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

2020

Vol. 591 – Expert Regina Phelps Shares Seven Phases of the Pandemic

April 1, 2020

Regina Phelps, a frequent author for the eGUIDE, hears this question often. It is an important question and one that deserves a careful and thoughtful answer. Previous approaches do not help a crisis management team organize their work or manage the incident. Regina’s article examines the crisis through a new and expanded lens of a protracted and sustained incident. The approach is called: Seven Phases of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Vol. 590 – Special Report: Business and the Pandemic Threat

March 18, 2020

Global travel is ever expanding and international tourism numbers is predicted to reach 1.8 billion by 2030. Organizations may receive little or even no notice of a pandemic heading their way. Pandemic plans must be incorporated and validated as an integral part of the BC programs. Expert Robert Clark, author of the book “Business Continuity and the Pandemic Threat”, offers a case study based upon an exercise that was run to validate a mail order organization’s pandemic plan. Although the actual exercise only ran for a matter of hours, it simulated a timeframe covering twelve weeks.

Vol. 589 – Coronavirus: Assessing Risk and Planning Initiatives — What’s Changed since the 2006 Bird Flu Scare?

March 4, 2020

If we, in RM and BCP, claim to address risk and BC, shouldn’t current assessments and plans be sufficient, with minor modification, to address the issue of a pandemic? If the answer is “No, we have to create new plans”, then we have missed the point of RM and BCP. Geary Sikich tells us more.

Vol. 588 – The Engaged Matrix Model of Organizational Resilience

February 19, 2020

To many executives, unavailability is simply not acceptable. On the other hand, recovery is still a critical capability we must continue to pursue. However, we need to understand that this is not a message that will convince customers of our value. We must, instead, market ourselves as the function that assures availability and prevents disruption. Scott Baldwin explains.

Vol. 587 – Climate Change Puts New Pressures on Resilience Managers

February 5, 2020

When it comes to dealing with a changing climate, we cannot rely on existing assumptions. We cannot eliminate the risk so we must work out how to mitigate it. “Adapt or Die” is an old adage for business – never truer than in 2020! Lyndon Bird writes of brush fires, storms and weather issues that will be more problematic in the years to come.

Vol. 585 – The Evolution of Cyber Attacks, Evolving with the Times

January 16, 2020

Our responses to cybercrime must be faster, and just as targeted as the attack. Enhancing the crispness of standard operating procedures, consistently applying patches and system upgrades in a timely fashion, and being future forward by applying AI growth to our mitigation tactics, as well as our infrastructure growth is no longer an option, but a necessity. Michele Turner tells us more.

2019

Vol. 584 – PSPS: The Latest Threat To Business Continuity

December 4, 2019

For businesses operating in California, PG&E’s massive power outages should be a wakeup call. Disruptions due to wildfires, earthquakes, and floods are de rigueur in the Golden State. But the PSPS adds a disturbing new wrinkle to the disaster preparedness worksheet. Alex Woodie explains this important consideration for BC plans.

Vol. 583 – What is the Relationship between Facilities Management and Business Continuity?

November 20, 2019

A lack of investment in facilities management can cause serious business continuity issues. Laura Toplis shows how although there is a segregation of duties, most problems require a holistic management process – facilities management and business continuity teams need to work together to ensure resilience.

Vol. 582 – Satellite Communications Networks – Critical for Disaster Preparation

November 6, 2019

Planning how to deploy provisions following disasters saves lives, and equally important is planning how to maintain and restore communications. While all communications networks are vulnerable to the greatest disasters, satellite communications networks are particularly robust and resilient. David Meltzer writes.

Vol. 581 – CIOs Want to Know – When Are We Done with IT Disaster Recovery?

October 16, 2019

“How much is good enough?” CIOs, and the boards of directors they report to, want to know when they can stop spending money to fix the gap between their customers’ expectations for recoverability and their ability to reasonably demonstrate they can recover. Damian Walch explains.

Vol. 580 – “How Will They Recover from This?” – When Resilience Means Survival

October 2, 2019

In light of the devastation left by Dorian, author Lyndon Bird offers some valuable insight on how to prepare for disasters. Testing is of utmost importance, as is spreading the risk, if there is strong centralization.

Vol. 579 – Prove Your Program’s Value: Create a Compelling Security Metrics Report

September 18, 2019

Metrics reports should educate readers, tell them something they need to know, inform them of something that will have an impact on their lives (business or otherwise). And don’t feel tied to traditional methods of reports, says this week’s author, Rachelle Loyear.