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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

IT and Compliance: Applying Lessons Learned

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Pat McAnally | Comments

More regulations affecting continuity and security have been passed in the last three years than in the 20 years prior, and there'sno evidence to suggest that the pace will diminish in the near future. While this onslaught of regulations is complex, a disciplined approach is required to deal with it and will ultimately benefit individual businesses, as well as the economy at large.

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New Ways to Use the BIA Survey

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Linda Pahkim | Comments

A BUSINESS IMPACT ANALYSIS (BIA) can help identify an organization's critical processes, their recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs). Information gathered is used to prioritize recovery of processes or functions, develop recovery strategies, and develop recovery plans. 

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The Business Continuity Planning Iniatives at Johns Hopkins Health System

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Gai Cole and Amina Barnes | Comments

IN 2001 THE JOHNS HOPKINS HEALTH SYSTEM(JHHS; Baltimore, MD), began an earnest examination of its ability to recover patient care and business processes when operations have been disrupted unexpectedly. By the end of 2002, pilot continuity plans were developed for the  payroll, patient financial services, and hospital IT departments. 

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Protecting the Electronic Health Record - Our Centerpiece

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Mark Jacobs | Comments

The Character of Healthcare today intensifies the need to protect patient data from unforeseen disasters and destruction. In recent times, providers of care have increasingly expanded their computerized technology portfolios and increased contributions to Electronic Health Record (EHR) repositories as a replacement to the patient chart.

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Cost-Justifying Your Backup Plan

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | by Dorian Cougias | Comments

Moving your backup plan through the budget process isn't going to be a breeze-getting companies to part with the green stuff is never easy. However, this article will provide you with language and spreadsheet calculations that translate CIO- speak into the obscure CFO dialect. And hopefully, that will make the process a bit simpler.

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What's With The Weather?

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | by Chris Hebert | Comments

All across the country, extreme weather events seem to be making the headlines on a regular basis. What's going on? Has the atmosphere suddenly gone wacky? Is global warming to blame? What about El Niño or La Niña? Are all of these extreme weather events simply the result of natural variations in the Earth's ever changing climate? And is there anything you can do about it?

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BCP for Small and Medium-Sized Firms

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | by Al Berman | Comments

The need for business Continuity planning has grown rapidly in the 21st century, driven by both regulatory compliance requirements and customer demands. Business continuity is as critical to small and medium-sized companies as it is to their larger competitors.

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Yamaha: Achieving BCP Harmony

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Established in 1960, Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA), then Yamaha International Corporation, offers a full line of musical instruments, audio/visual, and computer- related products to the U.S. market. Also, YCA subsidiary Yamaha Exporting, Inc. is engaged in exporting many products and materials to overseas markets.

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The Hurricanes of 2004

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

The best exercise is a  real event, but that's the worst way to find out where the holes are in your plan," says Susan Fisch, business continuity specialist with the Florida State Turnpike Authority (Boca Raton, FL). Lucky for Fisch, her organization's plans were pretty solid. "We had most of our activity in hurricane preparation," Fisch says. "And it paid off.  We were ready."

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BCP You Can Bank On

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

At COMMERCE BANK, "BANKER'S HOURS" start as early at 7:30 a.m. and often end at midnight.  And in its quest to be "America's Most Convenient Bank,"Commerce is expanding more than just the typical teller's work day.  Headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ, Commerce has more than 320 locations throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, metro New York, and northern Delaware.

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Basel II and Business Continuity

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | by Brian Zawada and Angela Isaac | Comments

The financial services industry, especially medium- and large-size banks, often have formal business continuity programs in place that encompass crisis management, business resumption, and IT disaster recovery processes. Many of these programs, however, can be improved in terms of scope and maturity.

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Protecting Employees During Wartime

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | by John Briley | Comments

Maintaining Business Continuity requires more than just attention to detail in the home office. As too many executives know first hand, snags and slip-ups during business travel can delay (or derail) deals, slow up production, cost money, and generally disrupt the rhythm of your business. This is why so many companies are paying more attention to protecting their traveling employees, especially when sending staff overseas in a time of war.

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Keeping Production Line Running

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | by Perry Depew and Frank Brown | Comments

In addition to traditional pressures of labor crises and material costs, the Information Age has ushered in global competition and the continually accelerating pace of change. American manufacturers today must fully employ the engineering, processing, and logistical capacities of their entire supply chains. America's drive toward customer responsiveness and business process and supply chain optimization must be as relentless as our foreign competitors'.

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The Right Mix: Balancing Technology and Services in Designing an Effective Data Protection and Compliance Plan

April 27, 2004 8:00 pm | by Phil Gilmour President and CEO | Comments

This session is relevant for up to mid-sized companies, often without the luxury of compliance departments and sizeable IT staff, to determine how to best blend hardware, software and services into a cost-effective plan to meet corporate policie...

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Government Perspective on Business Recovery

April 27, 2004 8:00 pm | by Richard Harris Management Analyst | Comments

This session will focus on the experiences and strategies in planning for possible interruptions to our business of running the government and how to negotiate obstacles such as gaining management commitment, ensuring public awareness, articulat...

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