Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Meetings & Events

If your job includes planning for and/or running meetings and events for your organization, you might want to pay careful attention to these articles. If your continuity plans don't cover everything they should, your organization could find itself on the wrong end of a lawsuit. Even worse, its reputation could be seriously damaged.

It's a new era for contracts & liabilities. (Item #1) Remember that a misstep for your nonprofit may damage not only your revenue stream, but also your fine name. (Item #2) Evolving business gives rise to new ethical dilemmas. Be sure you're not saying one thing and doing another. (Item #3)

Liability issues should be of very significant concern to all planners and suppliers. (Item #4) The safety and security of attendees is your responsibility; here's how you can reduce risk (Item #5) Identifying and assessing the numerous risks involved in an event can be an overwhelming prospect. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Getting Management Buy-in

Almost everyone has had the experience of having to convince senior management – or worse – the board of directors to spend money on business continuity or BC testing. Some of us failed to make the case, so this week we are looking at different tactics you can use to win the buy-in of the folks at the top to your project. If you have ideas of your own that worked for you let us know and we might just include them in a future issue.

Perhaps these three steps can help you generate buy-in. (Item #1) How do you convince management to get 100% behind BC planning? (Item #2) Here’s some help for getting the boardroom buy-in you need. (Item #3)

You have to do your homework to get the management support you need. (Item #4) Here are three different perspectives on getting management buy-in. (Item #5) Is executive buy-in enough? (Item #6)

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Business Continuity Trends for 2012

What's in store for us in 2012? Many experts feel it will be more of the types of disasters we saw in 2011, but with some additions and differences. This week we're looking at trends in business continuity, regulatory compliance, security, etc. If you are updating your BC plan this year, you might want to see what's new that you should plan for in the revision.

This annual survey uncovers the latest trends in disaster recovery and business continuity. (Item #1) Continuity Central makes five predictions for the big issues that may impact business continuity in 2012. (Item #2) Regulatory compliance could be the top issue for information security. (Item #3)

Social engineering and data mining are huge security concerns in 2012. (Item #4) These info security trends represent challenges to meet this year. (Item #5) Some of the hottest trends in the cloud data space will affect disaster recovery. (Item #6)

Video special: If business travel is a big part of your organization's business, this video may be of interest. (Item #7)

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lessons Learned from the Crises of 2011

What lessons – if any – have we learned from the crises that have occurred in 2011 and earlier? Do we have new knowledge we can carry forward and incorporate into our business continuity plans in 2012? From the use of social media, to communicating effectively in a crisis, there are lessons for all of us in how various disasters were handled – or mishandled. We trust this week's articles will help you determine if you need to make any changes in your plan.

If you haven't updated your plan recently, some of these lessons learned might be worth considering as you update. (Item #1) Have you considered what role social media might play in your crisis plan? (Item #2) What financial lessons have we learned in 2011? (Item #3)

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan have taught us many valuable lessons. (Item #4) Although an association's governance issues don't usually make the front page, you never know; here are some governance crises that you might learn from. (Item #5) These crises from 2010 can point up gaps in your communication plan. (Item #6)

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