Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Business Continuity and the Cloud

January 17, 2018 - Have you migrated to the cloud or are you thinking of doing so? There are lots of legitimate concerns about such a move, but there are also lots of ways to make the migration easier and safer. You should have a good business continuity plan that addresses some of your concerns (like what do you do if your cloud provider goes belly up?) so you can act if problems arise. You may find some helpful information in this week's articles.

Sometimes the decision to migrate to the cloud is put off due to fears that the process will be difficult; in this article are some tips to help smooth the migration path. (Item #1)  You must have resiliency-in-layers, meaning a secondary (or more), geographically and meteorologically diverse, off-premise recovery data centers. (Item #2)  The jury is still out on whether using cloud-based services increases or decreases the likelihood of business interruptions. (Item #3)

Business continuity may be taking on a new flavor as the cloud gains prominence. (Item #4)  Here's what you can do to mitigate the risks of vendor lock-in. (Item #5)  To the best of anyone's knowledge, no one has been killed or injured migrating to the cloud, but there are real fears; they can be overcome. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What is Crisis Management? Really?

January 10, 2018 - There are so many terms that are used (and misused) for crisis management... among them disaster recovery, incident management, and business continuity. They are all unique, yet all interrelated. These articles attempt to clarify exactly what crisis management is as compared to the other terms and to provide some guidance on preparing your organization for managing a crisis.

Let's set the record straight once and for all as to what crisis management is versus disaster recovery versus business continuity. (Item #1)   This guide will help you to identify potential risks, make preparations for emergencies and test how your business is likely to cope with a disaster. (Item #2)   Making sure our organizations understand the differences between an Incident and a Crisis, and who is responsible for managing our response to them, is critical to meeting the goals of every Business Continuity Management program. (Item #3)

Here are seven critical steps to crisis management that every company should have in place regardless of its size. (Item #4)   If you don't want to end up on a list of worst PR nightmares or risk losing business over a crisis that can easily be averted, here are 13 golden rules of PR crisis management any company should stick to. (Item #5)   Here are 10 steps that can help you prepare for social media crisis management. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Business Continuity Trends & Challenges in 2018

January 3, 2018 - Many experts (IT, Cybersecurity, etc.) have been making their predictions for what business continuity challenges we will face in 2018. This week, we bring some of these predictions to you... will they change the way you're handling business continuity today? Take a look and see if there are some things you need to change for 2018.

Cyberattacks will continue to expand in scope and volume, affecting critical activities such as supply chains and infrastructure. (Item #1)  Fortinet anticipates this trend in cybersecurity attacks to accelerate into 2018, enabling the destructive trends mentioned in this article. (Item #2)  Here are the "Treacherous 12," the top security threats organizations face when using cloud services. (Item #3)

Next year's trends will continue to build upon the trends we've already been seeing over the last few years. (Item #4)  The scope of terrorism risk insurance has been broadened to address expanded physical and cybersecurity attacks. (Item #5)  Here are 10 trends that have the potential to significantly alter the risk landscape for companies around the world and change how they respond to and manage risk. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Safety at Home

December 13, 2017 - Although we are concerned with safety throughout the year, at the holidays we are especially diligent that our families are safe. For this reason, we offer these articles to guide you and your family safely through the season. And remember that many of these tips can apply to the workplace as well.

These 12 tips cover a range of holiday activities. (Item #1)  Ready to brave the holiday crowds? First, learn how to keep your kids safe when you go shopping. (Item #2)  Follow these top five safety tips for the holidays so you can enjoy your holidays free of stress and worry. (Item #3)

If you're traveling this holiday season, ensure your home is secure with these tips. (Item #4)  You can make your holidays happier and safer by following these five simple tips for consuming alcohol in moderation throughout the season. (Item #5)  Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Testing and Training Your Business Continuity Plan

December 6, 2017 - How will you know if your plan will provide the intended outcome if you don't test it to see what happens? Some say the most valuable outcome of a test is failure, because from failure you can learn where the faults are and you can make corrections. At the very least you should be able to run the test and identify any weaknesses. These articles address the need for testing and for training your people what's required to their roles.

Regardless of how you implement training and testing, there are specific elements that must be covered. (Item #1)   Testing and training are critical elements of your plan. (Item #2)  There are various methods you can use to test your plan and train users. (Item #3)

Taking a moment to think about how human error arises in businesses might well yield a list like the following. (Item #4)   Disaster recovery testing is highly valued among standards and DR/BC organizations, but these tests are only effective if you perform them correctly. (Item #5)   Just because all the relevant information has been catalogued doesn't mean you can actually recover whatever it is your Plan says you can. (Item #6)

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