Posted December 22, 2016
Georgia State University Students Provide Valuable
Business Continuity Planning
Five students from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business recently completed a very valuable Capstone Project on Business Continuity Planning (BCP) for both DNR’s Office of Human Resources and also the Engineering & Construction Division.
DNR’s association with GSU is a result of John Martin, DNR’s Chief Information Officer, collaborating with Dr. Shuguang Hong, Associate Chair of the Computer Information Systems Department at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. This effort, DNR’s fourth partnership with GSU, resulted in GSU students Krisna Patel, Nicole Pierre, Lawrence Jackson, Yang Du, and Gavin Strickland spending the fall 2016 semester analyzing DNR’s critical business needs and formulating a plan for OHR and E&C to recover quickly from potential business interruptions, minor or catastrophic.
Left to right: Dr. Shuguang Hong, Bola Akande, Nicole Pierre, Gavin Strickland, Krisna Patel, Yang Du, Lawrence Jackson, Mike Long, Vicki Robinson, Brian Nabors, and John Martin.
Managed by Bola Akande, DNR’s Information Security Officer, the students first performed a Business Impact Assessment (BIA), gathering information. They worked with OHR’s Mike Long, Brian Nabors, and Vicki Robinson, and also Celisha Rosser and others from E&C, to identify business functions and services and the criticality of each.
The students then analyzed the business functions with a critical factor of 4 (Major) and 5 (Catastrophe). Their subsequent Risk Assessment rated the severity of the risk and assigned one of four actions that will be used for each event (Treat, Tolerate, Transfer, or Terminate).
With their Business Impact Analysis and Risk Assessment in place, the students determined a Business Continuity Management strategy for restoring business function during and after an outage within the allowed time using resources such as: People (inventory of staff skills); Premises (current and alternative locations of staff for remote working); Technology (maintaining same technology from different locations); Information (data backup and storage offsite); Supplies and Partners (storage of additional supplies); and Stakeholders (mechanism in place to provide information to stakeholders).
The students formulated a plan of action, including invoking local emergency plans using DNR’s Emergency Notification Systems (IRIS) and delineating the actions to be taken during a disruption and the roles and responsibility of each person or team.
Every business experiences an unanticipated occurrence resulting in some sort of business interruption, from minor disruption (like accidental file deletion) to a catastrophic event (like a hurricane).
A well-documented Business Continuity Plan is essential during and after such an event to resolve the crisis, minimize losses, and protect the organization. Thanks to the excellent work of these five GSU students, OHR and E&C now have a documented Business Continuity Plan.
BCP is a business function, not just an IT function. IT is only an enabler to restoring business functions and services, which includes all components of the business service, primarily processes, procedures and documents, and not just hardware and software.
The Department of Natural Resources is most pleased with this association with Georgia State University, and looks forward to providing future students with valuable and practical experiences that will benefit both them and the Agency considerably.
THE NEXT DNR BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, AT THE JEKYLL ISLAND CONVENTION CENTER, OCEANSIDE ROOMS 1/2/3:
· COMMITTEE MEETINGS BE HELD AT 9:00 A.M.
· BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN AT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Coastal Resources Division
Staff participated in the Atlanta Boat Show where the Marine Habitat license plate was featured.
CRD co-hosted Sportsmen’s and Coastal Day at the Capitol with the Heritage and Wildlife Conservation Council. Commissioner Williams introduced Governor Nathan Deal, Lieutenant Governor Cagle and Speaker Ralston, who spoke about the importance of Georgia natural resources and the economic impact generated by outdoor recreation. The Georgia Shrimp Association, the Georgia Shellfish Growers Association, Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, and Skipper’s Fish Camp partnered with the event organizers staff to serve a Wild Georgia Shrimp ‘n grits buffet luncheon to exhibitors, legislators and Capitol staff.
Historic Preservation Division
Director Crass and Section Chief Bill Hover, along with WRD Fisheries Management Region III Supervisor Rob Weller, met with Board Member Bodine Sinyard and local officials on January 17 to inspect the Spring Run Bridge at Radium Springs, Albany and discuss its condition for use as part of the proposed Flint River Trails system.
HPD staff presented at the USDA NRCS State Technical Advisory Meeting in Perry regarding our office and why we are involved with the USDA through the Section 106 process. Members of the meeting walked away with a better understanding of some of the steps in their application process and how it relates to the Section 106 process and our office.
Wildlife Resources Division
Fisheries Supervisor Rob Weller attended a meeting with Dougherty County Officials, Board Member Jeff Sinyard, and Historic Preservation Director David Crass to discuss the Flint River Trails Project. The State owned Radium Springs property will be a major component of this trail. The main topic was the restoration of the historic outflow structure at the end of the spring run.
Waterfowl hunting season closes on the last Sunday in January.
Hunting Regulation Public Input Meetings – More than 300 individuals participated in last week’s public meetings to accept public input for consideration in the development of hunting regulation proposals for the 2017-2019 hunting seasons. Additionally, staff have been receiving a steady stream of public input by email, written letters and phone calls.
Parks Recreation & Historic Sites
Jan 14 – Sweetwater Creek staff, an Americorps crew, and several volunteers participated in a productive clean-up day that generated over 30 bags of trash, tires and other debris.
Jan 16 – MLK Jr. Holiday. On a day off from school, 14 kids enjoyed a fun and unique day camp experience at Crooked River State Park’s “Predator Nature Camp”. Activities included learning about the top predators at the park and the adaptations they have to help them survive. Other locations across the state experienced high visitation on an unseasonably warm holiday in mid-January.
Jan. 24 – Staff will participate in Tourism, Hospitality and the Arts Day at the Capitol
Jan 27 – 29 – Staff and Friends of Georgia State Parks will participate in the Atlanta Camping and RV Show at the Atlanta Expo Center on Jonesboro Rd. Show hours are Friday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This is the largest all-indoor RV show in Georgia.
Feb. 5 – All historic sites will be open and offer free admission for Super Museum Sunday, a Georgia Historical Society event that is part of the Georgia History Festival.
Law Enforcement Division
In the early morning hours of Sunday, January 15th, Game Wardens from Region IV-Macon were called to a boating incident in the Turtle Cove area of Lake Jackson in Jasper County. Upon arrival, they learned that an adult male and his 9-year-old daughter had been fishing and while returning to their launch point, their vessel made an erratic movement and they were both ejected into the lake. The adult was able to make it to shore but the child was missing. The Game Wardens, along with deputies from Jasper and Butts counties, began a shoreline and surface search. DNR Aviation flew the area several times during the daylight hours and the water was searched extensively with side and sector scan sonar and the ROV. Game Wardens recovered the young female’s body on Monday evening.
From January 12th-15th, Game Wardens from Region I-Acworth and Region II-Gainesville manned the LED booth at the Atlanta Boat Show at the World Congress Center. During the 4-day event, they shared their knowledge of boating laws and spread boating safety messages with several thousand attendees.