3 Ways To Improve Your BC/DR Exercises

BC/DR exercises

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

As Good As IT Gets 6.11.14: The Best IT- Cloud Computing – Security Blogs This Week

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You can thank us later for reminding you – but, don’t forget Father’s Day this coming Sunday. If you are anything like me, you are scrambling to find something - anything but a tie - that will demonstrate your affection for your Dad in a way befitting his manliness. And, if you are anything like me, you are stuck. Thank goodness there are people out there who knew we would be in this predicament. PC Mag and CIO.com both have some cool ideas for Father’s Day gifts. Check out these links if you need some inspiration: • 10 Father's Day Gifts to Help Dad Feel Young and Cool • Top Tech Father's Day Gift Ideas After a quick review of the gadgets on these lists, I wouldn’t blame any fathers ou … Read more

Pick Your Public Cloud Providers Like You Would Pick Your Hotel

When looking for a public cloud provider, consider what you really need: do you need the Ritz, or will a Motel 6 do just fine?

By Sarah Chapman and Len Whitten We have a news flash for you: there is no such thing as “the public cloud.” There are public clouds … lots of them. Each one is separate and distinct from all the others and has its own set of nuances. That is why it is insufficient for a company to decide to move some or all of their data and applications to just any “public cloud.” The question that has to be asked and answered is “Which public cloud is right for me?” To help visualize the distinctive nature of the various public clouds, imagine that you are going on a vacation. You need to rent lodging for your trip. All your options have certain things in common: you will only pay for the time you are … Read more

How To Improve Your Business Continuity Planning Strategy

Want to improve your business continuity planning strategy? Use planning software.

The IT world is constantly changing. Despite the fact that many companies have business continuity plans in place, the majority of them are not accessible or usable should a disaster occur. In fact, a recent survey we conducted showed that three-quarters of “compliant” business continuity plans are never used as-is during testing or disasters. Clearly, business continuity planning needs a little help. It’s difficult to craft a detailed plan for several reasons, including inadequate funding, the fact that plan information isn’t realistic, and insufficient skilled staff. Furthermore, it can be hard to prove that being prepared will pay off in the long run. In addition, teams are out of sync – … Read more

BC Champions Blog Series: How To Move From Risk Ignorance To Risk Intelligence

How do businesses move from risk ignorance to risk intelligence in an increasingly fast-paced world?

By Larry Chase, Senior Director, Symantec Corporation's Enterprise Resiliency Organization Businesses routinely struggle in the risk management space to highlight and proactively address operational and hazardous risks in the same real-time manner as their counterparts in the financial and strategic forums. Yet the real-time risk intelligence is out there – readily available and free on the Internet, including social media, Google Earth, countless 24-hour news sites, and weather and sports feeds. The upside is that you can easily set yourself up to receive a veritable tsunami of alerts and emails to every single device you have which is connected to a cable or wireless network. The d … Read more