The Drawbacks of Planning for a Worst-Case Scenario
While the worst-case scenario approach is a good one to use in order to reflect on organizational needs and the impacts of a disaster, it often brings an improper sense of safety. […]
The Be, Know, and Do of Crisis Leadership
This post has been updated. It was originally published in August 2009. During a crisis, management and leadership are crucial to a successful outcome. Consider the triad of BE, KNOW, and DO as a […]
Benefits of Business Continuity and Recovery Testing
Business Continuity and Recovery Testing is critical to ensuring that your plan documentation is functional and accurate. As part of our responsibilities as Business Continuity professionals, we spend a significant amount of […]
Business Continuity Begins and Ends with Communication
This post on business continuity communication has been updated. It was originally published in September 2013. In society today, communication often is not face-to-face, but is more electronic. This can lead to […]
When A Good Recovery Strategy is Better than a Perfect Recovery Strategy
Your recovery strategy does not have to be perfect, but it does need to be good enough. Remember, perfect is the enemy of good. When I worked in the IT department at […]
Understanding Actual Risks to Your Organization
Understanding actual risks to your organization is a good place to start with any competent business continuity and resilience plan. There is not a single risk profile. Depending on the type […]
How Secure is your Facility?
How Secure is your Facility? Are you leaving your business vulnerable? What would happen in a disaster situation? These aren’t questions we like to think about, but they are neccesary. On a […]
Communicating During an Emergency Event
Effective communication can make or break your business during a crisis event. Learn what effectively communicating during an emergency event looks like. We spend hours developing plans and strategies – preparing for […]
Do you need a document retention schedule?
Do you need to develop document retention schedule or standards and procedures for your Business Continuity Program? If you want to ensure compliance with standards and best practices, yes, you do. Generally […]
Cyber Event Planning – Hope is not a Strategy
When you’re contemplating cyber event planning and risk mitigation in an IT disaster, hope is not a strategy for mitigating risk. For Business Continuity planners, data security has become a high priority element of […]
Thinking Outside the Box – Plussing the Show
Richard Long, Senior Advisory Consultant, MHA Consulting We often sit in meetings or brainstorming sessions and say, “Let’s think outside the box.” What does that really mean? I was recently in a […]
Will key information be available during a crisis?
Will key information be available during a crisis? This is an essential question when you consider your crisis management and IT disaster recovery strategies. Information is critical to our businesses. We cannot […]