Planning for Health Emergencies
The recent emergence of Coronavirus has focused attention on planning for public health emergencies. The attached download provides some useful prompts to kick-off the process.
Business Continuity Management Self-Assessment Questionnaire
If you are new to business continuity management, this 5-minute checklist gives you some ideas about where the weaknesses are in your organisation.
ISO 22301 reborn: A comparison of the 2019 and 2012 versions
ISO 22301 has undergone its first revision , and it is therefore time to assess what this means both for organisations that already hold the certificate and for those who are seeking to gain certification. This article looks into the detail of the changes; with each clause being examined separately so that the reader can skip to more pertinent chunks and bits of more relevance to their BCMS! The conclusion details the most significant changes to the standard, identifying areas where businesses may need to make the most significant changes.
This is a technical article, complete with jargon, for which I make no apology! It is written with a specific audience in mind; those who have already certified to ISO 22301: 2012 and will need to amend the system, and those who intend to certify to ISO 22301.
ISO 27001 Implementation
A short article with some top tips for the successful implementation of ISO 27001:2013. Based on practical experience, and an enviable track record in assisting clients through to certification, this article gives highlights some critical steps to take in the route to ISO 27001 accreditation.
ISO 27001 and Data Protection
A quick surf of the internet lists many articles demonstrating how ISO 27001 can help you to be ready for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018, usually from companies only too glad to help you implement ISO 27001. In this article, I would like to take a slightly different tack, and look at some of the things you must consider when updating your Information Security Management System (ISMS) to encompass the requirements of GDPR.
ISO 27001 vs ISO 22301: The On-Going Debate
There has been significant debate about the overlap of ISO 22301 (Business Continuity ) and ISO 27001 (Information Security). This article clarifies whether one standard or management system would provide reassurance for both disciplines.
Business Continuity Management in the Supply Chain
Resilience of the supply chain continues to be a concern for businesses, as highlighted repeatedly in the BCI/BSI Horizon Scan annual surveys. This article suggests some considerations to ensure resilience in your supply chain.
Business Continuity Management: Getting Started for SMEs
Implementing BCM presents particular challenges small and medium-sized enterprises. Based on personal experience, this article highlights some of the primary steps for introducing a basic BCM programme.
Building on the Basics
Based on personal experience, this article highlights some of the primary steps in planning and conducting an incident management desk-top exercise. This has also been been published in the Q1 2014 edition of Continuity.
Business Continuity Management in Manufacturing Companies
Implementing BCM effectively in a manufacturing environment presents some specific challenges. This article summarises some key lessons learned from our numerous business continuity projects with manufacturing companies.
The Cost of Disruptions
Getting Your House in Order
The Business Impact Analysis is a vital part of the Business Continuity Lifecycle but is still poorly understood. This article provides a simple, practical explanation of the process.
Hanging on the Telephone
Despite the sophistication of their Business Continuity Planning, many organisations still overlook the practical aspects of crisis communications. This article offers some thoughts on the subject.
The Nature of Crises: Explaining Some Persistent Myths
Effective Crisis Management requires a significant amount of preparation. This article suggests some reasons why organisations tend not to do this.
Crisis Management Exercises as a Training Tool
Business Continuity Management – Which Threats Should You Consider
One of the key difficulties in business continuity management is working out which threats to pay attention to. This article discusses why some people get this wrong and suggests an elegant solution to the problem.
Crisis Management Teams – Some Danger Signs
Is Your Crisis Management Training Effective?
Expenditure on Crisis Management training is one of the major items in most Business Continuity Planning budgets: this article offers some guidance for ensuring that you get value for money from your investment.
Exercise Mountain Lion
Financing Business Recovery
Few organisations give much thought in their business continuity programmes to how they will finance business recovery. Whilst insurance is clearly critical, this article suggests that companies should also look at other sources of funding.