VALIDATING YOUR BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN
Ensuring your BCP actually works
Ensuring your BCP actually works
Reviews and Feedback:
Charlie Maclean-Bristol FBCI FEPS
If there exists a warm, friendly book about business continuity, then this is it. Reading this book is like having an elderly but very experienced uncle teaching you about the subject, sharing their experience, the lessons they have learned and (business continuity) war stories. It is an easy read, not overly complex, and is sprinkled with anecdotes and lessons learned from the author’s long career in ICT and business continuity.
Mark Fenech MBA MBCI MIOR
I'd had a copy of this book when I started out in Business Continuity. The necessity
of validating Business Continuity Plans can be a formidable but essential
activity for both small and large organisations alike. Business Continuity
professionals are typically first confronted with having to master the theory
contained in standards like the ISO 22300 family and the BCI's Good Practice
Guidelines and then experiencing the stark contrast of applying that theory to
a real-world environment. Both challenges can be daunting. Drawing on his
extensive experience spanning 40 years, the author walks novice and experienced
business continuity professionals alike through the validation process while
paying due deference to globally accepted standards. He takes the theory and
adds context by using numerous case studies to make the application of the
theory easier for the reader to understand. Examples of failed tests and
aborted exercises have also been included to help organisations avoid falling
into the same pitfalls, which in some instances may even disrupt the very
business they are trying to protect. All in all, an easy read. This book
certainly deserves the 'must read' tagline and should form part of the
essential library of anyone involved in the validation of Business Continuity
Business Continuity Management (BCM) coordinator, this book just hit the right
note with me; a very good read, easy to follow and relatable to various
industries. Not many BCM books offer detailed case studies like Validating Your
Business Continuity Plan. In particular, the pandemic validation case study is
not only as close to reality as (I imagine) it can get, but also well-written.
I had to go back a few pages every now and then to ensure that it was
describing a simulation – tension was rising from one paragraph to another! In
my opinion, newbies will find the chapter defining the exercise of our plans as
the highlight of this book, with “what”, “why” and “how” questions answered
throughout this chapter. If the reader is experienced in the validation stage,
this book will offer reassurance and possibly new perspectives on approaching
exercising methods. I highly recommend this book to any person involved in BCM
regardless of years of experience. Clark manages to strike a balance between
the academic and the practical. The book elaborates on the techniques of
maintaining our documents faithful towards BCM standards while sharing the
author’s decades of personal experiences. In the end, this is what every client
would hope to get from a consultant’s services.
really liked this book, finding it very informative and amusing – it is also
best to learn at the expense of the mistakes of others rather than your own.
For those new to the subject it provides excellent tips and advice and for
those more experienced it provides food for thought and some new challenges.
The book is light hearted and entertaining but with a hard hitting message
I found it excellently written and of great value. I guess this was expected based on the qualification and experience level of the author. The premise of the book is excellent as it focuses on the need to actually test a plan rather than just write and store it with no future revisions. The writing style is great and the huge range of examples given will be of great value to anyone purchasing the book. In summary very enjoyable, derived great value from it.
About the book:
A business continuity plan that isn’t validated isn’t a plan at all – it’s merely a strategy. Indeed, in some cases an untested plan is worse than no plan at all. In spite of this, only 30% of businesses actually validate their business continuity plans.
Business continuity planning is a process of continual improvement, not a matter of writing a plan and then putting your feet up. Attempting to validate every aspect of your plan, however – particularly in a live rehearsal situation – could create a disaster of your own making.Validating Your Business Continuity Plan examines the three essential components of validating a business continuity plan – exercising, maintenance and review – and outlines a controlled and systematic approach to BCP validation while considering each component, covering methods and techniques such as table-top reviews, workshops and live rehearsals.
The book also takes account of industry standards and guidelines to help steer the reader through the validation process, including the international standard ISO 22301 and the Business Continuity Institute’s Good Practice Guidelines. In addition, it provides a number of case studies based on the author’s considerable experience – some of them successful, others less so – to highlight common pitfalls and problems associated with the validation process.
- Standards and guidelines
- Business continuity begins at home
- Defining your exercise programme
- Selected scenarios
- Live rehearsal case studies
- It could happen to anyone, couldn't it?
- Maintaining your BCMS
- Reviewing your BCMS
- Performance appraisal
- Using consultants to help you exercise
- Training and education
- Additional reference material
About the author
Robert A Clark is a fellow of the Institute of Business Continuity Management, a fellow of the British Computer Society, a member of the Business Continuity Institute and an Approved BCI Instructor. He was employed by IBM for 15 years and Fujitsu for 11, working with clients on BCM-related assignments. He is now a freelance business continuity consultant at www.bcm-consultancy.com. Since 2014, he has been a part-time associate lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he has delivered BCM courses to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
© Copyright - Robert Clark 2016