Welcome to the Business Resiliency blog!

Business Resiliency is regarded by many as a blend between enterprise risk management, business continuity planning, and disaster recovery. The term “business resilience” suggests that an organization will be able to mitigate unforeseen risks and have contingency plans in place which will allow the continuation of business operations regardless of the specific incident. Used in this fashion, business resiliency draws upon lessons learned from business continuity planning, emergency management and incident response, and disaster recovery and long-term restoration.

The concepts of contingency planning and incident response grew out of military tactical operations while the principles of disaster recovery and restoration evolved from the technology and facilities management sectors. By blending these diverse disciplines together, an organization can begin the planning process with a proactive evaluation of inherent risks and possible mitigation strategies, which is then quickly followed by a need to understand and protect mission-critical business operations.

The incident response phase may involve evacuating the facility, assembling at a pre-arranged meeting place, taking a headcount of the personnel, and then liaising with the first responder organizations and the media.

Disaster recovery often starts with an assessment of damage to the facility and the technology infrastructure, and then the implementation of a carefully-orchestrated restoration strategy for recovering technical infrastructure and business operations. Assuming a worst case scenario, the business unit leaders would first need to focus on recovering operations in a temporary location with limited resources and staffing.

The benchmarks of a business resiliency solution include protecting the people (your staff and customers), the information and technology systems, the facilities, and the means to conduct critical business functions.

I welcome you to my blog and invite your comments and questions as we explore planning and response strategies designed to build a resilient organization.

Steve Elliot, Elliot Consulting

1 comment so far

  1. mike on

    I agree. Every company should have a business continuity

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