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

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 8-6-2014

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If you don’t know what a “Sharknado” is, then you probably don’t watch the SyFy channel, or TV, for that matter. For those living under a rock, let me clarify: a “Sharknado” is a shark-infested tornado. But these sharks are hungry and irritated (I’d be too if I were helplessly spinning in a twister!), adding another level of danger to the natural disaster. Humankind has only seen this phenomenon and its mediocre special effects onscreen, but hey, there’s always a one-in-a-billion chance that this MAY happen in real life! How would you modify your business continuity plan to prepare for it? Fear not, our very own Tracy Hein has got you covered. Here’s her business continuity plan tailored to t … Read more

5 Best Practices For Leveraging Backup and Recovery For Business Resiliency

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Let’s talk about questions. Asking the right questions is key to getting the right answers. Some questions are too broad, such as, “How do I achieve business continuity?” With that question, where do you start? How do you focus? When do you stop? A better question is one that is targeted, like this: How do I leverage backup and recovery as a service for true business continuity and resiliency? Now you know where to start and how to focus: by studying backup as a service (BaaS) and recovery as a service (RaaS) and determining how and where they can effectively fit into your business continuity planning. You also know when to stop: when you have found a BaaS and RaaS solution that contr … 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

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

How To Improve Your Business Continuity Planning Strategy

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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

5 Steps To Getting Started With Business Continuity Planning

This useful ESG white paper encapsulates the 5 steps every organization can take towards Business Continuity Planning. It's yours if you want it...

It should come as no shock to any IT professional that business continuity planning is vital – but it’s also a challenge for many organizations. In fact, according to a 2012 survey by the Enterprise Strategy Group, 36 percent of respondents said implementing or improving a business continuity and disaster recovery plan was challenging. However, according to a different ESG survey from 2013, 20 percent of respondents indicated that business continuity and disaster recovery programs were one of their top IT priorities during the coming year. Of course, one of the reasons business continuity planning is so difficult lies in the fact that technology needs are constantly changing. There is no … Read more