Sungard Availability Services Named A “Leader” In Gartner BCM Magic Quadrant for its Assurance Continuity Manager!

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Customer responsiveness: those two words capture the Assurance Continuity Manager’s journey since its inception last year. The team I get to work and play with – product management, sales support, professional services, sales, and consulting – all embodies the spirit of customer engagement. You spoke. We listened. We at Sungard Availability Services are pleased to be acknowledged by Gartner as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software. Are you evaluating new or replacement Business Continuity Management Planning (BCMP) software tools and finding your search stalled? Here’s my advice: Look beyond “what” functionality a product offers and conside … Read more

VMworld 2014: The Top 3 Topics (Besides Virtualization And The Cloud)

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If you’re in IT, you probably feel pressure every day to protect your corporate data, keep your systems online and available, and make sure the whole kit and caboodle is recoverable. But how do you keep abreast of all the challenges and opportunities in the constantly-changing tech world? Well, going to VMworld is a great place to start! The Sungard AS Team had their ears to the ground at this week’s VMworld conference in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and they brought back some terrific insights to share with you. Clearly, everything is about the cloud, and virtualization is here to stay as companies seek not only to virtualize resources, but also network and storage. Here are the top … Read more

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

Why Hackers Love LinkedIn

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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