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Five days to kick start your career in business continuity management

Oct 3rd, 2017

ContinuitySA will be offering its five-day Complete Continuity® Practitioner Programme from 16-20 October 2017 in Johannesburg to provide the in-depth training to kick start a career in business continuity management.

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ContinuitySA’s Padma Naidoo named Business Continuity and Resilience Consultant of the Year at BCI Africa Awards

Sep 18th, 2017

Padma Naidoo has been named as Business Continuity and Resilience Consultant of the Year at the Business Continuity Institute Africa awards ceremony in Johannesburg on 12 September 2017.

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Jeremy Capell named African BCI Industry Personality for 2017

Sep 15th, 2017

Jeremy Capell has been named Industry Personality of 2017 by the Business Continuity Institute.

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ContinuitySA Global Centre of Excellence receives Continuity and Resilience Team award at BCI Africa Awards

Sep 14th, 2017

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has named the ContinuitySA Global Centre of Excellence the African Continuity and Resilience Team for 2017 for the second year in a row.

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ContinuitySA scoops three awards at BCI Africa awards ceremony

Sep 13th, 2017

ContinuitySA has scooped three awards at the Business Continuity Institute’s Africa awards ceremony, held in Johannesburg on 12 September.

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Cloud fast-tracks resilience when data loss is not an option

Sep 5th, 2017

The digitalisation of business means that data has become a company’s most important asset. To remain competitive, businesses must always have access to their data and applications.

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ContinuitySA shortlisted in four categories in BCI Africa Awards

Aug 17th, 2017

ContinuitySA has been shortlisted in four categories for the forthcoming annual Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Africa Awards.

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ContinuitySA announces 5-day, PECB-certified ISO 22301 Lead Implementer course

Jul 26th, 2017

ContinuitySA will be offering a five-day certification course for Lead Implementers of a Business Continuity Management System based on the ISO 22301 standard.

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Work Area Recovery facilities can be vital to business continuity

Jun 29th, 2017

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With ever increasing climate challenges seen recently with the Western Cape Storms and the devastating Knysna fires, Work Area Recovery (WAR) facilities can become vital to ensure business continuity. Often organisations do not have the capabilities to insource all elements of their business continuity plan and Work Area Recovery is a natural area to evaluate the benefits of outsourcing.

“WAR requires capital expenditure, which impacts the balance sheet”, said Willem Olivier, GM: Africa, ContinuitySA. WAR facilities also need to be constantly updated to ensure they remain fit for purpose and aligned with the organisational strategy. By contrast, outsourcing the WAR moves the expenditure into the operational budget, something most companies prefer; the onus of the ongoing investment needed is also transferred to the service provider.

Insourcing such a recovery facility would involve dealing with a long and complex internal supply chain, including the finance, IT, HR, facilities departments etc. BCM personnel and other staff members can move regularly —further complications that can place the significant capital and ongoing operational costs of an insourced WAR at risk.

Outsourcing key components of the BCM programme like WAR removes the need for capital expenditure, and a specialist partner will provide the continuity and focus needed to ensure continuity and realignment with changing business goals. An outsourcing partner provides a single point of contact for management, as opposed to the hassle of managing a complex internal supply chain, and continually having to motivate for capital improvements.

When it comes to choosing a WAR provider, there are many issues to consider:

  • The WAR facility should be distant enough from the primary site to ensure it is less likely to be affected by the same disaster, while still being practical for staff.
  • A provider with a national footprint is preferable. This would mean that data and systems would be replicated to more than one data centre for added protection.
  • At a practical level, getting large numbers of staff productive quickly at a WAR facility is fraught with difficulties—a specialist provider will have the necessary processes and procedures in place, based on years of experience. This would include people management procedures and a battle box, a physical and virtual store of everything that individuals need to work at a strange site, such as shortcuts to software programs, contact details of staff, passwords, instruction manuals and the like. Canteen, parking facilities, backup power, building maintenance, access control and security are also critical.
  • Regular, thorough testing of the WAR facility is critical, including full pre- and post-test reporting.

It is essential for businesses to have alternative worksites at times of need, with WAR facilities that are designed and implemented as part of a holistic BCM programme.

Testing drives business continuity and cyber resilience

Jun 27th, 2017

Most organisations fail to appreciate the importance—and benefits—of testing when it comes to business continuity and cyber resilience.

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