A 4-Step Approach to Business Continuity Planning

A 4 Step Approach to BCPBy Stephen McGrady
Principal

As I discussed in my article on the difference between Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and Disaster Recovery (DR) planning, Business Continuity Planning is about the operations side of disaster preparedness. How will you keep the business running after disaster strikes?

When helping organizations address their Business Continuity Planning needs, CIO Professional Services uses a four-step approach: conduct a Business Impact Assessment, get Governance mechanisms defined and approved, prepare the team to handle Crisis Management, and create the Emergency Operating Plans (EOPs) for highly-impacted departments. Here’s an overview of how this works…

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Business Continuity Planning vs. Disaster Recovery Planning: What’s the Difference?

BCP vs DRBy Stephen McGrady
Principal

There’s nothing like the unthinkable happening to make businesses realize that the unthinkable really can and does happen. This was the case with the 9/11 attacks, which not only collapsed two towers, but also left a significant part of lower Manhattan closed for business for quite some time. By 9/12 the necessity of preparing for disasters was at the forefront of every executive’s mind.

That said, disaster preparation is a multi-faceted endeavor. The two biggest aspects are known as Disaster Recovery (DR) planning and Business Continuity Planning (BCP). The following is a high-level introduction to both…

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Some Leading Practices in Identity and Access Management

Leading practices in identity and access managementBy Scott Smith
Security Practice Lead

Whether talking to people at large companies or small companies, when we bring up the topic of Identity and Access Management (IAM) we often hear a lot of the same comments…

  • “I am concerned that we have employees who have been here 10 years, and have access to everything, but I don’t know how to control that risk.”
  • “Of course we have password policies…but I’m not sure they’re being enforced.”
  • “I recently discovered an account for someone who left the company 14 months ago.”
  • “Half the people in our IT department have global permissions—they can access anything.”

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