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What Do You Really Need to Know About Zika Virus?

by Andrea Tolentino

October 05, 2016 10:10 am

Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably are familiar with the recent Zika virus outbreak that has been spreading across the globe through the bite of an infected mosquito. You may be asking yourself; ‘Does it matter?’, ‘Should I care?’, ‘What should I do to protect my organization?’. Disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparedness are some of the key roles a Business Continuity professional plays within any organization. Due to this fact, Business Continuity managers play a critical role in safeguarding an organization and countering the risks Zika (and other infectious diseases) pose. (more…)

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Evaluating GRC Solutions

by Dan Banning

January 26, 2016 10:01 am

Finding the right provider of GRC solutions can be difficult. Mainly because GRC Software solutions are sometimes complex, force you to change the way you do business, and can be difficult to implement.

To achieve the maximum benefit from any solution a list of organizational requirements should be drafted prior to selecting a vendor. Because features and functionality differ between vendors it is important to ask yourself a number of questions when going through your evaluation process. By taking this approach an organization can determine what is important to the organization’s needs and culture. (more…)

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New Workflow Engine

by Dan Banning

May 26, 2015 02:05 pm

Dynamic Workflow Engine

The Quantivate GRC platform now includes a native workflow engine that helps manage and support GRC processes. The workflow engine enables you to easily build workflows that control the routing and gathering of information and the notification of completion.

Deliver scalable and relevant workflows to your enterprise

From basic tasks to complex solutions, workflows in Quantivate can drive user action, simplify user activities, and ensure consistency by connecting your users with the relevant tasks and information they need most. Workflows can be set up to manage single users or departmental processes, or even built to span all your GRC initiatives and modules.

Gather information from both internal and external sources

GRC processes often require information from both internal and external sources. The Quantivate workflow engine allows you to build workflows, pages, and questionnaires to gather information from external sources such as vendors and other third parties. Combined with the Quantivate platform’s temporary user accounts feature, you can now create powerful self-service portals so your vendors, suppliers, and other third parties can manage their own information and documentation.

Sequential, Parallel and Multi-tier Workflows

The Quantivate dynamic workflow engine allows you to build workflows that involve sequential, parallel or even multi-tier processes or a mix of them. This gives you complete control of the steps and processes for advanced workflow management and development.

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Attaining Executive Support for Your Business Continuity Program

by Dan Banning

January 26, 2015 03:01 pm

Nothing can derail a continuity program faster than having executives who don’t support the initiative. The following are tips to help “sell” your BCM program:

  • Focus on the positive not the negative. Many people focus on the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) when discussing continuity planning.  It is true that one key benefit of a good continuity programing is lessoning the impact of the un-known event. Instead focus on the positive, you are selling tomorrow. A good program will ensure your organization will see tomorrow regardless of what may come. (more…)
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Devastating Landslide in Washington Sparks Reflection

by Andrea Tolentino

March 27, 2014 10:03 am

Devastating Landslide in Washington Sparks Reflection

Our thoughts and prayers are going out to those affected by the recent mudslide in Oso Washington. Living approximately 50 miles from this horrible landslide in Snohomish County has made me and others rethink our own preparedness and current business continuity plans. For example, what would you do if there was a disaster near you? Do you evacuate or relocate to another location that might be safer? What is the criteria for determining a disaster? Do you base on a level of severity or duration? How do you contact the critical employees and vendors if something horrible like a deathly landslide were to happen near you? These are important questions to think about before a disaster happens, in order to be more prepared if something were to happen. (more…)

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Real Life Example of Applying Business Continuity Planning: West Virginia Chemical Spill

by Andrea Tolentino

January 17, 2014 08:01 am

Real Life Example of Applying Business Continuity Planning: West Virginia Chemical Spill

What once was thought to be a small risk (chemicals leaking into a water supply) was found out this past week to be a huge disaster. Amazingly, last week chemicals that leaked were stored in storage tanks very close to the Elk River at Freedom Industries storage facility in Charleston, West Virginia. (more…)

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Exercising 101

by Andrea Tolentino

October 24, 2013 10:10 am

Exercising 101 (and I don’t mean how to do a push-up)

The auditor just left your building telling you your organization needs an exercise program for business continuity and without one you would be in trouble next time around. You are thinking to yourself, how in the world am I going to be able to accomplish completing a scenario-based exercise by the end of the year? Especially with all of the other tasks I have to do?! There is no way!

You are in luck because here are my top 5 tips to getting your organization on the right track for exercising. Follow these tips and you will be set for exercise success. (more…)

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Things You Should Include in Due Diligence Review

by Andy Vanderhoff

July 25, 2013 02:07 pm

Due diligence requires investigation into a vendor’s ability to meet the requirements of the proposed service and an inquiry into the vendor’s financial ability to deliver its promise. When performing due diligence process for vendors, you should consider the following areas: (more…)

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“All-Hazards” Approach to Business Continuity Planning

by Andy Vanderhoff

June 03, 2013 02:06 pm

All-hazards BC planning approach is not simply planning all-hazards mitigation as more commonly found in different organizations. Mitigation is typically perceived as a form of reimbursement after an event or disaster had occurred. All-hazards approach to BC planning is more comprehensive; it includes preparing your organization to encounter or response to all threats and vulnerabilities as they may approach. In other words, you are not planning for specific scenarios; you are preparing your organization regardless of scenarios that it may encounter.

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How to integrate BC and DR

by Andy Vanderhoff

April 08, 2013 11:04 am

In many organizations we have dealt with business continuity and disaster recovery have become fragmented. There is one team focused on the business process and their associated continuity. And then there is the IT team focused on ensuring the technology is up when it should be.

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