There seem to be a lot of sightings of “Black Swans” lately. Should we be concerned or are we wishfully thinking, caught up in media hype; or are we misinterpreting what a “Black Swan” event really is?
Examining business resiliency management best practices: How to prepare today for future trends in business resiliency management
Maintaining the continuity of a business was once viewed in the context of ensuring a disaster recovery plan was safely kept in the trunk of our car. Today, however, organizations must address the entire range and level of their exposures.
Data Preservation: Mapping out a Reliable, Secure, and Effective Backup, Recovery & Archival (BURA) Plan for Small Business
In the online-all-the-time world, business literally runs on data. Data – or more specifically information culled from volumes of stored files – is the resource that drives business innovation, expansion, and profits. Absent this information, business can and sometimes does come to an abrupt halt.
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is a valuable tool for reliability improvement in manufacturing and production operations. Yet, most efforts to implement an RCA program fail to achieve meaningful results despite significant investments in employee training. What needs to be done to assure that RCA becomes a functional work process in organizations?
Corporate computing has moved beyond mainframe systems and back office processing; it is only natural that disaster recovery (DR) technologies follow the same path. This is easier said than done, however, as network-based business applications, services, and files often demand low latency connectivity, large amounts of bandwidth, and unforgiving service level agreements (SLAs).
SHELDUS™ is a county-level hazard data set for the U.S. for 18 different natural hazard events types such thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and tornados.
The Singapore Computer Society (SCS) has launched its new ‘Certification in IT Business Continuity Management’ (CITBCM).
The IT Disaster Recovery Test as part of the Business Continuity testing is becoming an annual event for most IT departments. It is mandated by a lot of regulators, nearly insisted upon by internal audit and of course a very healthy thing to do.
Contemporary emergency response agencies pose what, on first blush, might seem to be an intriguing organizational conundrum. Fire and EMS organizations, for example, are enterprises that are strongly and very visibly accountable for preparedness respecting the big, the bad and the ugly, those major incidents that can subject a community and its leadership to truly undesirable variations on Andy Warhol’s famed 15 minutes.
For many businesses located in tropical and subtropical climates, Hurricanes present the worst-case disaster scenario. In addition to disabling or destroying business assets, as a community-wide disaster, hurricanes can disable employee homes, disrupt transportation, power and communication infrastructure.
Business continuity planning is not difficult. If so, then why do so many small businesses ignore business continuity planning? Perhaps the perception is that if it is so simple, we just don’t need to do it. Although simple, many business continuity planning controls must be performed in advance of a disaster or they will be largely (if not completely) ineffective.