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Internship at the Business Continuity Institute

Jul 03, 2015 12:19 BST The Business Continuity Institute I found the internship at the Business Continuity Institute to be an invaluable experience in understanding the significance of a research position within an organisation.

It's not big and it's not clever!

Jun 29, 2015 09:56 BST The Business Continuity Institute In common with many industries, the business continuity world is awash with acronyms, abbreviations and jargon. And whilst this is all very well for your average business continuity manager or consultant when they’re speaking to another business continuity 'expert', actually most business users aren’t fluent in BCM-speak.

​Hard wiring business continuity management

Jun 24, 2015 15:17 BST The Business Continuity Institute When an incident occurs in a vehicle, there are a number of 'hard wired' features that will automatically deploy. You don’t have to initiate a 'vehicular incident management plan', you don’t have to know how to deploy an airbag – it’s all built in and automatically activates when required. Is it possible to do this with aspects of our business continuity and incident response arrangements?

The ease with which you can inspire the future

Jun 10, 2015 09:30 BST The Business Continuity Institute I have been a contributor to the ‘Inspiring the Future’ website for several months, the initiative being strongly supported by my employer, The Wellcome Trust, as part of our commitment to encourage staff to volunteer their time and expertise to the wider community.

​Influencing behaviour in a crisis through communication

Jun 09, 2015 09:30 BST The Business Continuity Institute The more we discussed, the more I came to think that whilst social media undoubtedly has an important role to play in any crisis communications strategy, it is the message that is being communicated that determines the impact of the communications.

Bringing business continuity to schools

Jun 08, 2015 12:43 BST The Business Continuity Institute This year I have been taking part in a schools project called ‘Inspiring the Future’ in which business people use their knowledge and experience to help students prepare for life in the business world. Once you join the scheme you are able to choose which events you are willing and able to take part in. Of course, this depends largely on your willingness to travel and your availability.

​Business continuity and cyber security: two sides of the same coin

May 18, 2015 15:38 BST The Business Continuity Institute The increasingly connected world magnifies the impact of every outage or event. Costs associated with cyber attacks and data breaches are rising. We all know that data breaches and cyber attacks can cause a material disruption to business processes. The impact of lost data or unplanned downtime can be catastrophic, resulting in lost revenue, reputation and competitive position.

The Business Continuity Manager who kicked the hornets' nest

May 13, 2015 09:55 BST The Business Continuity Institute So why is business continuity management software so often maligned? Is it a case of limited value, flawed design or just unrealistic expectations? One of the major causes of failure to capture value on software projects is the lack of a firm grasp of the desired outcome and a clear perspective of how that outcome will be delivered.

The relevance of business continuity guidance for small and medium sized businesses

Apr 27, 2015 11:38 BST The Business Continuity Institute SME are susceptible to the same set of threats that are faced by the rest of the industry. The likelihood of such threats is different in an SME environment than for the general corporate world – for instance while an SME may face adverse weather and unplanned utility outage with perhaps the same probability or frequency, the risk of cyber-attack or data breach may be less likely.

How will disaster recovery testing have to change in the era of cloud?

Apr 17, 2015 15:19 BST The Business Continuity Institute ​In the interconnected, digital age, the dynamics relating to IT disaster recovery testing are changing. Adoption of new technologies and the gradual introduction of new business models are having an impact on the way business continuity and IT disaster recovery managers are planning for and conducting rehearsals and tests.