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This perspective is the fifth in a series to discuss key elements of the ISO 22301 business continuity management system. Today we’re going to take a look at Clause 9.1.2, the standard’s requirement for evaluation of business continuity procedures.
I’m gearing up for the holidays, and my house wouldn’t be the same without numerous strings of white lights. Winter wouldn’t be bearable without the heat that pipes through the vents, and time off work wouldn’t be nearly as fun without a road trip to see family. What do all of these things have in common? Infrastructure. It lights up my lights, supplies my heat and powers my car. (Note: Cheer sold separately.)
One of the key elements of all management systems is the ability to monitor, measure and continually improve the performance of the organization. In Clause 9 – Performance evaluation, ISO 22301 provides the requirements for evaluating the BCMS and the business continuity procedures.
Just being a member in a trade association sets you apart as an individual dedicated to our profession. Adding a professional designation gives you access to positions you wouldn’t get otherwise. Membership in a professional organization highlights that business continuity/disaster recovery is your profession, and not just your job.
We all know they are out there: the State Association of [insert chosen profession here] or a National Association of…. Did you know there is a National Association of Airline Passengers? You might think there is little value to joining an association. Allow me to share some experience that might change your mind.
Perhaps due to the location of Superstorm Sandy, and the incredibly media-savvy and connected population in New York and New Jersey, social media quickly became the story as images of flooding and damage were immediately publicized. In Sandy’s aftermath, groups discussed some of the lessons learned.
From an outsider’s perspective, Sandy Hook Elementary school did everything right. They practiced active-shooter drills, locked the campus doors every morning after 9:30 AM, and relied on an access control system.
Management reviews provide an excellent opportunity to review the organization’s current status, identify areas for improvement, and build support for future business continuity initiatives. By focusing on the needs of the audience and ensuring alignment of business continuity activities to the organization’s overall strategic direction, the business continuity professional can see senior leadership as partners.
ISO 22301 is the first standard to employ the new ISO format for management systems standards, which involves a considerable amount of “templatized” management system content across 10 clauses. Because this format, language and many of the requirements are new to most business continuity professionals, it’s important to review and consider the intent associated with some of the content and concepts.
Mike Smith, meteorologist, senior vice president of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions and author, exposes some common tornado misconceptions. Smith was one of the presenters of “Developing A Robust Weather Preparedness Program” at the 2013 Continuity Insights Management Conference in San Diego, CA.
“A little birdie told me” has taken on a whole new meaning since Twitter first launched in 2006. A decade later, Twitter has emerged as a multifaceted social media machine, as users post and share everything from pictures of their lunch to life-saving advice. In this fast-paced world, a tweet is the epitome of efficiency, but that efficiency — while advantageous — presents its own set of problems.
Records show that rail safety is steadily improving, but the month of May unfortunately highlighted the vulnerabilities of America’s railways. These recent derailments highlight the importance of planning for anything and everything.
A lot has been written about the differences and similarities between the Brits and the Americans, but while visiting San Diego for the 2013 Continuity Insights Management Conference, one or two more things struck me. Despite fighting the same wars and mostly being on the same side, we still have a lot that divides us, and in the context of business continuity, such differences can be important.
I definitely benefitted from “organized chaos” while I was abroad, and it seems that this same approach is equally beneficial for business continuity. Continuity professionals continually strive to innovate and add nuances to exercises to ensure full engagement by the participants.
My desk is currently brimming with magazines, white papers and textbooks about business continuity. Just two weeks ago, this was not the case, but my new role as Editor of Continuity Insights means that I must immerse myself in the world of business continuity, and all that world entails.