Category: Information Systems – Disaster Recovery

We Need More than RAID-1

Backups of computer data are needed more today than ever before. In addition to common human error, our data is exposed to environmental hazards, equipment failure, and malicious attacks. The idea that disk mirroring within RAID technology is sufficient by itself to secure data is not well founded in the reality of information systems. Many […]

Saturday October 23rd, 2010 in Business Continuity Management, Information Systems - Disaster Recovery | Comments Off on We Need More than RAID-1

IT System or Users Own Data Backup? Be Careful….

Users are responsible for their own backup of critical data. Which method they choose is up to them, usually. More importantly, the consequences of choosing incorrectly may pose significant financial or safety issues. Or, the results may be inconsequential depending on the nature and importance of the data. Whether or not local hard drive data […]

Saturday October 23rd, 2010 in Business Continuity Management, Information Systems - Disaster Recovery | Comments Off on IT System or Users Own Data Backup? Be Careful….

Cyber Attack: Law Enforcement Helps?

Working with law enforcement can be a help and a hindrance to routine business operations. In the event of a suspected cyber attack or other information systems-based crime, law enforcement can play a helpful and crucial role. The degree of helpfulness may depend on the size, nature, or complexity of the intrusion or breach. Due […]

Monday October 18th, 2010 in Business Continuity Management, Information Systems - Disaster Recovery | Comments Off on Cyber Attack: Law Enforcement Helps?

Insurance vs BC Planning or Both?

If the cost of insurance to recover lost revenue is lower than the cost of plans and capabilities that ensure revenue continuation, an organization may be tempted to simply purchase the insurance and stop the information systems continuity planning. I think that would be a mistake in nearly all cases. From our readings this week, […]

Saturday October 9th, 2010 in Information Systems - Disaster Recovery, Risk Management | Comments Off on Insurance vs BC Planning or Both?

IT DR Plan and Business Continuity go Hand-in-Hand?

Protecting businesses and more importantly the people who work and spend time in facilities against intrusions is an important and necessary activity. We usually think of larger organizations, universities, hospitals, government facilities, banks etc as needing protection systems. In my experience, smaller entities (under 1000) rarely have the time, motivation, money, or energy to draw […]

Saturday September 25th, 2010 in Business Continuity Management, Information Systems - Disaster Recovery | Comments Off on IT DR Plan and Business Continuity go Hand-in-Hand?

Should Private Sector Adopt NIMS?

After absorbing readings on protecting the information infrastructure (Platt), and a lecture and commentary (Miora) on physical security and government directives (to private sector), I’m left with that uneasy feeling that comes from government acronym overload and bureaucracy. We know that the National Incident Management System-NIMS (DHS 2004), has been declared by the DHS as […]

Saturday September 25th, 2010 in Emergency Management, Information Systems - Disaster Recovery | Comments Off on Should Private Sector Adopt NIMS?

A Virus by any other name: IT and BC work together

Business continuity and disaster recovery planners should work together to understand the potential for health related pandemics and determine how combined strategies can help mitigate impacts to a business. A virus by any other name. Viruses are introduced into a host, spread via either standard or mutated means, and intend to do harm, either biological […]

Sunday September 19th, 2010 in Information Systems - Disaster Recovery | Comments Off on A Virus by any other name: IT and BC work together

Are We More At Risk Today?

Are we more at risk for attacks and disasters today than we were in the past? Yes, I think we are. As a society it’s probably true primarily because of extraordinary changes in technology (increased reliance on complex interconnected systems), new and more bold motivations (human factors for attacks), and what I would describe as […]

Sunday September 19th, 2010 in Information Systems - Disaster Recovery | Comments Off on Are We More At Risk Today?
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