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Effective disaster recovery tips from a CTO who has been there, done that
CTO Niel Nickolaisen has "seen it all" -- particularly when it comes to disaster recovery. In this expert tip, Nickolaisen advises CIOs to look outside their IT department when considering serviceable options for effective DR. Read Now
IT disasters are imminent, whether or not IT organizations choose to accept it. A successful recovery from various forms of disaster -- natural or human-related -- relies on an IT organization's premeditated disaster recovery (DR), prevention and mitigation planning. Those may seem like two different animals, but it's crucial that CIOs and IT leaders consider both early and often as part of their overarching disaster prevention and mitigation strategy.
In this CIO Essential Guide, glean the most recent and relevant advice from CIOs and DR experts to help run your enterprise smoothly in the event of a breach, equipment failure, human error or environmental catastrophe. And then, consult our resources to determine how to prevent similar disasters from happening again.
This guide to disaster mitigation strategies is part of the CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.
1When disaster strikes, the show must go on
While DR focuses on the IT systems that support business functions, business continuity (BC) describes the processes and procedures put in place to ensure essential functions continue during and after a disaster. In business continuance planning, it's essential that the business and IT agree which of the organization's functions are mission-critical, and then plan and budget accordingly. In this collection of stories from SearchCIO, read how enterprise CIOs ensured the show could go on.
2Ward off the worst of disasters
Preventing disaster primes an IT organization for growth. Though Murphy's Law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong, taking measures to avoid compromised IT systems and data is a valuable exercise. In this compilation of news and tips from SearchCIO, IT leaders offer advice on proactively avoiding the kind of disasters that can damage your organization.
Former CIOs and CISOs advise stronger cybersecurity for competitive gain
Every day, untold numbers of companies experience an information security breach of sorts. As the headlines mount, many companies are realizing that a strong information security program is a competitive advantage. In this SearchCIO feature, Christina Torode shares advice from former FCC CIO Robert Naylor, former Citibank CISO Sandy Lambert and former eBay CISO David Cullinane. Read Now
Crisis management tips from Boston Marathon organizers
Disaster prevention was top priority for 2014 Boston Marathon organizers. In this Searchlight column, read what IT tools marathon planners enlisted to ensure security was top-notch for the annual race. Read Now
3Is it time to reassess your DR program?
If we've learned anything from recent natural disasters, terrorist attacks and headline-grabbing cyberbreaches, it's that a business-upending disaster can strike at any moment.
The very real potential for natural and man-made disruptions to an organization's mission-critical systems, operations and data necessitates that CIOs know their DR and BC options backwards, forwards and upside down. Whether your disaster recovery program needs an overhaul, you're looking to contract with a third-party DR provider, or you hope to optimize your recovery processes, review our SearchCIO coverage and take our quiz to see if you're up to date on the latest disaster mitigation strategies.