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The Only Business Continuity Plan Checklist You Need
Planning for a crisis is a proactive and necessary process to focus your business to be as prepared as possible for the unexpected. It means your business is proactive in protecting sensitive data, assets, and the lives of employees and customers. It’s important to come up with real, actionable steps that will minimize downtime while speeding up recovery, comply with regulations and possibly even prevent catastrophes. A business continuity plan is essential to ensure the continuity of your business operations.
Are Your Remote Workers "Safe" from Severe Weather and Power Outages?
If the months of January and February are any indication of what the rest of winter will look like, we may suffer many interruptions in power and internet access. In the first part of the month, many areas in Virginia, for example, suffered outages that lasted anywhere from seven hours to five days. As I write this, most of the northeast has just suffered from the impact of blizzard conditions, with power outages and flooding. In the next several days, another large storm is expected to hit the Midwest and New England.
How to Conduct an Effective Tabletop Exercise
Proactive education and training are essential parts of maintaining business continuity and preparing for unexpected events. However, even if an organization has a documented business continuity plan, some employees might not know what's in it, or the strategy might never have been tested. Tabletop Exercises from Attainium can help companies gain the knowledge they need to recover and respond to a variety of situations.
Is Your Business Continuity Plan Prepared to Respond to a Ransomware Attack?
It's pretty clear that cyberattacks (including ransomware attacks) have been on the rise for the past several years, causing loss of productivity, damage to reputation, and, of course, impact on the bottom line. More than 50% of businesses surveyed in the Sophos Annual Ransomware Survey in 2020 suffered a significant ransomware attack. Globally, ransomware attacks are projected to cost close to $20 billion in 2021.
Top 6 Effective Tabletop Exercise Scenarios for Business Continuity
Business continuity plans alone aren't enough to ensure organizations can overcome unexpected situations. These strategies must be tested, revised to cover critical vulnerabilities, and tested again. Conducting a Tabletop Exercise scenario can help train staff, raise their levels of awareness of the business continuity plan and verify their capabilities to communicate, respond and recover from various events. Check out one of these top six scenarios for your next Tabletop Exercise.
Have You Tried Virtual Tabletop Exercises?
It's time to look around and see what else we should be doing virtually -- for example, training, testing, and exercising your business continuity plan. More than likely, this plan hasn't been exercised for months (at least), and we all know that an untested plan can't be relied on in a crisis. With people still working at home, it's time to think about virtual tabletop exercises in order to ensure that your plan remains viable and up to date.
Can Employers Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations?
Employers and employees alike are wondering… can vaccines be required for workers to return to the office? Seems like an easy answer since the law is clear that COVID-19 vaccination can be required as a condition of employment (with certain caveats). However, as the saying goes, nothing is as simple as it seems.
5 Tips to Improve Your Next Tabletop Exercise
Tabletop Exercises serve as critical tools for organizations to evaluate their business continuity plans and advance their processes. Like most other training methods, Tabletop Exercises cannot remain stagnant. They must be evaluated and further developed over time to include new considerations and opportunities. By following these five tips, you can improve your next Tabletop Exercise and impart essential skills to all participants.
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