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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Crisis Management -

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Ian M. Steinberg Global Crisis Management Expert | Comments

As organizations continue to face a growing number of threats, they are beginning to realize the costly, far-reaching impacts on their people, their customers, their operations, their economic base and their day to day lives of either not being ...

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Ready or Not? Identifying (And Filling) Critical Gaps in Private Sector Disaster Preparedness

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Harrison Lobdell | Comments

Five years after the attacks of 9/11 and a year after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, disaster preparedness is both a buzzword and a household word. But are we truly prepared for a large-scale disaster? A recent survey shows that while most compani...

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BCP: The Next Generation

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Gerald Lewis | Comments

Business continuity, while no longer in it's infancy, has certainly not attained a level of full maturity. Most practitioners have journeyed from a myriad of jobs and educations to arrive in their current position. No one went to college and maj...

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BCP Gumbo:

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Doug Sievers | Comments

Business continuity professionals often struggle to develop effective plan templates. Many develop their plans over the course of years, through trial and error, adding and subtracting, until finally arriving at plan documents that seem to addre...

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Professional Development: Retaining Your Most Valuable Resource

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Cheyene Haase | Comments

Retaining valuable business continuity personnel is essential to every program. In today's competitive employment market, hiring managers struggle to identify and recruit the best talent. Figuring out how to keep them should be one of your top priorities.

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Continuity Trends: The Migration to Resiliency

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by John Jackson | Comments

I define resiliency as the integration of disaster recovery, business continuity, security, and production high availability. When the industry got its start in the late 1970s, disaster recovery was the responsibility of the data center manager and/or the systems software manager. Many of us got our start in continuity in that way; I know I did.

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Final Thoughts: This New Column Is a Great Idea!

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Brian Zawada | Comments

Starting in the July/August issue of Continuity Insights magazine, Editorial Advisory Board member Brian Zawada will be hosting a column titled "Great Ideas". The column will spotlight key issues facing our industry, and most importantly, proven, effective and creative solutions employed by organizations that have successfully eliminated these challenges.

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Final Thoughts: A Message to Garcia

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Tony Alexiou | Comments

In the 1899 classic, A Message to Garcia, Elbert Hubbard described the travails of Rowan, a soldier with the United States Army during the Spanish-American War. Rowan is tasked by President McKinley to deliver a message to General Garcia who is somewhere on the island of Cuba. After an arduous and danger-filled three-week journey, Rowan does in fact deliver the message and re-emerges on the other side of the island a success.

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Guest Editorial: A Safety Policy by Any Other Name...

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Gerald Lewis | Comments

Since World War II, numerous changes in the workplace have resulted from policies seeking to increase safety. Initially, it was physical safety in an effort to cut down on accidents and injuries. Safety harnesses, steel-toed boots, hard hats, and other equipment migrated into the work environment with dramatic effect. At first, safety equipment was voluntary, but rapidly it became mandatory.

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The Next Level of Disaster Recovery

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by John Lindeman | Comments

Today, business-level issues including risk management, compliance, and security, and the need for business preparedness in the context of a constantly evolving threat environment, are elevating the importance of disaster recovery/business continuity (DR/BC) as a business, and not just IT, priority.

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Special Report: Continuity Insights/KPMG Business Continuity Management Benchmarking Survey Results

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Continuity Insights Staff | Comments

Results of the 2007 Continuity Insights/KPMG Business Continuity Management Benchmarking Study are in. And while the data doesn't reveal giant leaps forward, it does show enterprises taking baby steps toward the finish line, robust business continuity programs that address strategic interdependencies with other stakeholders.

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Allianz Global Investors: Building an Effecient BCP

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

When Allianz, one of the world's largest insurance companies, decided to get into the asset management business, it acquired asset management companies all over the world and united them under the Allianz Global Investors (AGI) umbrella. It was, and still is, Frank Garafolo's job to bring together their business continuity plans in an organized and efficient manner.

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Final Thoughts - The Real Return on Investment for BCP

December 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John Stagl | Comments

For some time now, we in the business continuity profession have read and heard countless dissertations on how to develop and calculate a positive return on investment (ROI) to justify the business continuity planning effort within our companies. I believe it is time to get rid of the smoke and put the mirrors back in the cabinet in order to look at this question in a slightly different manner.

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BNP Paribas:BCP With a Community Conscience

December 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

When you think BNP Paribas, you think big bank, big money, big business. You can add to that list big heart. The sixth largest bank in the world, BNP takes BCP seriously. But its business continuity team does more than ensure money moves and regulatory requirements are met. Four New Orleans fire companies, two New Orleans schools, and an entire New York City community have benefited from the banks deep pockets and deep commitment to doing good. Here's how.

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The Trend to Internal Recovery

December 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John A. Jackson | Comments

Having been in this great industry of continuity and recovery for almost 30 years, I have seen many trends evolve, or come and go. One of those trends, which seems to have firmly planted itself, is the trend towards organizations migrating from a shared recovery solution to one that utilizes internal or dedicated, but in all cases, non-shared resources.

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