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Video:Using Tools and Concepts in Industry Standards to Engage Management

July 8, 2014 9:23 am | Videos | Comments

Brian Zawada, Director of Consulting for Avalution, discusses how to effectively user management system concepts outlined in different business continuity standards to actively engage senior management in your enterprise's continuity program.

Speakers’ Soapbox: Lynnda Nelson On Risk Management’s Shortcomings & Heavy Metal

February 26, 2013 10:43 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the...

Behind The Bureaucracy: How PS-Prep Can Shore Up Supply Chains

August 6, 2012 5:27 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

At its heart, PS-Prep certification is a very straightforward process: Simply certify to one of...

Train Everyone, Including The Band

July 2, 2012 3:45 pm | by Bo Mitchell, CBCP, 911 Consulting | Articles | Comments

In 1991, the Oceanos cruise ship, carrying 571 passengers and crew, sank in the Indian Ocean off...

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A Look At ISO 22301 & The Need For A Management System

June 11, 2012 4:15 pm | by Lynnda Nelson, President, ICOR | Articles | Comments

Using a management system approach for your BCM program is more efficient than a siloed approach and ties it to other management systems in place in the organization. It can eliminate waste and duplication of services. It embeds BCS into the culture of the organization versus maintaining ownership with a few individuals.

White Paper Release: Our Path To Business Continuity Certification

May 9, 2012 9:31 am | by Courtney Bowers, Avalution | News | Comments

Business continuity certification requires management commitment and support, a strong business case, personnel time, and financial resources in order to achieve success and deliver long-term value, so it’s important to research up front whether certification makes business sense for and would be successful within your organization. 

Will ISO 22301 Be Embraced?

April 30, 2012 11:09 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Videos | Comments

At the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference, Mike Keating, VP of BCM at Reinsurance Group of America, explains that the value of ISO 22301 for his organization is not in certification but in the common language it provides business continuity professionals around the world. ICOR's Lynnda Nelson compares BS 25999 to ISO 22301, highlighting the changes to terminology such as MTPoD.

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Choosing The Right Standard For PS-Prep Certification

April 13, 2012 12:44 pm | by Lynnda Nelson, President, ICOR | Articles | Comments

The process for obtaining PS-Prep certification is now established and companies are working to determine their readiness for a PS-Prep third-party audit. The first step in determining readiness is to identify the standard to which your organization should become certified. ICOR's Lynnda Nelson gives a side-by-side comparison of the three standards at the ehart of PS-Prep and provides background information designed to help organizations choose the most appropriate standard.

BCM Benchmarking Study: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

April 10, 2012 1:13 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

In order to tease out the most compelling — and more subtle — results from the 2011-2012 Continuity Insights & KPMG LLP Global Business Continuity Management Program Benchmarking Study, a panel of subject-matter experts reviewed and commented on the raw data collected from 685 business continuity professionals. Reactions range from “disturbing” to “encouraging.” 

ISO 22301 Approved; What It Means For The Business Continuity Industry & BS25999

April 3, 2012 1:54 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

Brian Zawada, member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 223, discusses the ramifications for the business continuity industry, when the standard will be available and how ISO 22301 affects those already certified to BS25999.

Podcast 001 | Part 3: ISO 22301

December 24, 2011 4:47 pm | by Brian Zawada, U.S. Technical Advisory Group | Podcasts | Comments

Brian Zawada, member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 223, discusses the soon-to-be released ISO 22301 standard: Societal security -- Business continuity management systems --- Requirements. Among the topics discussed is the standard's compatibility with current standards such as BS 25999 and programs such as PS-Prep.

Podcast 001 | Part 2: ISO 22301

December 23, 2011 4:45 pm | by Brian Zawada, U.S. Technical Advisory Group | Podcasts | Comments

Brian Zawada, member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 223, discusses the soon-to-be released ISO 22301 standard: Societal security -- Business continuity management systems --- Requirements. Among the topics discussed is the standard's compatibility with current standards such as BS 25999 and programs such as PS-Prep.

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Podcast 001 | Part 1: ISO 22301

December 21, 2011 4:30 pm | by Brian Zawada, U.S. Technical Advisory Group | Podcasts | Comments

Brian Zawada, member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 223, discusses the soon-to-be released ISO 22301 standard: Societal security -- Business continuity management systems --- Requirements. Among the topics discussed is the standard's compatibility with current standards such as BS 25999 and programs such as PS-Prep.

What Do You Need To Know About ISO 22301?

August 15, 2011 11:05 am | News | Comments

In the first Continuity Insights Podcast, EAB member Brian Zawada will answer questions about business continuity-related regulations and standards, including ISO 22301: Societal Security — Business Continuity Management Systems — Requirements.

2009 BCP Lessons Learned

December 31, 2009 7:00 pm | by Brian Zawada | Articles | Comments

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.

The Regulatory Landscape

April 26, 2009 8:00 pm | by Al Berman | Articles | Comments

Businesses and government are encountering a growing number of local and national compliance requirements, which have substantially added to the burden building and testing preparedness plans. We can expect to see additional regulations and guid...

BS 25999: A Case Study

April 26, 2009 8:00 pm | by Tim Matthews | Articles | Comments

Attend this session to learn why and how ETS, a non-profit organization with 2,500 employees worldwide, is pursuing BS 25999 certification. ETS provides a range of products and services to advance learning worldwide, including designing, develop...

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The Role of Statutes, Regulations, and Professional Standards in Establishing Legal Liability

April 26, 2009 8:00 pm | by Denis Binder | Articles | Comments

The tragedies of 9/11, Katrina, Columbine, and Virginia Tech highlight the need for emergency action and business continuity planning. Government has responded through legislation and regulations. Industry has promulgated professional standards,...

An Approach to Measuring Enterprise Resiliency and Program Effectiveness

May 5, 2008 8:00 pm | by Thomas E. Martin | Articles | Comments

Business continuity standards and best practices (i.e. BS 25999) continue to evolve, but the requirement for measuring and evaluating your program is now. Come and experience a model for organizing and evaluating your program with a comprehensiv...

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

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

Great Ideas: Consider Leveraging Standard 25999

June 30, 2007 8:00 pm | by Brian Zawada | Articles | Comments

Without exception, organizations leveraging BS 25999 are finding that the content is actionable and positioned to be understood by executive managers. And by evaluating and implementing the process recommendations found in BS 25999, business continuity management organizations are realizing higher levels of credibility with their executive management teams.

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