Key Elements of a Disaster Recovery Plan Test

“Everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” I often think of that quote, from the boxer Mike Tyson (who ought to know), whenever I consider the current state of disaster-recovery planning in U.S. enterprises. Sure, most large organizations have...

The Essentials of Business Continuity Are Found in the Cloud

Business continuity is a simple concept best understood as “a formal discipline of planning and preparation designed to ensure that an organization remains able to conduct business in the event of a serious outage, incident, or disaster.” The goals of...

Data Security: Adding Up the Costs of Compliance Failure

If your organization handles sensitive or confidential data, it’s vital to ensure you’re meeting all relevant compliance requirements. That’s indisputable wisdom, not only because it means staying on the right side of the law and regulations, but also because it...

Don’t Waste Your Money on too Much Owned IT Infrastructure

When companies tally up their assets, they’ll typically account for everything from their office furniture to employee laptops to their servers and other IT infrastructure. And while that might make sense from a financial reporting standpoint, the truth is that...

Understanding the Business Continuity Management Process

No longer a nice-to-have, today’s businesses require a well-tuned, always-on IT infrastructure just to survive. But any organization can fall prey to disaster – be it from natural causes like fire, flood or hurricane, man-made problems like a denial of service...

Security Audits: Five Tips So You Can Sleep At Night

It’s the rare IT professional who rates a security audit as among his or her favorite tasks. But while conducting an audit is nobody’s idea of a great time, best practices dictate that they be carried out at least annually. It’s necessary to take stock of security as...