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10 Business Continuity Concepts Every Newbie Needs to Know

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2016 12:40:09 PM / by Melissa Tucker posted in Resilience, organizational resilience, cybersecurity, business continuity, building engagement, disaster recovery

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It doesn’t matter if you call it business continuity, organizational resilience, risk management, disaster recovery or continuity of operations, there are some important terms, every beginner needs to know to have a sustainable program.  Here is my take on some of these common BC terms.  Consider it a BC beginner’s cheat sheet!

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8 Corporate Incompetencies of Business Continuity Planning

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 4, 2016 11:30:00 AM / by Scott Ream posted in Resilience, organizational resilience, business continuity, building engagement, project planning, disaster recovery

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There are 8 Corporate Competencies that we have identified as essential to an optimal business continuity program (BCP). The first 7 address the key behaviors of the BC program. The 8th Corporate Competency, Program Content, addresses how your organization implements the 4 central disciplines of business continuity:

  1. Incident Management - Emergency & Crisis Management
  2. Security Management - Physical & Cyber Security
  3. Technology Recovery - IT Disaster Recovery + other critical asset recovery
  4. Business Continuity (BC) or Continuity of Operations


Each Corporate Competency categorizes a critical business/operational characteristic of an organization’s ability to create a sustainable business continuity program.

Let’s have a little fun & discuss them as 8 Corporate Incompetencies.  

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10 ways to ensure your business continuity project plan fails

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 23, 2016 2:00:00 PM / by Bob Farkas posted in organizational resilience, business continuity, building engagement, project planning

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The business continuity (BC) planning process can be a daunting challenge. Project planning can play an important role in keeping the process on track & help in your success in protecting your organization from unplanned events that can disrupt operations.  The goal is to identify the right information & determine a process to keep it current and accurate.  Key elements of a business continuity plan include:

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Camels, and Astronauts, and Resilience... Oh My!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 9, 2016 9:20:00 AM / by Debra Ream posted in Resilience, organizational resilience, business continuity, building engagement, disaster recovery, virtual planner

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You may have noticed we launched a new look and feel at Virtual Corporation, that we think better matches our philosophy and even lets us have a little fun. I thought I would explain our thought process on our new imagery and organizational resilience planning overall.

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3 Approaches to Build Engagement for Business Continuity Planning

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 2, 2016 9:16:37 AM / by Tony Gonzalez posted in organizational resilience, business continuity, building engagement

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Building engagement is a challenge for almost every organization when it comes to business continuity planning.  Sometimes it seems like it would be easier to do the whole plan alone, but we all know that in order to be effective,  the organizational resilience plan needs to have input from all parts of the organization. 

There are 3 approaches that risk managers and continuity managers consider when trying to build engagement.  They are fear, framework, reinforce and support. There are benefits to all, but which approach has the most lasting and productive impact for building enterprise engagement of your business continuity planning process?  Here are my thoughts on these 3 approaches.  You can decide which works best for your program.

  • Approach 1: Fear
  • Appraoch 2: Framework
  • Approach 3: Reinforce & Support
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Infographic: 5 ways to assure optimal outcomes from your resilience plan

[fa icon="calendar'] May 12, 2016 7:12:14 AM / by Patty Christiansen posted in organizational resilience, business continuity, building engagement, disaster recovery

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Are you getting optimal outcomes for your organizational resilience & business continuity plans?  Do you even have a way to measure this?  Don't worry, we have a short infographic that can show you the 5 things you need to consider when managing a disaster recovery & organizational resilience program.

This infographic demonstrates these 5 critical components:

  1. Design for repeatability
  2. Anticipate change
  3. The roles in the enterprise
  4. Build engagement
  5. Analytics
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