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‘Managing Threats in a Dangerous World: The 2011 Business Continuity Management Survey’

Every March CMI (the Chartered Management Institute) publishes a survey-based report which provides a snapshot of business continuity in the UK. This year’s edition has been produced in association with the Cabinet Office, BCI, Aon and BSI.

Highlights of ‘Managing Threats in a Dangerous World: The 2011 Business Continuity Management Survey’ include:

- 58 percent of managers report that their organization has business continuity management in place, up from 49 percent last year. And the highest figure since the survey started in 2002. Public sector organizations are more likely to undertake BCM, with 73 percent reporting that business continuity arrangements are in place, compared to 48 percent in the private sector and 57 percent in the not for profit sector.

- 84 percent of managers whose organizations activated their business continuity arrangements in the last 12 months agree that it effectively reduced disruption – up from 69 percent last year. Over three quarters (77 percent) agree that the cost of developing BCM is justified by the benefits it brings their organization.

- Remote working capabilities are becoming widespread with only 13 percent of managers reporting that their organization has no arrangements in place for working remotely. Over two thirds of organizations provide remote access to email, with 57 percent reporting full remote access to IT systems.

- Business continuity drivers: corporate governance remains the biggest external driver of BCM with 42 percent of managers highlighting it as a catalyst for their organization implementing or changing business continuity plans. Customer demands are the next biggest driver, cited by a third of respondents.

- Half of organizations with business continuity plans exercise these once a year or more to test their robustness. Around a quarter fail to exercise their plans on a regular basis.

- The causes of organizational disruption were led by 'extreme weather'. 64 percent of organizations experienced disruption due to this in 2010.'Loss of IT'; and 'Loss of people' jointly took second place at 34 percent, followed by 'Transport disruption' (30 percent) and 'Loss of access to site' (26 percent).

•Date: 22nd March 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article •Topic: BC statistics

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