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A challenging exercise in crisis

A challenging exercise in crisis

Blog posts   •   Feb 18, 2015 12:03 GMT

​Everybody knows the age-old saying “practice makes perfect”. The idea being that you can become progressively better at something the more times you do it. This certainly is the case with Business Continuity. If we anticipate an issue or problem before it occurs and we practice how to fix it in advance of it happening then we can reduce the overall impact.

​If you have not tested your Disaster Recovery Plan, you are not ready to manage through a disaster

​If you have not tested your Disaster Recovery Plan, you are not ready to manage through a disaster

Blog posts   •   Feb 13, 2015 10:00 GMT

Many organizations have built elaborate, technical, and process-centric plans to help them mitigate risk and manage through a crisis. Often there are hundreds or thousands of hours invested in these plans. But if the plan has never been tested, or if key individuals aren’t familiar with the details, there is a strong likelihood that the plan won’t work the way it was intended.

Choosing an appropriate scenario for your business continuity plan exercises

Choosing an appropriate scenario for your business continuity plan exercises

Blog posts   •   Feb 12, 2015 12:30 GMT

​The choice of business continuity exercise scenario is an important factor in its success, but how do you go about deciding what you should focus on?

The best laid plans

The best laid plans

Blog posts   •   Feb 10, 2015 15:00 GMT

Sometimes our plans, created, as they almost certainly were, with the best of intentions, just don’t work when they’re called upon – because they’re untested, contain incorrect assumptions or have dependencies that aren’t there when we need them.

Exercise is good for you and for your Business Continuity Plan

Exercise is good for you and for your Business Continuity Plan

Blog posts   •   Feb 05, 2015 10:00 GMT

​We all know there is a benefit to regular exercise. It strengthens muscles and our cardiovascular system. It helps to strengthen our skeletal system. It even helps improve our overall sense of happiness and wellbeing. And yet…

Coping with a reduced workforce

Coping with a reduced workforce

Blog posts   •   Feb 02, 2015 10:00 GMT

When you woke up this morning, if you just thought “that’s it, I’m going back to bed,” you can be rest assured that you’re not alone as Monday 2nd February is National Sickie Day in the UK, the day when historically organizations have suffered the most from absenteeism.

Superbowl, super crisis!

Superbowl, super crisis!

Blog posts   •   Jan 30, 2015 13:42 GMT

On Sunday night, the eyes of the sporting world will be on the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona as the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Superbowl XLIX. Tens of millions of dollars are spent each year by advertisers desperate to get their name in the spotlight, and millions of dollars are spent making sure everything goes to plan.

What does winning an industry award really mean to me?

What does winning an industry award really mean to me?

Blog posts   •   Jan 20, 2015 16:29 GMT

Our profession focused on Business Continuity Management is one that involves prolonged specialized training, relevant formal qualifications, real world experience, and industry certifications, to provide services to others. If we do our job really well; most people will never know what we did.

Could Sony Pictures have been better prepared?

Could Sony Pictures have been better prepared?

Blog posts   •   Jan 16, 2015 14:19 GMT

No one ever thinks they will suffer a crisis, yet history is littered with examples of excellently run companies which have been brought down by poor crisis preparation. Last month, entertainment giant Sony Pictures found itself on the receiving end of a coordinated attack on its servers in what the FBI has concluded was the responsibility of North Korea.

Business Continuity Institute 2014: the story of the year

Business Continuity Institute 2014: the story of the year

Blog posts   •   Jan 05, 2015 10:57 GMT

The dawn of the new year in 2014 was welcomed in with what the Business Continuity Institute’s Chairman – Steve Mellish FBCI – referred to as his 2020 Vision, a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the BCI. This was not to be a reflection on the previous two decades, but rather a look at what lies ahead in what he termed a new horizon for the industry and those working within it.

Be prepared

Be prepared

Blog posts   •   Dec 10, 2014 13:21 GMT

Suppose your company’s data systems were to go down unexpectedly. What would it cost your enterprise? Would you believe $212,000 for every hour you're offline, or about $3,500 per minute? That's the average figure the market intelligence firm Aberdeen Group came up with recently when it analyzed 125 organizations worldwide.

Horizon Scan 2015

Horizon Scan 2015

Blog posts   •   Dec 03, 2014 13:28 GMT

The Business Continuity Institute is asking business continuity professionals and those working in the wider field of organizational resilience to take just a few minutes to complete the Horizon Scan 2015 survey and share your thoughts on what you think the biggest threats are that organizations face.

Organizational resilience: Creating more value for BC practice

Organizational resilience: Creating more value for BC practice

Blog posts   •   Dec 02, 2014 16:47 GMT

Resilience is fast becoming an industry buzzword which reveals underlying changes in the way practitioners view business continuity and other ‘protective disciplines’. From the development of clear boundaries which separate disciplines in the last decade or so, work is now underway to bring these fields together into a framework of organizational resilience.

BCI World Conference and Exhibition

BCI World Conference and Exhibition

Blog posts   •   Nov 26, 2014 16:19 GMT

Ever reacted to something quickly and soon regretted it? That is our Inner Chimp controlling us and sometimes there is nothing we can do about it. That was the message from Prof Steve Peters during his keynote speech at the BCI World Conference.

Business continuity planning according to Paddington Bear

Business continuity planning according to Paddington Bear

Blog posts   •   Nov 19, 2014 14:14 GMT

​In just a few weeks the latest blockbuster movie to hit our screens will be released at the cinema – Paddington Bear. This is the story of a well-meaning Spectacled Bear with a fondness for marmalade sandwiches who made his way over to England from Peru and was adopted by the Brown family who named him after the station he was found in. But what has this got to do with business continuity?

Business continuity importance to an integrated view when assessing critical infrastructures

Business continuity importance to an integrated view when assessing critical infrastructures

Blog posts   •   Nov 03, 2014 16:34 GMT

As result of EDP Distribuição's responsibilities, its involvement was required in Portuguese efforts to comply with the European Council Directive 2008/114/EC, on the identification and designation of National Critical Infrastructures (NCI) and the assessment of the need to improve their protection.

Resource-based contingency planning – an alternative approach to ISO22301 certification

Resource-based contingency planning – an alternative approach to ISO22301 certification

Blog posts   •   Oct 31, 2014 12:33 GMT

Business continuity is not that much a new concept. Being not new also means that it probably is due to be redesigned. Since the inception of Business Continuity Management in the late 80s and early 90s of the last century, the world has changed quite a bit. The main concepts, procedures and processes of BCM however have not changed that much in the past 25 or so years.

Becoming certified to ISO22301 - what NOT to do! (Why auditors get grumpy!)

Becoming certified to ISO22301 - what NOT to do! (Why auditors get grumpy!)

Blog posts   •   Oct 30, 2014 16:55 GMT

Tip number 1: The lack of a regular supply of good quality biscuits is the first non-conformity! I realise that there are many BC practitioners who, although practiced in the creation and maintenance of a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS), have yet to seek certification to a standard.

Developing simple recovery plans for key processes

Developing simple recovery plans for key processes

Blog posts   •   Oct 29, 2014 10:59 GMT

If a major incident affected your business tomorrow, what are the processes, machinery or even suppliers that would be really hard to replace quickly – the really awkward ones, the unique machinery or equipment that perhaps there isn’t really a plan for, let alone a plan that gets you back within an acceptable recovery time?

A case study of the integration of ERM and BCM as an independent function

A case study of the integration of ERM and BCM as an independent function

Blog posts   •   Oct 28, 2014 14:50 GMT

At the 2014 BCI World Conference and Exhibition, participants will have an opportunity to listen to a real case study of the integration of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Business Continuity Management (BCM) as an independent function. This is an innovative and forefront role for the ERM and BCM function.