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Roberta J. Witty
Research VP
11 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

Roberta Witty is a research VP in Gartner Research, where she is part of the Compliance, Risk and Leadership group. Her primary area of focus is business continuity management and disaster recovery. Ms. Witty is the role specialty lead for… Read Full Bio

JUST PUBLISHED: Survey Analysis: CISOs Should Seek Female Security and Risk Management Professionals for Their Teams

by Roberta J. Witty  |  April 7, 2015

Women who attended Gartner security and risk management events in 2014 find their jobs very rewarding and think they have some advantages over men in performing their jobs. CISOs should balance gender diversity as it can improve security and risk management strategies and tactics for the enterprise. In 2014, Gartner conducted two inaugural sessions on women […]

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Women in Information Security and Risk Management Have A Lot To Say About The Profession and Their Role In It

by Roberta J. Witty  |  July 8, 2014

At the 2014 Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit at National Harbor, MD, an inaugural session on women in Information Security and Risk Management was conducted. We thought it would have resonance with female attendees but we were surprised by the overwhelming interest and participation in the event! My colleagues Victoria Barber, Avivah Litan, Tina […]

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Redirecting Future Blog Posts to the Gartner Business Continuity Management Blog

by Roberta J. Witty  |  August 30, 2010

In order to have multiple Gartner analysts blog on the topics of BCM and IT DRM, all further postings will be on the Gartner Business Continuity Management Blog 

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What Actions Are Your Firm Taking in Reaction to the Air Travel Shutdown in Europe?

by Roberta J. Witty  |  April 16, 2010

The volcano eruption in Iceland that is currently spewing volcanic ash into the atmosphere is now shutting down air travel across Europe. Business travel is greatly disrupted in a number of areas: meetings, conferences, sales calls and so forth are being put on hold or cancelled altogether. What is your organization doing to assess the impact? Are […]

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Closing the Recovery Gap (from John Morency)

by Roberta J. Witty  |  February 22, 2010

John Morency here again. For many organizations, simply completing the recovery of a set of mission-critical applications and data over the course of a test exercise is sufficient for declaring success. The elapsed time consumed for recovery completion, if measured at all, is often a secondary consideration. However, this definition of success is often at […]

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Pandemic Preparedness Planning: Is it Time to Stop?

by Roberta J. Witty  |  February 12, 2010

Many people are asking the question: Why did we make such a big deal around the H1N1 pandemic – nothing much has happened? And now, the WHO is going to convene a team to determine if they can downgrade its importance. I think we all agree that it is a good thing if the H1N1 […]

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Recovery in the Cloud : How Soon? (from John Morency)

by Roberta J. Witty  |  February 8, 2010

The delivery of cloud services for IT operations backup, recovery and restart is a potentially significant market opportunity for a whole new generation of providers, in addition to the more established players such as HP, IBM and SunGard Availability Services. This is evidenced in the significant increase in the related client inquiry volume that we […]

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How does social media help or hinder recovery efforts?

by Roberta J. Witty  |  January 20, 2010

Social media can be a great boon during a crisis for personal purposes. Just today I heard of a Haitian teenager who sent a text message to her aunt (I believe in the US) saying that she was alive but without a home. This text message could save her life as support organizations were notified […]

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Why BC and Supply Chain Managers Must Follow the Price of Oil

by Roberta J. Witty  |  January 13, 2010

As much as you might not want to believe it, or know what to do about it, the price of oil is intricately involved in how our global economy works. Everything we do – outside of isolated civilizations – is dependent on oil, from getting to work every day, to shipping raw materials and finished […]

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Have You Had Your Swine Flu Tonic Today?

by Roberta J. Witty  |  January 12, 2010

My local ACP meeting had a great program today – Don Byrne from North River Solutions provided an update on the PS-Prep program, the differences between the three proposed standards – NFPA 1600-2007, ASIS SPC.1-2009 and BS 25999 and all the machinations of getting a program through the ANAB accreditation process. I ALSO had the […]

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