At the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, business continuity experts discuss ways to develop a balanced scorecard, the benefits of using a standards-based approach (ISO 31000) and a common pitfall: analysis paralysis.
I recently developed a personal winter weather plan for situations where a blizzard or winter storm results in a power outage. It’s been an interesting experience applying some of the same business continuity concepts I read and write about here at Continuity Insights to my personal life, such as identifying critical systems (heating, cooking) and implementing backup systems.
In the leadup to Continuity Insights New York, October 29-30, 2012 at The Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, David Nolan, CEO of Fusion Risk Management, discusses the concept of continuity risk management, game changing technology and Michael Andretti's measured risks.
In the leadup to Continuity Insights New York, Doug Weldon, President of the BCI USA Chapter, discusses executive support, the need to have a total understanding of the business and its processes, and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s deep understanding of planning and incident response.
The company’s approach to business continuity consulting is “prudent preparation results in practical planning.” Stouffer has an extensive IT background and over 17 years experience in providing continuity services.
E. Program Development, Methodology & Measurement Track — 2012 Continuity Insights Management ConferenceApril 4, 2012 12:09 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Events | Comments
A listing of Program Development, Methodology & Measurement educational sessions at the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference and links to download presentation slides.
A listing of Ask The Experts educational sessions at the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference and links to download presentation slides.
When the total of all financial impacts from an outage exceeds the annual revenue of the organization, you know it’s time to modify your approach. Five members of Continuity Insights’ editorial advisory board discuss the techniques they use to compensate for business unit managers that overemphasize their own or their unit’s value during the business impact analysis (BIA) process. Among the recommendations are peer reviews, senior leader engagement and validation, steering committee reconciliation and, believe it or not, sarcasm.
There are compelling signals that clearly indicate continuity risk management is now front and center, with traditional continuity programs falling in line as part of a bigger risk management agenda.
In our last issue, the cover story discussed the value of business continuity software and posed the question: Should you be using it? We spoke with experts who had lots of opinions, positive and negative, about such tools.
In our last issue, the cover story discussed the value of business continuity software and posed the question: Should you be using it? We spoke with experts who had lots of opinions, positive and negative, about such tools. But we didn’t speak to vendors…until now.
BCP software vendors really do want to help you safeguard your company, but no matter how altruistic their intentions, it’s still a business. Here’s one buyer’s take on a few marketing techniques and sale pitches that are sure to be thrown your way.
The decision about whether to use business continuity software is a real dilemma. But opting out isn’t as clear-cut as you might think. In this issue, we explore the pros and cons and let you decide if a packaged software solution will work for you.
Concerns about people and their contribution to the corporate bottom line do not fit neatly into recovery plans for operational failure. Still, the landscape of potential hazards has shifted dramatically over the past decade, ushering in a need to plan for novel and complex crisis scenarios wherein a focus on people cannot be avoided. Analyzing such crises as pandemics, dirty bombs, and economic meltdowns, and developing effective contingency plans for them requires new approaches to traditional hazard vulnerability assessment (HVA) and business impact analysis (BIA).
Companies that can leverage technology for business continuity will also reduce incremental spending and ultimately drive down costs. How much time and money a company dedicates to disaster recovery depends on how dependent the business is on s...
It's been a few years since Continuity Insights took a look at business continuity software packages. In that time, much has changed. There are new vendors, new functions, and new thought processes, making tool selection more interesting and potentially more confusing, than ever. We spoke with some of the leading software providers and surveyed CI readers to bring you the latest developments and trends in this evolving market.
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.
Some regulations have become more specific about stating what a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) must include. But they still don’t give any clear instruction regarding how to collect or analyze the BIA data. Neither do they describe what the fin...
When Union Bank of California wanted to analyze BIA data by geographic region in order to determine the total potential impact of a regional event, we looked at a number of services and tools and found that they wouldn’t work for us. These tools...
You have been asked to take over the BCP/DR program at a healthcare provider. You are experienced, but possibly not in the clinical environment. Where do you start? If there is an existing BCP/DR program and plan, how should you begin to evaluat...
Downtime has an economic impact and it no longer takes a catastrophe to experience a severe economic loss. The business impact analysis (BIA) has been promoted as an effective tool for business continuity planners to understand the criticality o...
A BUSINESS IMPACT ANALYSIS (BIA) can help identify an organization's critical processes, their recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs). Information gathered is used to prioritize recovery of processes or functions, develop recovery strategies, and develop recovery plans.