Monthly Archives: October 2013

Backup with Business Continuity in mind

Designing backup systems after assessing Business Continuity requirements results in better data protection and shorter business interruption This case Study Shows how adopting a “Business Continuity” approach to data backup improved the data protection regime for a small professional firm Business Continuity UK examined and re-organised the firm’s backup regime having first examined the Business…

Tip – Have a communications plan

OK, let’s assume for the moment that something bad has happened: e.g. the water supply has failed (as happened here in St Neots last week) and you have had to close your office, school or factory for the day. How will you let people know not to come to the site? Answer: you need a…

I’ve got the power. Have you?

Last night, much of Huntingdon area suffered a power cut due to a fault on a high voltage cable. Today, BT’s broadband network has failed yet again in the North East of England! These, and other such incidents, happen on an irregular basis but have the potential to severely disrupt any business that: is dependent…

Could GPS be the downfall of your business?

Does our increasing dependence on GPS expose our businesses to unnecessary risks? Does your Business Continuity Plan cover this risk? In a recent report, the Royal Academy of Engineering warned that the UK is becoming dangerously over-reliant on GPS satellite navigation. It goes on to recommend that businesses should have Contingency Plans for dealing with…

Tip – Don’t leave the door open

Fire doors and walls are there to protect you – make sure you keep them closed. What sort of door do I mean? A physical door as in for example a fire door? Or do I mean a virtual door like your Internet connection? Doors exist to block a hole. They block the hole for…

Hackers, volcanoes, and The Snowman – they’re all out to get you

Survey shows that small businesses need to take Business Continuity more seriously than they currently do The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) recently published its annual survey of disaster preparedness in the UK, and it doesn’t make good reading if you are a small business. Produced in association with AON, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), The…

Tip – concentrate on the critical bits

The objective of business continuity planning is to protect the critical activities in your organisation from unnecessary disruption. But what is a critical activity? Criticality, for the purposes of business continuity planning, is determined by the degree to which the organisation would suffer if that activity were to be disrupted. The impact on the organisation…

Do you need key person insurance?

This is the question asked in a post over “daily health care tips“. Keyman insurance (as it tends to be referred to over here in the UK) is a measure that can be adopted to mitigate the impact of one of the “People” related incidents I referred to in “People, Places and Processes – What…