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ISO 22301 and the business continuity octopus

ISO 22301 and the business continuity octopus

Blog posts   •   Mar 10, 2017 17:13 GMT

​Implementing a Business Continuity Management System which meets and exceeds ISO 22301 is a challenging, but important undertaking for an organization committed to ​business continuity. I have recently been leading a project for ​PlanB, where we helped a marketing/logistics firm achieve ISO 22301 (with one minor non-conformity!).

Incident micromanagement - good or bad?

Incident micromanagement - good or bad?

Blog posts   •   Feb 24, 2017 14:50 GMT

Yesterday I attended the Scottish Continuity Resilient Scotland Conference at the RBS Headquarters in Edinburgh. The opening speaker was John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. He began by talking about the need for resilience in Scotland, as well as the risk from cyber attacks and how we must all do our bit to protect our organisations from threats.

​Shhhhhh... Don’t tell anyone the scenario

​Shhhhhh... Don’t tell anyone the scenario

Blog posts   •   Feb 09, 2017 14:59 GMT

Through working both as a consultant and as a full time organizational business continuity resource, a common theme of exercising keeps becoming apparent. Each year we hope to amaze and terrify our BC exercise participants with our well thought out, taxing and relevant BC exercise scenario by keeping it secret.

Solving business continuity challenges to add value to the organizations we serve

Solving business continuity challenges to add value to the organizations we serve

Blog posts   •   Feb 08, 2017 16:08 GMT

2017 may be well underway, but I wanted to take the time to reflect on the past, and look ahead to predict the way in which our business continuity profession will continue to mature over the coming year and beyond. In many ways, this top 5 list is aspirational – that being my hopes for our profession as we solve some entrenched challenges and work to add more value to the organizations we serve.

Why do we not listen?

Why do we not listen?

Blog posts   •   Feb 03, 2017 16:24 GMT

​I am not obsessed with President Trump by any means, but at the moment, he is highly visible and there are lots of lessons to be learned from the situations he is creating. Between winning the election and his inauguration, the news has been full of speculation about what sort of President he would be, and what his policies would be.

Business continuity management is not boring, but the video could be

Business continuity management is not boring, but the video could be

Blog posts   •   Feb 01, 2017 14:42 GMT

Have you watched (or even been forced to watch) a business continuity management (BCM) video? Perhaps it was during your training, or as the business continuity manager when you tried to convince the organization to invest in BC capabilities?

Business continuity plans – fit for purpose?

Business continuity plans – fit for purpose?

Blog posts   •   Dec 12, 2016 11:10 GMT

In a survey about the experience of handling major losses undertaken Vericlaim and Alarm, more than half of respondents “rated the practical assistance offered by a BCP (Business Continuity Plan) following a major incident as one or two out of a possible score of five”.

The maturing world of business continuity

The maturing world of business continuity

Blog posts   •   Nov 30, 2016 16:31 GMT

It’s been two years since winning the BCI Global Newcomer of the Year Award, and just as long since I featured in the Business Continuity Institute’s '20 in their 20s' publication, so I’ve decided to re-read my contribution to see what’s changed.

Did you feel that? What a Senior Business Continuity Consultant did during the earthquakes

Did you feel that? What a Senior Business Continuity Consultant did during the earthquakes

Blog posts   •   Nov 21, 2016 09:49 GMT

That unmistakable feeling that the world just got unstable is becoming a way of life in NZ, but you never get used to the nightmare that is an earthquake. It seems almost comical to chuck a Senior Business Continuity Consultant into an earthquake, then be evacuated due to a tsunami risk - exactly what we preach daily!

Getting creative to improve business continuity engagement

Getting creative to improve business continuity engagement

Blog posts   •   Nov 18, 2016 09:11 GMT

Whilst the various elements of the business continuity lifecycle have to be addressed in some form if the resulting capability is going to be worth anything, they don't have to be approached in a way that makes people switch off from the outset.

Developing an effective business continuity awareness programme

Developing an effective business continuity awareness programme

Blog posts   •   Nov 17, 2016 16:44 GMT

If standing up in front of a room full of co-workers and explaining why they should care about business continuity sends you into the 'slough of despair', you’re not alone. However, executed properly, business continuity awareness initiatives can be genuinely helpful opportunities to ensure preparedness at all levels.

Ensuring business continuity is a key part of everyone’s role

Ensuring business continuity is a key part of everyone’s role

Blog posts   •   Nov 17, 2016 11:33 GMT

For business continuity in particular, it can be tough to get traction if the business has experienced calm waters for a while. The problem with that is, it doesn’t necessarily bring a call to action to the forefront of people’s minds and culture can suffer as a result.

​The necessity of organizational buy-in

​The necessity of organizational buy-in

Blog posts   •   Nov 02, 2016 09:37 GMT

Business continuity professionals may still need to fight for their place in an organization, though I hope that companies who are not fully invested in business continuity programmes are able to see the benefits of those who are leading their industries.

​The cultural restraints on business continuity

​The cultural restraints on business continuity

Blog posts   •   Oct 26, 2016 12:15 BST

I still think the greatest challenge for continuity and resilience professionals is to broaden the scope of action to include the social components in their considerations. Indeed, we all know that an organization is as vulnerable as the weakest link in its value chain, and we are also aware of the fact that each company operates in an interconnected environment.

Stop using the 'P' word

Stop using the 'P' word

Blog posts   •   Oct 11, 2016 14:16 BST

An article was recently posted on the Business Continuity Institute's website titled 'Don't just download a business continuity plan'. It contained sage advice for those who would download a template, fill in the blanks and then believe they had actually created something of any value.

Don't just download a business continuity plan

Don't just download a business continuity plan

Blog posts   •   Oct 04, 2016 15:29 BST

Developing a business continuity capability means planning as opposed to just writing a plan. It means having a strategy and implementing solutions. And, amongst other things, it means involvement from the business, education and awareness and exercising and testing, to develop, instil and prove that capability.

We have a recovery plan and exercised it, what next?

We have a recovery plan and exercised it, what next?

Blog posts   •   Sep 13, 2016 15:56 BST

Once you have a good working recovery plan in place, don’t go through the motions of doing the same exercise every year with the learning points diminishing each time. Get the team thinking about other aspects of the recovery which can often be done without a lot of time or expense but adds value and robustness to your ability to recover after an incident.

​Death of the Business Impact Analysis?

​Death of the Business Impact Analysis?

Blog posts   •   Aug 24, 2016 16:01 BST

​ClearView Continuity, provider of an award-winning Business Continuity Management software platform, are Platinum Sponsors of the BCI World Conference where you can visit them on Stand 43 to find out more of the software and arrange a demonstration.

​Do we need business continuity any more?

​Do we need business continuity any more?

Blog posts   •   Aug 22, 2016 16:46 BST

Recently SunGard AS released their availability trends report. One of the more significant stats shows a marked decline in the number of invocations - during 2015 there were just seven across in the UK (that's at Sungard sites, of course). In fact, over a 10 year period the number of invocations has gone down by 90%. But like most statistics, it raises more questions than answers

Failing to plan is planning to fail... is your organization crisis ready?

Failing to plan is planning to fail... is your organization crisis ready?

Blog posts   •   Aug 05, 2016 14:21 BST

The crisis management plan is just one aspect in ensuring your team are ready to respond to an incident or crisis. Taking the time to carefully consider the what, when, why and how enables the necessary steps to be taken to ensure everybody knows exactly what to do should the worst happen.