If there was a catastrophe like a dirty bomb, many of the affected small-and-medium-sized businesses would go out of business. Many large businesses, like banks or healthcare firms, have extensive disaster recovery plans. A large terrorist attack would lead to many problems, but they could scramble services to various data centers around the country and select new suppliers to keep them running.
SunGard Availability Services, provider of Information Availability and business continuity services, has announced its expansion into India with two new dedicated Workplace Recovery facilities.
In late 1811, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake shook the New Madrid Seismic Zone, stretching across Southern and Midwestern states. It was followed by two earthquakes in 1812 ranging from magnitude 7.5 to 7.7, six aftershocks ranging from magnitude 5.5 to 6.3 within the first two days and hundreds more aftershocks were felt into 1813. Two centuries later, that scenario was the basis for National Level Exercise (NLE) 2011, one of the largest emergency exercises in U.S. history and the first of its scale to simulate a natural disaster.
Any BCP standard should be viewed as the minimum required to keep a business running in the event of a catastrophic event, said Jeff Stern, principal consultant at Eagle Business Solutions, based in metro New York.
Some confusion seems to persist in the marketplace regarding the difference between business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) processes. Repeatedly, businesses use one term to refer to the actions described by the other. Meanwhile, many organizations are falling short in one or both areas, and the results—eventually—could be disastrous.
EURid, the registry for the .eu top-level domain (TLD), successfully tested its disaster recovery plan on 7 July 2011 during a business continuity exercise.
SunGard Availability Services released its sixth annual analysis of major causes of business disruption in the UK. The office is now firmly the main source of business disruption, with almost three times as many problems caused by workplace incidents such as power and communication failures than by technology failures involving hardware or other IT issues.
Audit report identifies business continuity testing as a weak area in various major Australian government agencies
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has published the interim findings of an audit of the financial statements of major Australian general government sector agencies for the year ending 30 June 2011.
The report includes an assessment of current business continuity management strategies in the 26 agencies that were audited. Continue reading Audit report identifies business continuity testing as a weak area in various major Australian government agencies
56% of enterprises in North America and 30% in Europe don’t have a good disaster recovery plan, says a CA Technologies survey of 200 companies.
Many businesses are not adequately prepared for major business disruption from possible political violence, says the global consultancy Control Risks.