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The Death of All Hazards Planning?

Written by  CHRISTOPHER BURTON, AMBCI

The time has come for business continuity to evolve beyond the idea of “all hazards” planning and deal directly with the core causes of business interruptions. This article details an approach that takes everything you loved about all hazards planning and enhances it with detailed procedures focused on the resources that your organization cares about most.Evolution of Business ContinuityBefore we analyze the value of all hazards planning, it’s important to step back and look at how we got here. Business continuity originated as disaster recovery as organizations became increasingly dependent on computer systems. The fear of computer unavailability not only spurred the rise of hot sites but also IT disaster recovery plans that focused on the recovery of systems, networks, applications, and data.Beginning in the 1990s, organizations realized that recovering critical technology was useless if they lacked the necessary facilities and personnel needed to operate the technology. This new thinking