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Selling Business Continuity Planning to the Modern C-Suite

September 22, 2014 | by Rentsys Recovery Services | Rentsys Recovery Services | Comments

When talking about the benefits of business continuity planning (BCP), industry vendors and planners typically tout one overarching benefit: When affected by a business interruption, having a plan drastically increases your odds of preserving revenue and keeping your doors open. 

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Scaling Backup Capacity the Easy Way

September 19, 2014 11:36 am | by Chris Schin, VP of Products, Zetta.net | Comments

Chris Schin, Vice President of Products for Zetta.net, discusses storage capacity, how it is increasing and the difficulty that causes when backing up data.  He discusses using cloud-based storage as a way to alleviate the ever-increasing amount of data most companies are faced with.

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Déjà Vu All Over Again: In Project-Based IT Accounting, History is Repeating Itself…

August 5, 2014 11:20 am | by By Don Boxley, Co-Founder and CEO, DH2i | Comments

For many organizations, the project-based accounting approach, in which departments “buy” datacenter utilization based on specific project needs, is getting out of hand for both IT and the business units it serves. Virtualization should have made project-based IT simple and cost-effective. Instead, the four vCPU minimum required by Microsoft’s SQL Server licensing means history is repeating itself.

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All That Glitters is No Longer Gold:Shylock Trojan Gang Hit by Takedown

July 21, 2014 2:39 pm | by Symantec Symantec Corp. Comments

An international law enforcement operation has struck a major blow against the gang behind Shylock, one of the world’s most dangerous financial Trojans. The takedown, which was led by the UK National Crime Agency, resulted in the seizure of a command and control (C&C) servers, in addition to domains that Shylock uses for communication between infected computers.

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Continuity Insights is Looking for Bloggers

June 6, 2014 2:14 pm | by Joe Shust | Comments

Continuity Insights is going to undergo an overhaul in the coming weeks and months.  As new editor, I want to reach out to members of the business continuity community to provide more original content on the website.  One aspect of the site I would like to focus on is the blogs section.  

Five Observations From The CI Crisis Communications Survey

April 15, 2014 9:03 am | by Brian Gray | Comments

Continuity Insights began reporting on the use of social media for emergency management in 2012, expanding the survey in 2013 to include social media strategy, risk and views on effectiveness. Both of these reports give the baseline for the 2014 survey.    

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Counting The Costs & Benefits For Business Continuity From The Perspective Of A Veteran Deployment Housing Warrior

March 18, 2014 10:17 am | by Michelle Lowther, Continuity Housing | Comments

Who knew it could cost $1,000 per person per day just to house critical personnel near their backup site in the event of a Category 2 hurricane? But that’s exactly what happened to one of the largest banks in the U.S. when they had to deploy their Gulf Coast personnel. 

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Putting Twitter To The Test

March 12, 2014 3:33 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

We often think of drills as face-to-face exercises, but forecasters’ recent use of Twitter for a ‘tornado drill’ demonstrates that drills have equal importance in the virtual realm — and even in social media.                                 

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2014: The Year Ahead

January 27, 2014 11:27 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

We’re only weeks into 2014, but reports of new threats have dominated the news. 2014 is shaping up to be a diverse year for business continuity professionals. Luckily, as threats diversify, the pool of knowledgeable professionals grows ever deeper.     

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Using Lessons Learned In The Evaluation Of Business Continuity Procedures

January 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Greg Marbais, Senior Consultant, Avalution Consulting | Comments

This perspective is the fifth in a series to discuss key elements of the ISO 22301 business continuity management system. Today we’re going to take a look at Clause 9.1.2, the standard’s requirement for evaluation of business continuity procedures.

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Giving Thanks For Critical Infrastructure

November 20, 2013 3:46 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

I’m gearing up for the holidays, and my house wouldn’t be the same without numerous strings of white lights. Winter wouldn’t be bearable without the heat that pipes through the vents, and time off work wouldn’t be nearly as fun without a road trip to see family. What do all of these things have in common? Infrastructure. It lights up my lights, supplies my heat and powers my car. (Note: Cheer sold separately.) 

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Internal Audit – Protecting Your Investment In ISO 22301

November 19, 2013 10:15 am | by Glen Bricker, Managing Consultant Avalution Consulting | Comments

One of the key elements of all management systems is the ability to monitor, measure and continually improve the performance of the organization. In Clause 9 – Performance evaluation, ISO 22301 provides the requirements for evaluating the BCMS and the business continuity procedures.

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Mobile Work-Area Recovery: Weighing The Options

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

Mobile work-area recovery, while not the perfect solution for all organizations, can offer significant benefits to companies in need of a flexible recovery solution. For some business continuity leaders, mobile-work area recovery has emerged as the best solution for their organizations’ needs, and serves many purposes by delivering not only fully equipped trailers but also select components.

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Notification Systems’ Perpetual Progress

September 20, 2013 10:57 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Comments

My first real encounter with mass notification happened when my university implemented a campus-wide alert system.  When I look back at this experience — after becoming more familiar with mass notification and crisis communication system options, strategies, and best practices throughout the years — I can’t help but put myself in administration’s shoes.

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Why Documentation Is So Much More Than Just Documents

August 20, 2013 9:44 am | by Stacy Gardner, Managing Consultant, Avalution Consulting | Comments

While all business continuity standards require documented analysis and plans, ISO 22301 requires that organizations document procedures (to drive repeatable performance) and outcomes of the planning process (to serve as evidence).  While this effort is necessary if an organization chooses to seek certification, there are several benefits organizations can achieve just by conforming to the ISO 22301 standard.

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‘What’s In It For Me?’ The Value Proposition For Professional Trade Association Membership, Part 2

August 12, 2013 10:25 am | by Patrick Knapp | Comments

Just being a member in a trade association sets you apart as an individual dedicated to our profession. Adding a professional designation gives you access to positions you wouldn’t get otherwise. Membership in a professional organization highlights that business continuity/disaster recovery is your profession, and not just your job.

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