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Protecting your business? Or just filling in forms?

You never finish protecting your business. But you do finish filling in a form. When the form is completed, you move on to something else. You don't go back to fill in the form again. That's the trouble with using templates for your business continuity and disaster recovery plans. You are just filling in forms. To protect your business, you…
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Using Microsoft Office for your business continuity and disaster recovery plans? 5 reasons why you shouldn’t.

I guess using Microsoft Office for documenting your business continuity and disaster recovery plans is an easy decision. After all, Microsoft tells us that 1.1 billion people use Office. That's 1 person in 7 on the entire planet! It's a no-brainer. You don't even have to think about it, do you? But let's take a moment and think about it.…
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Plans – Piecing Together Your BCP Puzzle – #6

Finally, the centerpiece of the puzzle includes your formally documented Ready Plan that lists all the procedures and tasks and contains all the information lists required to get your organization back in business as required. This is the plan that you will execute from should you ever have a disaster or major disruption, it’s the plan the auditors want to…
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Data – Piecing Together Your BCP Puzzle – #5

This week, we talk about the Data puzzle piece. Your biggest assets are your people and your data. So, no matter what type of data backups you are doing, make sure the data is kept safe, offsite and meets the RPO needs of your business users as identified during the BIA (i.e. – don’t send you backup data offsite weekly…
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Resources – Piecing Together Your BCP Puzzle – #4

This week, we’ll talk about the lower right puzzle piece, resources. You will also need resources such as staff, time and of course a budget. You’ll need these during the strategy and plan development stages as well as during an actual disaster. Don’t take this key puzzle piece lightly. Key staff on your recovery team might decide not to get…
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Location – Piecing Together Your BCP Puzzle – #3

This blog post will focus on the importance of locations in your overall recovery strategy. For your BCP plan to be successful it is essential to have identified pre-determined location(s) to recover your Crisis Management Team (CMT), Key Business Users and IT Services. You may have just one location or perhaps a different location for each, but they key is…
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Equipment – Piecing Together Your BCP Puzzle – #2

For your recovery plan to be successful, you need to have identified backup equipment in advance (whether yours or a vendors), for the identified critical components. For IT Recovery, you will need to have identified backup or disaster-only equipment for your critical servers and network components (switches, routers, and network links). Many of these likely have specific or minimum configuration…
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Piecing Together Your BCP Puzzle – #1

Do you like puzzles? Building a business continuity plan is just like building a puzzle. First you have to organize the sections or categories of the puzzle and identify what they are, which makes building your plan a whole lot easier. This puzzle diagram below is a good example of what sections are involved in Business Continuity Planning. The outer…
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The 2013 Canmore, Alberta Floods – Almost a Year On

The 2013 Canmore, Alberta Floods – Almost a Year On

On June 20th, 2013, the Town of Canmore, Alberta experienced its worst flooding in many, many years. Some say the worst ever.  Because of rapid alpine snow melt and a months’ worth of rain in 48 hours, Cougar Creek, usually a quiet little mountain stream that trickles through Canmore, overflowed its banks and caused severe damage to the surrounding residential…
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Hurricanes, shmurricanes!

This is the time of year when many vendors of products and services start to thunder about the upcoming hurricane season. Have you prepared for hurricane season? Do you know that June 1 is the start of hurricane season? Buy {insert product/service name here} now to protect yourself! This could be you! Yes, hurricanes are fearful. But surely the onset…
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