Business Continuity

Business Continuity and SME's - building success

Meet the expert video series covering Business Continuity, Risk and Resilience with Russell PriceIn this interview Russell Price speaks with Shalen Sehgal, MD of Crises Control, on the critical importance of Business Continuity and Crisis Management to Small and Medium Enterprises and the role of standards in helping them compete and succeed in today's markets.

Standards can sometimes be intimidating or thought to be only appropriate for big business.  In this video Russell explains why this view is wrong and how SME's can lever their size and agility to develop good plans and compete more effectively in their markets.

Meet the Crisis Experts - Episode 3 - Standards & Plans with Crises Control and Russell Price.

For more information please contact on how Standards can help organizations develop their risk and resilience planning contact us directly.  To see more from the 'Meet the Experts' series from Crises Control click HERE!

 


Research shows SMEs are not as BC ready as they believe

Crises Control - SME Research

 

Research carried out by Crises Control and the Continuity Forum has revealed that while almost all SMEs agree business continuity planning is a vital protection for their business a majority are not in fact ready to effectively handle a business disruption incident. 

 

Crises Control, the award-winning mass notification platform teamed up with the Continuity Forum, the leading business continuity advice and research organisation in the UK, to research the SME market. The research was carried out using a mixture of in depth phone calls and an online survey.

 

Protection for business and commercial centres

 
 
This guide is intended to give protective security advice to those who are responsible for security in commercial centres. It is aimed at those places where there may be a risk of a terrorist attack either because of the nature of the building, it's location or the number of people who work in it.
 
The guide seeks to reduce the risk of a terrorist attack and limit the damage an attack might cause. It highlights the vital part you can play in the UK counter terrorism strategy.
 
It is accepted that the concept of absolute security is almost impossible to achieve in combating the threat of terrorism, but it is possible, through the use of this guidance, to reduce the risk to as low as reasonably practicable.
 

*** Star Job *** Head of Incident Management & Business Continuity

 
Head of Business Continuity & Incident Management
Role: Head of Incident Management & Business Continuity
Salary: £51,203 - £58,638
Location: Bootle, Merseyside
 

Make an impact at ONR by ensuring that incidents don’t.
 
The challenge
A fast-evolving public corporation, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is committed to shaping the future of regulation in the UK nuclear industry. As our Head of Incident Management & Business Continuity, you’ll establish a brand new framework that will support the whole organisation. It’s an exceptional opportunity to make your name in Business Continuity, Emergency Planning and Incident Management, by transforming ONR’s resilience in a vital, senior role. 
 
The role
It’s crucial that ONR can continue to perform when faced with disruption. That’s why we’ve created a new Integrated Incident Management Framework. We now need a skilled, collaborative leader to embed and manage this Framework, while co-ordinating incident response activity including crisis management and business continuity. 
 
Reporting directly to the Finance Director, you’ll lead, deliver and manage the Framework on both strategic and operational levels. That means embedding, testing and continuously improving the Framework, while ensuring it meets statutory responsibilities. You’ll also see that staff receive suitable training, so they’re equipped to act if the worst should happen. And if it does, you’ll be there to co-ordinate our response across ONR’s various teams. This is therefore a critical role, where you’ll be a central point of contact, as well as a source of expert advice for the Finance Director and the Head of Corporate Governance.   
 
The person
To drive incident management throughout the organisation, you need to be a strategic, dynamic and experienced leader. A qualified member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), you’ll have wide-ranging experience across incident management, business continuity and crisis management. You’ll also bring a proven ability to implement new approaches, along with a record of cross-directorate collaboration. Articulate, influential and brimming with initiative, you’ll have the motivation to engage others and take the lead in this exciting new development.  
 
The rewards
We offer competitive salaries at the ONR, with these roles attracting a salary of £51,203 - £58,638. In addition, up to £15,000 relocation may be available. Furthermore, you’ll be eligible for a substantial Civil Service Pension scheme (including ill-health retirement and lump sum family benefits). Plus, you’ll receive a very generous holiday entitlement.
 
About Us
ONR is a Public Corporation created to ensure the highest standards of safety and security across all of the UK’s licensed nuclear sites. Our inspectors are drawn from all manner of professional backgrounds including civil engineering, radiological protection, human factors, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear physics. And together they’re involved in everything from assessing safety cases to planned security inspections to the development and implementation of a new domestic safeguards regime. 
 
Apply
To find out more and apply, please visit our website by clicking on the link.
 
Apply for the role | Head of Business Continuity and Incident Management
 

ISO 22301 Business Continuity Standard published

 
BSI Shop - ISO 22301 purchase and download The new international standard ISO 22301 for Business Continuity has now been published and can be purchased and immediately downloaded from the BSI Shop HERE.
 
This ISO standard builds on one of the most successful management standards ever created by the BSI, BS 25999 that delivered both the guidance and requirements aspects needed to create Continuity and Build resilience. 
 
ISO 22301 is the requirements specification that sets out the details that should feature in your business continuity management programme to achieve recognised good practice. The associated guidance documents, ISO 22313, are currently in draft production and will be available later in the year or in early 2013.
 
For those who have already implementated or aligned with the leading national standards (such as BS 25999, the US version BCM.01 from ASIS and the BSI or SPC.01 the general framework for example) the general approach by the ISO will appear very familiar.
 
Most organisations will be able to effect a 'relatively' straightforward transition to ISO 22301- through a transition period - with most of the work being concentrated on the development of the BCMS process documentation.
 

ISO Business Continuity Standard 22301 approved

 
The ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management System (Requirements) Standard has been approved by vote this week by the ISO Technical Committee (TC223).
 
Through this vote the way is now clear for the full publication of the Standard that we would expect to be available for purchase from the BSI and others in the early summer. 
 
Users of the British Standard BS 25999 will continue to be certified, at least until the expiration date, but is is likely that many will choose to adopt this the new Global Standard. 
 

Business Continuity and Risk events coming up

 
From one extreme to another! 
 
Dates for your diaries: 1st Dec, 26th January and 14th & 21st February
 
I'm delighted to let you know about some upcoming events from the Forum and our partners.
 
Starting, out of chronological order, but in order of complexity:
 

New York Hospital System Increases Communication to Improve Care

MIR3 Mass notification systemsHospitals are busy places where protecting the health and safety of patients, employees and visitors is vital. Find out how North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System ensures safety while minimizing interruptions that could impact the business of taking care of patients.

More from MIR3 ... Mass Notification systems 

 


*** Survey on BS25999 Usage ***

business continuity

This Business Continuity Survey is now closed.

The summary report will be issued in the 1st Qtr of 2011. If you would like more information please contact us directly.

Survey on BS25999 Usage

Some working in the field of Business Continuity may not remember a time before standards, but for many of us in the field for longer, the work of the BCM Committee of the BSI to create the world's first BCM standard was instrumental in developing much-needed consistency and credibility across the sector. The outcome of this work, BS25999, has been at the heart of much of the subsequent development in the discipline, and the BSI has one of the most successful Management Standards ever issued.

As BS25999 approaches its fourth birthday, the BSI BCM/1 committee, is looking to assess the experience and opinions of hundreds of practitioners and BCM managers all around the world on how they are applying BS25999 and its family of related standards and Published Documents in their organisations.

Consequently, the BCM/1 committee has developed the BS25999 2010 Survey, in conjunction with the Business Continuity Institute and the Continuity Forum, which they hope you will find the time to contribute to.

EVENT - "Commanding the Crisis" London 14th December

Business Continuity Forum Crisis Management event
Commanding the Crisis 
London 14th December 

 

New Event - Clarity in the Cloud - 25th November ***

Business Continuity Forum Cloud Computing Special event
Clarity in the Cloud Workshop/Seminar
London  -  25th November 

 

Moving to the Cloud video - An introductory video from IBM Center for the Business of Government


In this video Dr. Wyld examines the entry of the cloud computing phenomena into the government. He avoids the technical language and focuses on the business and societal impacts of cloud computing. He examines how this concept has changed the expectations of both the public and of government executives and managers.

A video overview from the IBM Center for The Business of Government introducing Analytics and Risk Management

This video from IBM Center for the Business of Government outlines 4 reports available looking at Analytics and Risk Management and how it can be used.

More information and the reports can be downloaded from the IBM Center for The Business of Government.  

Second Workshop date for Commanding the Crisis Birmingham 22nd July

Business Continuity Forum Crisis Management event
Commanding the Crisis 
Birmingham July 22nd 

 

US Rail Company talking on the benefits of IBM Business Resilience (video)

This video features interviews with an Client who has developed robust business rooted resilience that delivers commercial benefits and savings. 

The Company talks about how they have benefited from Risk Management and operational improvements to their services as well as better portability and access to data using a variety of resilience and virtualisation techniques 

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