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Navigating the Great Resignation as an Organization
Navigating the Great Resignation as an Organization

This is where the issue reveals itself: the loss of institutional and procedural knowledge. The increase of retirements and resignations means the loss experience across cumulative decades. The generational gap is massive in certain fields and threatens an unprecedented challenge. 

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Building Bridges in Higher Education Business Continuity
Building Bridges in Higher Education Business Continuity

The best way to build a successful business continuity program, especially for the planners in higher education, is by creating a collaborative environment. Having a collaborative program can really benefit a business continuity program and a good business continuity program should be a synergistic effort amongst many departments.

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Operational Resilience is Better than Banking on Luck
Operational Resilience is Better than Banking on Luck

While businesses can’t change their luck, they can plan against the worst intentions of disasters. The low odds of most events are not worth playing, and preparedness and all its price tags are worth the relief they provide when luck turns sour. 

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Does Resilience Technology Need to Adapt to a More Digital World?
Does Resilience Technology Need to Adapt to a More Digital World?

While technology was able to keep up with the demands of the pandemic, the crisis also created new deliverables for technology to meet. With new knowledge, it's worth asking if resilience and continuity technology needs to adapt to the more digital world Covid-19 created.

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Interdependencies and Thinking Outside Your Organization
Interdependencies and Thinking Outside Your Organization

Business continuity is intended to help a business shore up its weaknesses when these incidents happen. As a planner, you can implement dozens of policies and processes within your organization to build resilience, but interdependencies can still throw wildcards into your organization’s continuity planning.

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Has an Increase in Work From Home Changed Cybersecurity?
Has an Increase in Work From Home Changed Cybersecurity?

When it was clear that employees would be working from home for the foreseeable future, organizations had to make a flurry of resources available and solidify key decisions. It was suddenly apparent that the key players in the protection of each organization against cybersecurity, the employees, were seemingly on their own.

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Take a “Groundhog Day” Approach to Business Continuity
Take a “Groundhog Day” Approach to Business Continuity

This early February holiday, if anything, shows why planning is important. Even if we believe the groundhog, a good plan can make its surprises manageable. But there’s even more value in the movie that shares the namesake: “Groundhog Day.” The premise of the film passes off a great principle any continuity professional can apply to their program to bolster its readiness for disruptions.

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The CCPA, Incident Response, and Business Continuity
The CCPA, Incident Response, and Business Continuity

There are notable differences between the two laws, however, and those differences are worth a discussion. In a past blog, we explored the impact of the GDPR on crisis management and business continuity, so we’re going to do something similar for the CCPA. What does the CCPA mean for incident response and business continuity?

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Implementing and Managing Business Continuity Programs in Large and Complex Institutions: A Discussion with MIT, NYU and VCU
Implementing and Managing Business Continuity Programs in Large and Complex Institutions: A Discussion with MIT, NYU and VCU

The business continuity and emergency management managers of MIT, NYU, and VCU came together for a panel discussion on the challenges—and solutions—of being the engines behind these vital programs.

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Why Business Continuity Planning is More Important than Ever Before
Why Business Continuity Planning is More Important than Ever Before

Risks today are increasingly interconnected, and the future forecasts a tighter bond will form between them. And thanks to the modern world’s web of risks, businesses and organizations can never be sure which dominoes will fall when an incident kicks off. Preparation, through business continuity planning, is essential for any entity hoping to have a lasting impact.

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ITDR Communications: Lessons from a Middleware Bug
ITDR Communications: Lessons from a Middleware Bug

Anyone with the will and skill could crack the bug, which spelled serious danger for MuleSoft’s users and those users’ customers. MuleSoft needed to patch the bug immediately. And they did, all while making their customers aware of an issue that could’ve flown under the radar.

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The “Magic” of Veoci
The “Magic” of Veoci

As the IT market is replete with contenders, it’s important for companies to stand out from the crowd - getting named by Gartner in the Magic Quadrant is a big boost.

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Business Continuity vs ITDR: What are the Differences?
Business Continuity vs ITDR: What are the Differences?

In the past, you may have heard the terms “business continuity” and “disaster recovery” used in conjunction, or even interchangeably, but what do they really mean? You probably won’t be surprised to discover that they have many similar goals when it comes to recovering from an unplanned incident and restoring essential functions, but it is the nuances of their differences that are really crucial to understand.

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Maintaining Institutional Knowledge: Building an Effective BCMP
Maintaining Institutional Knowledge: Building an Effective BCMP

Much of the strength behind a BCMP solution lies in the institutional knowledge it inherently establishes. There are many platforms out there that can help you build your BCMP components, but it is essential that you find one that also has the capacity to foster institutional knowledge.

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Getting the Most Out of Real-World Exercises
Getting the Most Out of Real-World Exercises

Exercising a BCP is rarely as simple as the online guides suggest. A business continuity manager has to jump through a lot of hoops to get that final, show-ready polish on a BCP. They’re often chasing buy-in from each corner of the organization and bugging business unit leads and department managers to test BCPs and record the outcomes. What can a business continuity manager do to encourage the heads in their organizations to actively participate and do their part in preparing for disruptions?

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How IT Outages Affect Businesses: Recognizing and Preventing Outages
How IT Outages Affect Businesses: Recognizing and Preventing Outages

How much damage can a business system outage cause? As is pretty clear these days, they happen often, and can have serious impact. Take, for example, Visa’s payment network outage. On June 1st, 2018, Visa’s payment system in Europe went down for nearly ten hours, halting many personal and bank transactions. The massive, complex nature of the system made it difficult to pinpoint the root cause of the outage, adding hours of downtime and many degrees of frustration for the company’s customers. After performing their root cause analysis, the company identified a “very rare partial failure” of a switch in one of their data centers as the cause of the outage.

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