Mastering Business Continuity


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Navigate the complexities of business continuity with Kris Hermans' definitive guide.

Business continuity is crucial for organizations to survive and thrive in the face of unexpected disruptions. In "Mastering Business Continuity", Kris Hermans, a leading expert in business strategy and resilience, provides a comprehensive guide to developing, implementing, and maintaining a robust business continuity plan.

What's Inside:

  1. Introduction
    • What is Business Continuity?
    • The Importance of Business Continuity
    • Business Continuity vs. Disaster Recovery
    • Key Benefits of Business Continuity
  2. Understanding the Business Continuity Lifecycle
    • Policy and Program Management
    • Embedding Business Continuity
    • Analysis
    • Design
    • Implementation
    • Validation
    • Ongoing Maintenance
  3. Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
    • Purpose and Objectives
    • The BIA Process
    • Identifying Critical Business Functions
    • Assessing Impacts and Risks
    • Prioritizing Recovery Objectives
  4. Risk Assessment and Management
    • Understanding Risk
    • Risk Assessment Techniques
    • Risk Mitigation Strategies
    • Monitoring and Reviewing Risks
  5. Business Continuity Strategy Development
    • Setting the Foundations
    • Resource and Capability Analysis
    • Recovery Strategy Selection
    • Dependencies and Interdependencies
  6. Developing a Business Continuity Plan
    • Plan Objectives and Scope
    • Identify Roles and Responsibilities
    • Document Processes and Procedures
    • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Develop Communication and Notification Protocols
    • Integrate Dependencies and Interdependencies
    • Test and update the plan
  7. Testing and Exercising Your Business Continuity Plan
    • The Importance of Testing and Exercising
    • Types of Tests and Exercises
    • Developing Test Scenarios
    • Evaluating Results and Lessons Learned
  8. Maintaining and Updating Your Business Continuity Plan
    • Ongoing Maintenance
    • Plan Review and Update Process
    • Monitoring Changes in the Business Environment
    • Ensuring Continual Improvement
  9. Building a Business Continuity Culture
    • The Role of Leadership
    • Employee Awareness and Training
    • Communication and Engagement Strategies
    • Embedding Business Continuity in Decision-Making
  10. Integrating Business Continuity with Other Disciplines
    • Crisis Management
    • Disaster Recovery
    • Emergency Management
    • Supply Chain Continuity
    • Cyber Resilience
  11. Business Continuity Standards and Certifications
    • ISO 22301:2019
    • DRI International
    • BCI Good Practice Guidelines
    • Other Relevant Standards and Frameworks
  12. Case Studies and Lessons Learned
    • Real-Life Business Continuity Successes and Failures
    • Lessons Learned from High-Profile Incidents
    • Adapting to Emerging Threats and Challenges
  13. The Future of Business Continuity
    • Technological Advances and Their Impact on Business Continuity
    • Climate Change and the Growing Importance of Resilience
    • Evolving Risks and the Need for Adaptation
    • The Role of Business Continuity in a Post-Pandemic World
  14. Conclusion

About the author:

Kris Hermans is a renowned expert in business strategy and resilience with over two decades of experience. Known for his clear and pragmatic approach, Kris has been instrumental in helping organizations develop robust business continuity plans. He shares his insights and expertise through consulting, lecturing, and writing.

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