We launched the weekly Continuity eGUIDE in 2003 with a vision to consolidate and communicate resources for the disciplines of BC, DR, and EM. Since then we have published over 560 editions and now publish on Wednesday twice a month. For more than 16 years we have worked to bring our industry together.

Archive by Year

2021

Vol. 614 – We Generate Power and Water; How Can We Work Remotely?

April 8, 2021

The key word at the end of 2020 has become resilience: cyber resilience, organization resilience, business continuity resilience. Like a game of cards, play the best hand where possible, however, think of other options that could be presented and know when to treat (play the risk), tolerate (the hand dealt) or know when to bail out and terminate the risk. Unplanned events are just that – unplanned, but, the risks could be mitigated. Amber Low writes.

Vol. 613 – Agile Leadership – The Key to Success

March 17, 2021

Peter Power, who is a popular keynote speaker at international conferences on business continuity, emergency management and resilience, today offers insights on the critical role leaders must play in our increasingly fast-paced and complex world. Peter asserts that “Agile Leadership” will be critical for successfully navigating crises in 2021 and beyond. He defines the attributes of an agile leader and suggests command structures which will facilitate recovery in all types of organizations, public and private.

Vol. 612 – NYC Mayor’s Office Diplomat Shares Real-Life Lessons

March 3, 2021

DRI Resilience Excellence Summit is happening this week. This can’t-miss session with Lolita Jackson, Climate Policy and Programs Advisor NYC Mayor’s Office, is full of real-life lessons learned – from 9/11 to Hurricane Sandy to the current pandemic, Jackson has been at the center of New York City’s response. Jackson has a unique perspective as a survivor of two terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center – The first was the 1993 bombing of the WTC, and the second was the 9/11 disaster. Employed by a Wall Street firm at the time, both events required her evacuation. This captivating presentation is available below.

Vol. 611 – Be Like Netflix, not Reddit: SaaS Disaster Response

February 17, 2021

Having a plan to respond to a problem generally allows you to respond to said problem quickly and to limit its impact. Generally, the bigger a problem could be, the more important it is to have a plan in place to respond to it. It’s very important for businesses to have a continuity and recovery plan for business- stopping circumstances like natural disasters and cyber attacks. Chinmayee Paunikar explains.

Vol. 610 – The Perils of Paying Ransoms

February 3, 2021

As of last October Ransomware is an entirely new reality and cyber experts, at least in the US, must now contend with new regulations that could be a big problem. Ransom payments are essentially banned by the U.S. Treasury, and your insurance probably won’t help much! Jon Murphy reviews some of the recent changes and how they might affect your organization and the protection you believe is available from your insurance carrier.

Vol. 609 – Auditing Your BCP and DR Program – Just How Resilient is Your Organization?

January 20, 2021

2020 was a year of massive change: implementing work from home, improving digital capabilities, pivoting sales & supply channels, and adjusting business models. In the future, organizations will need to be resilient in order to succeed. Expert Dan Swanson has more than 35 years of experience in audit and information security. His article guides executives on how to evaluate their organizations.

2020

Vol. 607 – Strategic Crisis Leadership: Being an Effective Leader in the Midst of Chaos

December 2, 2020

With no prior notice, you must make on-the-spot decisions and implement rapid-fire responses when crises unexpectedly strike. Your people will be stressed-out and deadlines time compressed. Information will not be adequate and the high consequences of your responses could determine if people will be harmed, careers ruined and your company seriously damaged. What would you do in such a situation? Bruce T. Blythe and Hart S. Brown provide some examples and insightful guidelines.

Vol. 606 – Does Your BCP Reflect Real People with Real Needs?

November 19, 2020

Historically, Disaster Recovery plans have focused on technology (hot site) and data (back up and off-site storage). Little attention was paid to the people. The assumption was made that the required people would simply go to the internal or external hot site. Of course this thinking was changed dramatically by Covid-19. Most people are working from home. But how about the return to workplace plans and the second disaster, that’s coming? Frequent author and conference speaker Ted Brown offers his insights.

Vol. 605 – Civil Unrest: Demonstrations, protests, and rioting

November 4, 2020

Concern about protests and demonstrations like those surrounding the 2016 Presidential election have law enforcement planning for the possibility of a repeat of the summer unrest. Directors of security worry that volatile political divisions in our society may provoke conflicts between workers escalating into acts of workplace violence. Civil unrest is now a foreseeable threat requiring preparedness. Don Schmidt offers his perspective based on his decades of experience helping organizations prepare for anything.

Vol. 604 – Enterprise Resilience Saved the Day During COVID- But Does Anyone Realize It?

October 21, 2020

Earlier this year Lyndon Bird discussed the emergence of Covid-19 and the affects it might have on the resilience profession. In this follow up blog he points out that the primary players in what is starting to emerge as the core resilience disciplines have stepped up to the plate, thus making ongoing operations possible.

Vol. 603 – What We Should Do Now

October 7, 2020

This week we are happy to present two top experts in Emergency Management, who helped lead FEMA during a period of major transition.
A report from Congress, the year before they arrived, said, “FEMA is widely viewed as a political ‘dumping ground,’ a turkey farm, if you will…” Our experts, Jane Bullock and George Haddow, were in the arena fighting battles as FEMA went from having an abysmal record to becoming one of the most respected federal agencies. They have some ideas for us to consider going forward.

Vol. 602 – 35 Years Since Mexico City… What’s Changed?

September 16, 2020

Publisher Kathy Rainey believes much has changed since September 19, 1985. “The devastating Mexico City earthquake was the catalyst for my 35-year career in what has become an industry — one that in 2020 integrates the disciplines of emergency management, business continuity, crisis/risk management and governance to build resilience for public and private sectors globally.” Kathy shares 3 changes – and there are many more. Let’s get the conversation going.