Sydney’s F3 Traffic Debacle has lessons for us in Business Continuity Management

This week, motorists were stranded for up to 9 hours on Sydney’s F3 Motorway due to a traffic incident.  Emergency plans to implement ‘contra-flow’ arrangements to get the traffic moving again were not implemented until many hours into this incident whilst people endured hours waiting in their cars with no water being distrubuted to them…

Sydney's F3 Traffic Debacle has lessons for us in Business Continuity Management

This week, motorists were stranded for up to 9 hours on Sydney’s F3 Motorway due to a traffic incident.  Emergency plans to implement ‘contra-flow’ arrangements to get the traffic moving again were not implemented until many hours into this incident whilst people endured hours waiting in their cars with no water being distrubuted to them…

Business Continuity Test Scenarios

Testing BC and DR planning is an essential component of any “healthy” continuity management program and as such, should be undertaken on a regular basis.  While this is generally “good practice,” organisations are often under internal and external compliance and governance pressures to complete additional and more complex or mature testing regimes. There is a…

7 Habits of Highly Effective Business Continuity

1. The Senior Executive actively supports Business Continuity The CEODirectorGeneral Manager that believes in and wants a functional Business Continuity program in place is a critical success factor. To have a senior Executive that is responsible for setting the priorities and vision for the organisation to stand behind BCP and communicate this to the staff is a powerful change…

Business Continuity Software Benefits

Many organisations utilise software to create, support, maintain, distribute and test their Business Continuity Plans and ensure business survival in any emergency. Regardless of size, most companies can benefit greatly from the use of Business Continuity software and many options exist for its implementation and plan maintenance strategies. Some of the direct benefits that Business…

Does your Business Continuity Plan rely on teleworking?

CSO Online article highlights the results from a recent Telework Exchange research report, finding organization’s expect staff to work from home in a pandemic but do not provide adequate resources for them to be able to do this. Full article at CSO Online http://www.csoonline.com/article/510552/Lack_of_Telework_Preparedness_Puts_Business_Continuity_in_Danger_ The teleworking provisions in your Business Continuity Plans must be included…

Choosing a Business Continuity Recovery Site

If an organization experiences a ‘denial of access’ or ‘loss of premises’ due to incidents such as extended power outage, flood or fire, an alternate location for critical business processes and staff needs to be established. An Alternate Site is the premises to which a business unit may transfer its operations in the event of…

Is an outdated business continuity plan worse than none at all?

This is a debatable point but possibly acting upon an outdated strategy will be time, money and energy misspent in recovering something that is incorrect or no longer needed. Change is inevitable … A plan can easily get out of date as staff turnover, new business units are created or decommissioned,  IT systems are changed,…