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Reasons why an Incident Communication Plan is required

August 22nd, 2015

Reasons why an Incident Communication Plan is required

Incident Communication PlanThe reason to have an Incident Communication is so that there are well-defined roles and responsibilities that enhance collaboration across the various levels of your crisis management team. It also ensures that no information is miscommunicated or lost during the heat of the crisis. It can remove the risk of failing to communicate effectively when you are being pulled in multiple different directions.

The specific objective of this incident communication plan is to define who will provide key communications during a crisis including content, recipients, schedule, method of delivery, frequency, and priority of the communication. By outlining a communication plan in advance, the business is better able to

  • Communicate the effects and status of a crisis for employees, associates, suppliers and customers,
  • Reduce the impact of bad publicity, maintain customer service, bolster relations with vendors and
  • Address the concerns of other key stakeholders

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Business Continuity media communication

July 29th, 2015

Business Continuity media communicationBusiness Continuity - Rarely do Computer fires prompt a 911 call.  Those events are so unusual that when it does happen, local media will make note of it.

To survive an incident such as a business interruption, security breach, or a product recall, organizations need more than a successful communication strategy – they need an incident communication plan.

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Top 10 Backup Best Practices

July 1st, 2015

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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US lucks out and does not make list of most likely terrorist attacks

May 23rd, 2015

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No US city made the top 100 possible sites for a terrorist attack.  Most of the cities that made the list are in the Middle East. 

Paris is the only western city to make the list at 97. The risk level in Paris is representative of a wider trend for Western countries, including Belgium, Canada and Australia, where key urban centres face substantially higher threat levels than elsewhere in the country, in part due to the significant PR value attached to such high profile targets by militant Islamist groups.

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64 cities have been categorised as extreme risk in the Global Alerts Dashboard (GAD). Based on the intensity and frequency of attacks in the 12 months following February 2014, combined with the number and severity of incidents in the previous five years, six cities in Iraq top the ranking. Over this period, the country's capital, Baghdad, suffered 380 terrorist attacks resulting in 1,141 deaths and 3,654 wounded, making it the world’s highest risk urban centre, followed by Mosul, Al Ramadi, Ba'qubah, Kirkuk and Al Hillah.

Outside of Iraq, cities rated as at extreme risk include Kabul, Afghanistan (13th most at risk), Mogadishu, Somalia (14th), Sana’a, Yemen (19th) and Tripoli, Libya (48th). However, with investment limited in conflict and post-conflict locations, it is the risk posed by terrorism in the primary cities of strategic economies, such as Egypt, Israel, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan that has the potential to threaten business and supply chain continuity.

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Disaster Recovery Misconceptions

April 27th, 2015

Disaster Recovery -  What are the major misconceptions when a disaster occurs with IT systems? Can your systems can not support your company's day-to-day operations?

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The major misconception is that a backup recovery plan is all that you need.  At Janco Associates that is not enough.  We have found that most companies are really not prepared.  Files can be restored but it does no good if they do have facilities for their staffs.

  1. Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Top 10 “Disaster Recovery and business continuity are all about being ready for everything.  The question that every IT manager and CIO has to answer every day...
  2. Google data center security & disaster recovery  This is a great video on physical security as well as the the software security. This is a great primer which all CIOs and Data...
  3. Meeting ISO 27031 Requirements Meeting ISO 27031 Requirements ISO 27031 The ISO Standard defines the Information and Communication Technology (ITC) Requirements for Business Continuity (IRBC) program that supports the...
  4. Will your disaster recovery provider be in business when you need them? Disaster Recovery plans that depend on outsourcers face significant additional risk What if your were in Florida and the Hurricane season was in full swing...
  5. IBM Business Continuity Plan Services  Business Continuity Services Video Business continuity video is good overview of what IBM thinks about this...

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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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Disaster Recovery Business Continuity News Digest

January 7th, 2014

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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

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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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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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