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 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 AT 9:00 A.M, IN THE DNR BOARDROOM:
· COMMITTEE MEETINGS BE HELD AT 9:00 A.M.
· BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
· UPDATE: THE NGMA WILL NOT MEET IN FEBRUARY
Parks Recreation & Historic Sites
Feb. 5 – The first year of participation in Super Museum Sunday resulted in attendance of 2,710 at state historic sites and generated $5,840 in revenue.
Feb 10 - Harry Harfner, park manager at Elijah Clark State Park in Lincolnton, was awarded the Bronze Good Citizen Medal by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) at the Elijah Clark Day Ceremony. The award recognized Hafner for his contribution to building awareness of the namesake of the park and success in organizing the annual event recognizing the area’s history in the Revolutionary War. This year a crowd of over 160 park visitors enjoyed great weather and the County Commissioners of Lincoln County declared a countywide recognition of Elijah Clark Day via proclamation. Local chapters of the SAR and DAR were sponsors of the event.
Feb. 14 – Staff met with partners at the Department of Community Affairs and the Department of Economic Development Tourism Division to discuss ways to connect state historic sites with the Georgia Main Street initiative.
A winter promotion ran from December 1st, 2016 through January 31st, 2017 with an offer of 50% off camping Monday through Sunday and 25% off yurts Sunday through Thursday. Occupancy was up 5.4% from last year and revenue was up 12% from last year at $90,380. Being the warmest January on record since 1950 certainly contributed to the higher numbers.
Law Enforcement Division
On February 7th, Game Wardens from Region VII-Brunswick responded, along with the US Coast Guard, to a vessel fire in Sapelo Sound in McIntosh County. All three people on board were rescued and were transported via USCG helicopter to Savannah. The 20’ vessel burned all the way to the water line.
On February 10th, LED, partnering with the Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), began the 2nd Annual “Turkey Team Up,” a program to provide mentored turkey hunts this spring to youth between the ages of ages of 10 and 17. Parents of the youth can access the entry form through a link on the LED Facebook page. The Grand Prize is a Georgia Lifetime Sportsman License, courtesy of NWTF, and a guided hunt with a Game Warden and possibly a NWTF GA Chapter member. A number of other winners will be chosen for guided hunts. Last year, the Turkey Team Up drew over 800 entrants. This year’s drawing will be at LED-HQ on March 17th.
On February 11th, Region IV-Macon Game Wardens and volunteers from Wilkinson County hosted the 20th Annual Wilkinson County Quail Hunt for kids. This events activities included a quail hunt, sporting clays and archery for kids age 12 to 16. The Wall family generously hosted the hunt again this year and supplied many of the volunteers. Eighteen young hunters participated.
Coastal Resources Division
Staff partnered with Skidaway Island State Park, Coastal Wildscapes, and Americorps to plant over 450 native plants at the living shoreline on the Sandpiper Nature Trail at Skidaway Island State Park. This native planting completed the construction of the most publicly accessible living shoreline along the Georgia coast.
The City of Brunswick has donated more than 6,000 tons of concrete culvert and rubble to be deployed at offshore artificial reefs site this year.
Director Woodward briefed the House of Representatives Game, Fish, and Parks Committee on the use of autonomous acoustic telemetry to study the movement, migration, and habitat preferences of marine species along the Atlantic Coast. Twenty-eight acoustic receivers are in operation along the Georgia coast with the ability to detect the presence of acoustically-tagged marine animals that come within 300 meters of a receiver. Thus far, 31 species of marine life have been detected in Georgia’s array of receivers, including several species of sharks, some tagged and released as far away as the Bahamas and New England. Scientists are using the data from this research to improve the conservation and management of marine life through improved decision making at state and federal agencies.
Historic Preservation Division
No update this week.
Wildlife Resources Division
The well at Flat Creek Public Fishing Area is installed and running. We are now able to stabilize the lake water level and supplement our Kids Fishing Pond so we can continue hosting kids fishing events (KFE) during drought conditions.
Gov. Deal recognized three corporate forest landowners for their land stewardship practices benefiting Georgia’s wildlife. Weyerhaeuser, Georgia Power and CatchMark Timber Trust were honored as 2016 partners in the Forestry for Wildlife Partnership.
Snipe Hunting - With the close of waterfowl season, the waterfowl impoundments on Altamaha are being dewatered to provide some of the state's best opportunities to hunt snipe.