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BUSINESS CONTINUITY: BASIC RESOURCES

Advanced level BCM

In this section you can find an overview of all the basic business continuity resources added to this website recently.

Five ways to boost the impact of your business continuity presentations
Need to update your executive committee about BCM? Are you comfortable that you know what to do and how to effectively articulate the value of BCM to the organization? Chris MacArthur offers some helpful advice.
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Type: Article •Region: US/World •Level: Basic

When business continuity programs get stuck…
Ross Ladley outlines common challenges that organizations face when implementing a business continuity program and offers some solutions.
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Type: Article •Region: US / Worldwide •Level: Basic

Plans within business continuity
Michael Bratton explores different types of plans used within business continuity management systems, examines their purpose and provides guidance for improving their effectiveness.
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Type: Article •Region: US/Worldwide •Level: Basic

A challenging exercise…
Why are participants often reluctant to participate in business continuity exercises? Luke Bird gives his views.
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Type: Article •Region: UK/Worldwide •Level: Basic

Obtaining executive management commitment to business continuity program support
Statistics and scare tactics don’t work; instead the starting point is ensuring that you have a deep understanding of the business landscape, strategies and risks. By Larry Robert.
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Type: Article •Region: US/World •Level: Basic

Fire and water: the importance of water
Not that many organizations have standby or alternative sources of water as part of their business continuity strategies. Charlie Maclean-Bristol explains why this is an oversight.
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Type: Article •Region: UK/Worldwide •Level: Basic

How the cloud facilitates crisis management
Business continuity information in the cloud holds the key to faster recovery says Matt Gordon-Smith.
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Type: Article •Region: Worldwide •Level: Basic

Business continuity management in the United States: where is it heading?
Have changes in the risks faced by both the public and private sectors increased the importance given to BCM? Lynnda Nelson comments.
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Type: Article •Region: US •Level: Basic

Crisis communications: an organizational balancing act
Achieving the ideal nexus of operational and communicative responses during a crisis is no easy task. Michael Bratton offers some advice.
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Type: Article •Region: US/World •Level: Basic

The 3 R’s of resilience for small businesses
Resilience is the vision of business continuity says Jan Decker and the 3 R’s, RTO, RPO and ROI, are the heart of resiliency.
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Type: Article •Region: US/World •Level: Basic

Don’t reinvent the wheel: leveraging 'non-business continuity' tools and methodologies
How can the business continuity professional leverage tools and methodologies in use by other disciplines to improve performance throughout the organization? By Glen Bricker.
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Type: Article •Region: US/Worldwide •Level: Basic

Choosing a data disaster recovery strategy
Nick Mueller provides some advice for companies considering the best route to take for data disaster recovery.
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Type: Article •Region: Worldwide •Level: Basic

Business continuity and the smaller business
Practical advice for small and medium sized businesses from an SME owner.
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Type: Article •Region: Worldwide •Level: Basic

Business continuity planning for small businesses
Just starting your first business continuity plan? Cole Seger provides some pointers..
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Type: Article •Region: Worldwide •Level: Basic

People as single points of failure
All too often we allow people to become single points of failure in our organizations. How should business continuity managers identify and manage such people? By Alan Walker, MBCI.
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Type: Article •Region: UK/World •Level: Basic

Preparing for large events
Large-scale political, sporting and community events can all cause disruptions for businesses: what should your crisis management plan include for such occurrences?
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Type: Article •Region: Worldwide •Level: Basic

Tips for business continuity beginners
Doug Kavanagh offers some advice to those new to the subject of business continuity.
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Type: Article •Region: Worldwide •Level: Basic

Choosing a successful crisis management team leader
Crisis management team leadership requires a combination of natural abilities and learned skills. Ross Ladley looks at the key success factors in the choice of leader.
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Type: Article •Region: Worldwide •Level: Basic

Business continuity plans should integrate with security
BSIA warns business continuity managers not to leave physical security out of business continuity plans.
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Type: Article •Region: UK/Worldwide •Level: Basic

Near misses and direct hits
Don't ignore the small day-to-day incidents which take place in your organization: they may be the early warning signs of something much bigger. By Jim Preen.
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Type: Article •Region: Worldwide •Level: Basic

Executive buy-in? It doesn't end there
Middle management also needs to be sold business continuity if corporate inertia is to be overcome. By Nick Johnson.
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Type: Article •Region: US/Worldwide •Level: Basic

Struggling to plan?
Rob Prinzo offers five strategic steps which will help business continuity managers become more effective planners.
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Type: Article •Region: Worldwide •Level: Basic

Developing scenarios
Jim Preen provides some advice on how to set up convincing business continuity exercise scenarios.
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Type: Article •Region: UK/World •Level: Basic

Business continuity and disaster recovery: making a start
Dr. Jim Kennedy provides some helpful thoughts for those new to the profession.
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Type: Article •Region: US/World •Level: Basic

Business continuity and brand protection
Five steps that organizations can take to bolster business continuity plans to help protect their brands.
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Type: Article •Region: US/World •Level: Basic

Using wikis for business continuity training
One of the biggest challenges for a business continuity manager is to train a large group of people to an appropriate level, with limited resources. Michelle Lang explains how wikis can help.

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Type: Article •Region: UK/World •Level: Basic

Getting real about deduplication ratios
What are realistic deduplication expectations? By Jerome M. Wendt.

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Type: Article •Region: World •Level: Basic

Trends in business continuity plan testing and exercising
Jim Preen takes a look at some emerging trends in this area.

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Type: Article •Region: UK/World •Level: Basic

Lessons learned from going through the BS 25999 certification process
In 2010 Biscon Planning Ltd helped Altius Associates to achieve certification to BS 25999-2:2007, the British Standard for Business Continuity Management. Mick Bayne from Biscon highlights some of the potential pitfalls in the project and some of the lessons learned.
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Type: Article •Region: UK/World •Level: Basic

Choosing a business continuity consultant: and avoiding being sold snake oil
The purpose of this article is to give potential purchasers some ideas on what to look for in choosing a business continuity consultant.
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Type: Article •Region: UK/Worldwide •Level: Basic

Buyer beware: PS-Prep auditor training and organization certification
Make sure any supplier can provide verification for the credentials that they are claiming, says John A. DiMaria.
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Type: Article •Region: US •Level: Basic

Some thoughts on resilience
Leslie Whittet sets out to define what resilience is; and explains why it should never be enshrined in a standard.
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Type: Article •Region: Worldwide •Level: Basic

Practitioners’ ethics
John Glenn, MBCI, gives his reactions to a recent webinar.
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Type: Article •Region: Worldwide •Level: Basic

A business continuity plan for all seasons
The next incident is always the one you have not thought of! Charlie Maclean-Bristol suggests some ways to ensure that your business continuity plan can cope with unanticipated incidents.

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Type: Article •Region: UK/Worldwide •Level: Basic


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