Tag Archive: disaster recovery

Why do people risk their business survival?

Survival of your business should be of paramount importance, so why do so few invest in Business Continuity? Humans are inherent risk takers. They are also optimists on the whole. It’s therefore not surprising that business owners fail to take planning for Business Continuity seriously. I was listening to The Today programme on BBC Radio…

Hackers, volcanoes, and The Snowman – they’re all out to get you

Survey shows that small businesses need to take Business Continuity more seriously than they currently do The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) recently published its annual survey of disaster preparedness in the UK, and it doesn’t make good reading if you are a small business. Produced in association with AON, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), The…

Exercise your plans to ensure they work or they may not on the day

If you haven’t tested your Disaster Recovery Plan, you probably don’t have a plan! I’m back on a regular theme throughout this blog: the need to test your Business Continuity Plans and Disaster Recovery Plans. Summary Plans can look fantastic on paper: they cover all the bases; ensure required Recovery Time Objectives are achieved; and…

How do you rate RBS/Nat West’s Business Continuity response?

Has RBS/Nat West been able to maintain Business As Usual throughout its outage? Summary Despite the significant disruption to its banking operations, so far I think RBS/Nat West has done quite well in its efforts to continue delivering service to its customers. Sure, there have been many instances of individual pain, but the speed of…

Lost data could cost you your business, measure the impact of losing your data

Failing to protect the data that runs your business could be very costly, make sure you know how costly and take appropriate measures. Most businesses these days are entirely dependent on computer held data; in fact they are no longer able to operate effectively without access to current digital information. It could be customer orders,…

Don’t forget to review your Business Continuity Plans

Processes change over time: make sure your plans adapt to that change The incident that affected my website last week brought into focus the need to keep Business Continuity Plans up to date with changes in the business. Over the past few months, I have been changing the way my website runs. The main change…

Tip – Don’t squander your Golden Hour

Know what to do when it all goes wrong, and prove it! Talk to medical professionals and they will tell you about the Golden Hour: those precious 60 minutes following a disaster that determine the final outcome of the incident. The same is true of the immediate aftermath of your own personal disaster. Knowing what…

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,…

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…

Bare metal backup systems save you money

Computer with mangled tape

Implementing a bare metal backup system as part of your Disaster Recovery Planning can reduce your downtime by a day and half when you suffer a server failure. Summary Restoring a failed server is faster if you have implemented a backup system that allows you to restore directly from a recovery CD. A simple calculation…

Tag Archive: disaster recovery

Why do people risk their business survival?

Survival of your business should be of paramount importance, so why do so few invest in Business Continuity? Humans are inherent risk takers. They are also optimists on the whole. It’s therefore not surprising that business owners fail to take planning for Business Continuity seriously. I was listening to The Today programme on BBC Radio…

Hackers, volcanoes, and The Snowman – they’re all out to get you

Survey shows that small businesses need to take Business Continuity more seriously than they currently do The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) recently published its annual survey of disaster preparedness in the UK, and it doesn’t make good reading if you are a small business. Produced in association with AON, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), The…

Exercise your plans to ensure they work or they may not on the day

If you haven’t tested your Disaster Recovery Plan, you probably don’t have a plan! I’m back on a regular theme throughout this blog: the need to test your Business Continuity Plans and Disaster Recovery Plans. Summary Plans can look fantastic on paper: they cover all the bases; ensure required Recovery Time Objectives are achieved; and…

How do you rate RBS/Nat West’s Business Continuity response?

Has RBS/Nat West been able to maintain Business As Usual throughout its outage? Summary Despite the significant disruption to its banking operations, so far I think RBS/Nat West has done quite well in its efforts to continue delivering service to its customers. Sure, there have been many instances of individual pain, but the speed of…

Lost data could cost you your business, measure the impact of losing your data

Failing to protect the data that runs your business could be very costly, make sure you know how costly and take appropriate measures. Most businesses these days are entirely dependent on computer held data; in fact they are no longer able to operate effectively without access to current digital information. It could be customer orders,…

Don’t forget to review your Business Continuity Plans

Processes change over time: make sure your plans adapt to that change The incident that affected my website last week brought into focus the need to keep Business Continuity Plans up to date with changes in the business. Over the past few months, I have been changing the way my website runs. The main change…

Tip – Don’t squander your Golden Hour

Know what to do when it all goes wrong, and prove it! Talk to medical professionals and they will tell you about the Golden Hour: those precious 60 minutes following a disaster that determine the final outcome of the incident. The same is true of the immediate aftermath of your own personal disaster. Knowing what…

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,…

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…

Bare metal backup systems save you money

Computer with mangled tape

Implementing a bare metal backup system as part of your Disaster Recovery Planning can reduce your downtime by a day and half when you suffer a server failure. Summary Restoring a failed server is faster if you have implemented a backup system that allows you to restore directly from a recovery CD. A simple calculation…