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Business Continuity Awareness Week Offers Free Events

Posted on Mon, Mar 12, 2012

The Business Continuity Institute’s annual Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is being held March 19-23, 2012. The program, funded by the Business Continuity Institute, is a free global educational event that provides opportunities, through a variety of methods, to gain insight from business continuity management experts on how to effectively plan for incidents on varying scales, ultimately creating a more resilient organization.

“This is our opportunity to spread the word about Business Continuity Management and to get businesses thinking about business continuity from the top downwards. It is one week when the entire industry is focused on educating those who are new to the field and sharing information with our peers.”, Donna Monkhouse, Marketing Communications Executive, BCI

All of the week’s events are free, cater to different learning styles and time obligations, and can be found through the BCAW website. The week’s events include the following:

  • New Research: Expert reports and associated interactive author webinars will be available on topics such as identifying key supply chain partners, crisis management, resilience (discipline mapping), measuring the value of Business Continuity Management (BCM), and tools to support senior executive engagement will be available. The latest Chartered Management Institute’s annual survey will also be available. 
  • Webcasts: More than thirty webcasts will be made available. Webcasts include topics such as getting started with a business continuity plan, BCM success regardless of budget restraints, new vulnerabilities, infrastructure impact analysis, and more. 
  • BCWA Forum: A LinkedIn group designed to inspire discussion and bring awareness to the concepts of business continuity.
  • BC24: An online incident simulation game that tests organizations’ ability to manage crises in a simulated environment. Up to six players are faced with a series of choices throughout the game. The specified choices are scored and outcomes may differ depending on players’ decision processes. From March 5th to 23rd, the annual licensing participation fee of $410 has been waived so companies can benchmark their performance and capability against other companies across the world. Access to the game is also a benefit of a BCI Partnership membership.
The theme for the BCAW’s events is “time”, highlighting the “no crisis improves with age” motto. “Our research showed us that many businesses think that they will have time to deal with a crisis when it happens and fail to see the need to plan ahead.   But every minute counts when a crisis occurs.  BCM makes you think about alternative approaches to dealing with disruption, saving critical time at critical moments.”, said BCI’s Donna Monkhouse.

The Business Continuity Institute has approximately 7,000 members spread across 100 countries in an estimated 2,500 organizations. More information regarding events planning by the Business Continuity Institute can be found on the Business Continuity Awareness Week’s website

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