Risk Management

  • Risk-Based Thinking and Business Continuity Planning

    I use the term all the time. Avalution’s leadership team, and by extension, the firm’s product/service-related messaging often uses it. A quick Google search returns nearly 6.8 million results in under a second. The term I’m referring…

    Brian Zawada, FBCI Brian Zawada, FBCI | Apr 23, 2018
  • Breaking Down Silos – Using Common Criteria to Assess and Prioritize Risks

    An isolated approach to business continuity (and risk management in general) is holding many organizations back. Business Continuity is one of many disciplines that helps organizations to become more resilient – that is, to increase an organization’s…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | May 09, 2017
  • Risky Business (Part 3): A Supply Chain Continuity Case Study

    Muda. It’s the Japanese word for waste and the enemy in modern supply chain management and manufacturing. Since the 1980s, lean thinking has revolutionized the way businesses operate by seeking to eliminate muda and free capital held…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Jan 11, 2016
  • Risky Business (Part 2): Too Lean, Too Late

    Many organizations today aim to make operations as lean as possible. But, in doing so, are these organizations unknowingly increasing the risk of operational downtime and excess cost? Due to streamlining operations and eliminating redundant activities or…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Mar 02, 2015
  • Risky Business (Part 1): Managing Third-Party and Supplier Risk

    Business continuity planning is inherently cross-functional with a necessity to address risks to an organization’s product and service offerings, as well as the resources necessary to meet obligations.  As organizations increasingly rely on a global network of…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Sep 25, 2014
  • The Relationship Between the Business Impact Analysis and Risk Assessment

    Avalution’s Approach to Establish Business Continuity Requirements The business impact analysis (BIA) and risk assessment are foundational elements of every effective business continuity program; however, in our experience, many business continuity planning participants experience a lot of…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Aug 23, 2013
  • Rethink Your Argument Approach to Resiliency!

    Have you ever recommended additional redundancy for a process, department, or facility, only to be told that your organization couldn’t afford it or have the project repeatedly delayed until next year? I have. It’s pretty common in our profession.…

    Rob Giffin Rob Giffin | Dec 10, 2012
  • Don’t Reinvent – Be Successful by Leveraging “Non-Business Continuity” Tools and Methodologies

    A critical and foundational element of business continuity planning is a clear understanding of the business environment, together with the critical products and services and processes that contribute to the creation of business value.  To recover successfully,…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Sep 18, 2012
  • What Makes a Great Recovery Plan?

    The goal of any recovery plan, regardless of the size or nature of the organization, is to protect life, minimize damage from an event, and quickly resume the delivery of critical products and services to meet customer…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Apr 30, 2012
  • Organizational Resilience: What it could, or should, mean in the standards landscape

    As Posted in the Digital Edition of Continuity Insights Magazine Admittedly, I wrote this article to better get my mind around the swirling debate regarding the concept of organizational resilience and what it means – or better…

    Brian Zawada, FBCI Brian Zawada, FBCI | Apr 04, 2012