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Planning for Health Emergencies

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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

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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

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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.

Readers Warning!

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.

Crisis Communications

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Crisis Communications

Many high-profile incidents over the years have highlighted the importance of good crisis communications.  This article provides some basic guidance on how to prepare.

Risk Assessment

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Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment remains an important part of any BCM programme but confusion persists about how to conduct a risk assessment. This article offers some practical guidance.

ISO 27001 Implementation

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Cost of Disruptions

How much could an operational disruption cost your organisation?  This article summarises the findings of various research studies on this topic.

Getting Your House in Order

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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

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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

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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

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Crisis Management Exercises as a Training Tool

Some thoughts on how to plan and run Crisis Management exercises in order to maximise the training value.

Business Continuity Management – Which Threats Should You Consider

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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

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Crisis Management Teams – Some Danger Signs

The membership of your Crisis Management Team is crucial: this article gives some hints on getting the composition right.

Useful References

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Useful References

The following books provide a good introduction to various aspects of Business Continuity Planning and Crisis Management. Recently updated.

Is Your Crisis Management Training Effective?

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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

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Exercise Mountain Lion

Practise your Crisis Management skills with this simple puzzle: we are happy to provide feedback if you send us your solutions at info@cambridge-risk.com.

Financing Business Recovery

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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.

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  • Business Continuity Planning

    Effective planning that takes into account risk evaluation and business impact analysis, supported by clear and concise crisis management. We work with you to develop user-friendly plans.

  • Business Impact Analysis

    The Business Impact Analysis (BIA) is one of the most important, and least well understood, stages of the Business Continuity Management Lifecycle; we can assist with your BIA.

  • Training and Exercising

    No Business Continuity Management programme is effective without a significant element of training. Moreover, ongoing Crisis Management training and exercising is key. We can provide objective training and exercising.

  • Risk Evaluation and Control

    Risk evaluation and treatment provide a process to identify, prioritise and managing your risks. Cambridge Risk Solutions can assist with risk management for business operational and information security risks.

  • Statement of Applicability

    Which controls do you need to have in place? How do you link your risk assessment process into your SoA? How do you ensure that you have effective controls in place? We can assist with your SoA.

  • Integrated Management Systems

    Management Systems assist with your on-going management, maintenance and continual improvement. We work with you to develop a fully integrated management system, enabling certification to ISO 22301 and ISO 27001.