There are quite a few frameworks now available for continuity professionals to promote the discipline of BC/DR within an organization. Using a framework is always a good starting point, just because it is time tested, refined, and has broad applicability. Secondly, following a proven methodology increases the chance of success in a reasonable time period.… Continue reading Federal Continuity Directive – How Your Organization Can Benefit From It
The One-eyed DoeA doe that had but one eye used to graze near a lake, so that she might keep her blind eye toward the water, the other eye toward the land that no hunters could approach unnoticed. But one day a hunter in a boat saw the doe from some distance, approached her quietly,… Continue reading Aesopâs Take on Enterprise Risk Management
We knew that Hurricane Katrina would devastate the Gulf Coast and we should act promptly, decisively, and effectively. But we didnât. We knew we were vulnerable to terrorist attacks via hijacked airplanes, and we should take preventive action. But we didnât. We knew that deep-water oil rigs are extraordinarily hard to plug once they start… Continue reading Feeling Is Believing
Cross-training often is overlooked as a business continuity âtoolâ that benefits an organization beyond business continuity. Cross-training maximizes an organizationâs personnel return on investment (ROI) by assuring that all â or at least most â personnel are able to perform multiple jobs. Cross-training should be standard operating procedure (SOP) if for no other reason than… Continue reading Cross-Training Should Be SOP
When the G20 Summit came to Toronto in June 2010, many businesses thought their preparations would be adequate for what lay ahead. They had tested their systems the same way that had been done many times over the previous years. The staff was well-educated on business continuity, and they had verified that employees could work… Continue reading Extended Stay – Is Sustainability Testing The Way of the Future?
A year after the Exxon Valdez oil spill a national magazine indicated that one of the positive lessons learned from Exxonâs experience was that all oil companies had learned how to avoid a âpublic relations disaster.â As I reviewed the BP Oil Co.âs handling of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill during 2010, I… Continue reading Learning From âPublic Relations Disastersâ
Organizations frequently identify âcritical employeesâ in business continuity (BC) plans. Leading practices, such as those in the Disaster Recovery Journalâs âGenerally Accepted Practicesâ document, encourage planners to make this designation, and some regulatory bodies require organizations to perform the task. However, organizations retain flexibility in defining criticality. A range of disaster scenarios threaten to render… Continue reading Addressing the âCritical Employeeâ Quandary
In life you always hear the old saying, “the only thing in life that is guaranteed is death and taxes.” In listening to our keynote speaker at Spring World 2011, I would have to add something else to this list: change! Change is a constant thing in life. Whether it is in your personal life… Continue reading Changes Coming?