Business Continuity: Now What?

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOA) mandates reporting of and controls over many types of risks facing an enterprise's financial reporting process. However, in a surprise release last week, an accounting oversight board recommended SOA Section 404, apart from rather specific data backup requirements, makes no requirements for corporate-wide business continuity planning. Does the recommendation even make sense? Or equally important, does this impact executive management's support for business continuity?
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Homeland Security Still Needs Work
In the two and a half years since 9/11, the government has made a big push to secure the homeland. Two new reports, however, suggest there is still work to be done. Click HERE>>

Security Company Launches Hacker Counterstrike
A Texas security company has gone on the offensive to fight denial-of-service and hacker attacks, but some experts are sounding the alarm over the company's plans. Click HERE>>

Privacy Professionals Unveil Certification Program
With privacy becoming a hot-button issue over the last few months, the International Association of Privacy Professionals has launched a new certification program. Will it help protect your privacy? Click HERE>>

Beware of Digital Insider Theft, Expert Warns
Think the biggest IT threat facing your company is the hackers writing worms to break into your system? Think again, says one IT expert. The biggest threat could be right under your nose. Click HERE>>

New Software Helps First Responders
A new interactive computer program could allow first responders to have all the instructions they need during an emergency right at their fingertips. Click HERE>>

Rail Transportation Urged to Boost Security After Spanish Bombings
Last week's deadly commuter train bombings in Madrid have spurred the Department of Homeland Security to urge the country's transit systems to increase security on the nation's rail transportation. Click HERE>>

Purchasing Priorities...
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Protecting Your Employees?Makes Good Sense!

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CPM 2004 WEST, the Mirage, Las Vegas, NV, May 25-27, 2004.
Regardless of your industry, you should have a business continuity plan in place. Attend CPM 2004 WEST for the best education in business continuity.
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“Share the Wealth”…Industry Organizations Update
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EMC Corporation: Fujitsu Siemens Supplier of the Year
Hopkinton, MA, U.S.A. and Munich, Germany - Thursday, March 11, 2004

EMC Corporation and Fujitsu Siemens Computers have extended their strategic alliance, enabling Fujitsu Siemens Computers to resell the full line of EMC networked storage systems and software in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The reseller relationship, which began in 1997, has been extended through 2008.

For a second straight year, EMC has been named "Supplier of the Year" by Fujitsu Siemens Computers. The award recognizes partners that excel in quality, technology, logistics and purchasing. EMC and Fujitsu Siemens Computers will showcase their joint solutions at CeBIT, the world's largest technology trade show, in Hannover, Germany from March 18 to 24. For more information, go to: http://www.emc.com/news/press_releases/viewUS.jsp?id=2138

New Data Recovery Management Options from 21st Century Software
Orlando, Florida - March 9, 2004 - Today at the Disaster Recovery Journal's (DRJ) Spring World Business Continuity Conference, 21st Century Software, the leading provider of data recovery management solutions, announced immediate availability of VFI/X - Vital File Identifier for Distributed Systems, the latest addition to its renowned DR/VFI product family. VFI/X provides the same quality and features as the mainframe versions, but is optimized to support distributed platforms.

The entire DR/VFI product family protects vital business data by providing intelligent, automatic identification, backup and recovery of the enterprise's mission critical files. It constantly monitors computer systems in real time and collects the information needed to update its critical file databases, noting additions and changes to file usage by business application systems. Collected information is then analyzed to determine which files require backup, schedules are created and the necessary computer processes are initiated to perform backup operations. To learn more about 21st Century Software and the DR/VFI product family, go to: http://www.drvfi.com

Michigan Deploys E Team for Statewide Emergency Response System
Incident management implementation allows state agencies to share information with each other, federal agencies, and other states

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 11, 2004 - E Team, Inc., the proven, market-leading provider of collaborative software for crisis management, today announced that the Michigan State Police Emergency Management Division (EMD), in cooperation with the Department of Information Technology (DIT), has selected the E Team crisis management software solution for its statewide enterprise emergency response and preparedness information management system developed and implemented by San Diego-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). This first-of-a-kind statewide deployment of common emergency response software can enable all state agencies, whether located in fixed facilities or in the field, to effectively gather, manage, and share information during response operations. For additional information on E Team, please visit: http://www.eteam.com

a Weekly Publication of Disaster Resource GUIDE.

The weekly Continuity e-GUIDE will provide a concise seven-day snapshot of the business continuity and emergency management industry from around the world right down to the local level.

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