Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Business Continuity and the Cloud

Jan 18, 2017 - Does your business continuity plan leverage the advantages of the Cloud? If not, perhaps you should consider if it should. While there are some security issues to consider when moving to the Cloud, there also are many benefits that may be derived. Take a look at this week’s articles to see if a move to the Cloud might help strengthen your business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

An emerging viable tool for disaster recovery is the cloud. (Item #1)   Business continuity may be taking on a new flavor as the cloud gains prominence. (Item #2)   New disaster recovery as-a-service (DRaaS) solutions designed for the public cloud have changed the business resiliency game. (Item #3)

No insurance policy will help employees continue working if they don’t have access to business-critical applications. (Item #4)   The next generation of firewalls can be used as effective business continuity tools (Item #5)   The jury is still out on whether using cloud-based services increases or decreases the likelihood of business interruptions. (Item #6)

If you are interested in more info about Cloud Computing and some things to consider about it, you can review the July 27th issue of the NewsBriefs at

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Crisis Management

Do you know what you would do when/if faced with a crisis that could impact your reputation and your bottom line? If you answered no, then we urge you to hurry up and develop a crisis management plan. Item #3 this week talks about one company's successful handling of a crisis, while other articles look at who didn't handle things well. We can learn from both situations and improve our own plans.

How ready are you for your next unscheduled controversy? (Item #1)   Immediate and full disclosure is the proven method to successfully defuse crises and resolve them favorably. (Item #2)   Why do some organizations come out of a crisis with an enhanced reputation while others may not even survive as a business? (Item #3)

A recent study suggests that improving crisis messaging could have to do with social media and how your reputation is determined online. (Item #4)   Wells Fargo's recent crisis offers a picture of how not to handle a crisis. (Item #5)   Here are seven crisis management lessons from the Wells Fargo Scandal. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Holiday Safety for Home and Family

As we approach Christmas and the start of another new year, it's important to do what we can to ensure that our holidays are happy and our families are safe. This week we offer a number of tips about safety for travel, shopping, decorating and more. Take a look through these articles for your own peace of mind and your family's safety. Don't be the family that's featured in the news over Christmas because a holiday fire destroyed their home or some other disaster befell them.

Help to Make Safety a Tradition for your family this holiday season.  (Item #1)   The CDC offers 12 ways to health during the holidays (and all year). (Item #2)   This fact sheet from the American Red Cross offers good tips on holiday fire safety. (Item #3)

Travelers Insurance offers five simple tips for your holiday safety. (Item #4)   If you're traveling, here are some safety tips to keep in mind before you leave. (Item #5)   Don't let your sense of caution fall by the wayside in the rush of holiday shopping. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Testing & Training

Having a business continuity plan that has not been tested might do you more harm than good. Everything can fall apart if people don't know what they are supposed to do or elements of the plan don't work. Soooo... we really cannot say this enough: Test your plan and train your people so everyone will have confidence that the plan will work.

Having a team well versed in the initial steps of the BC/DR plan will help to ensure an effective and early response. (Item #1)   A plan is not a plan until it has been tested; it is only theory. (Item #2)   Here are six BC/DR best practices from the trenches that will keep you moving forward no matter what outage, incident, or disaster may strike. (Item #3)

Are you part of the 70% of companies that do NOT test their business continuity plans? It's time, then. (Item #4)   Business continuity drills are the key to detect, address, and strengthen that weakest link. (Item #5)   Here's how to put your plan to the test. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Winter Weather

Whether you're in the northeast, the midwest or the south, winter weather of one kind or another can disable your business, costing you money and lost productivity. Planning now will help you weather the storms of winter that we know are just ahead (some places already have experienced heavy snow and ice). This week's articles will show you how planning helped last winter and some of the things to think about for the upcoming winter.

Public and private sector players had detailed plans in place, optimized from lessons learned in past storms which helped to minimize the disruption to the more than 50 million people in Winter Storm Jonas' path. (Item #1)   Now is the ideal time to create a weather contingency plan to prevent next year's weather from affecting your bottom line. (Item #2)   Severe winter storms serve as an important reminder for businesses to evaluate how they can achieve business continuity when extreme winter weather renders their primary facilities inaccessible. (Item #3)

Even if your office building is open during winter storms, can your employees get there? (Item #4)   If telecommuting is part of your winter weather preparedness plan, make sure you have a program in place and employees know what is expected of them. (Item #5)   Make sure all of your building's systems are ready and able to handle winter weather. (Item #6)

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