Murphy's Law ... Defensive design little light reading

Something to think about for all Business Continuity professionals ...
Murphys Law
Murphy's law (distinct from, and often confused with Finagle's law or Sod's law) is a popular adage in Western culture, which broadly states that things will go wrong in any given situation in which error is possible. "If there's more than one way to do a job, and one of those ways will result in disaster, then somebody will do it that way."
It is most commonly formulated as "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong" and is something we have become all too familiar with in the Business Continuity Field!
Technically speaking, this latter definition is incorrect, given that it refers more accurately to the law of pessimism, Finagle's Law.

Security and CT Portal

Security and Counter Terrorism information Portal
Through this portal page we provide information covering a range of topics that relate to Security and Counter Terrorism information news and advice and connect with your resilience planning  
For nearly a decade the Continuity Forum has been working alongside the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, Police, Home Office and others to bring awareness and advice to organisations on what they can do to better secure and protect not only their organisations, but our communities. 
Here you will find links and information on various resources that will enable you to build your organisations resilience and create continuity. 

Consultation for BS31000 Risk Management Code of Practice starts


BSI are publishing today the revised BS standard 31100 Risk Management Code of Practice as a Draft for Public comment. 


Your assistance in reviewing the Code of Practice and providing feedback would be much appreciated. 

ICM's latest version of Emergency Office now includes Voice and Apple

ICM has launched a new version of their Emergency Office Remote Working Solution with upgraded features that extend the capabilities of the service and raises the bar across the sector by adding voice capabilities.  
The Emergency Office is a remote working solution offering corporate data and now new telephony services from any PC over standard home broadband connection.

ANSI approve ASIS/BSI BCM.01 standard


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the ASIS/BSI BCM.01 2010 standard for Business Continuity Management. 


The full name for the standard is ANSI/ASIS/BSI BCM.01:2010, Business Continuity

Dr Marc Siegel

Management Systems - Requirements with Guidance for Use (Joint ASIS International and British Standards Institute (BSI) Standard) and whilst a mouthful it reflects the very close collaboration throughout the whole development process between ASIS and the BSI.  This approach led to a multi-national team being involved with committee formed responsible for the development being co-chaired by Dr Marc Siegel (US) and Kevin Brear (UK) and that also included Russell Price from the Continuity Forum.


GovNet Communications partner with the Continuity Forum for Civil Contingencies 2011

The Continuity Forum is pleased to announce a new partnership with GovNet Communications, one of the leading Public Sector publishers and Events organisers in the UK.  

*** Survey on BS25999 Usage ***

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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.

What does the UK Spending Review mean to you! - Survey

With the biggest review of UK PLC public finances for decades and cutbacks predicted across the whole of the Sector, we ask what does this mean for those working in governments  Business Continuity and Emergency Planning areas?

The Continuity Forum is asking those with frontline responsibility for Emergency Planning and Business Continuity what they think the future holds?

Continuity Forum UK Public Sector Spending Review Survey



Click on the link above to contribute your thoughts and views on the impact of the changes.

All contributions are confidential and the report of findings will be available for download in the next few weeks.

We also have a number of other Research studies underway that can be accessed by clicking Research on the Headline Tab above.


New National Security Strategy Launched ... What does it mean for BCM and EP

The UK government has published its revised National Security Strategy entitled “a strong Britain in an age of uncertainty" and within its pages are a number of interesting details that point towards an evolving future for Business Continuity.

The new strategy delivers the coalition governments view on the emerging and current threats to the UK. Closely linked to the recently announced spending review affecting the Armed Forces the national strategy document and other dimensions that are highly relevant to us all and positions the thinking on both risks and importantly responsibilities for them.

Insight on Debating with the Continuity Forum



For those of you who have not had the pleasure of attending yet one of the Continuity Forums debate sessions we think you might like to gain a flavour of what happens.


Normally at Business Continuity events, seminars or workshops most of speaking is conducted by the host, fairly reasonable really, but it gives you little chance to share your experiences or learn from those of others facing similar challenges. and there is always the chance that the presentations will devolve into sales pitches! 


Whilst we do our very best at our events to avoid this happening we also recognise that there is also a need to explore new topics or areas that are emerging and are relevant to the profession and with this in mind for the past couple of years we have been holding Continuity Forum Debates. These Debates have become very important to us as they allow and encourage considerable discussion to be held on a host of interesting topics engaging a range of diverse participants and as a result lots can be learned in a short time.  Some will be experienced in the area being debated bringing their expertise to bear, others will have more general knowledge. By bringing them together in a debate format our aim is to explore the topic in a new way hopefully distilling the key messages, benefits or aspects more clearly and bringing opportunities or challenges they present the industry into a sharper focus.


We have been really pleased at just how effectively these debates have worked and over the past few months we have covered topics as wide-ranging as Counterterrorism and business continuity, engaging effectively within organisations, the Olympics, workspace recovery, standards and most recently, Cloud Computing and how organisations are adapting to the opportunities and challenges.


One of the great things about our debates is that they are held under very strict Chatham House rules and this adds a lot freeing all those involved to discuss very openly their own situations and experiences. Ahead of the session the key questions to be debated our shared ahead of the session to help people prepare. On the day the group usually between eight and 16 meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the subject and budget available!). The discussions are chaired, or should we say facilitated, by the Continuity Forum and from our own preparations we will have a general shape that we would like the debate follow, but our aim is always to ensure that we all learn as much as possible. If you judge the success by how long people want to stay, then every single one has been superb, with us often having to extend the debate time to allow the free-flowing conversation is to continue.


We will be holding more debates in the coming months with another on cloud computing and further sessions on both how the developing world of standards may impact and how we can improve security. If you have any ideas or suggestions for debates or if you would like to consider hosting a debate in conjunction with the Continuity Forum then please do get in touch. Debates can also be held in-house and have proved invaluable in developing BCM internally within organisations and creating effective teamwork.


If you would like to register your interest to attend a debate, just get in touch with us and we'll be happy to help. 




BSI announces PD25111 - The Human Aspects of Business Continuity


The BSI has released the latest guidance enhancing BS 25999, the British Standard for business continuity management. The new published document focuses on the human aspects of business continuity and provides specific guidance on how to address the human factors within the planning cycle. The new document is referenced as  PD25111 and has been created by a Working Group comprising many of the same advisory team that developed BS 25999.


The guidance in PD25111 provides many of the answers needed to how an organisation can address “people issues" who are involved or affected by a disruption and further adds to the materials available to organisations developing business continuity.

CfA public consultation on National Occupation Standard for BCM commences

In August 2009 the Council for Administration (CfA), actively supported by the Continuity Forum started work on the development of National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Business Continuity to support administrators, middle and senior management in SMEs when developing a Business Continuity Plan for their organisation. Throughout the project there has been an strong interest and extensive engagement from key stakeholders with a professional background in BCM as well as from non BCM experts who are involved in a supporting capacity.

After a lot of work and many consultations we are now able to present the first draft of a suite containing ten NOS describing the functions that are needed when working at operational (supporting roles) and strategic levels.  Following long discussions we were able to incorporate the majority of recommendations made by our key stakeholders. The BCM NOS suite contains four NOS at operational level (admin support and one middle management level) and six NOS at strategic level. In time we are hoping to expand on the suite by adding new NOS as and when demand emerges.

US Futures Trading Commission looks to introduce new BCM/DR rules

Business Continuity Forum Support guidance 25999 standards 

The US Commodity Future Trading Commission is proposing to introduce new regulations affecting Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, based on an expected standard for Designated Contract Markets and the associated Derivative Clearing Organisations. The CFTC has recommended that rule changes be put in place requiring both DCM’s and DCO’s to harden measures that aim to prevent wide scale disruption to Commodity trading arising from an event. 

Standards Australia emphasises Risk Management in AS/NZS5050 BCM Standard


The latest Standard to the be released titled “AS/NZ5050 - Business Continuity Managing disruption-related risk” comes from Standards Australia and arrived just a few months before the US BCM Standard jointly developed by the BSI and ASIS . 


In an interesting departure from established convention the Australia/New Zealand Standard takes different slant on key aspects of the process and connects far more with with risk management principles than others. The Standard itself declares that “the approach (taken) to managing disruption-related risk described in the Standard is through application of AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009, Risk management—Principles and guidelines.”

Business Continuity for Print proves its worth

Business Continuity Forum, Support, Advice, events and guidance 

Argos and Homebase could have been crippled following the collapse of Bemrosebooth, a key supplier of Print Services to the Home Retail Group (HRG), when they fell into administration.

HRG though had the foresight to have a plan and invoked their contract with specialist Print Support company Business Continuity.  While HRG seek alternate providers of this specialised service Business Continuity will be maintaining the service to Argos and Homebase customers with all their paperwork covering statements, letters and mailings amounting to hundreds of thousands of documents each week continuing to sent uninterrupted. 

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