These Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) draw upon the considerable academic, technical and practical experiences of the members of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI).
They are intended for use by professionals, consultants, auditors and regulators with a working knowledge of the rationale behind Business Continuity and its fundamental principles. They are not primarily intended to be a beginner’s guide, although they do provide much excellent material for those new to the topic.
2011-2012 Continuity Insights & KPMG LLP Global Business Continuity Management Program Benchmarking StudyApril 10, 2012 12:51 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor
The complex environment in which businesses operate today creates the need for sophisticated business continuity management (BCM) programs that address a wide range of threats, including natural disasters, technology issues and manmade incidents. It is also important that these programs stay in sync with the strategic goals of the organization. The 2011-2012 Continuity Insights & KPMG LLP Global Business Continuity Management Program Benchmarking Study is a comprehensive look at the current state of BCM programs and the drivers for further program development.
As the business continuity management discipline matured over the past twenty years, several governmental and standards development organizations created and introduced numerous regulatory requirements and standards – some with optional certification offerings.
Business continuity is a key component of an organization’s risk management program. However, employees are often unaware of the existence of the program, or their role within the business continuity effort. Can management rely on a business continuity program if employees are unaware of their response and recovery strategies?
Online invitations to participate in this study were sent to readers of Continuity Insights magazine on June 3, 2008. The study was closed on June 30, 2008, with 581 completed and usable responses. This study took an average of 8.02 minutes to complete. Study participants, upon request, will receive a complimentary copy of the study results.
The sample for the Continuity Insights/KPMG Business Continuity Management Benchmarking Study was obtained from the circulation of Continuity Insights magazine via its printed publication, its website, direct mail and email notification efforts. Respondents were directed to a website to complete this survey online.
Businesses focused on manual notification, call trees or automated mass notification services, popular for providing the same message to a large population of recipients, must consider the requirements of today’s real-time, mobile enterprise.
Business continuity programs, similar to other enterprise risk management processes, are most effective when grounded in generally-accepted standards and built according to the business’ objectives. Business objectives and “proven” standards together form a foundation that adds both credibility and viability to a continuity program.
Did you know that, according to the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), of all the businesses damaged by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 (a category 4 storm), 80% of those lacking some form of business continuity plan failed within two years of the storm.
For the banking and financial services sector in the United States, mobile phones represent the last great, mostly untapped channel for direct interaction with their customers. Mobile banking solutions have the potential to provide anytime access to private, sensitive financial information and allow consumers to perform real-time transactions with their financial accounts from any location.
Some economists assert that inadequate investment in new technologies is one of the major causes of productivity declines. Although most executives can easily agree with that statement, there is another equally valid belief that states the under utilization of existing technologies is also a major contributor to the lack of productivity.
Building a data center is a massive investment. It requires investment in real estate, reinforced facilities, raised ﬂoors, state-of-the art power and cooling, and IT infrastructure such as networks, servers, and storage — not to mention the experienced data center staﬀ to manage it all.
Compared to most other business disciplines, business continuity is relatively new. Born in the 1960's as "disaster recovery", this discipline has grown considerable to where now, in this post 9/11 era, it is regularly discussed in boardrooms across the global corpoarte landscape.
This template was created as a GUIDE to help plan for business or government continuity during a Pandemic. It is not intended as an "instant" Plan (You cannot simply plug in a few names and places and be done!).
The Army National Guard was called out in force during hurricanes Katrina and Rita. One National Guard commander made an interesting observation about Hurricane Katrina. He said it was an excellent exercise for the Guard because dealing with it was much like dealing with a classic military attack.
In this time of increased security concerns worldwide, safety issues are in everyone’s thoughts. Neither you nor I expect to be victimized when we travel overseas, but the fact remains that possibility exists now more than ever. Visitors to a foreign country are often targeted because they are unfamiliar with their surroundings and may not speak the local language.