Security Slideshow: 10 Ways to Ensure IT Resiliency

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 02-11-2009

10 Ways to Ensure IT Resiliency

What risks must be considered? A formal risk assessment can identify potential risks and help shape BCDR programs. Business continuity remains a priority, even in a down economy.

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Why do a risk assessment when IT spending is tight? Risk assessment helps focus spending for optimum returns - in this case, for information availability and business continuity. Managing risks saves money in the long-run.

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Which programs should be maintained? This varies with industry type, location, and other business drivers. Key components include crisis management and data protection and restoration. Test them each quarter.

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Why now for BCDR? Disaster preparedness needs may actually be greater during economic slowdowns, and it could cost more to restart programs when the economy improves.

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How does BCDR support the business? BCDR helps ensure that ever-changing business requirements are identified and modifications made. It minimizes potential disruptions, from weather events to hardware failures.

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Where do resources come from? Outside managed service providers can play a key role as spending is reduced or frozen. Third party services are available to maintain the testing program

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What technologies and processes are important? Virtualization and information lifecycle management practices help reduce costs while contributing to your BCDR program.

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How does technology changes influence IT disaster recovery? Virtualization, replication, and vaulting are more cost and energy efficient. Virtualized environments increase flexibility of disaster recovery strategy.

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How do regulations come into play? Regulatory compliance is the foundation of any BCDR program, regardless of economic conditions.

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What other areas must be addressed? Understand service levels and be ready to negotiate. Debrief with colleagues in similar roles within your local area or industry to share best practices.

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