Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery

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The unexpected nature of natural disasters and other disruptive events means that preparation is key to managing disaster recovery and business continuity planning. Join the business continuity and disaster recovery community for live and recorded presentations discussing best practices for business continuity planning, disaster recovery programs and business continuity management. Learn from BCDR experts to develop your critical infrastructure and gain insight into tactical solutions to your BCDR issues.
  • The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement has been a huge boon for businesses that put a premium on productivity. File sync and share solutions have emerged to help employees work from anywhere, at any time, on any device. In this BrightTALK exclusive, eFolder explores the top seven features that business should consider when adopting a file sync and share solution. Learn what is required for a file sync and share solution to improve collaboration, maximize productivity, and ensure security.
  • Reacting to threats and remediating breaches can’t wait. Your compliance plan may be in place – but can you execute fast?

    Join BMC Software and Qualys to see how to get complete IT compliance and reduce the risk and cost in your organization. In this webinar, you will learn to:

    ·Easily detect security issues with new automated, online technology
    ·Quickly analyze operational dependencies and the potential impact of proposed fixes
    ·Enforce governance policies and change approval requirements
    ·Execute validated remediation actions rapidly
    ·Document actions and results in real time


    Plus, learn how to improve communications between security and operations to ensure a speedy resolution to compliance issues.
  • We know big data is growing and represents a huge opportunity to mine competitive business value. Some even propose landing all corporate data first in a big data lake to make it available for multiple downstream uses. And soon, all your data could be thought of as big data. But what happens with enterprise storage? How do we protect that big data and apply corporate storage governance? How do support storage workflows on the backend? In this panel, we'll discuss some of the hottest trends and newest solutions for storing, protecting, and leveraging big data in the corporate IT data center.

    Presenters:
    Mike Matchett, Taneja Group, Senior Analyst & Consultant (Moderator)
    Anant Chintamaneni, BlueData, Vice President of Products
    Vincent Hsu, IBM, Fellow and Storage CTO
    Richard McDougall, VMware, CTO Storage & Availability
  • Technology gurus have inundated IT organizations with new acronyms, abbreviations, buzzwords, and catch phrases in an attempt to capture mindshare and stay current with industry evolution. Most recently, it's all about cloud, convergence, and software-defined storage (SDS). But what does it all really mean, and why should enterprise organizations care?

    Storage architectures have continued to evolve, thanks in part to the maturity seen in cloud and other technologies in the SDS space. SDS solutions, for example, allow IT entities to create a solution with somewhat commodity hardware to address nearly uncontrollable data growth. The challenges for enterprise organizations, across most verticals, is scaling storage to accommodate this rapid growth and address retention needs, while at the same time addressing performance bottlenecks, power utilization, data center space constraints, and, most critically, data availability and accessibility. Of course, cost is a big factor as well with today’s dwindling IT budgets.

    How can enterprises know what is right for their environments? What differentiates a converged infrastructure from a hyper-converged infrastructure?

    Join Seagate Chief Technology Evangelist David A. Chapa and Director, Global Alliance Partners Michael K. Connolly for a live webinar that will help you cut through the hype and learn more about:

    - Seagate's perspective on the market indicators
    - Top peer challenges, according to leading industry research
    - The difference between converged and hyper-converged infrastructures
    - Best and worst use case for SDS
  • Le traditionnel paysage du datacenter a changé pour toujours, laissant l'infrastructure virtualisée délivée comme un service. Nous assistons, en effet, à une virtualisation qui s’est étendue bien au-delà de l'informatique , avec le stockage et la virtualisation réseau qui sont devenus rapidement la norme pour la plupart des organisations. Ce modèle est vrai indépendamment du fait que l'infrastructure soit gérée en interne dans l’entreprise ou dans le Cloud. Etant donné que l'infrastructure devient hautement virtualisée et se dirige de plus en plus vers le cloud privé , les ressources informatiques traditionnelles doivent aussi évoluer au risque de devenir inutile.

    Découvrez comment Symantec peut vous aider à renforcer l'agilité du datacenter grâce à une infrastructure élastique, la mise en place d'un modèle de services et l'exploitation de l'intelligence informatique.

    •Améliorer l'élasticité de l’infrastructure
    •Fournir des ressources as-a-Service
    •Cultiver l’Intelligence informatique
  • The top concern for IT planners looking to implement or expand the use of their VDI investment is storage performance. This is because every step that is taken to drive down cost per desktop, or improve the user experience, impacts storage performance and capacity. All-flash arrays address the performance problem with a sledgehammer and for many environments they can be the most cost effective option. But for others, hybrid solutions may make more sense.

    Join Storage Switzerland and Tegile Systems for a live, interactive webinar as we discuss the various challenges that VDI scale brings to storage and how All-Flash Arrays and Hybrid Arrays can address those challenges.
  • Many Hadoop deployments comprise a mix of versions and distributions of Hadoop running in different clusters, and often include specialized storage and file systems. WANdisco Fusion extends the concept of a Hadoop Compatible File System (HCFS) to span these diverse environments, using active-active replication to unify portions of the Hadoop namespace between clusters. In this webinar, Jagane Sundar, WANdisco's CTO and formerly a Hadoop architect at Yahoo, will discuss this new product and its practical applications.
  • The rise of malware and malicious insiders brings application security into clear focus. Well written software, security testing and code obfuscation mitigate risk but the most critical applications in the most risky locations need to go one step further to become tamper resistant. Trusted applications that handle sensitive data, control valuable IP and perform critical processes can be isolated and protected within secure execution environments. Mobile phones, embedded devices and data center servers all adopt physical hardening to secure the applications they host. This webinar focuses on protecting business applications that support high-tech manufacturing, content distribution, online authentication – in fact any situation where you need to know for sure that your application is doing precisely what the developer intended – nothing more, nothing less.
  • - I purchased my trainers from a sports consultant (I have a BCM plan from a consultant – now what?)
    - My trainers have gathered dust (My BCP is covered in dust and coffee stains)
    - Dusting off the trainers and setting goals (Is my plan fit for purpose and what outcome am I wanting to achieve from the exercise?)
    - It’s a long road, with hills and valleys and even a pothole or two (Exercising maturity and challenges along the way)
    - Committed to fit! (Exercising your BCP is a journey in maturity)
  • The 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study, conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by IBM, recently revealed that the costs associated with a data breach are rising. That, coupled with the increased prevalence and sophistication of attacks, might make you think there’s a cloudy forecast for data security.
    There is a silver lining, however, for organizations that want to limit the cost of these incidents; the study also showed that involving business continuity specialists in your security planning and having a continuity plan for your business can:
    - Lower the probability that you will experience a data breach
    - Reduce the follow-on impact of a data breach, should one occur
    - Help cut data breach costs by an average of $9 per compromised record, from $145 to $136
    Join this webcast to hear Paige Poore talk more about why a resiliency plan’s maturity, reach, and role in security planning are key factors in reducing the cost of a data breach and will share her insights based on case studies and experience working with organizations to integrate resiliency into their security planning.
  • Kathleen and Rob will discuss the benefits of injecting chaos / reality into various kinds of BC/DR exercises. Special attention will be paid to the development and and delivery of complex table-top exercises. They will also talk about how tabletop elements can enhance more traditional DR exercises by injecting realism into what are often extremely artificial events. Tabletop exercises are extremely useful for three reasons:

    - They exercise areas of disaster management not often covered in DR and BC testing.
    - They exercise those teams that are not often rehearsed together in realistic scenarios.
    - They teach loosely formed emergency teams how to work together efficiently and effectively under stressful emergency conditions.

    The benefits delivered to BCM programs through the use of tabletop exercises are extraordinary, but many practitioners do not yet have the necessary skills to design and execute them. This webinar will give the audience concrete tactics and techniques, as well as a defined methodology that will lead to tabletop successes.
  • One of the most important activities to address when developing a technology disaster recovery plan is the plan test. The primary mission of the test is to validate that the data backup/recovery, system failover/recovery and system failback/restoration procedures you have defined work correctly. These activities will help you fine-tune your DR plans more precisely, and will ensure that your recovery teams know their roles and responsibilities during and after a recovery. This webinar provides guidance on how to plan and execute a successful DR test.
  • Recognizing the availability of managed services firms that specialize in data backup and disaster recovery, it may make sense for your organization to partner with a firm that offers Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), especially as it applies to DR plan testing. This webinar provides guidance on key activities to address when planning and executing a DR test in partnership with a DRaaS firm.
  • Many companies have their data backed up but it’s where it is backed up to that is important, the location of that data and how quickly you can access the data to enable the company to continue trading, which is vital.
    Unless you can test these aspects you will not know until it is crunch time if your plan is faulty and by then it may well be too late.
    Most importantly we will be looking at how you can test your plan without disruption to your business. We will also be hearing from Nikki Goringe Larkin, who has recently had to put her BCP into action, on the outcome and how important it is to test your BCP.
  • Today, organisations of all sizes are undergoing a significant IT-driven transformation. IT environments have reached a point where complexity in existing backup and recovery infrastructures is often a vast and unwieldy mix of both physical and virtual servers, along with different hardware and software solutions. While information volumes are rising continually, backup windows shrink and IT must operate around the clock.

    All of this creates challenges in the backup environment, making it both difficult and costly to manage backup and recovery holistically. Therefore, IT leadership is increasingly looking for better ways to protect their data. It is not just because existing backup solutions are broken (some are, some are legacy, some are point products, and others just aren’t scaling and/ or performing as their IT environments evolve) – but that’s not all of them. In many cases, IT leadership is just trying to improve what they are doing, often from a return-on-investment (ROI) perspective, not technical features.

    In this webcast we address how you can modernise backup and recovery and gain financial advantages that contribute to an improved ROI.
  • Phoenix has been recovering technology, people and processes for over 25 years. During that time, they've built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise in recovery situations. No-one is better placed in the industry to understand the significance of testing business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

    In this session, Chris Coulson reviews feedback from Phoenix Recovery Engineers around the country, highlighting the common causes of invocations and the sometimes unexpected issues arising from rehearsal situations. If ever you needed evidence that an untested plan is worthless, you'll get it here! Experience a rehearsal from the perspective of a Phoenix recovery engineer, who will deliver practical tips to take back to your business and we discuss some compelling services that help both rehearsals and real-life invocations, run smoothly.
  • Demand on IT disaster recovery functions to be more cost effective and efficient is increasingly pushing companies towards cloud-based solutions. This strategy can offer flexibility, convenience and simplicity, however Disaster Recovery in a virtual world can give rise to a new set of potential problems.

    Join Darren Swift from Zerto, as he discusses the benefits of a cloud based disaster recovery strategy and how to avoid some of these issues. He will also explore the benefits of using a technology that is hardware-agnostic, storage-agnositc and hypervisor-agnostic.

    You'll also learn:

    - The importance of continuous data protection to minimise the impact on the production environment
    - How to use advanced KPIs and reporting more effectively
    - How you can operate effectively within VMWare, AWS or Hyper-V
  • In this webinar, Clare and Helen will be sharing best practice from their CIR award winning supply chain business continuity strategy.
  • Inflexible, constrained, locked in, dependent are all terms we hear used to talk about the IT solutions being used in today’s datacenters. Datacenters are complex with a variety of physical, virtual, and cloud platforms for both computing and storage. Solutions that promise to make a datacenter more manageable, often lock you in to specific platforms or singular processes.

    Join this session with Doug Piper to learn about the top 10 capabilities needed to ensure that you are able to freely move your workloads to run on the best platform, and protect them wherever they are running.
  • This webinar will delve into organizational preparedness, response, recovery, and business continuity considerations for active shooter incidents, including:

    -Training and education before an incident occurs, so that individuals are empowered to make choices as to how they will react when confronted with an active shooter incident, as well as how to best coordinate with law enforcement and other pertinent stakeholders on preparedness measures for an active shooter incident.
    -The importance of emergency notification, and having the tools and procedures in place so that they work seamlessly in emergencies like active shooter incidents that require immediate attention.
    -The crisis management efforts required in the aftermath of an active shooter incident and associated challenges, including public information and outreach, deploying mental health and counseling resources, planning and conducting memorial services, and facilitating the resiliency of the organization and its people.
    -Balancing the response and emotional aftermath of an active shooter incident with business continuity priorities and continuing essential functions and critical operations, including the challenges associated with dedicating the multitude of resources required to manage such an incident.
  • Robert Clark MBCI will use case studies from his new book “Validating Your Business Continuity Plan” to consider the arguments for and against running unannounced live exercises. The studies will be based upon his own first-hand experience along with that of business continuity colleagues that he has worked with over the years. The live unannounced test scenarios will include:

    - Testing for a 9/11 type scenario 16 years before the event
    - Evacuating staff from their normal place of work, closing the building down for three days
    - ICT Disaster Recoveries with a 30 minutes’ notice
    - How a Christmas four day cruise sank a live test before it had even started
  • The European Union’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has left even the most informed confused.
    Attend Mike Smart’s panel session to hear from Sian John, Symantec’s Chief Strategist and Tamzin Matthew, Symantec’s Director of Legal introduce this new legislation.
    This webinar will cover 3 topics of discussion; Scope of the new regulation, roles and responsibilities of those involved in data privacy and how implementing ‘Privacy by Design’ will minimize the impact of the GDPR.
  • IT has always been important as the back office, “nervous system” of the business, but now it is front of house, often defining the organisation to its customers. Furthermore, IT is changing rapidly to meet the flexibility, any place, any time and information demands of businesses today. Maintaining the resilience of cloud, mobile, social media, and “big data” based IT services is paramount for the organisation's reputation. But how do we assure this when the complexity and interconnectedness of IT services is increasing? - yet scheduled time to enhance resilience is diminishing.
    Noel and Tony will explore these issues and the ways in which organisations are addressing them based on their experience with working with many of the world's most successful companies.
  • This session will focus on the common risks and threats across the financial services sector that drive clients to invest in designing and delivering simulation exercises to help them build and maintain readiness capabilities. Using a range of case studies, we will explore the benefits and challenges of running exercises in the sector, including some of the drivers and approaches to obtaining senior stakeholder buy-in (budget and time). Participants will learn about some of the key trends and learnings identified across the sector, in particular what best practices they can leverage for their own sector/ industry/ company, as well as what we anticipate the ‘big ticket’ scenarios will be this year.