Business Continuity Strategies: Protecting against Unplanned Disasters

Business Continuity Strategies: Protecting against Unplanned Disasters

Business Continuity Strategies: Protecting against Unplanned Disasters

Business Continuity Strategies: Protecting against Unplanned Disasters

Synopsis

Cost-efficient business contingency and continuity planning for a post-9/11 and Katrina world

Disasters can happen. Contingency plans are necessary. But how detailed and expensive do your contingency and continuity plans really need to be?

Employing a thoroughly practical approach, Business Continuity Strategies: Protecting Against Unplanned Disasters, Third Edition provides a proven methodology for implementing a realistic and cost-efficient business contingency program. Kenneth Myers--an internationally recognized contingency planning specialist--shows corporate leaders how to prepare a logical "what if" plan that would enable an organization to retain market share, service customers, and maintain cash flow if a disaster occurs.

Completely updated throughout to reflect lessons learned from 9/11 and hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, Business Continuity Strategies, Third Edition helps cost-conscious senior management:
• Establish a corporate contingency program policy and strategy that ensures timely completion of a plan, with minimal disruption to operations
• Minimize plan development costs
• Understand the importance of conducting briefings to communicate the proper mindset before the program development process begins
• Save time and money by avoiding a consultant's traditional approach of extensive information-gathering that contributes little to the development of practical solutions, but much in the way of consultant fees

Addressing countless hypothetical disaster scenarios doesn't make good business sense. Business Continuity Strategies, Third Edition helps companies focus on what is necessary to survive a natural catastrophe, workplace violence, or a terrorist attack.

Excerpt

The increase in terrorism and workplace violence has emphasized the need to develop business continuity strategies to protect against unplanned disasters.

Kenneth Myers, one of the foremost innovators and educators in contingency planning, presents a new contingency program paradigm urging boards of directors to take a proactive role in insisting organizations institutionalize policies aimed at preventing workplace violence. Mr. Myers documents employer workplace violence liabilities; describes the three stages of conduct prior to a workplace violence incident; and recommends supervisory training to prevent workplace violence.

Mr. Myers explains why many existing disaster recovery plans are inordinately detailed and too costly to fund and maintain. He also presents a methodology for transitioning to a contingency program that is more cost-effective and more realistic. He also describes why Human Resources is the discipline best positioned to develop and administer business contingency programs.

This book presents organizations that have multiple locations with a template for planning, developing, and administering contingency programs consistent in purpose, scope, strategy, and level of detail. It also provides guidelines and controls to contain development costs and to ensure low-cost interim processing strategies, consistent with the low probability of a disaster.

Mr. Myers also documents 30 recommendations by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) following an investigation . . .

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