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Apologetic Anemia in the Business Continuity Industry

Written by  Damian Walch

The business continuity industry today suffers from apologetic anemia. An apologist in its literal sense is a person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as a doctrine, policy, or institution. Despite the fact that Sept. 11, 2001, had given all emergency and business continuity professionals a reason to be evangelical about their profession, we still sadly lack a voice in the boardroom. The apologetic anemia refers to a general lack of professionals actively trying to articulate the compelling need for our corporations to build some type of business continuity and disaster recovery program. This does not mean recovery planners running around like Chicken Little filling executives with fear, uncertainty, and doubt (i.e. FUD). Our industry has more than enough of those. Instead, corporate executives around the globe expect business professionals to provide a cogent argument for why our companies should have a policy and commitment behind recovering key