Business continuity: Are you prepared?

May 13, 2011 8:30 am Published by

Business Continuity PlanningMany organizations think they’re prepared for a business disruption.

Oh, sure, you may have thought about what to do in case of a natural disaster, power outage or sudden incapacitation of company leadership. But are you really prepared?

As the latest flooding along the Mississippi River demonstrates, business continuity issues arise (sometimes literally) when you least expect them.

Business continuity management is so critical that it’s part of ISO, the International Organization for Standardization. Business continuity management is defined as a management process that identifies potential impacts that threaten an organization and provides a framework for building resilience and the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stake holders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities.

Like any process, there’s the right way to plan, train and execute issues related to business continuity. One of the best ways to prepare for the inevitable crisis is training. Our BS 25999 course is an excellent way to become immersed in the myriad issues and concerns pertaining to business continuity.

So, think about what can go wrong in your business. What if key people leave, are poached by a rival, fall ill or die? What if freak weather means you must find new office space for three weeks? What would you do if you suffer a catastrophic power failure? What if all your computers are infected by a virus?

The list goes on. But your worries should not. Get educated and trained – then stay cool under pressure to keep your business moving forward.

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This post was written by Roy D'Ardenne