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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

The 2008 Continuity Insights Management Conference Report

April 30, 2008 8:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

From incredible sessions to an incredible outpouring of support for our Continuity Cares volunteer rebuilding project, the 2008 Continuity Insights Management Conference was resounding success.

Vendor Management IS Important!

April 30, 2008 8:00 pm | by Larry Heck CBCP | Comments

Before running to your vendors and performing your "due diligence", you need to determine what level of information will satisfy your business requirements. The range of inquiries goes from a simple questionnaire to a complete review of comprehensive plans. The answer to this dilemma depends on your company's risk tolerance. Perhaps the best way to determine what to ask is to engage your sourcing operation and get input from your businesses.

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Sprint Nextel: Business Continuity and Enterprise Risk Are Getting Ahead

April 30, 2008 8:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Greig Fennell, Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Business Continuity for Sprint Nextel, believes in "defining moments," those times that make or break your program. And in his five years with the telecommunications giant, he has certainly had his share of them. Despite merger, downsizing, and natural disaster Fennell and his team have survived and thrived. He chalks it up to having a strategic understanding of business goals, breaking down barriers, and just being credible.

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The Need for Risk Management Coordination and the Role of the Continuity Professional

April 30, 2008 8:00 pm | by Brian Zawada | Comments

Business continuity professionals have discussed the need to coordinate efforts with other organizational risk management disciplines for years. Some began participating in (and sometimes leading) what often became known as enterprise risk management (ERM) programs, or something less formal. Many others struggled, participating in tactical, one-off discussions to learn about ways in which others in the organization identified and managed a multitude of business risks. Unfortunately, discussions were often all that happened.

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Tackling Urban SMB’s Business Continuity Challenges

April 28, 2008 8:00 pm | by Michael A. Fina | Comments

Small business! Urban challenges! Big customers with big demands! Learn how one New York City family business approaches business continuity and disaster planning. The speaker, Michael A. Fina, is a third generation owner of Michael C. Fina, an ...

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BCP Excellence: How Did Goodyear Get There?

February 29, 2008 7:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

"What makes us unique is that our business continuity focus is meeting the needs of our customers," says Janko. "For many other organizations it's meeting a time or point objective-an RTO or an RPO. But you really need to put this into business terms. We're at a point at Goodyear where the leadership sees the business value of the process. We're proud of being proactive with planning and forward thinking. We're trying to help set trends for the rest of the industry."

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Plan Roughly, Execute Superbly: An Interview with Roz Savage

February 29, 2008 7:00 pm | by Continuity Insights Staff | Comments

Roz Savage: In May or June of this year I will be setting out from California - exact date and location to be determined entirely by the weather - to row across the Pacific. I am doing this in three stages. The first stage is to Hawaii. Then, the second stage is to the South Pacific - one of those little dots of an island down there. And the third stage is to Australia. 

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Guest Editorial: The Next Critical Evolution In Business Continuity Planning

February 29, 2008 7:00 pm | by John Stagl | Comments

Today we see more people writing articles and giving speeches discussing the continuing evolution of business continuity planning. The proliferation of these presentations on this subject is a clear indication that some enhancements are needed to be an effective management tool in the 21st Century.

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Business Continuity: A Profession Adrift?

February 29, 2008 7:00 pm | by Continuity Insights Staff | Comments

You don't turn a battleship on a dime. Of that, the "S.S. Business Continuity" is proof positive. We know where we need to go. We've even got an idea how to get there. But rather than go full steam ahead toward a distant shore, the ship that is our profession shifted its course only slightly this year.

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The Case for Certification of Business Continuity Vendors

February 29, 2008 7:00 pm | by Al Berman | Comments

As business continuity matures and grows, there is an ever-increasing need to ensure that solution providers are well aware of the complex requirements of business continuity management professionals. An understanding of the strategic, analytic, and tactical components of planning and execution surrounding disaster incidents is vital in supplying the appropriate tools and solutions sets. 

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Managing Operational Resiliency - A Benchmarking Case Study

February 29, 2008 7:00 pm | by Charles Wallen and Dave White | Comments

Organizations have become increasingly aware of the strategic importance of business continuity, security, and the management of operational risk. The term resiliency is being applied to a variety of efforts to improve capabilities to adaptively respond to disruptive events, be they disasters, cyber-attacks, or human error. Building a resilient organization requires a few basics: a clear definition of resilience, a way to measure capabilities, and a roadmap to provide direction for improvement. To that end, the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) and Carnegie Mellon CERT, have developed a resiliency management approach and the supporting Resiliency Engineering Framework (REF).

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BCP Lessons Learned and Trends Worth Watching:Shaking Up the Business Impact Analysis

December 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by John Jackson | Comments

Welcome back to my column of trends and directions in the continuity industry. I'd like to ask you to take a more participatory role in reading this article. Please let me know what you think of my perspectives, good and bad, and offer up some of your own thoughts that I can share in future articles on this topic.

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Natural Hazards Modeling for Business Continuity Professionals

December 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Chris Scheffler | Comments

Have you ever wondered how the media is able to report damage estimates within hours of an earthquake or immediately after a hurricane makes landfall? They can do this by using sophisticated natural hazard consequence models. These models, previously used only by insurance companies and the like, now are available to business continuity professionals to guide our planning for complex exposures such as natural catastrophes. We've all seen the results of earthquake and hurricane modeling, and this article will describe how these models work and how BC professionals are using them to plan for disasters.

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Ask the EAB - January/February 2008

December 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by The Staff | Comments

We all agree that BCP needs to be brought to the attention of senior executives. But when we get the chance to present our progress to executives, we don’t often get the “Wow!” response we were hoping for. What needs to be on an executive’s BCP dashboard? What do they really need to know about BCP?

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Great Ideas: Key Issues and Creative Solutions 2008 - An Industry Preview

December 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Brian Zawada | Comments

I was asked by a number of readers, as well as the staff at Continuity Insights, to "predict" some of the trends we, as business continuity professionals, will deal with in 2008. In preparation for this column, I spoke with a number of leading practitioners, and generally it was agreed that very little will change in 2008, many of the key issues that emerged in the latter half of 2007 will continue to take shape. It also was agreed that despite the lack of new trends for '08, we will be dealing with some of the most significant issues our industry has ever faced.

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