Business Continuity 101

  • The Exercise: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

    Since 2005, Avalution Consulting has performed hundreds of business continuity exercises with organizations in every major industry and sector throughout the United States.  No matter the scope of the exercise or the level of complexity, several key…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Feb 08, 2012
  • What Does Effective Business Continuity Management Look Like?

    I recently read a column in the Disaster Recovery Journal where the editor interviewed John Copenhaver regarding Standards, Resilience and the Future of Business Continuity Management (BCM). John made the following statement when asked about the importance of…

    Brian Zawada, FBCI Brian Zawada, FBCI | Jan 16, 2012
  • Business Continuity Scoping: Why Products and Services?

    A Business Continuity Scoping Approach That Contributes to Better Management Engagement and Prioritization of Risk Management Efforts One of the most common questions business continuity professionals ask is how to keep management involved in the ongoing preparedness…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Aug 09, 2011
  • The Death of All Hazards Planning?

    As published in the Summer 2010 Issue of the Disaster Recovery Journal – Volume 23, Number 3. The time has come for business continuity to evolve beyond the idea of “all hazards” planning and deal directly with…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Dec 20, 2010
  • Determining Business Continuity Strategy

    An effective Business Continuity strategy is typically two-fold. It includes risk reduction activities to take place before an interruption occurs, as well as response activities to mitigate impact when it does. Business Continuity professionals have the task…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Jul 09, 2009
  • UPDATED: Maximum Tolerable Period of Disruption (MTPOD): What is it, where did it come from and why it is important to your organization?

    UPDATE: The British Standards Institute (BSI) has issued a corrigendum in response to this article, slightly expanding the definition of MTPOD in a business continuity management system.  The change makes explicit BSI’s intent that MTPOD be identified…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Jul 06, 2009
  • The Dangers Associated With A Template

    Key Takeaway – Use a template to enable decentralized planning since it provides structure and consistency, as well as an outline of key concepts to address. However, establish the template as the minimum and pair the template…

    Brian Zawada, FBCI Brian Zawada, FBCI | Apr 01, 2009
  • UPDATED: What Is A Management System?

    Content updated in September 2012 |  Originally published in January 2009 First introduced to business continuity practitioners in British Standard (BS) 25999 as a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS), the management systems concept continues to gain traction in…

    Brian Zawada, FBCI Brian Zawada, FBCI | Jan 28, 2009
  • Do You Need A Policy Statement?

    Management involvement is not the only driving force behind repeatable, organizational performance.  Short, concise policy statements also set expectations and drive consistent performance.  Consequently, Avalution finds that regardless of the size or culture of an organization, a policy statement…

  • Protecting Your Business From Interruption: The Value of Business Continuity Management

    As published in the Disaster Resource Guide Executive Issue – Volume 12, Issue 3. The Need For Business Continuity Management All businesses face the threat of an unplanned business interruption.  While the causes vary from natural disasters to…