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Information technology is an integral component to modern business. Your e-mail, financial records, customer data, and other critical aspects of your business all depend on the technical knowledge from the IT department. All the hard work, sacrifice, time, and money invested could be wasted if that knowledge is ever lost or unavailable.

For many SMBs, critical technical knowledge often is held by very few people in the IT department or even by a single individual. This may be by design due to security requirements or just a byproduct of your organization’s growth over time. Either way, having a single point of failure for something this critical should keep you awake at night....Read More

On March 11th, 2011 a magnitude 9.0 earthquake rocked Japan. Its impact shifted the earth on its axis by up to 10 inches. Immediately afterwards, a devastating tsunami destroyed large portions of Japan’s coastline and caused major damage that induced a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

At the time, I was an Information Professional Officer with the US Navy, responsible for network communications for an entire Carrier Air Wing, and stationed ~160 miles from Fukushima. Suddenly the binder with our disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) plans became very important. While our infrastructure was largely intact, we had limited connectivity, rolling blackouts, and radioactive fallout amongst other challenges to deal with....Read More

Every year businesses close their doors in the wake of a disaster. We’ve seen numerous warnings from industry groups, government agencies, and the business press about the need to plan ahead. While the oft quoted statistics regarding business failures after a disaster are up for debate, it is clear that many businesses have significant challenges following a disaster, and for some, those challenges are fatal. Any organization that doesn’t have a realistic and robust plan is likely to be in dire straits when the worst happens....Read More

I spend a good deal of time evaluating client disaster readiness and/or working with clients to develop and implement effective disaster recovery and business continuity plans. My view, in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, is that there are lessons to be learned from firms whose preparations enabled them to weather the storm with little if any ill effect as well as from those who experienced unplanned outages and worse....Read More

Increasingly colleges and universities are expanding their offerings to include courses, and often entire degree programs that are available to students whenever they have time to participate and wherever they happen to be. As institutions of higher learning expand their presence in the online education or distance learning arena, there is an implicit expectation that courses and related services will be available 24/7/365. This expectation requires these institutions to heighten the level of attention to disaster recovery and business continuity; areas that have frequently been pushed to the rear as funding priorities have been established....Read More

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