Readiness Best Practices: Managing Employee Safety Responsibilities

Duty of Care | MissionMode

Business continuity teams need to be prepared to address many different types of business disruptions. Some, like product recalls or data breaches can have very widespread impact, but do not usually involve employee safety. With incidents such as severe weather, natural disasters, fire or physical violence, however, organizations have serious employee safety responsibilities. Duty of Care Obligation Happily, most organizations take their responsibility for ensuring employee safety very seriously.  Legally, directors and officers of a corporation are required to meet the Duty of Care in the decisions they make as...
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Hajj Stampede: Serious Disaster Prevention Failure

Hajj Stampede | MissionMode

Tragically, 700 pilgrims were trampled to death this week during the Hajj, an annual Islamic journey to Mecca which Muslims are urged to carry out at least once in their lifetime. The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is considered the largest annual gathering of people in the world. The event has frequently resulted in loss of life due to poor disaster prevention planning and public safety measures. A History of Violence During the month of the Hajj, Mecca, a city of 1.3 million, must accommodate...
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Business Continuity Lessons from the Tianjin Port Explosion

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Each time that we hear of a catastrophic event such as the Tianjin Port explosion in China this past August, it brings urgency and focus to business leaders and continuity professionals to verify that their organizations are prepared to withstand an unplanned business disruption. With the results of our Readiness Survey as a starting point, you can review where you are and where you need to go to be as prepared as possible if you find yourself dealing with a scenario as challenging at the Tianjin Port explosion. Let’s take...
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DRJ Fall World 2015 – Are You Ready?

Fall World | MissionMode

This year’s Disaster Recovery Journal Fall World event is upon us, don’t miss MissionMode at this year’s show. Event:      Fall World Location:  San Diego, CA Date:        September, 27-30, 2015 Make the most out of your time at Fall World: 1.  Don’t Miss Jason Zimmerman’s Session “Incident Management Systems – A Business Continuity Program Game Changer” on Monday at 2:45-3:45. In this breakout session, we will share data reported by business continuity practitioners quantifying the impact of incident management tools on program effectiveness, and we will...
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Readiness Best Practices: Reputation Management in a Crisis

Reputation Management | MissionMode

The focus of most business continuity plans is operational resiliency – how to keep operations running smoothly in the event of an unforeseen crisis.   But some crises don’t involve disruptions to service delivery.  When reputation management based crises occur, the steps for restoring marketplace trust are vastly different than those required for physical disruptions and/or power/IT failure. Warren Buffet was quoted as saying “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.  If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Reputation-based crises can be...
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BYOD Policies for Business Continuity Plan

BYOD Policy | MissionMode

When an unexpected disaster strikes, it is important to have a business continuity plan in place. A continuity plan will allow business to quickly return to normal operations following a natural disaster, power outage, or other type of catastrophe. While creating a perfect continuity plan is difficult, it is also extremely beneficial. Technology advancements in the last few years have changed the way we work. Employees are likely to be using their personal smartphones, tablets, or laptops for business at any point in time. It is the responsibility of management to make smart...
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Boost Your BCM Program Maturity: Arm Your Team with the Right Tools

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Disaster Recovery Journal Monthly Webinar Series Event Sponsored by MissionMode Wednesday August 26, 2015 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET There is a strong correlation between organizations that invest in tools to simplify business continuity management and those reporting BCM program success and maturity. Despite the proven effectiveness of incident management tools in improving crisis management success and the relative affordability of these solutions, only about 25-30% of organizations have armed their business continuity teams with incident management technology. In their 2014 Hype Cycle Report, Gartner rated Crisis/Incident Management Software as...
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Extensive Government Security Breach Proves All Are Vulnerable

What we can learn from the OPM Security Breach - MissionMode

We are led to believe that the U.S. government is ultra secure because it has some of the best protection in the world. Apparently, our cyber protection is not as perfect as we imagined since the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently had two major breaches of personal security. Officials from the OPM have commented with only extremely vague communication about the incident publicly, and on July 10th, Katherine Archuleta announced her resignation as the head of the OPM. At MissionMode, we believe that any business can learn from this incident...
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Are Employees Part of Your Business Continuity Plan?

Business Continuity for Employees

Most businesses have at least thought about how they will continue regular operations after experiencing a business disruption even if they do not have a fully developed business continuity plan in place. Management may have considered IT system stability, facilities availability, manufacturing—the “how and where” of regular operations—but the “who” is often overlooked. Your employees are your company’s most critical resource and they need to be an integral part of your business continuity management to ensure your business recovers as quickly as possible from a disruptive event. Let’s take a look...
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New MissionMode Release Launched July 23

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MissionMode is pleased to announce that the new version of the MissionMode Situation Center Suite appeared for customers on July 23, 2015, at 8:00PM CDT. This new MissionMode release version includes a new alert mapping feature to provide an enhanced situational awareness capability, a simplified create page, and enhanced REST calls to support system integrations. Alert Mapping The new mapping feature allows alert creators to assign a location to an alert. Specifically, new Situation Center or Notification Center alerts can be given a location via a drag and drop map interface. Once...
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