When Disaster Strikes – 5 Common “Disasters” Most Executives Never Think Of

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By Matt VanVoorhis

Knowing the Disaster Recovery terminology is important, but equally important is knowing what sorts of situations you could be faced with.  At Innovative Solutions we don’t expect our clients to be disaster recovery experts, but having a baseline understanding of the terms used when preparing and executing a disaster recovery plan can make for a much easier process.

By asking about a few different scenarios in disaster recovery, executives can keep IT on their toes, and deliver better service to their end customers.

Internet Crash – It’s a common misconception that putting your systems in the cloud eliminates the need for a disaster recovery plan.  While you may not have to back systems up on a regular basis, you DO need to protect yourself from losing access to the internet.  If your company is dependent on Salesforce, Email, or any application that lives in the cloud, you’ll…

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Business Continuity, Ecommerce, and thoughts

Radhika Murali

Welcome in Class!

In today’s post, I’d like to give a little background into the importance of Ecommerce and connectivity in business continuity, and how in the grand scheme of things, it can keep a business from going under.  The quick definition of business continuity, is the ability to mitigate or prevent disruption to the availability of services in an organization, public or private.  In today’s business environment, the necessity of being up 24/7/365 is imperative.  Connectivity is all too evident, not just for business function, as this class teaches, but something else; data backup.  For this to be done effectively it must be done sychronously to when the data is being written; or close to it.  No tapes, if possible, although many are still using them (argh!).  Connectivity is just the first step to getting the business back up after the disaster, just to recover the data, the brain…

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Superstorm Sandy and Business Continuity

The Advisory Council

Originally posted November 2, 2012

We at TAC, with our own headquarters here in the Northeast US, hope that those affected by “Superstorm” Sandy are well and unhurt. While the damage to property is still being assessed, and cleanup is bound to take some time, one must be thankful that it wasn’t even worse. We hope that the journey back to “normal” is swift for you and yours.

This recent severe weather in the Northeast has knocked out significant infrastructure that enterprises rely on for the operation of their businesses. Sites hosted by some service providers disappeared from the internet; servers and data-centers that are still up and running have had their connections to the internet severed. Because of this, many companies have been affected, and even those that have not, are taking a long hard look at their business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

I spoke with a…

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Preparedness – ICS is Not Enough

Great article Tim , comprehensive exercising and testing should be conducted to identify any gaps / lessons learned that need to be addressed.

Reid Renicker, CEM, CBCP, MBCI

The Contrarian Emergency Manager

Back in October I wrote a post about ICS training not being enough for EOC personnel.  You can give it a read to see my reasons, which essentially boil down to the specific role of the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) in the incident management structure and the unique processes which take place in an EOC both not being addressed in ICS (Incident Command System) training.

As I continue to work in various jurisdictions to enhance their preparedness, I am expanding my thoughts on ICS training not being enough – this time for all of preparedness.  In meeting with jurisdictions and discussing their current state of preparedness, many believe they are well prepared to respond to any incident simply because their personnel have received ICS training.  Why am I concerned by this?

Folks, in the grand scheme of things, ICS training alone does not teach you to do very much except…

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Business Continuity vs. Disaster Recovery: 5 Terms to know for 2015

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Disaster Recovery Blog PicBy Matt VanVoorhis

As every industry continues to evolve digitally, business operations are increasingly more reliant on technology. With this shift comes exposure to disaster than can severely impair your operations.  In this new landscape there is a critical need for business leaders and CXO’s to understand the implications of their IT decisions, but few are armed with the acumen to navigate this landscape successfully. That’s okay — there are partners out there to help you do just that.

To arm you to manage the basics in conversation and begin taking an informed approach, here is a quick cheat sheet on 5 Key Terms in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

Business Continuity Plan – The big kahuna of all your backup, and disaster recovery plans.  This document (and it should be written in a formal document), outlines how your business will keep critical systems running in the event of certain…

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Business Continuity Plan Development

Reid Renicker, CEM, CBCP, MBCI

A Business Continuity Plan (BC Plan) is a plan that allows an organization to function if adverse conditions occur. Many people immediately imagine tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, and other Acts of God, when thinking of potential disasters. This diminishes the importance of a BC Plan because these events are unlikely, and in their eyes, probably won’t happen. The truth is that the overwhelming majority of “disasters” are actually software and/or hardware failure. For an IT infrastructure to fail it doesn’t necessarily take a natural disaster. IT disaster can be something as simple as a virus or a bad software patch. In other words, a disaster is a very real thing, regardless of your geographic location.

A proper Business Continuity Plan should be assembled from many different sources. Teams should meet with C-level management and ask very basic questions. What are your expectations for when a disaster occurs? What is the longest you can be…

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What Will Be Best Form of Communication If the Grid Goes Down?


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By Joshua Krause –Ready Nutrition

What is the lowest common denominator of our civilization, or any civilization for that matter? By that I mean, what is the one thing no society can go without? Is it water and sanitation? Fuel and transportation? Food and electricity?

I would argue that absolutely nothing we have is possible without our ability to communicate. A society’s sophistication is directly proportional to the ability of its citizens to communicate with each other. Members of a primitive, nomadic society may only be able to speak to each other in person, whereas an advanced industrial society has telephones, radios, and the internet. And don’t think for a moment that high tech societies create these devices. On the contrary, these devices create high tech societies.

So we should ask ourselves what the most useful forms of communication would be, should the grid ever go down permanently; not…

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Being Prepared When You Are Away from Home


You have to be prepared to walk back home.

By Pat Henry – The Prepper Journal

Most of us who are into prepping are gathering some form of supplies. I always recommend gaining skills important to survival as well, but a good stored cache of food, water, means for shelter and security are at the top of my list. We consume things as humans and the natural tendency to prepare for emergencies, where the normal things we consume are unavailable, is to store extra. How much you are able to put away or feel is prudent to stock up on is up to the individual prepper.

The common denominator is that we need to store these prepping supplies somewhere. Sure you could roll through life with nothing more than your Altoid survival tin and your confident smile, but this article isn’t for you. This article is for the preppers who have stored supplies, usually in our homes, sometimes…

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