Attainium's Business Continuity NewsBriefs

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03/02/2016 - Shelter in Place

Shelter-in-place orders are used more than you might think. Just last month, UMass Amherst (MA) and Gadsden State (AL) were on lock-down for various reasons. Chemical spills in your vicinity, fires, active shooter incidents and many other situations may required that you shelter in place for some period of time. We're sure you know that you need water, medical supplies, food, etc., in order to shelter in place. In this issue are some things you may not have thought of.

 

02/10/2016 - Cyber Security

It's likely that most of the readers of this newsletter are aware of danger of cyber security threats. What we can't know, however, is whether all of you have incorporated cybersecurity into your business continuity and disaster recovery plans. It definitely should be a priority for organizations of all types. One attack could be severe enough to seriously damage or even close your business. Check this week's articles for more information on how to better prepare for and/or help prevent cybersecurity threats.

 

01/27/2016 - Risk

The potential for risk is everywhere around us... how are you planning to mitigate, avoid or transfer the potential risks to your organization? Before you do anything else, you must identify those risks. The New Year brings new sources of risk as well, and each organization needs to do whatever it can to figure out where trouble might lurk. Read this issue for clues and suggested mitigation activities.

 

01/20/2016 - Business Continuity and the Cloud

Cloud computing -- or SaaS -- is a very much talked about today. Some of the talk is about its benefits (scalability, reliability, accessibility, etc.) but some of the talk is about its drawbacks (complexity, cost, security, etc.). Whatever your point of view, it seems that the cloud is here to stay, so we all should be considering how and if we can use it effectively and strategically to achieve our disaster recovery and business continuity goals. This issue could prove helpful toward making that decision.

 

01/13/2016 - Flu and Business Continuity

Although flu season, according to the experts, is starting later this year, we can still expect flu outbreaks over the winter and, like last year, they could be significant. If you haven't planned for flu yet this year, it's not too late to save you and your employees from the effects of this year's flu season. This issue provides insight and information to help your organization get through thru flu with the least impact.

 

01/06/2016 - Challenges and Trends for 2016

We all know that things go better at work when we’re not worried about our families and things at home. This is why we do our annual safety-at-home issue of the NewsBriefs, and we hope it will help give you and yours peace of mind during the holidays and beyond. Share this information with your employees and co-workers.

 

12/16/2015 - Safety at Home

We all know that things go better at work when we’re not worried about our families and things at home. This is why we do our annual safety-at-home issue of the NewsBriefs, and we hope it will help give you and yours peace of mind during the holidays and beyond. Share this information with your employees and co-workers.

 

12/09/2015 - Testing and Training

When was the last time you tested your business continuity plan? If you answered “never,” you are not alone. And, if you tested your plan and you had problems, you’re among the majority. In spite of this, many companies do not test or exercise their plans regularly. People move on, processes change, vendors come and go... all of these changes should prompt updating and testing. Perhaps an exercise would be a good way to start off 2016. These NewsBriefs could be of help.

 

12/02/2015 - Winter Weather Preparedness

We've already seen winter weather hit some parts of the country, and things are bound to get snowier and icier before we see the end of it. Have you prepared a plan for the continuity of your business operations during winter storms... and also in the aftermath? If not, don't wait until the blizzard hits to think about this important topic. Use these articles to focus your efforts on making it through with the least impact.

 

11/18/2015 - After the Disaster...

These days, most people have business continuity plans. They spend a lot of time and resources on learning what could go wrong and how to prevent and mitigate those possibilities as well as getting through disruptions and disasters. Many companies, however, fail to spend sufficient time on what to do AFTER the disaster. This issue focused on those concerns; review these with your team and see if your recovery plan is sufficient for your needs.

 

11/11/2015 - Holiday Issues

The stores are decorated, holiday movies are showing and it’s the season to be jolly. Is your organization having a holiday party to celebrate? If so, you might want to check out this issue so you can avoid the things that could create liability for you. Share item #4 with your coworkers. Also, there are some tips for continuity over the holidays, and, finally, can you identify with these risks that are unique to Santa’s efforts?