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Disaster recovery and business continuity articles and podcasts by DR expert Paul Kirvan

Paul Kirvan
Paul F Kirvan, FBCI, CBCP, CISSP, is a contributing editor to SearchDisasterRecovery.com.

Paul has over 24 years experience in business continuity, auditing, security and emergency management, more than 16 years combined experience in information technology, and over 29 years experience in technical writing/editing and public speaking. He has been directly involved with dozens of business continuity, auditing, security, emergency management and telecom consulting engagements, ranging from operational assessments and strategy definition projects to plan design and implementation, design and implementation, IT auditing, program exercising, execution and maintenance, and RFP preparation and response.

We've collected all of Paul's disaster recovery articles on disaster recovery (DR) planning, disaster recovery and business continuity (BC) training, as well as two disaster recovery and business impact analysis templates that are available as free downloads. In addition, you can download podcasts to listen to at your convenience.


PODCAST Minimizing business risk with disaster recovery audits
Having a disaster recovery plan in place is a key step toward making sure your business can recover data and continue operations in the event of a disaster. Auditing the plan ensures that it addresses people, process and technology issues and relevant controls. Disaster recovery auditing in discussed in this podcast.

Twelve tips for business continuity management in a recession
Managing business continuity during a recession can be difficult. Every day, headlines in the media remind us of the impact of the recession on business and personal activities. Here are 12 important tips for BC planning during an economic slowdown.

Strategies for locating a recovery site
Locating a disaster recovery site requires careful preparation and research; it's not just a matter of finding the cheapest space. When considering the option of an alternate recovery site, it's essential to know these important considerations that must be addressed right away.

Using a business impact analysis (BIA) template: A free BIA template and guide
A business impact analysis is a key part of the business continuity process that analyzes mission-critical business functions, and identifies and quantifies the impact a loss of those functions (e.g., operational, financial) may have on the organization. Learn how to use a BIA template, and download one in this free guide.

PODCAST How server virtualization benefits disaster recovery
Server virtualization presents some interesting implications for disaster recovery, including cost reductions and increased recovery times. In this interview, Paul discusses the various server virtualization approaches that are effective for DR and how they benefit failover and failback processes.

Factoring business continuity/disaster recovery into data center relocation plans: A tutorial
In this tutorial, learn data center relocation tips and strategies, and how to avoid common data center relocation problems.

Using a business continuity plan template: A free business continuity template and guide
Use our free downloadable business continuity template to assist you in your business continuity planning. Download and print out our template, and then read the step-by-step guide to create a successful business continuity plan.

PODCAST Mobile data recovery services for disaster recovery FAQ
Learn about the pros and cons of mobile recovery services, mobile recovery service vendors, and important things to consider when deciding if a mobile recovery service is right for your needs in this podcast.

Data center emergency power strategies in disaster recovery planning
Despite all the precautions you can take to provide uninterrupted power to your data center, situations can occur that threaten your center's continued operations. Emergency power strategies should be an important part of your disaster recovery planning. Without emergency power systems and strategies to protect your power supply, your data center is significantly at risk.

Business continuity and disaster recovery outsourcing tutorial
Outsourcing disaster recovery and business continuity services can save you money and increase productivity by transferring some IT functions to experienced third parties, but it also has its downsides. In this tutorial, you'll learn who should outsource DR services, vendors in the DR/BC space, and how to choose a provider.

  A tutorial on preventing disasters from within your company
Most of us probably think of disasters as external events. However, situations may exist within companies that could be equally destructive. Here are some common internal situations that, left unattended or unaddressed, could easily escalate into real disasters, and what you can do to prevent these disasters from occurring within your company.

  Collocation data center tips for disaster recovery and business continuity professionals
Today, collocation centers provide Internet access as well as other types of voice/data services. Depending on a company's size and IT requirements, a collocation facility can become the company's data center, provide a secondary site to the headquarters' data center that supports only certain critical systems, or provide a disaster recovery facility. Learn about the most popular tips when using a collocation data center provider in this article.

  The H1N1 virus vs. other pandemics and disaster recovery planning
With the swine flu outbreak, the good news is that, at the moment, we are not dealing with a 1918 style pandemic. Learn about how the H1N1 virus differs from other pandemics and how it will impact your DR planning in this article.

  Change management in disaster recovery and business continuity planning
The goals of change management in disaster recovery and business continuity planning include minimal disruption to operations, reduction of back-out (return to a previous state) activities and cost-effective use of resources for implementing changes. Learn about change management and its impact on DR and BC in this article.

  NFPA 1600 vs. BS 25999: Which is right for your business continuity program?
The amount of business continuity standards has been growing rapidly in recent years. There are dozens of documents calling themselves standards around the globe, including ANZ (Australia/New Zealand) HB221/292/293, Z1600 (Canada), TM-G-2 (Hong Kong), and SS 540 (Singapore). There are also many guidance and best practice documents that address business continuity in various ways. Learn about NFPA 1600 vs. BS 25999 in this article, and how to decide if either standard is right for your business.

  How business continuity/disaster recovery certifications can help your career
For those of you who are experienced in business continuity and disaster recovery, a professional certification can be quite useful. If you are not already certified by one of several organizations, now is an excellent time to do it.


This was first published in September 2009

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