Tag Archive: exercising the plan

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…

Exercise your plans to ensure they work or they may not on the day

If you haven’t tested your Disaster Recovery Plan, you probably don’t have a plan! I’m back on a regular theme throughout this blog: the need to test your Business Continuity Plans and Disaster Recovery Plans. Summary Plans can look fantastic on paper: they cover all the bases; ensure required Recovery Time Objectives are achieved; and…

Why you practice evacuating your building

If you don’t practice your Business Continuity Plan, how do you know it will work for real? One of the few statutory Emergency Response Plans that an employer must have is a Fire Evacuation Plan. This plan details: how to alert staff to the existence of a fire; how staff should react and leave the…

Understand why you practice evacuating your building

If you don’t practice your plan, how do you know it will work for real? One of the few statutory Emergency Response Plans that an employer must have is a Fire Evacuation Plan.  This plan details: how to alert staff to the existence of a fire; how staff should react and leave the building; where…

Don’t forget to review your Business Continuity Plans

Processes change over time: make sure your plans adapt to that change The incident that affected my website last week brought into focus the need to keep Business Continuity Plans up to date with changes in the business. Over the past few months, I have been changing the way my website runs. The main change…

Know you can survive without power

Knowing where the controls for your utilities are could save the day, but make sure you can continue without power. We are always told to familiarise ourselves with where the gas and water taps are in our own houses. Do you know where the utility control points are in your building? Could you turn off…

Tip – Test your Business Continuity Plans regularly

Until you practice, or exercise, your Business Continuity Plan; you cannot know whether you have covered all the bases. I’m sure everybody has heard the quote attributed to Gary Player: “The more I practice, the luckier I get”. The converse of this is “If you don’t practice, how can you expect to succeed” and the…

How do I introduce Business Continuity Planning into my business?

Introducing the concepts and practices of business continuity planning needn’t be a massive undertaking. All you need to do is follow a structured process and proceed at your own pace. I have prepared a simple 10-step process that will guide you, but the key is to understand why it is important and to appreciate the…

No comms? No problem. How about you?

When was the last time you tested your business continuity plan(s)? I am writing this on my laptop and connected to my website via my 3G modem. I mention this because currently my office has no communications, voice or data, because BT has disconnected the lines to fix a fault that has been present on…

Test the plan before the fight starts

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder famously said that “No Battle Plan Survives First Contact With the Enemy“. Whilst business continuity should not be a battle, the point is that plans often need to be revised after being put into action. As it is not a good idea to have to do this during a real…

Tag Archive: exercising the plan

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…

Exercise your plans to ensure they work or they may not on the day

If you haven’t tested your Disaster Recovery Plan, you probably don’t have a plan! I’m back on a regular theme throughout this blog: the need to test your Business Continuity Plans and Disaster Recovery Plans. Summary Plans can look fantastic on paper: they cover all the bases; ensure required Recovery Time Objectives are achieved; and…

Why you practice evacuating your building

If you don’t practice your Business Continuity Plan, how do you know it will work for real? One of the few statutory Emergency Response Plans that an employer must have is a Fire Evacuation Plan. This plan details: how to alert staff to the existence of a fire; how staff should react and leave the…

Understand why you practice evacuating your building

If you don’t practice your plan, how do you know it will work for real? One of the few statutory Emergency Response Plans that an employer must have is a Fire Evacuation Plan.  This plan details: how to alert staff to the existence of a fire; how staff should react and leave the building; where…

Don’t forget to review your Business Continuity Plans

Processes change over time: make sure your plans adapt to that change The incident that affected my website last week brought into focus the need to keep Business Continuity Plans up to date with changes in the business. Over the past few months, I have been changing the way my website runs. The main change…

Know you can survive without power

Knowing where the controls for your utilities are could save the day, but make sure you can continue without power. We are always told to familiarise ourselves with where the gas and water taps are in our own houses. Do you know where the utility control points are in your building? Could you turn off…

Tip – Test your Business Continuity Plans regularly

Until you practice, or exercise, your Business Continuity Plan; you cannot know whether you have covered all the bases. I’m sure everybody has heard the quote attributed to Gary Player: “The more I practice, the luckier I get”. The converse of this is “If you don’t practice, how can you expect to succeed” and the…

How do I introduce Business Continuity Planning into my business?

Introducing the concepts and practices of business continuity planning needn’t be a massive undertaking. All you need to do is follow a structured process and proceed at your own pace. I have prepared a simple 10-step process that will guide you, but the key is to understand why it is important and to appreciate the…

No comms? No problem. How about you?

When was the last time you tested your business continuity plan(s)? I am writing this on my laptop and connected to my website via my 3G modem. I mention this because currently my office has no communications, voice or data, because BT has disconnected the lines to fix a fault that has been present on…

Test the plan before the fight starts

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder famously said that “No Battle Plan Survives First Contact With the Enemy“. Whilst business continuity should not be a battle, the point is that plans often need to be revised after being put into action. As it is not a good idea to have to do this during a real…