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#CIOChat: Discuss IT continuity of operations

Is your team equipped to carry out an IT continuity of operations plan when crisis hits? Discuss the importance of crafting DR plans with expert Paul Kirvan in this month's #CIOChat on June 25 at 3 p.m. EDT.

Planning for a disaster-free future is an unrealistic management strategy. Not if, but when disaster strikes, there's no time to waste -- the IT show must go on.

With IT security considerations a paramount concern for CIOs, IT organizations must prioritize the continuity of operations. As part of their disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) planning, many organizations have set their sights on redesigning stronger on-premises systems and moving IT operations to the cloud in an effort to dodge the effects of environmental disaster or data breaches. Other objectives include educating employees across business departments on security breach risks and providing advice on how to avoid common threats.

But all of that planning still might not be enough. According to Murphy's Law, anything that can go wrong will. Is your organization prepared for all forms of disaster? Are you planning for a DR test and an after-action report to ensure continuity of operations?

Paul Kirvan, an independent IT consultant, auditor and a frequent TechTarget contributing writer, will join SearchCIO as this month's #CIOChat expert covering all things DR. As a consultant, Kirvan provides a full range of DR/BC, governance and enterprise risk management services to clients worldwide, and is a board member and secretary at the Business Continuity Institute USA Chapter, and vice chairman of the institute's Global Membership Council.

TechTarget Associate Site Editor Emily McLaughlin will lead the event from SearchCIO's Twitter handle, @SearchCIO, joined by SearchCIO's editors, writers, experts and followers. Kirvan will be on deck to contribute to the discussion and answer participants' questions.


Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Host: @SearchCIO

Hashtag: Use and follow #CIOChat (other hashtags include #disasterrecovery and #businesscontinuity)

Rookies (and #CIOChat veterans, too!), please review the following tips before June's tweet jam:

  • To follow the conversation, type "#CIOChat" into Twitter's search bar. From this page, select "All" to view tweets in real time.
  • Your first #CIOChat tweet should be introductory, including your name, title and organization.
  • @SearchCIO will ask a series of questions related to the importance of BC and DR plans, starting at 3 p.m. EDT (Q1, Q2, etc.). In your tweeted responses to each question, please preface with A1 (Answer 1), A2 and so on, then remember to include "#CIOChat." Include this hashtag in every tweet during the chat.
  • Please note that Twitter allows only 140 characters per tweet. You are welcome to tweet multiple responses to each question.
  • Throughout the discussion, retweet (RT) and favorite tweets you concur with and reply to those you disagree with.

Please direct questions, RSVPs or other concerns to Emily McLaughlin. Talk to you on Twitter!

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Is IT DR planning at the top or bottom of your priority list?