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We publish weekly updates from the business continuity world, covering recent news items or reflecting on our travels and experiences with clients.

Charlie addresses topics from a Business Continuity perspective and you might be surprised how much of today’s news relates to BC! Providing valuable insight, Charlie raises critical questions which will surely encourage you to reconsider your Business Continuity plans.

Do Application RTOs and RPOs ‘Work’ During a Cyber Incident?

In this week’s bulletin, Charlie covers the important use of RTOs (Recovery Time Objectives) and RPOs (Recovery Point Objectives) in response to a cyber-attack. This week, I have been teaching a Cyber Incident Management course in Frankfurt. One of the discussions was whether the RTOs and RPOs we capture in the BIA (Business Impact Analysis) are suitable and

Is Business Continuity One of the Victims of COVID?

In today’s bulletin, Charlie discusses his thoughts on the industry that is business continuity and how he believes COVID has negatively impacted it. Nothing particular in the news piqued my interest this week, therefore, I decided to give my thoughts on ‘Is Business Continuity One of the Victims of COVID?’. I think in a number of areas, business

Demonstrating business continuity’s return on investment

ROI on budget? Worried about your business continuity budget? This week I discuss how to demonstrate BC’s return on investment within your organisation. Every year you get a budget of £20,000 (some of you are already saying “I wish”) and you have this money to deliver your business continuity programme. Your organisation buys into business continuity as it feels

Business Continuity Capability – What is it and do I need it?

This week I look at why building capability is important for implementing your business continuity plan. Building an Incident Team Competence Framework This week I have been working on building an Incident Team Competence Framework for a client. It is two parts, the first part is a self-assessment of an incident team member’s knowledge of their organisation’s plans and

The Business Continuity Manager’s role in the recovery phase of coronavirus

This week I discuss the role of the Business Continuity Manager in dealing with the recovery phrase of coronavirus. Many of the lockdown restrictions have been lifted and are moving on apace, even in Scotland we are able to do more today and even more on Monday, although I haven’t quite worked out what that is. So I thought

Managing Incidents In a Post-Truth World

With the election approaching, Charlie discusses its relevance to business continuity professionals and how we should deal with incidents in a post-truth world. As the election stumbles to its conclusion next Thursday, I thought I should comment on its relevance to us business continuity professionals in today’s bulletin. We will leave the consequence of who wins until next

Is Your Business Continuity Old Skool?

Charlie looks at how business continuity techniques and methodologies have evolved and why we have moved on from some of the classics. “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell and “Love Is a Stranger” by the Eurythmics were classics in their time, but the world of music has moved on with new genres, artists and styles. In the same way, business

5 Business Continuity Predictions for 2019

This week Charlie shares his business continuity predictions for 2019. Happy new year to all readers. I hope you have had a good Christmas and New Year. For the first bulletin of the year, I am going to be bold and make five business continuity predictions for 2019. We can then revisit them at the end of the

Business Continuity and Culture

After spending this week in South Africa, Charlie shares his thoughts on the impact of culture on business continuity.  This week I have been teaching MSc students in South Africa and I thought I would share my views on how business continuity can be affected by the culture of the country. I was only in the country for four

‘Third Generation Business Continuity’

Charlie shares his notion of ‘Third Generation Business Continuity’ and the reasons why you shouldn’t employ a BC contractor to develop your business continuity.  This week I travelled to London to attend a meeting with a new client who we are conducting a gap analysis for, based on their present level of business continuity. They felt what they

Ask The Expert Webinar: GPG 2018 – What you need to know

A big thank you to Charlie for providing us with an overview of the recently released Good Practice Guidelines 2018. We hope you all enjoyed the webinar as much as we did. To view the recording of the webinar, just click on the YouTube video below. If you have any feedback or requests for particular topics to be covered in future webinars,

Business Continuity – The Future?

Following his recent bulletins about whether business continuity is in decline and why resilience is not the solution, this week Charlie looks at how BC managers can save the profession. Over the last couple of bulletins I have discussed whether business continuity is in decline, and whilst moving into a resilience role may be a good career choice for the

Why resilience is not the saviour of Business Continuity

Following his recent bulletin on why he thinks the business continuity profession is in decline, Charlie looks at why he does not think resilience is the solution. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a bulletin on why I think the business continuity profession is in decline. This week I will discuss why I don’t think resilience is the saviour the

Is the business continuity profession in decline?

This week Charlie looks at why he believes the business continuity profession is in decline. In my opinion, business continuity has lost its mojo over the last couple of years, and many in the profession are stumbling about trying to find a purpose for the field and their job role. In the next three bulletins, I will share my thoughts

The Role of the Business Continuity Manager

This week I look at the role of the BCM within our organisations. As I have been carrying out several exercises over the last few weeks, I thought I would have a look at the role of the business continuity manager during an incident.  The business continuity manager should have a number of skills: 1.     The best knowledge of

Business Continuity and ‘Emergency Response’

This week Charlie looks at the relationship between business continuity and emergency response. I have noted within LinkedIn forums, on Pulse, Continuity magazine and on various blog sites and portals that there is a gathering debate on whether business continuity is fit for purpose. Have changes in the threat landscape made it relevant and what direction should the profession take?

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