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Trend Research: Business Continuity Programs

Trend Research: Business Continuity Programs


This compilation of publicly available information, Council research and observations on business continuity is intended to supply background to use to assist in developing a business continuity program or weighing the effectiveness of an existing program.

Among the lessons learned from 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina is how critically important it is for a company to have an
action plan in place to ensure business continuity in case of a disaster. Regulatory requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley
have further reinforced the need for a business continuity strategy at the same time they have ensured that the issue is a
priority at the highest levels of a corporation – for the Board of Directors and the CEO.

In the past, companies have tended to learn the lessons of business continuity “the hard way” when an operational
emergency has put the company at risk. However, given the new awareness at the corporate level, long gone are the
days when upper management brushed aside as a low priority the need to be ready in case of an emergency. Topics
such as business continuity, enterprise risk management, emergency response, etc. are now top-of-mind buzzwords for
seminars, magazine articles, and software programs, and they are also the topic du jour at the Big 4 accounting firms.

Today, simply put, a business continuity plan – as part of an overarching “business resiliency umbrella” -- is a requirement
for a well-run company.

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** Note: This resource is available as a part of the MSU/SEC Business Continuity Working Group.  It is also available at no cost or at a discount to the Council community and strategic alliance partners based upon their level of involvement. Please contact Rob West if you need assistance.

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