An exercise in complacency?
For organisations that have survived the trials and tribulations of maintaining the continuity of their critical activities in recent months, there may be a tendency to think that business continuity exercising can be shelved for the foreseeable future. After all, we’ve effectively just been through a major exercise, haven’t we?
Well, yes we have, but that line of thinking is missing the point somewhat.
As mentioned in a previous tip, ‘Return journey’, although we’ve responded to one specific event, our other business continuity risks are still out there. Indeed, some of them, such as information security or cyber-related incidents, loss of key people or supply chain risks, may well have increased, and our ability to respond effectively to these and other threats may be more challenging in the current environment.
We may need to give some thought to how we exercise, particularly if the participants and facilitators are all in different locations, but we shouldn’t neglect our exercising and testing programme, just because we’ve recently exercised aspects of our continuity plans. To do so would add complacency to our list of business continuity risks.
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Andy Osborne (known as Oz to friends and colleagues) is the Consultancy Director at Acumen, a consultancy practice specialising in business continuity and risk management.Andy is the author of the books ‘Practical Business Continuity Management’, ‘Risk Management Simplified‘ and ‘Ski Boots and Celery – A Compilation of Oz’s Business Continuity Blogs’, as well as his popular blogs and ‘Tips of the Month’, all of which aim to demystify the subjects of business continuity and risk management and make them more accessible to people who live in the real world.