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The professional footpath for business continuity practitioners

The professional footpath for business continuity practitioners

Blog posts   •   Jul 18, 2014 10:12 BST

As Business Continuity continues its growth as a profession, the idea of certification and the membership of professional bodies are more frequently discussed at all levels of the organization – from those starting out their career in the industry, right up to the Board Room.

Preparing for the Commonwealth Games

Preparing for the Commonwealth Games

Blog posts   •   Jul 14, 2014 11:22 BST

Two years on from the London 2012 Olympic Games, the UK is set to play host yet again to one of the largest sporting events in the world – the Commonwealth Games, hosted by the city of Glasgow in Scotland. The Commonwealth Games may not be quite the same scale as the Olympic Games but the crowds will still be high.

Why your company values matter in embedding resilience

Why your company values matter in embedding resilience

Blog posts   •   Jun 27, 2014 08:48 BST

Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest tropical cyclone to have ever hit land and it lashed the Philippines with such fury last year. Many of us are familiar with the scale of death and destruction it caused, but few know about the positive stories emerging out of the storm. One of these stories involves a tiny island called Tulang Diyot which was in the direct path of Typhoon Haiyan.

Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect

Blog posts   •   Jun 11, 2014 09:56 BST

I used to do the Telegraph crossword years ago, after my mother-in-law got me into it (one of the two things for which she is to be applauded – the other being her daughter, obviously). Whilst I wouldn’t claim to be an expert, I did go from not having the faintest idea what most of the clues meant to the point where I managed to finish it more often than not.

Football World Cup: a disruptive influence or an opportunity?

Football World Cup: a disruptive influence or an opportunity?

Blog posts   •   May 27, 2014 16:58 BST

The long wait is nearly over. On June 12th Brazil take on Croatia at the Arena de Sao Paulo in Brazil to officially kick start one of the biggest, if not the biggest, sporting event in the world – the football World Cup. Over the course of 31 days, 32 countries will battle it out in 64 games for the right to be crowned world champions.

Information - friend or foe?

Information - friend or foe?

Blog posts   •   May 25, 2014 20:18 BST

Information is both a risk and a resource when thinking about organisational resilience, including business continuity. There are plenty of examples of information losses that have caused major embarrassment, cost a considerable amount of money to resolve and resulted in a loss of trust as well as clients.

Is ISO27001 effective in dealing with the cyber threat?

Is ISO27001 effective in dealing with the cyber threat?

Blog posts   •   May 23, 2014 17:21 BST

ISO27001, the standard for information security, has recently had a face-lift. It is claimed that ISO27001 is the second largest selling management systems standard in the world and one might assume that this means there has been a significant uptake in its global implementation. The numbers of standards sold is not too surprising.

What if...?

What if...?

Blog posts   •   May 07, 2014 11:11 BST

As a futurologist of many years’ standing I am regularly confronted with requests to ‘predict’ the outcome of some activity or development in the world of tomorrow. If only my crystal ball were that magical ... but it also reveals a basic misunderstanding of what futurology is all about.

Does business continuity in the public sector work, and does it get the buy in it deserves?

Does business continuity in the public sector work, and does it get the buy in it deserves?

Blog posts   •   Apr 25, 2014 11:11 BST

Many larger companies which have Business Continuity Management systems produce or deliver products. Failure to deliver as a result of any interruption will very likely impact upon the business financially and could ultimately put companies out of business. Is there any wonder therefore that the management of such businesses are often quite willing to spend money on protecting their interests.

Business Continuity Flash Blog

Business Continuity Flash Blog

Blog posts   •   Apr 11, 2014 12:32 BST

On Tuesday 18th March 2014, as part of the Business Continuity Awareness Week activities, we witnessed the first ever BC Flash Blog. This is probably a new term to most readers, it is a virtual Flash Mob – but instead of a dance routine the participants wrote and published their own blog post or article.

Counting the costs and benefits of business continuity, a Non-Executive Director's perspective

Counting the costs and benefits of business continuity, a Non-Executive Director's perspective

Blog posts   •   Mar 18, 2014 11:34 GMT

Essentially the Non-Executive Director's role is to provide a creative contribution to the board by providing objective criticism. So I recommend that all Non-Executive Directors consider challenging the board to count the costs involved in deploying business continuity management and balancing these costs against quantifiable benefits gained from its Business Continuity Management System.

Counting the costs and benefits of business continuity, the BCI Technical Director's perspective

Counting the costs and benefits of business continuity, the BCI Technical Director's perspective

Blog posts   •   Mar 18, 2014 11:33 GMT

For those of you who think BCM is expensive, try operating without it. Business Continuity has often been treated almost as an ‘act of faith’. Common sense has suggested that well prepared companies are likely to recover from an unexpected interruption quicker than unprepared ones; that they are likely to lose much less money by being productive again more quickly.

Never work with children or animals... or technology

Never work with children or animals... or technology

Blog posts   •   Feb 21, 2014 15:14 GMT

The other day I attended a meeting of a local business continuity forum. It was a very well run, very interesting meeting – the latter despite the fact that one of the topics was business interruption insurance, living proof that any subject can be made interesting by an engaging speaker. There was, however, one small glitch in proceedings that I thought was worthy of note...

A vision of the future

A vision of the future

Blog posts   •   Feb 13, 2014 11:13 GMT

I’m relatively new to business continuity management, with only a little over ten years’ experience in this industry that is said to be made up of the 'Men in Grey'. Someone said this to me at last year’s BCI World Conference, I then looked in the mirror and sure enough that was me already. So what incenses me and what gives me hope that as an Institute we are making progress?

The return on investment of a BCM programme

The return on investment of a BCM programme

Blog posts   •   Feb 06, 2014 11:07 GMT

When will the investment for a BCM programme pay off? Most people think that the only correct answer is when a damage scenario has taken place. Hopefully then an effective BCM programme will reduce an otherwise much more costly, or even possibly fatal financial impact to a bearable amount. Then, and only then, will the investment in BCM be paid off – just like insurance policy.

A nice cup of tea

A nice cup of tea

Blog posts   •   Jan 31, 2014 12:20 GMT

A bad cup of tea is, in my view, worse than no cup of tea at all. It might have all the ingredients (not that there are many) but if it’s not done right it can be awful. In a similar(ish) vein, my view is that a bad business continuity plan is as bad as – and possibly worse than – no plan at all.

White Paper examines cybercrime and its stalking ground: social media

White Paper examines cybercrime and its stalking ground: social media

Blog posts   •   Jan 24, 2014 10:28 GMT

The internet fundamentally changed the way we conduct business: we can order goods, make payments and complete entire transactions with just a few mouse clicks. Few of the traditional barriers to commerce - such as time, distance and currency issues - pose the same problems in the internet age as they did before we took our business online.

Are we ready for significant power outages?

Are we ready for significant power outages?

Blog posts   •   Jan 16, 2014 12:09 GMT

Have a quick look around you and see what is powered by electricity in your buildings, pretty much everything. We need to start asking questions.

How MAD are your Top Management?

How MAD are your Top Management?

Blog posts   •   Jan 10, 2014 12:54 GMT

Dare to ask that question of your Top Management? Maybe not, but a Risk Manager would try to understand their attitude to risk and their mythical 'Risk Appetite'. As a Business Continuity Manager, why not explore their 'Maximum Attitude to Disruption' (M.A.D.) a phrase I believe I uniquely use and created hoping it becomes more prevalent in a commercially driven BC world.

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Blog posts   •   Jan 02, 2014 10:40 GMT

How many of you have made new year's resolutions? How many of these have you already broken? It isn't always easy to keep them, so to help you out, here are 20 new year’s resolutions from the BCI that could make you a better BC practitioner.