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Dates set for Business Continuity Awareness Week 2016
The Business Continuity Institute has announced that Business Continuity Awareness Week 2016 will take place from the 16th to 20th May 2016.
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•Date: 14th April 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic:: BC general

Does business continuity manage the real risks to your organization?
Charlie Maclean-Bristol discusses the remit of a typical business continuity manager and asks whether the BIA is fit for purpose.
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•Date: 7th April 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article

Shortlist for BCI Middle East Awards published
The BCI’s Middle East business continuity and resilience Awards will take place on 11th May 2015 in Doha, Qatar.
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•Date: 31st March 2015 • Middle East •Type: Article

BCI North America Awards presented
The BCI’s annual North America Awards for outstanding contributions to the business continuity and resilience profession were presented on Tuesday 24th March at the DRJ Spring World Conference in Orlando.
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•Date: 25th March 2015 • US / Canada •Type: Article

Shortlist published for the CIR Business Continuity Awards 2015
This year’s CIR Magazine Business Continuity Awards will take place on 11th June 2015 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
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•Date: 24th March 2015 • UK •Type: Article

BSI's top ten tips for business continuity planning
BSI, the business standards company, has published a list of tips to help those new to the business continuity profession.
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•Date: 17th March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article

DRI 2015 Awards of Excellence winners
DRI International has published the list of winners of the 2015 DRI Awards of Excellence.
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•Date: 16th March 2015 • US / World •Type: Article

Why you should include geopolitical conflict risks in your business continuity plans
As conflict continues in Ukraine, and fears of an expansionist Russia throw a shadow of war over Europe, the Cambridge Risk Centre for Risk Studies has urged businesses to incorporate geopolitical conflict scenarios into their business continuity planning.
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•Date: 6th March 2015 • World •Type: Article

Bringing simulation gaming to business continuity
Game-on-360 is inviting business continuity professionals to the launch of a new business continuity gaming system on the 25th March 2015 in Edinburgh.
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•Date: 6th March 2015 • UK •Type: Article

Lyndon Bird to step down as technical director of the Business Continuity Institute
In nine years as technical director, Lyndon has ensured that the BCI continues to have an effective and consistent voice on all matters of business continuity management.
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•Date: 4th March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article

Can business continuity management effectively manage cultural diversity?
Business continuity management in large organizations with many different departments and diverse personalities can be a challenge at times. John Zeppos, FBCI, looks at some of the issues.
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•Date: 27th February 2015 • Europe/World •Type: Article

Shortlist published for BCI North America resilience and business continuity awards
The Business Continuity Institute’s North America awards will take place on 24th March 2015 during the DRJ Spring World in Orlando.
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•Date: 25th February 2015 • N.America •Type: Article

Business continuity strategies for power supply load-shedding threats
ContinuitySA provides advice for organizations based in areas where power supplies are unstable.
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•Date: 24th February 2015 • Africa/World •Type: Article

The top 10 global software failures of 2014
Software glitches are at the root of many business continuity incidents: SQS highlights ten high profile software failures which happened in 2014.
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•Date: 23rd February 2015 • World •Type: Article

Take part in the Business Continuity Awareness Week Flashblog
Business continuity professionals are being invited to take part in the second BC Flashblog: an event where people all over the world write an article on the same subject, than all post their articles at the same time.
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•Date: 18th February 2015 • World •Type: Article

Busting myths and building resilience
A new series of short videos looks at some of the widely held misconceptions in our industry that newcomers and long-timers alike should be wary of, as well as discussing some novel approaches to the business continuity discipline.
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•Date: 18th February 2015 • World •Type: Article

Business continuity management: don’t get out – get better…
Luke Bird reflects on career progression opportunities in business continuity and how the profession could improve in this area.
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•Date: 17th February 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article

Finalists announced for DRI International 2015 Awards of Excellence
DRI International has announce the finalists for the 2015 DRI Awards of Excellence, which will be presented at the DRI2015 conference in San Antonio, TX, on March 3rd.
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•Date: 16th February 2015 • US/World •Type: Article

DRI International to highlight the importance of business continuity at the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
DRI International President and CEO, Alan Berman; DRI Executive Director, Chloe Demrovsky; and DRI Japan Chairman, Kanryu Nagase will address participants at an event entitled ‘Implementing Resilience with Private-Sector Partnerships through Business Continuity.’
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•Date: 4th February 2015 • World •Type: Article

CEO? Here are three key business continuity questions that you need to ask…
Leigh-Anne van As explains why business continuity management can be an important strategic tool.
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•Date: 3rd February 2015 • Africa / World •Type: Article

Public apathy in the path of preparedness
Responses to winter storm Juno seem to show that you cannot please the public when it comes to preparedness. In this article Geary Sikich asks whether business continuity and emergency planners are missing something when it comes to communicating preparedness with the public.
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•Date: 30th January 2015 • US/World •Type: Article

Flood resiliency: lessons from Calgary’s business community
The Calgary Chamber of Commerce has published a new report which captures resiliency lessons from the city’s 2013 flood.
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•Date: 29th January 2015 • Canada •Type: Article

UK business continuity remuneration in 2014
Recruitment agency, Beecher Madden has released a summary of average remuneration for business continuity jobs during 2014.
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•Date: 27th January 2015 • UK •Type: Article

Business Continuity Awareness Week theme announced
Business Continuity Awareness Week will be held between the 16th and 20th March 2015 and the BCI has now announced that the theme will be 'testing times'.
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•Date: 15th January 2015 • World •Type: Article

Make resilience your 2015 resolution
Michael Davies, CEO of ContinuitySA, highlights seven initiatives that will enhance organizational resilience.
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•Date: 13th January 2015 • Africa / World •Type: Article

Three challenges that business continuity managers face in 2015
As we enter a new year it’s always a good exercise to look ahead at potential changes in the coming 12 months and what these might mean for existing business continuity plans and systems. In this article David Honour highlights three areas which are likely to be the biggest generic business continuity challenges in 2015.
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•Date: 7th January 2015 • World •Type: Article

BCM Legislations, Regulations, Standards and Good Practice
The BCI has published an updated version of its guide to business continuity legislation, regulation, standards and guidance around the world.
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•Date: 5th January 2015 • World •Type: Article

Business continuity and service level agreements: a perfect marriage?
Service level agreements (SLAs) and business continuity go hand-in-hand: or they should do, says Andrew Hiles.
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•Date: 2nd January 2015 • World •Type: Article

BCI Middle East Awards are now open for entries
The BCI Middle East Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of business continuity professionals and organizations living in or operating in the Middle East.
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•Date: 22nd December 2014 • Middle East •Type: Article

Will resilience replace risk and continuity?
Is the world of risk, continuity and crisis about to change as new concepts and approaches linked to resilience gain momentum or are we seeking solutions to the same old stories repacked through a different language?
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•Date: 10th December 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

Organizational resilience: the Business Continuity Institute’s view
Patrick Alcantara explains why the BCI sees organizational resilience as an important framework that brings together various ‘protective disciplines’ and provides a strategic goal for organizations.
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•Date: 10th December 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

Early data suggests potentially severe flu season in United States: CDC
Early data suggests that the current 2014-2015 flu season could be severe, with related human resource business continuity issues for organizations.
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•Date: 9th December 2014 • US •Type: Article

Deadline extended for DRI Awards of Excellence nominations
The deadline for the 2015 DRI Awards of Excellence has been extended to December 15th 2014.
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•Date: 3rd December 2014 • US •Type: Article

Integrated business continuity and disaster recovery planning: towards organizational resilience
A paper published in the European Journal of Operational Research proposes a new conceptual framework for integrated business continuity and disaster recovery planning.
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•Date: 25th November 2014 • World •Type: Article

A fork in the road
Continuity Central's 2014 Business Continuity Paper of the Year competition is open to entries and to mark this we are publishing the winning entry from the 2013 competition. This was first published in the Q1 2013 issue of the Business Continuity and Resiliency Journal. The paper, entitled 'A fork in the road' was submitted by Ken Simpson.
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•Date: 21st November 2014 • World •Type: Article

Business Continuity Institute publishes a ‘Working Paper’ about organizational resilience
Paper looks at: What does it mean to be resilient? What is organizational resilience?
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•Date: 20th November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

Voting open for ACP National Board elections
From the nine candidates, ACP members are invited to cast a vote for four people.
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•Date: 18th November 2014 • US •Type: Article

CIR magazine’s Business Continuity Awards 2015 open for entries
The deadline is 12th February 2015.
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•Date: 18th November 2014 • UK •Type: Article

The 2014 Business Continuity Paper of the Year competition
Continuity Central is inviting entries for a competition which seeks to discover the best new business continuity articles and papers. A £500 or $800 prize will be presented to the winner.
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•Date: 13th November 2014 • World •Type: Article

Global Social Media Security Council launched
Industry thought leaders join forces to help organizations better protect their corporate social infrastructure.
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•Date: 13th November 2014 • World •Type: Article

‘Business Continuity Management 101: Key Activities and Outcomes’ new Educational Video Series from Avalution
Avalution Consulting has announced the release of its Business Continuity Management (BCM) 101: Key Activities and Outcomes educational video series.
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•Date: 13th November 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

APEC countries to work together on value chain resilience and business continuity
Agreement made at the 26th APEC Meeting.
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•Date: 10th November 2014 • Various •Type: Article

The Business Continuity Institute presents its Global Awards
At a Gala Dinner at the Science Museum in London on the 5th November, the Business Continuity Institute hosted its Global Awards ceremony.
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•Date: 6th November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

Making the case for business resilience
Building business resilience, which gives organizations the ability to ‘bounce back' from challenges, has become essential to minimising risk and creating success.
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•Date: 6th November 2014 • Africa/World •Type: Article

ACP announces candidates for National Board Elections
ACP members can vote for four candidates to lead the national organization. Voting takes place during the ten-day open voting period November 10-24, 2014.
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•Date: 6th November 2014 • US •Type: Article

New white paper addresses how businesses can mitigate risk from power outages
Gibson, a regional insurance broker and risk management services firm, and Data Realty, a data center and data management firm, have released a jointly written white paper outlining best practices for preparing businesses for a power outage.
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•Date: 3rd November 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

The Nine Circles of Planning Hell…
In a tongue in cheek article, Geary Sikich looks at the journey that business continuity planners take through the Nine Circles of Planning Hell and the lessons that can be learned on the way.
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•Date: 30th October 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Shortlist published for the Business Continuity Institute Global Awards
The 2014 BCI Global business continuity Awards will be presented on 5th November at London’s Science Museum as part of BCI World.
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•Date: 23rd October 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

Two potentially devastating events for business continuity managers to ponder
The Ebola outbreak shows how esoteric threats shelved in the ‘it will never happen’ folder can erupt to cause major disruption. Two other such threats spring to mind and it may be a good time for a reminder of these...
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•Date: 21st October 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

The Business Continuity Institute presents its Australasian Awards
The 2014 BCI Australasian Awards took place on Friday 17th October at an event in Melbourne.
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•Date: 21st October 2014 • Australasia •Type: Article

BCI North America business continuity Awards open for entries
Entries are now being accepted for the BCI North America Awards 2015, which will be presented at the DRJ Spring World conference in Orlando.
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•Date: 6th October 2014 • N.America •Type: Article

Auckland businesses impacted by wide-area power outage
A fire in a cable trench has caused long running power outages in many areas of Auckland, New Zealand.
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•Date: 6th October 2014 • New Zealand •Type: Article

Shortlist published for Australasian business continuity awards
The BCI’s Australasian Awards will be presented in Melbourne on October 17th 2014.
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•Date: 30th September 2014 • Australasia •Type: Article

Workplace flexibility is key to disaster response
Although it is good practice for organizations to have a business continuity plan, workplace flexibility is what really counts in a disaster: Victoria University of Wellington research.
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•Date: 24th September 2014 • New Zealand / World •Type: Article

The Business Continuity Institute to focus on resilience
After many years with the aim of ‘promoting the art and science of business continuity’ around the world, the BCI has now stated that its purpose is ‘to promote a more resilient world.’
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•Date: 18th September 2014 • World •Type: Article

Salaries for women in resilience roles defy UK national averages
Salaries for women in resilience and governance roles buck the trend of women being paid less.
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•Date: 17th September 2014 • UK •Type: Article

Improving organizational resilience: the real justification for business continuity
Lyndon Bird says that there is a rapid change in business terminology taking place: from business continuity management to organizational resilience. In this article he explains why this is the case.
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•Date: 11th September 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

Quick survey: is business continuity management morphing into organizational resilience?
Take part in our 60 second survey...
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•Date: 11th September 2014 • World •Type: Article

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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•Date: 10th September 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Institute of Internal Auditors publishes guide to business continuity management
New practice guide shows how internal audit can provide significant assistance in business continuity management.
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•Date: 9th September 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Deadline extended for Australasian business continuity awards
The deadline for entries for the 2014 BCI Australasian Awards is now 8th September 2014.
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•Date: 2nd September 2014 • Australasia •Type: Article

BCI Africa Awards presented
The 2014 Business Continuity Institute Africa Awards took place on Tuesday 19th August at a ceremony in South Africa.
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•Date: 21st August 2014 • Africa •Type: Article

Organizational resilience: yet another buzz word?
Is organizational resilience just another buzz word being bandied around or is this the direction we should be focusing on to ensure we can continually drive our business forward and improve the way in which we operate?
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•Date: 19th August 2014 • World •Type: Article

Airlines warned to monitor Bárðarbunga volcanic activity
Airlines and the global supply chain were severely affected by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010 and business continuity managers in exposed organizations will be watching the Bárðarbunga volcano with concern.
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•Date: 19th August 2014 • Europe •Type: Article

2014 BCI Asia Awards presented
The 2014 BCI Asia Awards took place on Thursday 14th August at the 12th Asia Business Continuity Conference in Singapore.
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•Date: 14th August 2014 • Asia •Type: Article

The top ten business continuity and disaster recovery trends
Dr. Steven Goldman identifies ten business continuity and disaster recovery trends that are emerging, highlighting actions that business continuity managers can take in response to each item.
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•Date: 6th August 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

The 2015 DRI Awards of Excellence are open for nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 DRI Awards of Excellence.
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•Date: 5th August 2014 • US •Type: Article

Gartner publishes 2014 BCM and IT DRM Hype Cycle
Gartner has released the 2014 version of its regular ‘Hype Cycle for Business Continuity Management and IT Disaster Recovery Management’ report.
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•Date: 1st August 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

The six key stages of a phased business continuity planning process
According to Logicalis US.
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•Date: 1st August 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Preparing for Scotland’s future challenges
Whatever the outcome of the Scottish referendum, there will be change in Scotland that will require organizations to reconsider their business continuity plans and strategies says the Business Continuity Institute.
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•Date: 29th July 2014 • UK •Type: Article

Calgary Emergency Management Agency launches business continuity handbook
CEMA, the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, has published business continuity guidance for organizations in its area.
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•Date: 24th July 2014 • Canada •Type: Article

ASOS disaster recovery response praised
ASOS fire demonstrates the need for effective disaster recovery planning says Crimson & Co.
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•Date: 8th July 2014 • UK •Type: Article

The Resilience Awards 2014
The UK Emergency Planning Society has announced that it is accepting entries for its annual Resilience Awards.
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•Date: 8th July 2014 • UK •Type: Article

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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•Date: 1st July 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

The Business Continuity Institute becomes part of a global resilience network
The Business Continuity Institute has signed up to become a part of the Future Cities and Community Resilience Network.
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•Date: 1st July 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

Adapting to Climate Change using your Business Continuity Management System
BSI and Climate Ready have worked together on a new practical guide to help business continuity professionals understand and manage severe weather risks as part of their existing business continuity management system.
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•Date: 27th June 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

The realities of recovery time objectives
Is the aim of recovering to a minimum business continuity objective acceptable? Tim Dunger argues that it isn’t…
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•Date: 12th June 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

Business Continuity Management 101
Avalution has developed a series of short educational videos to help answer some of the basic questions that people have about business continuity management.
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•Date: 6th June 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

The Business Continuity Awards 2014 winners
CIR Magazine's annual Business Continuity Awards took place on 29th May at the Hilton Park Lane in London.
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•Date: 2nd June 2014 • UK •Type: Article

The winners of the DRI2014 Awards of Excellence
The 2014 DRI International Awards of Excellence were presented at the DRI2014 Certified Professionals Conference held in Atlanta on May 20th, at a Gala Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
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•Date: 27th May 2014 • US •Type: Article

The BCI European Awards winners
The 2014 BCI European Awards took place on Wednesday 21st May at a Gala Dinner to coincide with the Business Continuity Institute’s Executive Forum in Amsterdam.
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•Date: 26th May 2014 • UK/Europe •Type: Article

The BCI India Awards
The 2014 BCI India Awards took place on Monday 19th May at a Gala Dinner to coincide with the second Business and IT Resilience Summit in Mumbai.
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•Date: 26th May 2014 • Asia •Type: Article

Information risks to consider during mergers and acquisitions
Failed mergers and acquisitions can be a real business continuity threat; however better management of M&A information risks can reduce the possibility of things going wrong.
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•Date: 12th May 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

The shortlist for the BCI European Awards
The BCI European Awards Ceremony will take place at a Gala Dinner on the evening of the 21st May.
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•Date: 12th May 2014 • UK/Europe •Type: Article

The winners of the BCI Middle East Awards
The 2014 BCI Middle East Awards were presented on 7th May as part of the integral BCI Middle East Conference in Dubai.
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•Date: 8th May 2014 • Middle East•Type: Article

Shortlist released for BCI India Awards
The BCI India business continuity awards will be presented on the evening of the 19th May in Mumbai as part of the 2nd Business & IT Resilience Summit.
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•Date: 6th May 2014 • India •Type: Article

The 2014 BANG Awards winners
The 6th Annual Bang Awards, the UK’s alternative business continuity awards, were presented on 30th April in London.
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•Date: 1st May 2014 • UK •Type: Article

Shortlist issued for BCI Middle East Awards
The BCI Middle East Awards will be presented during the inaugural BCI Middle East Conference and Exhibition, which will take place from 7th-8th May in Dubai.
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•Date: 29th April 2014 • Middle East•Type: Article

Scottish independence: what business continuity issues do Scottish companies need to consider?
Charlie Maclean-Bristol offers some advice.
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•Date: 23rd April 2014 • UK •Type: Article

The United States gets ready for the first PrepareAthon!
On April 30th 2014 FEMA is inviting businesses, communities and individuals to take part in its first PrepareAthon!
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•Date: 23rd April 2014 • US •Type: Article

Call for nominations for the 2014 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience
All nominations must be submitted by July 17th in order to be considered for this year’s award.
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•Date: 22nd April 2014 • US •Type: Article

Five steps to assess vendor resiliency and protect business continuity
Advice from PwC US.
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•Date: 19th April 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Post-crisis recovery: the least understood element of the business continuity lifecycle
The post-crisis recovery phase is one of the least addressed in planning, training and simulations says Geary W. Sikich.
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•Date: 10th April 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

The BANG Awards nominees
The 6th Annual Bang Awards, the UK’s alternative business continuity awards, will be presented on 30th April in London.
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•Date: 9th April 2014 • UK •Type: Article

CIR magazine publishes Business Continuity Awards shortlist
The 2014 CIR Business Continuity Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony will be held on 29th May 2014 at the Hilton on Park Lane, London.
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•Date: 9th April 2014 • UK •Type: Article

DHS Secretary Johnson presents new Rick Rescorla resilience awards
The recipients are the New York Mets, Walgreens and Monsignor Brown.
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•Date: 8th April 2014 • US •Type: Article

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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•Date: 2nd April 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Vauxhall Motors takes business continuity awareness raising to the supply chain
Vauxhall collaborates with the local police, council and Chamber of Commerce to raise awareness of business continuity.
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•Date: 1st April 2014 • UK •Type: Article

BCI North America Awards presented
The 2014 BCI North America Awards took place on Sunday March 30th as part of the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) Spring World 2014.
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•Date: 31st March 2014 • North America•Type: Article

Leaving business continuity
Late in 2013 the head of BCM for one of Asia’s largest banks voluntarily transferred within his bank to a job entirely unrelated to BCM. Nathaniel Forbes interviewed him to discover why he made this move and to capture some of the lessons from a long business continuity career.
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•Date: 27th March 2014 • Asia / World •Type: Article

APEC highlights activities to help small and medium sized enterprises with business continuity planning
In its latest Bulletin, APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) has provided details of what it is doing to assist regional SMEs to develop business continuity plans.
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•Date: 25th March 2014 • Asia Pacific •Type: Article

Shortlist for the 2014 DRI International Awards of Excellence published
The awards will be presented at the DRI2014 Certified Professionals Conference being held in Atlanta on May 20th, at the Gala Dinner at the Hyatt Regency.
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•Date: 25th March 2014 • US •Type: Article

London Resilience Partnership rebrands
The London Resilience Partnership has introducing a new look, which is part of a wider rebranding across the Greater London Authority.
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•Date: 25th March 2014 • UK •Type: Article

BCI launches new senior membership grade
New AFBCI grade is for people who have reached a senior level in the business continuity profession but have concentrated more on developing their practical working experience rather than specifically contributing to the development of the Institute or the discipline.
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•Date: 21st March 2014 • World •Type: Article

Emergency generator tips
How to ensure that your power supply contingency plans work as planned.
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•Date: 5th March 2014 • US •Type: Article

Why you should ‘supersize’ your business impact analysis
It’s time to move beyond the conventional perception that the BIA is simply how you decide which processes are ‘critical’ and what the objectives are for recovery time and recovery point.
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•Date: 4th March 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

DRI International to launch Glossary for Resiliency
New glossary of over 2,000 terms will be available from March 14th 2014.
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•Date: 3rd March 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

BANG invites entries for the 6th Annual Alternative Awards
BANG’s alternative business continuity awards will be presented on 30th April in London.
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•Date: 3rd March 2014 • UK •Type: Article

The Business Continuity Awareness Week Flashblog
Your chance to take part in something different during this year's BCAW.
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•Date: 25th February 2014 • World •Type: Article

Winter weather business continuity advice
Marsh has published a new document which aims to help organizations ensure business continuity during severe winter weather.
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•Date: 12th February 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Redefining the BIA
Geary Sikich proposes a two-phase BIA framework consisting of a pre-event general analysis and a post-event identification and assessment of business impacts and potential consequences for the enterprise.
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•Date: 10th February 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Five emerging business continuity risks for South African organizations
Michael Davies, CEO of ContinuitySA, and his team have identified five emerging risks that South African organizations should be featuring in business continuity planning.
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•Date: 3rd February 2014 • Africa •Type: Article

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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•Date: 21st January 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

New issue of the Business Continuity and Resiliency Journal available
Volume 3 Issue 1 of Continuity Central’s subscriber-only advanced level Business Continuity and Resiliency Journal has been published.
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•Date: 15th January 2014 • World •Type: Article

Growing interconnectivity of risks is an emerging challenge
Business continuity plans must reflect knock-on effects: according to the Allianz Risk Barometer 2014.
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•Date: 15th January 2014 • World •Type: Article

Power Supply Dependencies in the Electronic Communications Sector: a new ENISA report
ENISA, the EU’s cyber security agency, has issued a new report studying network outages caused by power cuts
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•Date: 9th January 2014 • Europe/UK •Type: Article

Bangkok organizations prepare for protest shutdown
The Thai government has stated that thousands of police and 40 companies of soldiers will be on the streets of Bangkok on Monday 13th January in response to plans by protestors to shutdown the city.
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•Date: 9th January 2014 • Thailand •Type: Article

The BCI European Awards are open for entries
The Awards Dinner will be held on the 21st May 2014 in Amsterdam and will be an integral part of the Business Continuity Institute’s Executive Forum.
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•Date: 18th December 2013 • Europe •Type: Article

Lessons from the future?
In this op ed thought experiment, David Lindstedt looks back from the year 2027 and highlights some pitfalls that the resilience road could lead to.
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•Date: 11th December 2013 • World •Type: Article

The 2013 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience recipients
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that Monsignor John Brown, Walgreens drugstores, and the New York Mets have been awarded the 2013 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience, recognizing their contributions to their communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
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•Date: 10th December 2013 • US •Type: Article

Experiences of a business continuity newcomer…
A recent graduate highlights some concerning issues for the business continuity profession to consider.
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•Date: 6th December 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

BCAW 2014: Counting the cost
Theme for Business Continuity Awareness Week announced.
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•Date: 4th December 2013 • World •Type: Article

Winners of the BCI India Awards announced
At a ceremony which took place at the Business and IT Resilience Summit in New Delhi, India, on the 2nd December, the Business Continuity Institute presented its India business continuity awards.
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•Date: 3rd December 2013 • India •Type: Article

Business continuity in manufacturing
ContinuitySA has identified some key success factors for business continuity management in manufacturing businesses.
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•Date: 27th November 2013 • Africa / World •Type: Article

The ten hottest topics in business continuity
Business continuity is evolving and as a result the marketplace is changing. Teon Rosandic identifies ten key areas where this is the case.
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•Date: 26th November 2013 • World •Type: Article

Organisational resilience and BCM
In a follow up to a paper published by Continuity Central earlier in 2013, Dr David J. Smith asks “In recognising there is a link between organisational resilience and being competitive – How do you measure up?”
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•Date: 22nd November 2013 • Afirca/World •Type: Article

The DRI KL 2013 Award of Excellence winners
DRI Malaysia recently presented its regional business continuity awards.
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•Date: 22nd November 2013 • Malaysia •Type: Article

The Business Continuity Awards 2014
CIR magazine has announced that it is now accepting entries for its annual Business Continuity Awards. The deadline is 5th February 2014.
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•Date: 20th November 2013 • UK •Type: Article

US water risks will significantly impact business continuity if left unaddressed: Deloitte
Most businesses lack strategic responses to water-related risks.
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•Date: 20th November 2013 • US •Type: Article

BCI India Awards shortlist published
The BCI’s India business continuity awards will be presented on 2nd December as part of the Business and IT Resilience Summit in New Delhi, India.
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•Date: 20th November 2013 •India •Type: Article

US National Drought Resilience Partnership launched
Partnership will make it easier for businesses and communities to access Federal drought resources, and will help link information such as monitoring, forecasts, outlooks, and early warnings with longer-term drought resilience strategies in critical sectors such as agriculture, municipal water systems, energy, recreation, tourism and manufacturing.
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•Date: 19th November 2013 • US •Type: Article

Is it time to stop using traditional employee surveys for BIAs?
A new research study, ‘The Future of Employee Research’, has implications for optimising BIA information collection.
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•Date: 7th November 2013 • World •Type: Article

The winners of the Business Continuity Institute 2013 Global Awards
The winners of this year’s BCI Global Awards were presented on 6th November at a ceremony in London.
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•Date: 7th November 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

BCI North America Awards 2014 open for entries
The Business Continuity Institute is now accepting nominations for the 2014 North America Awards: the deadline for entries is 31st January 2014.
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•Date: 5th November 2013 • US •Type: Article

Get your nominations in for the DRI2014 Lifetime Achievement and Service Provider of the Year awards
Deadline for nominations is November 15th 2013.
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•Date: 1st November 2013 • US •Type: Article

New ASIS Transportation and Supply Chain Security Council white paper covers supply chain vulnerability management
‘Links in the chain: vulnerabilities between the points.’
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•Date: 31st October 2013 • World •Type: Article

Whose job is business continuity?
John Stagl weighs into an ongoing debate which is taking place on Continuity Central about what the role of the business continuity planner is.
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•Date: 25th October 2013 • World •Type: Articl

‘Mind the risk: A global ranking of cities under threat from natural disasters’
A new Swiss Re report identifies the world’s riskiest cities to locate businesses in.
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•Date: 18th October 2013 • World •Type: Article

‘Superstorm Sandy - Lessons Learned: A Risk Management Perspective’
A new report from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty warns businesses to take preparation more seriously as the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches.
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•Date: 16th October 2013 • US •Type: Article

Shortlist published for the BCI’s Global Awards 2013
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 6th November in London.
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•Date: 15th October 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

e-ternity launches business continuity maturity model grading system
‘Black Belt’ business continuity maturity model grades a company’s preparedness level compared to other similar organizations.
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•Date: 11th October 2013 • US •Type: Article

US government shutdown updates
This page will be updated with business continuity and disaster recovery information related to the US government shutdown.
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•Date: 2nd October 2013 • US •Type: Article

BCI Africa Awards presented
The Business Continuity Institute’s inaugural Africa business continuity awards were presented at a ceremony on the evening of 10th September in South Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre, Gauteng.
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•Date: 12th September 2013 • Africa •Type: Article

Business continuity and disaster recovery: big tent, or separate umbrellas?
Is the real meaning of 'business continuity' being lost due to being commandeered by IT planners, asks Jim Mitchell.
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•Date: 11th September 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

It is all about survivability
According to Geary Sikich it is time for a paradigm shift in business continuity thinking, in the manner that business continuity planning is taught and in the value we think that we bring to the table.
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•Date: 10th September 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

Winners of the BCI Asia Business Continuity Awards 2013 announced
This year’s BCI Asia Business Continuity Awards were presented on September 5th at a ceremony at the Hotel Equatorial, Malacca, Malaysia.
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•Date: 10th September 2013 • Asia / SE Asia •Type: Article

Syrian stock exchange says that it has business continuity plans in place for a US-led military strike
The National, a UAE based publication, has published an interesting interview with Mamoun Hamdan, the chief executive at the Damascus Securities Exchange, about its current business continuity strategies.
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•Date: 6th September 2013 • Middle East

Frost & Sullivan report looks at contact center business continuity and disaster recovery strategies
Customer contact organizations are at the heart of business continuity and disaster recovery strategies, as they are the go-to resource for customers in times of disaster. A new report from Frost & Sullivan looks at these important organizational assets and explores the specific business continuity and disaster recovery relating to them.
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•Date: 5th September 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

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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•Date: 4th September 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

Organisation resilience: business continuity, incident and corporate crisis management
Various considerations, issues and approaches that can help organisations prepare within the context of ISO 22313’s Elements of BCM model.
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•Date: 30th August 2013 • Africa/World •Type: Article

Business Continuity and Resiliency Journal: Volume 2 issue 2
The latest issue of Continuity Central’s advanced level subscriber-only quarterly journal is now available.
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•Date: 30th August 2013 • World •Type: Article

$56bn reasons to invest in business continuity
Economic losses from disasters provide justification for business continuity investments says Mike Osborne, managing director of Phoenix’s Business Continuity Unit.
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•Date: 30th August 2013 • World •Type: Article

Choosing a business continuity consultant (and avoiding being sold snake oil)
An updated version of an article first published in 2010. By Charlie Maclean-Bristol.
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•Date: 27th August 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

Metropolitan Police provides businesses with advice on handling suspicious mail and reducing the associated disruption
Following recent incidents, organizations are reminded to review their mail handling procedures and ensure that all relevant staff are aware of and understand the correct protocols.
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•Date: 20th August 2013 • UK •Type: Article

Recovering after riots
The Association of British Insurers has published a guide on what to do if your property or business is damaged during a riot.
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•Date: 8th August 2013 • UK •Type: Article

NEDRIX President to step down
Christine Glebus will be replaced by Tim Patterson.
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•Date: 26th July 2013 • US •Type: Article

UK farmers to be given resilience planning guidance after agreement at Farming Resilience Summit
An action plan to help farmers prepare for risks to their businesses was agreed by major banks, farming charities and farming representatives at a summit convened by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson recently.
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•Date: 25th July 2013 • UK •Type: Article

ANSI announces winners of 2013 Student Paper Competition: theme was the role standards play in disaster recovery and business continuity
Read the winning paper, written by Chris Golden of New York’s Columbia University and the runner-up paper, by Heather R. Schimmelpfennig of Alabama’s Columbia Southern University.
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•Date: 19th July 2013 • US •Type: Article

Guidance for securing business records in hurricane and typhoon season
Strategies to prepare for business continuity in extreme weather conditions around the world.
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•Date: 17th July 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

Risk modeling and business continuity: how far to go?
Risk modeling is a useful tool for business continuity managers, but over-reliance and flawed approaches can create difficulties. By Geary W. Sikich.
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•Date:12th July 2013 • USWorld •Type: Article

Companies ‘facing succession planning cliff’
Strong succession management programs help to ensure business continuity but many organizations are facing significant shortcomings in this area.
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•Date: 13th June 2013 • World •Type: Article

The BCI announces the winners of inaugural European business continuity awards
The inaugural BCI European Awards ceremony took place on the evening of 12th June 2013 at a dinner in Brussels.
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•Date: 13th June 2013 • Europe/UK •Type: Article

DRI Awards of Excellence winners
DRI has announced the winners of its 2013 International Awards of Excellence.
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•Date: 12th June 2013 • US •Type: Article

Enhancing organizations’ adaptive capacity and resilience through effective decision-making in the recovery phase
This paper draws on three frameworks for applying ‘whole-brained’ thinking as an organizing principle for decision-making in post-disaster (recovery) situations.
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•Date: 7th June 2013 • World •Type: Article

New Executive Director for DRI International
DRI International has announced that it has appointed Brian Makowski as its new Executive Director.
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•Date: 7th June 2013 • US •Type: Article

Winners of the Business Continuity Institute’s Australasian Awards announced
The inaugural BCI Australasian business continuity Awards were presented at an event in Sydney on 4th June 2013.
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•Date: 5th June 2013 • Australasia •Type: Article

UK businesses given advice on handling property incursions during G8 Summit protests
A series of protests linked to the 17th-18th June G8 Summit have been planned; Metropolitan Police issues advice for businesses on how to deal with protestors who enter business premises.
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•Date: 5th June 2013 • UK •Type: Article

Florida State University Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies predicts above-average Atlantic hurricane season
70 percent probability of 12 to 17 named storms with five to 10 of the storms developing into hurricanes.
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•Date: 5th June 2013 • US •Type: Article

Business Continuity Awards 2013 winners announced
CIR Magazine’s annual Business Continuity Awards were presented on 30th May at a ceremony in London.
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•Date: 31st May 2013 • UK •Type: Article

Bridging the business continuity and IT disaster recovery gap
How to increase coordination between the business and IT in preparedness activities. by Jacque Rupert.
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•Date: 31st May 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

White paper: Severe weather preparedness and resiliency
Missionmode has published a new white paper to help businesses better prepare for severe weather events.
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•Date: 31st May 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

The winners of the BCI Middle East Awards 2013
The Business Continuity Institute presented its 2013 business continuity awards at an event in Dubai on 29th May.
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•Date: 30th May 2013 • Middle East •Type: Article

NOAA issues hurricane season forecasts
Active or extremely active Atlantic season predicted; below-normal in other areas.
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•Date: 28th May 2013 • US •Type: Article

DRI International recognized for excellence in education
DRI International has announced that it has been recognized for excellence in education by the Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society.
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•Date: 22nd May 2013 • US •Type: Article

Many manufacturers are blind to potential supply chain business continuity risks
Half of manufacturers lack supply chain visibility beyond tier 1 suppliers: KPMG study.
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•Date: 15th May 2013 • World •Type: Article

APEC officials discuss regional promotion of business continuity
Ways of sharing business continuity expertise and information between APEC countries was also on the agenda.
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•Date: 10th May 2013 • Asia Pacific •Type: Article

BCI Asia Business Continuity Awards 2013
Entries are now being accepted for this year’s BCI Asia Business Continuity Awards 2013, with the closing date being 30th June.
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•Date: 10th May 2013 • Asia Pacific •Type: Article

Southern California businesses warned to prepare for potential power outages this summer
A Summer grid outlook identifies local reliability concerns for Southern CA during heat waves.
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•Date: 8th May 2013 • US •Type: Article

Cultural implications of multi-stakeholder resilience building initiatives
Culture impacts on resilience initiatives in both negative and positive ways. In this article Mark Clegg explains what these impacts can be and how culture can be used as a key enabler in devising and implementing robust resilience initiatives.
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•Date: 3rd May 2013 • World •Type: Article

Globally networked risks and how to respond
A paper in the journal Nature by Dirk Helbing, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, has looked at the various global networks that exist and illustrated how cascade effects and complex dynamics amplify the vulnerability of these systems.
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•Date: 3rd May 2013 • World •Type: Article

Business Continuity Institute enhances training portfolio
New Good Practice Guidelines Training Course released by the Business Continuity Institute.
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•Date: 1st May 2013 • World •Type: Article

Resilinc and ICOR partnership to deliver new supply chain resiliency course
Resilinc Corp. and the International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR) have announced that they have formed a new education partnership to design and deliver a ‘next-generation supply chain resiliency course’.
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•Date: 1st May 2013 • World •Type: Article

The tragedy of business continuity
This article looks at five ‘tragedies of business continuity’: ways that organizations fail to get the most from business continuity programmes; and suggests changes that could be made which would allow the full benefits of business continuity to be unlocked. By Alan Walker, MBCI.
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•Date: 26th April 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

Winners of the 5th Annual BANG Alternative Awards in Business Continuity Management
The annual BANG awards were presented on 24th April at the Old Doctor Butler's Head in Moorgate, London.
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•Date: 25th April 2013 • UK •Type: Article

Business Continuity Institute invites votes for industry personality of the year awards
The Business Continuity Institute is organizing a number of regional business continuity awards programmes and is currently inviting public participation in the determination of the Industry Personality of the Year Award for two of these.
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•Date: 25th April 2013 • Various •Type: Article

New business continuity training course launched: Defensible Decision Making
New PlanB Consulting course is aimed at those who have to take decisions during incidents.
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•Date: 19th April 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

ICANN outlines business continuity strategy for new gTLDs
ICANN has announced the selection of three geographically diverse emergency back-end registry operators.
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•Date: 9th April 2013 • World •Type: Article

Nominations invited for the 2013 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience
US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has announced the start of the nomination period for the 2013 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience.
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•Date: 2nd April 2013 • US •Type: Article

Shortlist for the Business Continuity Awards 2013 published
The winners will be announced and awarded at the Business Continuity Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony on Thursday 30th May 2013, in London.
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•Date: 2nd April 2013 • UK •Type: Article

Winners of the BCI North America Awards 2013 announced
The Business Continuity Institute’s North America Awards 2013 were presented on March 19th at an event at DRJ Spring World, Florida.
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•Date: 20th March 2013 • North America •Type: Article

Be braver with business continuity…
BSI is urging organizations to take the BCM methodology further than many do today.
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•Date: 19th March 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

The Business Continuity Institute launches 2013 Good Practice Guidelines
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has published the latest edition of the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG). The Good Practice Guidelines are developed by industry experts and provide a 'body of knowledge for good business continuity practice worldwide
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•Date: 18th March 2013 • World •Type: Article

Business continuity: certification and experience in the field
Organizations should seek to expose business continuity planners to real disasters says Scott Sanderson.
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•Date: 5th March 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

UK government publishes updated Lexicon of UK Civil Protection Terminology
Includes definitions of various business continuity related terms.
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•Date: 21st Feb 2013 • UK •Type: Article

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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•Date: 19th Feb 2013 • US •Type: Article

The BCI launches two new business continuity awards schemes
Australasian Awards and India Awards.
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•Date: 19th Feb 2013 • World •Type: Article

Business Continuity Institute to launch Good Practice Guidelines 2013 during Business Continuity Awareness Week
New GPG will be available in English (UK and US), French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic.
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•Date: 15th Feb 2013 • World •Type: Article

United Nations GAR13 report expected to drive ‘a paradigm shift’ in business continuity planning
Latest United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction report aims to encourage businesses to fully integrate business continuity as a core business discipline.
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•Date: 14th Feb 2013 • World •Type: Article

Lesotho develops National Business Continuity Plan
The National Business Continuity Plan is being supported by a United Nations Development Programme grant.
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•Date: 12th Feb 2013 • Africa •Type: Article

UK needs to take action to prepare for extreme solar weather events
New Royal Academy of Engineering report provides the UK's first in-depth assessment of the potential impacts of solar superstorms.
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•Date: 11th Feb 2013 • UK •Type: Article

Complexity underpins the top business continuity issues facing African organizations
ContinuitySA looks at what the coming year might hold for Africa-based business continuity managers.
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•Date: 30th Jan 2013 • Africa •Type: Article

BCI launches European business continuity awards
The Business Continuity Institute has launched another new business continuity awards scheme, this time for the European region.
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•Date: 29th Jan 2013 • Europe •Type: Article

Contingency planning to become fashionable again…
According to the Business Continuity Institute’s technical development director, Lyndon Bird.
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•Date: 25th Jan 2013 • World •Type: Article

Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness (CCEP) to close
After 20 years as Canada’s leading advocate for disaster resilience, the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness (CCEP), is ‘passing the torch’ to a new champion of emergency management and public safety.
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•Date: 25th Jan 2013 • Canada •Type: Article

Is your organization’s planning brittle?
Geary Sikich provides five questions that you can work through to assess whether your organization’s planning is resulting in brittleness.
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•Date: 16th Jan 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

Entries invited for the 2013 Middle East Awards
The closing date for entries to the Business Continuity Institute’s Middle East Awards is the 28th March 2013.
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•Date: 11th Jan 2013 • MIddle East •Type: Article

Beyond the first 48 hours: Can your business continuity plan go the distance?
Is your organization prepared for the new normal in business disruptions? PwC asks.
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•Date: 11th Jan 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

Latest edition of the Business Continuity and Resiliency Journal now available
Continuity Central’s advanced level subscriber-only journal.
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•Date: 3rd Jan 2013 • World •Type: Article

SunGard predicts 2013 trends
How the availability challenge will evolve in the year ahead.
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•Date: 21st Dec 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

Details of the ‘2nd Annual BCI Awards – North America’ published
The awards will be presented at DRJ Spring World 2013 in Orlando, FL.
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•Date: 19th Dec 2012 • N.America •Type: Article

Researchers find that Internet outages in the US doubled during Hurricane Sandy
USC study could inform how Internet service providers allocate resources to restore access after a disaster.
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•Date: 19th Dec 2012 • US •Type: Article

Embedding business continuity
Ian Charters, FBCI, explores what an embedding programme could look like in the brave new world of ISO 22301.
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•Date: 13th Dec 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

Business continuity initiatives: when to involve senior management
Rama Satyanarayana describes what the ISO 22301 standard and COBIT 5 expect from senior management in BCM programs.
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•Date: 11th Dec 2012 • World •Type: Article

Review of Riot Damages Act stalled: London Assembly
Reform of the UK legislation covering compensation for riot damage is delayed, the London Assembly Budget & Performance Committee heard earlier this week.
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•Date: 5th Dec 2012 • UK •Type: Article

London Resilience Business Sector Panel requests input
London businesses invited to take part in a survey to feed into new ‘Business Risk Framework’.
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•Date: 27th Nov 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Entries invited for DRI Canada Award of Excellence
The deadline for entries is January 18th 2013.
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•Date: 16th Nov 2012 • Canada •Type: Article

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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•Date: 13th Nov 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

‘Best Practices in Crisis Management & Business Continuity for BioPharma Manufacturing and Supply Chain Operations’
A new guidance document.
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•Date: 13th Nov 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

BCI Gifted Grades and Global Awards 2012: the winners
The Business Continuity Institute has presented its 2012 BCI Gifted Grades and Global Awards at a Gala Dinner in London.
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•Date: 8th Nov 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

Thailand National Social and Economic Development Board recommends business continuity regulation
Thailand’s NESDB is lobbying the country’s government to introduce regulations to force state enterprises, government units and critical infrastructure service providers to develop business continuity plans.
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•Date: 6th Nov 2012 • SE Asia •Type: Article

Back-up generators: how to avoid problems
The impacts of Hurricane Sandy have focussed many people’s mind on the importance of having access to back-up generators for business continuity; but ensuring that generators work when needed requires careful planning.
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•Date: 1st Nov 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

London Assembly report shows that lack of coordination hindered business recovery from 2011 riots
‘Picking up the pieces: A London Assembly report on how businesses were helped to recover from the August 2011 riots.’
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•Date: 30th Oct 2012 • UK •Type: Article

The L'Aquila earthquake convictions: food for thought for all business continuity professionals?
How protected are you if your risk decisions go wrong?
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•Date: 26th Oct 2012 • World •Type: Article

Philippines survey shows the importance of considering business continuity in BPO decisions
Eight of 18 Philippine cities providing business process outsourcing services are in disaster-prone areas.
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•Date: 26th Oct 2012 •Asia Pacific •Type: Article

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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•Date: 19th Oct 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

Business continuity managers must consider the ‘generational divide’
According to a recent roundtable event, hosted by SunGard Availability Services, there is a generational change that is impacting how information is accessed, used and needed within organizations.
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•Date: 19th Oct 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

BCI publishes Global Awards 2012 shortlist
The Business Continuity Institute’s Global Awards 2012 will be presented on the evening of 7th November in London.
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•Date: 16th Oct 2012 • World •Type: Article

Metropolitan Police advises London-based businesses to prepare for large demonstration on 20th October
Checklist to help protect business premises and ensure business continuity.
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•Date: 16th Oct 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Middle East business continuity award winners announced
A gala dinner and awards ceremony took place in Abu Dhabi on 9th October to announce the winners of the first-ever Business Continuity Institute Middle East Awards.
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•Date: 10th Oct 2012 • Middle East •Type: Article

Business continuity and the smaller business
Practical advice for small and medium sized businesses from an SME owner.
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•Date: 5th Oct 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

BCI invites votes for Industry Personality of the Year 2012
Five nominations from around the global business continuity profession: cast your vote by 5th October.
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•Date: 28th Sept 2012 • World •Type: Article

Confederation of Indian Industries forms business continuity and risk management task force
Will seek to develop a public-private partnership model to share best practices.
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•Date: 28th Sept 2012 • India •Type: Article

Asian private sector business continuity partnership established
Asian Private Sector Partnership on Risk Reduction will focus on BCM.
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•Date: 27th Sept 2012 •Various •Type: Article

Business Continuity for Dummies now available
The UK Cabinet Office, in partnership with the Business Continuity Institute and Emergency Planning Society has worked to produce ‘Business Continuity for Dummies’.
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•Date: 27th Sept 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Supply chain resilience: how to identify key suppliers
A new research report has been published by the Business Continuity Institute’s Partnership Steering Group.
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•Date: 27th Sept 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

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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•Date: 14th Sept 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

Quality metrics: business continuity program performance versus recoverability
Business continuity professionals should be reporting on much more than the planning activities that they perform or manage – they must also compare the end results of the planning processes (strategies and solutions) to management’s approved recovery objectives.
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•Date: 14th Sept 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

Shortlist published for the BCI Middle East Awards 2012
The Business Continuity Institute has released a list of the people and organizations that have been shortlisted for this year’s Middle East business continuity awards.
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•Date: 14th Sept 2012 • M.East •Type: Article

Tips for business continuity beginners
Doug Kavanagh offers some advice to those new to the subject of business continuity.
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•Date: 10th August 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

A three-step process for creating organizational hierarchies
Advanced methods to create business continuity management hierarchies are the theme of a new white paper from COOP Systems.
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•Date: 3rd August 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

India’s Ministry of Power announces inquiry into power supply disaster
Expert committee will try to ensure that the wide-area power outages which affected Indian businesses on 30th and 31st July never happen again.
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•Date: 2nd August 2012 • India •Type: Article

On the first anniversary of the UK riots the Association of British Insurers calls for urgent reform to The Riot (Damages) Act 1886
Riot Act needs simplifying and streamlining.
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•Date: 2nd August 2012 • UK •Type: Article

DRI Canada announces new board of directors
The Disaster Recovery Institute Canada has released details of its newly elected board of directors.
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•Date: 27th July 2012 • Canada •Type: Article

NOAA develops sea level rise impacts assessment tool
Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer aims to help planners consider various scenarios.
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•Date: 26th July 2012 • US •Type: Article

Human factors in organizational resilience – implications of breaking the psychological contract
This paper explores the impacts that the psychological contract has on employees’ attitudes prior to and during an organizational crisis and upon their willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ to assist organizational recovery.
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•Date: 13th July 2012 • World •Type: Article

‘PREP Value Chain Climate Resilience’
Partnership for Resilience and Environmental Preparedness partners release step-by-step guide to building resilience to climate change.
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•Date: 11th July 2012 • World •Type: Article

The 2012 Middle East business continuity awards
Deadline for entry is 17th August; awards will be made on 9th October 2012 in the UAE.
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•Date: 4th July 2012 • Middle East •Type: Article

Business Continuity Institute launches ‘The BCI Global Awards 2012’
The awards ceremony will take place on 7th November 2012, in London.
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•Date: 29th June 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

Winners of the Canadian Awards for Emergency Management & Business Continuity announced
The Canadian Awards for Emergency Management & Business Continuity were presented on June 26th at the WCDM Gala Awards Night in Toronto.
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•Date: 29th June 2012 • Canada •Type: Article

Royal Bank of Scotland failure 'was due to a CA Technologies software system'
The Financial Times has reported that the software glitch which resulted in a huge business continuity problem for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group was caused by an upgrade failure in a CA Technologies software system.
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•Date: 27th June 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Private sector resilience on the agenda at Rio+20 summit
Businesses told that resilience planning is an essential aspect of corporate sustainability.
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•Date: 26th June 2012 • World •Type: Article

‘Business Continuity For Dummies’ set for August 2012 publication
Business Continuity For Dummies will be the latest addition to the highly successful series of ‘Dummies’ books.
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•Date: 22nd June 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Royal Bank of Scotland Group suffers major business continuity failure
Application failure results in downtime of banking systems at NatWest, RBS and Ulster bank.
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•Date: 22nd June 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Business continuity Good Practice Guidelines highlights now available in Chinese
The Business Continuity Institute has announced that highlights of the Good Practice Guidelines are now available in Chinese as a free download.
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•Date: 22nd June 2012 • China •Type: Article

Resilience and the importance of failure
By striving to eliminate all failures or interruptions could we actually be damaging our organization’s ability to react to an unexpected crisis?
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•Date: 21st June 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

The procurement department’s role in business continuity management
“No business continuity plan, no business”. That’s what your procurement department should be saying to all your suppliers — but are they?
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•Date: 13th June 2012 • Africa/World •Type: Article

Nominations now being accepted for IAEM Global Awards Competition
The entry deadline is August 15, 2012, 5:00 p.m., U.S. Eastern Time.
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•Date: 12th June 2012 • World •Type: Article

The 2012 Business Continuity Awards winners
The winners of the 2012 Business Continuity Awards were announced at a recent ceremony in London.
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•Date: 1st June 2012 • UK •Type: Article

New hurricane preparedness guide published
Marsh develops a checklist for organizations to use to check windstorm mitigation and response plans.
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•Date: 1st June 2012 • US •Type: Article

DRI International Awards of Excellence winners
DRI International presented its Awards of Excellence during the recent DRI2012 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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•Date: 30th May 2012 • US •Type: Article

What's your message?
Struggling to raise awareness of your business continuity program within your organization? Lawrence Robert offers some help.
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•Date: 25th May 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

Deadline extended for Canadian Awards for Emergency Management & Business Continuity
Nomination period extended to May 28, 2012.
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•Date: 23rd May 2012 • Canada •Type: Article

Business continuity considerations for the Chicago NATO summit
On 20 and 21 May 2012 Chicago will host a NATO summit. What should local businesses know and what should they be planning for?
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•Date: 10th May 2012 • US •Type: Article

Winner of the Business Continuity Paper of the Year 2012 competition announced
The winning paper from our recent Business Continuity Paper of the Year 2012 competition and five short-listed papers are now available to read in the latest issue of the Business Continuity and Resiliency Journal.
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•Date: 9th May 2012 • World •Type: Article

United Nations urges Philippines businesses to take business continuity planning seriously
Business continuity plans not a question of choice but a ‘double imperative’.
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•Date: 8th May 2012 • Philippines •Type: Article

BANG Awards winners 2012
The business continuity profession’s more tongue in cheek awards were presented on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012.
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•Date: 30th April 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Entries now being accepted for the BCI Asia Business Continuity Awards 2012
Winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony on 10th October in Singapore.
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•Date: 6th April 2012 • Asia/Asia Pacific •Type: Article

Shortlist for Business Continuity Awards published
Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 30th May 2012 at the Hilton on Park Lane in London.
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•Date: 3rd April 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Winners announced for the BCI North America Awards 2012
The winners of the first BCI North America Awards 2012 were announced last week at DRJ Spring World 2012.
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•Date: 3rd April 2012 • US •Type: Article

Fuel, facts and fudge
Peter Power comments on various crisis management and business continuity questions raised by reactions to the threatened UK fuel strikes.
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•Date: 29th March 2012 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Entries invited for the Rick Rescorla National Award For Resilience
New US recognition award announced by Janet Napolitano.
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•Date: 28th March 2012 • US •Type: Article

COBR meets to discuss national contingency plans for potential fuel strike
UK government Civil Contingencies Committee meeting convened.
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•Date: 28th March 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Potential UK fuel strikes: business continuity measures
As employees in five out of seven major UK fuel distribution companies vote to strike, what contingency measures can business continuity managers take to protect against possible future fuel shortages?
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•Date: 27th March 2012 • Region: UK •Type: Article

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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•Date: 23rd March 2012 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Chicago businesses advised to prepare for NATO summit disruption
Event will take place on May 20th-21st; the first time an American city other than Washington has hosted a NATO summit.
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•Date: 23rd March 2012 • US •Type: Article

What is organizational resilience?
The Business Continuity Institute has published a new paper which looks at the subject of organizational resilience and asks for input on how it fits with business continuity management.
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•Date: 21st March 2012 • World •Type: Article

The Canadian Awards for Emergency Management & Business Continuity are open for nominations
This year’s Canadian Awards for Emergency Management & Business Continuity will be announced on June 26th and nominations can be made until May 18th.
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•Date: 15th March 2012 • Canada •Type: Article

New translations of business continuity Good Practice Guidelines published
Spanish, Japanese and German versions now available.
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•Date: 14th March 2012 • World •Type: Article

Organizations learn Great East Japan Earthquake supply chain business continuity lessons
A study by the Business Continuity Institute has found that 82 percent of companies affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake have made changes to their supply chain strategy since the disaster.
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•Date: 13th March 2012 • World •Type: Article

The benefits of business continuity: a summary
Continuity Central recently asked readers to help build a list of the benefits that business continuity brings. This article provides a summary of these.
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•Date: 2nd March 2012 • Region: World •Type: Article

Iron Mountain survey looks at social media business issues and risks
34 percent of UK companies describe their management of social media as ‘chaotic.’
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•Date: 2nd March 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Managing remote working risks
A new good practice guide has been published by the UK Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure.
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•Date: 16th February 2012 • UK •Type: Article

‘Your Ten Step Guide to Becoming Games Ready’
A business continuity planning guide has been published by SunGard to help UK businesses prepare for London 2012.
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•Date: 2nd February 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Insurance: preparing, managing, and responding to catastrophic event claims
Insurance is an important aspect of business continuity; and good planning and preparation in this area can make the difference between business survival and failure.
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•Date: 2nd February 2012 • World •Type: Article

London 2012 kicks off free preparation sessions for businesses
Workshops and drop-in sessions commence during the first week of February.
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•Date: 1st February 2012 • UK •Type: Article

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment
700 potential impacts of climate change in a UK context examined.
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•Date: 27th January 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Napolitano presents ‘National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security’
Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has presented the US National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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•Date: 26th January 2012 • US •Type: Article

Calling the shots…
Does true business continuity play second fiddle to IT recovery?
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•Date: 18th January 2012 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

South Africa: top 10 business continuity issues for 2012
ContinuitySA has identified what it believes are the main risks facing South African business in 2012.
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•Date: 17th January 2012 • Africa •Type: Article

The Business Continuity Institute announces inaugural North America business continuity awards
The BCI will be hosting the first annual BCI Awards - North America at DRJ Spring World 2012.
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•Date: 13th January 2012 • N.America •Type: Article

Many organizations lack confidence in London 2012 business continuity plans
Voice continuity revealed as weak spot in contingency planning.
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•Date: 13th January 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Telecommunications risk management report
Study shows inconsistent adoption of telecommunications risk mitigation practices across enterprises.
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•Date: 11th January 2012 • US •Type: Article

New business continuity advice from Greater London Authority
The Greater London Authority has published a five-step guide to business continuity management.
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•Date: 11th January 2012 • UK •Type: Article

It’s time to change your mindset…
Business continuity planners who feel that they lack top-level support should stop blaming senior managers: the problem probably lies closer to home. By John M. Stagl.
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•Date: 10th January 2012 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

2012’s top stories…
Continuity Central makes five predictions for the big issues that may impact the business continuity profession in 2012.
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•Date: 1st January 2012 • Region: World •Type: Article

Announcing: The Journal of Business Continuity and Resiliency
Continuity Central has relaunched its international Business Continuity Journal publication and has renamed it as ‘The Journal of Business Continuity and Resiliency.’
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•Date: 1st January 2012 • World •Type: Article

‘Flood risk and insurance - a roadmap to 2013 and beyond’
The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published an update about ongoing work on flood risk, insurance and resilience.
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•Date: 23rd December 2011 • UK •Type: Article

2012 UK Business Continuity Awards open for entries
Deadline is 17th February 2012; two new awards introduced.
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•Date: 21st December 2011 • UK •Type: Article

Advances in self-healing technologies offer potential for greater resilience in electronic systems
In many mission critical applications electrical failures can cause very real business continuity problems; a new technological advance promises to help enhance the resilience of such systems.
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•Date: 21st December 2011 • US/World •Type: Article

The challenges in a changing world: adopting an integrated approach to risk mitigation
In this paper Robert Hall looks at attitudes to risk within businesses and explains why the balance may be too far on the side of risk avoidance. Business continuity managers may have played a role in creating this imbalance.
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•Date: 16th December 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

BCI updates business continuity dictionary
Dictionary of Business Continuity Management Terms Version 2.
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•Date: 16th December 2011 • World •Type: Article

Guidance from ENISA on new security and continuity rules for telecoms companies
How to implement the new telecoms legislation on security and integrity ('Art 13a').
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•Date: 14th December 2011 • Europe/UK •Type: Article

Social media and business continuity
The one thing you can’t do about social media is ignore it. By Mike Jacobs.
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•Date: 9th December 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

UK university offering new Business Continuity Diploma
30-week course is being run by Buckinghamshire New University in partnership with the Business Continuity Institute.
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•Date: 2nd December 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

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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•Date: 1st December 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Business continuity and risk – what is in scope?
Are we right in our approach to risk assessments to be only looking at the physical / IT related / reputational risks and ignoring the much larger questions out there such as the financial instability in the markets?
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•Date: 25th November 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

‘Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation’
An assessment on how climate related disaster risk is likely to change in the future.
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•Date: 22nd November 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

‘Business Continuity Planning in Severe Weather’: Irish government advice
Forfás, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation have prepared a short document including a practical checklist for businesses to help prepare for severe weather events.
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•Date: 15th November 2011 • Region: Ireland •Type: Article

New supply chain business continuity management resource freely available
3rd Party Questionnaire (3PQ) provides a common set of basic questions that will enable your organization to obtain the majority of the business continuity management information required from your suppliers.
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•Date: 11th November 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Business Continuity Institute Awards winners
The 2011 BCI Awards were presented on Wednesday 9th November at a ceremony in London.
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•Date: 11th November 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Supply chain resilience
Supply chain continuity management has been much discussed over the past year but many organizations struggle to get beyond the basics. In this article John Robinson provides advice on how to take control of this area
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•Date: 4th November 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

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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•Date: 1st November 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

‘Preparing Your Business For the Games’
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG) has published business continuity advice to help UK-based businesses plan for the 2012 Olympics.
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•Date: 26th October 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Short list for the 2011 BCI Awards announced
The Business Continuity Institute has published the short list of people and organizations that are in the running for the 2011 BCI Awards.
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•Date: 26th October 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

NOAA issues US winter forecast
Another La Niña winter but Arctic Oscillation ‘wild card’ could have bigger impact; drought in Southern Plains likely to continue.
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•Date: 21st October 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Business continuity and bandh days
India-based organizations are using work-from-home as an effective method to deal with the issue of bandh days.
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•Date: 21st October 2011 • Region: India •Type: Article

Enhanced Canadian Disaster Database officially launched
Provides historical data on regional disasters: will help business continuity managers assess local disaster threats.
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•Date: 19th October 2011 • Region: Canada •Type: Article

BCI Asia Business Continuity Awards 2011
The winners of the BCI Asia Business Continuity Awards 2011 were announced at a presentation ceremony on 12th October 2011.
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•Date: 18th October 2011 • Region: Asia Pacific / SE Asia •Type: Article

Business continuity and financial turmoil
What is the business continuity professional’s role in preparing organizations for macroeconomic financial crises?
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•Date: 14th October 2011 • Region: UK/Europe •Type: Article

Winners of the BCI Continuity & Resilience Awards India announced
The BCI Continuity & Resilience Awards were held in Mumbai on the 26th September and a list of winners has now been published by the Business Continuity Institute.
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•Date: 14th October 2011 • Region: Asia •Type: Article

UK winter – businesses shouldn’t over react to alarmism
The Met Office has warned businesses to ignore ‘colourful headlines’ about the long term weather forecast for the coming winter.
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•Date: 14th October 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Olympic transport issues once again on the agenda as London Assembly questions TfL commissioner
No business in London will be completely unaffected but some will be more affected than others; each individual business needs to work out the impact of the Olympics on operations: commissioner.
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•Date: 11th October 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

From here to maternity?
The UK NHS provides an excellent example of what business continuity is about in its most basic form, says Mike Jacobs.
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•Date: 7th October 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

ASIS International and SHRM release joint Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention ANSI standard
Aims to help identify and prevent workplace violence; and to engage in effective incident management and resolution.

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•Date: 7th October 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

‘Global protest’ planned for October 15th
Businesses operating in CBDs around the world should be aware of the potential for disruption on October 15th as a variety of protest groups around the world plan a day of ‘global protest.’

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•Date: 7th October 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2012 briefing paper published by the Business Continuity Institute
Start planning for Business Continuity Awareness Week 2012...

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•Date: 7th October 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Heidelberg issues business continuity advice for printers
New white paper focuses on the unique issues printers face in keeping production running smoothly in the event of unexpected interruptions.

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•Date: 4th October 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Sunspot 1302 threatens geosynchronous satellites
Active sunspot turns toward earth, creating the risk of damaging space weather.

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•Date: 27th September 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Private Sector Resources Catalog 3.0
DHS updates preparedness resources guide.

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•Date: 27th September 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

BCI extends deadline for entries for 2011 Gifted Grades and Awards
New deadline is September 30th.

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•Date: 13th September 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

IBHS calls for a ‘hybrid’ approach to preparedness
A hybrid approach which combines physical security and business continuity planning is required to meet today’s threats, says the US IBHS.

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•Date: 9th September 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Wide-area power outage hits Southwest US
Large areas of Southern California and Arizona experienced a power outage from around 4 p.m Thursday 8th September continuing into Friday for many.

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•Date: 9th September 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Poor people resilience creates sick organizations
Sick organizations are dysfunctional, unprofitable and unable to run with even the most basic business continuity strategies.

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•Date: 8th September 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

UK riots in retrospect
Peter Power, FBCI, looks at some of the lessons that can be learned from the riots that shook the UK during the summer.
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•Date: 6th Sept 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

SunGard launches ‘Dedicated Recover Anywhere’
Helps keep staff productive even when events prevent them getting to work.

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•Date: 2nd September 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

US National Preparedness Month kicks off
Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, and Ad Council president and CEO Peggy Conlon kicked off National Preparedness Month yesterday in Times Square, New York.

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•Date: 2nd September 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Scale of Olympics-related business continuity issues highlighted
London-based organizations cannot expect business-as-usual during the Olympic period.

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•Date: 31st August 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Six tips for disaster preparation
Advice for business continuity newbies from IBM.

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•Date: 30th August 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Are we fear-mongers? Business continuity and the boy who cried wolf
Nick Johnson discusses the pros and cons of using a ‘fear-based’ approach to getting business continuity buy-in.
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•Date: 25th August 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Role of the telecommunications industry in emergency planning
New Cabinet Office resource provides useful background information for business continuity managers.

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•Date: 24th August 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Supply chain continuity insights
Robin Gaddum shares his experiences of supply chain business continuity management.
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•Date: 18th August 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

New advice resources for riot-hit English businesses
The Home Office has announced that it has opened new website and phone support services for businesses impacted by the recent riots and looting.

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•Date: 18th August 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Is business continuity management a misnomer?
This paper discusses why business continuity management, as a discipline and as perceived by many today, is at the crossroads of direction and focus. By Luc P. Klein.
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•Date: 16th August 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Business continuity management lessons from English public disorder incidents
BCM professionals must begin to look at what happened and assess how well plans and processes stood up to the events, says Gary Hibberd.
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•Date: 16th August 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Business restoration: advice and help for riot-hit English companies
Government provides advice and sets up a central helpline.

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•Date: 15th August 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

English riots: advice for businesses
How to protect your business and when ‘defensive’ action is lawful.

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•Date: 10th August 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

BCI invites entries for 2011 Gifted Grades and Awards
Awards will be presented at the Business Continuity Institute’s Gala Dinner on 9th November 2011.

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•Date: 5th August 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

APEC countries agree the need to promote business continuity to the private sector
A recent meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation countries resulted in agreement to promote business continuity to private sector companies in the region.

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•Date: 4th August 2011 • Region: Asia Pacific •Type: Article

MIR3 highlights the threat of US wildfires this fall and advises organizations to include response strategies in business continuity plans
With drought conditions expected to fuel above average wildfires through the fall, MIR3 is urging employers to review their current business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

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•Date: 4th August 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

GAO reports on US government use of telework for business continuity
‘Emergency Preparedness: Agencies Need Coordinated Guidance on Incorporating Telework into Emergency and Continuity Planning.’

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•Date: 29th July 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

The London 2012 Olympic Games: how businesses are planning to manage the impacts
PwC survey looks into business expectations and contingency plans.

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•Date: 29th July 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

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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•Date: 27th July 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Management of power outage risks
A continuous power supply is mission critical for the vast majority of businesses, but many don’t take the management of power outage risks beyond a very basic level.

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•Date: 27th July 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

New report highlights future London flood risks
Up to 680,000 properties in the city are at risk from surface water flooding.

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•Date: 26th July 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

India business continuity awards scheduled
Presentations will take place on September 26, 2011, in Mumbai. Submissions deadline is August 31.

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•Date: 26th July 2011 • Region: Asia •Type: Article

How recovery in the cloud can boost Hurricane Season Preparedness
Advice from SunGard Availability Services.

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•Date: 22nd July 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Thailand National Economic and Social Development Board to present national disaster management plan to new government
Will include recommendations to encourage private sector organizations to develop business continuity plans.

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•Date: 22nd July 2011 • Region: Asia Pacific •Type: Article

OSHA issues heatwave advice for US businesses
Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on continued heat waves sweeping the country.

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•Date: 21st July 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Supply chain continuity in US SMBs
Saia 2011 National Trends in Small to Medium-sized Businesses study highlights supply chain continuity practices.

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•Date: 29th June 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

UK businesses nervous about future power related business continuity threats
Power reliability already a serious issue for many businesses; and the situation is likely to deteriorate.

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•Date: 28th June 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

NFPA to update FEMA’s Ready Business web content
Contract will bring the content of Ready Business into alignment with the current (2010) edition of NFPA 1600.

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•Date: 28th June 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

UK organizations preparing for J30 strike
Britain faces the largest co-ordinated strike action for many years; actions could impact private as well as public sector organizations.

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•Date: 24th June 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Business continuity management: reflections from disaster
The Asia Pacific region experienced more than its fair share of natural disasters in the first quarter of 2011; but what impact have these events had on attitudes to BCM in the region, and what lessons have been learned? Ernst & Young, Australia, has provided a paper which explores these questions.

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•Date: 22nd June 2011 • Region: Asia Pacific •Type: Article

Entry deadline extended for the BCI Asia Business Continuity Awards
The Business Continuity Institute has announced that the deadline for entries for the 2011 BCI Asia Business Continuity Awards has been extended to 30th July 2011.

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•Date: 10th June 2011 • Region: Asia/ Asia Pacific•Type: Article

Political violence, strikes, riots, civil war and war are key business continuity threats: Aon
‘While terrorism remains a very real threat around the world, the reality is that threats to business continuity are also coming from political violence in all its many forms’.

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•Date: 8th June 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

New report highlights sea level rise threats to Australia’s coastal businesses
Assets worth AUD $226 billion exposed to climate change impacts.

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•Date: 8th June 2011 • Region: Australia •Type: Article

Germany e-coli outbreak latest
Bacterium is a new strain and is resistant to many conventional antibiotics.

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•Date: 3rd June 2011 • Region: Europe/UK •Type: Article

FEMA, Red Cross and Ad Council launch US business continuity ad campaign
New Ready Business public service advertisements to urge small businesses to prepare in advance of an emergency.

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•Date: 3rd June 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

After Japan 9.0: Are there gaps in your continuity plans?
PwC has published a paper which seeks to capture some of the business continuity lessons from the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan recently.

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•Date: 27th May 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

One to watch: haemolytic uraemic syndrome
European organizations are advised to monitor a disease outbreak in Germany which has potential business continuity implications.

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•Date: 27th May 2011 • Region: UK/Europe •Type: Article

Business Continuity Awards 2011: the winners
The 2011 CIR Business Continuity Awards have been presented at a dinner at London’s Hilton Park Lane hotel.

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•Date: 26th May 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

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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•Date: 18th May 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Three UK business organizations collaborate on ‘Developing Resilience’ guide
Joint document prepared by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Business in the Community and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

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•Date: 17th May 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

American Red Cross launches ‘Ready Rating’ to help prepare businesses and organizations for emergencies
The American Red Cross has launched a newly designed web-based service, Ready Rating, to help businesses and other organizations better prepare for emergencies

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•Date: 13th May 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Emerging business continuity threats: acid mine drainage
ContinuitySA’s Lynn Jackson provides an update about the issue of acid mine drainage (AMD) and its business continuity implications.

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•Date: 12th May 2011 • Region: Africa/World •Type: Article

IAEM invites entries for Awards Competition
Includes various business continuity related categories. Entry deadline is Tuesday, June 21st.

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•Date: 11th May 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

3rd Annual BANG Award winners
BANG, the London-based business continuity networking group, has announced the winners of the 3rd Annual BANG Awards, the ‘alternative’ awards in the UK's business continuity industry.

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•Date: 10th May 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

The BCI Asia Business Continuity Awards
The Business Continuity Institute has announced a partnership with BCPAsia to manage the 2011 BCI Asia Business Continuity Awards, which will be presented at a ceremony on 12th October in Singapore.

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•Date: 29th April 2011 • Region: Asia Pacific •Type: Article

London 2012 transport plans on track, but huge risks remain
Business continuity requirements of local businesses considered in new report by the London Assembly Transport Committee.

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•Date: 20th April 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

2011 India monsoon forecast
India will have a normal monsoon this year.

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•Date: 20th April 2011 • Region: Asia •Type: Article

First UK corporate manslaughter conviction shows that the issue could be a real business continuity threat
Company fined 115 percent of its annual turnover.
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•Date: 8th April 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

UK government asked to review 2012 Olympics business continuity advice
Work-from-home contingency plans aren’t the only answer; government action needed.
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•Date: 8th April 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Don’t forget to submit comments for the 2013 edition of NFPA 1600
May 23, 2011, is the deadline.
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•Date: 6th April 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Shortlist published for 2011 Business Continuity Awards
CIR Magazine has listed the organizations and individuals that have made the shortlist for May 25th’s Business Continuity Awards.

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•Date: 31st March 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

4th Asia Business Continuity Awards launched
Awards are open for entries from 11 April 2011; presentations take place on 12th October in Singapore.
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•Date: 29th March 2011 • Region: SE Asia •Type: Article

Calls made to make business continuity planning mandatory for Caribbean organizations
According to Caribbean360.

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•Date: 25th March 2011 • Region: Caribbean •Type: Article

Management advice for business continuity managers
New research provides insights into getting the most from your business continuity team.

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•Date: 25th March 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

UK Cabinet Office develops guide to resiliency
Includes business continuity management as part of a wider resiliency strategy: consultation runs until 6th May.
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•Date: 22nd March 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Unrealistic scenarios? C’mon man!
Unpredictability is fast becoming our new normal; and addressing unpredictability requires that we change how business continuity planning programs operate. By Geary Sikich.
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•Date: 18th March 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

BS ISO/IEC 27031:2011 now available
Replacement standard for BS 25777:2008 can now be purchased from BSI.

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•Date: 18th March 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

BC24 online incident simulation game now live
Key feature of Business Continuity Awareness Week available for use.

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•Date: 18th March 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Global supply chains may be disrupted for several months due to Japan earthquake and tsunami
Marsh outlines the continuity of supply issues facing multinational companies.

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•Date: 18th March 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Virtual Corporation updates Business Continuity Maturity Model
Virtual Corporation has announced the update of its Business Continuity Maturity Model (BCMM).

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•Date: 18th March 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

UN-backed tsunami warning exercise for Caribbean
Thirty-three countries will participate in the Caribbean region’s first full-scale tsunami warning exercise as part of United Nations-backed efforts to test and strengthen the region’s defences against such disasters.

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•Date: 18th March 2011 • Region: Various •Type: Article

Supply chain management and business continuity
R. Andrew Fernandes provides a checklist of items to consider in order to effectively introduce business continuity management into a SCM system.
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•Date: 16th March 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Canadian CSA Z1600 business continuity standard review underway
Revised standard should be ready for publication in 2012.

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•Date: 16th March 2011 • Region: Canada

The 3rd Annual Alternative UK BANG Awards
April 27th 2011, Old Doctor Butler's Head, Moorgate, London.

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•Date: 10th March 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

California superstorm would be costliest US disaster
Total property damage and business interruption costs of once-in-200-year event would be nearly $1 trillion.

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•Date: 10th March 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

‘Business Interruption Insurance & BCM’
New BCI guide explores the link between business interruption insurance and business continuity management.

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•Date: 10th March 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

United Arab Emirates progresses regional business continuity standard
Draft version of National Business Continuity Capability Management Standard unveiled.

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•Date: 8th March 2011 • Region: M.East •Type: Article

Murphy’s Three Laws of Business Continuity
Robin Gaddum explains...

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•Date: 4th March 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

House of Commons Committee criticises UK National Risk Assessment process
Government often only seeks scientific advice after events have struck.

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•Date: 4th March 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Consultation on new UK CCTV code of practice
UK government proposes a new ‘checklist of actions’ that organizations that use CCTV systems may have to comply with.

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•Date: 3rd March 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

US bill to address serious cyber security threats introduced
Legislation will expressly prohibit the President from ‘turning off the Internet.’

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•Date: 24th Feb 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Solar storm provides a preview of threats to come
"It will be interesting to see how well our technological systems will withstand the rigors of space weather as the sun gets back to higher activity levels," University of Colorado Boulder Professor Daniel Baker.

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•Date: 22nd Feb 2011 • Region: US / World •Type: Article

New report highlights key lessons from the Buncefield disaster
Reveals that fundamental management flaws lay behind the incident.

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•Date: 18th Feb 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

DRI International’s Qualifying Exam re-written
DRI International has announced the release of a completely revised Qualifying Exam for business continuity planning training.

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•Date: 16th Feb 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Comments requested on draft ISO 22301 business continuity standard
Deadline is 28 Feb 2011.

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•Date: 9th Feb 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Report discusses future UK critical infrastructure challenges
Resilience is required in all sectors to protect against cascade failure.

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•Date: 9th Feb 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

BCI updates business continuity Legislations, Regulations, Standards and Guidelines document
Comprehensive guide brought fully up to date.

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•Date: 4th Feb 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

London Assembly committee discusses future flood risk
What are the implications of changes to flood risk management in London?

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•Date: 4th Feb 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

New approach needed to prevent major 'systemic failures'
A Purdue University researcher is proposing development of a new cross-disciplinary approach for analyzing and preventing systemic failures in complex systems that play a role in major disasters.

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•Date: 1st Feb 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

When the business itself threatens business continuity
Overlooked but easily detectable business process defects are a very real threat, says Gartner.

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•Date: 28th Jan 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

New version of ICM Emergency Office 'will revolutionise the business continuity market'
Upgrade provides enhanced telephony options.

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•Date: 26th Jan 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

BS 25999 needs a continuity capability statement
Robin Gaddum explains why.

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•Date: 20th Jan 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Top ten business continuity tunes
As compiled by Charlie Maclean-Bristol.

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•Date: 14th Jan 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Maximum tolerable period of disruption: a new definition
Mel Gosling argues that the current definition of the term maximum tolerable period of disruption (MTPD) not only causes confusion, but is actually wrong, and needs to be replaced by a definition that will ensure that the concept is both readily understood and used as originally intended.

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•Date: 7th Jan 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Business Continuity Institute publishes new Dictionary of Business Continuity Management Terms
Sets out to define every business continuity related term.

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•Date: 7th Jan 2011 • Region:World •Type: Article

IBHS provides US business owners with severe weather business continuity advice
A useful checklist.

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•Date: 7th Jan 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Avoiding the dangers of groupthink during business continuity planning
David Honour highlights specific areas in the business continuity lifecycle which are at particular risk from groupthink.

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•Date: 6th Jan 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

BS25999 Users’ Workshop report
A joint report of the findings of a recent BSI, BCI and Cabinet Office workshop is available.

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•Date: 22nd Dec 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

New edition of ‘The Definitive Handbook of Business Continuity Management’ now available
Publisher offers 30 percent discount to Continuity Central readers.

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•Date: 22nd Dec 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

ASIS International and BSI release joint business continuity management ANSI standard
Business Continuity Management Systems: Requirements with Guidance for Use (ANSI/ASIS/BSI BCM.1-2010).

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•Date: 17th Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Stop consenting to infrastructure failure and business disruption...
With Britain’s organizations facing more snow-based business continuity problems, Chris Needham-Bennett says it’s time to show some snow intolerance.
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•Date: 15th Dec 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

The meaning of risk appetite: or “Finally, monsieur, a wafer thin mint”
How Monty Python can help people understand the concept of risk appetite. By Robin Gaddum, MBCI.
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•Date: 10th Dec 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

UK businesses warned of increasing norovirus threat
Sickness bug can cause high absence levels and associated operational difficulties.

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•Date: 10th Dec 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Senate committee expresses disappointment over some aspects of PS-Prep
More thought needed on how to educate US small businesses about business continuity.

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•Date: 9th Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

London Assembly questions London Olympics executives
Among the subjects being discussed will be business continuity issues faced by London’s businesses as a result of Olympics transport plans.

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•Date: 8th Dec 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

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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•Date: 19th Nov 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Risk managers are increasingly playing a role in business continuity
Risk managers are wielding greater influence on strategic decisions across their organizations and are getting involved in areas which were previously siloed, such as business continuity, says a senior executive at Marsh.

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•Date: 17th Nov 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Lessons learned or lessons lost?
Why do so many UK post major disruption reviews keep on identifying the same problems? By Peter Power.
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•Date: 12th Nov 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

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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•Date: 12th Nov 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

ISO standard on preparedness and continuity management systems moves forward
Draft version approved and standard moves into wider consultation stage.

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•Date: 10th Nov 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Insurance sector views on business continuity
A joint report by the Business Continuity Institute and the Chartered Insurance Institute’s General Insurance Faculties.

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•Date: 9th Nov 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

UK Environment Agency plans changes to flood warning service
New system due to commence on 30th November 2010.

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•Date: 9th Nov 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

London Assembly discusses business continuity issues relating to 2012 transport plans
Concerns raised over Olympic Route Network.

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•Date: 5th Nov 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Business Continuity Institute presents ‘Gifted Awards’
Continuity Central’s editor, David Honour, among the recipients.

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•Date: 5th Nov 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Introduction of standardised core Pre-Qualification Questionnaire by UK government is an opportunity to embed business continuity planning into the procurement process
Government should not miss this chance says Tony Gimple.

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•Date: 4th Nov 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Top five business continuity lessons learnt from the FIFA 2010 World Cup
Now the dust has well and truly settled on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, ContinuitySA has published a lessons-learned document.
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•Date: 3rd Nov 2010 • Region: Africa/World •Type: Article

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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•Date: 2nd Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Thoughts on MTPoD
Alexey Borealis provides some additional reflections on Continuity Central’s recent survey into the maximum tolerable period of disruption concept.
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•Date: 29th Oct 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

BSI launches survey on BS 25999 usage
Deadline for completion is November 30th. A report summarising the findings will be made available in early 2011.
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•Date: 26th Oct 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Winter Resilience Review : Final Report published
An independent review of how UK transport systems coped with the last two winters has recommended measures to get national government, local councils, transport providers and the public ready for future winter weather.
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•Date: 26th Oct 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

London Assembly looks into London 2012 business continuity impacts
Transport network presents the biggest disruption risk.
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•Date: 22nd Oct 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

NOAA forecasts ‘another Winter of extremes’ for the US
A moderate to strong La Niña will be the dominant climate factor influencing weather across most of the US this winter.
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•Date: 22nd Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

UK business overlooking Olympic risks: Deloitte
Many companies are either underestimating the impact the 2012 Games will have on their business or they haven’t conducted accurate assessments.
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•Date: 19th Oct 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

UK government looking into the impacts of a future severe space weather event
Speaking in the House of Lords, Lord Taylor of Holbeach has outlined work by the government aimed at better understanding the potential impacts of a future severe space weather event.
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•Date: 13th Oct 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

BSI publishes guidance on human aspects of business continuity management
PD 25111:2010 gives guidance on the planning and development of human resource strategies and policies for the key phases following a disruption.
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•Date: 7th Oct 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

2nd BCI Continuity & Resilience Awards winners
Awards presented on September 30, 2010, in Mumbai.
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•Date: 5th October 2010 • Region: Asia •Type: Article

DHS moves forward in efforts to aid small business preparedness planning
DHS soliciting public comment on a private sector readiness certification program specifically tailored to the needs of small businesses.
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•Date: 5th October 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Business continuity during industrial action
CBI unveils package of potential measures to allow UK organizations to manage the public expectation that services will continue even if there are industrial disputes.
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•Date: 5th October 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Major flooding exercise planned for England and Wales
Beginning with a pilot event in November 2010, Exercise Watermark will then go live across England and Wales from 4-11 March 2011.
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•Date: 1st October 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Should whistle-blowing be an essential aspect of a good business continuity management system?
Why encouraging employees to report risky processes and behaviours supports business continuity. By David Honour.
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•Date: 28th Sept 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

ANAB announces PS-Prep accreditation guidance
The US ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has announced that it is inviting certification bodies to submit applications for accreditation for the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Certification (PS-Prep) program.
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•Date: 24th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Business resilience in the supply chain
A summary of the key points made during the recent BRiSC2010 conference.
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•Date: 24th Sept 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Risk appetite explored
The key points from a recent Business Continuity Institute / Marsh web conference which debated the ‘substance and purpose of defining risk appetite in support of effective business continuity planning’.
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•Date: 24th Sept 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

The future role of BCM in contemporary corporate defence
This paper aims to initially look at the changing perception of corporate defence, followed by a review of the developments which have occurred in BCM and other defence related activities. Finally the paper addresses the potential future role of BCM in the corporate defence space.
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•Date: 17th Sept 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Olympics: “it will not be business as usual” says City of London Corporation
London-based companies are ‘strongly advised’ to make contingency plans.
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•Date: 17th Sept 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

US warned of looming national crisis in water quality and supply
Businesses, farmers, environmental not-for-profits and government agencies have jointly issued a landmark call to action aimed at heading off a national crisis in water quality and supply.
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•Date: 17th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Delhi companies plan for Commonwealth Games disruption
The XIX Commonwealth Games will take place in Delhi, India, from 3rd to 14th October and local businesses are considering the preparations that they need to make to ensure business continuity.
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•Date: 16th Sept 2010 • Region: Asia •Type: Article

Business Continuity Institute on the hunt for non-executive directors
Three non-execs required as part of new BCI governance structure.
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•Date: 10th Sept 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

New light shed on PTSD
PTSD can affect anyone and business continuity managers need to be aware of the issue from both a personal point of view and because of its potential impacts on crisis team members and employees in the wider organization.
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•Date: 10th Sept 2010 • Region: N.America •Type: Article

ASIS International moves forward with organizational resilience maturity model
Announces committee formation; effort will help organizations tailor implementation of the ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard to their specific business needs.
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•Date: 8th Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Error in climate change models may mean that sea level rises will not be as rapid as previously expected
The threat remains; but mitigation time may be extended.
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•Date: 8th Sept 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

The shifting sands of business continuity management
The business continuity status quo is being challenged. By David Honour.
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•Date: 3rd Sept 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

AS/NZS 5050 standard ‘not in line with progressive BCM thinking’
According to BCI technical director, Lyndon Bird.
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•Date: 25th August 2010 • Region: Aus/NZ •Type: Article

Business continuity trends, triggers and technology
ICM’s Mike Osborne talks to Continuity Central about how the business continuity industry is evolving.
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•Date: 24th August 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Feedback requested on UK National Occupational Standards for Administrators working in BCM
Consultation period open until Wednesday 8th September.
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•Date: 17th August 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

AS/NZS 5050:2010 reviewed
Tim Janes, MBCI, president of the BCI Australasian Chapter, has published a review of the recently released business continuity standard from Standards Australia / New Zealand.
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•Date: 6th August 2010 • Region: Aus/NZ •Type: Article

ASIS International invites applications to participate in Organizational Resilience Maturity Model development committee
Model will help organizations tailor implementation of the ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard to specific business needs.
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•Date: 6th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

‘Piloting Supply Chain Risk Management for Federal Information Systems’
New NIST report released for public comment.
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•Date: 6th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Most UK businesses are ignoring future climate related risks
According to a survey carried out for Defra by Ipsos MORI.
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•Date: 6th August 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

“Don’t cut flood defence spending” : ABI tells UK government
The ABI has warned that as climate change increases flood risk, the coalition government must make investment in flood defences a priority despite the squeeze on spending.
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•Date: 30th July 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Sign up for 2010 National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month in the US and FEMA is urging organizations to pledge their support.
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•Date: 29th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Music to my ears....
Dr. Marc Siegel, the Commissioner heading the ASIS International Global Standards Initiative, responds to a recent Continuity Central article.
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•Date: 28th July 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Interim report of the Winter Resilience Review published
Contingency planning underway for severe winter weather in the UK.
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•Date: 27th July 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

With two years to go, UK businesses are urged to factor the 2012 Olympics into business continuity plans
Business impacts not limited to London, says Steelhenge Consulting.
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•Date: 27th July 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Twelve Chicago southland education institutions sign mutual aid agreement
Agreement aims to enhance business continuity and crisis management.
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•Date: 22nd July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Future US water supply risks examined
14 states face an extreme or high risk to water sustainability.
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•Date: 22nd July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Exercise Citius Torch tests London Olympic security preparedness
Two-day table-top exercise presented a series of developing scenarios.
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•Date: 21st July 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Food for thought...
Deloitte Australia comments on the new AS/NZS 5050 business continuity management standard.
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•Date: 16th July 2010 • Region: Australia/World •Type: Article

SAS 70 is not proof of security, continuity or privacy compliance: Gartner
Many people misunderstand what SAS 70 is.
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•Date: 16th July 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

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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•Date: 14th July 2010 • Region: Australia/World •Type: Article

Communication and funding are the biggest challenges to business continuity
According to a recent Microsoft, Frontier Technology and Double-Take Software round table seminar.
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•Date: 14th July 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Practitioners’ ethics
John Glenn, MBCI, gives his reactions to a recent webinar.
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•Date: 9th July 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Human aspects of business continuity management
The Business Continuity Institute has made a report from one of its practitioner workshops available free of charge.
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•Date: 2nd July 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

New business continuity standard published by Standards New Zealand and Standards Australia
‘AS/NZS 5050:2010 Business continuity - managing disruption-related risk’.
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•Date: 30th June 2010 • Region: Australia/NZ •Type: Article

BCI publishes new guide to business continuity guidance documents around the world
‘Business Continuity Management Legislations, Regulations and Standards’.
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•Date: 29th June 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

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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•Date: 25th June 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Airmic discusses integrating business continuity and enterprise risk management
Business continuity and ERM are becoming more closely aligned, and organizations will benefit from adopting an integrated approach.

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•Date: 18th June 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

DHS adopts three business continuity standards
Adoption is a major milestone in PS-Prep program.

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•Date: 18th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

State of the Nation: Infrastructure 2010
Institution of Civil Engineers reports on the resiliency of various aspects of UK critical infrastructure.

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•Date: 18th June 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

New Cybersecurity Bill introduced in US
Will build a public/private partnership to increase the preparedness and resiliency of private critical infrastructure cyber networks.

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•Date: 15th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

‘Who would have thought that would happen?’: new BCI report
The Business Continuity Institute has published the results of a survey into the impacts of the recent volcanic ash crisis in Europe.

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•Date: 10th June 2010 • Region: UK/Europe •Type: Article

PS-PREP: expedite, do it right, and create awareness
Brian Zawada, MBCP, reacts to a recent letter about PS-Prep sent to the DHS Secretary by the chairmen of the Senate and House Homeland Security Committees.

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•Date: 9th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article
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BANG announces the winners of the 2nd Annual Alternative Awards in Business Continuity Management
Throughout May, London area members of the business continuity profession voted on their favourite nominations for BANG awards in ten categories, some tongue in cheek, some very serious.

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•Date: 8th June 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Speed things up...
Chairmen of Senate and House Homeland Security committees urge the DHS to ‘step up its implementation’ of PS-Prep.

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•Date: 4th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

BCI and KPMG launch 2010’s Continuity and Resilience Awards for India
The awards will be presented at an event on 30th September 2010 in Mumbai.

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•Date: 3rd June 2010 • Region: India •Type: Article

Canadian ministers publish ‘National Strategy and Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure’
Will strengthen readiness to respond and recover from emergencies, attacks and disasters.

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•Date: 2nd June 2010 • Region: Canada •Type: Article

When is a black swan not a black swan?
Geary W. Sikich looks at the challenges of outlier events for contingency planners.

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•Date: 28th May 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

‘Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready’
UN unveils two-year campaign to make cities more resistant to disasters.

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•Date: 28th May 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Number of UK droughts likely to increase
A Met Office study has looked at how frequently extreme droughts could happen in the UK by 2100.

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•Date: 28th May 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Business Continuity Institute starts ‘Discipline Mapping’ project
Will consider how BCM and other disciplines can be integrated.

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•Date: 26th May 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

‘The link between business interruption insurance and BCM’
A new report from the Business Continuity Institute.

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•Date: 18th May 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

The 2010 Business Continuity Awards
CIR Magazine has announced the winners of its annual Business Continuity Awards.

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•Date: 13th May 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

How is the new UK government likely to approach business continuity promotion?
On the first day of the new Conservative / Liberal Democratic coalition, the subject of business continuity is unlikely to be high on the agenda, but what indications are there for how the new government will approach business continuity and its promotion?

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•Date: 12th May 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

IBHS publishes new guidelines aimed at reducing wildfire risks to property
Three versions of the guidelines are available: providing information for general businesses; farms and ranches, and homes.

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•Date: 7th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Edinburgh City Council case study
The BCI and Edinburgh City Council have published a new case study around the local authority’s business continuity outreach programme to local businesses and other organizations. Read as a PDF.
•Date: 7th May 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Briefing

Outcome of the EU Extraordinary Transport Council
A statement by Siim Kallas Vice-President of the European Commission after the Extraordinary Transport Council which took place on 4th May to discuss contingency plans for a future volcanic ash crisis.

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•Date: 5th May 2010 • Region: Europe •Type: Article

EU Transport Ministers meet to agree volcanic ash response
Extraordinary Transport Council takes place at a time when new restrictions have been imposed in parts of Europe because of increased density of ash being emitted by the Eyjafjöll volcano.

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•Date: 4th May 2010 • Region: Europe •Type: Article

Implementing business continuity management in a distributed organisation: a case study
This article analyses the findings of a BCM audit of the Medical Research Council’s 26 UK sites.

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•Date: 30th April 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Brainstorming for outliers
The volcanic ash air travel crisis caught many by surprise but in hindsight it was a predictable outcome of an event which was almost inevitable. What other such outliers are there?

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•Date: 30th April 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

European Commission considers pan-European transport contingency plans
Following the volcanic ash cloud crisis the European Commission wants to develop an EU-wide transport contingency plan.

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•Date: 28th April 2010 • Region: UK/W.Europe •Type: Article

The volcanic dust cloud: some business continuity lessons
Some general observations and a look at the specific response of one airline, Qantas. By Keith Sherringham.

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•Date: 23rd April 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Volume Four, Issue One of the Business Continuity Journal is now available
A list of the abstracts can be seen here.

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•Date: 23rd April 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Icelandic volcano highlights the need for global disaster risk reduction plans: UN official
There are other European volcanoes which could cause greater problems than Eyjafjallajökull did.

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•Date: 23rd April 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Volcanic ash air closures: survey of impact costs
Direct costs total nearly $200,000 per major corporation: according to NBTA Foundation survey.

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•Date: 23rd April 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Companies with business continuity plans are likely to have managed the ash cloud crisis better than those that haven't: Aon
Stephen Cross, CEO of Aon Global Risk Consulting, comments on the business and insurance implications of the European volcanic ash cloud.
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•Date: 22nd April 2010 • Region: UK/W.Europe •Type: Article

Volcanic ash disruption update page
This page provides background information about the issue and is being updated with the latest information.

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•Date: 15th - ongoing April 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Risk management and business continuity management: understanding the difference
Ian Charters responds to Continuity Central’s recent article ‘Risk and continuity: convergence is in the air...’

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•Date: 20th April 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

The UK airspace lockdown: do such outliers bring into question the validity of business continuity planning?
Some thoughts from Rick Cudworth, head of resilience and testing at Deloitte.

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•Date: 20th April 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

New Business Continuity Alliance to continue work of MSU CIP Program
The Security Executive Council and Michigan State University have partnered to continue and expand the work of the MSU Critical Incident Protocol program, which lost its federal funding last spring.

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•Date: 15th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

The 2nd Annual BANG Awards
Tongue-in-cheek business continuity awards ceremony will take place on
May 26th, 2010 at Davy's Wine Bar, Canary Wharf, London.

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•Date: 14th April 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

BCI asks UK political parties to outline business continuity policies
Labour, Conservatives and Lib Dems asked for clarity on their position with respect to the promotion of BCM as set out in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

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•Date: 13th April 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

UK Business Continuity Awards finalists announced
Winners will be unveiled on 12 May 2010 at the Park Lane Hilton.

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•Date: 1st April 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Risk and continuity: convergence is in the air...
Peter Power explains why he believes that enterprise risk management can bring the risk management and BCM professions closer together.

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•Date: 30th Mar 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

The Business Continuity Institute announces that it will accept other associations’ credentials as part of an ‘Alternative Route to Membership Program
MBCP, CBCP or ABCP holders will no longer have to take the BCI’s official exam.

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•Date: 30th March 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Collection of business continuity management case studies published
The Business Continuity Institute has published a collection of case studies submitted by its members that “articulate their experiences of the value of business continuity management to their organization”.

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•Date: 26th March 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

GPG 2010 launched
The Business Continuity Institute has published the latest version of its comprehensive and free Good Practice Guidelines for business continuity.

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•Date: 24th March 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

NFPA releases new edition of NFPA 1600
Latest version of the US Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs is now available.

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•Date: 22nd March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

The more the words, the less the meaning...
A timely reminder for Business Continuity Awareness Week. By David Honour.

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•Date: 11th March 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Have we lost sight of the bigger picture?
Business continuity management is often not as holistic as it should be, says Tim Armit.

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•Date: 5th March 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

The Netherlands adopts the ASIS International Organizational Resilience Standard
Organizational Resilience Standard is now a national standard in the Netherlands.

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•Date: 22nd Feb 2010 • Region: W.Europe •Type: Article

Business Continuity Awareness Pack launched in UK
Communications specialist Ear Productions has officially announced the launch of a new Business Continuity Awareness Pack in readiness for Business Continuity Awareness Week 2010.

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•Date: 12th Feb 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Juggling information security, business continuity and overall preparedness
Should business continuity and information security be a single role? Christopher Burton discusses.

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•Date: 9th Feb 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Is business continuity management a dead-end?
In order to progress, the business continuity profession needs to develop executive gravitas, says Nathaniel Forbes.

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•Date: 2nd Feb 2010 • Region: SE Asia/World •Type: Article

Maximum tolerable period of disruption (MTPOD) and external vendors
A two-team approach.

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•Date: 29th Jan 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

A short tour of business continuity management standards
How we got here and where we are going... By Werner Verlinden.

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•Date: 22nd Jan 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Retreat, defend, attack? How to respond to sea level rises?
A Royal Institute of British Architects’, Building Futures and Institution of Civil Engineers report considers various threat scenarios.

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•Date: 19th Jan 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Proposed ASTM Homeland Security Standard to aid in development of emergency operations centers
Will provide advice and information on existing best business practices; aimed at emergency and business continuity managers.

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•Date: 14th Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Federation of Small Businesses calls for review of UK severe weather contingency planning
Call comes in a new policy paper on business continuity.

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•Date: 14th Jan 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

2010: the top 10 South African business continuity issues
Continuity SA’s CEO Allen Smith highlights what he thinks will be the main business continuity issues faced by South African companies during 2010.

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•Date: 14th Jan 2010 • Region: Africa •Type: Article

Business continuity lessons from the current severe weather
In common with large areas of the Northern Hemisphere, the UK has been experiencing a period of severe weather. Charlie Maclean-Bristol highlights some business continuity lessons that can be learnt from it.

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•Date: 13th Jan 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

UK must urgently address gas dependency imbalance: Institution of Civil Engineers
During a week which saw a reduction in gas supply to some of the UK’s major business users, the Institution of Civil Engineers says that the issue needs addressing as a high priority.
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•Date: 8th Jan 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

2010 Business Continuity Awards open for entries
Awards will be presented on 12 May 2010 at the Park Lane Hilton, London.
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•Date: 4th Jan 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

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