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Business Continuity Awareness Week 2019 updates

Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is an annual global event that is facilitated by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and this year takes place from 13th to 17th May. This page provides updates through to the end of BCAW.

What is Business Continuity Awareness Week?

BCAW has been taking place annually for more than a decade and aims to help raise awareness of the business continuity profession, and highlighting the value that effective business continuity management brings to organizations of all sizes.

Each Business Continuity Awareness Week has a specific theme and the theme of BCAW 2019 is ‘Investing in Resilience’.

Resources to help you and your organization make the most of BCAW

The BCI produces a number of resources to help organizations with BCAW: these include posters, screensavers and a branding toolkit (available here). There is also a webinar program running through Business Continuity Awareness Week with a number of webinars being presented each day. Find out more here.

BCAW is sponsored by ClearView Continuity and Assurance Software : find out more at

Ways to get involved in BCAW 2019

The BCI suggests the following ways that you and your organization can get involved in BCAW:

Social media: the BCI will be running various social media activities throughout BCAW but you can get involved with your own campaigns, tweeting @thebceye and using the hashtag #BCAW2019

Run an exercise: an effective way to raise awareness of the need for business continuity is to run an exercise during BCAW.

Hold an open day/session: invite other departments to come and see first-hand what business continuity involves.

Share documentation: take this opportunity to reshare your business continuity plans and invite feedback from your colleagues.

Publish whitepapers and case studies: Share your analysis and experiences within resilience with your wider organization to help increase understanding about the profession. You can also send your documents to to be shared on the BCI website during the week of BCAW.

Business Continuity Awareness Week updates

The section below will be updated through to the end of BCAW with updates on what various organizations are doing in relation to BCAW week. Send your BCAW news and updates to

Disaster recovery testing: how to get it right
A survey of Canadian mid-sized businesses published for Business Continuity Awareness Week took the pulse of managers, owners and executives to find out what types of disasters they had encountered, and what their level of preparedness they felt they had in place. Read more

Winter storms, communications failure top list of business interruptions for Canadian companies
With an article prepared for Business Continuity Awareness Week, Ryan Weeks, chief information security officer at Datto shares five tips that business managers and IT teams should follow to help ensure that disaster recovery testing efforts are effective. Read more

BCI launches ‘Introduction to Organizational Resilience’ video
The Business Continuity Institute has used BCAW 2019 as a platform to launch a new video which provides a clear overview of what organizational resilience is. Read more

Assess business continuity and resilience in terms of value of investment rather than return…
Business people are comfortable talking about return on investment (ROI), but this may not be the right way to assess spend on business continuity and resilience programmes, says Karven Naidoo, client executive at ContinuitySA. Read more

‘Managing Disruption: Business Continuity for Legislatures’ - new guidance launched by LABCoN
The Legislative Assemblies Business Continuity Network (LABCoN) has used Business Continuity Awareness Week as a platform to launch new business continuity guidance specifically aimed at legislatures. Read more

Survey shows that many UK organizations struggle to keep their business continuity plans up-to-date
To mark the start of Business Continuity Awareness Week, Databarracks has released preliminary data from its upcoming Data Health Check survey on business continuity practices in the UK. The data reveals that only 54 percent of UK organizations are confident that their business continuity plans are up-to-date. Read more

BCAW - Exercise Blue Chip
For the last three years during BCAW South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue have conducted an exercise via the Resilience Direct website - Exercise Bravo Charlie in 2016, Exercise Broken Crown in 2017, and Exercise Battle Creek 2018. They will be doing this once again this year with Exercise Blue Chip. Resilience Direct users can find out more details from the RD website.

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