Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is the annual global educational event designed for people to learn more about business continuity, whilst raising awareness and enhancing the ability of all types of organisation to plan for the unexpected and better manage their risks and protect their assets.
This year, Business Continuity Awareness Week will be held during 16-20 March 2015 and the theme for the week is ‘testing and exercising business continuity plans’.
Organisations understand the importance having Business Continuity Management (BCM) plans in place, so that in the event of a disruption to their business, they will be able to resume to ‘business as usual’ as quickly as possible in the event of an incident, from loss of IT, people or telecommunications right through to a terrorist activity, extreme weather or a pandemic. But according to a UK study by Databarracks, less than a third of respondents to a survey stated that they had tested their plans during the previous twelve months.
If you don’t test your BCM plans, how will you know that when you put it into action for real, that they will work? By putting your plans through the same test it might have in a real lift situation, can help you find out where any failures are and you can aid you to make the necessary changes that will make it effective when it does matter.
To celebrate BCAW, we have created a guide which provides information about the ISO 22301 – the Business Continuity Management systems standard, including exercising, maintaining and reviewing your BCM plans. Whilst our video focuses on our Technical experts sharing their knowledge, experience and practical insight into exercising and testing BCM plans.