London’s status as a global city makes its economy increasingly vulnerable to climate change.
When the company crisis reaches explosive visibility, will your message be ready for the press, families, employees, and stakeholders? In this book, learn how to handle the challenges of social/traditional media, activists, lawyers, and corporate management.
Genuine apologies are about the victims, not the perpetrators. An apology is the atomic energy of empathy. Genuine apologies stop more bad things from happening.
The 2015 Travelers Business Risk Index shows that cyber security has moved near the top of the list of concerns for business leaders in the past year. Executives’ concerns over medical cost inflation, legal liability issues, how to attract and retain the right talent, complying with laws, and apprehension about overall economic uncertainty have remained about the same as last year.
With easy access to social media, employees are increasingly thrusting companies into the spotlight and inviting public scrutiny by airing their personal opinions.
Since its inception, the goal of the Business Continuity Institute has been to promote a more resilient world, and with so much attention being placed on resiliency in recent years, never has this goal been more pertinent. To help introduce the paradigm shift to resilience that we are currently experiencing, the BCI 20/20 Think Tank (UK Group) has published a new white paper that draws on recent ideas relating to the discipline which demonstrate the vital role that business continuity has in advancing its concept and prepare BCI members for entering the next stage of progression under its umbrella.
The resilience challenge for the business continuity profession positions BC as an integral part of resilience, the benefit of which can be felt in a variety of ways throughout an organization. It directly impacts on operational decision making and problem solving, allowing leaders to respond in a manner consistent with strategic intent. It also enables organizations to increase adaptive capacity, maximise competitive advantage and become more agile to changes in the business environment.
The paper notes that building resilience goes beyond BC and requires substantial input from other protective disciplines. This represents a real opportunity for BCI members to advance professionally with high-level thinking and a fundamental understanding of risks which may prepare them to undertake future roles at the top level of their organizations. Thinking about resilience and aligning one’s actions to strategic goals will also strengthen the accountability of professionals in the protective disciplines as well as an organization’s top management.
Bill Crichton, Membership director of the BCI and Chair of the 20/20 UK Group, noted: “It is recognised by many in the wider resilience community that both the individuals within it, and the professional bodies representing them, will need to grow their relevant skills and develop closer links with the other related disciplines. This first published white paper from the BCI’s UK 20/20 Group; The resilience challenge for the BC profession, is aimed at both promoting the changes needed to move the profession forward and challenging us as practitioners to develop and enhance the additional skills required to meet to achieve the resilient future.”
The paper concludes that BCI members should realise the business environment has changed dramatically and it is necessary to adapt in order to stay relevant. The paradigm shift will likely demand a change in knowledge, skills and competencies of BCI members. In addition to technical know-how and the BC specialism, BCI members may increasingly be expected to exercise strategic communication skills as they work with other professionals. Ultimately, as the way to resilience heralds changes in business practice, it also uncovers opportunities. By accepting and responding to the changes, BCI members can profit from these opportunities.
Registration is open for the 2015 Continuity Insights New York Conference.
The event will be held Oct. 20-21 at the Windham New Yorker Hotel in New York City. Registration is $645 for the full show or $395 for a one day pass.
This year’s conference features keynote sessions by Bill Raisch, Director of the Global Risk Network & International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) New York University, who will present “Radical Resilience: A Game-Changing Opportunity” and Dr. Nader Mehravari of Carnegie Mellon University, who will present “Information Resilience: The Business Imperative in Today’s High Risk Information Economy.”
The conference will also feature sessions covering case studies, cyber security, the internet of everything, metrics, maturity models and a host of other relevant business continuity topics. Those who attend the show can earn up to six continuing education points.
View the 2015 Continuity Insights New York session lineup! Learn the importance of performance metrics, how to effectively communicate business continuity to senior management, 10 lessons in crisis management workshop and more. Click here to view the full agenda.
It’s a daily occurrence now; storms that lead to major flooding, terrorism, outbreaks of infectious diseases, cyber hacks, and even political turmoil. With such events occurring with increased frequency perhaps it’s time to reevaluate your business resiliency posture.
Tags: Business Resilience
Business Continuity Management: Global Best Practices, 4th Edition, by Andrew Hiles
The Closest You Can Get to a “Body of Knowledge” for Business Continuity – by an Acclaimed Founder of the Profession
“Andrew Hiles was the main driver in the formation of The Business Continuity Institute and his teachings have provided great leadership to our profession. If you only read one Business Continuity book this year, make sure this is it.” – Lyndon Bird, FBCI, Technical Director, The Business Continuity Institute (BCI)
If you’re relocating your office space, moving can be tricky business. Beyond the basics, you probably have valuable equipment, stacks of supplies and even digital assets to protect, like customer data and billing records.
If you’ve got an internal data center going with you, then you’ve exponentially increased the complexity of your move.
But even if your office is staying in one place, a time may come when you need to move your infrastructure from one data center to another, or even from your office space to a third-party location.
This is no small feat and requires careful and strategic planning coupled with expert execution to ensure the integrity of both your equipment and the invaluable data housed there.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – and that’s multiplied a hundredfold when it comes to data center moves, so plan accordingly, choose the right partner and protect your business. Risk can’t be removed entirely, but with the right plan you’ll dramatically reduce risk, avoid negative consequences and be able to cope with any challenges that do arise.
With easy access to social media, employees are increasingly thrusting companies into the spotlight and inviting public scrutiny by airing their personal opinions. But it is not only on social media that companies are running into trouble.
Tags: reputation risk