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Backup Policy Updated

Backup Policy Updated

Backup Policy

Backup Policy includes everthing that is need to be in full compliance with all mandated security requirement.

Backup Policy Updated as well as the CIO IT Infrastructure Policy Bundle. The policy has just been updated to take into account everything from GDPR to cloud storage and security implications.

The Backup Policy addresses the issues that you struggle with including:

  • How safe are your information assets in transit and at reset?
  • What protections are in place to prevent hacker access?
  • Does your backup and retention process meet all of your compliance requirements?
  • Who can gain access to your data?
  • What KPI metrics do you have in place?
  • Will the use of the data ensure successful recovery?

Managing backup and recovery in today’s environment is a multi-dimensional challenge with both near and long term business requirements. Recent technological developments in disk backup have had a positive impact on short term data retention requirements (see also BYOD policy). But these improvements do not replace the need to execute and deliver on a long term data retention strategy which includes:

  • Business and Regulatory Requirements Demand a Long-term Plan
  • Manage and Contain Your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Encrypt Your Data for Secure Long-term Retention
  • Weigh the Environmental Impacts and Minimize Power and Cooling Costs
  • Simplify Management of the Entire Solution

Best of Breed solution

A “Best of Breed” backup policy and strategy considers how to:

  • Back up critical application data – across mixed operating systems and storage configurations
  • Restore desktops and mobile users quickly
  • Restore systems to dissimilar hardware or virtual systems
  • Back up data and system information to off site locations, so that you can quickly recover your business even from a total loss of your facility
  • Leverage new cloud based backup offerings to properly secure, back up,and archive critical data.

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10 Point Power Checklist Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

10 Point Power Checklist Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

10 Point Power Checklist Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

10 point power checklist that adddresses the issues associated with power after an event that disrupts a network, availability of power to recover and run the network often is critical.

10 Point Power Checklist Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity needs to be incorporated into the disaster recovery – business continuity plan. The Disaster Recovery Business Continuity template contains many checklists and best practices to follow. The checklist  includes:

  1. Electricity, water, broken wires do not mix. Review all electrical and plumbing plans in detail.
  2. Understand the minimum power requirements to be operational.
  3. Have an adequate fuel supply to operate backup power sources. If the outage lasts for more than 30 days will the faciulity be ale to continue operations.
  4. Set reasonable response times for standby generator.
  5. Maintain your equipment and test it operations. Test at least once a quarter and review supplies on hand.
  6. Understand your environment and geography.
  7. Set up generators in an “open environment”. Carbon monoxide fumes can build up and poison people.
  8. Quarterly review your load.
  9. Meet all mandated compliance requirements. See Compliance Management Kit.
  10. Optionally contract for a rental power source.

A full description of each of these is contained in the template.  If followed, the chance the plan will be a workable one, are significantly improved.

 

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Top 10 Press Release Best Practices

Top 10 Press Release Best Practices

 

Formal media and incident communications plan needs to be in place before an event occurs.

Top 10 Press Release Best Practices – Whenever enterprises are impacted by negative (cyberattacks) or positive events communication with the media is critical – Press Releases should be the first source for factual and informational communication with the media.

 

Top 10 best practices are:

  1. Perform extensive research – get your facts straight
  2. Don’t assume anything – double check everything
  3. Don’t belittle or talk down to anyone
  4. Don’t oversell your product or service
  5. Don’t over-write or bloat the release
  6. Create a clever subject line
  7. Don’t jump the gun when sending your release
  8. Optimize the Press Release for Internet Search Engines
  9. Maintain an internal list of trusted reporters and editors
  10. Be available and responsive right after a press release is issued

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What is HIPAA

What is HIPAA and how can an enerprise comply with the mandated requirements

What is HIPAA Privacy Rule – provides federal protections for personal health information held by covered entities and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of personal health information needed for patient care and other important purposes.

There also is a HIPAA Security Rule – It specifies a series of administrative, physical, and technical safeguards for covered entities to use to assure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information. This places unique challenges to the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning processes.

What is HIPAA

What is HIPAA and how does it impact overall Compliance Management?

Federal and state government regulations (see state compliance requirements) can be a big problem for today’s organizations. There are more than 100 such regulations in the U.S. alone, and that number continues to grow. These are in addition to industry-specific mandates. They are all designed to safeguard the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic data from information security breaches. So, what are the consequences if your organization fails to comply? Heavy fines and legal action. In short, it’s serious.

Read On HIPAA Compliance

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Top 10 Reasons Disaster Recovery Fails

Top 10 Reasons Disaster Recovery Fails

Top 10 Reasons Disaster Recovery Fails have been identified by Janco. Over 90% of all mid-sized to large enterprises have disaster recovery and business continuity plans in place — that is not enough to avert disaster as only 40% of those plans have not major defects. The top 10 causes for those failures are:

Top 10 Reasons Disaster Recovery Fails

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity are necessary enterprise infrastructure processes that have correctable defects that can make plans fail.

  • Backups do not work
  • Not identifying every potential event that can jeopardize the infrastructure and data that the enterprise depends
  • Forgetting or ignoring the cross-training of personnel in disaster recovery and business continuity
  • Not including a communication processes which will work when your communication infrastructure is lost
  • Not having sufficient backup power – both capacity and durations
  • Having a recovery plan in place but not listing priorities of which resources need to be restored first
  • No physical documentation of your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan that has not been tested adequately
  • Passwords are not available to the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity team
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan is not up to date

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