This is just one example, and it’s one example that highlights
the fact that the business continuity profession should never be
positioned to own the mitigation of all risks. I’m unaware of
anyone with the technical skills and experiences to offer solutions
for security, information security, human resources, compliance,
credit, and marketing-related risks (just to name a few). But with
exposure to the common issues faced by each of these management disciplines, combined with the knowledge gained by being
a business continuity leader, look out!
The business continuity professional is well positioned to offer
value beyond what’s traditionally associated with business continuity planning. So let’s talk about what the business continuity
professional brings to organizational resilience and risk mitigation in general.
What Do Business Continuity
Professionals Bring To Resilience?
Assuming you’ve led the execution of a business impact
analysis process, very few professionals know the organization’s
strategy, products, services, customers, and value streams better
than you. Beyond this knowledge, the business continuity profes-
sional also brings the following:
n organizational structure knowledge and relationships (the
organizational chart, locations, supply chains)
n team facilitation techniques
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n an ability to navigate different levels of thinking, ranging from the
strategic to the tactical
With all this knowledge, as well as the skills and experiences
developed over time, the business continuity professional has a
unique opportunity to effectively own, facilitate, or participate in the
mitigation of a wide range of organizational resilience-related risks.
The table below revisits the top 10 threats noted in the 2016
Horizon Scan Report and provides some insight on when a business
continuity professional should own, facilitate, or participate (
keeping in mind that all organizations are different, so this will vary).
Bottom line, in many organizations, there’s a void to be filled
in driving risk mitigation to closure. For business continuity professionals looking for more, consider getting involved in more
than facilities, people, equipment, technology, and supply chain
availability risks – be a risk solutions facilitator or a member of
the team charged with mitigating resilience-related risk.
Brian Zawada (FBCI, MBCP) is the director of consulting at Avalution, a
leading provider of business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting,
outsourcing, and software solutions. Zawada is an elected board member
and president of the USA Chapter of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI)
and the former chairman and head of the U.S. delegation to ISO 292, the
group charged with developing ISO 22301 and other related standards. Zawada is a frequent author and speaker, and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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