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NIST Framework Can Help Business Continuity Professionals Prepare for Cyber Attacks

April 14, 2015 11:37 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Serious, targeted cyber attacks are a relatively new threat that have become more and more dangerous as organizations rely more on technology to store their data and operate their business on a day-to-day basis. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework contains a set of guidelines and best practices to help prevent and defend against cyber attacks.

Video: Understanding the Implications of the Cloud in Your BC and DR Program

December 2, 2014 10:51 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Tim Mathews, Executive Director of Enterprise Resiliency for Educational Testing Service,...

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 | Blogs | Comments

For many organizations, the project-based accounting approach, in which departments “buy” ...

Video:Leveraging Remote Workplace Alternatives

June 16, 2014 9:24 am | Videos | Comments

Recent incidents have prompted Kimberly Hirsch, Senior Business Partner with...

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Arrow Electronics To Offer nScaled Disaster Recovery-As-A-Service

March 19, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

nScaled has entered into an integration and distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics Inc. The agreement allows Arrow’s enterprise computing solutions segment to market, sell and support nScaled’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution.  

Nine First-Responders Die In Fire That Destroyed Bank Archives

February 5, 2014 1:07 pm | by MICHAEL WARREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine first-responders were killed, seven others injured and two were missing as they battled a fire of unknown origin that destroyed an archive of bank documents in Argentina's capital on Wednesday. The fire at the Iron Mountain warehouse took hours to control and the sprawling building appeared to be ruined. 

Rentsys Recovery Services Experiences Significant Growth

January 27, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

“We are pleased to have grown our business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, as well as launching exciting new offerings for our customers,” said Walt Thomasson, managing director of Rentsys Recovery Services.      


RBS Suffers IT Glitch On Cyber Monday

December 3, 2013 10:15 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Bank of Scotland customers found themselves unable to use debit or credit cards on the busiest shopping day of the year. Ross McEwan, who took over as CEO this year, apologized. He acknowledged the bank had failed for decades to invest properly in its systems and that it was working to set this right. 

October eReport: Mobile Recovery

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

Continuity Q&A: Vendors’ Perspectives On Mobile

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

A Practitioner’s View: Choosing, Testing & Utilizing Mobile Work-Area Recovery

October 25, 2013 9:41 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Tim Mathews, executive director, enterprise resiliency at ETS, an organization that develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at 9,000+ locations worldwide, to learn more about Mathews’ views on mobile solutions, his best-practice mobile recovery testing tips, and how mobile recovery helped ETS after a real-life disaster. 

Mobile Work-Area Recovery: Weighing The Options

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


Instagram, Other Sites Go Down

August 26, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon's unit that runs Web servers for other companies had problems Sunday that coincided with outages or slowdowns on several popular websites. AirBnB says its site was one of those affected. Other services that were slow or unavailable included Instagram and Twitter's Vine video-sharing application.

Nasdaq Breakdown Puts Pressure On Crisis Work

August 23, 2013 11:56 am | by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The latest high-tech disruption in the financial markets increases the pressure on Nasdaq and other electronic exchanges to take steps to avoid future breakdowns and manage them better if they do occur. The three-hour trading outage on the Nasdaq stock exchange Thursday also can be expected to trigger new rounds of regulatory scrutiny on computer-driven trading.

Technical Glitch Halts Nasdaq Trading

August 23, 2013 9:50 am | by MATTHEW CRAFT, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A mysterious glitch halted trading on the Nasdaq for three hours Thursday in the latest major electronic breakdown on Wall Street, embarrassing the stock exchange that hosts the biggest names in technology, including Apple, Microsoft and Google.

AT&T Network Disaster Recovery Training Exercise

June 26, 2013 11:10 am | by ShareATT | Videos | Comments

Learn how AT&T works to prepare for natural disasters during a network disaster recovery exercise in Hartford, CT. AT&T's disaster recovery team can provide emergency cellular coverage and mobile charging stations in times of disaster.

Study Finds Enterprise Reliance On ‘Always On’ Systems Necessary To Ensure Continual Business Operations

May 7, 2013 4:31 pm | News | Comments

SunGard Availability Services released survey results published in an IDC White Paper, sponsored by SunGard Availability Services, Lack of Operational Resilience Will Undermine Enterprise Competitiveness: A Strategy for Availability (April 2013) that identify the competitive advantages of establishing sophisticated systems for maintaining uninterrupted business operations.


Continuity Q&A: Bob Boyd On Agility

May 7, 2013 2:29 pm | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Bob Boyd, president and CEO of Agility Recovery Solutions, a former division of General Electric (GE), to find out more about what he enjoys most about the BC/DR field, how his company operates, the biggest challenge Agility has faced, and what he sees for the future of disaster preparedness.

'Software Issue' Grounds American Airlines Flights From Coast To Coast

April 17, 2013 3:46 pm | by DAVID KOENIG,AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

A massive technology failure forced the nation's third-largest carrier to ground all planes from coast to coast. The company blamed the breakdown on a "software issue" that knocked out both primary and backup computer reservation systems. Passengers took to social media sites to criticize the airline, which for hours could only apologize and say that it was trying to fix the problem.

Silver Peak Releases Do-It-Yourself Software For Accelerating Offsite Replication

March 29, 2013 3:14 pm | News | Comments

Silver Peak Systems has introduced a new family of downloadable software products that are purpose-built for storage professionals to accelerate offsite data replication workloads. The new Silver Peak VRX-2, VRX-4 and VRX-8 software products combine  data acceleration technology with flexible pricing. 

How To Conduct More Effective BC Exercises (Part 1)

February 11, 2013 2:42 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Videos | Comments

At the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference, business continuity experts discuss the importance of realistic exercises -- test the plan, don't plan to test -- and the need for a follow-up to review and act on the exercise results and feedback.

IO Announces Data Center-As-A-Service Contract With Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners

October 26, 2012 10:51 am | News | Comments

IO will provide BSSP with Data Center as a Service (DCaaST) delivered out of the IO Phoenix data center. Organizations can use IO DCaaS to support cloud computing, big data, high-availability applications, business continuity/disaster recovery, data center consolidation and other strategic technology initiatives.

Why A Telework Recovery Strategy Isn’t A Continuity Solution

October 5, 2012 12:14 pm | by Ron LaPedis, Workforce Continuity Strategist, SunGard Availability Services | Blogs | Comments

In the case of a single-site disaster -- as long as the computing infrastructure is running in the data center or a hot site -- telework might be a reasonable option. Of course, the remote access infrastructure needs to be up as well, along with Internet access through the contracted network provider. In the case of a localized or regional disaster, telework could be problematic for several reasons.

SunGard Partners With Regus To Power Expansion Of Its Workplace Availability Business To 550 Cities Worldwide

October 2, 2012 10:29 am | News | Comments

Customers can now access SunGard’s heritage and experience in multi-layered Workplace Recovery solutions in combination with Regus’ unparalleled network of almost 1,300 business centers located in more than 550 cities across 97 countries: SunGard manages the contract so customers need only to call one number to invoke the service in time of need.

Doing More With Less: Recovery Services

September 17, 2012 1:02 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights speaks with Walt Thomasson, Managing Director at Rentsys Recovery Services, about how business continuity professionals can streamline their organizations’ disaster recovery solutions, mobile recovery trends, the importance of testing, and recovering multiple locations.

Business Continuity Systems Maintains Secure Servers For Hoboken Charter School

September 17, 2012 11:26 am | News | Comments

After evaluating onsite and offsite options, HCS chose BCS to host and archive its data; a decision that has proved to be prescient, particularly in light of the fire that recently caused significant damage to the school. Because their servers were not onsite, the school suffered no data loss.

Power Outage Grounds Flights At Calif. Airport

September 14, 2012 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Wedge says the outage hit while passengers for the first flights out of the airport were going through security screening. Transportation Security Administration passenger and luggage screening devices were rebooted and passenger screening has resumed.

Remote Infrastructure Management For Business Continuity

July 27, 2012 10:36 am | by John Bedrick, CMO & VP of Product Management, Opengear | Articles | Comments

Many times, infrastructure devices are located in remote locations that are either staffed with non-IT people or totally unstaffed. Remote infrastructure management is a technology-driven method for secure access, control, monitoring and management of a variety of devices installed throughout a communications network.

Enterprise Response To A Complete Site Loss: Tennessee Valley Flooding

May 7, 2012 12:03 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Webinars

In order to overcome the numerous challenges associated with the recovery, Convergys employed workload transition, work-at-home implementation, mobile work-area-recovery, alternate site identification and build-out, and satellite connectivity. Additionally, a tiered incident command team was used to assess the impacts of the flooding and administer the solutions.

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