Best Practices for CIOs


Best Practices for CIOs, CSOs, and CTOs are the road to success -- without them organizations will not graduate to world class status

A best practice is a technique, method, process, activity, incentive, or reward that is believed to be more effective at restoring the operation of an enterprise after a disaster or enterprise interruption event occurs.

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IT Governance and Compliance Requirements Best Practices

  • Understand all existing and proposed regulation and compliance requirement
  • Have clear definition of duties (job descriptions) that meet all infrastructure, security and compliance requirements
  • Continually assess the internal controls of IT that are in place
  • Establish a baseline of IT internal controls - include a definition of baseline policies and procedures that need to be in place in IT function
  • Audit compliance to baseline of IT internal controls and governance requirements
  • Track access to all "protected" and confidential data
  • Preserve audit data in secure long term storage
  • Establish and enforce separation of duties and management accountability
  • Implement metrics that support the alignment of IT with enterprise requirements
  • Implement a function which focuses on implications of new technology on infrastructure and governance of IT

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DRP and BCP Best Practices

  • Focus on operations
  • Train everyone on how to execute the DRP and BCP
  • Have a clear definition for declaring when a disaster or business interruption occurs that will set the DRP and BCP process into motion
  • Integrate DRP and BCP with change management
  • Focus on addressing issues BEFORE they impact the enterprise
  • Validate that all technology is properly installed and configured right from the start
  • Monitor the processes and people to know what critical

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