DR/BC Plans and Security Procedures errors – Janco has reviewed the recovery processes of 148 enterprises that were impacted by the recent hurricanes, fires, miscellaneous business disruption events and found that 53% had some significant error(s) or omission(s) in their DR/BC Plans and/or security procedures. Many were attributed to the length of the business interruption event and the lack of supporting infrastructure such as cell communication (Puerto Rico) or shortage of fuel for back up generators.
Janco is currently in the process of determining what were the causes for these defect. Preliminary findings are that as a result of the slow economy enterprise cut back on the maintenance of core infrastructure. This included updating existing DR/BC plans Security procedures with changes, training in those areas, and people being reassigned or leaving the enterprise that were critical for these processes.
Janco has added 17 electronic forms to alleviate this problem in DR/BC plan and its Security Manual Template. Included as a bonus is an eReader format of both templates. The forms can be completed via tablets and smartphones and stored in a remote cloud location. With the included security and DR/BC audit programs, it now is easier to highlight those areas of existing plans and procedures which need work to guarantee compliance with security mandates and success in the recovery process.
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10 point checklist DR power requirements in Janco’s Disaster Recovery Business Continuity template. The checklist addresses the issues associated with power after an event disrupts availability. It is:
Electricity, water, broken wires do not mix. Before anything else, validate that the power source and power distribution systems are dry and functional before power is turned on.
Understand the minimum power requirements to be operational. Have a clear understanding of a facility’s critical loads.
Have an adequate fuel supply to operate backup power sources. Make smart fuel and technology choices, considering things such as if natural gas pipeline service were to be disrupted in your community. Make sure that you have sufficient fuel storage capacity on-site for an extended outage.
Set reasonable response times for standby generator. Frequent outages of a few seconds, a few minutes, or more, can have significant cost implications for businesses. While some other generators take up to two minutes to engage, diesel-powered generators are uniquely able to provide full load power within 10 seconds of a grid outage.
Maintain your equipment and test it operations. Standby generators should be exercised periodically to ensure they will operate as designed in the event of an outage.
Understand your environment and geography. Even the best generators won’t work underwater when subjected to extreme flooding. Check unit location for protection from flooding and ensure you use the proper gauge extension cord.
Set up generators in an “open environment”. Use generators or other gasoline or charcoal-burning devices such as heaters in an open area or outside near an open window. Carbon monoxide fumes can build up and poison people.
Quarterly review your load. Know when there are any new demands or critical circuits to protect. If you’ve added new computers or other power-hungry devices, consider updating switchgear.
Meet all mandated compliance requirements. Make sure you have the proper permits and records on operations.
Optionally contract for a rental power source. Consider a rental generator power for use in the event of an extended outage.
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Client Server Application Framework article was written on the Upper Setting. It not only defined what the future of mobile and IoT applications is, but it also defines an architecture that they have implemented with a unique tool kit.
The SDK provides a client/server application framework that implements an extendable binary protocol stack, supports SSL/TLS 1.2 connections, includes an extendable security framework, includes a keep-alive/heartbeat protocol and includes a C# API for Windows and Windows Mobile, a Java API for Android and Unix/Linux flavors and an Objective-C API for iOS and Mac.
A commercial product, DotNetCloudServer SDK, which is built on top of the DotNetOpenServer, includes support for remote method invocation (RMI), variable subscriptions and event notifications.
The full article is a definite must read for a CIO and their architecture development staffs. In summary the article includes:
Session Layer Protocol (SLP)
Capabilities Protocal (CAP)
Keep-Alive Protocal (KAP)
How to extend the architecture
How to create a server application
How to create an instance using app.config
How to create an instance programatically
How to create client applications
Links and 3rd party references
Upper Setting, Inc. – Upper Setting is a small Utah USA based software solution provider. They focus on providing software engineers with off the shelf tools, custom tools and software development services to quickly create secure real-time cloud based applications targeted for any server, desktop or smart mobile device.