Getting the Most Out of BCLE-AUD for Business Continuity Auditors

Whether you’re a either a novice or an experienced planner or auditor, the BCLE-AUD course has several advantages to offer you. Of course, there’s the up-to-date course information and the certification to DRI standards, as a Certified Business Continuity Auditor (CBCA) or Certified Business Continuity Lead Auditor (CBCLA). But this 4.5 day course on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity is also a unique opportunity to meet peers and exchange notes, ideas and why not, business cards with your fellow attendees. What you get out of this course will be a combination of the following. Read more

2014-04-28T11:30:32+10:00By |DRI International, Training|

Business Continuity Management Certification Course (BCLE2000) – Put It Into Action!

If you’re planning to attend the 4.5 day BCLE2000 course and achieve DRI International certification, good for you! The course gives attendees a thorough grounding in business continuity management, addressing each of the ten Professional Practices defined by the DRI. But what also counts is the use you make of this information when you get back to your own organisation. Review, apply and practice! Information is only of value when it’s applied to solve a problem or improve a situation. The following tips may help you to maximise the effects. Read more

2014-04-22T11:15:40+10:00By |DRI International, Training|

Business Continuity Planning Review (BCP-501) – It Starts Before You Get There!

The name of the course says it all – or does it? A business continuity planning review course means training for people who have already had experience of business continuity. But good BC practice also means that while you’re in training, your organisation still continues to function properly. Don’t be a single point of failure! Follow the tips below to prepare for a truly productive three days covering risk and business impact analysis, forming BC teams, testing your BC planning, the Incident Command System, and much more. Read more

2014-04-15T12:33:55+10:00By |DRI International, Training|

Making Your Business Continuity Plan – Tips for Success

You’ve had the training, you know your subject, now it’s time to get that business continuity plan down on paper – or into your PC. However, what seems crystal clear in your head when you start may not turn out quite the same way after you’ve written it out. To help construct a plan that does justice to your vision of how things should be, start with the scope of your business continuity plan. First, make sure that your plan addresses business continuity for processes, not for isolated incidents: for example, ‘denial of access to premises’, rather than ‘fire at the main entrance’. Second, make sure your plan covers all the essential processes – and not just the ones for IT or a central factory, for example. Read more

That Mega-Test of Your Business Continuity You’ve Been Waiting For

You’ve trained for business continuity challenges. You’ve planned and practised, in case that server crash, flood, fire or earthquake hits your business tomorrow. But all these events are subject to chance. They may or may not happen. Here’s another challenge to business continuity that will certainly happen however, and that is likely to affect a vast number of organisations and enterprises around the world. It’s the end of support by Microsoft for its Windows XP operating system. To understand why this is such a major event, after over 12 years of XP existence, we should start by looking at some of the statistics. Read more

2014-02-17T10:23:54+11:00By |Disaster Recovery, Training|

A DRI Training Discussion Point – the Value of Your Data

Participating in DRI courses on disaster recovery and business continuity planning and management is an excellent idea for many organisations, big and… not so big! The principles, techniques and best practices presented in the training show you clearly how to understand and apply the concepts that can make the difference between an enterprise that swims or sinks. Sometimes important points in the courses can benefit from reinforcement, particularly for information that the world in general is still getting up to speed on. For example, understanding the financial impact of data loss, i.e. the value of your organisation’s data, is relevant for everybody concerned with disaster recovery and business continuity. Read more

Risk Management – a Common Factor in Business Continuity Training

While individual DRI courses may focus on specific areas of business continuity, certain topics come up time and time again. It’s because they are fundamental to any effective BC process; risk management is one such topic. Understanding the possibilities of failure, losses or damage is crucial for putting together a business continuity plan that gives an organisation adequate protection at a reasonable cost. However, risk management has also evolved significantly over the recent past. BC managers must now also integrate the notion of positive risk into their daily activities – that is, risk that represents opportunities, not just threats. Read more

Business Continuity and Corporate Governance

A large part of business continuity has to do with measuring how an organisation stacks up compared to BC best practice, assessing processes in place to improve that performance and making a system of checks and balances to ensure that compliance with BC principles continues. Expressed like this, these aspects of business continuity start to sound remarkably like corporate governance. Business continuity even has the same three dimensions of ownership and reporting, involvement, and integration. From roots in IT, moving into operations and change management, and now emerging as a discipline in its own right, business continuity has also become an important part of good corporate governance. Read more

2013-12-23T18:05:42+11:00By |DRI International, Training|

Learning about the Key Difference between Plans and Planning in Business Continuity

‘Plans are nothing; planning is everything’. This famous quote from Eisenhower, military supremo and later President of the United States, needs some further explanation – but it’s worth paying attention for anyone who wants to put solid business continuity in place. Eisenhower’s meaning was that while you need a plan, the plan must remain flexible and open to any required changes; and that the process itself of planning is as valuable as the documents it produces along the way. This is a fundamental theme of the one-day DRI course on Business Plan Exercise, Audit and Maintenance (BCOE-800) that also includes further related topics. Read more

2013-12-23T16:07:38+11:00By |Disaster Recovery, Training|

Being Sure about Business Continuity with the DRI Auditor Certification Course (BCLE-AUD)

While business continuity plans and management leave ample scope for innovation and creativity, they must also be rigorously assessed to find out how well they will work. The 4.5 day course run by DRI-ANZ on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Auditor Certification trains you to do just that. You may already be part of a company’s audit team or you may active in planning or enterprise self-assessment programs. For any of these roles and more, the BCLE-AUD course brings you the knowledge you need. It also gives you the chance to confirm your newly developed aptitude by taking the DRI International Professional Qualifying Audit Examination.  How does this then help you and your organisation? Read more