Monthly Archives: March 2011

Make Business Continuity Planning part of Business As Usual

Planning for the continuity of your business after a disaster should be part of your day job Business As Usual is a term that is used to describe activities that form part of your normal day-to-day operations. This contrasts from those activities that change the way the business runs: such as enhancement projects, infrastructure upgrades,…

Business Continuity vs IT Service Continuity – who’s right?

Investing in IT Service Continuity without first undertaking a Business Impact Analysis risks wasting money I’ve written this post to rebuff the actions of a number of IT product and service companies who promote their wares under the banner “Business Continuity”. To my mind, and that of ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library – a UK…

Is your business like Renault Formula One?

Could you cope with the loss of the key person in your organisation? A few weeks ago, a terrible accident, in a Rally Car, robbed Renault Formula One of their number one driver, the brilliant Robert Kubica, for the start of the 2011 season. By any stretch of the imagination, this was a pretty big…

Be Prepared – Life Continuity?

An exchange about telecomm failures just now on Twitter with Dave Allen of Doxbond prompted the response from me of “Be Prepared”. This is, of course, the motto of the Scout Association. Being a Scout Leader of many years standing I am always instilling into my scouts the need to think ahead and be prepared…

Make sure you can restore your data in time

Backing up data is important; being able to restore it when needed is critical Bearing in mind the reason why you backup your data, i.e. to be able to restore it in time of need, it is important to know how quickly you need to restore data and how much data might need to be…

How fast can you get your data back?

Base your backup strategy on your Business Continuity needs Many organisations choose their backup strategy based on technical considerations. I would like to argue that the decision should be taken with business continuity in mind. In my discussions, it is common for the person responsible for data protection and backup to be somebody from the…

Business Continuity can help you get more business – here’s how!

Use your investment in Business Continuity Planning to win bigger contracts from larger clients Many companies look on Business Continuity Planning purely as an expense and therefore fail to take it seriously because they believe they have more important things on which to spend their money and their management time. I’d like to persuade you…

Monday Tip – Keep a copy of your data offsite

It needn’t cost the Earth, and it could save your bacon! It is considered to be good practice to keep a copy of your data somewhere safe away from your office. This is to cover the risk that something happens to the office: a fire, break-in, flooding, or denial of access due to a localised…

Don’t get rapped for losing data

Data Protection is a topic that needs to be taken seriously by all businesses   Do you, or one of your subcontractors, hold personal data about your customers? Then this piece of news should be of interest to you. Last month, The Isle of Anglesey County Council (Cyngor Sir Ynys Mons) was rapped over the…