At the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference, business continuity experts discuss the importance of realistic exercises -- test the plan, don't plan to test -- and the need for a follow-up to review and act on the exercise results and feedback.
Continuity Insights speaks with Mark Haimowitz, Director of Business Continuity...
Continuity Insights / KPMG LLP Study: Integration Can Help Business Continuity Management Maturity; Cloud & Social Media Emerge As Key TechnologiesApril 10, 2012 2:18 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | News | Comments
The 2011-2012 Continuity Insights & KPMG LLP Global Business Continuity Management Program...
The growing importance of business continuity planning was acknowledged by the American Bar...
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.
June 1 is the official start to the Northeast’s Hurricane Season and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), predict a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms for 2013, of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes, including 3 to 6 major hurricanes.
FEMA and its partners have released the 2013 National Preparedness Report (NPR). The NPR is an annual status report on the nation's progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. The report also identified areas for national improvement in enhancing the resilience of infrastructure systems and maturing the role of public private partnerships.
The Southwest Community Conference on Recovery will be held on September 19, 2013, from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. The purpose of the conference is to provide participants with tools and information to improve organization and community recovery plans.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. EDT When it comes to determining whether a continuous-availability or high-availability solution is best, many organizations have a lot of questions. Learn the difference between a continuous-availability and a high availability-solution, how to protect mission-critical assets, and much more! REGISTER TODAY!
In your company, you want a partnership in preparedness, so that all of the discipline leaders are interacting effectively. The DR people need to know where the BC people are going to recover. You can drive that integration now, before a disaster, to create positive resilience when you do have a disaster.
The scorecard is used to facilitate the movement from one activity to the next in a natural way … it allows me to measure progress and acknowledge progress, and it keeps my company focused on goals — whether they are plan goals, departmental goals or company goals.
Government has predefined duties at every level — federal, state and local. One of the major duties of government (other than collection of revenues), is public safety. Since the turn of the century, we have seen several paradigm shifts in the relationship between government and the private sector.
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.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT ISO 22301 is the first converged standard in the DR/BC Industry. But what does it mean to you and your organization? Where does it provide leadership and best practice, and where does it present the obvious or represent compromise? Most importantly, what aspects provide direction for opportunities to improve your program and deliver business value?Attend this session for a practical approach to embracing ISO 22301 — on your terms!REGISTER TODAY
Following the recent launch of the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2013 in March this year during Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2013, the BCI is pleased to announce the release of the new BCI Good Practice Guidelines Training Course.
At the turn of the current century, BP was on a path to building a reputation as an environmental thought leader. Fast forward to 2013, however, and BP has not only lost its reputation, but also $54 billion in value. Reputation may be an organization’s most important asset, but its intangible nature may make it the most difficult asset to manage.
As one client recently noted, "I don't want my company's name in the news because we were able to fly our employees out of a bad situation, but we left our contractors sitting on the tarmac with no way to evacuate." Thinking about Duty of Care only as the small print at the bottom of your travel itinerary won't be enough when a crisis erupts in a foreign country and you don't have a plan to get your staff out safely.
As an auditable standard, ISO 22301 is difficult to envision without significant automation for key parts of the program. Specific features are needed to affordably meet the goals of such a program. This article addresses some of the major areas requiring systems software.
The BCI has started its ‘award season’ with great élan and enthusiasm and has added to its growing repertoire of BCI Regional Awards — taking the headcount to six this year. Australasia and Europe have now joined their Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern and North American counterparts in the BCI Global Awards Programme.
Last month's massive snow storm disrupted business and transportation, leading to a loss of 5,700 jobs, the Connecticut Labor Department said Thursday. But still, the unemployment rate fell to 8 percent in February, from 8.1 percent in January.
Being proactive embodies the intent to go beyond recovery to identify what information we need on a continuous basis, in order to identify opportunities for competitive advantage in an adverse situation. The target is an improved competitive position that can in fact increase revenues and develop long-term competitive superiority.
We need to embed recognition of culture into our practices and use that knowledge to improve the appeal and relevance of BCM to our businesses. If you cannot understand why others do not share your passion to establish and maintain a viable continuity capability, you need to read this paper.
In the leadup to the11th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, April 22-24, 2013 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, Continuity Insights sat down with Ron Martel, Development Executive at IBM Business Continuity & Resiliency Services, to discuss the impact of data breaches and the importance of thinking on multiple dimensions.
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.
June 18-19, 2013 at the AMA Executive Conference Center, Chicago, Il.Continuity Insights Chicago will address the critical issues most important to business continuity professionals in the Midwest, and facilitate the sharing of meaningful and valuable information between regional colleagues.
The suit alleges Stanley Kirk, a 62-year-old aircraft engine technician, wasn't allowed to leave the store and was directed to "an unsafe/improper location." Court records said Kirk lived only three miles away, "or a seven-minute drive," in an area that was not hit by the May 22, 2011, tornado. Of the 161 people killed, at least three died in the Walmart.
Technology has transformed the way we do business and that transformation puts the data center directly into the domain of the business-oriented BCM practitioner because the data center is the largest source of operational risk in any organization. If BCM really wants to make a strong, significant contribution to mitigate risk then the data center is precisely where the practitioner needs to place focus.
We as BC professionals can't even agree on what should be in a business continuity plan. So what can we as a profession offer small businesses when they hear one thing from one BC planner and something different from another?
The act of buying tangible items is reassuring, quelling our fears with a temporary, albeit false, sense of safety. This coping mechanism for uncertainty makes us feel like we’re taking proactive measures. We might perceive owning cutting-edge products as a reflection of our BCM sophistication, or as physical proof of our resiliency. BCM shopping therapy becomes a pitfall when we rely on products to determine our level of preparedness. Soon, we start believing the more tools we own, the better prepared we are.