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SANS Policy Templates: Pandemic and Business Continuity Policy

The SANS Institute has published several information security policy templates describing best data security practices in template format. This largely means that you can ‘fill in the blanks’ when developing a security policy (although some modification will be in order for your specific circumstances). In this post we’ll look at the SANS template for a pandemic response and business continuity policy. As a pandemic is different from a disaster, so is the planning which goes into mitigating the effects of a pandemic different from normal disaster recovery planning. The primary difference is in terms of scope, but that does not mean that a…

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Ensuring Business Continuity During Disaster Recovery Time

Recent news reminds business owners of the need for business continuity in technology when there is a natural disaster or loss of utilities. Preparation for disaster recovery down-time should be made before there is a potential threat, and choosing the right partner in data protection and co-location is vital to creating a safe and positive environment for your business. Naturally Occurring Disasters The top ten naturally occurring disasters in the state of Texas, ranging from tornados to fires to winter storms, make it an at-risk environment for technology services. Companies should consider utilizing an off-site data center to minimize physical risk to…

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Dispelling 3 Myths of Business Continuity

There are many myths out there surrounding business continuity which take away from the main argument. In this blog we’ll dispel three myths we’ve heard way too often. 1. Business continuity isn’t a company objective  When people think of company objectives, they think of things like increases in productivity, hitting certain sales numbers, and minimizing costs. Well, you should also include business continuity in this category. The main thing you have to remember is that without business continuity, your entire business can fail instantly. According to a recent Tech Target article, there are too many businesses that think this could never happen to them:…

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Disaster Recover Plan: Priorities

If you don’t have a disaster recovery plan, you should. It’s not always something people talk about, but in the case of a disaster, whether a tornado, a virus, or an employee’s mistake, a plan could help you maintain business continuity, and help you to keep your business open, while not having a plan could force your company to close forever. One of the most important aspects of a recover plan is to designate priorities. Here are a few suggestions. Safety The very first thing you should do is to make sure everyone is safe. Of course, if your recovery plan…

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