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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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Top 5 Takeaways from DRI 2019
Top 5 Takeaways from DRI 2019

If there was one very clear theme to this year’s DRI conference in Las Vegas, it was the importance of having a diverse community in the world of business continuity management (BCM). From the sessions to the talking points in the exhibit hall, it’s clear that the future of BCM depends on having a strong and diverse community of practitioners and leaders. Here’s our top 5 takeaways from DRI 2019.

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HKIA Annual Exercise:  Hong Kong Express Excels with Veoci
HKIA Annual Exercise: Hong Kong Express Excels with Veoci

Responding to major business disruptions are a company-wide effort. Every team gets involved during the response and recovery. But despite how great having help from every angle is, it can be disruptive and throw the cart of the rails quickly. How do you keep a steady course through these difficult crisis management challenges?

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Social Engineering: Preventing Today’s Biggest Threat
Social Engineering: Preventing Today’s Biggest Threat

Just after lunch one day, you receive this email: “Can you send me the password for our network? I just can’t seem to remember it right now. Thanks.” At first, this seems a bit weird to you. No one in your office asks for passwords over email. But you also remember that some of your colleagues from another office are visiting for the next couple of days, so now this seems somewhat plausible.

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Utility Companies Gather for Cyber / Physical Attack Exercise - GridSecCon 2018 & GridEx IV
Utility Companies Gather for Cyber / Physical Attack Exercise - GridSecCon 2018 & GridEx IV

Last November, GridEx IV kicked off with 6500 participants from 450 different organizations. This exercise saw a large rise in participation over GridEx III

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Unintended Disclosure: Are You Educating Your Weakest Link?
Unintended Disclosure: Are You Educating Your Weakest Link?

Human error and unintended disclosure cause the majority of data breaches. Educating your employees should be a top priority when it comes to cybersecurity.

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GDPR Article 33: Planning and Response for the 72 Hour Window
GDPR Article 33: Planning and Response for the 72 Hour Window

Responding to a data breach is a high-pressure situation, especially when you consider the EU's newest privacy regulation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and its requirements.

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Incident Response and Daily Operations: How Wright-Patt Credit Union Does it All in One
Incident Response and Daily Operations: How Wright-Patt Credit Union Does it All in One

With over 30 member center locations and billions in assets, Wright-Patt Credit Union (WPCU) has many complex daily operations to oversee. But daily operations don't draw WPCU's total focus. Emergency incidents are rare, but they do happen.

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DRI 2018: Insights from the Conference
DRI 2018: Insights from the Conference

DRI 2018 - The Professional’s Conference (hosted by Disaster Recovery Institute International) was a fantastic opportunity for everyone to learn about the transforming landscape of resilience and business continuity.

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