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Speaker's Soapbox: Lynnda Nelson of The ICOR

December 19, 2014 10:42 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Lynnda Nelson, President of The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR), will present "Aligning Your BCM Program to ISO 22301."  In her presentation, Nelson will discuss how organizations can incorporate the new ISO 22301 standards into their business continuity programs and how implimenting those standards can help them become more resilient.

Looking Forward: Business Continuity in 2015

December 16, 2014 10:37 am | by CI Staff | Articles | Comments

What's in store for business continuity in the coming year? How will this continally evolving...

Results of Unitrends Data Governance Survey are In

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Results of the Unitrends and Continuity Insights...

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...

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Conforming to ISO 22301: How to Establish an Early Warning System

June 23, 2014 3:05 pm | by Brian Zawada, | Avalution Consulting | Blogs | Comments

A key element of any business continuity professional’s job description is helping the organization execute its business continuity arrangements, or as ISO 22301 calls it in Clause 8.4.3, “detecting an incident” and then activating the response.  Taken one step further, ISO 22301 calls out a number of specific response-related requirements related to early warning or incident detection that organizations must consider

Business Leaders Feel Most Threatened By IT Hazards

March 5, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

A new report published by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), in association with BSI, has revealed that IT-related threats are continuing to provide the greatest concern for organizations, ranking above other threats such as natural disasters, security incidents and industrial disputes.

Using Lessons Learned In The Evaluation Of Business Continuity Procedures

January 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Greg Marbais, Senior Consultant, Avalution Consulting | Blogs | Comments

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.

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Internal Audit – Protecting Your Investment In ISO 22301

November 19, 2013 10:15 am | by Glen Bricker, Managing Consultant Avalution Consulting | Blogs | Comments

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.

ISO 31000 Guidance Document Available From ISO

October 29, 2013 10:28 am | by ISO | News | Comments

ISO/TR 31004:2013 provides guidance for organizations on managing risk effectively by implementing ISO 31000:2009. It provides: a structured approach for organizations to transition their risk management arrangements in order to be consistent with ISO 31000; an explanation of the underlying concepts of ISO 31000; and guidance on aspects of the principles and risk management framework that are described in ISO 31000.

Why Documentation Is So Much More Than Just Documents

August 20, 2013 9:44 am | by Stacy Gardner, Managing Consultant, Avalution Consulting | Blogs | Comments

While all business continuity standards require documented analysis and plans, ISO 22301 requires that organizations document procedures (to drive repeatable performance) and outcomes of the planning process (to serve as evidence).  While this effort is necessary if an organization chooses to seek certification, there are several benefits organizations can achieve just by conforming to the ISO 22301 standard.

Does Your Business Continuity Management System Have 'Issues'?

July 1, 2013 5:29 pm | by Brian Zawada, Director of Consulting, Avalution | Blogs | Comments

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.

Avalution Consulting Achieves ISO 22301 Organizational Certification

June 3, 2013 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Avalution Consulting announces the achievement of organizational certification to ISO 22301, the international business continuity standard. Avalution is the first organization in the United Stated to receive this certification. Avalution was assessed and registered by BSI Group America Inc. (BSI), a leading global Certification Body.

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Trending #ISO22301 — Does It Matter?

May 15, 2013 9:36 pm | by Fusion Risk Management | Webinars

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!

Trending #ISO22301 — Does It Matter?

May 3, 2013 4:00 pm | by Fusion Risk Management | Events

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

Automating ISO 22301:2012

April 5, 2013 5:13 pm | by Chris Alvord, Coop Systems Founder, CEO, CBCP, MBCI, OCEG RISK, ISO 22301 Lead Auditor | Articles | Comments

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. 

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

February 26, 2013 10:43 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | The International Consortium For Organizational Resilience (Icor) | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the 11th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, Lynnda Nelson, President of ICOR, discusses “soft” business continuity issues, why risk management is not a panacea and the business continuity-themed supergroup: Strapperjack!

Avalution Consulting Releases White Paper On Implementing ISO 22301: The Business Continuity Management System Standard

February 26, 2013 9:30 am | News | Comments

Avalution’s new white paper, Implementing ISO 22301, breaks the standard down section by section, discussing what each clause means, the value it delivers, recommended approaches for alignment, and items to consider before moving forward. Whether your goal is to align to the standard or pursue certification (only if there’s a business case, of course), this white paper will serve as your road map for success.

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Speakers’ Soapbox: Chris Needham-Bennett On Britain’s Tsunami & The Fun Side Of ISO22301

February 1, 2013 5:38 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the 11th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, Chris Needham-Bennett, owner & Managing Director of London-based Needhams 1834 Ltd, discusses the real cost of ISO22301 certification, the tsunami that struck Britain in 1607 and Theodore Roosevelt’s resilience.

RSA Introduces New Integrated Business Continuity Solution, Mobile App

January 28, 2013 4:11 pm | News | Comments

RSA Archer Business Continuity Management and Operations is one of the industry’s most tightly integrated solutions designed to address business continuity, disaster recovery and crisis management. Engineered to align with BS25999, NIMS and ISO 22301, it offers a standards-based approach to business continuity planning.

Agiliance Riskvision Minimizes Threat Of Business Disruptions

September 6, 2012 9:23 am | News | Comments

The Agiliance ISO 22301 Content Pack provides the necessary framework to identify potential threats to an organization and the impacts to business operations they pose. It breaks down the processes into simple and effective steps, enabling organizations to not just create a business continuity strategy but also to manage, maintain, and continually improve the plan.

How Business Continuity Groups Can Partner With ERM & IT Groups

August 13, 2012 11:46 am | by Jason Merante, an executive in Accenture Technology Consulting | Articles | Comments

As a consultant, I have had the opportunity to work for some of the largest and most complex corporations in the world. Based on my observations over the years, both positive and negative, I would like to share some ideas that will help bring the two disciplines of BCM and ERM together to achieve real business value and improve loss avoidance.

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 the three standards chosen by DHS and you’re pretty much good to go. Unfortunately, PS-Prep is plagued by several technicalities that cause potential adopter’s eyes to glaze over faster than you can say “ANAB-accredited certifying body.” To shed some light on the program, Continuity Insights speaks with Tim Mathews, Director of Enterprise Resiliency at Educational Testing Service, about how PS-Prep can shore up supply chains, the Wal-Mart effect, accreditation roadblocks, and the special consideration for small businesses.

Learn To Audit BCM Programs For PS-Prep Certification

August 6, 2012 12:31 pm | News | Comments

ICOR's BCM 5000 course provides students with the skills and knowledge to conduct and lead effective business continuity management system audits in accordance with the requirements of the standards.

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.

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.

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