Business Continuity Blog

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Welcome to PlanB's Business Continuity Blog.

Our Director Charlie MacLean-Bristol writes weekly updates from the business continuity world, covering recent news items or reflecting on his travels and experiences with clients. Charlie always address a topic from a BC perspective and you might be suprised how much of todays news relates to BC! Providing valuable insight, Charlie raises critical questions which will surely encourage you to reconsider your BC plans. Please enjoy our blogs - especially the ones listed under the category PlanB Funnies (featuring our Top 10 Best Hotels) and feel free to share on twitter - @planbconsulting.  

Our latest blogs are below:

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Harvey and Irma - What can we learn?

15 SEPTEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY JAN VAN HANEGEM

In the midst of hurricane season, Charlie advises business continuity professionals what they can learn from past hurricanes, in preparation for any future incidents. Oscar Wilde once said, “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” In the same way, to have one hurricane is bad, but to have one af...

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Cyber Incident Management Training - 10 Lessons Learned

11 SEPTEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY FIONA CARSWELL

This week Charlie looks at the lessons learned during our first Managing and Preparing for Cyber Incidents course. Yesterday, I ran Managing and Preparing for Cyber Incidents for the first time and I thought I would share ten lessons that were learned during the training. 1. When you have decisions to make that involve 2-3 different potential outcomes, it ...

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Business Continuity Learning - Where do you start?

01 SEPTEMBER 2017 | POSTED BY FIONA CARSWELL

Reflecting on the theme for this year's BCI Education Month, 'Discover Business Continuity & Resilience’, Charlie looks at how newcomers to the profession can learn from the experience of others and gain the knowledge to succeed in their role. Business continuity is not a profession you can learn out of a book. The BCI quite rightly descri...

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Free Training Courtesy of President Trump

18 AUGUST 2017 | POSTED BY FIONA CARSWELL

Following President Trump's response to the far-right rally in Charlottesville, Charlie looks at the lessons business continuity professionals can take from observing crises unravelling in the media. I have always said that some of the best education on business continuity and crisis management, apart from BC Training courses, can be found watching cris...

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'Fire and Fury' – What’s Next?

11 AUGUST 2017 | POSTED BY FIONA CARSWELL

This week Charlie looks at the North Korean stand-off, with nuclear confrontation seeming more real than ever, but still far from being certain. We have seen over the last few days, threats and counter threats between Donald Trump and North Korea. This situation is moving very fast so nobody knows how it will end. Will the situation escalate with threats an...

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What is a playbook and do you need one?

28 JULY 2017 | POSTED BY FIONA CARSWELL

As the use of 'playbooks' is becoming increasingly popular, Charlie provides his thoughts on how they can be effectively used within Business Continuity. On social media and in business continuity circles, I am seeing more and more reference to ‘playbooks’ so this week I would write my thoughts on them and leave it up to you to decide if...

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'Adaptive Business Continuity: A New Approach' by David Lindstedt and Mark

14 JULY 2017 | POSTED BY FIONA CARSWELL

Whilst Charlie was on holiday last week, he read a recently published book about Adaptive Business Continuity. In this bulletin, he presents his thoughts on the new methodology developed by David Lindstedt and Mark Armour. The poor BIA is getting a hard time at the moment, with a number of practitioners questioning its usefulness and there is some debate am...

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Revamping the Business Continuity Profession: A Response

07 JULY 2017 | POSTED BY FIONA CARSWELL

Recently, Charlie wrote a series of bulletins about the business continuity profession and the future it holds. Here, David Lindstedt and Mark Armour, developers of the Adaptive Business Continuity methodology, offer their response. David Lindstedt: Naturally, most folks starting to embrace Adaptive Business Continuity will agree that traditional business c...

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Tables Turned – Managing a Reputation Incident

30 JUNE 2017 | POSTED BY FIONA CARSWELL

This week Charlie discusses reputation management, in response to the negative reaction he received for his bulletin titled 'The Grenfell Fire Fallout...'. As a consultant, you spend your time telling others how to manage incidents, but you very rarely get a chance to actually manage one. My chance to manage a reputation incident came a couple of we...

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The Grenfell Fire Fallout...

19 JUNE 2017 | POSTED BY FIONA CARSWELL

This week Charlie shares some thoughts on how organisations should react if they are caught up, blamed, or implicated in causing a major incident. The full tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire is slowly unfolding and I am sure all readers of the bulletin join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected by the tragedy. I am sure the...

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