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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Continuity Q&A: 2014 Software Trends

December 30, 2013 12:31 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Andrew Evers, CTO of Redwood Software, Inc., to find out more about trends that might emerge in 2014, and how these trends could impact business continuity professionals.            

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Data Center Downtime Study Shines Light On Best Practices To Eliminating Unplanned Outages

December 24, 2013 10:04 am | by Peter Panfil, vice president, global power, Emerson Network Power | Comments

An overwhelming majority of survey respondents (91 percent) reported having experienced an unplanned data center outage in the past 24 months. Regarding the frequency of outages, respondents experienced an average of two complete data center outages during the past two years.   

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For Retailers, The Holiday Season Is All About IT Continuity

December 17, 2013 10:11 am | by Afshin Shams, Enterprise Cloud Sales Specialist, SunGard Availability Services. | Comments

Continuity takes on special significance for retailers as the holiday shopping season goes into full swing. IT outages aren’t that uncommon at year-end for retailers. Twenty percent of them recorded at least one outage last year. 

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Educate & Train Your Staff Through Exercise

December 10, 2013 11:50 am | by Harvey Betan | Comments

Business Continuity Management (BCM) exercises allow participants to learn and understand the processes and procedures they must perform if a specific situation arises. To that end, here are a number of exercises, along with information about how they can be transformed into training tools for your organization’s staff.

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The Need For A Records Information Management Plan, Part 2

December 2, 2013 11:19 am | by Larry McDonnell II, Norwich University, Master of Science in Business Continuity | Comments

Though various people have suggested guidelines for records information management, they have failed to take into consideration historical documents and multimedia records. Most people can agree that a load balance system is the most effective method for dispersal of backed-up information and suggest that this should be part of the guidelines. 

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Crisis Communications 2014: Social Media & Notification Systems

November 26, 2013 11:16 am | Comments

There's still time to participate! Continuity Insights is putting together the third-annual Crisis Communications survey, Crisis Communications 2014: Social Media & Notification Systems, and we want to incorporate your feedback. Respondents who complete the survey will go into the running for an iPad Mini. 

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The Need For A Records Information Management Plan, Part 1

November 26, 2013 10:40 am | by Larry McDonnell II, Norwich University, Master of Science in Business Continuity | Comments

In a local government setting, a business continuity plan typically includes a section on vital records or essential records for daily functions, such as current agency policy, procedures, personnel files, financial information, employee contact information, vendor contact information and the most current documents being used for daily operations. What is not included is the protection of older records. 

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Special eReport: Critical Infrastructure

November 26, 2013 9:12 am | Comments

Click here to view Continuity Insights' exclusive November eReport on critical infrastructure, which includes expert insights on critical infrastructure protection and resilience.                       

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The Evolution Of Critical Infrastructure Protection

November 22, 2013 12:24 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with representatives from Argonne National Laboratory’s Infrastructure Assurance Center: Frédéric Petit, Principal Infrastructure Analyst/Operations Researcher; David Brannegan, Director; and Julia Phillips, Deputy Director, to find out more about how critical infrastructure protection has evolved, and how this evolution has opened up new opportunities to contribute to resilience.

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Continuity Q&A: Dr. Nader Mehravari On Critical Infrastructure

November 20, 2013 4:06 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

In advance of this special-edition eReport on critical infrastructure, Continuity Insights sat down with Dr. Nader Mehravari, MBCP, MBCI, and Research Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute, CERT Division, to find out more about the importance of critical infrastructure and how Americans can become more involved in its maintenance, resilience and protection.

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BCM Software Acquisition

November 12, 2013 9:33 am | by Michael Keating, Vice President, Business Continuity Management, Reinsurance Group of America | Comments

Almost two years ago, our company started the process to select and deploy a new enterprise business continuity management (BCM) software tool. The intent of this article is to share some of the things we learned in our process and in talking with others who have walked the same path.

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The Fine Art Of Mobile Security In A Dangerous Age

November 5, 2013 11:02 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

If you haven't heard, digital security is a big deal, and the security of information on mobile devices is of utmost concern. The bad guys are getting smarter, their attacks more complex and the sensitive data they’re after increasingly resides on that miniature computer you have in your pocket.

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October eReport: Mobile Recovery

November 5, 2013 10:09 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

This special eReport features the latest information on mobile work-area recovery that can only be found at Continuity Insights. Click here to view Continuity Insights' October eReport on mobile recovery, which includes practitioners' insights on choosing the right solution, testing and best practices, as well as interviews with leading mobile work-area recovery providers.

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Continuity Q&A: Disaster Recovery Evolves In The Cloud

October 29, 2013 10:10 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Vasu Subbiah, senior director, product management for Recovery Services at SunGard Availability Services, to learn about the latest developments in cloud services and how these developments might impact disaster recovery.

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Continuity Q&A: Vendors’ Perspectives On Mobile

October 25, 2013 9:43 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Continuity Insights interviewed leading mobile work-area recovery vendors to get their perspectives on mobile recovery. We asked them to share their top tips in regards to needs assessment, justifying ROI, the RFP process and the training phase. They also shared their thoughts on the primary advantages of mobile recovery, as well as the trends and opportunities they foresee for the future mobile recovery. 

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