Everyone has heard the popular saying “Practice Makes Perfect”. But, is this true?
I am of the belief this statement is close to the truth.
“Perfect Practice Makes Perfect” Many have heard these words from Vince Lombardi, but I always heard them, multiple times mind you, from my father. As a typical teenager, I didn’t really comprehend the message, or realize that it applies to more than just sports. The message my father and Vince were trying to convey is simple, “What you put in, you will get out.” Continue reading
Michael Porter once famously said “the essence of strategy is choosing what not to do”. While I am sure that Mr. Porter was not necessarily thinking of business continuity when making this statement, it is absolutely applicable to the implementation of a successful business continuity program. There is no better way to ensure business continuity program failure then to improperly scope the program by ignoring the organization’s overall business strategy. This perspective aims to provide clarification on what exactly strategy connected business continuity means, as well as why it is important to all organizations considering the implementation of a successful, focused business continuity program. Additionally, we will explore conversation topics designed to “crystalize” the organization’s business strategy in a way that helps inform the scope and objectives of the business continuity program. Continue reading
The Importance of Business Continuity and Leveraging Resource Loss Based Planning
On Sunday, January 8, 2017, the temperature in Cleveland, OH dropped significantly, which caused a water pipe to burst in the hallway of our building, right outside the entry to our Cleveland office.
No one was in the building at the time, and the water poured out for about 45 minutes before it was shut off. The water pooled primarily in our office space resulting in damage to floors, walls, and some equipment. When all was said and done, the total amount of water removed from our office space alone, was approximately 15,000 gallons. The rest of the water literally went down the elevator and main stairway – flooding three of the floors below. Continue reading
When my business partner Brian and I started Avalution in a Starbucks 11 years ago, we didn’t spend much time agonizing over what we wanted this firm to be about. It was a quick conversation – and it didn’t really focus on business continuity! We envisioned a firm of great problem solvers. We were both most comfortable with business continuity, so we considered that a great place to start. Throughout the years, we’ve had many quick conversations to determine the path forward for Avalution. Continue reading
With 2017 well underway, I wanted to take the time to reflect on 2016 and also look ahead to predict the way in which our business continuity profession will continue to mature in 2017 and beyond.
In many ways, this “top five” list is aspirational – that being my hopes for our profession as we solve some entrenched challenges and work to add more value to the organizations we serve. Continue reading
As I reflect on my first year as a business continuity professional, I contemplate what has made me successful to date. In my previous role of being an officer in the U.S. Army, I lived and breathed risk assessments and contingency planning (addressing a loss of resources). When I first started in the military, my focus was very tactical, ensuring that there was always a plan to replenish our basic supplies (e.g., bullets, food, gas, and water). These plans were very basic and more reactionary than anything else, but I always knew that as long as I had these resources, I could continue the mission. Continue reading
This perspective provides an overview of the Business Continuity Institute’s Professional Practice 6 (PP6) – Validation, which is the professional practice that “confirms that the Business Continuity Management (BCM) program meets the objectives set in the Business Continuity Policy and that the organization’s BCM program is fit for purpose”. Business continuity practitioners should perform validation activities after documenting response and recovery plans for their organizations (for more on planning, read our perspective on PP5 – Implementation). Continue reading
The organizations we work with are increasingly coordinating, and in some cases integrating, the management of their Business Continuity Management (BCM) program with the management of Information Security (InfoSec). This perspective looks at how they are approaching coordination/integration. Let’s explore the various forms of integration possibilities between BCM and InfoSec.. Continue reading
As business continuity professionals, we’ve all heard the saying: failure to plan is planning to fail. In the spirit of this timeless mantra, we would like to remind you that September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign.
Due to the success of last year’s theme – Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today – they are keeping the same theme for this year; however, there will be more emphasis on generating preparedness for youth, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Continue reading
As published in the Summer 2016 Issue of the Disaster Recovery Journal – Volume 29, Number 3.
One of the latest threats to organizations is something termed “ransomware”. Commonly defined as a type of malware that blocks access to an application and its data until the victim pays a predetermined amount of money. You may have read about two recent attacks, one targeting the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and the other targeting MedStar. If you haven’t heard about these two attacks, perhaps you can pause for a minute and do a quick Google search to learn more. And, after you do, I have a question for you to consider:
If your organization hasn’t already prepared for this type of threat (ransomware or malware in general), who owns planning for it or preparing contingencies addressing the affected resources?
This article discusses some of the threats and risks that are currently top-of-mind for executive managers and why resilience-related thinking is so important, as well as the different roles that the business continuity professional can perform to add value. Continue reading