Wednesday, November 18, 2015

After the Disaster...

These days, most people have business continuity plans. They spend a lot of time and resources on learning what could go wrong and how to prevent and mitigate those possibilities as well as getting through disruptions and disasters. Many companies, however, fail to spend sufficient time on what to do AFTER the disaster. This week’s articles focus on those concerns; review these with your team and see if your recovery plan is sufficient for your needs.

Here are the steps to take immediately following a disaster. (Item #1)   These steps will help you return to normal, or to the new normal. (Item #2)   There are many sources of assistance available to businesses after a disaster. (Item #3)

A business disaster is not just about dollars and cents or profit and loss; it is also about the human capital invested in the company. (Item #4)   How can you help your employees get back to work after a disaster? (Item #5)   Here are the five key weaknesses with most businesses’ recovery plans. (Item #6) 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Holiday Issues

The stores are decorated, holiday movies are showing and it's the season to be jolly. Is your organization having a holiday party to celebrate? If so, you might want to check out our articles this week so you can avoid the things that could create liability for you. Share item #4 with your coworkers. Also, there are some tips for continuity over the holidays, and, finally, can you identify with these risks that are unique to Santa's efforts?

When it comes to holiday parties, businesses should take reasonable precautions to prevent any risks and financially protect themselves by making sure they have the proper insurance. (Item #1)   With all the goodwill and celebration of the holiday season, it can be easy to forget to take the necessary precautions to protect both your employees and your business. (Item #2)   Here are some tips to help keep the holiday season festive and safe, at home and at work. (Item #3)

Is the upcoming holiday office party stressing you out? (Item #4)   To help protect your business over the festive season here are eight tips for good Christmas continuity planning. (Item #5)   Risky Thinking identified a number of risks unique to Santa's organization. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Business Continuity Planning

There are lots of reasons organizations don't have business continuity plans or don't have working business continuity plans. Maybe the senior leadership isn't interested in putting much money into what they view as a cost center. Perhaps they are suffering from "it-won't-happen-here" syndrome. It's possible that no one has really sat down and identified the potential for disruptions or simply hasn't time or resources to figure out how to recover from those disruptions. Whatever the reason, it's definitely time to correct the situation. This week's articles can help you begin, refine, improve or rethink your plan... read on.

When it comes to a business continuity program, make sure you understand what BC is not. (Item #1)  Assumptions are the IED's (Improvised Explosive Devices) of Business Continuity. (Item #2)   Here are the top ten mistakes IT managers make when performing business impact analyses. (Item #3)

Right-sizing your business continuity capability is a juggling act between allocating enough resources to plan, to respond and recover effectively when your business is struck by disaster. (Item #4)   What are the 10 things you need to know when developing your business continuity plan? (Item #5)   If your smaller company needs to get started on a business continuity plan, here's a handy business continuity checklist designed specifically for smaller organizations. (Item #6)

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