BCAW 2014 #countingthecost

March 16, 2014 – March 21, 2014 all-day
Cindy Bodenstein
+27 11 554 8000
BCAW 2014 #countingthecost

Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW 2014) is an annual global event which takes place from the 17th to 21st March 2014.

This year ContinuitySA will be preparing a host of events from webinars, blogs in conjunction with the BCI’s efforts to promote the awareness of the profession so as to demonstrate the value business continuity management has to organisations. The scheduled events are listed below, links to the events will be provided shortly.

The theme for the week is counting the cost, which will highlight the potential cost of not having and effective business continuity management system in place.

Breakfast Event at ContinuitySA Media Briefing Centre

Topic: Taming the pythons and the cobras – a case study-based approach to avoiding a corporate crisis, and getting out of one as quickly as possible if a crisis strikes. Presented by Alan Argule.

During this 90 minute multimedia session we’ll explore the most common sources of corporate crises and why they are more likely to be slow-creep issues like pythons; the real costs of getting it wrong and why best practice crisis communications is often counter-intuitive for corporate leadership; balancing legal and public relations counsel; and stress-tested, practical guidelines for building, sustaining and defending your most valuable strategic asset – your reputation – when the media, activists, customers, the regulators and your own employees are banging at your door.

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Gaining efficiency and saving costs through ICT Continuity, presented by Jaun Harmse on Monday 17th March 2014 at 10:00.

Overview of the webinar: Is your organisation over or under spending on ICT Service Continuity (traditionally IT DR) solutions? Does your IT function know what the actual business requirements for recovery are? The implementation of an ICT Service Continuity Management framework within the organisation can help you understand the business requirements for recovery better, and in turn ensure that your ICT Service Continuity strategy is tailored made to your organisation’s needs. Join us for this webinar to gain insights into the ISO27031 standard for ICT Service Continuity Management, how it aligns with BCM standards and good practice guidelines, and how your organisation can benefit financially from good corporate governance for a traditionally technical discipline.

Counting the cost of poor communication in a crisis, presented by Tracey Linnell on Tuesday 18th March 2014 (time to be confirmed)

Overview of the webinar: In today’s interconnected world, communication, whether it is electronic, verbal or written has the power to create opportunities for an organisation or to be a serious threat and cause unrecoverable harm.

This impact is heightened in a crisis and your organisation needs to proactively prepare for these events and have a well-oiled approach and plan. In this webinar we will look at local and international examples of communications (good and bad) and the affect it has on the organisations share price and then we will offer some tips on steps you can take to be fully prepared to get your message out successfully.

Unpacking short term insurance for better continuity, presented by Tracey Linnell and Jaun Harmse on Wednesday 19th March 2014 at 12:00.

Overview of the webinar: When last did you sit with your Finance team and look at your short term insurance and consider how implementing a Business Continuity programme in your organization could actually create tangible and intangible cost savings? Do you understand whether your business interruption insurance is really adequate should a crisis occur? What is an indemnity period and does it fit my organizations business model and objectives? Join us in this webinar to answer these and other questions related to the relationship between Business Continuity and Insurance.

Do you understand your outsourced BC reliance, presented by Peter Westcott on Thursday 20th March 2014 at 10:00.

Overview of the webinar: Outsourcing parts of your business is a great way to reduce overheads and improve efficiencies. But do your homework first before deciding to take the plunge on an outsource partner. All too often due diligence stops at the signing of an SLA, whereas In reality there is no guarantee that your SLA partner will even be able to meet it. You need to dig under the hood and take a few extra precautionary steps to ensure delivery, else your business could suffer a common fate when you can least afford it. This webinar will cover the most common pitfalls in outsourcing as well as practical advice on building a robust suppler network.

Posters have been released by ContinuitySA and the BCI for use for BCAW2014. Please click on the posters below to access your posters.

CSA Building Poster

CSA Strike Poster

CSA Rand Poster

BCI Poster Building

BCI Poster Fire

BCI Poster Flood

If you require any more information on our upcoming events please feel free to contact us.






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