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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Speakers’ Soapbox: Robin Hillman On Supplier Readiness & Interconnectivity

September 13, 2013 11:30 am | Comments

In the leadup to the Continuity Insights New York Conference, October 15-16, 2013, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, critical business continuity skills, and hypothetical Central Park statues. This week, Robin Hillman from Connexions Loyalty discusses why it’s important for organizations to be aware of their suppliers’ disaster preparedness, and how to promote a faster recovery time.

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Notification Systems Comparison Index

September 11, 2013 9:06 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Dedicated or shared? Hosted or on-premise? Is two-way communication possible? When it comes to notification systems, the array of features is staggering. To make comparing a little less difficult, Continuity Insights asked notification system vendors about their solutions and compiled their answers into an easy-to-read index. 

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2013 Mass Notification Survey

September 11, 2013 8:55 pm | Comments

Given recent advances in technology, it would be easy to assume that companies and organizations are embracing notification solutions for business continuity en masse; however, in an effort to delve a little deeper into current mass notification trends, Continuity Insights asked our readers to share how their organizations are utilizing notification systems. 

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Keeping Long Island’s Pets Safe In Disaster

September 10, 2013 10:09 am | by Beverly M. Poppell, JD; Public Affairs Officer, Pet Safe Coalition | Comments

Formed in 1999 as a program within an established human services organization, Pet Safe has endured through political climate change as well as environmental changes. Pet Safe is now the only not-for-profit organization on Long Island dedicated solely to keeping household pets safe in disasters.

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Continuity Q&A: Barry Weber On Resilience Through Cloud & Automation

September 10, 2013 9:34 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

SMBs are increasingly being forced to do everything that the enterprise organization has to deal with: security, business continuity, compliance, etc. They don’t get any free passes. Yet, they don’t always have the resources to solve the problem. 

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Never Too Small To Recover: SDMI Brings Disaster Management To Small Businesses

September 3, 2013 10:15 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Louisiana State University’s (LSU’s) Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) was born after LSU’s own resilience was tested (and proven). SDMI is all about “causing a culture change in recovery.” To this end, the CBP “focuses on making sure that the business community, and in particular the small-business community, is better positioned to endure an interruption, and not just a disaster.”

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Speakers’ Soapbox: Harvey Betan On Avoiding Red Herrings & Lessons Learned From The Boston Marathon Bombing

August 27, 2013 9:45 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

In the leadup to the Continuity Insights New York Conference, October 15-16, 2013 at the AMA Executive Conference Center in the heart of Times Square, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, critical business continuity skills and hypothetical Central Park statues. This week, Harvey Betan, Associate Principal, Risk Masters Inc., discusses how to focus on the big picture. 

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Continuity Q&A: On The Move

August 27, 2013 9:23 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Cindy Auten, general manager, Mobile Work Exchange, formerly known as Telework Exchange, to learn more about mobility best practices, and how telework and business continuity can work hand-in-hand. 

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The Business (Continuity) Case For Fuel Cells

August 20, 2013 9:28 am | by Sandra Saathoff, Director, Marketing Communication, ReliOn | Comments

One tool in the quest for ever-increasing reliability in power is the fuel cell. Fuel cells have been commercially available to communications network customers for a decade, with a number of suppliers providing products globally. Within early adopters, fuel cell usage has progressed from early trials to larger rollouts providing critical backup power to several hundred sites in a single network. 

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Being Proactive Against The Threat of BYOA

August 12, 2013 10:03 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Gartner predicts that 70 percent of mobile professionals will use a personal device for work by 2018. Steve Durbin, a former vice president at Gartner who now serves as global vice president for the Information Security Forum (ISF), has seen the quest for enterprise security move its focus off of devices and toward bigger picture issues.

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Speakers’ Soapbox: Jake Neufeld On Lessons From The (Super) Storm & The Importance Of Face-To-Face Meetings

August 9, 2013 2:49 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

In the leadup to the Continuity Insights New York Conference, October 15-16, 2013, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, critical business continuity skills and hypothetical Central Park statues. This week, Jake Neufeld, Emergency Planning Associate, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and why a plan can be too detailed. 

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BC Strategies For The Modern, Mobile Workforce

August 6, 2013 11:10 am | by Abbas Haider Ali, CTO, xMatters | Comments

In the world of business continuity, mobility seems to be on everyone’s minds. More explicitly, customers and vendors alike are asking how the proliferation of powerful mobile devices can impact and improve IT and business continuity management systems. Fortunately, there are solutions harnessing these devices.

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Should Recovery Tests Be Graded As Pass/Fail?

July 29, 2013 5:49 pm | by Richard Coglianese | Comments

It’s been said that an organization can’t manage what it can’t measure. Applying this principle to business resilience might read that an organization can’t count on what it hasn’t tested. It would be imprudent to assume that plans and solutions in place adequately address the risks an organization has defined.         

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Don’t Touch That Rotary Dial: Emergency Notification Systems’ Rapid Headway

July 22, 2013 5:20 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

Emergency communication strategies have evolved greatly over the last few decades, but the very evolution that has changed notifications for the better has also created some confusion. Information technology capabilities are increasing with regard to bandwidth and throughput.

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Preparing To Succeed When Your Network Has Been Breached

July 22, 2013 2:55 pm | by Jeff Multz, Director of North America Midmarket Sales, Dell SecureWorks | Comments

According to the 2013 Verizon Data Breach report, 22 organizations, mainly in manufacturing and professional services with only one to 100 employees, became a victim to cyber espionage last year.                          

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