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Disaster Recovery Business Continuity

Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template – 2019 Version Released

Disaster Recovery Business Continuity has just been updated and the 2019 Version has just been released.  The changes to this version are:

  • Updated all included job descriptions
  • Updated all included forms
    • Disaster Recovery electronic forms
    • Safety Program electronic forms
  • Added co-location checklist
  • Audit Program Updated
  • Administrative changes
    Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template

    2019 Version now available for immediate download

    • Changed core document to exclude job descriptions and forms which are delivered in their own directories
    • Business and IT Impact Questionnaire is delivered in its own and comes as a MS WORD, pdf, and eBook electronic format
    • 3 included job descriptions are delivered in their own directory

The chapters of the template are:

  • Plan Introduction
  • Business Impact Analysis
  • Backup Strategy
  • Recovery Strategy
  • Disaster Recover Organization
  • Disaster Recovery Organizational Procedures
  • Plan Administration
  • Appendix – Full of tools and checklists

Also included as separate MS Word and/or eBook electronic files in thier own directories:

  • Job Descriptions – Disaster Recovery Manager,  Manager Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
  • Disaster Recovery electronic forms – Business Continuity Site Evaluation Checklist, Business Continuity LAN Node Inventory, Business Continuity Location Contact Numbers, Business Continuity Off-Site Inventory, Business Continuity Personnel Location, Business Continuity Plan Distribution, Business Continuity Remote Location Contact Information, Business Continuity Server Registration, Business Continuity Team Call List, and  Business Continuity Vendor List
  • Safety Program electronic forms – Area Safety Inspection, Employee Job Hazard Analysis, First Report of Injury, Inspection Checklist – Alternative Locations, Inspection Checklist – Computer Server Data Center, Inspection Checklist – Office Locations, New Employee Safety Checklist,Safety Program Contact List, and Training Record
  • Business Imact Analysis Questionnaire – PDF and MS WORD Formats
  • Business Impact Analysis electronic form  – Application and File Server Inventory
  • eBook versions – Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template and the DPR Audit Program

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DRP BCP Audit

DRP BCP Audit Update Released

DRP BCP Audit ProgramDRP BCP Audit Update Released with updates that have been implemented to see that the latest mandated requirements of ISO, the U.S., and the EU are complied with.

This Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Audit program identifies control objectives that are meet by the audit program. There are approximately 50 specific items that the audit covers in the 17 page audit program. Included are references to specific tools that will assist you in addressing any defects or shortcoming the audit uncovers.

The Audit program covers the following control objectives:

  • Ensure that adequate and effective contingency plans have been established to support the prompt recovery of crucial enterprise functions.
  • Ensure that all mandated disaster recovery, business continuity, and security requirements have adequate compliance policies.
  • Ensure the survival of the business and to minimize the implications of a major enterprise and/or I T failure.
  • Ensure that all the potential risks to the enterprise are identified and assessed.
  • Ensure the optimum contingency arrangements are selected and cost effectively provided.
  • Ensure that an authorized and documented disaster recovery / business continuity plan is created, maintained up-to-date, and securely stored.
  • Ensure that the recovery plan is periodically tested.
  • Ensure that all internal and external parties are fully aware of their responsibilities and commitments.
  • Ensure that appropriate liaison is maintained with external parties (i.e. insurers, emergency services, suppliers, etc. ).
  • Ensure that both the damaged and recovery sites are secure and that systems are securely operated.
  • Ensure that systems and procedures are adequately and accurately documented.
  • Ensure that public and media relations would be effectively addressed.

The audit programs is available as a standalone item. In addition it is included with several of Janco’s offerings.  They are:

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IT Service Management Tool

IT Service Management Tool Now used by over 120 organizations

IT Service Management Tool  (ITSM) and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) have gained great acceptance as the change management discipline has grown over the last several years.

In a survey of over 200 organization, Janco found that 71% of all organizations use the KPI Metric of User Review as a key metric.

ITSO KPI Metrics

Over 71% of organizations that have implement KPI metrics use favorable review by users as the key metric

The percentage of participants using a structured approach to manage change has grown from 55% to 75%. The reasons ITSM, SOA, and change management have become so important to organizations in recent years are:

  1. More and frequent changes – Change is occurring at an incredible pace in organizations today. The sheer quantity of changes is increasing, and changes are happening more frequently and faster than ever before. With such large amounts of change happening, organizations need a better and more structured way to manage the individuals in the organization impacted by all of these changes.
  2. Dynamics of the business environment – With the rapid change in the economic climate, CIOs and their IT organizations are now required to do more with less. Change management and change control is one-step that insures that changes are implemented correctly.
  3. Value system of empowerment – Over the last few years, value systems have shifted in many organizations. Old values of control and predictability have been replaced by new values to push decision-making, authority and responsibility down into the organization. While this shift has delivered many benefits, it has also made top-down changes more difficult and increased the resistance they face. Organizations with empowered work forces need to manage the human side of change more effectively than they did in the very hierarchical structure of the past.
  4. Competitive advantage – Many sources of competitive advantage have eroded as information moves more quickly and across the globe in seconds. In upcoming years, speed and agility will be a central differentiation in the market place. In addition, organizations that do not use change management cannot build their internal competency too quickly and effectively implement change. Strong change management competencies within an organization are a key source of competitive advantage in coming years.

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Security Manual Template

Security Manual Template – 2019 Version Released

The 2019 Version of the Security Manual Template was just released.

Security ManualThere now are new standards for user privacy and control according to Janco Associates – Janco has just released an update to its Security Manual Template which identifies mandated user rights and enterprise responsibilities related to privacy protection. The CEO of Janco, Mr. M. Victor Janulaitis said, “We have reviewed in detail the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CaCPA) and generated a detail list of user rights and business responsibilities that are mandated.  The CaCPA requirements are very complex and significant resources will have to be allocated for organizations to comply with these new mandates.  These mandates will impact all organizations that have an Internet presence in the U.S. and California in particular.  The compliance deadline is January 1, 2020.”

The Security Manual Template is now distributed in a segmented format with five (5) specific directories. They are:

  1. Security Manual Template directory – containing the full editable MS WORD and pdf versions of the template;
  2. Forms directory – containing all the forms that are needed to implement a “World Class” security infrastructure;
  3. Policy directory with 5 policies in MS WORD and pdf versions – Blog and Personal Website Policy – Mobile Use Policy – Sensitive and Confidential Information Policy – Server Security Policy – Travel and Off-Site Meeting policy;
  4. eBook directory (with the author’s name as the directory name)- with eBook versions of the Security Manual Policy and the supporting policies; and
  5. Tools directory with the Business Impact Analysis Tool, Threat and Vulnerability Assessment Tool, Security Checklist, and PCI Audit Program.

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IT Pros Median Salary

IT Pros Median Salary Now $93,077

In the just completed IT Salary Survey by Janco Associates IT Pro median salary increased by 2.92% in the past 12 months. It had been $90,249.

IT Pros Median Salary

IT Pros median salaries are up across the board

Other finding from the salary survey are:

  • IT executives have fared better in large companies than mid-size companies with increases that were 3.89% versus 2.84%.
  • Staff level positions in IT organizations of SMB’s had the greatest demand for new hires. Companies were gearing up their internal US-based IT organizations pushing IT salaries up by 2.40% from $87,254 last year to $89,348.
  • In large enterprises, the median compensation rose 3.42% from $93,669 to $96,875.
  • In mid-sized enterprises, the mean total compensation for all positions increased by 2.40% from $87,254 to $89,348.   Over 80,000 net new jobs.
  • Some markets like the SF Bay Area, Boston Metro, and Salt Lake areas are suffering shortages of qualified IT professionals.
  • Technology centers like San Francisco (Bay Area), Chicago, Atlanta, District of Columbia, New York and Washington State continued to lead the way in new IT job creation.
  • Succession planning and promotion of Millennials into that role is becoming a priority.
  • Large organizations are planning to beef up their middle management as those enterprises focus on Big Data, Blockchain, SEO and Smartphone and tablet connectivity.
  • Positions in highest demand are associated with e-commerce, application development security, big data, distributed/mobile system project management, and quality control.
  • The America first campaign has resulted in more infrastructure functions being moved in-house.
  • Several enterprises are moving help desks and data center operations in-house which has resulted in an increased demand for data center managers.
  • Web SEO Analyst are in high demand as e-commerce continues to expand and search engine placement becomes more critical.
  • KPI metrics are now the way performance is being measured.

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