Business Continuity Professionals Discuss Major BC/DR Related Issues

Many organizations and their business continuity planning teams face challenges and opportunities to promote a better understanding of risk management, crisis management, business continuity and disaster recovery.  As part of a way to promote and support a better undertanding of some aspects of that total business continuity management spectrum, our staff recommends viewing a recent video taken at the Continuity Insights 2011 Management Conference, and includes a series of responses from several business continuity professionals who answer the question, "What are the biggest issues … [Read more...]

Learn How to Lower Disaster Response Related Hotel Housing Costs

When disaster strikes and your business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) plan kicks in, will your employees have a place to stay?  Will you be forced to pay sky-high room rates?  If you are a small or mid-sized company, will you be able to compete against the similar demands for housing from large enterprises in your area? As Michelle Lowther states on her ContinuityHousing website, “We can help answer the question of where mission-critical employees (and their families) will live during the days, weeks and even months when working from home is not an option.” Other … [Read more...]

DoD Launches New Web Tool to Highlight Unified Cyberspace Strategy

To help supply chain vendors as well as users, in general, to explore the five pillars of  The Department of Defense’s (DoD) cyber strategy ---i.e. (a) treating cyberspace as an operational domain; (b) employing new defense operating concepts; (c) partnering with the public and private sector (PS-Prep Program); (d) building international partnerships; and (e) leveraging talent and innovation --- a new website was recently launched at the following web address . If your organization is a contracted resource within the supply chain of related vendors to the DoD, then … [Read more...]

Cyber-Shredding — Possible Related Issue Over Murdoch’s News Corp Closure

As we have seen in prior postings on this website, a growing area of organizational risk management and mitigation involves potential threats surrounding legal actions related to e-discovery regulatory requirements – e.g. legal holds, data recovery, evidence spoliation, etc. Could e-Discovery requirements be the next issue we read about concerning Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. decision to close the newspaper? For those business continuity and risk management teams looking for real life examples of consequences of risk taking decisions and e-Discovery, a recent article posted on the  … [Read more...]

FEMA’s Continuity of Operations Free Webinar Series

ASSUMPTION: All too often, the topic of business continuity planning tends to be regarded as only a defensive strategy needed to respond to disasters and other disruptive events relevant to the normal operations of an organization.    FACT:  Organizations with effective continuity management methodologies, culture and full system integration maintain: (a) competitive advantage, (b) key business functions, and (c) systems of integrity.   How does your organization view its relationship towards maintaining an effective business continuity management position?  Hopefully, you answer … [Read more...]

National Preparedness Month 2011 and DHS Releases 9/11 Commission Recommendations Progress Report

National Preparedness Month (“NPM”) is a month-long awareness and activism campaign occurring every September in the U.S. to improve the preparedness of our nation. The terrorist attacks of September 11th highlighted the need to increase preparedness activities across the nation and improve the nation’s ability to respond to and recover from disasters. As a result, FEMA, the Ready Campaign, and Citizen Corps founded NPM in 2004 as a way to work with organizations across the country to increase preparedness. In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, this … [Read more...]

Business Continuity Plan Template – A Vital Tool In Business Continuity Planning

What is a Business Continuity Plan Template? Every business, big or small have or should have a business continuity plan in place. This is something that no business should miss because without it, the company is risking the survival of the whole business in the event of a disaster. The inability to keep the computers running because of natural disasters like earthquakes or typhoon is not a good excuse, especially if a client is paying you a lot of money to maintain their servers and database and if you are an Internet services company that require a 24/7 visibility. But for some newly … [Read more...]

Emergency Reporting Mobile Application Tool Introduced

  A one-year old company called Elerts has unveiled a system that’s designed to harness mobile and social technologies to speed the flow of information between citizens and emergency workers during a crisis. The system involves free mobile applications—an iPhone app is available now, and Android and iPad apps will be available in the next few weeks—that eyewitnesses can use to report incidents and get public-safety alerts. And Elerts is offering a management console for municipalities, security firms and universities to receive the reports and disseminate warnings and instructions, … [Read more...]

ASIS 2011 — Expanded Educational Offerings

As this year's ASIS 2011 Conference comes closer, and if your career path is related to the security industry, then you should consider attending this conference. To that point, security practitioners from across the industry will find some exciting new offerings at the ASIS International 57th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2011) in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 19-22. New partnerships with (ISC)2 (“ISC-squared”) and PSA Security Network among others, broaden the scope of the educational program and open valuable new networking opportunities. In total, this year’s Seminar will offer attendees … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Recent Cyber Security Strategies Announced by the Pentagon

Given that so many organizations today continue to increase their dependencies on cyberspace activities to connect with their supply chain vendors as well as their customers, and, given the constant news reports surrounding the topics of potential cybersecurity related risks and threats to those organizations, it is with particular interest that our readership should pay attention to some of our government’s recently announced programs and strategies to strengthen levels of online privacy and security. One of those recent events involves a press conference held by the United States … [Read more...]