Business continuity consultants are just about everywhere you look. How do you choose the right one? Do you need one at all? What new services are consultants offering that you might not even know about? Continuity Insights spoke with leading industry consultants to answer those questions and more.
You don't have to be a seismologist to realize that trouble surges underneath the surface of California. The 5.4 magnitude quake in July that shook Chino Hills is precipitating scientists to elevate awareness of the prospect of "the big one" that is guaranteed to strike California by 2037. The San Andreas fault has been stirring for more than 100 years and has been storing energy for the inevitable; a quake that will rock the foundation of Southern California and cause an exorbitant amount of damage in its wake. Unfortunately, the question that most Californians should be asking is not if, but when. In addition, a study conducted by numerous earthquake centers in California has calculated that there is a 99.7 chance that either Northern or Southern California will face the devastation, with the latter being the more likely spot.
On August 12, the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) sent an alert to its entire e-mail list requesting "immediate action" to "preserve the integrity of BCP standards."
When the Chinese government shut down manufacturing and curtailed transportation during the Olympics, how did businesses cope?
A hurricane is bearing down on your city. There's a mandatory evacuation order telling you to get out of Dodge. What do you do? Stay is the answer for far too many. Some can't leave. Some won't. And those who do hit the road better hope some serious planning was done to ensure that the evacuation routes don't turn into parking lots.
September is the fifth annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by DHS. How have you incorporated National Preparedness Month into your job? What plans do you have for September?
When you think Go Daddy, the "Go Daddy Girls" (Candice Michelle, Danica Patrick, and Amanda Beard) might come to mind. Heck, they even have their own section on the Go Daddy web site. But when business continuity professionals think Go Daddy, you should be thinking about the woman responsible for keeping the Internet domain giant up and running. That woman is Leah Core.
The Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) defines RTOs and RPOs as follows: Recovery Point Objective (RPO): The point in time at which data must be restored in order to resume processing transactions. Recovery Time Objective (RTO): The maximum acceptable length of time that can elapse before the lack of a business function severely impacts the business entity. The RTO is comprised of two components: the time before a disaster is declared, and the time to perform tasks (documented in the disaster recovery plan) to the point of business resumption.
The employee asked, "Why are we doing this business continuity thing?" The plant manager responded, "So that this plant stays in business and you have a job." This seemingly innocent statement, using the wonderful, motivational force of fear to gain acceptance, misdirects the participants from the real drivers for BCP. And it may actually set the stage for long-term disconnects between stakeholders and employees at large.