continuity planning

But does your plan work?

“The purpose of disaster recovery testing is to reduce the level of information that a company does not know it does not know.”

-      Dan Muecke, VP Technology Planning, Advanta Corporation

If you’ve made the investment in business continuity and disaster recovery planning, it is imperative that you continue to hold exercises to validate the plan, and to ensure that your strategy is up to date.  If you haven’t had a comprehensive review of your plan, or held an in-depth simulation exercise, within the last 4 to 6 months, you're overdue.

If a company completes their recovery planning without testing, it is very likely to encounter major problems during an actual recovery and then resort to “winging it”.   Clearly, not the way you want to approach preserving the livelihood of your business.

By conducting tests/exercises, you will uncover gaps in your planning and assumptions.  This identifies areas in which more knowledge is needed in order to ensure recovery.  Finding these gaps in a controlled environment (while testing, during a simulation), allows for reasoned resolution and closing of the gaps.  Attempting to do so while under the pressure of a real disaster will certainly be less effective.   So, dust off those plans, define the scenario, and hold those exercises.  That truly is the way to ensure you are Ready For Anything.

Recovery plans aren't just nice. In certain cases, they're required.

About 50% of businesses that suffer from a major disaster without a disaster recovery plan in place never re-open for business

-         American Management Association


That statistic by itself is enough to get one’s attention, but then factor in all the regulations, laws, and mandates that require recovery planning:

 

-    Sarbanes-Oxley act

-    IRS Procedure 86-19

-    Consumer Credit Protection Act Section 2001 Title 1X

-    Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

-    Expedited Funds Availability Act

-    Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

-    Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council

-    BASEL II, BASEL Committee on Banking Supervision

-    HIPAA

 

-    FDA Code of Federal Regulation

-    FEMA FRPG 01-94

-    FISMA Act

-    NIST SP800-34

-    NERC P6T3

-    NERC Urgent Action Standard 1216

-    Rural Utilities Standard 7

-    Presidential Decision Directive 63

-    Presidential Decision Directive 13010

-    ISO Standards 9000, 22301, 27001, 31000

-    GAO/IMTEC-91-56 Financial Markets

-    FFIEC Inter-Agency Policy

Failing to comply with these standards and regulations for your industry/organization can directly impact your ability to compete in the marketplace, obtain funding, and even bid on certain projects.

As Ben Franklin put it, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."    Having a comprehensive recovery strategy helps prevent catastrophic events, well worth the time and effort as opposed to rebuilding your business from a total loss.

Side note - Franklin's quote is the result of him trying to convince the colonial Philadelphians that creating a group committed to firefighting was a good idea.  His agrument was that prevention of a catastrophic city-wide fire was preferable to rebuilding the city from scratch.

Are you ready for anything?

According to FEMA, 40% of businesses do not reopen after a major disaster and another 25% fail within a year.  The US Small Business Administration cites 90% fail within two years of a disaster.

It has been proven having a comprehensive recovery strategy improves your ability to recover.   But there’s more to it than simply backing up to the cloud.  How long it takes you to recover and be back in business is crucial.

It has been estimated that companies lose an average of $85,000 for every hour of downtime. 

Is your business ready for anything, including a disaster?  How long can your business survive if your IT systems crashed and were inoperable?  How long would you remain in business if you couldn’t provide your product or service? How much do you lose due to an hour of downtime?

The survival rate for companies without a recovery plan is less than 10%!

Don’t be part of these statistics.  Start with unsertanding your risks, then develop your strategy for addressing them, and how to recover from them. 

Using the Cloud to be a more 'green' organization.

The green movement and the cloud movement are good for business, and the convergence of these ideas means big savings. The green movement reduces the amount of paper, ink, and other office supplies you need to buy. The cloud movement moves all those notes and files into an easy-to-access and backed up environment.  Taking your servers out of your data center and putting them into our secure cloud environment helps you move closer to a green organization.

Did you know that right now, 88% of businesses are using public cloud technology and 63% are using private cloud. 

Wouldn't you like to know if you can leverage the cloud for your organization?  Do you have a tablet? How about a smartphone? Do you also have a work cell or work tablet? Do you wish you could just integrate them? The good news is that you can.

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