BCDR: Make space for logic, clarity in your business continuity plan

Posted by Manny Veiga on Mar 24, 2014 1:03:00 PM

How do you know if the business continuity plan you've developed for a client is effective? As we've discussed in previous blog posts, it's important to have metrics to judge yourself against - we suggest RTO and RPO as two to start with.

But the speed of recovery is not the only important factor when it comes to business continuity. It's critical to also define the scope and long-term recovery objectives of your BCDR plan so that, in the time after an incident, the recovery process is clear and logical.

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Pick a Gremlin: Which business continuity threat do SMBs most fear?

Posted by Manny Veiga on Mar 21, 2014 1:00:00 PM

In a recent blog we talked about disaster recovery preparedness, revealing that 73 percent of global organizations receive failing grades when it comes to business continuity planning. The next question for these businesses - and the IT service providers who support them - involves the cause of these interruptions.

Put simply, which of the Data Loss Gremlins should you be most worried about? The UK's Business Continuity Institute (BCI) might have an answer, as it ranked the top threats to business continuity in its newly released Horizon Scan 2014 report.

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SlideShare: Recapping our IT Security #iBCDR Tweet Chat

Posted by Manny Veiga on Mar 19, 2014 9:00:00 AM

On March 6, our #iBCDR Tweet Chat brought together a panel of channel and technology experts to talk all about the hottest IT security topics of the day. 

Throughout the hour, our panelists discussed the risks of rising security threats like cryptolocker and organized cybercrime groups, offered thoughts on the Windows XP end-of-life migration, and debated the impact of the Target data breach and NSA spying scandal.

We've picked a few of the top tweets for a SlideShare presentation, which you can check out here.

Follow Intronis on SlideShare to see our latest presentations. And be sure to subscribe to the blog to find out when we'll host our next #iBCDR Tweet Chat!

Our panel:


Larry Walsh, President and CEO of The 2112 Group
Chris Gonsalves
, VP of Editorial at The 2112 Group
Len DiCostanzo, Senior VP of Community and Business Development, Autotask
Nick Bruno
, Chief Information Security Officer, Continuum
Jay McCall
, Editor at Business Solutions Magazine
Ron Miller
, Technology Journalist and Editor of FierceContentManagement
Charles Love
, Director of Service and Cloud Operations at Big Sur Technologies
Matt DuBois
, CEO of d2 Business Solutions
Neal Bradbury
, Co-Founder and VP of Channel Development, Intronis
Aaron Dun
, Chief Marketing Officer, Intronis

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It's Business Continuity Awareness Week - how prepared are your clients?

Posted by Manny Veiga on Mar 17, 2014 11:05:00 AM

Given that Business Continuity Awareness Week starts today and runs through March 21, it's the perfect time to re-assess how well global companies are planning for business interruptions.

A new report sheds fresh light on the state of disaster recovery worldwide, finding three out of four organizations aren't prepared for a major business interruption and that most lack a useful plan to deal with disaster when it occurs.

The numbers reveal areas of opportunity for IT solutions providers who can sell business continuity and disaster recovery services. 

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#iBCDR March 6: Transcript of our IT security Tweet Chat

Posted by Manny Veiga on Mar 6, 2014 5:23:00 PM

Our first #iBCDR Tweet Chat wrapped up Thursday afternoon. It was a lively and informative discussion that included a lot of great insights and plenty of sharp banter - our belated apologies to Maroon 5.

The topic was all about IT security in the channel and touched on a number of security risks that have been on the minds of managed services providers as of late, including cryptolocker, Windows XP, the rising threat of APTs, and shadow IT.

Read the preview blog to see a full list of the questions and to see who we had on the panel. 

You can view a full transcript of the chat in the Storify story embedded below. And be sure to keep an eye on the blog to find out when we'll hold the next #iBCDR!

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3 reasons why SMBs are dragging their feet on disaster recovery

Posted by Manny Veiga on Feb 21, 2014 1:05:00 PM

High-profile incidents of data loss and breach make headlines routinely, and yet still, a significant number of businesses today remain wary about investment in business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR), according to IT consultant Jon William Toigo.

In a recent feature for TechTarget, Toigo cited PricewaterhouseCoopers data that showed the number of companies with disaster recovery plans declined 50 percent year-over-year in 2013. On top of that, only a fraction of those with plans actually test them, so the number of businesses with strong recovery capabilities is suspect.

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#iBCDR Tweet Chat March 6 'IT security in 2014: How the channel can stay ahead'

Posted by Manny Veiga on Feb 13, 2014 1:05:00 PM

Cryptolocker, data breaches, the Windows XP zero-day vulnerabilities. If it feels like the risks to IT security are becoming more numerous each day, there may be a reason for that. Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and better organized, and as a result, solutions providers have a steeper hill to climb when it comes to protecting their clients.

So how do MSPs, VARs, and solutions providers stay ahead of these security risks? What steps can MSPs and VARs take to stay in front of the major IT security risks and avoid having their clients make headlines for the wrong reasons?

We’ll ask that question and others of participants in our very first #iBCDR Tweet Chat, which will take place March 6 at 2 p.m. ET and which we’ll moderate from the Intronis Twitter account. We’ve put together a panel of channel and technology experts to discuss hot topics in IT security today, and we welcome you to join the conversation and share your own thoughts using the hashtag #iBCDR!

Here’s our panel:

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Recovery-as-a-Service: The disaster recovery market is set to soar

Posted by Manny Veiga on Jan 8, 2014 11:10:00 AM

As downtime and outages grow more costly, SMBs are expected to increase their investments in business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, driving demand for support from IT managed services providers ever higher.

A recent report from Research and Markets announced that the growing Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) sector is set to expand even further in the next five years. In 2013, the global RaaS and cloud-based business continuity market totaled $640.8 million.

Due in part to a greater understanding of the financial and reputation costs of downtime as well as rising reliance on data, the RaaS market is forecast to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 55.2 percent to value $5.77 billion by 2018. That's an enormous increase for a market that is already picking up serious steam.

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Business continuity: Supply chain domino effect can hurt your clients

Posted by Manny Veiga on Dec 11, 2013 3:30:00 PM

When we talk about business continuity, we typically focus on the direct threats companies can encounter - things like natural disasters, fire, and data loss. But an interesting new study reveals the domino effect that can be created when an organization's suppliers aren't well prepared for disaster.

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Are your clients taking disaster recovery seriously?

Posted by Manny Veiga on Nov 20, 2013 11:10:00 AM

Last year, Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast, knocking out power, flooding streets and disrupting business process. The effects of the storm were long-lasting, as those companies lacking business continuity or disaster recovery plans worked to recoup lost data and precious time spent getting themselves up and running again, rather than serving clients.

With the storm in mind, numerous groups and federal entities have called on organizations to prepare for what many believe will be an even bigger and badder storms in the future. But with all this good advice in mind and resources at hand, how have your clients responded?

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Topics: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery