Stronger Disaster Recovery And Business Continuity Is Just What The Doctor Ordered For Healthcare

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Healthcare organizations are and always have been slow to adopt leading edge technology, but thanks to compulsory legislation and regulatory requirements (HIPAA and HITECH, for example,) awareness of disaster recovery strategies is growing. This is no real surprise when you consider the penalties possible for lack of compliance, ranging from fines of millions of dollars to loss of revenue if provider status were to be revoked for failures under the Affordable Care Act. At the heart of healthcare disaster recovery is the quantum shift the industry has experienced, where everything is online and digitally stored and paper-based storage is diminished. Electronic medical records and associated … Read more

Backup Your Life With These Tips For Personal Information Technology (IT) Resiliency Planning

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We talk about business continuity, disaster recovery, and overall resiliency for organizations of every size. But what about for you and me … as individuals? I don’t know about you, but I would be less than happy if my smartphone was stolen, my laptop stalled, my computer hacked, or my iPod drowned. Not because I have anything particularly earthshaking on these devices (if an outsider were to assess them), but because they have data and files that are important to me. My contacts. My photos. My files. My interests. The regular stuff that makes up my life. As a result, I’ve spent some time and thought putting together a personal IT resiliency plan with 5 key components. The good news is, t … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 12-24-14

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As we near the holidays and the New Year, we’re reminded of 2014’s glorious turnout when it comes to IT. From groundbreaking innovations, high-profile hacks and more, 2014 was a year for the books. But as this year moves behind us, it’s time to look forward! Let’s preview what 2015 has in store for the IT world… Is The Cloud On Your Wishlist? If it’s not, it should be! David Deans of cloudtech is giving us a quick reality check before we all checkout for the holidays: cloud adoption is, above all, driven by strategic business decisions, like the desire to remain competitive in a fast-evolving market. And guess what? The statistics will only jump higher in the next year. “As more workloads m … Read more

The London Air Traffic Control System Outage Took Engineers By Surprise, Is Your Disaster Recovery Strategy Actionable?

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This past Friday served as a reminder that even the most complex and closely monitored computer systems can experience outages. The London air traffic control system went down on December 12th due to a previously unseen software glitch in a critical outsourced system. The engineers had not planned for the problem, which remains largely undefined for public consumption, but the fact is that it happened and those responsible for the availability of the system can’t deny the failure (regardless of the cause). In all likelihood, high volume may have put undue stress on the system causing it to fail resulting in chaos that essentially brought air travel in and out of London to a complete s … Read more

Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery Best Practices From The Availability Front Lines

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As a Marine I learned the hard way how difficult it is to think straight under pressure. Now I find myself after two decades in the trenches of business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) realizing some of the same lessons-learned apply to Information Technology! Since becoming a business technologist in the mid-1990′s, I’ve been ambushed by unexpected problems, had to “march” at double-time to meet our business objectives, and sweat it out waiting to see if a plan-of-attack was going to work like our marching orders said it would! So, I’d like to save you some of the blood, sweat, and tears I’ve experienced along the way by sharing with you these six valuable lessons-learned from the … Read more

Keeping An Eye On Ebola: 6 Steps To Avoid Pandemic And Panic At Your Company While Maintaining Business Continuity

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“Pandemic” and “panic” sound a lot alike. Certainly, the first can trigger the second in next to no time, as the recent outbreak of Ebola has demonstrated. But as a business continuity planning (BCP) professional, you can take healthy steps to avoid both 1. Keep your ear to the ground … and your eye on the Internet Usually, crisis management plans get “triggered” by an event, such as a natural disaster or an outage. But in the case of a pandemic such as Ebola, you might want to pull the starting gun on your plan before anybody so much as coughs or sneezes. To be specific, you should muster your crisis management team and have them start monitoring the websites of the World Health Organiza … Read more

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