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No test, no (IT disaster recovery) solution

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in BCAW2015, business continuity, IT disaster recovery | 0 comments

Regular testing is the only way to ensure your disaster recovery arrangements will actually work. Management 101 says that “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”; disaster recovery 101 puts it somewhat differently, “If you don’t test it, then it’s not really a disaster recovery plan”. To be frank, when a disaster happens, when the power outage drags into the second day, is no time to discover that some component of the recovery plan isn’t performing! The only way to ensure that there are no nasty surprises is to...

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The $64 000-dollar question

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in BCAW2015, business continuity, IT disaster recovery | 0 comments

Finding the best solution for your business’s disaster recovery requirements means taking a fresh look at what is available, and using common sense. Our last blog alluded to a key principle of disaster recovery: make sure you are in control. This doesn’t mean that you can’t outsource to a specialist provider of disaster recovery services (indeed, for many companies this makes good business sense) but it has to be done intentionally and with adequate planning. It can’t just be presumed to be a sort of byproduct of, for example, cloud...

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Cloud or chimera?

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in BCAW2015, business continuity, IT disaster recovery | 0 comments

Hard questions for your cloud service provider in a power-scarce environment. It’s very easy to think that data and/ or systems that are in the cloud are necessarily disaster-proof. After all, a professionally run data centre would have state-of-the-art disaster recovery in place, right? Not necessarily, and its processes might not cover its clients’ data adequately. Scrutinise the fine print very carefully. In our experience, it’s usually the client’s obligation to perform backups. Clients also have to rely on the data centre’s...

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Taking IT disaster recovery to the next level

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in BCAW2015, business continuity, IT disaster recovery | 0 comments

More on why companies need to look beyond tape backups for really effective IT disaster recovery as part of our Business Continuity Awareness Week blog series. Last time, we argued that tape backups had been superseded by newer, more reliable technologies; and that companies should be investigating the range of vendors of virtualisation technologies to get the best deal. Virtualised environments can be easily cloned to the disaster recovery site, and proper testing becomes practical (more on testing in a later blog). Despite all the reasons...

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Why IT disaster recovery is a …disaster waiting to happen

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in BCAW2015, business continuity, IT disaster recovery | 0 comments

Companies are not taking new paradigms and technologies on board—which is making them vulnerable. Business Continuity Awareness Week is a great opportunity to take stock of the new reality. Welcome to Business Continuity Awareness Week—our annual focus on business continuity within the context of contemporary issues. For us here in South Africa, it is well-timed as we begin coming to terms with a highly constrained power grid for the foreseeable future. Putting risk-mitigation strategies in place couldn’t be more important than it is...

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Which business continuity provider? Four questions to ask

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in business continuity management | 0 comments

Having decided why they need to implement business continuity management (BCM) in order to become more resilient, most companies will then start to look for a specialist service provider to help them turn that decision into action. For all but the smallest companies, this is probably a wise move because business continuity is a highly technical discipline, and specialist assistance is likely to save time and money in the long run. Here are some factors to consider when assessing which supplier to choose: Does it offer an end-to-end service?...

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Out of the dark: Survival guide for businesses during load-shedding (Part 3)

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in business continuity management, survival guide for business | 0 comments

We thought it might be helpful to share some of the measures that ContinuitySA is taking to mitigate the risks of load-shedding. Our business is all about helping our clients to survive disasters, so to some extent it’s just business as usual for us—our data centres and work-area recovery facilities are designed to keep operating in all circumstances. Because of the nature of our business, we have very stringent specifications, but nonetheless the measures we have in place might help other businesses come to some conclusions about what...

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Out of the dark: Survival guide for businesses during load-shedding (Part 2)

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in business continuity management, survival guide for business | 0 comments

The implications of load-shedding are many and various—what else do companies need to know? In our previous blog, we examined some of the wider impacts of load-shedding that businesses should integrate into their thinking. Others include: Impact on security. Most access control and building management systems rely on power to continue functioning so alternative power plans must include security and access control to avoid the business becoming a soft target during load-shedding. Impact on society. One might argue that coping with...

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Out of the dark: Survival guide for businesses during load-shedding (Part 1)

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in business continuity, business continuity management, survival guide for business | 0 comments

ContinuitySA offers a three-part guide to mitigating the business risks posed by load-shedding over the next few years. As Africa’s premier integrator of business continuity services, ContinuitySA’s team spends a lot of time identifying risks and how to mitigate them. The first order of business is to understand the true nature of the risk—only then can we truly mitigate it. Consequently, we are advising all companies to undertake a thorough review of their business continuity plans—this will provide a structure through which to...

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Top 8 risks in the healthcare industry in South Africa (Part 2)

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in business continuity, business continuity risks, health care risks | 0 comments

We continue our exploration of the top risks faced by organisations in the South African health care sector. Skills shortages. Specialist human resources are a feature of the health care industry but they are in short supply. An organisation can find itself reliant on certain individuals who cannot easily be replaced. Exacerbating factors include high attrition rates in the sector owing to low morale, and lengthy recruitment processes. Crime. While all South African businesses face high risk from criminal activity, health care companies have...

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