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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.

Learning to “Speak the Language” a Key for Executive Support

June 30, 2014 2:17 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Throughout the business continuity industry, practitioners are constantly looking for ways to...

Video:Communicating With Executive Management

June 30, 2014 8:52 am | Videos | Comments

Melissa Owings, Business Continuity Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield, shares how she...

Video: Successful Engagement with Senior Leaders

June 3, 2014 1:22 pm | Videos | Comments

Successful engagement with senior leaders is a three-step approach, according to Judy Analco...

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Engaging Senior Management Into Your Exercises

May 19, 2014 8:43 pm | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

The next video in this series features Kathy Lee Patterson, Business Continuity Project Manager with Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia.  Her topic is "Engaging Senior Management Into Your Exercises." Take a quick look at this week's video! 

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2014

March 18, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

Business Continuity Awareness Week began yesterday and runs until Friday, March 21. The annual event is organized by the Business Continuity Institute. This year's theme is 'Counting The Cost,' which according to the BCI is "a theme designed to demonstrate the potential cost of not having an effective business continuity management system." 

Building A Stronger, More Strategic BCM Program

February 18, 2014 11:01 am | by Patrick Potter, GRC Strategist, Business Continuity & Audit, RSA | Articles | Comments

First of all, you must understand your company’s vision and plan, and then identify any conflicts or gaps with your BCM program vision and plan. It’s important to understand that you will be speaking with people with less knowledge, background and interest in BCM and resiliency. It’s important to them too, they just may not know it yet! 

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New Risk Survey Finds Regulatory Change Tops List Of Risk Concerns For Companies Across Multiple Industries

February 11, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

Changes in the regulatory environment and heightened scrutiny by regulators rank at or near the top of risk concerns among corporate leaders regardless of industry, according to Executive Perspectives on Top Risks for 2014, a just-released survey report by global consulting firm Protiviti and the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Initiative at North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management. 

Continuity Q&A: David Lindstedt On Preparedness & Recoverability Metrics

July 9, 2013 10:31 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

At the first-annual Continuity Insights Chicago conference, David Lindstedt, PhD, PMP, CBCP, Director, Program Management: Office of Distance Education and eLearning at The Ohio State University, presented “Preparedness & Recoverability Metrics: Quantifying Confidence & Assessing Intuitions.” Continuity Insights spoke with Dr. Lindstedt in order to learn more about his topic. 

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Speakers’ Soapbox: Tracy Stourac On BC Scorecards & President Kennedy

January 21, 2013 11:31 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the 11th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, Tracy Stourac, Business Continuity Manager at TransUnion, discusses BC scorecards, the importance of personal preparation and why President Kennedy would have made a good business continuity professional.

JetBlue Names New Business Continuity Leader

December 26, 2012 12:09 pm | News | Comments

Mr. Battaglia will assume responsibility for the airline's JetForward Program, the largest single multi-year strategic initiative in Operations to improve core technology used in planning, running and recovering JetBlue's operation within System Operations.

Leveraging Your BCP Into A Competitive Advantage

November 9, 2012 4:39 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

While BC programs (BCPs) offer immense value to organizations they are not always leveraged to give the organization an edge over competitors. Andy Vanderhoff, President of Quantivate, discusses the ways you can publicize your BCP and use it to achieve cost savings, as well as the lean manufacturing conundrum: necessary redundancy versus lean principles.

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Speakers’ Soapbox: Doug Weldon On Effective BIAs & Eisenhower

August 20, 2012 3:53 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Does Preparedness Have An ROI? | Part 1: An Answer

May 21, 2012 4:19 am | by David Lindstedt, PhD | Articles | Comments

Efforts to prepare to recover from physical or staffing losses will be focused on ensuring that: resources are available at time of incident, people are immediately aware of proper response and recovery procedures, and critical competencies have been internalized. 

Tales From The C-Suite

May 7, 2012 5:12 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

Kelly McDonough, President/CEO of First Alliance Credit Union, talks about how to scare your C-level executives into supporting your BCM program, how credit unions do more with less, the “end point” for business continuity, and why cloud will make businesses and families more resilient.

Continuity Insights / KPMG LLP Study: Integration Can Help Business Continuity Management Maturity; Cloud & Social Media Emerge As Key Technologies

April 10, 2012 2:18 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | News | Comments

The 2011-2012 Continuity Insights & KPMG LLP Global Business Continuity Management Program Benchmarking Study, which surveyed 685 executives from over 40 countries, revealed varied levels of business continuity management program maturity across organizations and identified opportunities for improvement through deeper integration with other disciplines.

A: Case Study Track — 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference

April 4, 2012 4:28 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Events

A listing of Case Study educational sessions at the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference and links to download presentation slides.

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E. Program Development, Methodology & Measurement Track — 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference

April 4, 2012 12:09 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Events

A listing of Program Development, Methodology & Measurement educational sessions at the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference and links to download presentation slides.

2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference

February 28, 2012 11:13 am | News | Comments

The Continuity Insights Management Conference is the premiere event for strategic business continuity discussion, offering unmatched opportunities to learn and network.

Inspiring Change

January 9, 2012 6:46 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Change comes with resistance. If we are the top dog of our organization or team, we can force change by dictating it. If that isn’t your option or your style, then inspire change by addressing the emotional motivations to change. Logic alone just isn’t reason enough.

Selling BCM To Law Firm Leadership

August 22, 2011 12:30 pm | Articles | Comments

Presenting the case for business continuity management to a legal audience entails speaking their language and delivering the message in a manner that appeals to those in the legal profession.

Growth, Change, and Growing Pains In Business Continuity Management

May 4, 2011 10:16 am | by Michael Keating Vice President, Client Services | Articles | Comments

Business Continuity Management (BCM) has changed rapidly in recent years. Today, many BCM programs are a byproduct of enterprise risk management programs or part of customer-driven service level agreements. But BCM is still looking for a place to call home in many organizations, with BCM ownership all over the map.

ARCHIVED Webinar: World Class BC

October 5, 2010 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

This webinar will help you understand and, therefore, better communicate with high-level executives about implementing CPM as part of a World-Class BC program.

Yeah, That Makes Sense

September 23, 2010 8:00 pm | by Joe Jurchak Director of BC Management | Articles | Comments

It’s a beautiful thing when your management understands immediately where your continuity risks are and what needs to be done about them. Getting to that point requires a little science and a lot of art. Metrics and reporting are the communication instruments of a sound BCP program. Often regarded as a simple technical exercise in gathering data, they can make or break your program’s effectiveness in leading the firm to sound continuity capabilities.

Maximize Your Return on Investment

September 12, 2010 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Companies are putting ever-more emphasis on return-based decision making. Learn three basic ways to maximize your company’s ROI on its BC program.

Ask the EAB - Jul/Aug 2010

July 23, 2010 7:00 am | Articles | Comments

MUST ... DEMONSTRATE ... RETURN ... ON ...INVESTMENT. Until we can develop some realistic, replicable, and recognizable quantification of our value (The “3 R’s” of value), we will always be seen as a cost center. That should be the main industry focus for the next three years. Let’s use terrorism as an example.

Planning, Awareness and Execution

August 31, 2009 8:00 pm | by Brian Zawada | Articles | Comments

Failure to activate BC teams and strategies could result in a serious loss of confidence and may be a serious source of embarrassment if executives attempt to fill a perceived void.

Ask the EAB - July/August 2009

June 30, 2009 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

In this issue: There's been lots of talk about "elevator pitches" lately. Do you have one? Do you have more than one? What do you say and for how long? When do you use them? Who do you approach and how? How do you not make it seem like a cheesy bar pickup? Does this approach work for you? What have you gotten out of it? And have you ever really given an elevator pitch in an elevator?

Developing or Enhancing Your Business Continuity Program's Value Proposition (Part 2)

April 28, 2009 8:00 pm | by Brian Zawada | Articles | Comments

Business continuity professionals often struggle with defining and delivering a value proposition that keeps management’s attention and secures the resources necessary to meet the organization’s response and recovery objectives. This two-part br...

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