Archive for the ‘Business Continuity’ Category

Business continuity is both helped and challenged by today’s top tech megatrends – social, mobile, virtualisation and cloud

In IT, failure is not an option. Not surprisingly, organisations have made it a high priority to develop and implement reliable business continuity plans to ensure that IT services are always available to internal users and outside customers, says Bob Violino on CSO Online.

But recent technology developments and trends, most notably server and desktop virtualisation, cloud computing, the emergence of mobile devices in the workforce and social networks, are having an impact on how enterprises handle IT business continuity planning and testing. Much of the impact is for the better, experts say, but these trends can also create new challenges for IT, information security and risk management executives.

Plan now for the unexpected

Tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wildfire, floods, ash clouds… they have all hit the headlines over recent weeks. Which proves it’s always better to expect the unexpected.

No more so than when it comes to disaster recovery and business continuity. While many of these natural disasters do not directly affect the ability of businesses to function, smaller scale upsets can leave a firm floundering.

You can’t protect yourself from every disaster, but you can mitigate potential damage by taking a few up-front steps to ensure your data, at least, remains safe and secure. 

Mobile use threat to data security

 As staff increasingly use their own mobile devices, is security a growing problem?

“Mobile malware is frequently spoken of in apocalyptic terms but the truth is that corporate mobile devices are far more likely to slip out of a pocket, be left in a cab or get snatched off a table than be probed by a hacker,” says Craig Heath, chief security technologist at the Symbian Foundation which develops the operating system used by Nokia, Samsung and Panasonic in their smartphones, reports London’s Financial Times.

How robust is your business continuity plan?

It’s hardly breaking news that businesses need continuity plans in place. But the debate now has moved from ‘should we/ shouldn’t we’ to ‘what to include’.

Business Continuity “helps your business/organisation recover from foreseen and unforeseen events in a manner that protects your primary stakeholders,” said pdjamez on his blog (http://www.agilecontinuity.org/the-purpose-of-business-continuity/#more-1156)

“It is imperative that each unit within the organisation lists the core resources needed to continue to operate in a productive manner following equipment failure, a loss of power, data, etc, and any tangible point of risk within their department,” said Marcie Terman. (http://www.continuitycentral.com/feature0831.html)

Are you always open for business? How resilient is your IT? How prepared are you to ensure business continuity if disaster strikes?

What’s that old adage? The time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining… It’s the same with business continuity planning. Managers need to think about, and plan for, the unexpected, the breaks in service and the downright catastrophic during those times when things are running well.

“Many companies are great at planning most aspects of their business from how to choose a new supplier, develop a new product, change the production line and market the new gizmo once it’s ready for market. Yet far too many organisations are better at planning the office Christmas party than they are at crisis management planning,” says Jane-Michele Clark, president of the Canadian business consultancy, The Q Group.