The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-26-14

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Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for turkey and gravy, some long-overdue rest, and a time to celebrate all that you’re thankful for. As for most of us, I’m incredibly thankful for my friends and family, but I’m also thankful to attend my university (and for the break from my studies)! What are you thankful for? In this day of economic uncertainty, most people would say that they’re very thankful for their jobs. And for all you hard workers in IT, the last thing you want is to be dismissed from your company. For this reason, be sure to read Roger Grimes’s piece on the ten security mistakes that WILL get you fired. He covers some critical errors you’ll want to avoid, like cutting off the CEO’s access t … Read more

How To Select The Right Location For Your Disaster Recovery Data Center

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Remember the business aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy? In each case, companies far and wide scrambled to put business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) plans in place if they didn’t already have them – whether or not they had felt so much as a raindrop from the super-storms. But human memory is short-lived. As incredible as it may seem, some people have already forgotten the devastation and destruction caused by disasters such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. The problem, of course, is that the risk of disasters hasn’t gone down, even if our alertness to them has. All you need to do is take a look at data such as Sperling’s natural disaster map to see that the next disaster cou … Read more

The Simple Way To Explain Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery To A 7-Year-Old

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I was chatting with my boss the other day, and he said, “My daughter asked me last night, ‘What do you do, Daddy?’ You know, it stumped me for a minute. After all, if you’re an architect or a librarian or a teacher or a writer, it’s easy to explain it to a kid. But how do you explain that you work for a BC/DR firm specializing in organizational resiliency? Children don’t know what business continuity or disaster recovery are, or why a company would need either one.” Having a few peers and relatives who do not understand what BC/DR is, I was curious. “What did you tell her?” I asked. “I gave her a very simple analogy,” he replied. “I told her I’m like a doctor. But instead of treating pe … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-19-14

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How do you feel about privacy? It’s a simple question, but tough to answer in this day and age where the digital world has complicated how our information is used and shared. The Pew Research Center has found that Americans distrust just about any and every communications channel with sharing their information, from email to landlines. “Yet Americans for now seem to grudgingly accept that these are the trade-offs of living in the digital age — or else they fear that it is too late to do anything about it,” writes Claire Cain Miller from the New York Times. Check out the article detailing more on the privacy paradox titled “Americans Say They Want Privacy, but Act as if They Don’t.” Are you on … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-12-14

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When it comes to college, there’s a lot of uncertainty. “Will my child make friends? Will they like their school and their studies?” These are some of the questions we ask ourselves. But one we don’t often think about is this: “Will someone steal my son or daughter’s information?” It’s more common than you think. Don’t let a breach on college campuses take advantage of your child’s information – make sure you and your child are aware of the issues at hand. For that reason, Sue Poremba is detailing five cyber threats that YOU should know before your child goes off to college. These include awareness of malware, password problems, and BYOD, among others. And while we’re on the topic of warni … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-7-14

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Our kids are everything to us, but sometimes it can be difficult to give your son or daughter “the talk.” Your child can become confused easily if words are not easy to understand. Of course, we’re referring to the dreaded business continuity disaster recovery talk. How do you explain to a child what a BC/DR firm does? Divya Rathi took a few pointers from her boss, and it sums up to one important analogy: BC/DR specialists are like doctors for companies. They perform check ups to make sure companies are functioning and healthy, they provide wellness plans tailored to companies to avoid disease and illness, and when an emergency arises, they help companies survive and get back on track! One e … Read more

Wild Cowboy Stories From The IT Frontier

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For many years, I wore cowboy boots to work. It seemed appropriate … after all, as a senior architect, I often have to “herd” clients to help them develop solutions around availability of their most critical business systems and processes. In the process, I often tell a few tales around the IT campfire from the frontier of days past. The stories demonstrate to my clients that this is, in fact, not my first rodeo. Note: places, names, and timelines have been changed to protect the innocent (and the guilty). “As a cowboy, you are only as good as your last round up.” Early in my career, I had a client with the on-site system administrator who was responsible for fileserver backups for the cor … Read more

Think Your Business Continuity Plan Is Complete?

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Your business continuity team has brought you the company’s new, improved, revised, or updated business continuity (BC) plans. Nice plans – comprehensive, lots of information about assignments, call trees, contact lists, etc. and they’re all up-to-date. Your staff assures you that they have addressed all of the priorities and requirements defined from your business impact analysis (BIA) and involved every key stakeholder, so that the company is ready for the worst case scenario. You can hand out the kudos and get on with the next task. Not so fast. Before you give those kudos, you have some questions to ask! There are three important elements that too many business continuity plans are missi … Read more