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Developing a response for the unexpected

Developing a response for the unexpected

Blog posts   •   May 15, 2013 15:01 BST

“The only thing harder than planning for an incident, is having to explain why you didn't.” Many organisations believe they are different and unlikely to experience or suffer from an incident. More often than not, they are wrong. No organisation wants to be affected by an incident or expects it, but that does not mean that they should not consider and plan a response just in case it does happen.

BCM World Conference and Exhibition 2013 – just another event?

BCM World Conference and Exhibition 2013 – just another event?

Blog posts   •   May 15, 2013 09:04 BST

Often working in isolation and surrounded by your ‘adversaries’, it can be a lonely role for BC professionals as you struggle to embed BCM into your organisation and to win over some of your strongest critics. Just when you feel your energy levels dwindling and see your enthusiasm ebbing into the distance, along comes the BCM World Conference and Exhibition.

Not what it seems

Not what it seems

Blog posts   •   May 14, 2013 08:20 BST

It’s very easy for the uninitiated to assume that something that looks a bit like a Business Continuity plan actually is one. But sometimes you have to look past the superficial bits to get to the reality. Sometimes, when you dig a bit, it becomes apparent that what, on the surface, is a convincing looking Business Continuity plan doesn’t actually have any substance to it .

A bumpy landing

A bumpy landing

Blog posts   •   Apr 23, 2013 08:55 BST

Andy compares home DIY to Business Continuity and talks about the additonal costs and time delays that can result when having to rectify other people's badly done home improvements. In his experience, it's like updating someone else's BCP. What should be a straightforward task turns into a monster undertaking because someone without the necessary skills or experience has had a go.

Debate Unlimited – A glimpse into the Executive Forum

Debate Unlimited – A glimpse into the Executive Forum

Blog posts   •   Apr 22, 2013 08:54 BST

With this year’s Executive Forum running on 12th and 13th June in Brussels, it seems a good time to look back at the two earlier Forums. What does happen when 600+ years of BC experience converges on Brussels each year for two days?

Exercising, maintaining and reviewing business continuity

Exercising, maintaining and reviewing business continuity

Blog posts   •   Apr 09, 2013 16:06 BST

Once you have established your business continuity (BC) requirements and put in place plans, facilities and resilience to defend the organisation against disruptions and incidents, these need to be proven and kept current as the organisation changes. This is the hardest aspect of most BC programmes and where most organisations fail to protect their investment.

Meeting the Supply Chain Complexity Challenge - Part Two

Meeting the Supply Chain Complexity Challenge - Part Two

Blog posts   •   Apr 01, 2013 10:44 BST

How are organisations dealing with the challenge? On the question of multiple tiers in the supply chain, there was common agreement on the need to gain better visibility but divergence of approach in practice. Some organisations were looking at better methods to manage tier two supplier relationships, while others recommended that the best approach was to work with tier one suppliers.

Vision Therapy - helping you to see more risks

Vision Therapy - helping you to see more risks

Blog posts   •   Apr 01, 2013 10:26 BST

Ken Simpson argued in his recent BCAW 2013 webinar that there are risks we see and ones we don't see (because we are not looking or we refuse to recognise them) and then there are those that you cannot see - the Black Swan events. Ken argued that there are less Black Swans than we think and more of the events we don't see because we don't look and recognize the threats and vulnerabilities.

What’s driving supply chain complexity? Part One

What’s driving supply chain complexity? Part One

Blog posts   •   Mar 25, 2013 17:29 GMT

In the BCI’s report Horizon Scan 2013, one of the key trends of concern identified by Business Continuity professionals was “increasing supply chain complexity”. So on Tuesday 19th March, the BCI and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) convened a roundtable of senior supply chain, risk and business continuity practitioners from diverse sectors to share experiences.

Practice makes perfect or scenario-based Business Continuity Plans are a waste of time

Practice makes perfect or scenario-based Business Continuity Plans are a waste of time

Blog posts   •   Mar 25, 2013 09:16 GMT

We are all familiar with the expression “practice makes perfect”. Practising is all about rehearsing again and again until you have mastered the role you’ve been assigned; but, it is also about improving. Having a BCP in place will not save your business; having the right people with the right capability to deliver that plan will, and the only way to develop that capability is through exercising.

Cyber Threats and Cyber Security – are they real and can they be managed?

Cyber Threats and Cyber Security – are they real and can they be managed?

Blog posts   •   Mar 22, 2013 08:50 GMT

According to a recent IBM survey, the biggest threat perceived by Business Continuity professionals is cyber-security. Some of the challenges faced include BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) which is on the increase; the widespread use of social media with its pros and cons; workforce mobility and the increasing use of cloud-based solutions.

How well are you weathering the storm? Lorraine Darke, Executive Director of the BCI provides the insider view on the official launch of the CMI’s annual BCM Survey Report

How well are you weathering the storm? Lorraine Darke, Executive Director of the BCI provides the insider view on the official launch of the CMI’s annual BCM Survey Report

Blog posts   •   Mar 20, 2013 14:00 GMT

Tuesday of Business Continuity Awareness Week saw the launch of the Chartered Management Institute’s annual Business Continuity Management Survey which is supported by the BCI, the BSI and the UK’s Civil Contingencies Secretariat. The setting for this year’s launch was the rather imposing setting of the Grand Committee Room, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster....

Guiding you through good Business Continuity Practice - GPG 2013 now available

Guiding you through good Business Continuity Practice - GPG 2013 now available

Blog posts   •   Mar 20, 2013 09:59 GMT

Monday 18th March saw the official launch of the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2013, the independent body of knowledge for good Business Continuity (BC) practice worldwide. The launch of GPG 2013 signifies a memorable event for BC professionals all around the world and marks a key milestone for the Business Continuity Institute (BCI).

An Introduction to Business Continuity by John Bartlett CBCI, DBCI

An Introduction to Business Continuity by John Bartlett CBCI, DBCI

Blog posts   •   Mar 12, 2013 13:53 GMT

Business Continuity (BC) is the implementation and management of a set of business practices that provide on-going resilience and recovery capabilities for those activities/infrastructure that are required to keep an organisation working. This is not a new concept but since its establishment in the 1980's, BC has achieved world-wide recognition as a core management activity.

Could this be you?  Enter your BCI Regional Award Today and become an international BC Star!

Could this be you? Enter your BCI Regional Award Today and become an international BC Star!

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2013 15:01 GMT

The BCI has started its ‘award season’ with great élan and enthusiasm and has added to its growing repertoire of BCI Regional Awards taking the headcount to six this year. Australasia and Europe have now joined their Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern and North American counterparts in the BCI Global Awards Programme, which puts the international spotlight on BC achievements and BC professionals.

BC Predictions for 2013 - 7 to 10 - Final edition of our prediction posts!

BC Predictions for 2013 - 7 to 10 - Final edition of our prediction posts!

Blog posts   •   Feb 12, 2013 11:17 GMT

This blog brings to an end my review of BCI predictions for 2013 – mainly because as we have now reached February, they are beginning to look more like news comment than forecasts. Predictions 7 through 10 were about business failures, sustainability, increased outsourcing problems and social media respectively.

BC Predictions for 2013 - Numbers 5 and 6

BC Predictions for 2013 - Numbers 5 and 6

Blog posts   •   Jan 29, 2013 15:23 GMT

Firstly we predicted that “ISO 22301 will start to take off, with certificates issued in more than one country” and secondly, that regulators will begin to understand that resilience will not be improved just by more regulation.

Why the BCI Middle East Awards are important to raising the profile of BC in this region

Why the BCI Middle East Awards are important to raising the profile of BC in this region

Blog posts   •   Jan 29, 2013 13:54 GMT

Although Business Continuity Management has not been on the boardroom agenda of many organizations in the Middle East, it has still enjoyed a significant presence in the region. It is fact that Business Continuity is emerging as a very important area both for the government and private sector, which is confirmed by the recent release of the UAE BCM Standard.

BC Predictions for 2013 - Number 4: Contingency Planning will become fashionable again.

BC Predictions for 2013 - Number 4: Contingency Planning will become fashionable again.

Blog posts   •   Jan 23, 2013 13:05 GMT

There has been some puzzled faces questioning our BC prediction number 4 – “Contingency Planning will become fashionable again as a part of a broader understanding of Business Continuity which includes Continuity Capability and Crisis Response”.

What is business continuity (BC)?

What is business continuity (BC)?

Blog posts   •   Jan 22, 2013 14:38 GMT

As we head towards Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW), the BCI’s annual global awareness raising campaign for business continuity (BC), it makes sense to begin with a simple question: What is business continuity? As a discipline, business continuity can seem like a complicated subject, but actually when we strip it back to its bare essentials, we discover it really is very straightforward.