At the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference, business continuity experts discuss the importance of setting exercise objectives and the need to view exercises as a training and awareness tool -- not a test that is passed or failed.
The Center for Continuity Leadership, a company known for end-user continuity training, announced that it has rebranded and adopted a new name: Ripcord. Ripcord provides consulting and advisory services along with web-based informational, instructional and experiential trainings delivered from within a client’s Learning Management System.
The plant has been closed since May of last year after the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ordered Honeywell to make the site able to withstand an earthquake or tornado. The regulators also wanted the company to revise its emergency response plans to natural disasters.
I definitely benefitted from “organized chaos” while I was abroad, and it seems that this same approach is equally beneficial for business continuity. Continuity professionals continually strive to innovate and add nuances to exercises to ensure full engagement by the participants.
In the leadup to the 11th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, Scott Shaw, Senior Manager, Corporate Security, Transportation, and Disaster Preparedness at Aflac, discusses partnering with public officials for emergency response exercises and why former president Bill Clinton would have made a good business continuity professional.
Asigra Presents 10-Point Disaster Recovery Checklist For Proactive Enterprise Data Recovery PlanningJanuary 4, 2013 9:00 am | News | Comments
Asigra Inc., a leading Cloud Backup™, recovery and restore (BURR) software provider since 1986 has announced a 10-point checklist for enterprises preparing for events that require disaster recovery. With the potential for severe winter and spring storms over the next several months, the data recovery experts at Asigra recommend that organizations take proactive steps to prepare.
Gaming is an excellent way to increase learning retention and enhance teaming. Exercises are serious business, but with some inspiration from three popular party games you can let participants have a little fun while raising awareness about your business continuity management (BCM) program.
Millions of Americans preparing to survive an earthquake ducked under tables and covered their heads Thursday as part of the annual "Great Shake Out" drill. "Hope doesn't save lives. Preparation does," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.
This graphic, DHS-funded video was designed to help Houston residents prepare for active shooter events by detailing the three options available if one is caught the crossfire.
In 1991, the Oceanos cruise ship, carrying 571 passengers and crew, sank in the Indian Ocean off South Africa. The first people to abandon ship were the captain, his senior officers and most of the crew. So who was in command? The tour director. Her emergency team? The band that had been playing for passengers.
The goal was to give the response community a taste of public response to disasters using Facebook as a tool to coordinate response. We fed “injects” to the event via Twitter, with people downloading Twitter monitoring software before the exercise. Needless to say, the experience was new to all participants and we learned a lot.
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.
The Continuity Insights Management Conference is the premiere event for strategic business continuity discussion, offering unmatched opportunities to learn and network.
If social networks are determined to be too risky a medium for the initial transmission of a message, the planner should identify alternative means that are more secure. This could include corporate alerting systems, internal email or even a phone tree. The use of these more secure media, however, does not guarantee that the content of the message will not reappear within social networks.
Continuity Insights invites its U.S. readers to review and provide feedback on two ISO standards currently under development: ISO 22398 — Societal security — Guidelines for exercises and testing and ISO 22313 — Societal security — Business continuity management systems — Guidance. This is a great way for practitioners, consultants and vendors to get involved in the development of the standards that will, in all probability, influence the maturity of our discipline.
Do those of you who rely on automated notification systems test the process regularly? I know quite a few organizations that have invested in these software products and/or internet based services but yet never test them. I think that presents a huge risk if and when you need to implement the service.
Do you have a policy in your business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency response and/or crisis management program that establishes a limit on the number of hours responders can work before requiring a mandatory break? Are you in position to enforce this policy? Do you enforce it during recovery tests?
Developing a crisis communication plan that allows managers to act quickly, deliberately and strategically has never been more important.
Four months after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency struck Japan, the flow of components and products out of the country is nearing pre-disaster levels. But at the peak of the disaster, plant closures and product shortages were experienced around the globe by many companies that had operations or critical vendors in Japan.
How can something so important still be in a state of flux?
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.
Phelps says he thinks we need to think more about designing systems and tools that are simple, intuitive and “help us maintain competency in a crisis.” But instead of doing that, we tend to get caught up in bells and whistles that we don’t need, that the rank and file can’t use, and that ultimately complicate our lives and hinder crisis response.
This session will address your most critical component for a recovery event - the ability of your team members to be available to go into action. Consider this, the disaster event is occurring and your recovery plan is in place...but, where is y...
Learn ways to start, maintain, and measure your organizations culture of continuity. Overcome people’s disassociation with something that may never happen to them by making it real. Address the lack of time with concise exercises and tests. Meas...
Do you have confidence that your staff can perform well in an emergency? Have you planned for absence of communications? For unavailability of key personnel? Do you have available hard copy of all instructions? Do you have separate plans for wor...
Training is a building block of preparedness and the key to the successful execution of your continuity program. Having your entire company be aware, educated, and knowledgeable about continuity, recovery, and crisis management is your road map ...