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Mobility Policy bundle completely revamped

Policies and procedures on how to deal with increasing mobility are the nemesis of CIOs around the world

Mobility PoliciesThe increasing use and dependency on IT is drastically changing the way companies improve employee productivity and keep in closer contact with its customers. Today most businesses provide laptops to employees. The challenge comes with SmartPhones and tablets while bringing additional benefits. Employees who are accustomed to using these tools in their personal life are requesting (or demanding) to use the same tools at the workplace.

In addition to the influx of mobile devices, companies are dealing with increasing numbers of employees who are working from non-traditional office locations. Whether employees are traveling, working from customer sites, or working from home, there is a growing need to access corporate data while outside the walls of an office and the firewalls of an IT department. Some questions are raised.

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Drones a terrorism threat

Disaster Recovery Plan and Drones 

Drones are now a relatively common sight and, with a revolution planned in the parcel business, the commercial benefits are many. But drones also bring new threats, providing an easy and relatively risk-free means of delivering a terrorist payload.

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Business continuity management template has been used by over 3,000 organizations worldwide

Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity and Security Templates Released is the must have tool

Disaster Recovery Business Continuity and SecurityBusiness continuity management template

Many organizations will have a business continuity management policy for ensuring that the business can recover from a severely disruptive incident. An effective policy clearly defines the roles and responsibilities for those responsible for its oversight and implementation and the minimum requirements for compliance, including levels of IT resilience to disruption and disaster recovery capabilities. The DR template does that

The Janco DR Template is well designed and defined policy only needs to be supported by effective and tested procedures and arrangements to enable the organization to respond to, continue through and come out of any incident that may severely disrupt its ability to provide the normal level of service to its customers and stakeholders. These procedures and arrangements are the basis of the the Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template.

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IT Disaster Recovery Specific Job Descriptions

IT Disaster Recovery Specific Job Descriptions

In order for a disaster recovery process to work it needs the proper organizational infrastructure, trained staff, and tools necessary to implement it. Because this implementation process requires considerable expertise and experience, organizations must carefully consider the costs of developing their in-house skill sets as well as those of purchasing, implementing, and maintaining their own hardware and software in house. They should then compare this expertise and the hardware and software costs to those they could access by going to a third-party managed recovery provider that specializes in providing IT disaster recovery services.

Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Job Description Bundle

Job Description Bundles - For those clients who do not want to acquire the entire HandiGuide there is an option to select subsets of our complete offering. These subsets are focused around particular areas of interest and provide you a way to get the benefits of Janco's expertise in a limited and lower cost manner. All of the bundles have been recently been updated. They include:

  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Job Description Bundle
  • C-Level IT Job Description Bundle
  • Compliance Management Job Description Bundle
  • eCommerce, Wireless, and Internet Job Description Bundle
  • Enterprise Architecture and IT Executives Job Description Bundle
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Job Description Bundle
  • IT Service Management - SOA Job Description Bundle
  • Metrics, Service Level Agreement & Outsourcing Job Description Bundle
  • Security Management Job Description Bundle
  • Salary Survey Job Description Bundle
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    Top 10 list for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning

    Top 10 lists for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning:

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    1. Top 10 tips for Disaster Recovery in a Small Business – best way to protect your data (16.3) Disaster Recovery for a Small Business Baseline for best practices defined in Janco’s Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template. As requirements for avoiding downtime become increasingly...
    2. Top 10 Disaster Recovery Best Practices (16.1) As requirements for avoiding downtime become increasingly stringent, administrators need tools and platforms that can help them plan, design, and implement disaster recovery strategies that...
    3. Top 10 Reasons Why Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Plans Fail (14.6) In the recession many organizations put disaster recovery and business continuity on the back burner. As a result those plans are not as functional as...
    4. Best of Breed Disaster Recovery Business Continuity (13.2) Best of Breed solutions for disaster recovery and business continuity has four key components: High Availability – Best of breed requires service that have high...
    5. 10 Backup Best Practices supplementing a disaster recovery and business continuity solution with the cloud (13.2) 10 Backup best practices -  supplementing a disaster recovery and business continuity back-up solution with the cloud Backup best practices are used by many CIOs...

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    Tools to create a good crisis communications response available

    Tools to create a good crisis communications response available

    Incident Communication PlanJanco Associates after exploring what good communications after an incident looks like, defined a crisp and robust Incident Communication Policy.

    To survive an incident such as a business interruption, security breach, or a product recall, organizations need more than a successful communication strategy - they need an incident communication plan.

    The overall objectives of a incident communications plan should be established at the outset. The objectives should be agreed upon, well understood, and publicized. For example, will the primary objective of the communications plan be for communications only to employees, and only during a disaster? Or is the intent to advise customers of interruptions to service? Or is it for investors and stockholders? Or regulatory agencies? Or is it some combination of these?

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    Testing DRP before the big earthquake

    FEMA developed an exercise that simulates all the potential impacts of an earthquake. Operating during and after a large event like this takes a lot of coordination on all levels. State and local goverments, the National Guard, the Department of Defense Northern Command (NORTHCOM), other federal partners, and FEMA have to coordinating all aspects of a response across these organizations.

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    Cloud impacts disaster recovery plans

    Adopting cloud technology requires weighing its benefits against the technical complexities and adoption hurdles that come along with it. While organizations can reap the benefits of cloud technology by building their own infrastructure, service providers can deliver economies of scale when it comes to cloud infrastructure, operating costs, managed security, and high availability.

    Outsourcing Template

    The Practical Guided for Cloud Outsourcing Template includes -- Sample Cloud Outsourcing Contract along with a Service Level Agreement and other tools to facilitate the cloud  outsourcing process. The template includes Janco's exclusive Business and IT Impact Questionnaire.

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    The template is delivered electronically in WORD and/or PDF format.  Included are two 3 page job descriptions - Cloud Application Manager and Cloud Computing Architect. Sarbanes-Oxley issues are addressed directly, along with an ISO 27001 and ISO 27002 audit program.

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    Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity News

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    10TB disk drive will imact DR and BC Planning

    10TB disk drive will imact DR and BC Planning

    IT Service ManagementWestern Digital has just announced a 10TB drive that will consume less power and have a smaller footprint than previous drives.  The device is intended for enterprise users initially but should be seen in the consumer market in the not to distant future.

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    IT shops will pass the cloud tipping point in 2016

    IT shops will pass the cloud tipping point in 2016Cloud Processing

    56 percent of a company's IT environment will be hosted in the cloud by the end of 2016, up from 44 percent today.

    Even with security concerns, companies are moving a many IT and business operations to the cloud at a steady pace. Indeed, on average, CIOs expect slightly more than half of their IT environment to be cloud-based by the end of 2016.

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    Weather casued disasters are on an uptick


    Researchers predict that by 2030 the urban extent in drylands will nearly double, reaching over 190,000 square miles, and that even without climate change, extent of urban areas exposed to both floods and droughts would more than triple by 2030, according to the study.

    Urban areas exposed to flood and drought hazards will increase considerably due to the sheer increase in their extents driven primarily by socio-economic forces.

    Weather Disasters

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    Top 10 to make sure you are ready when a disaster strikes

    Top 10 to make sure you are ready when a disaster strikes

    1. Analyze single points of failure
    2. Keep Updated notification trees
    3. Be aware of current events
    4. Plan for worst-case scenarios
    5. Clearly document recovery processes
    6. Centralize information - Have a printed copy available
    7. Create test plans and scripts
    8. Retest regularly
    9. Perform comprehensive recovery and business continuity test
    10. Define metrics and create score cards

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    After a breach event - what to do

    One of the greatest assets of the vast majority of organizations consists of digital bits of information, not their physical holdings. Increasingly, data stored in databases, file management systems, flat files, spreadsheets, and other information storage formats is the linchpin for enterprise success. Intellectual property, transactions, and records to name a few are fueling business because that information is the currency upon which business operations function. Organizations are creating and using data at an unprecedented level, as represented in the demand for storage capacity.

    After a data breach, following five steps:

    • Know what you have and prioritize by risk levels
    • Define what "good" looks like
    • Harvest system state information from your production systems
    • Perform a reference node variance analysis to identify compromised systems
    • Remove suspect systems from the environment and return to a trustworthy state

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    Verison's communition during an outage was not as good as it could have been

    Verizon had a major outage of its email services which lasted for about 8 hours.

    The first notiable sign was that Verizon customers began tweeting early that their email wasn't working. And while neither Verizon or Verizon Support acknowledged on Twitter that there even was a problem, Verizon Support did reach out to some users and asked them to send direct messages about the situation.

    The overall objectives of a incident communications plan should be established at the outset. The objectives should be agreed upon, well understood, and publicized. That was not the case with Verizon.

    The specific objective of this incident communication plan is to define who will provide key communications during a crisis including content, recipients, schedule, method of delivery, frequency, and priority of the communication. By outlining a communication plan in advance, the business is better able to

    • Communicate the effects and status of a crisis for employees, associates, suppliers and customers,
    • Reduce the impact of bad publicity, maintain customer service, bolster relations with vendors and
    • Address the concerns of other key stakeholders

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    Over50% of all firms do not protect thier intellectual property sufficently

    Security ManualAccording to a new study commissioned by NetNames there is a stark disconnect emerging between the measures that organizations take to safeguard intellectual property (IP) offline and how they protect assets online. The findings emerged in a survey exploring the attitudes of 100 UK business executives and their views on the value of online assets. The research reveals that 92 percent of executives have proactive processes in place to defend IP offline with the most popular measures including employing legal methods (53 percent), registering trademarks (44 percent), keeping new ideas secret (40 percent) and applying for a patent (36 percent). In contrast, just 40 percent of businesses have introduced systems to protect their online IP. The most popular tools used for defending online assets are domain name management services, SSL certificates and anti-piracy monitoring controls.

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    Pandemic get closer

    According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 40,000 Americans die annually from seasonal flu. And most experts agree that the human race is long overdue for an influenza pandemic far more deadly than the H2N1 pandemic of 2009 - 2010. The threat from Mother Nature goes far beyond the flu.

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    Pandemic Reportcard

    More than 400 new U.S. cases of West Nile virus [infection] emerged in the last week in an outbreak that remains the 2nd worst on record but has begun to show signs of slowing. So far this year [2012], 3545 cases have been reported to federal health officials as of 25 September 2012, up from 3142 reported the week before, the CDC said in its weekly update of outbreak data. About 38 per cent of all cases have been reported in Texas. Other states with large numbers of cases include Mississippi, Michigan, South Dakota, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and California.

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    Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Rating Risk

    Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Rating Risk

    ITIL Framework to Rate Risk 

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    Janco has found that over 30% of all Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Plans are in-complete or in-accurate

    The typical organization has hundreds of applications all at different recoverability capability.  For example some have no plan, some have out of region architectures some have not exercised in long time and some are in great shape testing every quarter.

    All of the applications need to be categorizing them so that the Disaster Planning Team can start remediating the ones that place the enterprise at the most risk to the business from both a compliance and readiness perspective.

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    Disaster Recovery Planning is more than business continuity and recovery

    From tornadoes in the planes to flooding in the south, Katrina to Sandy, wildfires throughout the West, natural disasters threaten our world with destruction every year.

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     The cost to rebuild and recover is phenomenal, so companies across the globe are investing in disaster recovery solutions to mitigate their losses and protect their data from these cataclysmic events.

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    Communication is key to successful disaster recoverry

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    All Business Continuity Disaster Recovery Planning efforts need to encompass how employees will communicate, where they will go and how they will keep doing their jobs. The details can vary greatly, depending on the size and scope of a company and the way it does business. For some businesses, issues such as supply chain logistics are most crucial and are the focus on the plan. For others, information technology may play a more pivotal role, and the Business Continuity Disaster Recovery Plan may have more of a focus on systems recovery.

    But the critical point is that neither element can be ignored, and physical, IT and human resources plans cannot be developed in isolation from each other. (In this regard, Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning have much in common with security convergence.) At its heart, Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning processes are about constant communication.

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