Business Continuity Trends

Small Businesses Neglect IT Disaster Recovery Planning

Business Crisis Management

The majority of small businesses, the ones most vulnerable to devastating outcomes in the event of an unplanned disruption, continue to ignore IT disaster recovery planning. Unfortunately, they do so at their own peril. As we witnessed with Superstorm Sandy, the “longer a business goes without getting back on their feet, the more likely it is that they will never get back on their feet,” said Michael Mullin, president of Integrated Business Systems. In the past, business continuity solutions were only within reach of businesses with hefty budgets; however, cloud computing has now made...
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Business Continuity Lessons from the Tianjin Port Explosion

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Each time that we hear of a catastrophic event such as the Tianjin Port explosion in China this past August, it brings urgency and focus to business leaders and continuity professionals to verify that their organizations are prepared to withstand an unplanned business disruption. With the results of our Readiness Survey as a starting point, you can review where you are and where you need to go to be as prepared as possible if you find yourself dealing with a scenario as challenging at the Tianjin Port explosion. Let’s take...
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BYOD Policies for Business Continuity Plan

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When an unexpected disaster strikes, it is important to have a business continuity plan in place. A continuity plan will allow business to quickly return to normal operations following a natural disaster, power outage, or other type of catastrophe. While creating a perfect continuity plan is difficult, it is also extremely beneficial. Technology advancements in the last few years have changed the way we work. Employees are likely to be using their personal smartphones, tablets, or laptops for business at any point in time. It is the responsibility of management to make smart...
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Are Employees Part of Your Business Continuity Plan?

Business Continuity for Employees

Most businesses have at least thought about how they will continue regular operations after experiencing a business disruption even if they do not have a fully developed business continuity plan in place. Management may have considered IT system stability, facilities availability, manufacturing—the “how and where” of regular operations—but the “who” is often overlooked. Your employees are your company’s most critical resource and they need to be an integral part of your business continuity management to ensure your business recovers as quickly as possible from a disruptive event. Let’s take a look...
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Reputation Management in Professional Sports

Reputation Management in Professional Sports

How would you like to be in charge of the world of reputation management in professional sports?  While it may sound glamorous on the surface, there is a lot more to a sports team’s reputation than wins and losses. How the players act on and off the field gets a huge amount of press, and when accusations of cheating (think Deflategate or the recent St. Louis Cardinals hack of the Astros player database) make the front pages, the job of sports reputation management seems a lot less appealing. Business continuity...
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The Hospital Safety Score: An Incident Management Approach to Hospital Safety


The stats are unsettling. As many as 440,000 people die every year from preventable errors in hospitals. One in 25 patients acquire an infection in the hospital. That’s one of the reasons The Leapfrog Group has established the Hospital Safety Score, a bi-annual assessment of hospital safety that gives consumers an apples-to-apples way of comparing facilities and hospital administrators a framework for improvement. The national nonprofit group’s incident management approach to hospital safety results in a common language to identify issues and to track improvement. What is the Hospital Safety...
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Climate Change Drives Up Insurance Claims and Need for Continuity Plans

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Since there is a direct causal relationship between severe weather events and an increase in property and casualty insurance claims, the insurance industry keeps a close eye on the science of climate change. With the combination of high-value property and an increase in severe weather events, studies done by risk management firm Munich RE estimate that North American weather-related losses have quadrupled since 1980 causing more than $500 billion in covered losses between then and 2011. With weather-related losses growing at such an amazing clip, the need for businesses to...
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Webinar Replay: Best-in-Class Crisis Preparation

Jason Zimmerman, MissionMode Customer Experience

Best-in-Class Crisis Preparation: Maximize Readiness with the Four T’s If you missed our April 8th webinar with DRJ, don’t fret.  You can still catch the replay. In this webinar, Jason Zimmerman takes an in-depth look at common pitfalls as well as solutions to improve business continuity program effectiveness that any company can implement. He shares results from MissionMode’s Readiness Survey and experience gained working with MissionMode clients including Gap, Inc., Xcel Energy and others to illustrate how the right combination of teamwork, templates, testing and tools helps organizations enhance their...
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MissionMode Benchmarking Survey Spotlights Opportunities

Benchmarking Survey Results - MissionMode

MissionMode launched our Benchmarking Survey in September 2014 to help companies rate themselves on a number of business continuity key success factors and determine their overall Readiness Number.  The Readiness Survey is just one component of our Customer Readiness Commitment aimed at helping our clients improve the maturity of their business continuity programs. Preliminary results are now in — hundreds of organizations have taken our survey and the average readiness index is just 58! Overall Readiness The survey covers a wide variety of BCM program success factors, including: Team composition and executive support...
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PwC Survey: Directors and Investors Aligned Over Risk Management

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When it comes to priorities in the boardroom, investors and directors don’t always agree on everything. The degree to how much the viewpoints of public company directors and investors vary is precisely what PwC set out to uncover when they completed their annual corporate directors and investors surveys. It’s probably no surprise to operations emergency preparedness leaders that when the results were collected, overall risk management was very important to both groups. Risk Management is a Top Priority for Directors and Investors According to the survey, directors and investors agree that risk management...
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