Research and survey information

Improving the Business Continuity capabilities of SME companies

Better engagement and services are needed for the SME sector

Small and Medium Sized business | business continuity and resilience Despite the progress made on the implementation of BCM within organizations over nearly two decades, the depth and breadth of planning in smaller firms remains a cause of concern.

These businesses are the backbone of the economy employing more people and delivering the essential ingredients of modern life in all its flavours.

National Occupation Standards for Business Continuity - your feedback needed

National Occupation Standards for Business Continuity
Since 2011 the Continuity Forum has been working with Skills CFA to develop Business Continuity skills and qualifications for use in the workplace. 
We are now conducting a review of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS).

The future for ISO 31000 | TC 262 Risk Management Survey | Standards

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The future of ISO 31000
Risk Management

We would really like your contribution to the future developemnt of ISO 31000 – Risk management - Principles and guidance and ISO Guide 73 - Risk management- Terminology.  These important ISO guidance documents are currently being considered for revision and the ISO technical committee, TC/262 – Risk Management –responsible for this work and the BSI has established a group to obtain feedback from risk professionals, users of the standards, and other relevant stakeholders.  
Your input into this review is very important and will be fed directly into ISO TC/262.
We are looking for your thoughts and use of Risk Management standards to help us develop a better understanding of how ISO 31000 can evolve and what aspects could be developed further. 
For more details please contact the Continuity Forum here or call Sara McKenna on +44 (0) 208 993 1599

Food Security and Supply Chain Risks - SPECIAL PROJECT


Business Continuity Forum - Securing the Food Supply Chain The Continuity Forum is part of a government working group researching short to medium term emergency issues relating to risk and the UK's food supply and its security. We are inviting interested parties to contact us to assist in the development of our formal report to the committees involved. We are particularly keen to gather information from Business Continuity, Resilience and Risk Professionals active in sectors relevant to the topic on the wider scope of issues being addressed.


The broad principles of the project are to identify how risks and disruptions may develop and how well the country is currently prepared to cope if they occurred.


Risk & BCM Salary Survey

Global Salary Survey | 2014
Welcome to our Salary Survey page over the past 15 years the Continuity Forum has 
Business Continuity Global Salary Survey been measuring the pay and compensation of Business Continuity professionals working in the field and we are now launching our 2014 Global Survey.
Are you being paid what you are worth? Help us find out by completing the 2011 BCM Global Salary Survey 
All responses are of course completely confidentially and can be made anonymously if you wish and the Survey results are made available to all participants at no charge. 

Extreme Weather and Technology failure top the BCM event list

This years CMI Business Continuity Survey is available for download below and this year shows just how challenging 2011 was for organisations.
Overall the report details some interesting changes and reflects on the effects of the more social disruption and its effects than previous years surveys. 
Heading the list of incidents again was the winter weather That stuck hard nearly 30% of respondents  causing major disruption and impact of the snow and cold weather affected an additional 52% of the sample who report minor impacts on operations (82% total). This is the second year in a row that weather has been more problematic than IT issues that still hit 39% of organisations over the year up 5% on the previous survey.

ICM shares data on the causes of BCM plan invocation

ICM Business Continuity has released figures showing the causes of customer invocations from January through to June 2011. 
Out of 58 events 42 where related to hardware with 15 attributed to other causes including seven down to power issues and two instances each of Flooding, Fire and Data Corruption. There was even one denial of Access event.

*** 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.


BS25999 under the microscope

The BSI, BCI and Continuity Forum are coming together to undertake an industry-wide survey on how the worlds most successful Business Continuity Standard, BS25999, is being used by organisations around the world.

Chris Green, Chairman of the BSI BCM/1 Committee that is responsible for the standard, comments “This survey will really help guide our thoughts on how the profession has responded to BS25999, and what we should be considering in the future.”

Continuity Forum Chairman, Russell Price said "BS25999 has been remarkably successful and is well established in the field ... but as the BCM sector evolves and experience grows we should regularly review the fit between standards and organisational needs."

BS25999 survey can be accessed by clicking the link below:

BS25999 Survey Link



All contributions are made in confidence and a report on the findings will be available on completion of the project.


A mixed report card for European BCM planning - Marsh 2010 EMEA research

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Marsh publish new 2010 research on European wide BCM attitudes and opinion.


Two years ago Marsh published its first in-house survey into Business Continuity attitudes, this year's update gives us considerable food for thought in how the industry is developing and where priorities should lie. 


Encouragingly many of the underlying attitudes to business continuity appear to be positive, although there is clear evidence of different countries and industries progressing at markedly different rates. In the most established markets BCM has clearly become a core topic generally aligning well with the goals and objectives of the organisation. Integration across the business has also been seen to improve.

CMI report charts an interesting year for the BCM profession

Disruption and resilience, 2010 from the CMI


Over the course of the past 10 years the annual Business Continuity study by the Chartered Management institute has plotted the progress and expansion of the profession. 2010 is no exception.  Over the past 12 months the country has faced widespread disruption through extreme weather events, recession and the potential posed by the swine flu pandemic ... it has been a year to challenge most working in the field.


Marsh Finds UK Firms lacking Knowledge of Overseas Risks

Research by Marsh has determined that "British organizations are more concerned during the recession by overseas risks affecting their supply chains and business rather than by threats closer to home."

In its new Business Continuity Management (BCM) survey, "Facing an Uncertain Future," Marsh polled 109 UK firms and public sector organizations to establish their attitudes towards and levels of preparedness for key BCM risks such as terrorism, supply chain disruption and economic conditions.

Swine flu outbreak is reason to act, not panic - Gartner

Jun 8, 2009

Governments worldwide are preparing for the anticipated spread of AH1N1 influenza (swine flu), but enterprises should not overact to the outbreak. They should take this event as a wake-up call and review and test their pandemic response plans, according to Gartner, Inc.

Business continuity management (BCM) and disaster recovery (DR) professionals and other stakeholders should use the widespread concern over the swine flu as an opportunity to prevent their enterprises from becoming victims of uncertainty, panic, misinformation and a lack of preparedness to increase enterprise awareness of the potential business impact of a widespread outbreak of disease, said Richard De Lotto, principal research analyst at Gartner.

Enterprises in all regions and across all industries should complete their review of their BCM/DR pandemic response plans and fill in any missing elements by the end of this week, said Roberta Witty, research vice president at Gartner. Starting today IT managers should meet with senior executives, line-of-business managers and other high-level decision-makers to answer any questions should be made aware of the seriousness of this pandemic preparation, to that will ensure a broad, ongoing commitment to this effort. IT managers should plan, test, and add capacity to ensure the sustainability of what is likely to be a predominantly work-at-home environment.

Gartner analysts said a true pandemic could cause absenteeism rates of 40% or higher for enterprises and their business partners and suppliers, resulting in severe operational disruptions. For this reason, enterprises must recognise the urgent need to develop and implement pandemic response planning.

In today's global business environment, IT professionals must recognise include extremely specific elements within their response plans that will overcome their enterprise's operational vulnerabilities which are not confined to the organisation's specific geographic locations, said Ken McGee, vice president and Gartner fellow.

These vulnerabilities also exist in the next town, adjacent states, neighbouring countries, or even on the other side of the planet, where their suppliers, customers, external professional service providers and so on are located.

Enterprise BCM/DR professionals, security professionals, IT managers, line-of-business managers, and other stakeholders are encouraged to monitor government and public-health sources to determine what actions are appropriate to ensure workforce safety and continued
business operations. Gartner analysts said these key stakeholders should review audit pandemic response plans this week to assure they include:

Identify existing and projected critical skills shortages
Initiate necessary cross-training, testing or certification of personnel
Ensure that cross-trained personnel have the appropriate system/applications access rights
Determine which business operations are sustainable, and at what level, and
the likely downtime for normal business operations during periods with absenteeism rates of 40% or higher
Immediately initiate rigorous, ongoing and well-documented testing to isolate and remediate identified problem areas.
Prepare for travel restrictions to be significant in the event of an epidemic and near-universal in the event of a pandemic.
Implement a communications program that ensures that all personnel are aware of the enterprise pandemic response plans, as well as measures they can take to limit the spread of the disease-including practices as simple yet effective as regular hand-washing.

Gartner has created a Special Coverage section on “Planning for a Potential Pandemic" where comprehensive research related to pandemic planning can be found. Gartner analysts will provide regular updates regarding actions enterprises should take as the situation evolves.

Gartner analysts are also providing updates on the Gartner Business Continuity blog at 

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