Your LinkedIn Profile Putting Your Company At Risk?

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I’m a penetration tester. My job is to try to breach my clients’ systems in order to help them identify vulnerabilities in their IT security. In a nutshell, I try to find security gaps before the criminals do, so that my clients can shore up their defenses against hacker attacks. Someone recently asked me, “If you were a criminal hacker looking to exploit a company - inflicting the irreparable harm of a data breach - what’s the first thing you would do?” My short and easy answer: scour LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a treasure trove of easily accessible personal information and company IT data. Unbeknownst to most of the employees who post their information on LinkedIn, any hacker looking to wreak … Read more

Clutter, Chaos, and Confusion…Oh, My! How to De-junk Your Business Continuity Plan

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By Kelley Pidhirsky You bring on a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) application. It improves efficiency beautifully and becomes a critical part of your daily operations. Wonderful! Did you remember to put it into your business continuity (BC) plan? No? Oops. You have made your BC plan a master repository of all the information you could ever want in time of crisis. You’ve included data files, contact information, and all the rest of it. Great! Has any of that data or information changed in your production environment? It has? Have you updated your BC plan to reflect that change? No? Oops, again. Let’s face it. Because of the rate of change in business today – new SaaS applications, em … Read more

3 Dumb Questions NOT To Ask When Vetting Your Vendors For Business Continuity Risk

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Vetting your vendors from a business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) perspective is hot, hot, hot these days. For example, the federal government put out specific Risk Management Guidance for national banks in October of 2013. In a nutshell, the guidance says, “You’d better make sure your vendors have it together if you’re doing business with them, and it’s on you either way!” Now, this is not new; don’t get me wrong. People have been shouting about the need for business continuity up and down the supply chain – any supply chain – for decades. After all, if one of your key vendors experiences a disruptive incident, it can directly impact your business. And that’s bad for everyone. … Read more

3 Ways To Improve Your BC/DR Exercises

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Disaster recovery testing has been around for more than 30 years but, unfortunately, most companies are exercising their disaster recovery and business continuity plans and capabilities like it was still the 1970s. No evolution. No improvement. No relevance to actual disaster scenarios. For the sake of continuity, resiliency, recoverability, agility, and all the rest of those good words, we’d better change the way we exercise our business continuity plans so that we can be ready when a REAL disaster comes along. Here are three ways to do exactly that. Exercise strategically. Traditional exercises tend to have three major problems: 1. They exercise repetitively. “Let’s exercise what we exe … Read more

The Best IT Blogs: 7-9-14 Weekly Roundup

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We love the beginning of July for one obvious reason: Independence Day! Filled with fireworks, American flags, and some much needed R&R, the Fourth of July is a holiday worth celebrating. Businesses, however, had one more hurdle to jump before they could celebrate: Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL). CASL went into effect on July 1st in an effort to protect Canadians from spammers, hackers, and other cyber criminals. This law forbids all businesses from sending electronic commercial messages to any resident of Canada without their consent. Business2community.com covers the basics of CASL and what businesses need to do to adapt quickly. But is CASL punishing the wrong people? Sungard A … Read more

The Best IT Blogs: 7-2-14 Weekly Roundup

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From cloud and security practices to new waves of digital innovation, this week we’re taking a look at making mistakes, learning lessons, and, above all, embracing change for positive outcomes. At times, the cloud can be a bit confusing. But one thing CIOs shouldn’t be confused about is the cloud’s efficient disaster recovery. In an article from Information Week, IT teams are encouraged to look past their ominous beliefs and trust cloud disaster recovery. Why? Because haphazard disaster recovery testing and the threat of damage to regional datacenters is a reality. “The savings and agility gains from public cloud disaster recovery are quite real, and we can't pass them up based on fear and r … Read more

Actifio: An Exciting New Partner for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery

Sungard Availability Services' new relationship with Actifio will allow you to experience data protection and disaster recovery in one complete package

I have been in the IT trenches for some years now, and from this vantage point I have been able to see clearly how data protection and disaster recovery (DR) are tightly bound. The problem, however, is that many (possibly even most) companies do not recognize this interrelationship. They treat “backups” and “disaster recovery” as two distinct initiatives: solving for them separately, in different ways, and in isolation from each other. I am here to plead that “all good disaster recoveries start with a good copy of your data.” Think about it: a disaster destroys/corrupts/blocks/or otherwise messes with your data. So the first thing you need for recovery is a good copy of your “pre-mess” da … Read more