Business Continuity Planning and Trends

MissionMode partners with business continuity managers across industries to better understand continuity statistics by providing the tools they need to quickly and easily communicate critical information, share timely information and photos from impacted locations, and implement incident management procedures to enable speedy issue resolution.

IT Decision Makers Admit Not Doing Enough to Protect Data

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Organizations today are porous when it comes to protecting their company data, which can lead to data breaches and IT incidents. New research from Code42  found that one in four IT professionals say their companies are not doing enough to protect data, while almost one in four workers indicated they do not trust their IT teams to protect data. This is all too apparent from recent reports that Seagate employees’ W-2 information was stolen as a result of a targeted phishing attack. This was due to a fraudulent email, appearing...
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Business Continuity Plans Aided Recovery After Winter Storm Jonas

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Before Winter Storm Jonas struck the East Coast and the Mid-Atlantic in late January, business continuity teams were already hard at work preparing for the biggest snowstorm of the 2015/2016 winter season. Meteorologists issued warnings and predictions; government officials and community representatives from schools, hospitals and other organizations reacted; and communication was broadcast through multiple channels including newspaper, radio, TV, social media and push notifications encouraging people to stay home. Public and private sector players had detailed plans in place, optimized from lessons learned in past storms which helped to minimize...
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Take these 5 Steps to Verify your Vendor Resiliency

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If you haven’t thoroughly analyzed your vendor resiliency and potential supply chain interruptions, there may be a gaping hole in your business continuity plan no matter how thorough your internal team has been according to the PwC whitepaper, “Business continuity beyond company walls: When a crisis hits, will your vendors’ resiliency match your own?” As the business world becomes more intertwined and dependent, it is essential for you to assess the resiliency of your vendors with these five steps in order to be sure you can count on your vendors when...
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Maximize Holiday Sales With a Good Business Continuity Plan

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As retailers know, the closing weeks of the year can represent nearly half of annual profits.  From Black Friday through New Year’s, retail sales increase exponentially, and employees and IT systems feel the strain.  In order to mitigate the effects of this added pressure and to prepare for any catastrophic event this holiday season, the experts at MissionMode have some business continuity tips to share to help you maximize holiday sales. Safeguard Retail Sales with a Strong IT DR Plan Whether your holiday rush happens online or in-store, system downtime...
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Small Businesses Neglect IT Disaster Recovery Planning

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The majority of small businesses, the ones most vulnerable to devastating outcomes in the event of an unplanned disruption, continue to ignore IT disaster recovery planning. Unfortunately, they do so at their own peril. As we witnessed with Superstorm Sandy, the “longer a business goes without getting back on their feet, the more likely it is that they will never get back on their feet,” said Michael Mullin, president of Integrated Business Systems. In the past, business continuity solutions were only within reach of businesses with hefty budgets; however, cloud computing has now made...
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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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BYOD Policies for Business Continuity Plan

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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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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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Reputation Management in Professional Sports

Reputation Management in Professional Sports

How would you like to be in charge of the world of reputation management in professional sports?  While it may sound glamorous on the surface, there is a lot more to a sports team’s reputation than wins and losses. How the players act on and off the field gets a huge amount of press, and when accusations of cheating (think Deflategate or the recent St. Louis Cardinals hack of the Astros player database) make the front pages, the job of sports reputation management seems a lot less appealing. Business continuity...
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The Hospital Safety Score: An Incident Management Approach to Hospital Safety

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The stats are unsettling. As many as 440,000 people die every year from preventable errors in hospitals. One in 25 patients acquire an infection in the hospital. That’s one of the reasons The Leapfrog Group has established the Hospital Safety Score, a bi-annual assessment of hospital safety that gives consumers an apples-to-apples way of comparing facilities and hospital administrators a framework for improvement. The national nonprofit group’s incident management approach to hospital safety results in a common language to identify issues and to track improvement. What is the Hospital Safety...
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