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Business continuity planning according to Paddington Bear

Nov 19, 2014 14:14 GMT The Business Continuity Institute ​In just a few weeks the latest blockbuster movie to hit our screens will be released at the cinema – Paddington Bear. This is the story of a well-meaning Spectacled Bear with a fondness for marmalade sandwiches who made his way over to England from Peru and was adopted by the Brown family who named him after the station he was found in. But what has this got to do with business continuity?

Business continuity importance to an integrated view when assessing critical infrastructures

Nov 03, 2014 16:34 GMT The Business Continuity Institute As result of EDP Distribuição's responsibilities, its involvement was required in Portuguese efforts to comply with the European Council Directive 2008/114/EC, on the identification and designation of National Critical Infrastructures (NCI) and the assessment of the need to improve their protection.

Resource-based contingency planning – an alternative approach to ISO22301 certification

Oct 31, 2014 12:33 GMT The Business Continuity Institute Business continuity is not that much a new concept. Being not new also means that it probably is due to be redesigned. Since the inception of Business Continuity Management in the late 80s and early 90s of the last century, the world has changed quite a bit. The main concepts, procedures and processes of BCM however have not changed that much in the past 25 or so years.

Becoming certified to ISO22301 - what NOT to do! (Why auditors get grumpy!)

Oct 30, 2014 16:55 GMT The Business Continuity Institute Tip number 1: The lack of a regular supply of good quality biscuits is the first non-conformity! I realise that there are many BC practitioners who, although practiced in the creation and maintenance of a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS), have yet to seek certification to a standard.

Developing simple recovery plans for key processes

Oct 29, 2014 10:59 GMT The Business Continuity Institute If a major incident affected your business tomorrow, what are the processes, machinery or even suppliers that would be really hard to replace quickly – the really awkward ones, the unique machinery or equipment that perhaps there isn’t really a plan for, let alone a plan that gets you back within an acceptable recovery time?

A case study of the integration of ERM and BCM as an independent function

Oct 28, 2014 14:50 GMT The Business Continuity Institute At the 2014 BCI World Conference and Exhibition, participants will have an opportunity to listen to a real case study of the integration of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Business Continuity Management (BCM) as an independent function. This is an innovative and forefront role for the ERM and BCM function.

Business continuity: human resources as powerbrokers?

Oct 27, 2014 14:29 GMT The Business Continuity Institute The proposition that human resources hold one of the golden keys to successful business continuity will be presented on day two of the BCI World Conference and Exhibition in the Listen Stream. David Evans and Lynne Donaldson of Corpress LLP will argue that the HR role in business continuity is often understated, possibly not understood and for many organisations undervalued.

Business continuity and information security – a good fit?

Oct 24, 2014 14:02 BST The Business Continuity Institute During my interaction with senior management as a business continuity/information security consultant, especially amongst IT centric organisations, I am invariably asked a question: "We come across too many ISO standards which have common themes. In your opinion, which are some of the Standards that come very close especially from an implementation perspective?"

Genoa: The city where maths kills people

Oct 22, 2014 12:19 BST The Business Continuity Institute On October 9th, 2014 the BCI Italian Forum was launched, the first Business Continuity Institute affiliated network in Italy for business continuity professionals. In a conference held in Milan, I had the chance to point out how the culture on this topic in our country is still very low and how it is important to pursue a radical change in mentality and in the approach to crisis management.

Business continuity vs risk management

Oct 20, 2014 15:02 BST The Business Continuity Institute According to ISO22301, business continuity is defined as the capability of an organisation to continue the delivery of its products or services at acceptable predefined levels following a disruptive incident. Risk management on the other hand is the systematic process of understanding, evaluating and addressing the risks that an organisation faces in order to mitigate against them.