The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) was established in 1994 to enable individual members to obtain guidance and support from fellow business continuity practitioners. The BCI currently has over 7,000 members in more than 100 countries.
BCI webinar: A critical need for supply chain resilienceJohn DiMaria AMBCI (ISO Product Manager for BSI Americas)In today’s economy, companies need to be highly focused on managing costs. Strategies involving far-flung suppliers with single-source, just-in-time contracts and outsourced manufacturing and assembly agreements are aimed at reducing costs and boosting the bottom line. This type of procurement strategy may increase profit margins, but it also significantly raises the risk and potential impact of an unexpected disruption in the supply chain. This is particularly true when little is known about key and critical suppliers and their business continuity plans.
The most recent port slowdown in the US had global ramifications. Eight months of failed labor talks with longshore workers have brought West Coast port congestion to a breaking point.
It is no wonder that the results from the most recent BCI/BSI Horizon Scan report showed that Supply chain disruption has risen by 11 places from 16th last year. As a global economy with so many interrelated processes, it is imperative that we evaluate and address third party risk with the utmost urgency in order to find a way to mitigate and manage them.
Approaches to addressing risk can vary greatly with what types of risk are considered acceptable along with the methods chosen to mitigate and minimize potential impacts. Assessing critical suppliers as well as those downstream Tier 2 and Tier 3 providers is a critical part of doing business in a globalized marketplace. Objective evidence of compliance, such as certification to international business continuity standards like ISO 22301, as well as updating supplier information on a regular basis is quickly becoming part of the initial screening process for choosing suppliers and maintaining a level of confidence and transparency.
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With over half of companies not feeling well enough prepared for an IT disaster according to recent research, Ian Daly of Plan B Disaster Recovery will be sharing his best practices on how to build a DR solution you can trust. In this webinar we’ll cover:
- What counts as an IT disaster?
- What are the common causes?
- How can you better prepare for an IT disaster?
- Testing – what should you be testing and how often?
- What level of reliability should you be striving to achieve?
- How to maintain trust in your disaster recovery solution
James McAlister has been developing and facilitating exercises for over 30 years. He was the lead author for the BCI Good Practice Guidelines 2013 Chapter 06: Validation, which focuses on exercising. The webinar will introduce an exercise model and simple techniques to enable participants to conduct their own effective exercises.
With business continuity planning covering everything from natural disasters to building infrastructure, resilient businesses will have thoroughly tested IT backup in place for their critical applications, such as failover connectivity and secondary datacentres.
But what happens if the resilience of the underlying IT is untested? Trends such as BYOD, Cloud and Mobility are creating new challenges for IT, particularly with maturing technology, where the risk to information security and business continuity could be high. New applications that have been integrated into existing systems can expose multiple points of failure as data is transferred in different formats between different systems.
In this webinar, Lucas and Mark will be discussing how to ensure that in today’s interconnected business, all unforeseen IT eventualities are mitigated before the crucial BCP test. Here’s how:
- Establish a strong Quality Assurance process that drives consistency across your organisation
- Regularly assess the overall quality of your IT systems to highlight any risks and potential points of failure
- Ensure that IT is central to all decisions involving the adoption of new technology across the organisation
This session is essential for not only understanding the practicalities of safeguarding the resiliency of your IT but also how to develop underlying controls to prevent new ways of working spiralling into business continuity failure.
This webinar is based on actual experiences gained in conducting BCM tests under varying conditions and environments, including ICT as well as Business and Incident Management testing across a number of industrial sectors. During the webinar We will be discussing the lessons learnt from some of the following topics relating to recent tests:
- The challenges of Testing in Africa
- Relocation testing, announced and unannounced
- Barriers to effective relocation
- Environmental, political and geographic obstacles
- Expectations and Cynicism
- Social media
- Component testing, integrating both technical and business challenges
- The Crisis Management Simulation
- Real time Scenario based testing – pros and cons
- Lessons, a snapshot
Representative IT DR testing is essential to demonstrate that the capability will meet the businesses recovery requirements and justify the investment in the ITDR. However the challenges with ITDR testing and shortfalls within the underlying programme often leads to tests that prove little, give the organisation a false sense of security, deny any opportunity to improve the capability and ultimately put the organisation at risk.
In this Webinar we will explore the challenges associated with ITDR testing, how to overcome them and the pointers to the issues in the underlying programme.
Tous les professionnels rêvent que les participants aient hâte au prochain exercice sur table lorsqu’ils reçoivent l’invitation. Ce webinaire fournira des trucs sur comment rendre les exercices sur table dynamiques avec des exemples concrets tout en permettant de rencontrer les objectifs fixés.
Given the rising concern for Supply Chain incidents amongst Business Continuity professionals (up 11 places to 5th in BCI Horizon Scan Research Report 2015), we will look at considerations for those businesses managing complex supply chains and a best practice approach for mitigating the associated risks.
This session will focus on sharing some of our thoughts on crisis simulations methodology that creates a lasting value that goes beyond a simple 'fire drill' focusing only on the short term crisis. The foundation to our approach is preparation: the efforts an organisation puts into planning and customizing its crisis simulation approach can pay off many times over when a real crisis strikes- in personal preparedness, process improvement, team coherence, and raw confidence. We will explore what those are in more detail and their benefits of taking such an approach.
Regular and representative testing is the only sure-fire way of confirming that you have the capability, people, and processes in place to respond to unplanned events - whether they be positive, such as a sudden increase in demand for your products, or negative, such as a fire in your Head Office. However, at IBM we believe that Resilience should be designed in from the start; not just in IT systems but across the entire seven layer model of all Enterprises - from the Business Strategy, through the Organisational structure, within the Applications that support Business processes, through infrastructure and into the underlying building fabric of office and data centres.
Dr Martin Jowett and Dr Peter Newport MCBI will outline the important aspects all Enterprises should be adopting to prepare themselves for today's modern Business demands as the need to be 'always on' becomes a reality.
Getting, and keeping, Executive engagement for exercises is often the most 'testing time' for the BC practitioner. During his 20 years designing, running and observing Executive BC and Crisis Management exercises Ken Simpson has seen (and made) many mistakes. This session will share 5 of the more common mistakes observed and some learnings to help you avoid make the same mistakes.