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Monday, 22 April 2013

Business Continuity Management

Our winter has been the coldest (or 2nd coldest, depending on which set of statistics you view) however, it has been a very testing time for businesses.  Heavy snow has meant that staff could not get into work and deliveries could not be made.  The end result has been that businesses are reviewing their business continuity plans.  Most have a BCP in place, but extended periods of snow were not always included.  

The revised plans should include actions to be taken when access to workplaces is impossible and of course dealing with problems associated with staff where they have managed to get to work but then cannot leave.

Some businesses are considering putting in food stores of tins and other long life stores as well as bottled water and toilet rolls etc. 

In addition, stocks of rock salt will be topped up to ensure pathways are kept clear.

Businesses in areas that were subject to power outages which lasted for several days are looking at generators and other emergency power options as well as bottled gas for heating.

2012/2013 winter may be a one off and we may not see another winter like that for another fifty years but then again we may have one next year. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Remember BCM (Business Continuity Management) is part of ISO27001 (Information Security Management) due to be reissued as ISO27001:2013 later this year.

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