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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Conducting a Business Continuity Plan Audit

May 15, 2005 8:00 pm | Comments

A recent survey revealed an alarming 37 percent of Chief Financial Officers perceived their organizations to be particularly vulnerable with regard to disaster preparedness and recovery. As CFOs are quite familiar with the audit process, perhap...

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Tying Disaster Recovery Investment to Measurable Business Value

May 15, 2005 8:00 pm | by Brian Bobich | Comments

The Aventis Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) program was launched in October 2003, which encompasses a wide-ranging four-year business-driven initiative involving major participation by IS. Attendees at this presentation will learn...

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Transforming Your BCP to Meet Today’s New Pressures

May 15, 2005 8:00 pm | by Rita Pinon | Comments

In a rapidly changing environment it has become a challenge to balance the pressures of external threats, social factors, political factors and economic uncertainty along with the increasing demands to service your customers, improve your agilit...

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Business Continuity and Emergency Management Planning Relationships

May 15, 2005 8:00 pm | Comments

Public and private sector emergency and business continuity plans have traditionally been processes that related only to the goals of the individual sector. Coordination with the public sector could result in a sharing of risk assessment informa...

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Business Continuity Management:

May 15, 2005 8:00 pm | by Ms. Michael Redmond | Comments

Organizations are made up of systems with many layers and interdependencies, therefore sound BCM practices must address all of the capabilities within an organization or extended enterprise, integrating the various components, including people, ...

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Enabling Disaster Recovery Through Data Replication Technology

May 15, 2005 8:00 pm | by Christopher Bertrand | Comments

There is a lot of discussion today about which technologies are better-suited to protect what has simply become the most important asset: corporate data. Various threats and the plethora of new regulations and laws are driving several fundament...

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Creating Effective Continuity Working Groups:

May 15, 2005 8:00 pm | by Richard Harris Management Analyst | Comments

Not unlike private sector business, when government agencies are presented with the challenge of building a continuity plan they follow a familiar strategy. The evaluation and selection of a software tool, establishing a methodology for gatheri...

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Operational Compliance:

May 15, 2005 8:00 pm | Comments

If the data that you are so carefully backing up represents any type of critical document and you’re not including print and mail recovery as part of your contingency plans… your plan is not complete. Print and mail operations are often overloo...

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Narrowing RTO’s and RPO’s Demand the Move to Resiliency

May 15, 2005 8:00 pm | by Joe Flach Vice President | Comments

Ever narrowing Recovery Time Objectives and Recovery Point Objectives are challenging organizations to transition Enterprise Continuity Programs from the traditional recovery models to a landscape of built-in resiliency. This paradigm shift req...

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BCP at EDS

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Julie Hines | Comments

EDS runs a tight ship when it comes to planning and executing its continuity plan. According to Al Decker, executive director of global security and privacy practice, its clients are what drive EDS' BC initiatives. "We have to prove to them that continuity is 'demonstratable' and that we are able to protect them when they outsource to us," he says. 

Land O' Lakes: BCP Like Butta

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Land O'Lakes CIO Mark Wilberts understands that business continuity has as much to do with common sense and commitment as it does with computers. By focusing on practical planning, Wilberts and a team of 30-plus employees have cut through the typical obstacles to launching a business continuity program like a hot knife through, well, butter.

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and BCP: The Cure for Disruption

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Angela Devlen | Comments

When your business is providing patient care, business continuity takes on a whole new meaning. Power outages, hurricanes, and network outages are only a few of the incidents recently affecting healthcare institutions around the country. For Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, improving the ability to deliver care to patients during such an incident is a priority.

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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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