Robert Clark : Press Reports, Speaking Engagements and Publications
Every year companies put their budgets together, define their production targets, prepare their sales and marketing campaigns and yet so many do not plan for the worst to enable them to stay in business following a serious disruption. Reputations that took years to build can be lost overnight for the want of a business continuity plan (BCP), while a company’s ability to survive a disaster can often be placed in serious jeopardy. In a Chartered Management Institute survey, eighty one percent of companies stated that the cost of developing a BCP had been justified by the benefit it brought their respective organisations. There are genuine benefits to be derived from embracing business continuity management, which our experienced speaker will present. Make sure your organisation avoids a catastrophic failure by learning how to plan for the worst.
Robert Clark will use case
studies from his new book “Validating Your Business Continuity Plan” to
consider the arguments for and against running unannounced live
The studies will be based upon his own first-hand experience along with that of business continuity colleagues that he has worked with over the years. The live unannounced test scenarios will include:
- Testing for a 9/11 type scenario 16 years before the event
- Evacuating staff from their normal place of work, closing the building down for three days
- ICT Disaster Recoveries with only 30 minutes’ notice
- How a Christmas four day cruise sank a live test before it had even started
The session includes:
- Definition of what a pandemic is and why it is so dangerous
- Brief history of pandemics
- Review what contagions are currently on the radar which could develop into a pandemic
- Overview of the 2002-03 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the resulting economic ... tsunami that it caused (cost the global economy an estimated $50 billion)
- Preparation within our critical national infrastructures
- Potential social effects and the knock-on impact on businesses
- Considering mitigation and contingency options
- Human Resource Management issues arising
No two disasters are ever the same and business continuity practitioners should never base their plans directly on an individual experience, but case studies still provide an extremely helpful tool when it comes to thinking about what organisational disruptions may occur and how they can be dealt with. That is the purpose of a new book titled ‘In hindsight: a compendium of business continuity case studies’ launched in July at Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire, UK, a tribute to the venue where the idea for the book was originally conceived.
In hindsight was edited by Robert Clark MBCI and authored by several people from the field of resilience who all (with one exception) came together when studying at Buckinghamshire New University under the tutelage of Philip Wood AMBCI who provided the preface for the book. In his preface he states "I have found it to be an interesting, thought provoking and stimulating collection of studies and I have learned a great deal from reading it. Learning is key to understanding, and understanding allows us to make the right decisions.”
The Internet has handed private citizens, companies and governments possibly the most influential innovation since the industrial revolution. It has also provided hostile foreign governments, criminals and terrorists with another means to further their respective causes. Does Cyberspace therefore represent our very best friend or our nemesis?
A full audience heard both local and overseas speakers coalesced to offer a fascinating insight into the two disciplines..
Over 50 delegates attended a special business breakfast organised by Key IT Group at The Palace hotel, Sliema. The event highlighted the importance of business continuity management. The session shed light on why Maltese businesses should incorporate BCM. Bob Clark, Key’s recently appointed BCM specialist. said “This is not just an IT issue but a business one. There needs to be a holistic management approach that provides a framework for building organisational resilience.”
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