Business Continuity Management: Global Best Practices, Edition 4

Rothstein Publishing
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At this critical point in your Business Continuity Management studies and research, you need one definitive, comprehensive professional textbook that will take you to the next step. In his 4th edition of Business Continuity Management: Global Best Practices, Andrew Hiles gives you a wealth of real-world analysis and advice – based on international standards and grounded in best practices -- a textbook for today, a reference for your entire career. With so much to learn in this changing profession, you don't want to risk missing out on something you’ll need later.

Does one of these describe you?

  • Preparing for a Business Continuity Management career, needing step-by-step guidelines,
  • Working in BCM, looking to deepen knowledge and stay current -- and create, update, or test a Business Continuity Plan.
  • Managing in BCM, finance, facilities, emergency preparedness or other field, seeking to know as much as much as possible to make the decisions to keep the company going in the face of a business interruption.

Hiles has designed the book for readers on three distinct levels: Initiate, Foundation, and Practitioner. Each chapter ends with an Action Plan, pinpointing the primary message of the chapter and a Business Continuity Road Map, outlining the actions for the reader at that level.

NEW in the 4th Edition:

  • Supply chain risk -- extensive chapter with valuable advice on contracting.
  • Standards -- timely information and analysis of global/country-specific standards, with detailed appendices on ISO 22301/22313 and NFPA 1600.
  • New technologies and their impact – mobile computing, cloud computing, bring your own device, Internet of things, and more.
  • Case studies – vivid examples of crises and disruptions and responses to them.
  • Horizon scanning of new risks – and a hint of the future of BCM.
  • Professional certification and training – explores issues so important to your career.
  • Proven techniques to win consensus on BC strategy and planning.
  • BCP testing – advice and suggestions on conducting a successful exercise or test of your plan
  • To assist with learning -- chapter learning objectives, case studies, real-life examples, self-examination and discussion questions, forms, checklists, charts and graphs, glossary, and index.

Downloadable resources and tools – hundreds of pages, including project plans, risk analysis forms, BIA spreadsheets, BC plan formats, and more.

Instructional Materials -- valuable classroom tools, including Instructor’s Manual, Test Bank, and slides -- available for use by approved adopters in college courses and professional development training.

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About the author

Andrew Hiles, Hon FBCI, EIoSCM, has traveled to 60+ countries during 35 years, consulting to major private and government organizations and training the next generation of Business Continuity (BC) practitioners.
A graduate of Manchester University, UK, Hiles is a founding director of Kingswell International Limited, a global consulting firm specializing in Risk, Crisis, and BC Management. He has worked with numerous blue chip organizations, including inter-governmental, governmental, defense, aerospace, hi-tech, banking, insurance, oil, gas, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and retail sectors.
In 1997, Hiles was presented with the Western Press Award for services to business; in 1999 he was nominated for Lifetime Achievement at the first Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Awards ceremony in the UK.
As founding director and first fellow of BCI, Hiles is widely recognized as a pioneer in expanding and advancing BC as a global business discipline:
"Andrew was instrumental in the formation of the Business Continuity Institute and is certainly one of our most celebrated members. In recent years his writings have given great leadership to our profession and even convinced many students to think of BCM as a valuable and credible long- term career option."
--Lyndon Bird, FBCI, Technical Director, The Business Continuity Institute
"At many of the pivotal points of our profession's evolution, somehow Andrew Hiles is right there or very close by. From the beginning he's been at the leading edge, helping to direct and shape our profession into a growing and globally accepted business discipline."
--Phillip Jan Rothstein, FBCI, Publisher and Management Consultant Rothstein Associates Inc.

In 2004, Hiles was inducted into the Business Continuity Hall of Fame by CPM (Contingency Planning and Management) Magazine in Washington, DC, for demonstrating consistent high standards over time and global reach. Among his accomplishments, Andrew:
Founded Survive, the first international user group for BC professionals.
Was founding director and first Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), as Member #1; and chaired the certification committee, steering the group from ownership by the user group into ownership by its members as an independent, international professional body. He is now an Honary Fellow.
Was founding chairman of European Information Market (EURIM), the UK all-party working group supporting the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group.
Served on numerous security- and continuity-related working groups, including the early days of BS 7799, which evolved into ISO 27001 International IT Security Standard.
Pioneered international training in enterprise risk management, BC, and availability management in over 60 countries, providing courses in: North America, for the 330,000 members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; UK, for the Office of Government Commerce (the UK Cabinet's provider of advisory services to the public sector) and the Loss Prevention Council; North and South America; Russia; Eastern, Central, and Western Europe; China; the Indian sub-continent; Australasia and the Pacific Rim; the Middle East; and Africa.

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Rothstein Publishing
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Sep 30, 2014
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443
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9781931332835
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English
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Business & Economics / Business Communication / General
Business & Economics / General
Business & Economics / Insurance / Risk Assessment & Management
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Are you are a Business Continuity Manager or training for the job? Are you ready to keep the business up and running in the face of emergencies ranging from earthquakes to accidents to fires to computer crashes? In this second edition of Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques, Jim Burtles explains six main scenarios. He promises: “If you and your organization are prepared to deal with these six generic risks, you will be able to recover from any business disaster.”

Using his decades of experience, Burtles speaks to you directly and personally, walking you through handling any contingency. He tells you how to bring people together to win executive support, create a Business Continuity Plan, organize response teams, and recover from the disruption. His simple, step-by-step actions and real-world examples give you the confidence to get the job done.

To help you along, each chapter of Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques starts with learning objectives and ends with a multiple-choice self-examination covering the main points. Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter help you to apply the materials from the chapter to your own experience. In addition, you will find a glossary of the key terms currently in use in the industry and a full index. For further in-depth study, you may download the Business Continuity Toolkit, a wealth of special online material prepared for you by Jim Burtles.

The book is organized around the phases of planning for and achieving resiliency in an organization:

 Part I: Preparation and Startup

Part II: Building a Foundation

Part III: Responding and Recovering

Part IV: Planning and Implementing

Part V: Long-term Continuity

Are you a professor or a leader of seminars or workshops? On course adoption of Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques, you will have access to an Instructor’s Manual, Test Bank, and a full set of PowerPoint slides.
Julia Graham and David Kaye, two globally recognized risk management experts with experience in 50 countries, were among the first to recognize the interrelationship of Risk Management and Business Continuity and demonstrate how to integrate them with Corporate Governance enterprise-wide. They focus on all the factors that must be considered when developing a comprehensive Business Continuity Plan, especially for multi-location or multinational companies. Endorsed by The Business Continuity Institute, Institute for Risk Management, and Disaster Recovery Institute International, the book includes: • Chapter objectives, summaries and bibliographies; charts, sample forms, checklists throughout. • Plentiful case studies, in boxed text, sourced globally in the UK, US, Europe, Australia, Asia, etc. • Boxed inserts summarizing key concepts. • Glossy of 150 risk management and business continuity terms. • Wide range of challenges, including supply chain disruptions, media and brand attack, product contamination and product recall, bomb threats, chemical and biological threats, etc. • Instructions for designing/executing team exercises with role playing to rehearse scenarios. • Guidance on how to develop a business continuity plan, including a Business Impact Analysis. Downloadable Instructor Materials are available for college and professional developement use, including PowerPoint slides and syllabus for 12-week course with lecture outlines/notes, quizzes, reading assignments, discussion topics, projects "Provides clear guidance, supported with a wide range of memorable and highly relevant case studies, for any risk or business continuity manager to successfully meet the challenges of today and the future." --Steven Mellish, Chairman, The Business Continuity Institute
Have you begun to question traditional best practices in business continuity (BC)? Do you seem to be concentrating on documentation rather than preparedness? Compliance rather than recoverability? Do your efforts provide true business value? If you have these concerns, David Lindstedt and Mark Armour offer a solution in Adaptive Business Continuity: A New Approach. This ground-breaking new book provides a streamlined, realistic methodology to change BC dramatically.

After years of working with the traditional practices of business continuity (BC) – in project management, higher education, contingency planning, and disaster recovery – David Lindstedt and Mark Armour identified unworkable areas in many core practices of traditional BC. To address these issues, they created nine Adaptive BC principles, the foundation of this book:

Deliver continuous value. Document only for mnemonics. Engage at many levels within the organization. Exercise for improvement, not for testing. Learn the business. Measure and benchmark. Obtain incremental direction from leadership. Omit the risk assessment and business impact analysis. Prepare for effects, not causes.

Adaptive Business Continuity: A New Approach uses the analogy of rebuilding a house. After the initial design, the first step is to identify and remove all the things not needed in the new house. Thus, the first chapter is “Demolition” – not to get rid of the entire BC enterprise, but to remove certain BC activities and products to provide the space to install something new. The stages continue through foundation, framework, and finishing. Finally, the last chapter is “Dwelling,” permitting you a glimpse of what it might be like to live in this new home that has been created.

Through a wealth of examples, diagrams, and real-world case studies, Lindstedt and Armour show you how you can execute the Adaptive BC framework in your own organization. You will:

Recognize specific practices in traditional BC that may be problematic, outdated, or ineffective. Identify specific activities that you may wish to eliminate from your practice. Learn the capability and constraint model of recoverability. Understand how Adaptive BC can be effective in organizations with vastly different cultures and program maturity levels. See how to take the steps to implement Adaptive BC in your own organization. Think through some typical challenges and opportunities that may arise as you implement an Adaptive BC approach.
You designed your Business Continuity Plan to keep your business in business regardless of the forces of man and nature. But how do you know that the plan really works? Few companies can afford the recommended full-scale exercises several times a year. In The Manager’s Guide to Business Continuity Exercises, Jim Burtles, an internationally known expert, details the options for conducting a range of tests and exercises to keep your plan effective and up to date.

Your challenge is to maintain a good and effective plan in the face of changing circumstances and limited budgets. If your situation is like that in most companies, you really cannot depend on the results of last year’s test or exercise of the plan. People tend to forget, lose confidence, lose interest, or even be replaced by other people who were not involved in your original planning. Jim Burtles explains:

“You cannot have any real confidence in your plans and procedures until they have been fully tested...Exercises are the only way we can be sure that the people will be able to interpret the plans and procedures correctly within the requisite timeframe under difficult circumstances.”

As you do your job in this constantly shifting context, Jim Burtles helps you to: • Differentiate between an “exercise” and a “test” – and see the value of each in your BC program. • Understand the different types of plans and identify the people who need to be involved in exercises and tests for each. • Use the “Five-Stage Growth Path” – from desktop to walkthrough to full-scale exercise -- to conduct gradual testing, educate personnel, foster capability, and build confidence. • Create a variety of unusual scenario plot-lines that will keep up everyone’s interest. • Identify the eight main elements in developing and delivering a successful BC exercise. • Select and prepare a “delivery team” and a “response team” for your exercise. • Make sure everyone understands the “rules of engagement.” • Use the lessons learned from exercises and tests to audit, update, and maintain the plan.

You are well aware that a host of problems may crop up in any kind of company-wide project. These problems can range from basic logistics like time and place, to non-support from executives and managers, to absenteeism, to the weather, to participants forgetting their lines. Throughout the book, Burtles uses his decades of experience working with companies like yours to give you useful examples, case studies, and down-to-earth advice to help you handle the unexpected and work toward the results you are looking for.

When faced with a ’human error’ problem, you may be tempted to ask 'Why didn’t these people watch out better?' Or, 'How can I get my people more engaged in safety?' You might think you can solve your safety problems by telling your people to be more careful, by reprimanding the miscreants, by issuing a new rule or procedure and demanding compliance. These are all expressions of 'The Bad Apple Theory' where you believe your system is basically safe if it were not for those few unreliable people in it. Building on its successful predecessors, the third edition of The Field Guide to Understanding ’Human Error’ will help you understand a new way of dealing with a perceived 'human error' problem in your organization. It will help you trace how your organization juggles inherent trade-offs between safety and other pressures and expectations, suggesting that you are not the custodian of an already safe system. It will encourage you to start looking more closely at the performance that others may still call 'human error', allowing you to discover how your people create safety through practice, at all levels of your organization, mostly successfully, under the pressure of resource constraints and multiple conflicting goals. The Field Guide to Understanding 'Human Error' will help you understand how to move beyond 'human error'; how to understand accidents; how to do better investigations; how to understand and improve your safety work. You will be invited to think creatively and differently about the safety issues you and your organization face. In each, you will find possibilities for a new language, for different concepts, and for new leverage points to influence your own thinking and practice, as well as that of your colleagues and organization. If you are faced with a ’human error’ problem, abandon the fallacy of a quick fix. Read this book.
With a pedigree going back over ten years, The Definitive Handbook of Business Continuity Management can rightly claim to be a classic guide to business risk management and contingency planning, with a style that makes it accessible to all business managers. Some of the original underlying principles remain the same – but much has changed. This is reflected in this radically updated third edition, with exciting and helpful new content from new and innovative contributors and new case studies bringing the book right up to the minute.

This book combines over 500 years of experience from leading Business Continuity experts of many countries. It is presented in an easy-to-follow format, explaining in detail the core BC activities incorporated in BS 25999, Business Continuity Guidelines, BS 25777 IT Disaster Recovery and other standards and in the body of knowledge common to the key business continuity institutes.

Contributors from America, Asia Pacific, Europe, China, India and the Middle East provide a truly global perspective, bringing their own insights and approaches to the subject, sharing best practice from the four corners of the world.

We explore and summarize the latest legislation, guidelines and standards impacting BC planning and management and explain their impact.

The structured format, with many revealing case studies, examples and checklists, provides a clear roadmap, simplifying and de-mystifying business continuity processes for those new to its disciplines and providing a benchmark of current best practice for those more experienced practitioners.

This book makes a massive contribution to the knowledge base of BC and risk management. It is essential reading for all business continuity, risk managers and auditors: none should be without it.

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