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.

Business Continuity Preparation: What to Plan For

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Developing a high-performance business continuity management program is hard work and requires significant resource commitments and upper-management support. Respondents to the MissionMode Readiness Survey report varying levels of readiness with under 40% claiming to have business continuity management (BCM) plans in place across a wide number of potentially disruptive event types: 38% – Comprehensive BCM plans developed and trained across a wide variety of event types 37% – Plans developed and trained across a limited number of event types 25% – No plans or preliminary plans drafted but not trained These...
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The Importance of Executive Sponsorship

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The most commonly cited obstacle to Business Continuity (BC)/Disaster Recovery (DR) program success is a lack of management support, and this is for good reason. New and non-established BC Management (BCM) programs have to overcome serious inertia in order to succeed. Full-Time Equivalents Business continuity is not a core competency of most organizations and few employ a full-time team of BCM professionals. According to the 2014 CI/KPMG benchmarking survey, the majority of organizations have between 0 and 2 FTEs dedicated to primary BC/DR functions: Even when launched in the aftermath...
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Assembling the Right Business Continuity Team

Assemble a Business Continuity Team

Organizations both large and small need to have business continuity plans in place to manage unexpected business disruptions. Whether these events are triggered by severe weather, civil unrest, product failure or any of a myriad of other factors, the time to figure out how to manage an incident is not when that incident occurs. Getting Started – The Right Leadership Model Typically, a Business Continuity Manager is identified to lead the planning and preparedness process, and one of that person’s first responsibilities is to assemble the right team and governance...
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IT Decision Makers Admit Not Doing Enough to Protect Data

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

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

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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Small Business Disaster Recovery Plan 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,...
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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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