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.
The good news? Even in an uncertain economy, compensation for business continuity professionals is still on the rise. The bad news? Because business continuity is not a "hard science", it is a job that's hard to categorize, and HR departments are unsure what to do with those who do BCP.
One tool available to organizations seeking to mitigate the impact of a business crisis is business interruption (BI) insurance. Business interruption insurance, sometimes referred to as business income insurance, is not sold as a standalone product but is generally attached to a property insurance policy. BI generally covers the profits and ongoing expenses of an operation rather than the gross revenues produced by the interrupted operation(s).
My perspective comes from years and years of supporting customer tests in hot sites and participating in actual recovery efforts following disasters. During all of those events, I noticed a fairly common thing happening - clients often didn't use their plans to conduct their tests or to direct their actions during a recovery.
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 ...
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.
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.
"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."
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).
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.
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.
The more things change, the more they (must) stay the same. As an industry, we've gone through significant leaps and bounds to make disaster recovery and business continuity easier. But an Achilles heel of many organizations is the tendency to focus on the latest and greatest technology, without paying due attention to the equally critical components of people, processes, and planning. In fact, as technology grows more complex and advanced, there's an even greater likelihood organizations won't pay enough attention to these elements because they erroneously think that technology has the job covered.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia or CHOP as it is commonly known is a truly outstanding institution. In 2007, for the fifth consecutive year, U.S.News & World Report ranked CHOP the best hospital for children in the United States. Child magazine bestowed a similar honor. The oldest U.S. hospital dedicated exclusively to pediatrics, CHOP is an undisputed world leader in the advancement of healthcare for children. Here's just a smidgen of what the people at CHOP do: "Physician-researchers draw on the latest available information about the human genome to customize therapies to variations in genetic makeup.
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.
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.