A lot has been written about the differences and similarities between the Brits and the Americans, but while visiting San Diego for the 2013 Continuity Insights Management Conference, one or two more things struck me. Despite fighting the same wars and mostly being on the same side, we still have a lot that divides us, and in the context of business continuity, such differences can be important.
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I definitely benefitted from “organized chaos” while I was abroad, and it seems that this same approach is equally beneficial for business continuity. Continuity professionals continually strive to innovate and add nuances to exercises to ensure full engagement by the participants.
After a short but sweet two years in the role of editor at Continuity Insights I’ve decided to resign from my position in order to pursue new challenges. Working in this role has been incredibly rewarding, but when life presents opportunities we are forced to make these tough decisions.
In 2013 we will continue to see a shift in the way business continuity and disaster recovery professionals view and approach their roles. As our industry moves forward we will eventually see two types of practitioners emerge: risk managers and outage planners.
I spent most of Monday glued to my Twitter feed as Hurricane Sandy pounded the Northeast and Mid Atlantic. More prominent than ever was an emphasis on graphics and photos as a way to provide detailed, verifiable information and situational awareness. For example, I wasn’t simply told that flood waters were approaching the runways at LaGuardia airport -- the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey showed me.
After closely monitoring the projected path of Hurricane Sandy and staying in continuous communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the team at Continuity Insights has made the informed decision to postpone the Continuity Insights New York event by two weeks. The new dates for the conference are November 12-13, 2012; it will continue to be held at The Hotel Pennsylvania.
On my way to an ACP meeting last week I arrogantly refused a complimentary map of the area. “I don’t need it,” I scoffed, pointing to my Android smartphone. After all, Google Maps made paper maps obsolete years ago, right? I couldn't have been more wrong.
In a recent briefing my question about the ongoing security concerns surrounding cloud was answered with a pretty convincing analogy that compared the security of a house to that of an apartment building. I’m curious if we as an industry are starting to accept this technology as inevitable, fall for the charms of the cloud vendor’s sales pitch, and/or feel the benefits (far) outweigh the risks.
By accessing Gizmodo reporter Matt Honan's iCloud account, hackers wiped his iPhone, iPad and MacBook, deleted a Gmail account, and posted messages on personal and professional Twitter accounts. If you have a web presence, blog, or use social media, go change your passwords and evaluate how those accounts can be locked down before your reputation is tarnished by a hacker.
You've seen the Call for Presentations, you know that the Continuity Insights Management Conference (CIMC) is the industry's premier event for strategic business continuity discussion, and an unmatched opportunity for networking and information sharing. Here are four reasons that I hope will convince you to submit a presentation to be considered for CIMC 2013.
It’s the end of the week, you haven’t heard me rant since Tuesday and you think, “If only I could get one more dose of business continuity content before the weekend.” Well, do I have good news for you!
The effect of Australia's strict gun control laws and gun buyback following the Port Arthur massacre is a highly contentious topic, with experts and scientists offering varied interpretations of research data. However, one very compelling statistic has emerged.
The best way to prevent an active shooter situation is to prevent the active shooter from gaining access to your premises. That means training your employees to question everyone -- even people they know well.
There are huge advantages to be gained by engaging on the social web, but this engagement comes with risk. In general, I see three sources of social media risk: The 'Avatar Effect,' crazy people and stupid actions.
In Colorado Springs, 32,000 people evacuated their homes and 1000 firefighters are battling a very unpredictable wildfire in very difficult terrain. So far no one has been injured. We do not need to limit our learning opportunities to our own mistakes; we can examine other experiences for lessons to improve our own understanding, expectations, and practices.
The social web removes the obstacles of physical and organizational distance, connecting people and allowing them to virtually convene to share and produce knowledge. There are significant potential benefits from this process, which come with some risks.