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​Failing your compliance audits and don't know why?

Feb 24, 2015 14:53 GMT The Business Continuity Institute In business, a dress rehearsal is the equivalent of a full disaster recovery exercise for a compliance audit. And just as actors don’t have scripts during a dress rehearsal, people should not need to refer to that 500-page binder called your business continuity plan during this exercise. In this exercise, everything had better go according to plan.

​Do you have a disaster recovery solution that’s 80% successful? How to improve your odds

Feb 23, 2015 14:33 GMT The Business Continuity Institute The success rates of IT recovery following a disaster are not where they should be. For 96% of us, we have to face the truth that we stand a 1 in 5 chance that when we really need our disaster recovery solution to work, it won’t. The good news is that there’s a simple solution to this big problem, yet so few of us are doing it properly.

Business Continuity - It’s just like changing a wheel

Feb 19, 2015 12:50 GMT The Business Continuity Institute I have helped countless organisations with their metaphorical flat tyres over the years and what I have found is that planning ahead, practicing a response to common problems and having experts to call for assistance in a crisis situation invariably gets you to your destination far quicker!

A challenging exercise in crisis

Feb 18, 2015 12:03 GMT The Business Continuity Institute ​Everybody knows the age-old saying “practice makes perfect”. The idea being that you can become progressively better at something the more times you do it. This certainly is the case with Business Continuity. If we anticipate an issue or problem before it occurs and we practice how to fix it in advance of it happening then we can reduce the overall impact.

​If you have not tested your Disaster Recovery Plan, you are not ready to manage through a disaster

Feb 13, 2015 10:00 GMT The Business Continuity Institute Many organizations have built elaborate, technical, and process-centric plans to help them mitigate risk and manage through a crisis. Often there are hundreds or thousands of hours invested in these plans. But if the plan has never been tested, or if key individuals aren’t familiar with the details, there is a strong likelihood that the plan won’t work the way it was intended.

Choosing an appropriate scenario for your business continuity plan exercises

Feb 12, 2015 12:30 GMT The Business Continuity Institute ​The choice of business continuity exercise scenario is an important factor in its success, but how do you go about deciding what you should focus on?

The best laid plans

Feb 10, 2015 15:00 GMT The Business Continuity Institute Sometimes our plans, created, as they almost certainly were, with the best of intentions, just don’t work when they’re called upon – because they’re untested, contain incorrect assumptions or have dependencies that aren’t there when we need them.

Exercise is good for you and for your Business Continuity Plan

Feb 05, 2015 10:00 GMT The Business Continuity Institute ​We all know there is a benefit to regular exercise. It strengthens muscles and our cardiovascular system. It helps to strengthen our skeletal system. It even helps improve our overall sense of happiness and wellbeing. And yet…

Coping with a reduced workforce

Feb 02, 2015 10:00 GMT The Business Continuity Institute When you woke up this morning, if you just thought “that’s it, I’m going back to bed,” you can be rest assured that you’re not alone as Monday 2nd February is National Sickie Day in the UK, the day when historically organizations have suffered the most from absenteeism.

Superbowl, super crisis!

Jan 30, 2015 13:42 GMT The Business Continuity Institute On Sunday night, the eyes of the sporting world will be on the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona as the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Superbowl XLIX. Tens of millions of dollars are spent each year by advertisers desperate to get their name in the spotlight, and millions of dollars are spent making sure everything goes to plan.