Making a distinction between failure of understanding and a difference in values allows us to balance professional integrity with respect for client values.
Every business continuity professional knows about change - whether it creeps up quietly, is mandated from top executives, or is brought about by an unpredictable, uncontrollable outside force. Those changes are what the job is all about. But a recent study, sponsored by the Wall Street West Center for Organizational Continuity and conducted by Continuity Insights sheds light on the changes happening - and predicted - for business continuity professionals themselves.
The BCM profession has changed tremendously since then. Many of you can say that you never strived to become a business continuity professional, but I wonder how long that trend will continue. The increasing collegiate degrees are attracting a growing number of students. The industry is gaining increased visibility through periodicals and media.
This special editorial feature and corresponding webinar explore how business continuity consultants can be used economically and intelligently to meet today's challenges
2009 offered a number of developments and lessons learned that impacted (and continue to influence the work performed by) business continuity professionals. After polling a number of professionals and reflecting on the presentations, articles and perspectives offered throughout the year at various conferences and in journals, I would like to nominate five developments or lessons learned as the "Top 5 of 2009." Interestingly, it seems to me that each also points to the maturity of our profession as it becomes strategic as well as tactical.
Ask Anything: Q&A with ConsultantsA companion piece to this issue's special feature on consulting services (see page 14), this webinar puts a cast of consultants on the spot and at the ready to answer your questions.
An organization's ability to respond effectively to any event will be measured by the tools in its toolbox and the ability to use them.
In case you hadn't noticed, this issue of Continuity Insights signals the start of great new things for the CI family in 2010. Our swanky new cover design is just the start of a brand new look and feel for the whole publication, which I hope you enjoy as you read through this issue.
I'd like to take a slightly different approach with this article, and introduce a colleague of mine, Dan Dec, who I have asked to be the guest author for this issue. Dan addresses an important topic, the intersection between virtual desktop recovery and work-from-home continuity strategies. Without further ado, here's what he has to say (and you can read more about him at the end of the article)…
Community organizations active in disasters (COADs) are public/private partnerships that can be found nationwide. Many COADs will attempt to define themselves by developing a name that fits the mission or jurisdictional boundaries of that particular COAD. For example, SAFER stands for "support alliance for emergency readiness", and its logo reflects the jurisdiction as I'm sure you can see.
If your organization holds customer or patient data you must protect it. No matter how much technology has been employed to safeguard sensitive data, an organization may still have a breach. If a compromise occurs, your organization must re...
Your organization has spent a great deal of time, money and resources developing Business Continuity plans, but are they available when you need them most? Are they stuck in an out-of-date binder or network that may not be available in a crisis ...
No, absolutely not. H1N1 is nothing like Y2K for many reasons. There is no doubt that H1N1 has been moderate so far, unless you have been sick or had a family member become sick or perish from the virus. A friend of mine described her week of suffering as the "worst I have ever felt" in my lifetime. There have been many children and adults that have perished as a result of the flu. Y2K was a non-event. H1N1 is certainly an active event that will continue for some time to come.
The economy. Everyone has felt the effects of the economic downturn, and the business continuity industry is no exception. To explore the related issues Continuity Insights spoke with Carolyn DeWitt of Dialogic Communications Corporation (DCC), Ramesh Warrier of eBRP Solutions, and Troy Winskowicz of Dell ProManage-Modular Services.
Managing operational risk is rapidly emerging as the future for business continuity. That transition lies in neither better BC plans nor faster recovery. Rather the future of business continuity lies in applying approaches that promote better decisions.