Monthly Archives: February 2011

Could your shed be your data centre?

Follow Business Continuity best practice and keep a copy of your data offsite so you can recover from a fire OK, so you back your data up on a regular basis as part of your business continuity plan. Good. But where do you keep this backed up data? You wouldn’t believe the number of times…

This is how you could lose access to your data in 5 years

It is important that you Manage your archived data actively so you can use it at a later date An interesting article in the Northern Colorado Business Report, which itself refers to an article in the magazine Rolling Stone, makes a very good case for why it is important to manage archived data as much…

Do you own a Smartphone? Don’t expose yourself!

Going for the latest and greatest smartphone does come with its risks. Slack attention to security could expose you to data theft and cyber attack. A recent report (PDF) from McAfee contains an important warning to business owners. McAfee report a rapid increase in “targeted attacks, increases in sophistication and increases in the number of…

No Internet! No Business?

Events in North Africa and the Middle East have shown how delicate the Internet is. Ensure you have decent Contingency Plans before you trust your business to it. One of the most notable factors in the recent troubles in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya has been the use of social media to coordinate and publicise…

Should you be a Shamrock?

Outsourcing non-core activities as part of your Business Continuity Planning can significantly reduce your operational risks. In his 1989 book ‘The Age of Unreason’; Charles Handy talked about organisational models and described one based on the Shamrock of his native Ireland. The Shamrock Organisation comprises three distinct elements: a core of permanent workers who are…

Make sure your backups run automatically

Humans forget: machines rarely do I want to stress the importance of ensuring that your backup process is as close to automatic as possible and runs with no human intervention. I know of far too many cases where the failure to back data up using a manual process has caused data to be lost. When…

Working from home or burying your head?

Is working from home a real Business Continuity strategy or just a cop out? I talk to lots of potential clients about the process of planning to ensure their business can continue in the face of some unexpected incident. When the conversation turns to the area of Business Continuity Strategies, i.e. how the business will…

Tip – Don’t ignore your suppliers: they might be critical too

Business Continuity Planning should also cover your sources of supply In British Standard BS:25999, Business Continuity Planning is a defined as being “holistic”: in other words “covering the whole organisation”. This term was added to emphasise that Business Continuity Planning should not be restricted solely to the IT infrastructure of a company. Having accepted that…

Does your business have a Robert Kubica?

Being a bit of a Formula one nut, I’ve been following the progress of Robert Kubica’s recovery from his horrific crash with interest. One thing that struck me was a comment by one of the Renault team that they were putting together a contingency plan to cover the eventuality that Robert could not race this…

Do you take these risks in your business?

Accepting risks unknowingly and without understanding the possible consequences is a mug’s game Most businesses, apart from some social enterprises, exist to make a return for their investors by delivering something of value to its clients and customers. Unfortunately, to make the return, too many businesses accept what should be an untenable level of risk….

Monthly Archives: February 2011

Could your shed be your data centre?

Follow Business Continuity best practice and keep a copy of your data offsite so you can recover from a fire OK, so you back your data up on a regular basis as part of your business continuity plan. Good. But where do you keep this backed up data? You wouldn’t believe the number of times…

This is how you could lose access to your data in 5 years

It is important that you Manage your archived data actively so you can use it at a later date An interesting article in the Northern Colorado Business Report, which itself refers to an article in the magazine Rolling Stone, makes a very good case for why it is important to manage archived data as much…

Do you own a Smartphone? Don’t expose yourself!

Going for the latest and greatest smartphone does come with its risks. Slack attention to security could expose you to data theft and cyber attack. A recent report (PDF) from McAfee contains an important warning to business owners. McAfee report a rapid increase in “targeted attacks, increases in sophistication and increases in the number of…

No Internet! No Business?

Events in North Africa and the Middle East have shown how delicate the Internet is. Ensure you have decent Contingency Plans before you trust your business to it. One of the most notable factors in the recent troubles in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya has been the use of social media to coordinate and publicise…

Should you be a Shamrock?

Outsourcing non-core activities as part of your Business Continuity Planning can significantly reduce your operational risks. In his 1989 book ‘The Age of Unreason’; Charles Handy talked about organisational models and described one based on the Shamrock of his native Ireland. The Shamrock Organisation comprises three distinct elements: a core of permanent workers who are…

Make sure your backups run automatically

Humans forget: machines rarely do I want to stress the importance of ensuring that your backup process is as close to automatic as possible and runs with no human intervention. I know of far too many cases where the failure to back data up using a manual process has caused data to be lost. When…

Working from home or burying your head?

Is working from home a real Business Continuity strategy or just a cop out? I talk to lots of potential clients about the process of planning to ensure their business can continue in the face of some unexpected incident. When the conversation turns to the area of Business Continuity Strategies, i.e. how the business will…

Tip – Don’t ignore your suppliers: they might be critical too

Business Continuity Planning should also cover your sources of supply In British Standard BS:25999, Business Continuity Planning is a defined as being “holistic”: in other words “covering the whole organisation”. This term was added to emphasise that Business Continuity Planning should not be restricted solely to the IT infrastructure of a company. Having accepted that…

Does your business have a Robert Kubica?

Being a bit of a Formula one nut, I’ve been following the progress of Robert Kubica’s recovery from his horrific crash with interest. One thing that struck me was a comment by one of the Renault team that they were putting together a contingency plan to cover the eventuality that Robert could not race this…

Do you take these risks in your business?

Accepting risks unknowingly and without understanding the possible consequences is a mug’s game Most businesses, apart from some social enterprises, exist to make a return for their investors by delivering something of value to its clients and customers. Unfortunately, to make the return, too many businesses accept what should be an untenable level of risk….

Monthly Archives: February 2011

Could your shed be your data centre?

Follow Business Continuity best practice and keep a copy of your data offsite so you can recover from a fire OK, so you back your data up on a regular basis as part of your business continuity plan. Good. But where do you keep this backed up data? You wouldn’t believe the number of times…

This is how you could lose access to your data in 5 years

It is important that you Manage your archived data actively so you can use it at a later date An interesting article in the Northern Colorado Business Report, which itself refers to an article in the magazine Rolling Stone, makes a very good case for why it is important to manage archived data as much…

Do you own a Smartphone? Don’t expose yourself!

Going for the latest and greatest smartphone does come with its risks. Slack attention to security could expose you to data theft and cyber attack. A recent report (PDF) from McAfee contains an important warning to business owners. McAfee report a rapid increase in “targeted attacks, increases in sophistication and increases in the number of…

No Internet! No Business?

Events in North Africa and the Middle East have shown how delicate the Internet is. Ensure you have decent Contingency Plans before you trust your business to it. One of the most notable factors in the recent troubles in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya has been the use of social media to coordinate and publicise…

Should you be a Shamrock?

Outsourcing non-core activities as part of your Business Continuity Planning can significantly reduce your operational risks. In his 1989 book ‘The Age of Unreason’; Charles Handy talked about organisational models and described one based on the Shamrock of his native Ireland. The Shamrock Organisation comprises three distinct elements: a core of permanent workers who are…

Make sure your backups run automatically

Humans forget: machines rarely do I want to stress the importance of ensuring that your backup process is as close to automatic as possible and runs with no human intervention. I know of far too many cases where the failure to back data up using a manual process has caused data to be lost. When…

Working from home or burying your head?

Is working from home a real Business Continuity strategy or just a cop out? I talk to lots of potential clients about the process of planning to ensure their business can continue in the face of some unexpected incident. When the conversation turns to the area of Business Continuity Strategies, i.e. how the business will…

Tip – Don’t ignore your suppliers: they might be critical too

Business Continuity Planning should also cover your sources of supply In British Standard BS:25999, Business Continuity Planning is a defined as being “holistic”: in other words “covering the whole organisation”. This term was added to emphasise that Business Continuity Planning should not be restricted solely to the IT infrastructure of a company. Having accepted that…

Does your business have a Robert Kubica?

Being a bit of a Formula one nut, I’ve been following the progress of Robert Kubica’s recovery from his horrific crash with interest. One thing that struck me was a comment by one of the Renault team that they were putting together a contingency plan to cover the eventuality that Robert could not race this…

Do you take these risks in your business?

Accepting risks unknowingly and without understanding the possible consequences is a mug’s game Most businesses, apart from some social enterprises, exist to make a return for their investors by delivering something of value to its clients and customers. Unfortunately, to make the return, too many businesses accept what should be an untenable level of risk….