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Business Continuity Planning: 3 Problems and 1 Solution

Posted by Maegan Marshall on Mon, Mar 6, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

Minimize Losses

It’s important to have a plan in case of an emergency such as a fire, natural disaster, vandalism, or other situation that could disrupt productivity or cease operations. These plans can save a business if executed properly.Such disasters can potentially leave a business struggling to fulfill promises to customers, leading to further financial and reputational damage in the future. It is imperative to implement a plan for those essential services, minimize business losses and reduce impact on your customers.

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Topics: risk management insurance, business continuity planning, business continuity, bcp, loss prevention

3 Steps You Must Take TODAY to Reduce Your Software Risks

Posted by Kit Merker on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 @ 20:11 PM
Kit Merker has been in technical and management roles for over a decade, doing everything from project management, coding, design, testing, and running a service. He currently works at Microsoft as a Developer Evangelist. Kit Merker has a blog dedicated to preparing for software disasters. Be sure to follow Kit on Twitter after reading his guest blog post below! 

These are times of economic uncertainty for many businesses, and the very idea of spending much-needed funds on something that might happen may seem like suicide. According to CIO.com,  business continuity & disaster recovery is NOT a top priority for CIO's.

It's a normal human tendency to stay optimistic and believe that you are immune from disaster. We say, "that'll happen to other people, I'll hope for the best and focus on my day-to-day activities."

But, as I say probably too frequently, hope is not a strategy.

Imagine if a disaster hit and you sustained serious downtime, got hacked, or lost data your customers needed. The results would be disastrous for your reputation and could mean the end of your business. You'd be kicking yourself for not preparing.

But just like a teenager learning to drive, sometimes getting in an accident helps you learn to operate more safely. The good news is that there are practical things you can do to reduce your risks of software disaster.


Here are 3 things you can do TODAY to reduce your software risks:

1. Create a Crisis Phone Tree


I am a huge fan of lo-fi approaches to dealing with the unknown. This may seem like basic housekeeping, but it will help you handle a crisis much better than having the wrong people or the wrong contact information. When's the last time yours was updated? Also, you could create a simple rotation to designate who is "on call" in a given week to handle anything unexpected. You don't need heavy policy & procedure if you have smart people who are familiar with the software empowered to do the right thing.
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How to beat the odds of survival: Risk Management for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Posted by Bert Fens on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 @ 11:11 AM

This week ClearRisk is proud to provide a guest post by Bert Fens of Forces Risk Management. Bert is a risk professional with 20+ years of international experience in risk management, holding several senior management positions. He is also a member of the Risk Management Consultants of Ontario (RMCO).

Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) can benefit considerably from a simple but effective risk management program.

Consider this: more than 2 out of 5 small business owners in Canada have experienced a significant disruption to their businesses; 80% of businesses affected by a major incident have to close within 18 months, yet 62% of business owners have placed business continuity planning low on their to-do-list and 18% of them admit that it is not even on their radar. These numbers are a clear and very scary indicator that the odds of survival for companies that have been hit by a major loss are incredibly low.

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Topics: risk management plan, risk management planning, smb risk management, business continuity planning