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Business Continuity Awareness Week (“BCAW”)  2012 is fast approaching and with this year’s BCAW 2012 theme about time, we should all be aware of the fact the time is not usually on your side in a crisis — therefore our staff recommends participation in BCAW 2012 for all business continuity planners.

First a few general reminders:

  1. the Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is the global educational event for people to learn more about Business Continuity Management (BCM).
  2. BCAW is facilitated by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), the prestigious international membership body for BCM — approaching 7,000 members in some 100 countries.
  3. In a crisis, people are making decisions under pressure, options are reduced and media scrutiny may be at its greatest.  Indeed, how well or badly a crisis is managed may have greater consequences for the organization than the original incident.  Whether a small business or a major multi-national, the challenges are the same, it’s just that some have further to fall!

Our staff supports the premise of BCAW 2012 – i.e. …dealing effectively with an incident on any scale requires Business Continuity Management (BCM) – a set of practices and capabilities, which have been crafted into a tried and tested framework to help you identify and manage the consequences of disruption to your organization regardless of cause.

BCAW 2012 will provide the opportunity for disaster preparedness and risk management teams to;

  1. engage with business continuity professionals from around the world,
  2. learn about the importance of dealing effectively with incidents on varying scales, and,
  3. develop methodologies and strategies on how to make an organization more resilient.

Some of the highlights of BCAW 2012 will include: (a) New research: The BCI and its partners will be publishing new research and papers throughout the week, (b) BC24: the ground breaking, multi-role, online incident simulation game to test your organization’s crisis management skills, and informally benchmark with organizations across the world, (c) New webcasts: A multiple free offering of webcast presentations which will run throughout the week, (d) BCAW 2012 Forum: a LinkedIn Forum for newcomers to ask questions of the BC community and for more experienced practitioners to debate the hot topics in the industry, and, (e) In-house Awareness Opportunities – This will be an opportunity for existing BCM practitioners who are looking to run awareness raising activities within their own organizations.

If you are interested in participating, sponsoring or just being an active listen to these valuable opportunities, or, if you have any questions about BCAW 2012CLICK HERE.

If applicable, please pass this information along to those business continuity or crisis management planning groups in your organization, and, to those PS-Prep strategy planning teams in private sector companies.

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