There are two new Business Continuity books coming out this summer that are likely to find their way on to the book shelves of many of our readers and partners. They are chalk and cheese in their content, but significant publications as they address two topics that feature highly in the questions we receive here at the Continuity Forum.
For many years one of the most consistent questions we have had, especially from those coming to BCM for the first time, has been, "what would we recommend as an introduction?" and we can now add the Dummies Guide to the Practical Business Continuity Management.
More recently, since the launch of ISO 22301, and perhaps at the other end of the scale, the questions have been centred on getting good advice on how to implement the new ISO Standard; and with virtually perfect timing, Hilary Estall brings us her Guide to Implementing ISO 22301.
Business Continuity is defined by the International Standards Organization as the:
"capability of the organization to continue delivery of services or products at acceptable predefined levels following disruptive incidents"*
*Source ISO 22300 Vocabulary
Why is Business Continuity important?
Organizations of all types and sizes, public and private are effected all the time by "disruptive incidents'. These can be extreme, such as a natural disaster or more likely something mundane, such as a burst water pipe, the loss of power or other services, ICT issues and other forms of incident that disrupts the normal work of the organization. The disruption caused usually impacts on the capability of the organization to perform its normal activities and as a consequence impacts on customers or other stakeholders, adding additional costs and creating the potential for losses in financial and even social terms.
The extensive work and commitment of the Continuity Forum has earned us an extensive network of partners and supporters across government and business.
By supporting and connecting the diverse interest groups involved in Business Continuity we are able to help clarify and focus efforts, provide support and improve Business Continuity, Resilience and value for money.
Much of our work is very public and supports the Public Sector and Business, but a lot of our effort is hidden behind the scenes, laying the foundations for progress.
Business Continuity Basics Educational Workshop SERIES
Following many successful Events held by the Continuity Forum, a number of our members and associates have requested that we run a special Programme of BCM Development Events. These events can be tailored to specifically meet the needs of our members, partners and other organisations.
Aimed at those looking to develop their Business Continuity skills, or those at the very start of the BC Planning phase within their organisation, these events are specifically to help ensure that your planning is as efficient and effective as possible.