When it comes to common web attacks, there are a lot of nasties out there. And even though we know they’re out there, it can be difficult to quantify something we can’t see. But when these “nasties” turn into something that’s tangible, well, it’s usually too late. Your system, your security, and your business’ livelihood is already at risk. And these days, if you’re not prepared, the effects can be devastating.
The 2016 BCI Australasia Summit is taking place next week in Sydney, beginning on Wednesday 4 May. This year, the focus is on “the individual” – how each and every Business Continuity and Resilience professional can successfully and confidently stand up against the challenging environment they operate in.
We're now just days away from the new Health and Safety at Work Act coming into play on 4 April. Like most new legislation, it takes time for people to absorb what the changes mean to their businesses and to develop and implement new processes and plans that will ensure they conform to legislation.
Topics: Health and Safety
As we (hopefully) near the end of the busy period for emergency services across New Zealand and Australia, it’s a great time to upgrade to the latest version of WebEOC.
Simply put, WebEOC v8 is the largest release ever - it's not simply another version, it's an entirely new WebEOC.
The time has gone when a “compliant” business continuity plan is sufficient evidence of an organisation’s ability to prevent and prepare for downtime and disasters. Research by Sungard Availability Services shows that 75% of such plans aren’t used at the time of a disruption or during a test. This is not surprising. Compliant plans developed to “tick a box” are not likely to be trusted, when trust is what you need most.
On Thursday 15 October at 9.15 am NZT, more than 1 million kiwis will be participating in the New Zealand ShakeOut (#ShakeOut) by “dropping, covering and holding” for one minute.
I suspect that this event will be a trigger for a lot of businesses to review their business continuity plans. If you’re one of them and find, to your dismay, that your plans lack currency, accuracy, completeness and accessibility, perhaps it’s time to look at a modern approach to business continuity management.
Here are three reasons why you might like to shake things up:
It’s a data driven world and when you discover that the data you rely on to make decisions is wrong, what happens? You stop trusting the data, and in the case of business continuity management, you stop trusting the plans - and if you, your colleagues and your stakeholders don’t trust your plans, they are unlikely to be used when a disruption occurs. Ergo, your plans are only as good as the data they contain.
What is a CEO responsible for? According to Stever Robbins, everything. But ultimately, the success and failure of the company. But while the CEO has this very important role it doesn’t mean that he or she has to do everything. Robbins suggests that the CEO’s core duties are setting strategy and vision, building culture, team building and capital allocation – setting the budgets and managing the company’s capital.
Underlying these core duties is the responsibility to protect the things that are most important to the success of the business: in most cases this will be the safety of its people, the organisation’s reputation and its ability to produce products and provide services. External and internal events have the potential to cause harm to people, reputation and products at the same time. It’s critical for a CEO to build a culture that is supported by the best resilience and incident management structures.
I do love a good Before and After story
There are those that make me laugh out loud, such as the Sky TV ad with Sarah, the rustic French décor loving, Soho Channel watching wife who ruins her husband’s enjoyment for watching All Blacks games on TV – until he gets his wish that she be “more into sport” and Sarah’s sports fanaticism is unleashed.
Some inspire me. Formerly sedentary people who train hard and become marathon runners. Cancer survivors who team up and take on dragon boat racing. Then, there are the everyday heroes; the people who are bystanders, just doing their thing one moment and saving a stranger’s life the next. Some just give me a warm, fuzzy feeling like the plethora of home decorating shows that make me want to plump my cushions.
In an environment where there is little or no tolerance for business interruption, our leaders need to know that they have business continuity and disaster recovery plans that are immediately actionable at the time of an event. And by actionable, I mean: they are current, accurate and comprehensive; they have been tested and they have passed. Put your hand up if your business is in this state of readiness. I’m guessing there’s not many hands raised at the moment.