Cloud-based disaster recovery service grabs spotlight


Cloud-based disaster recovery has emerged as an affordable, flexible method for providing application availability following a disaster event.

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Can Health Care Providers Afford to Be Ready for Disaster?


Despite repeated calls for change, however, and billions of dollars in disaster-related costs for health care providers, federal rules do not require that critical medical institutions make even minimal preparations for major emergencies, from hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes to bioterrorist attacks and infectious epidemics such as Ebola and Zika.

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BSI’s Global Supply Chain Intelligence report reveals 2015 top supply chain risks


This report is based on BSI’s Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network, which provides continuous evaluation across 22 proprietary risk factors and 204 countries. BSI’s 2015 SCREEN data and analysis reveals a clear picture of the changing global threat landscape and how this varies by country, continent, and industry sector

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Whaling: how to avoid the net…


Whaling is a recent derivative of phishing which can pose a real threat to business survival. Fred Touchette explains what it is and provides a checklist of preventative actions that organizations can take.

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STUDY: Vast Majority (84%) of SMBs Report that IT Downtime Would Result in Moderate to Catastrophic Loss


Zetta 2016 SMB Recovery Readiness Study Reveals How Vulnerable Small Businesses are to Downtime Due to Disaster or System Failure. Continue reading STUDY: Vast Majority (84%) of SMBs Report that IT Downtime Would Result in Moderate to Catastrophic Loss

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New 2nd Edition! Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques By Jim Burtles


 With logical, step-by-step actions and real-world examples, Burtles gives you the confidence to get the job done, teaching you how to bring people together to win executive support,create a business continuity plan, organize response teams, and recover from the disruption.

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New 2nd Edition! Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques By Jim Burtles


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In this second edition of Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques, Jim Burtles speaks to you directly and personally.

 From his decades of experience, he walks you through six main scenarios, teaching you to handle any contingency. He promises, “If you and your organization are prepared to deal with these six generic risks, you will be able to recover from any business disaster!”

 With logical, step-by-step actions and real-world examples, Burtles gives you the confidence to get the job done, teaching you how to

  • bring people together to win executive support,
  • create a business continuity plan,
  • organize response teams, and
  • recover from the disruption.

Designed with the classroom in mind, this new and updated edition of Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques (2nd Edition) begins each chapter with learning objectives and ends with a multiple-choice self-examination. Thought-provoking exercises help the student to apply the materials from each chapter to personal experience. The book ends with a comprehensive glossary of the standard key terms currently in use in the industry and a full index.

  • Ideal for senior undergraduate, MBA, certificate, and corporate training programs
  • Endorsed by The Business Continuity Institute
  • Comprehensive how-to guide with basic BCM principles and best practices
  • Downloads with 24 planning/analysis tools
  • Sample plans, checklists, templates, case studies, exercises, Web references
  • Instructor Materials, including PowerPoint slides, syllabus and instructor’s manual (available on confirmed course adoption)

Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques (2nd Edition) is organized with all the features you need to master business continuity:

  • Each chapter starts with learning objectives and ends with a multiple-choice self-examination covering the main points.
  • Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter help you to apply the materials from the chapter to your own experience.
  • A glossary of the key terms currently in use in the industry and a full index allow for more depth of study.
  • A downloadable Business Continuity Toolkit offers wealth of extra online material prepared specially for you by Jim Burtles.

======================================

The book is organized around the phases of planning for and achieving resiliency in an organization:

Part I: Preparation and Startup

  • Learn the essentials of the Business Continuity discipline and profession and the practical basic information that will help you move fast to achieve results.

Part II: Building a Foundation

  • Gather and analyze the information you need to identify possible threats, deal with the symptoms, and take steps to prevent the consequences.

Part III: Responding and Recovering

  • Organize resources, teams, and facilities to protect, recover, and restore critical business activities.

Part IV: Planning and Implementing

  • Create the plans that are at the heart of your Business Continuity program. Manage plans, resources, and people for a BC capability that will stand the test of time.

Part V: Long-term Continuity

  • Move beyond basic planning to audit and maintain capabilities, enhance governance, and prepare for a rewarding career in Business Continuity.

======================================

Contents

See http://rothsteinpublishing.com/principles-and-practice-of-business-continuity-burtles/#contents

2016, 464 pages. ISBN #978-1-931332-94-1, $99.99

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Reviews

Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques puts the skin on the bones of business continuity and provides wider knowledge of the activities associated with design, development, delivery, and management of business continuity for all sizes and types of organizations.”

– Owen Gregory MBCI, Senior Lecturer, Buckinghamshire New University, UK

“I know that this second edition of Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques will make an excellent addition to our resources, and should form an essential part of every practitioner’s learning and development.”

– Deborah Higgins MBCI, Head of Learning and Development, The Business Continuity Institute

======================================

About the Author

Jim Burtles

Jim Burtles KLJ, MMLJ, Hon FBCI is a well-known and respected leader within the business continuity profession. Now semi-retired and living in West London, he can look back and reflect upon the lessons learned from a wealth of experience gained in some 40 years of practice, spread across 4 continents and 24 countries. He was granted Freedom of the City of London in 1992, received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in 2010. In 2005, he was granted the rank of a Knight of Grace in the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, an ancient and charitable order which cares for those afflicted with leprosy and similar debilitating diseases.

Working as an IBM field engineer, in the mid-70s he took on the role of a rescue engineer, helping customers recover their damaged systems in the wake of fires, floods, and bombings. This type of work was the beginning of what later became known as disaster recovery. During the 80s, he became an early pioneer of what was then the emerging business continuity profession. In 1994 he helped to found the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and now serves on its Global Membership Council, representing the interests of the worldwide membership. His practical
experience includes hands-on recovery work with victims of traumatic events such as explosions,
earthquakes, storms, and fires. This includes technical assistance and support in 90-odd disasters, as well as advice and guidance for clients in over 200 emergency situations.

Over the past 40 years, Jim Burtles has introduced more than 3,500 people into the business continuity profession through formal training programs and has provided specialist training for another 800 or so through workshops covering specific subjects or skill areas. For several years he was a regular visiting lecturer at Coventry University.

Recent published works include Coping with a Crisis: A Counselor’s Guide to the Restabilization Process, 2011, and Emergency Evacuation Planning for Your Workplace: From Chaos to Life-Saving Solutions, published by Rothstein Publishing in  2013.

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BCI, BSI Horizon Scan 2016: Physical security a growing threat to organizations


Physical security is seen as growing concern for business continuity professionals, according to the fifth annual Horizon Scan Report published by the Business Continuity Institute, in association with BSI. Among the ranks of potential threats that organizations face, acts of terrorism gained six places from 10th in 2015 to 4th this year, while security incidents moved from 6th place to 5th place.

55% of respondents to the global survey expressed concern about the possibility of both an act of terrorism or a security incident such as vandalism, theft or fraud disrupting their organization, compared to 42% and 48% respectively the previous year. Whether these concerns are justified is another matter, but the incidents in Paris are still fresh in the mind, not to mention the many other events from across the world that constantly fill our news channels.

While security incidents of a physical nature make up the 4th and 5th greatest threats, it is incidents belonging to Horizon Scan Reportthe virtual world that once again make up the top three. For the second year running, cyber attack comes in at number one with 85% of respondents expressing concern (2015: 82%). The attack on BBC over the new year period is a reminder of the danger this kind of threat poses when it suffered what was reputed to be the largest DDoS attack in history at 600 GBps, enough to bring down its website and most of its online services for some considerable time.

Data breach has climbed from 3rd place in 2015 to 2nd place this year with 80% of respondents expressing concern about the prospect of this type of threat materializing (2015: 74%). Not only are data breaches damaging reputationally, they can be expensive in terms of any fines imposed as result.

Unplanned telecoms and IT outage may have dropped from 1st place in 2014 to 2nd place in 2015 and now 3rd place in 2016, but it is still a very real threat with 77% of respondents expressing concern (2015:81%). Offices, shops, factories and warehouses are all heavily reliant on IT infrastructures and when those infrastructures fail it can cause severe disruption.

This year’s global top ten threats to organizations are:

  1. Cyber-attack – static
  2. Data breach – up 1
  3. Unplanned IT and telecoms outages – down 1
  4. Acts of terrorism – up 6
  5. Security incidents – up 1
  6. Interruption to utility supply – down 2
  7. Supply chain disruption – down 2
  8. Adverse weather – up1
  9. Availability of talents/key skills – up 5
  10. Health and safety incident – up 1

David James-Brown FBCI, Chairman of the Business Continuity Institute, commented: “The need perceived by organizations to identify and build resilience to this range of threats reveals the importance of this survey for business continuity professionals, the Horizon Scan’s reputation and reliability make it one of the most popular reports in the industry on a global scale. It is indeed crucial for practitioners to advise organizations on what to prepare for and adjust their recovery plans accordingly.

The industry landscape is rapidly changing, and so should our discipline in order to keep up with both traditional and modern challenges. At the top of the list this year we continue to see threats such as cyber-attack, data breach and unplanned IT outages. More traditional threats such as terrorism continue to be ’front-of-mind’ for organizations. Given the rise of new challenges and the fact that old ones remain, horizon scanning techniques are even more valuable in assisting organizations to be prepared to the best of their potential.

Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BSI, commented: “2015 saw a number of high profile businesses across the world hit by cyber attacks, so it’s reassuring to see that so many are aware of the threat it poses. Our research finds it to be the top concern in six out of the eight regions surveyed.

However, we remain concerned to see that businesses are still not fully utilizing the information available to them to identify and remedy weaknesses in their organizational resilience.

The report concludes that horizon scanning impacts on overall resilience as it provides an objective basis for assessing near-term threats that lead to disruption. The Horizon Scan Report, as a global study aggregating practitioner input across industry sectors and regions, complements in-house analysis and provides useful input for strategic decisions.

Download your free copy of the Horizon Scan Report Horizon Scan Report (registration required). If you have any questions, or would like to find out more, join the webinar on the 25th February when we will be discussing some of the findings and answering any of your questions.

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New 2nd Edition! Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques By Jim Burtles


Available now for Pre-Order and ebook – Shipping in print March 1, 2016!

In this second edition of Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques, Jim Burtles speaks to you directly and personally.

 From his decades of experience, he walks you through six main scenarios, teaching you to handle any contingency. He promises, “If you and your organization are prepared to deal with these six generic risks, you will be able to recover from any business disaster!”

 With logical, step-by-step actions and real-world examples, Burtles gives you the confidence to get the job done, teaching you how to

  • bring people together to win executive support,
  • create a business continuity plan,
  • organize response teams, and
  • recover from the disruption.

Designed with the classroom in mind, this new and updated edition of Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques (2nd Edition) begins each chapter with learning objectives and ends with a multiple-choice self-examination. Thought-provoking exercises help the student to apply the materials from each chapter to personal experience. The book ends with a comprehensive glossary of the standard key terms currently in use in the industry and a full index.

  • Ideal for senior undergraduate, MBA, certificate, and corporate training programs
  • Endorsed by The Business Continuity Institute
  • Comprehensive how-to guide with basic BCM principles and best practices
  • Downloads with 24 planning/analysis tools
  • Sample plans, checklists, templates, case studies, exercises, Web references
  • Instructor Materials, including PowerPoint slides, syllabus and instructor’s manual (available on confirmed course adoption)

Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques (2nd Edition) is organized with all the features you need to master business continuity:

  • Each chapter starts with learning objectives and ends with a multiple-choice self-examination covering the main points.
  • Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter help you to apply the materials from the chapter to your own experience.
  • A glossary of the key terms currently in use in the industry and a full index allow for more depth of study.
  • A downloadable Business Continuity Toolkit offers wealth of extra online material prepared specially for you by Jim Burtles.

======================================

The book is organized around the phases of planning for and achieving resiliency in an organization:

Part I: Preparation and Startup

  • Learn the essentials of the Business Continuity discipline and profession and the practical basic information that will help you move fast to achieve results.

Part II: Building a Foundation

  • Gather and analyze the information you need to identify possible threats, deal with the symptoms, and take steps to prevent the consequences.

Part III: Responding and Recovering

  • Organize resources, teams, and facilities to protect, recover, and restore critical business activities.

Part IV: Planning and Implementing

  • Create the plans that are at the heart of your Business Continuity program. Manage plans, resources, and people for a BC capability that will stand the test of time.

Part V: Long-term Continuity

  • Move beyond basic planning to audit and maintain capabilities, enhance governance, and prepare for a rewarding career in Business Continuity.

======================================

Contents

See http://rothsteinpublishing.com/principles-and-practice-of-business-continuity-burtles/#contents

2016, 464 pages. ISBN #978-1-931332-94-1

======================================

Reviews

Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques puts the skin on the bones of business continuity and provides wider knowledge of the activities associated with design, development, delivery, and management of business continuity for all sizes and types of organizations.”

– Owen Gregory MBCI, Senior Lecturer, Buckinghamshire New University, UK

“I know that this second edition of Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques will make an excellent addition to our resources, and should form an essential part of every practitioner’s learning and development.”

– Deborah Higgins MBCI, Head of Learning and Development, The Business Continuity Institute

======================================

About the Author

Jim Burtles

Jim Burtles KLJ, MMLJ, Hon FBCI is a well-known and respected leader within the business continuity profession. Now semi-retired and living in West London, he can look back and reflect upon the lessons learned from a wealth of experience gained in some 40 years of practice, spread across 4 continents and 24 countries. He was granted Freedom of the City of London in 1992, received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in 2010. In 2005, he was granted the rank of a Knight of Grace in the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, an ancient and charitable order which cares for those afflicted with leprosy and similar debilitating diseases.

Working as an IBM field engineer, in the mid-70s he took on the role of a rescue engineer, helping customers recover their damaged systems in the wake of fires, floods, and bombings. This type of work was the beginning of what later became known as disaster recovery. During the 80s, he became an early pioneer of what was then the emerging business continuity profession. In 1994 he helped to found the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and now serves on its Global Membership Council, representing the interests of the worldwide membership. His practical
experience includes hands-on recovery work with victims of traumatic events such as explosions,
earthquakes, storms, and fires. This includes technical assistance and support in 90-odd disasters, as well as advice and guidance for clients in over 200 emergency situations.

Over the past 40 years, Jim Burtles has introduced more than 3,500 people into the business continuity profession through formal training programs and has provided specialist training for another 800 or so through workshops covering specific subjects or skill areas. For several years he was a regular visiting lecturer at Coventry University.

Recent published works include Coping with a Crisis: A Counselor’s Guide to the Restabilization Process, 2011, and Emergency Evacuation Planning for Your Workplace: From Chaos to Life-Saving Solutions, published by Rothstein Publishing in August 2013.

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New 2nd Edition! Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques By Jim Burtles


Available for Pre-Order and epub – Shipping in print March 1, 2016!

In this second edition of Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques, Jim Burtles speaks to you directly and personally.

 From his decades of experience, he walks you through six main scenarios, teaching you to handle any contingency. He promises, “If you and your organization are prepared to deal with these six generic risks, you will be able to recover from any business disaster!”

 With logical, step-by-step actions and real-world examples, Burtles gives you the confidence to get the job done, teaching you how to

  • bring people together to win executive support,
  • create a business continuity plan,
  • organize response teams, and
  • recover from the disruption.

Designed with the classroom in mind, this new and updated edition of Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques (2nd Edition) begins each chapter with learning objectives and ends with a multiple-choice self-examination. Thought-provoking exercises help the student to apply the materials from each chapter to personal experience. The book ends with a comprehensive glossary of the standard key terms currently in use in the industry and a full index.

  • Ideal for senior undergraduate, MBA, certificate, and corporate training programs
  • Endorsed by The Business Continuity Institute
  • Comprehensive how-to guide with basic BCM principles and best practices
  • Downloads with 24 planning/analysis tools
  • Sample plans, checklists, templates, case studies, exercises, Web references
  • Instructor Materials, including PowerPoint slides, syllabus and instructor’s manual (available on confirmed course adoption)

Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques (2nd Edition) is organized with all the features you need to master business continuity:

  • Each chapter starts with learning objectives and ends with a multiple-choice self-examination covering the main points.
  • Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter help you to apply the materials from the chapter to your own experience.
  • A glossary of the key terms currently in use in the industry and a full index allow for more depth of study.
  • A downloadable Business Continuity Toolkit offers wealth of extra online material prepared specially for you by Jim Burtles.

======================================

The book is organized around the phases of planning for and achieving resiliency in an organization:

Part I: Preparation and Startup

  • Learn the essentials of the Business Continuity discipline and profession and the practical basic information that will help you move fast to achieve results.

Part II: Building a Foundation

  • Gather and analyze the information you need to identify possible threats, deal with the symptoms, and take steps to prevent the consequences.

Part III: Responding and Recovering

  • Organize resources, teams, and facilities to protect, recover, and restore critical business activities.

Part IV: Planning and Implementing

  • Create the plans that are at the heart of your Business Continuity program. Manage plans, resources, and people for a BC capability that will stand the test of time.

Part V: Long-term Continuity

  • Move beyond basic planning to audit and maintain capabilities, enhance governance, and prepare for a rewarding career in Business Continuity.

======================================

Contents

See http://rothsteinpublishing.com/principles-and-practice-of-business-continuity-burtles/#contents

======================================

Reviews

Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques puts the skin on the bones of business continuity and provides wider knowledge of the activities associated with design, development, delivery, and management of business continuity for all sizes and types of organizations.”

– Owen Gregory MBCI, Senior Lecturer, Buckinghamshire New University, UK

“I know that this second edition of Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques will make an excellent addition to our resources, and should form an essential part of every practitioner’s learning and development.”

– Deborah Higgins MBCI, Head of Learning and Development, The Business Continuity Institute

======================================

About the Author

Jim Burtles

Jim Burtles KLJ, MMLJ, Hon FBCI is a well-known and respected leader within the business continuity profession. Now semi-retired and living in West London, he can look back and reflect upon the lessons learned from a wealth of experience gained in some 40 years of practice, spread across 4 continents and 24 countries. He was granted Freedom of the City of London in 1992, received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in 2010. In 2005, he was granted the rank of a Knight of Grace in the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, an ancient and charitable order which cares for those afflicted with leprosy and similar debilitating diseases.

Working as an IBM field engineer, in the mid-70s he took on the role of a rescue engineer, helping customers recover their damaged systems in the wake of fires, floods, and bombings. This type of work was the beginning of what later became known as disaster recovery. During the 80s, he became an early pioneer of what was then the emerging business continuity profession. In 1994 he helped to found the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and now serves on its Global Membership Council, representing the interests of the worldwide membership. His practical
experience includes hands-on recovery work with victims of traumatic events such as explosions,
earthquakes, storms, and fires. This includes technical assistance and support in 90-odd disasters, as well as advice and guidance for clients in over 200 emergency situations.

Over the past 40 years, Jim Burtles has introduced more than 3,500 people into the business continuity profession through formal training programs and has provided specialist training for another 800 or so through workshops covering specific subjects or skill areas. For several years he was a regular visiting lecturer at Coventry University.

Recent published works include Coping with a Crisis: A Counselor’s Guide to the Restabilization Process, 2011, and Emergency Evacuation Planning for Your Workplace: From Chaos to Life-Saving Solutions, published by Rothstein Publishing in August 2013.

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In Memoriam: Terri Mitchem


It is with sadness that we communicate to our friends and colleagues that Terri Mitchem, Marketing Director for Rothstein Associates/Rothstein Publishing, 2010-2015, passed away on October 22, 2015 in Weeki Wachee, Florida, after a five-month bout with brain cancer.

According to Phil Rothstein, “In the six years we worked together, Terri was unfailingly loyal and diligent. She took on even the least glamorous tasks without hesitation. Sometimes I think she cared more than was possible. Few people I’ve ever known have been as passionate as Terri.”

Contributions in her memory may be made to Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, Weeki Wachee, FL 34613.