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Disaster Incident Communication Plan

April 14th, 2015

When a natural disaster strikes, the majority of the chaos and confusion that arises comes from a lack of open channels of communication. In both relief efforts and the businesses struggling to get back on track, communication is absolutely vital. Inside this guide, we’ll take a look at how the cloud offers a resilient communications solution that won’t fail when you need it the most.

Inside Incident Communication Plan Policy, you’ll learn how cloud based communications can save your business in the face of disaster. While even a relatively minor disruption can wreak havoc on premise-based communications, it only takes one employee with internet access to keep your business running with cloud-based communications. Read on to learn how to ensure your cloud provider is prepared and how to formulate a plan to get your business up and running in minutes should a disaster strike.

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Disaster recovery template minimizes the risks associated with business disruptions

February 16th, 2015

Disasters strike when companies least expect them. Some - like massive storms - give you more warning. But in either case, it’s a real problem if disaster stops the day-to-day operations of your business.

Forces of nature, malicious acts, or even a simple human error can have a long-lasting negative effect on your business. How can you upgrade your disaster preparedness given how business distruption an data loss will affect your organization?

Are you prepared?

  • Revenue loss from the inability to conduct business
  • Lost customer trust or confidence
  • Financial penalties for violated SLAs
  • Legal or financial penalties for compliance lapses
  • Excessive recovery and repair costs for lost systems and data

The Disaster Recovery Business Continuity template has been purchase by over 2,500 enterprise world wide in both the public and private sectors. To see the distribution of our customer base click here.

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Business Continuity steps to success and thing CIO need to do

February 2nd, 2015

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  1. Keep your primary backup  disaster recovery business continuity data in house – this is your first line of defense, a quick fix in case something goes wrong.
  2. Analyze your critical systems and their subsystems –  Identify applications that are critical to your business and the data and systems that these systems depend on.
  3. Your backup policy has to include some incremental systems and snapshots to be able to handle when single files or select data is lost.
  4. Think carefully about your backup solution – if your requirement is very granular – like restoring a damaged mailbox or maybe even a single mail, then your solution has to be selected keeping this in mind.
  5. Long term backup in a public cloud is a great option – it is not expensive, availability is good however be aware of security considerations.
  6. Run the backup from the cloud directly – if your backup data is kept in the cloud, then running a recovery directly from the cloud is easy.
  7. Test everything – test your backup solutions regularly till you are confident that they will work when required. The need to recover may occur at the middle of the night or when you are far  away from your on premise systems. A backup solution in the cloud is a great solution to ensure business continuity

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Business Interruption Life Cycle

January 15th, 2015

Business Interruption Life Cycle

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A business interruption has a life cycle; that is, it starts small and could potentially become a disaster of epic proportion, depending on its duration. The longer an interruption is, the more that the company’s operations are affected. Your organization’s response should shift as an incident evolves from threat to emergency to crisis to disaster. It is one thing to say access to contract data isn’t essential for a day or two, but what about a week or two? This is why it’s important to protect more than just data. Now that you know what processes are critical to the operation of your business, you can consider threats according to their impact on those critical processes. To help you mitigate impact to your core processes, your plan should address three key phases:

  • Business Continuity Response — these are the steps you take immediately to sustain your core processes, your primary business priorities
  • Disaster Recovery Response — these are the steps you take to extend your core processes indefinitely and addresses your secondary priorities
  • Restoration Planning Response — these are the steps you take to restore your business to its pre-incident level
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Data Backbone of Disaster Recovery

November 27th, 2014

DRP Security TemplateData is the backbone of every organization. No matter the business, industry, or size, reliable data access is essential to operations. As that data continues to grow exponentially, it is important to have a backup and recovery strategy that meets current business needs and has the flexibility to grow and change.

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Protecting your data is vital to the survival and growth of your business. You must keep your systems and employees up and running - and productive - even as fast backup and restore processes are being completed. And, should a "worst-case scenario" occur, being prepared with an appropriate disaster recovery plan is essential.

 

The Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) can be used as a Disaster Planning template for any size of enterprise. The Disaster Recovery template and supporting material have been updated to be Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA compliant.

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Small to Mid-sized companies are at risk from disasters

November 8th, 2014

Highlighting the risk to companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, most of 453 organizations which were recently surveyed have experienced a major IT outage in the past two years. Companies with 50 to 250 employees are especially at risk. 83 percent of those companies have gone through a major IT failure, while 74 percent with 250 to 1,000 employees have experienced a significant outage.

The Disaster Recovery Business Continuity template has been purchase by over 2,500 enterprise world wide in both the public and private sectors.

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Successful recovery after a disaster strikes takes more that a good backup

September 5th, 2014

Backup Policy

The safety and security of data is key to the productivity and survival of your organization. Many executive managers believe that backing up all data is enough to save them when a disaster strikes, but this isn’t the case. The ability to recover and restore your data is what makes your backup solution valuable.

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Top 10 Backup failures made by CIOs

August 19th, 2014

Failure is not an option when considering disaster recovery and business continuity. Only when a backup is needed and then found that it is lacking or missing do many CIOs, IT Managers, and users appreciate the complexity  of the issue.

  1. Backing up only desktops and ignoring laptops, tablets, smartphone and other mobile devices
  2. Thinking that all that matters are mainframe or data center data bases
  3. Not understanding the differences in various deduplication solutions
  4. Not understanding what impact the backup processes have on users
  5. Not having a good grasp of the security implications due to disparate backup files
  6. Focusing only on what is needed today and ignoring future ramifications
  7. Not having a robust deployment solution defined
  8. Understanding the total cost of ownership for a solution or lack of a complete backup and security solution
  9. Ignoring BYOD implications and complications
  10. Not understanding he implications of the backup solution for disaster recovery and business continuity

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Business Continuity versus Disaster Recovery Planning

April 26th, 2014

Business continuity (BC) refers to maintaining business functions or quickly resuming them in the event of a major disruption, whether caused by a fire, flood, epidemic illness or a malicious attack across the Internet. A BC plan outlines procedures and instructions an organization must follow in the face of such disasters; it covers business processes, assets, human resources, business partners and more.

Many people think a disaster recovery plan is the same as a business continuity plan, but a DR plan focuses mainly on restoring IT infrastructure and operations after a crisis. It's actually just one part of a complete business continuity plan, as a BC plan looks at the continuity of the entire organization. Do you have a way to get HR, manufacturing, and sales and support functionally up and running so the company can continue to make money right after a disaster?

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Storge is not cheap -- it can add significantily to operational costs

March 17th, 2014

Storage is cheap. But is it really? Storage is often considered an inexpensive, quick and easy fix to demands for more space needed for our enterprise applications. The problem is that this "bargain" isn't always the deal it appears to be. While the direct cost of traditional disk storage is indeed lower, associated costs of simply adding more storage are often underestimated.

There are hidden costs of the "buy more storage" methodology, and how it not only impacts the IT budget, but also application performance, IT productivity and business continuity. CIOs need to be more strategic about storage to accommodate both short-term data needs and long-term retention goals, reducing costs, improving performance and reducing risks associated with storing enterprise data.

Question that need to be answered are:

  • Is our data safe in transit and at rest?
  • What prevents hackers from gaining access to our data?
  • Is our data properly handled, stored, and deleted?
  • Who can access our data?
  • What are the benchmark measurements?
  • Is our data backup strategy compliant?
  • Will our recovery be successful?
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Supply chain distruptions can be fatal to an enterprise

February 13th, 2014

Supply chains cannot tolerate even 24 hours of disruption. With so many uncertainties, defining company's sourcing strategy and becoming the customer of choice for the suppliers during difficult times is a challenging task. So how do you ensure your supply lines are safe? See the Business Continuity Template that address all of these challenges.

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Top 10 Backup Best Practices

February 3rd, 2014

10 Backup Best Practices – Rules of the Road for CIOs and DR/BC Managers Top 10 Backup Best Practices – Many CIOs want to improve their ability to recover from system failures and data loss, especially to protect themselves from … Continue reading

Question that need to be answered are:

  • Is our data safe in transit and at rest?
  • What prevents hackers from gaining access to our data?
  • Is our data properly handled, stored, and deleted?
  • Who can access our data?
  • What are the benchmark measurements?
  • Is our data backup strategy compliant?
  • Will our recovery be successful?
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Managing backup and recovery in today's environment is a multi-dimensional challenge with both near and long term business requirements. Recent technological developments in disk backup have had a positive impact on short term data retention requirements (see also BYOD policy).

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Disaster Recovery Business Continuity News Digest

January 7th, 2014

Disaster Recovery Business Continuity News

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  1. Business Continuity Planning for Survival Under Stress Business continuity and disaster recovery planning took a real hit in the recession that started in 2008.  First many companies reduced the number and intensity...
  2. The new business continuity and disaster recovery standard – ISO 22312 versus ISO 22301 New business continuity and disaster recovery standard CIOs, Business continuity practitioners, vendors and consultants have ISO 22313 (see http://www.e-janco.com/DRP.htm) as a handy tool that addresses...
  3. Top 10 Predictions for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity 10 Disaster Recovery – Business Continuity Predictions for 2013 Disaster Recovery vs Business Resilience  – There will be a move from an academic discussion to practical...
  4. Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Tools Tools available for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity planning There are several tools available for Disaster Recovery and Business continuity. Follow the links below for...
  5. Top 10 Reasons Why Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Plans Fail In the recession many organizations put disaster recovery and business continuity on the back burner. As a result those plans are not as functional as...

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Planning the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Processes

December 15th, 2013

MTO Disaster Timeline

Preparation for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity in light of SOX has two primary parts. The first is putting systems in place to completely protect all financial and other data required to meet the reporting regulations and to archive the data to meet future requests for clarification of those reports. The second is to clearly and expressly document all these procedures so that in the event of a SOX audit, the auditors clearly see that the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan exists and appropriately protects the data and assets of the enterprise.

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Disaster Recovery Articles

November 5th, 2013

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Power Distruptions - Defining Maximum Tolerable Period of Disruption

October 14th, 2013

Defining Maximum Tolerable Period of Disruption

Systemic changes in the global power sector mean that there is increasing fragility surrounding supply security and end users should not expect the future continuity of supply to be guaranteed says a Marsh consultant.

The global power sector is increasingly vulnerable to a new series of threats, which is in turn creating uncharted risk management issues.

In the past, power sector policymakers have had to find a balance between the two objectives of supply security and maintaining a cost structure that enables end-users to have access to electricity to promote economic development. Over the last decade great attention has been paid to a third imperative which the global power sector cannot ignore: environmental sustainability.

 

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SDDs fail without warning

September 12th, 2013

DRP/BCP Security TemplatesThe creator of the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds found out the hard way that solid-state drives (SSDs) aren't invincible -- and when they do fail, they can die without warning and at inconvenient times.

While SSDs are vastly better performers than hard disk drives and are considered more reliable for mobile devices because they have no mechanical parts to break, they do have a limited lifespan. With some early SSDs, that lifespan ended up being less than a year, depending on the quality and use of the drive.

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While there are no moving parts in an SSD, the semiconductor components can fail. For example, a NAND die, the SSD controller, capacitors, or other passive components can -- and do -- slowly wear out or fail entirely.

Although most client drives outlast their three-to-five year warranties, if Torvalds was subjecting such a drive to heavier workstation-type workloads, which happens a fair bit in enterprises, "the lifespan likely will not meet expectations," Chien said.

The NAND flash media plays a key role, as its quality differs between manufacturers. And earlier generations of NAND flash have lower endurance characteristics related to bit errors -- when electrons leak through cell walls -- and program disturbs. A program disturb is the unintentional programming of a memory cell. Do it enough, and endurance suffers.

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Business Continuity High Risk Users

August 26th, 2013

Business Continuity - Disasters Happen

Individual users who pose high risks to and organization to disaster recovery planning efforts and when an event occurs...

Once a plan is created and an event occurs, failures can be predicted because of a few types of high risk individuals. When the plan is activated, they are the ones who are not prepared, "too busy" focusing on the wrong things, and are the first ones to blame someone else because their part of the recovery process did not work.

  • When you are creating your plan you need to be aware of these "personalities" and address them quickly.
  • People who do not "participate" actively and often avoid documenting their procedures and backup/recovery processes
  • People who never take a vacation or are the "sole" point of contact within a group because for whatever reason they are the only ones who know the big picture
  • People who are the "heroes" who keep things running and are indispensable

Many organizations are either blind to the risk or reluctant to do something about these types of individuals, almost out of fear of upsetting the individual. This just hands them more power and the longer the situation persists the greater the risk to your organization.
Every organization has at least one of these personality types. As the individual responsible for your disaster recovery plan you should take the time to

  • Identify who they are
  • Do not be held to ransom by these people - they could resign tomorrow
  • Deal with them - take action before it is too late
  • De-personalize the situation - it is about your process not the individual.

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Briefs on tools for disaster recovery and business continuity briefs

August 10th, 2013

Briefs on tools for disaster recovery and business continuity briefs

  1. Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Tools  Tools available for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity planning There are several tools available for Disaster Recovery and Business continuity. Follow the links below for...
  2. Finding Disaster Recovery Tools – Adobe falls short  Adobe is not a good source for Disaster Recovery tool development Janco has just updated it Threat Vulnerability Assessment tool as it updates it Disaster...
  3. 10 reasons to move Disaster Recovery to the Cloud  Top 10 reasons why the cloud makes sense for disaster recovery planning Cloud data disaster recovery protection solutions offer a combination of the latest advancements...
  4. 10 Commandments of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity  10 commandments of disaster recovery and business continuity planning As requirements for avoiding downtime become increasingly stringent, administrators need tools and platforms that can help...
  5. Cloud Improves Disaster Recovery planning  Cloud Improves Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity planning Today’s distributed and dynamic enterprises for disaster recovery need to plan for  24×7 access to a growing...
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Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Articles

June 18th, 2013

Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Articles

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